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The Noon Number: Russian Apples

A look at yet another milestone awaiting Ovechkin

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1 - Number of assists needed for Alex Ovechkin to pass former defenseman Sergei Zubov - who will see his jersey retired by the Stars ahead of tonight’s game in Dallas - for third-most all-time among Russian players.

Ovechkin and Zubov are currently tied with 619 assists apiece. Only Evgeni Malkin (686) and Sergei Fedorov (696) have more helpers in their career among Russian-born players.