Washington Capitals alternate captain Nicklas Backstrom will be made available on a conference call today at 11 am via Zoom (details were emailed to media).
This season, Backstrom has recorded 54 points (12g, 42a) in 61 games. Backstrom entered the season as the only player in the NHL with an active streak of six consecutive 50 assist seasons, and last year became the 26th player in NHL history to accomplish this feat. With 13 games remaining on the season, Backstrom is again on pace to finish with 50 assists and become the 18th player in NHL history and one of two active players (Joe Thornton) to record seven consecutive 50 assist seasons.
Backstrom's 52.5 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (876 shot attempts for, 791 shot attempts against) this season ranks first among Capitals with at least 13 minutes of five-on-five time per game. It marks the fourth-highest shot attempt percentage in a season in his career. In all game situations this year, Backstrom's 2.17 assists per 60 minutes of play ranks 13th in the NHL, and his 0.87 primary assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play are tied for the fifth-highest season total in his career.
On Dec. 20, 2019 against the New Jersey Devils, Backstrom joined Alex Ovechkin as the second player in franchise history to record 900 points. Backstrom finished with two goals and two assists in the game, his highest point total in a game this season.
On Jan. 14, Backstrom signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension. Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom leads the NHL with 684 assists despite ranking 17th in games played during that span. His 684 career assists rank fourth among active players.
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