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Where Kucherov hitting 115 points fits in recent NHL history

Where Kucherov hitting 115 points fits in recent NHL history
Published On: Fri, Mar 15
May 20, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period of game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nikita KucherovA isna€™t merely content to shred defenses and poor, helpless opposing goalies. Hea€™s like a hot knife going through butter when it comes to the best seasons in recent NHL history, too.

With an impressive two-goal, two-assist night in the Lightninga€™s 5-4 win against the Red Wings on Thursday, Kucherov now has a blistering 115 points this season. Kucherov has done so in just 71 games, so if he maintains his current (about 1.6197 points-per-game) pace and plays all 82 games, hea€™d finish either with 132 or 133 in 2018-19.

Even if Kucherov stopped here, hea€™d be in some absolutely elite company.

The last player to reach at least 115 points wasA Sidney Crosby,A who managed 120 back in 2006-07. A year before that,A Joe ThorntonA (125) outdueled Jaromir Jagr (123) in a remarkable race for the Art Ross/Hart Trophy in 2005-06.

But, again, if Kucherov stopped at 115, hea€™d have put together one of the best runs since the calendar hit 2000. Herea€™s aA short list of the best seasons since 2000-01:

1. Joe Thornton, 125 in 2005-06
2. Jaromir Jagr, 123 in 2005-06
3. Jagr, 121 in 2000-01
4. Sidney Crosby, 120 in 2006-07
5. Joe Sakic, 118 in 2000-01
6. Kucherov, 115 in 2018-19
7. Thornton, 114 in 2006-07

Remarkable.

If Kucherov came in around 132 or 133 points as hea€™s projected, hea€™d top Jagra€™s 127 points from 1998-99.A 

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