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The Noon Countdown: A Helping Hand

A look at Nicklas Backstrom’s giving nature

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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

...the number of seasons in which Nicklas Backstrom has earned at least 50 assists, including last season when he potted 63. Since entering the League back in 2007, Only Ryan Getzlaf has as many 50-assist seasons as Backstrom over that span.

Last season also marked Backstrom’s fifth with at least 60 assists, joining Henrik Sedin and Joe Thornton atop the League lead in that department since 2007 (and more than doubling the next players on the list).