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A look at some Swedish apples

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

0.72 - The assists-per-game rate for Nicklas Backstrom over the course of his career, third-highest among active players behind only Sidney Crosby (0.83) and Connor McDavid (.75) and tied with Ray Bourque for 19th-best all time. It’s also tied with Dennis Maruk for the second-highest assists-per-game rate in franchise history, just slightly off of Adam Oates’s 0.75

Backstrom sits just three assists away from 500 in his career, a milestone that would make him the first Capital to hit that mark (unsurprising, since he’s the franchise leader in that department) and the 139th player (and 14th active player) to do so in NHL history.

It’s a stunningly impressive feat... even if he doesn’t really think so.