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The Noon Countdown: The Backstrom Effect

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A look at the intertwined success of the Caps and their top-line center

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35 - Number of days remaining until the 2016-17 season. But it's also...

...the number of games won by the Caps in 2015-16 when Nicklas Backstrom recorded at least a point, just over 62% of the team's total wins. Backstrom had a point in 46 of the 75 games in which he played (70 points total) and the Caps lost just 11 of those, going 35-7-4 overall - with another five wins in the seven playoff games in which Backstrom got on the scoresheet.