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The Art Ross Trophy, given to the player with the most points at the end of an NHL season, is going to come down to the final day of the season, April 18, it appears. Three of the biggest stars in the game have been battling for superiority for much of the season. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers has won each of the past three scoring races and the Art Ross five times in his nine-season NHL career. Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, in his 10th NHL season, won the Art Ross in 2018-19. We'll chart this race each day for the remainder of the season in the Art Ross Tracker.

The Race

Nikita Kucherov -- 142 points (43 goals, 99 assists)
Nathan MacKinnon -- 138 points (51 goals, 87 assists)
Connor McDavid -- 132 points (32 goals, 100 assists)

The Skinny

Kucherov: The Lightning forward had an assist in 24:00 minutes of ice time in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. He has points in eight of his past nine games (two goals, 17 assists). Kucherov has one game to get to at least 100 assists in a season, a feat accomplished by Wayne Gretzky (11 times), Mario Lemieux (1988-89), Bobby Orr (1970-71) and McDavid, who did It Monday with an assist against the San Jose Sharks.

Games remaining: 1

Next game: Wednesday vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; MAX, truTV, TNT, TVAS2, SN)

MacKinnon: The Avalanche center had an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. MacKinnon is one point behind Peter Stastny's Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques single-season record of 139 set in 1981-82. His 87 points (34 goals, 53 assists) in 40 home games are the most in a season since Lemieux had 104 (44 goals, 60 assists) in 1995-96.

Games remaining: 1

Next game: Thursday vs. Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, SNO, SNE, SN1, TVAS)

McDavid: The Oilers center reached 100 assists this season in a 9-2 win against the Sharks on Monday, assisting on a goal by Zach Hyman. The Edmonton captain joined Gretzky, Lemieux and Orr as the only players to get 100 assists in a season and the first since 1990-91, when Gretzky did it with the Los Angeles Kings. McDavid also had a goal against the Sharks in his first game back after missing the previous three with a lower-body injury.

Games remaining: 2

Next game: Wednesday at Arizona Coyotes (10 p.m. ET; SCRIPPS, SN, TVAS)

They said it

"It means a lot. Those three are obviously three of the greatest players to ever play. To share a little something with them, it means a lot to me. I'm thankful for my teammates, the staff here in Edmonton, the coaches and everybody. I feel very grateful for our staff here in Edmonton and all of the players here. It has been a different type of year, but everybody stuck with it and we've put ourselves in a good spot heading into when it matters most." -- McDavid, on joining Gretzky, Lemieux and Orr as the only players to have 100 assists in a season

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