Sidney Crosby played set-up man extraordinaire on Sunday night in Pittsburgh with 5 assists in a 6-1 win versus the Islanders. Over the past 8 games the Pens superstar has 20 points and if he continues that pace he'll hit 100 for the shortened season.
For the season, Crosby has 45 points in 26 games (12 goals, 33 assists), a 1.7 points per game average. He's been on a surge which has seen him pass Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and he leads the NHL in points with 8 more than Stamkos' 37.
But more importantly, should he continue the kind of production he's had over these past eight games, where his 20 points gives him a 2.5 points per game average, over the final 22 games of the 48 game season it would give him another 55 points. Along with those 45 he has, that would see him hit 100 points on the nose.
Sidney Crosby: points in 12 of last 13 games
Crosby tends to score points in bunches. Since the first 7 games of the 2013 NHL season, when he scored just 7 points, he's had 8 three point games to go with Sunday's 5 points. He currently has an 8 game point streak going and has scored at least one point in 12 of his last 13.
All that point production leaves linemate Chris Kunitz, who scored a hat-trick against the Isles on Sunday, with 17 goals and 36 points, and leaves his team first in goals-for in the NHL; the Pens have 97 goals, 12 more than each of the Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks, who have all scored 85 goals.
The last time the NHL had a shortened season of 48 games due to labor woes, another Penguin, Jaromir Jagr, now with the Dallas Stars, won the points race with 70. Crosby has won one scoring crown to date, in his second season in 2006-07 (120 points). In three of the five seasons since he's missed a significant amount of games due to injury.