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Leon Draisaitl will attempt to score his 50th goal of the season in the Oilers final game of 2018-19 on Saturday

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Time is running out.

But there's still 60 guaranteed minutes remaining for Leon Draisaitl to complete his personal quest of scoring 50 goals this season. 

If it comes, it will be in Calgary against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome and it will make Draisaitl the second player in the National Hockey League to score 50 this season. Draisaitl would also become the 92nd unique player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a year.

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"I don't need to beat around the bush; it would be pretty special for me," Draisaitl, sitting second in League goals with 49 and fourth in League scoring with 104 points, said. 

"I'm just going to enjoy the last game and try to get one more in."

Draisaitl's fired 228 shots this year and owns a 21.5 percent shooting percentage, nestling second in the League in that regard among players who have registered 50 shots or more in '18-19. Overall, Draisaitl's 228 shots rank him 37th overall, which is telling of the sniper's efficiency. 

"I always knew that I had a good shot," said Draisaitl. "Maybe it was just a matter of having the confidence to use it more and pull the trigger a little more. I've been working on it a lot and trying to get better at it. 

"This year, it obviously worked out for me."

Typically known as the purveyor of pristine passes, Draisaitl joked that it's been difficult adjusting to being more of a trigger rather than a playmaker.

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"I like looking for the pass more than anything but playing with Connor, he obviously does it all and he's so good at passing the puck, so sometimes it's just a matter of getting open and finding open space for him," said Draisaitl, who has 124 career markers and leads all 2014 NHL draft picks in career points with 311 in 350 games.

Thursday night against the Sharks, many Oilers players made it an effort to get Draisaitl the puck to score his 50th after notching goals 48 and 49. He couldn't find the back of the net but there's no doubt Draisaitl's teammates will be looking for the German on the ice on Saturday, in hopes that he completes the quest.

"That speaks for our group that no matter what happens, we help each other out," Draisaitl said. "We get excited for people to hit milestones.

"I really appreciate those guys trying for me."

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