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The Noon Number: Gifts from St. Nick

A look at a decade of #19’s silky setups

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509 - Number of assists for Nicklas Backstrom over the past decade, the most of any player in the League over that span. Backstrom currently holds a five-assist lead over second-place Claude Giroux, but has accumulated his assist total in 53 fewer games; his assist-per-game rate of .71 is second only to Sidney Crosby (.78) since 1/1/10 (min. 400 games played).

Unsurprisingly, roughly half of his assist total - 255 assists, to be exact - has been in support of his longtime running-mate, Alex Ovechkin.