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03-09-2012, 10:13 AM
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While I think it's certainly possible, I think now is a good time to remind people how difficult it is to be a 40 goal man in the NHL. We usually see somewhere between 5-7 40 goal scorers a year, and this year we'll be lucky to see 5 based on the numbers. It's really hard. Scoring 40 requires something that isn't needed in such abundance to score 30...consistency. Natural goal scorers (Kessel, Gaborik, even Ryder) can hit 30 goals in a year even with a cold stretch or two, because they can make up for that cold stretch with multiple goal games elsewhere. Scoring 40 just requires you to be so consistent, and largely remain healthy. I think it's possible, but I don't think scoring 30 necessarily is a natural precursor to eventually scoring 40.

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