Could Ilya Kovalchuk Score 50 Goals in 50 Games?

One of the very rare feats in NHL hockey is scoring 50 goals in 50 games. It is very difficult to accomplish. Nobody around in the NHL media world seems to have noticed, but right now Ilya Kovalchuk has 12 Goals in just 11 Games. He's ahead of a 50 in 50 pace and he is 1/5th of the way to that goal already.

So far in the 2009-2010 season, Kovalchuk has continued to show great personal drive, but now he is benefiting from better linemates and a better team. That translates into more power play opportunities, more defensive attention going to line mates and more empty net situations.

As an individual Kovalchuk has shown tremendous drive since being named team captain back in January of this year. In the calendar year of 2009 Kovalchuk has scored 43 Goals in 53 games--which is short of 50 goals in 50 games pace--but still in the neighborhood.

He's scoring at a higher rate so far in the current season--but maintaining that pace will be very challenging. When you consider that the modern period of NHL hockey is lower scoring than other eras, anyone who even makes a run at 50 goals in 50 games is in the midst of a torrid scoring streak.

The odds are stacked against Kovalchuk maintaining this pace for 40 more games, but it gives us yet another reason to watch this pure goal scorer in coming weeks.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bird Watchers Anonymous

You must be a member of Bird Watchers Anonymous to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bird Watchers Anonymous. You should read them.

Join Bird Watchers Anonymous

You must be a member of Bird Watchers Anonymous to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bird Watchers Anonymous. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.