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03-18-2013, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tazzy19 View Post
Your argument might have merit if Mario had scored over 100 goals in 88-89 instead of 85 goals. But the fact remains is that Gretzky scored MORE goals than Mario in a lower scoring year (in 83-84).
Average goal scoring in 1988-89: 7.483 = x

Average goal scoring in 1983-84: 7.889 = y

y = 1.054x

If you use that as a factor to adjust Lemieux's numbers upwards, he comes out with ~90 goals. If you adjust it to that factor and also adjust the 76GP to 74GP (what Gretzky played in 83-84), it comes out at just above 87.

Now, if we look to Gretzky's 92-goal season...

Average goal scoring in 1981-82: 8.025 = z

z = 1.072x

Adjust by that factor, plus increase from 76 to 80 GP, and we get to 96 goals.

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