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45 of his 78 points were scored at even strength (40 at five-on-five), his highest total in that department since 2009-10, and he led the Caps in five-on-five assists, points, assists-per-60, points-per-60, and Corsi-For percentage.
He did only manage 153 shots on goal, tying a career low that he set back in his rookie season of 2007-08.
Backstrom's not the goal-scorer on his line most nights, but he does have a sneaky-good shot that he doesn't use often enough, and it's part of the reason why he's only hit the 20-goal mark twice in his career (and not once since 2009-10).
That said, his shooting percentage jumped up to 11.8% this year, his best in four seasons, and he tied last year's goal total on 43 shots, so perhaps that's not it.
Key Stat: 30 of Backstrom's 60 assists on the season came at even strength, his highest total in that department since 2009-10 (and just another reason why both he and Alex Ovechkin finished with much nicer-looking plus-minus totals this year).
Interesting Stat: Backstrom won 99 of the 140 faceoffs he took in home playoff games this year for a win percentage of 70.7% - an impressive mark which still leads the League.
The Good: On the surface, it may look like this was just another solid season from the uber-consistent Backstrom, as he fell just one point shy of matching last season's total with 78 points.
But when considered in context, it's much more than that - in fact, it was one of his best seasons to date.
For starters, it was the fourth time in his career that he finished with at least 60 assists and 78 points - a feat which only Henrik Sedin has accomplished as many times over that span.
And to put up that many points in general was no easy feat this year, with scoring down across the League; it was actually the first time in Backstrom's careeer (and the first time since 2003-04) that no one in the NHL cracked the 100-point mark by the end of the season.
Over the course of the year, Backstrom's production had him keeping pace with - and at one point, leading - some of the League's most prolific scorers; by season's end, he led the NHL with 60 assists, and finished just nine points shy of Jamie Benn's eventual Art Ross Trophy-winning total, effectively (and finally) putting himself into the conversation as one of the game's elite players.
A big reason for that was a vast improvement by Backstrom (and his team as a whole) in even-strength production.