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04-05-2012, 01:14 PM
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Just to add some perspective here. With TWO games left in the regular season, the goal scoring leaders for the entire NHL break down like this...

50 Goals - 1 player
40 Goals - 4 players
30 Goals - 26 players (<1 per team) :: Radulov
25 Goals - 56 players (<2 per team) :: Radulov, Hornqvist
20 Goals - 94 players (>3 per team) :: Radulov, Hornqvist, Fisher
15 Goals - 167 players (>5 per team) :: Radulov, Hornqvist, Fisher, Erat, Weber, S. Kostitsyn, A. Kostitsyn, Wilson

This assumes that Radulov would carry his current pace through an entire season (35 goal pace, so we can assume 30 is a safe bet). It also shows that it's mostly unrealistic to expect any player to score 40 in today's game, although Stamkos is a pretty good bet.

If Fisher, Erat, Weber and/or Halischuk score one goal in either of the next two games it will bolster the numbers further. With this kind of production, it's silly to look at contracts at this point of the season and put them up against goal totals. It's a team game and the important part is that the Preds scored and won this season, let the value of each player's contract be debated in the summer when roster decisions have to be made. Right now look at the great season they had and get ready for the Playoffs!!!

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