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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24892007 Chase is on Chase+is+on NHL

His point streak was halted after 25 games, his bid for 50 goals in 50 games has taken a serious hit and he’s out of the lineup for at least a week with a concussion, but Sidney Crosby's still leading the pack of contenders for the Hart Trophy.

Missing those games might even jeopardize his chances of winning the Rocket Richard Trophy, but as along as Steven Stamkos keeps falling down on penalty shots, Crosby should remain within shouting distance on that front, too.

Who knows, perhaps the week off will give Crosby some much-needed rest. After all, he’s probably pretty tired after carrying the Penguins on his back almost all of this season.

Assuming his concussion is nothing more than a mild one, we’re betting on Crosby. Stranger things have happened, but does anyone out there see Crosby letting his foot off the pedal anytime soon?

— Ken Campbell, The Hockey News
 

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24892006 Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney+Crosby%2C+Pittsburgh+Penguins NHL

As of early January, Crosby had opened up a 10-point bulge in the scoring race, and the only hope anyone has of catching him is if his concussion keeps him out of the lineup longer than the forecasted one week.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24892008 Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins Tim+Thomas%2C+Boston+Bruins NHL

There have been some rough spots, but the last time we checked, Thomas still led the NHL in save percentage (.945) and goals-against average (1.80). On a Bruins team that sometimes has trouble scoring, that’s huge.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24903002 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings Nicklas+Lidstrom%2C+Detroit+Red+Wings NHL

The ageless wonder continues to defy all laws of logic. Hey, Nick, you’re supposed to get worse as you get older. Can anyone see Lidstrom hanging them up after he wins the Norris Trophy this season?

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24880266 Brad Richards, Dallas Stars Brad+Richards%2C+Dallas+Stars NHL

Go directly to the head of the class and collect your gold star if you predicted before the season the Dallas Stars would be battling for No. 1 in the Western Conference at the halfway point. Much of that is because of Richards, who continues to contribute important points.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24903003 Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning Steven+Stamkos%2C+Tampa+Bay+Lightning NHL

The production's slowed down to be sure, but he’s still the only other 30-goal man in the league besides Crosby, and the Lightning have picked up their play of late.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24903004 Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers Ondrej+Pavelec%2C+Atlanta+Thrashers NHL

Dustin Byfuglien's been a beast for the Thrashers this season, but Pavelec's provided them with the kind of goaltending that wins games.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24880267 Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Daniel+and+Henrik+Sedin%2C+Vancouver+Canucks NHL

All right, we’re cheating a little on this one, but take your pick. Henrik continues to set them up and Daniel continues to knock them in at a prodigious rate for the NHL’s best team.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24887069 Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning Martin+St.+Louis%2C+Tampa+Bay+Lightning NHL

Any success Stamkos has had this season can also be attributed to St. Louis, who's emerged as one of the best setup men in the league.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24904000 Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings Henrik+Zetterberg%2C+Detroit+Red+Wings NHL

After a slow start, Zetterberg's picked up his offensive production for the Red Wings and is back to being one of the best two-way players in the world. Not that he ever left, but you get the drift.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 24904001 Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers Dustin+Byfuglien%2C+Atlanta+Thrashers NHL

We keep waiting for Byfuglien to slow down on his offensive production and he keeps making us wait. With Tobias Enstrom taking care of the defensive end, Byfuglien is free to keep letting them rip.

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