Alex Ovechkin continues to complaint up the NHL's all-time goals scored list.
The Capitals skipper entered the 2021-22 play sitting connected 730 vocation goals. That enactment him 164 tallies back of Wayne Gretzky's chart-topping 894. There person been questions astir whether helium tin surpass "The Great One's" fig arsenic "The Great 8" hits the second years of his career. But as Gretzky says, helium expects him to — and hopes helium does — interruption the all-time record.
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As Ovechkin moves done the grounds book, Sporting News breaks down wherever helium stands and wherever he's heading arsenic the march to 895 continues successful earnest.
All stats updated done Jan. 7.
NHL's all-time goals leaders
Over the people of 1,487 NHL games, Wayne Gretzky scored 894 goals, which averages retired to 0.60 goals per game. By comparison, done Jan. 7, Ovechkin has 754 goals successful 1,232 career games, which averages retired to 0.61 per game.
|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|
Alex Ovechkin's adjacent 10 opponents
Over the people of his career, Ovechkin has recovered the backmost of the net the astir against the Lightning and Jets, with 49 goals apiece.
|Sat., Jan. 8||at Wild||17 goals successful 17 games (1.00)|
|Mon., Jan. 10||vs. Bruins||27 goals successful 59 games (0.46)|
|Sat., Jan. 15||at Islanders||40 goals successful 62 games (0.65)|
|Sun., Jan. 16||vs. Canucks||9 goals successful 20 games (0.45)|
|Tue., Jan. 18||vs. Jets||49 goals successful 68 games (0.72)|
|Thu., Jan. 20||vs. Predators||13 goals successful 22 games (0.59)|
|Sat., Jan. 22||at Red Wings||22 goals successful 30 games (0.73)|
|Mon., Jan. 24||vs. Golden Knights||3 goals successful 6 games (0.50)|
|Wed., Jan. 26||vs. Sharks||14 goals successful 23 goals (0.61)|
|Fri., Jan. 28||at Stars||10 goals successful 20 games (0.50)|
Splits provided by Hockey Reference.
Alex Ovechkin's goals per crippled by season
If you think, good he's 36, tin helium support producing? Ovechkin is similar a good wine; he's conscionable getting amended with age.
Will Alex Ovechkin walk Wayne Gretzky?
Never accidental never!
Entering this season, Ovechkin trailed Gretzky by 164 goals. While he's disconnected to a torrid start, it's improbable that he'll support uncovering the backmost of the nett arsenic often arsenic helium has. A tenable precocious extremity mightiness beryllium the 50-goal barrier, which helium deed astir precocious successful 2018-19, though helium did people astatine a 50-goal gait during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season.
Fifty goals implicit an 82-game play checks successful astatine 0.61 goals per game. If helium plays each crippled moving forward — unlikely, to accidental the least — helium would request 229 games (as of Jan. 7) to drawback Gretzky. That would beryllium sometime during the 2024-25 season.
Of course, if helium continues to people astatine a blistering pace, helium could get determination sooner. Ovechkin's vocation precocious successful goals per crippled is 0.79, which helium acceptable successful 2008-09. With adjacent the rosiest projection, the earliest Ovechkin could drawback Gretzky is midway done the 2023-24 season.
It's intolerable to foretell health, but needless to say, that's possibly the biggest origin successful assessing the 36-year-old's chances of becoming the all-time scoring champ.
How galore Rocket Richard Trophies has Alex Ovechkin won?
Awarded to the NHL's apical extremity scorer by the NHL Board of Governors, the Maurice Richard Trophy, commonly called the Rocket Richard Trophy, was provided to the NHL by the Montreal Canadiens successful grant of the Hall of Famer. Over the people of 18 seasons with the Canadiens, Richard led the NHL successful goals 5 times, was the archetypal to people 50 successful 50 games (in 1944-45) and was the archetypal 500-goal scorer successful league history. He finished his vocation with 544 goals successful 978 games.
The trophy was archetypal handed retired pursuing the 1998-99 play to Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who led the NHL with 47 goals.
Ovechkin has captured the trophy a grounds nine times. He could person won it his rookie twelvemonth but mislaid retired to the Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo by 4 goals, and helium was a extremity abbreviated successful 2009-10.
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Seasons Alex Ovechkin won the Rocket Richard Trophy