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The Noon Number: Coffin Nailers

A look at the Caps’ top pivot helping to seal the deal

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

41 - Points for Nicklas Backstrom (10 goals, 31 assists) registered on goals scored with the Caps holding a lead so far this season. Those 41 points are ten more than the League’s second-ranked “leading” scorers (Brad Marchand and Nikita Kucherov), per Corsica.hockey.

Interestingly enough, Backstrom doesn’t lead the League in five-on-five points while leading - that distinction belongs to teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov, whose 23 five-on-five points with the Caps up is one more than another Cap, Alex Ovechkin, and two ahead of Backstrom (and Sidney Crosby and Brandon Saad).