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The Noon Number: The Venerable Vet

A look at how Backstrom continues to etch his name into the franchise history book

2018 NHL Awards - Arrivals Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

5 - Number of players in franchise history who have played more games in a Capitals jersey than Nicklas Backstrom, who will take sole possession of sixth place on that list when he suits up for Game #826 tonight in Montreal. Backstrom passes Michal Pivonka for that sixth spot, and will sit just 46 games back of Dale Hunter for fifth after tonight’s game.

He’s got a bit of a wait to catch the franchise’s all-time leader in games played as a Cap, of course - that honor goes to teammate Alex Ovechkin, who is sitting at 1013 games (and counting). Calle Johansson (983), Peter Bondra (961), and Kelly Miller (940) make up the rest of the top five.