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Crosby's playoff numbers rival Lemieux's with Penguins

Pittsburgh captain one point from matching Hall of Famer's totals in postseason

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Sidney Crosby has seven points (four goals, three assists) in three games for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference First Round, giving the Penguins center 171 points (61 goals, 110 assists) in 151 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

Crosby is one point shy of Mario Lemieux's Penguins playoff record of 172 points (76 goals, 96 assists), but there are strong arguments Lemieux should be recognized as the Penguins' all-time best in the postseason even after Crosby eclipses his numbers. 

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Norris Trophy race could be five-player dead heat

Carlson, Klingberg, Doughty among favorites to win award for best defenseman

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

There's a tight race for the Norris Trophy this season, with more than a dozen contenders. The underlying numbers for each of this season's top defensemen reveal that the race could be among these five favorites:

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Sedins put up remarkable numbers in 17 seasons with Canucks

Twins on ice for most Vancouver goals, account for 20 percent of scoring by 1999 draft class

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin have produced some incredible numbers during their 17-season career with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Borgstrom, Donato, Terry among high-impact late-season roster additions

Statistical models suggest each could make immediate impression for new club

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Henrik Borgstrom of the Florida Panthers and Eeli Tolvanen of the Nashville Predators are among the arrivals who could have the greatest impact on the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and, possibly, on the tournament itself.

Based on the various methods of estimating a player's contributions using previous scoring data in other leagues, here is a look the five players who could become much more well-known during the next three months:

 

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Odds breakdown for Rocket Richard race

Where top contenders stand in quest for NHL goal-scoring title

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL with 44 goals and the Washington Capitals forward is the odds-on favorite to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.

His primary challenger is Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine, who's scored 43 goals but was injured blocking a shot Tuesday and is out at least the next two games. There was a 31.7 percent chance he'd catch or pass Ovechkin, and those chances will drop with every game Laine misses.

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Western Conference contenders can find answers in statistical details

Ducks, Kings, Flames must temper aggression; others need scoring

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Entering the final 25 days of the 2017-18 NHL season, there are six teams in the Western Conference within a range of four points, three of which will compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

For each of these six teams, hockey analytics can identify one key factor that could make the difference in qualifying for the postseason as one of the eight teams from the West.

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Ovechkin closer to Gretzky's goal record with era-adjusted scoring

Capitals forward, in offensively conservative game, has produced at similar rate to Oilers legend

by Rob Vollman / NHL Correspondent

Alex Ovechkin became the 20th player to score 600 NHL goals when he scored twice in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. He is the first Russia-born player to reach that mark.

Wayne Gretzky scored 894 goals, the most in the NHL. At Ovechkin's rate of 0.61 goals per game, he would require 485 games to catch Gretzky, which is almost six 82-game seasons.

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Hall point streak for Devils compares favorably with Gretzky record

On par with NHL mark from 1983-84, statistics show

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Taylor Hall extended his point streak to 26 games Tuesday, and the New Jersey Devils forward's run stacks up well against the longest streak in NHL history, by Wayne Gretzky.

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Flyers' rise in standings keyed by shift in player deployment

Numbers show Giroux position change, separation from Voracek, plus switching defense pairs, helped Philadelphia

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Key lineup deployment changes have helped the Philadelphia Flyers earn 22 of a possible 24 points in their past 12 games and move into the heart of the race for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Being among the leading contenders for the Stanley Cup was not a situation that would have been predicted Dec. 2, after the Flyers lost 3-0 to the Boston Bruins. It was their 10th consecutive loss (0-5-5), and they were 29th in the NHL standings at 8-11-7.

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McDonagh could make immediate impact with Lightning

Numbers suggest defenseman will be good fit following trade from Rangers

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With the acquisition of Ryan McDonagh, the Tampa Bay Lightning are among the NHL's best on defense, and have the depth, grit, and flexibility to counter the recent moves their top rivals have made offensively.

Prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, the New York Rangers traded defenseman McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Lightning for forward Vladislav Namestnikov, prospects Libor Hajek and Brett Howden, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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