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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.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom scored his 12th goal of the year and assisted on Alex Ovechkin's goal later in the third period Monday, helping the Caps send the game to overtime, though they ended up with a 4-3 loss to the Isles.

Backstrom had been held off the scoresheet for two straight games -- just the fourth time all year that's happened -- but as he so often does, he bounced back with a quality effort. With 12 goals in 36 games now, he's on pace for 27, which would be the second-best total of his career.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Devils. He has seven points, including five goals, in his last four games.

Cha-ching. That's the sound of fantasy owners cashing in on his current hot streak. He continues to flirt with the top-10 scoring list. Enjoy the ride.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom notched a natural hat trick in Washington's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. It was his first regular-season hat trick.

The guy is known as a playmaker, so what gives with the goals? We're not complaining by any means. He has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last three games and 30 points in 29 games. He's the Caps' scoring leader and needs to rolled with every start.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom snapped a brief two-game scoreless skid with a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's win over Tampa.

And with that, he bounces back up to an even point-per-game pace -- 27 in 27. On the down side, 22 of those points are assists, so Backstrom's currently on one of the worst goal-scoring paces of his career. This is highly reminiscent of the lockout-shortened 2012-13, in which he delivered a point per game over 48 contests, but scored just eight times.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom's scoring streak stands at five games and seven points, including six assists, after he picked up two helpers in a loss to Toronto on Saturday night.

He's finally running at just over a point-per-game pace. And his face-off winning percentage this year is on the rise, too. But his SOG are way, way down -- he won't help you in that category with just 40 shots in 23 games.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals.

After a mini scoring drought, Backstrom has been on fire lately, picking up five points in his last three games. With Backstrom's elite passing ability, he should have no problem racking up more points by continuing to feed Alex Ovechkin as the season rolls on.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom ended his three-game scoreless streak Thursday, picking up a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in a 3-2 win over the Avs.

The little skid pushed him off a point-per-game pace, and Thursday wasn't quite enough for him to get back (he now has 18 points in 19 games), but Backstrom should be right around 80 points when all's said and done.

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Backstrom picked up two assists on Alex Ovechkin goals -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's win over Columbus.

Backstrom's clipping along as usual, with an assist-heavy nine points over his last six games. As always, he's a lineup fixture.