Will it or won’t it? That’s all someone wants to know.
Trying to predict whether Alex Ovechkin will pass Wayne Gretzky for an all-time record scored in the NHL involves setting out a number of moving goals and providing answers to mostly unanswerable questions. And while the simple answer is simply “It’s too early to say,” it’s also no fun.
Ovechkin entered the season with 164 goals behind Gretzky. When the Capitals legend has begun, here’s a closer look at what exactly would be needed to threaten Gretz’s place in history.
All statistics were updated by January 7.
Leaders of all NHL goals
On March 23, 1994, Gretzky defeated Gordie Howe in goal record number 802. In the second period at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, Gretzky pierced the puck through Canucks netter Kirk McLean and interrupted Howe’s almost 14 years. – old record.
Almost 28 years later, Gretzky still holds on tight, as no one else has scored a record 100 goals. Gretzky scored his last goal on March 29, 1999.
GRETZKY: Last NHL goal | The last NHL game
Most goals in NHL history
|Wayne Gretzky||EDM, LAK, STL, NYR||894|
|Gordie Howe||DET, HFD||801|
|Jaromir Jagr||PIT, WSH, NYR, PHI, DAL, BOS, NJD, FLA, CGY||766|
|Brett Hull||CGY, STL, DAL, DET, PHX||741|
Most goals in an NHL season
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||1981-82||92|
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||1983-84||87|
|Brett Hull||St. Louis Blues||1990-91||86|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||1988-89||85|
|Phil Esposito||Boston Bruins||1970-71||76|
|Alexander Mogilny||Buffalo Sabers||1992-93||76|
|Teemu Selanne||Winnipeg Jets||1992-93||76|
Does Alex Ovechkin catch Wayne Gretzki?
Sporting News is set to record to tell you in the words of great coach Ted Las: “Believe.”
This season, Ovechkin lagged behind Gretzky by 164 goals. While he has a good start, he is unlikely to find the back of the net once per match. A reasonable maximum could be 50 goals per season – which he hit or overshadowed eight times during his career. He also approached 46 in the 2006-07 season, 49 in the 2017-18 season and 48 in the 2019-20 season shortened by COVID.
Fifty goals in the 82-match season are based on a 0.61 goal per game. If he played every match forward – which is unlikely to say the least – he would need 229 matches (as of January 7) to catch Gretzki. That would be sometime during the 2024-25 season.
Of course, if he continues to score at a fast pace, he could get there sooner. Ovechkin’s maximum career goal in terms of goals per match is 0.79, which he succeeded in 2008-09. In the last five seasons (2016-17 to 2021) he scored 205 goals in 358 matches, which is 0.57 goals per game. It’s not a bad clip, even though it’s in the final stages of his career.
Although Captain Capitals puts in 50 pots per season (including 2021-22), he will reach the finish line in 2024-25 at the earliest.
How many goals does Alex Ovečkin have?
Ovechkin has 754 career goals after scoring twice in the Capitals 3: 1 victory over the Red Wings in Detroit on December 31. Both goals fell in the third period; a tie at the end of the Washington power play 17:10 to the frame and then an insurance score at 19:19.
Alex Ovechkin’s career statistics
Ovechkin’s stellar power has been evident since day one. After winning the Calder Trophy with 106 points (52 goals, 54 assists) in 81 games in his rookie year, he won the Rocket Richard Trophy nine times. The trophy has only existed since the 1998-99 season and is awarded to the NHL’s top scorer.
He is the only player who has won it at least three times. Yeah, and he almost won it as a rookie before losing four goals to Jonathan Cheechoo of the Sharks. He also missed a goal in the 2009-10 season.
And a quick reminder: Ovechkin had to deal not only with the 56-match season 2021 shortened by COVID, but also with the 48-match lock-shortened season 2012-13. Imagine where he would be now if these seasons were full of 82 games.
OVECHKIN: The seven best goals of his career
|SEASON||GP||OBJECTIVES||G / GP||ASSIST||BODY|
|2019-20 * ^||68||48||0.71||19||67|
* He won the Rocket Richard Trophy
^ Co-winner with David Pastrňák