As Henrik Sedin continues to lead the NHL in scoring — and who could have predicted that one? — it’s interesting to take a look behind the raw numbers.
Prior to their Thursday game vs. the Dallas Stars, Hank had 21 goals, 49 assists, totaling 70 points in 49 games. That’s a 1.43 point-per-game clip. If that scoring rate were to continue to the end of the season, barring injury, Henrik Sedin would finish with 117 points, easily eclipsing Pavel Bure’s single-season Canuck record of 110 points set in 1992-93. Of those 117 points, 82 would be assists, setting another Canuck single-season record (Henrik himself holds the current record of 71 assists, set in 2006-07).
It gets even more interesting if you consider that he was missing his brother Daniel for 18 games. If you look at the 27 games they’ve played together since Daniel’s return, Henrik has scored 8 goals, 38 assists for 46 points — 1.70 points per game. If Henrik continues that rate over the remaining 32 games of the season, he would end up with 124 points, 94 of them assists.
For his part, Daniel has scored 13 goals, 25 assists for 38 points in those 27 games — 1.41 points per game. At that rate, Daniel would finish with 87 points in 63 games. Together, the twins would have 211 points by the end of the year.
What about their linemate, Alex Burrows? Since Daniel returned to the lineup, Burrows has scored 18 goals, 9 assists for 27 points. The remarkable stat here is, of course, Burrows’ goal-scoring rate — 0.667 goals per game over that span. If Burrows were able to somehow maintain that rate, he would end up with 43 goals — quite the incredible year for the former ECHL-er.
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By the way, Henrik’s 1.43 ppg and Daniel’s 1.35 ppg over the entire season so far rank them second and third in the league, respectively, behind Alexander Ovechkin’s 1.62.
Not since the days of the West Coast Express have Canuck players been mentioned among the league’s scoring elite. Even if the Sedins (and Burrows) can’t keep up their torrid scoring pace, they have made their case to be included among the Ovechkins, Crosbys, and Thorntons.