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CLUTCH FACTOR: Time to make a move

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If anyone has a shot at catching in the Clutch Factor ranking, now is the time. Forsberg left Saturday's game vs. the and missed Sunday's game against the . He may be back by Wednesday's game; then again he may not. It's not too late for to make his move and catch his fellow Swede. He's got three weeks left.
    Only the top 25 scorers in the NHL are eligible (ties for 25th was broken by number of goals) Rank players by total points (categories kept by STATS Inc.) in:
  • Third period: The game is often in the balance.
  • Overtime: Goes without saying, a goal means a win.
  • Scoring when tied: One-goal lead in today's NHL is huge.
  • Last five minutes of a period: The ice is bad, players are tired.
  • Road games: Who can quiet the crowd.
  • If players have the same number of points in one area, players are ranked by goals within that category. First place earns 25 points, second 24 and so on. Statistics through games of March 16.
Clutch factor: The Top 10
Overall rank Last week Player 3rd period points OT points Points when game is tied Points in Last 5 minutes Road points TOTAL score
1. 1. 13.5 24 22 24 25 108.5
Comment: needs charley horse to heal quickly.
2. 2. 21 10 23 23 23 100
Comment: On track for first 100-point season.
3. 3. 18.5 16 20 17 22 93.5
Comment: in a tailpsin; so is Mario with only one point this week.
4. 4. 8 16 17 25 24 90
Comment: Will he do as well with Sakic as his centerman?
5. 5. 16 16 24 9 21 86
Comment: Keeping pace, tied for fifth overall in points race.
6. 8. 20 20.5 21 8 13.5 83
Comment: Half his teammates are gone but Ziggy keeps on going.
7. 6. 23 6.5 18 15 18 80.5
Comment: He's second in scoring overall, just not quite as good when it counts.
8. 7. 9 20.5 16 18 16 79.5
Comment: Pulled back into contention but must step up third period scoring.
9. 11. 24 16 10 14 15 79
Comment: He's got no problem with 17 third-period goals.
10. 13. 12 16 11 21 13.5 73.5
Comment: NHL's Player of the Week well reflected in upward move.
And the rest (point total and last week's ranking in parentheses)... 11. (64.5, LW: 9); 12. (64, LW: 10); 13. (63.5, LW: 15); 14. (59.5, LW: 16); 15. (58.5, LW: 14); 16. (55.5, LW: 12); 17. (53, LW: NR); 18. (49.5, LW: 17); 19. (47.5, LW: 18); 20. (44.5, LW: 24); 21. (42, LW: 19); 22. (40.5, LW: 21); 23. (40, LW: 23); 24. (38.5, LW: 24); 25. (30.5, LW: 25). Dropped out:Martin St. Louis (LW: 20). Michael Lazarus can be reached at his e-mail address, mlazarus@foxsports.com.
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