It seems an impossibly tall order - to hit the 100 point-mark in a 48 game NHL season - but with the way Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby has been playing he just might pull it off. Crosby has been burning up the league and is now the NHL points leader.
Heading into Sunday's home game against the New York Islanders, in the past 7 games the Pittsburgh Penguins captain has 15 points, vaulting past the Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos to take over the lead with 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 25 games.
Were he to keep up the pace of just over 2 points a game for the remaining 23 he'll wind up at roughly 90 points, 10 shy of the 100 mark. But consider that in his past 18 games, Crosby has managed to score 3 points 8 times. Should he continue that kind of point-scoring then he certainly has a chance to hit 100 points.
NHL: 48 game schedule in 1994-95
The last time a labor dispute caused the NHL to play a reduced schedule of 48 games was in the 1994-95 season and Jaromir Jagr, then with the Penguins, won the scoring crown with 70 points. In full seasons since the 100-point plateau was first hit in the 1968-69 season by Phil Esposito (126) the winner of the scoring crown has hit 100 each season except three, all recent; in 1999-2000, Jagr won with 96 points, in 2001-2002 Calgary Flame Jarome Iginla won with 96 and in 2003-04 Martin St. Louis of the Lightning lead the NHL with 94 points.
Crosby's only scoring crown was in 2006-07 when he had 120 points in 79 games. He finished second to Henrik Sedin in 2009-10, Sedin had 112 points and Crosby 109.
Note: Sunday, Crosby had 5 assists and now has 45 points in 26 games.