After his hat-trick last night Steven Stamkos sits with 19 goals in 19 games. The hockey world is abuzz with speculation that he may have a shot at scoring 50 goals in 50 games. This feat has only been done eight times by five players, the last being Brett Hull almost 20 years ago.
Certainly he has a chance of some sort to accomplish this feat. Let's look at his last 50 total games including last season. In his final 31 games of last year he put up 24 goals and 19 assists for 43 points. Since Jan. 27, 2010 Stamkos has played exactly 50 games and his totals read 43 goals, 35 assists for 78 points. These are fantastic numbers for sure, but as good as they are he still falls seven goals short of 50 in his last 50. In each of their last 50 games played including this season Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have 31 and 30 goals respectively. In fact the next best is Alex Semin with 33 in his last 50.
Of Tampa's next 31 games, 17 are on the road and only 14 at home. This shouldn't be much of a hinderance for Stamkos as he has scored 14 goals in 12 road games so far.
Indeed Stamkos is on a pace all unto his own. Whether or not he can keep it up is the question.