A fight that will end in April for the Art-Ross trophy

The race for the Art Ross Trophy is more exciting than ever this season. Nathan MacKinnon, Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid are all having spectacular seasons and currently dominate the NHL scoring charts.

At the dawn of April that will mark the end of the regular season, MacKinnon (47 goals, 80 assists) remains in first position with a total of 127 points, one more than Kucherov (42 goals, 84 assists) and two more than McDavid (29 goals, 96 assists).

The Edmonton Oilers’ McDavid looked out of contention before scoring 31 points in March, the most since Jaromir Jagr in 2001. Although he’s slightly behind his competitors, it’s hard to say I wouldn’t consider McDavid the favorite in this one. career. And for good reason. The Oilers’ ’97’ has finished first in scoring the last three seasons and has five Art Ross trophies in seven years.

For his part, Kucherov has an Art Ross trophy acquired after the 2018-19 season, while MacKinnon is seeking the honor for the first time.Pointer classification

To help his cause, McDavid still has 10 games left, two more than MacKinnon and one more than Kucherov.

We might as well wait until the last moment for this hot fight to be decided. McDavid and MacKinnon will meet in the 82nd and final game of the regular season on April 18. Kucherov will end his season 24 hours early when the Lighing hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs.

You have to go back to the 1992-93 season to find three scorers of 125 points or more in the NHL. That season, no less than nine players had surpassed this mark. Mario Lemieux achieved the Art-Ross with 160 points, taking advantage of Wayne Gretzky’s long absence during the season.

If MacKinnon, Kucherov and McDavid keep up the same pace, they could become just the third trio in NHL history to surpass the 140-point mark in the same season.

McDavid is playing remarkably well, with 13 points in his last five games and 25 points in his last 10 games. Kucherov is also on fire, with 21 points in his last 10 games, and MacKinnon, who leads the scoring chart, is not far behind, although his streak of 19 consecutive games and 38 points was snapped on Thursday.

Despite the interest in this race, McDavid put his goals between now and the end of the season in perspective.

“I guess it’s nice,” McDavid said of the race. It’s a situation I’ve been in many times before, but we play for bigger things than that. »

Kucherov and MacKinnon provided another form of motivation for McDavid, giving him a goal to strive for, even if the Stanley Cup remains the ultimate prize.

“They’re having a couple of fantastic years,” McDavid said. They are two great players. I think they both played very well and are playing with special players, like me here. It’s fun to see them evolve. »

Edmonton began its season with a 3-9-1 record, leading to the firing of coach Jay Woodcroft and the hiring of Kris Knoblauch on November 12. Since this change, McDavid has accumulated 115 points (27 goals, 88 assists) in 59 games.

The race will restart on Monday, when the Avalanche will visit Columbus, the Lighting will host the Red Wings and the Oilers will be at the home of the Blues.

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