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The Noon Number: Dance with the Devils

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The perfect conjunction of record and opponent...that’s a signpost up ahead...your next stop, The Ovechkin Zone

Boston Bruins v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

666 – The number of points scored on home ice by Alex Ovechkin over his career. Is there any more fitting opponent against whom he can get off “the number of the beast” than the New Jersey Devils, who visit Capital One Arena this evening? If he records one point, he will tie Sergei Fedorov for first-place all-time in home points scored by a Russian-born player.

At the moment, Ovechkin is second among active players with 500 or more home games played in career home points per game (1.14). He trails only Sidney Crosby (1.42).