Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom will skate in their 900th NHL game together when the team visits the New Jersey Devils on Friday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
— Washington ☃️ Capitals (@Capitals) December 19, 2019
Ovechkin, the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, was called up to announce the selection of Backstrom on behalf of the Capitals in 2006 when he went fourth overall.
39% (254) of Backstrom’s 659 career assists has come on goals by Ovechkin. Among Backstrom’s most notable assists to Ovechkin, he earned helpers on Ovechkin’s 1000th career point, which came in a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 11, 2017, Ovechkin’s Russian-record setting goal in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on November 19, 2015, and Ovechkin’s power-play goal in the Capitals’ 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7, 2018.
Through 899 games together, Ovechkin has scored 548 goals and 997 points while Backstrom has recorded 229 goals and 870 points.
With Backstrom and Ovechkin both in the lineup (since Backstrom’s NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, at the Atlanta Thrashers), the Capitals hold a record of 534-262-103, which is good for a .586 points percentage.
When the Capitals clinched their first Stanley Cup in Las Vegas, it was Backstrom who got the Stanley Cup first after Ovechkin and the two took a lap together in front of the Capitals’ faithful at T-Mobile Arena that night after the two went through a decade of failure in the Stanley Cup Playoffs together.
By Harrison Brown