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The Noon Countdown: Nisky Business

A look at the helping hands of the Caps’ blueliner

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34 - Number of days remaining until the 2017-18 season. But it’s also...

...the number of assists picked up by Matt Niskanen during the 2016-17 campaign, fifth-most on the team and highest assist total among the Caps’ defensemen. It also set a new high for Niskanen as a Capital, and checked in as his second-best assist total in his career (behind his 36-assist season back in 2013-14. Of those 34 assists, 25 of them were earned at even strength, setting a new career high for the Caps’ steady blueliner.