Sidney Crosby set to become NHL's only 100-point player in 2013-14

Apr 1, 10:50 AM

Heading into Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby is sitting on 99 points, and appears on track to become the only player to reach the 100-point mark this season.

With 36 goals and 63 assists in 75 games, Crosby has a sizable advantage in the scoring race, and is a virtual lock to win his second Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer - which would be his first since 2007.

Top 5 Leading Scorers

PlayerGames PlayedGoalsAssistsPointsGames Remaining
Sidney Crosby753663997
Ryan Getzlaf713152837
Claude Giroux742553788
Phil Kessel763641776
Tyler Seguin723244768

Crosby, 26, has reached 100 points four times previously, registering a career-high 120 points (36 goals, 84 assists) back in 2006-07 and achieving that number in 79 games.

While the high point totals are somewhat expected from arguably the world's best hockey player, it is interesting to note that Crosby is also on track to appear in all 82 games for the first time in his career, barring a late-season injury or a night off. Crosby has appeared in 81 games twice before, but has been severely limited due to injury over the past three seasons. 

If he remains healthy, it would not be a stretch to expect Sidney Crosby to make a regular appearance atop the league's scoring leader board for the foreseeable future. 

Apr 1, 7:32 PM

Sidney Crosby assists on Kunitz goal for fifth 100-point season

Apr 1, 7:32 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby assisted on Chris Kunitz's 35th goal of the season 9:01 into Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes to reach 100 points for the fifth time in his career.

Crosby earned a secondary assist by chipping the puck back along the left side boards. Lee Stempniak took a swipe at the puck and knocked it to Kunitz, whose quick shot fooled Hurricanes netminder Anton Khudobin:

It wasn't much of an assist, but every point counts.

Crosby had not recorded a 100-point season since 2009-10 due to injuries and the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The 26-year-old has 765 points in 546 career contests.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Charles LeClaire