As far as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ file ebook is anxious, Mario Lemieux is near untouchable.
Sure, the franchise has featured a number of the recreation’s biggest abilities, however let’s have a look at a quick listing of data Lemieux presently holds, lets? Lemieux is Pittsburgh’s chief in targets, assists, factors, plus-minus, energy play targets and shorthanded targets in a season. He additionally holds the all-time marks in video games performed, targets, assists, factors, energy play targets and shorthanded targets. On prime of that, Lemieux scored 40 hat tips for the Penguins and took extra photographs than any other participant in franchise historical past, should you’re into these data, too. This is to say that breaking a Lemieux file in Pittsburgh is akin to snapping a Gretzky mark in Edmonton.
However, if there was any file that was going to fall, it was Lemieux’s file for post-season factors, notably after two straight Stanley Cup runs by the tandem of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin proper on the peak of their primes. And, certain sufficient, Lemieux’s 172-point mark was tied by Crosby early within the first body Wednesday just for the Penguins’ captain to web his fifth aim of the post-season and record-breaking 173rd level halfway by means of the second.
“A lot of his records aren’t going to be touched, so the fact that I can be close to him and around that one (means a lot),” stated Crosby after the sport, in response to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “I have been lucky sufficient to play in a variety of playoff video games, which helps so much, nevertheless it’s good to be part of that.”
Now, that stated, if Crosby ever slows down — simply go along with it, regardless of how unlikely it appears — he won’t maintain the file as soon as all is claimed and executed. Following Wednesday’s tilt through which he earned two factors of his personal, Malkin moved inside 10 factors of Lemieux, which implies he’s solely 11 factors again of Crosby’s now-franchise-best 173-point mark. A few huge video games right here or there and Malkin might get inside placing distance of the file. And don’t assume Malkin doesn’t understand it. “I am shut,” Malkin joked post-game, per The Ahtletic’s Seth Rorabaugh. “I’m coming too.”
So, with Crosby taking on in Pittsburgh and Malkin chasing down second spot, right here’s an inventory of the playoff scoring leaders for the 31 NHL franchises, as effectively as the active member of every workforce closest to taking prime spot:
ANAHEIM DUCKS: He managed solely two assists within the sweep suffered by the hands of the Sharks, however Ryan Getzlaf tops Anaheim’s all-time post-season scoring listing with 37 targets and 120 factors in 125 playoff video games. The assumption right here could have been that Teemu Selanne has the file, however he’s effectively behind with 35 targets and 69 factors. The next-best active scorer within the Ducks’ lineup is Corey Perry (89 factors in 118 playoff video games), however Jakob Silfverberg’s 41 factors in 57 video games might see him work his means up the listing over the following a number of seasons.
ARIZONA COYOTES: Despite spending his total profession with the franchise, Shane Doan doesn’t prime the franchise’s listing of post-season scorers. Rather, it’s Dale Hawerchuk’s 49 factors that prepared the ground, regardless of the actual fact he left the group again through the Winnipeg days. There’s just one present Coyotes participant with factors within the playoffs, and that’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who has 4 playoff factors in his profession. It’ll be a while earlier than Hawerchuk’s mark falls.
BOSTON BRUINS: Ray Bourque may be discovered all through the Bruins’ file ebook, and his 161 playoff factors put him almost 60 factors away from Phil Esposito for prime spot in post-season manufacturing. Catching Bourque goes to be a tall activity for any of the present Bruins, too. David Krejci — not Patrice Bergeron or Brad Marchand or Zdeno Chara — is tops amongst active players with 80 factors, little lower than half of Bourque’s complete in Boston.
BUFFALO SABRES: Jack Eichel’s profession is younger and he’s locked in for eight years in Buffalo, and if the Sabres can flip issues round within the close to future, he might climb this listing. So, who will he be chasing? Gilbert Perreault, whose 103 factors are 50 greater than any other Sabre. In phrases of active players, Jason Pominville’s return places him atop the listing. He has 28 factors within the post-season for Buffalo.
CALGARY FLAMES: Jarome Iginla, proper? Or Theoren Fleury? Or what about Joe Nieuwendyk? Wrong, unsuitable and unsuitable. Al MacInnis is probably the most prolific scorer in Flames playoff historical past, scoring 102 factors throughout 95 video games. Iginla is much again with 49 factors, Fleury is nearer with 62 factors and Nieuwendyk lands between them with 60 factors to his title. Fittingly, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are tied amongst active Flames with 11 factors apiece.
CAROLINA HURRICANES: Given the expertise of yesteryear is throughout this listing of franchise post-season leaders, one would possibly count on a former Whaler to carry the mark for the Hurricanes franchise. But it’s really Eric Staal, who had 43 factors in 43 playoff video games in Carolina. Justin Williams is the next-best present Hurricane, having scored 18 factors throughout his earlier tenure with the franchise.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: This is a kind of conditions where taking prime spot from a certifiable legend of the sport is fully inside the realm of chance. Stan Mikita holds the Blackhawks’ post-season scoring lead with 150 playoff factors throughout his profession, however Patrick Kane is simply 27 factors again. And even when Kane by some means doesn’t take prime spot, Jonathan Toews might. He’s solely 40 factors again and there might nonetheless be some good playoff years left down the highway in Chicago.
COLORADO AVALANCHE: Joe Sakic is likely one of the 10 finest playoff scorers in NHL historical past. Think about that for a second. He registered a whopping 84 targets and 188 playoff factors over the course of his profession with the Avalanche (and Quebec Nordiques), so if anybody needs to interrupt that mark, it’s going to take some extremely profitable forays into the post-season. For the time being, although, Sakic can watch Nathan MacKinnon chip away. It would possibly take till the tip of his profession, nonetheless, as he solely has 15 playoff factors up to now.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: As with the remainder of the franchises which can be comparatively new to the NHL, the post-season scoring leaderboard is in a state of flux. That is to say that whereas Cam Atkinson, he of 10 profession playoff factors, holds the highest mark for post-season scoring, though the lead might change arms one other two or thrice relying on how deep the Blue Jackets go. If they escape the primary spherical, it wouldn’t be secure to guess in opposition to Artemi Panarin taking first place. He’s been on fireplace and is already inside three factors of Atkinson in 11 fewer video games performed.
DALLAS STARS: Another one which’s not even shut. Mike Modano was a fixture of the Stars’ offense throughout their finest years and he has the 145 playoff factors to show it. Over the previous few years, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin ought to have been chasing down Modano or no less than working their means up the leaderboard, however disappointing seasons have left the 2 Stars stars at 20 and three factors, respectively.
DETROIT RED WINGS: It actually is a disgrace that Henrik Zetterberg, who has 120 profession playoff factors, is more likely to finish his profession on a bottom-feeding Red Wings workforce as a result of he was making fairly the run up the franchise’s all-time post-season scoring chart. He presently sits fifth. That stated, he in all probability wouldn’t have caught Steve Yzerman, who leads the way in which with 185 factors. No joke, the next-best Red Wing who isn’t on the verge of retirement (sorry, Niklas Kronwall): Jonathan Ericsson, who has 21 profession playoff factors.
EDMONTON OILERS: Let’s simply have a look at this one this manner – Wayne Gretzky had 252 factors for the Oilers within the post-season. In his first playoff look, Connor McDavid had 9. So, even when McDavid scored about 15 factors per post-season for the following 15 years, he’d nonetheless be 18 factors shy of matching Gretzky’s workforce file. So, yeah, Gretzky’s staying put except they make the nets the scale of a storage door.
FLORIDA PANTHERS: Reilly Smith is on the market in Vegas tearing it up, but when the Panthers would have stored him round, he would’ve been Florida’s highest active playoff scorer with eight factors for the franchise. Instead, it’s Nick Bjugstad who’s subsequent in keeping with 4 factors, placing him 15 factors again of surpassing Ray Sheppard for prime spot. For these questioning, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov have three factors every.
LOS ANGELES KINGS: Take a wild guess. Yes, it’s Wayne Gretzky. The distinction right here, although, is it’s really affordable to consider Gretzky, with 94 playoff factors for L.A., might lose his place atop the Kings’ all-time post-season scoring listing. Los Angeles had a tricky playoff and Anze Kopitar solely had two factors in 4 video games, however these two factors moved him inside 28 of Gretzky. And with six years left on his contract, it’s not out of the query that Kopitar might attain 95 factors.
MINNESOTA WILD: Zach Parise started the post-season as the franchise’s leading playoff scorer with 28 factors and he prolonged that mark by notching three targets within the first spherical in opposition to the Jets. Thing is, the damage that knocked him out of the sequence opens the door for Mikko Koivu to take the file. His 4 assists this post-season give him 28 profession playoff factors, and a pair huge video games might transfer him all the way in which to first place.
MONTREAL CANADIENS: Jean Beliveau had 176 playoff factors. Jacques Lemaire had 139 within the post-season. And every of Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur, Henri Richard Yvan Cournoyer, Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion scored no less than 100 factors within the playoffs for Montreal. What we’re making an attempt to get at is Brendan Gallagher, the active Canadiens chief with 21 profession playoff factors, has his work lower out for him to even enter the highest 10.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS: David Legwand was the Predators’ first draft decide, second total, in 1998, and it was becoming that he had lengthy held the Nashville post-season scoring file. But he holds that file no extra. Entering this post-season, Filip Forsberg had 26 profession playoff factors, however his three targets and 5 factors have pushed him to 31 and prime spot on Nashville post-season scoring listing.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS: Patrik Elias’ retirement meant the franchise stated goodbye to one in all its most impactful players and, frankly, a participant whose profession is pretty underrated. Not solely did he win two Stanley Cups and 4 Eastern Conference titles in New Jersey, he scored 125 factors within the playoffs alongside the way in which. To put that into context, Travis Zajac, the highest active Devil with 28 factors, has about one-fifth of the purpose complete regardless of enjoying in additional than one-third the quantity of video games.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS: No one is aware of if John Tavares going to go away or if he’s going to remain in New York but, nevertheless it actually received’t matter a lot in terms of the Islanders’ post-season scoring file. He leads active players with 22 factors, however that’s 148 shy of Bryan Trottier’s 170-point file. He’s one in all three dynasty-era Islanders with 160 or extra playoff factors.
NEW YORK RANGERS: For a franchise as storied as the Rangers, one would possibly count on one other unreachable prime complete, however Brian Leetch’s franchise-record 89 playoff factors places prime spot inside attain ought to New York have a number of good years. Derek Stepan was already getting considerably shut, scoring 49 factors throughout his Rangers profession, however the active lead now goes to Chris Kredier, who has 37 factors in 77 profession playoff video games as a Blueshirt.
OTTAWA SENATORS: Daniel Alfredsson ended his Senators profession with a pleasant spherical quantity when it got here to playoff efficiency: 100 factors. Incredibly, that’s nearly double the second-place Jason Spezza, who had 52 post-season factors as a Senator, and places Alfredsson 63 factors forward of present active chief Erik Karlsson. If Ottawa does the beforehand unthinkable and trades Karlsson, although, Bobby Ryan’s 17 factors would possibly transfer into prime spot amongst active players.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: Claude Giroux had a daily season worthy of Hart Trophy rivalry and far was anticipated of him in these playoffs, however he hasn’t moved all that a lot on the Flyers’ all-time playoff scoring listing. He stays in ninth, prime amongst active players, with 63 factors. But meaning he’s solely a bit over midway to catching Bobby Clarke, whose 119 factors places him in prime spot.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: Did you not learn what we wrote all the way in which up on the prime? It’s Crosby. He simply handed Lemieux. And Malkin’s not far behind.
SAN JOSE SHARKS: Here’s a enjoyable one. Had Patrick Marleau stayed with the Sharks, he can be each the all-time and active chief in post-season scoring for the franchise. However, his departure means he solely holds the previous mark, having scored 120 playoff factors whereas in San Jose. Now, that stated, a superb run — and we’re speaking actually good — by a returning Joe Thornton might see the lead change arms. He’s 15 factors again of Marleau for prime spot.
ST. LOUIS BLUES: Brett Hull holds down first place within the Blues’ post-season file ebook having scored 117 factors throughout his tenure in St. Louis, however doesn’t this really feel like a file that Vladimir Tarasenko can finally break? He’s at 32 factors proper now, nevertheless it’s laborious to not assume the Tarasenko-led Blues might finally make a deep run that may assist him rocket up this listing. There’s numerous profession left there.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: These playoffs have seen Crosby take over the Penguins lead, Forsberg transfer into prime spot for the Predators and, if Tampa Bay makes the deep run many expect, the Lightning post-season scoring file might fall, too. At current, Martin St-Louis is No. 1 all-time for Tampa Bay with 68 factors, however Nikita Kucherov has 51 factors of his personal. Not too laborious to ascertain the Lightning attending to the ultimate or successful the Stanley Cup on the energy of one other 18 factors from Kucherov, is it? He has 9 in 4 video games already.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: James van Riemsdyk is the active chief with 12 factors, however within the curiosity of this from a franchise-player viewpoint, let’s contemplate what Auston Matthews would want to do to go Doug Gilmour’s 77 factors for the highest spot in playoff scoring. Right now, Matthews has six post-season factors, so one other eight playoff appearances with about eight factors per post-season would push him previous Gilmour. Seems effectively inside attain, no?
VANCOUVER CANUCKS: Daniel Sedin scored 71 factors within the post-season all through his profession. Henrik Sedin is getting set to skate away with 78 playoff factors to his title. But certain sufficient, that is a kind of uncommon data neither of the Sedins maintain. Instead, it’s Trevor Linden, who scored 95 playoff factors for the Canucks, who sits atop the listing. It seems Alexander Edler is the next-best active scorer with 31 factors, and Bo Horvat is third-best with 4 factors.
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: This one is ever-changing and will swap on a close to game-to-game foundation at this level. Right now, Reilly Smith holds the lead, having scored three factors in Vegas’ sweep of Los Angeles. But there are 5 players tied with two factors apiece and one other seven with no less than one level. It’s anybody’s file for the taking! (Except for perhaps Tomas Tatar, who has gone from deadline pickup to wholesome scratch.)
WASHINGTON CAPITALS: Alex Ovechkin took over the Capitals’ playoff scoring lead through the 2015-16 post-season — his 73rd level passing Dale Hunter’s former 72-point file — and has solely constructed on it since. He has scored seven targets and 12 factors in his previous 16 playoff video games. The solely actual risk to his file in the meanwhile is Nicklas Backstrom, who’s 14 factors again. And nearly the one means Backstrom will go Ovechkin is that if the Russian celebrity decides he needs to move to the KHL after his present contract.
WINNIPEG JETS: Entering the playoffs, the franchise had a three-way tie for prime post-season scorer between Pascal Dupuis, Keith Tkachuk and present Jet Bryan Little. Little has since moved forward of Dupuis and Tkachuk, however solely into a good bigger tie. Right now, six players (!) are tied at 4 factors, together with Little, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers. Like the Golden Knights’ franchise chief, this one goes to take a full post-season or extra to type out.
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