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The Noon Number: Welcome Backstrom

A look at a strange lengthy drought for a Caps duo

NHL: JAN 22 Senators at Capitals Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

87 - Number of games that elapsed between the last time Nicklas Backstrom provided a primary assist on an even-strength Alex Ovechkin goal and the most recent, which occurred in Saturday night’s OT win over Ottawa. Prior to that game, the last time Backstrom’s helper set up Ovechkin at even strength was February 7, a 7-4 loss to Philadelphia.