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PHT Extra: Ovechkin’s 50-in-50 chances

Dec 12, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

Following up on yesterday’s post on the subject, Mike and I chatted with Kay Adams today about Alex Ovechkin‘s chances of scoring 50 goals in the Washington Capitals’ first 50 games. Can he do something that hasn’t been done in over 20 years? A feat that only five players in NHL history have accomplished? Aaaaand because I’m a total Mr. Negative, I took the opportunity to share my thoughts on some of the Caps’ shortcomings.

We also discussed the New York Rangers’ recent struggles.

  1. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM


    in fact, you’d be better off placing money on Ovechkin’s jersey “not stay tuck my body” for the duration of the season, than wasting bread on this pipe dream !!!

  2. jpelle82 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    he’s at 26 in 31 games…5 off the pace with 19 games to go. he would have to score 1.26 goals per game to make it happen and his best season average is .79 goals per game. he’s averaging 5.4 shots per game and his shooting percentage is 16.7. his pace is.89 gpg right now, thats .37 goals per game shy of being able to do it. 24 goals needed and 19 games left…many different scenarios to get there but at the very least he would need 5 games with 2 goals if he scores only 1 in every other game. tough sledding but if he could pull off a hat trick or two in the near future i think he could make it interesting. a more realistic accomplishment would be 50 in HIS first 50 games this year since he missed those 2 games, that would still be impressive and a little bit more probable.

    • letsgocaps88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Ovie has 26 goals in 29 games. He was injured for two games.

      • hockeydon10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        The two games he missed still count against the 50-in-50 marker.

  3. hockeydon10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I’d say something like 3-to-1 against him getting it. It’s certainly possible. We’ve seen him go on a tear before. He closed last season with 23 goals in 23 games.

    It’s mostly up to the health of his center and the strength of their schedule. Remaining in December alone the Caps face Panthers, Flyers x2, Canes, Devils, Sabres and Sens as current non-playoff teams. January brings Canes, Leafs, Sabres, Blue Jackets and Sens, again as current non-playoff teams.

    In looking at that list of teams, one can’t say it’s 100% impossible. Unlikely, but not impossible.

    • hockeydon10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Oops. Replace “Leafs” with “Rangers x2” as non-playoff teams. They have enough points to be the wildcard team instead of the Rags.

  4. cspsrbums - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    And Bloom spoke again as I bow to his name. Dude you are in love with Ovi I could imagine if he was on the Kings. You would be like a Pens fan Slobbering all over Crosby

  5. thecheeman - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Halford with the killer eyebrow raise when Key drops the 26-goal stat on him.

    • thecheeman - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM


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