Through 43 games, the bottom-six forward has 15 points, 75 shots on goal, a plus-11 rating, and 86 hits. In deeper styles that emphasize physicality, the New York native has a little fantasy appeal. Blueger had an assist and won 10 of 12 faceoffs in the Flyers' 7-3 win on Tuesday.
The Penguins have the most prolific offense in the NHL, so it's no surprise that they lead the league with 456 goals scored this season. The big question for Pittsburgh is can they keep up their scoring pace over a full schedule? So far this year, they've played 42 games compared to 40 last season. The Penguins are also using three different goal scorers, which has helped them remain productive despite having several players out with injuries. Sidney Crosby is back at center after starting the season on the wing, so look for him to continue getting more ice time as the season progresses.
Crosby is the clear favorite for MVP honors, but he didn't have much help last season when he went missing for eight games early in the year. Now that he has returned to form, will he be able to lead the Penguins to the playoffs for the third straight year? They're currently sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division with a 25-17-4 record, so there's no reason why they shouldn't make another run at the Cup this year.
The Islanders of New York Sidney Crosby enjoys his time with the New York Islanders. But it's the Islanders against whom he's scored the most. In those 70 games, Crosby has 116 points. That is his most against any team in his career. With 107 points allowed, Philadelphia ranks second on his hit list.
Crosby has more points than any other player in this year's playoffs - 21 so far. He has five goals and 16 assists for 21 points. He is leading all scorers right now. And no one else will get a chance to break his record because Crosby will be out of the playoff picture after tonight.
Crosby has four goals and eight assists for 12 points in six games so far this postseason. That leads all scorers. He had a hand in all but one of Pittsburgh's wins in these playoffs - they lost only once when he was out due to injury - and he'll need to play well if the Penguins are to win their third straight Stanley Cup.
Crosby is a big reason why Pittsburgh is still standing at the end of these playoffs. They won the first two games of their series with Washington last week before losing game three. If not for Crosby coming up with two huge goals in that series, they might have been swept. As it is, the Capitals will face the Islanders in the finals.
Crosby leads the NHL in scoring versus Philadelphia this season and ranks fourth all-time against the Flyers with 46 goals and 111 points in 75 games. He has at least one point in each of the last six games between these two teams, helping Pittsburgh win three out of four matchups this year.
Crosby has five goals and nine assists in 10 career games against the Flyers. He's still looking for his first career hat trick but had three multiple-point games before that against Philly: January 9th vs. NYI (3-1-0), January 23rd at BUF (4-2-0), and March 2nd at PHI (5-1-0).
He's coming off his second straight three-point game with 1g/2a. The Penguins visit the Flyers on March 2nd for a 7:00 PM EST puck drop.
Crosby is currently third in the NHL in points behind St. Louis' Patrick Kane and Washington's Alex Ovechkin. He's also right behind them in terms of goals scored with 41 while playing more than 30 minutes a night every time out.
Penguins Rising Stars Phil Kessel had a total of 110 goals and 303 points in 328 games with the Penguins. In 2017-18, he had a career-high 92 points with the Penguins and scored more than 30 goals for the first time since 2013-14. The Penguins lost in six games to Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in the Eastern Conference First Round.
Kessel's early success as a Penguin was evident from the start, when he replaced an injured Sidney Crosby as the team's top center during the 2009-10 season. He finished that year with 34 goals and 79 points in 82 games, and followed it up with 35 goals and 88 points in 80 games in 2010-11.
In 2011-12, Kessel led the NHL in scoring with 156 points, including the first 100-point season for a Penguin since Jaromir Jagr in 2006-07. He also won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's highest scorer and the Maurice Richard Trophy as the most valuable player. The Penguins again missed the playoffs that season.
Crosby returned from injury in 2012-13 but was unable to play alongside Kessel due to a four-game suspension incurred by Pittsburgh for violating the NHL's drug policy. Instead, Kessel played left wing with Tyler Seguin and produced 66 points in 79 games.
Kessel, on the other hand, seemed to be flourishing in the playoffs. While the Bruins did not progress, Kessel was one of the team's finest performers, scoring three goals and four points in four games. Kessel's success continued over to the 2008-09 season. Through 67 games, Kessel has 31 goals, 54 points, and a plus-19 rating. He leads all rookies with five game-winning goals.
When Kessel first came into the league, many believed he would only last two seasons before leaving as a champion. Instead, he is now one win away from becoming only the third rookie in NHL history to score 50 or more goals (Ray Bourque and Luc Robitaille are the others). In addition, Kessel is only the fourth player in League history to score 30 or more goals while playing at least half of their team's games (Robitaille, Joe Malone, and Peter Stastny are the others).
Even though Kessel has had some injury problems over the years, he has always managed to come back stronger. Most recently, he missed eight games due to an upper body injury but still managed to score six goals during that time period. When healthy, Kessel is one of the best players in the NHL.
A player receives one point for each goal scored or assist received. The sum of goals and assists equals total points. The Art Ross Trophy is given to the player in the National Hockey League (NHL) who has the most points at the completion of the regular season.
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is given to the player who shows the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with skill and ability in playing ice hockey. The trophy is named after the late Lady Byng, a Canadian athlete and social reformer who was very supportive of her husband's career. She was also an accomplished tennis player who won multiple titles on the national level.
The Frank J. Selke Award is given to the player who best demonstrates the qualities of perseverance, hard work, and dedication to his/her profession through improvement of his/her game over the course of the season. The award is sponsored by Kia Motors Corporation.
The Prince of Wales Trophy is given to the highest scoring right-handed shooter in the league. The award is presented by the Canadian Club of Toronto.
The President's Trophy is awarded to the team that scores the most goals during the regular season. If two or more teams are tied, they stand equal behind winners of next three awards: the James Norris Trophy, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, and the Stanley Cup.