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Crosby's season better than Gretzky's 212?

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08:31 AM ET 12.14 | Based on some fun math, tied to scoring deflation, Sidney Crosby's season to date, on pace for 135 points, is one for the ages. Mr. Crosby's projected totals don't suggest he'll surpass Wayne Gretzky's iconic 1981-82 season, when "The Great One" had 212 points and an NHL-record 92 goals. But the NHL's per-game scoring average is 46% lower than the rate when Mr. Gretzky set his mark. If goals were as plentiful this season as they were in Mr. Gretzky's time, Mr. Crosby would be looking at finishing the season with 195 points. And if he maintained his current two-point-per-game pace, he'd end his season with a world-beating 223.

The Wall Street Journal

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December 14, 2010  08:33 AM ET

And that's all it is at this point...math.

December 14, 2010  08:59 AM ET

With these linemates? Yes.

http://www.ff-press.com/crosby-plays-entire-game-alongside-actual-penguins .html

LOL

Haha

too funny

December 14, 2010  09:36 AM ET

And if Crosby had wheels he'd be a wagon.

December 14, 2010  09:47 AM ET

ESPN has way better comment sections. They aren't saturated with spam.

December 14, 2010  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And that's all it is at this point...math.

Incredibly stupid speculation. These morons at the Wall Street Journaly (a real Hockey Mecca BTW) conveniently forget that the NHL introduced the "Gretzky Rule" in the '80s to prevent the Oilers from having more open ice. It was designed to have teams play five on five with offsetting penalties as opposed to four on four or three on three. Basically, it eliminated the advantage the Oilers had with Gretzky & Co. Terribly biased and unfair. Who knows how many more goals would the Great One had scored otherwise?

December 14, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Incredibly stupid speculation. These morons at the Wall Street Journaly (a real Hockey Mecca BTW) conveniently forget that the NHL introduced the "Gretzky Rule" in the '80s to prevent the Oilers from having more open ice. It was designed to have teams play five on five with offsetting penalties as opposed to four on four or three on three. Basically, it eliminated the advantage the Oilers had with Gretzky & Co. Terribly biased and unfair. Who knows how many more goals would the Great One had scored otherwise?

and back in the early days, the penalty wasn't over after a PP goal, so you had man advantage for the full time. Imagine how THAT would have worked with some of these guys....

December 14, 2010  09:57 AM ET

Sure is a flattering picture they chose

December 14, 2010  10:01 AM ET

These dumb em effing spammers with their junk are really taking the fun out of this site! Maybe it's time to look for other sites where spammers aren't welcome!

December 14, 2010  10:01 AM ET

Different time....different game...you can't really compare them fairly. A lot has changed since those days.

December 14, 2010  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

These dumb em effing spammers with their junk are really taking the fun out of this site! Maybe it's time to look for other sites where spammers aren't welcome!

agree

December 14, 2010  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Different time....different game...you can't really compare them fairly. A lot has changed since those days.

exactly - D played different, goalies were not what they are now, equipment was different...

December 14, 2010  10:07 AM ET

Crosby is on a tear, and a great player, and the Pens are playing great hockey - but there is no comparison the Oil of the 80's - just like there was no comparison, then to some of the old school Habs teams who the Cup, like every year

December 14, 2010  10:08 AM ET

forgot - recycled pic alert !

December 14, 2010  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

exactly - D played different, goalies were not what they are now, equipment was different...

I remember Guy Lafleur saying that it took him until Christmas to get into game shape because hardly anybody spent any time working out during the summer months back then. Now, if you show up out of shape, you don't get to play ... or worse.

December 14, 2010  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

and back in the early days, the penalty wasn't over after a PP goal, so you had man advantage for the full time. Imagine how THAT would have worked with some of these guys....

Wouldn't that be something to see today?

December 14, 2010  10:19 AM ET

Sid is having an absolutely fantastic season thus far, can we just leave it at that?

Like ALL comparisons between different eras in sports, this one has far too many varibles to have any real meaning. Is it fun to do? Sure, why not? But let's not pretend it's anything more than that.

December 14, 2010  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

Sid is having an absolutely fantastic season thus far, can we just leave it at that?

Thank you. Yes, he is. Let's just leave it at that.

December 14, 2010  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

and back in the early days, the penalty wasn't over after a PP goal, so you had man advantage for the full time. Imagine how THAT would have worked with some of these guys....

You sure about that one?

December 14, 2010  10:43 AM ET

It's getting really old that everyone and their mother is on this train with their speculation.
I read an article about having a time machine and sending Sid back to the 80s. Why can't people just be happy and enjoy this? The Winter Classic is 2 weeks away, Pens Caps 24/7 starts tomorrow, but let's make up some numbers and compare two different eras.

 
December 14, 2010  10:45 AM ET

What a desperate article. WSJ should stick to business.

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