Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Days

Backstrom collected two assists -- one at even strength, the other on a power play -- on Alex Ovechkin goals Tuesday in a win over Columbus.

After uncharacteristically going three straight off the scoresheet, Backstrom's bounced back with three helpers and a plus-3 rating in his last two. He's still operating at better than a point-per-game pace on the year, and he'll eventually get around to finding the net again -- he's just short of his third career 20-goal season.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 14 Days

Backstrom scored twice and picked up an assist -- all on power plays -- Thursday in a 5-1 win over Winnipeg.That's points in three straight for the star center, who's scoring at his best rate since his 101-point campaign back in 2009-10. With 63 points to show for 58 games now, he's one of few NHLers with a chance to clear 90 in this campaign.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 18 Days

Backstrom assisted on both of Alexander Ovechkin's goals in Sunday's win over Anaheim.Backstrom, who has five assists in his last four games, is now leading the NHL with a whopping 43 helpers in 57 games this season. The first-line center is having a fantastic season and is on pace for his best offensive campaign in six years. Sitting third in the NHL scoring race with 59 points in 57 games, the elite playmaker needs to be in your lineup every game.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 22 Days

Backstrom collected a pair of assists in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.Backstrom has one point or more in just over 63 percent of his games this campaign, making him one of the most dependable fantasy options. As an added bonus, the Swede has put up 21 of his 41 assists on the power play. Enjoy the ride if you're a Backstrom owner.

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Backstrom churned out a goal and assist in Tuesday's win over the Kings.

It's the third two-point outing for Backstrom in three games, who is on track to turn in his best season since his 101-point outburst in 2009-10. The primary reason for his ascendance has been an increase in puck luck, as he's ridden a career-high 15.4 shooting percentage to 16 goals, just two fewer than his total from all of last season.

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Backstrom picked up a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Blues.

Backstrom took a game off the scoresheet on Saturday, but has recorded a point in six of his last seven including four multi-point efforts in that span. The 27-year-old remains a top fantasy option as his 37 assists are tied for second best in the league, and his 52 points are tied for fourth overall.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 Month

Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Penguins.

Backstrom is one of the best passers in the entire NHL, and he's proving it again this season, as his 35 assists rank fourth in the league. He's currently on a five game point streak, and has racked up eight points over that span.

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Backstrom scored his 14th goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's loss to the Stars.

It really is a travesty this stud got snubbed from the all-star game once again this season. Backstrom has put up back-to-back multi-point outings, giving him 14 goals and 46 points in 45 games on the season. Sitting fifth in the NHL with 32 assists, this elite playmaker is a must-start every game.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's loss to the Predators.

He's so consistent, it's crazy. Backstrom has eight points in his last nine games, giving him 13 goals and 44 points in 44 games on the season, to go with a plus-5 rating. Friday marked Backstrom's 13th multi-point game of the season -- ninth most in the NHL. With 31 assists, Backstrom is one of the best set-up men around, making him a must-start every game.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom picked up an assist in Saturday's win over Detroit.

He is one of the most consistent point producers in the NHL. He has been producing at a point-per-game pace over his entire career -- yes, you read that right. He has 535 points in 536 games. He's rarely shut down for more than a few games and is a particularly effective in weekly head-to-head formats.