Nicklas Backstrom Continues Chase For Scoring and Assists Titles

Nicklas Backstrom notched his 10th career four assist game in his 10 year NHL career Saturday night versus the Lightning. Backstrom has once again quietly caught fire, and is a serious contender for the Art Ross Trophy. 

Backstrom’s four assists marked the second time this week he has had three or more assists in a game. Backstrom has had three or more assists in a game four times this season, and 35 times in his career. In addition, Backstrom has the most four assist games overall since the 1996-1997 season.

Backstrom also continues his charge for a scoring title. As we noted last week, he is averaging nearly 15% less time on ice than Connor McDavid, who currently leads the chase for the Art Ross. Backstrom is currently just 5 points out of the lead.

Backstrom is just a single assist behind Connor McDavid’s total of 55 for the league lead in that department. Backstrom led the NHL with 60 assists in 2014-15.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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