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Crosby, Ovechkin, and Marleau All Set to Make NHL History

There are several significant NHL milestones and records within reach this 2020-21 season.

The 2020-21 NHL season will be a historical one for a variety of reasons. The oddity of it, the timing, lack of exhibition games, taxi squads and number of games are just a few examples. On the other hand, this the upcoming season has the potential for several big achievements to be accomplished. According to the Score’s Brandon Maron, there are several records to track throughout 2021.

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Alex Ovechkin 700 goals
Alex Ovechkin 700 goals

Alex Ovechkin & Sidney Crosby

As the final seasons of his career unfold, Alex Ovechkin will continue to climb the ranks of all time goal scorers. He will likely finish the season within the top 5 scorers of all time as he is 26 goals away from passing Marcel Dionne’s 731 mark for fifth place. The Russian sniper is also 36 goals from surpassing Brett Hull who currently holds the fourth spot.

Ovechkin is also in a race for 1300 career points with long-time friend and foe Sidney Crosby. To begin this season, Ovechkin has a 15-point cushion in the sprint and needs 22 points to eclipse 1300. Barring injury, that should give the Moscow native enough space to reach this offensive feat first. That said, Crosby has also played less games (168) due to several injuries that kept him out for significant amounts of time.

Games Played

As a result of missing big chunks of games, Crosby has yet to receive his ‘silver stick’ for 1,000 career NHL games played. The Nova Scotian is only 16 games short and is scheduled to receive that honor when the Penguins host, none other than, the Washington Capitals on Valentine’s Day (provided he plays in each game up to that point).

Sidney Crosby Penguins
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins

Speaking of games played, a massive milestone is in reach for NHL iron man Patrick Marleau. The Saskatchewan native is now 45 games from breaking Gordie Howe’s all-time games played record of 1,767 for first spot. That would be a truly exciting moment for Marleau and it will be even more meaningful in a San Jose Sharks jersey.

Another significant record that will be reached this season is the third spot on the all-time list of wins by an NHL head coach. The Islanders are an excellent squad and it should be no problem for them to get five wins for head coach Barry Trotz. Upon doing so he will surpass Ken Hitchcock for 3rd spot.

The two-time Jack Adams winner has continuously been one of the best bench bosses in the NHL and this record is another confirmation of his outstanding ability to lead.

One more day!

Patrick Marleau - NHL Trade Talk
Patrick Marleau – San Jose Sharks

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