by PuckStopsHere on 02/15/09 at 04:35 AM ET
Mike Green of the Washington Capitals has been playing very well lately. He broke Mike O’Connell’s record for most consecutive games played by a defenceman with a goal tonight, when he scored in his eighth straight game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. I am picking him as the Norris Trophy leader at this point in the season. Despite those accolades, I think many people do not realize how good he has been lately. Since January 1st, Mike Green has 27 points. That is the second highest total of anyone in the entire league (Pavel Datsyuk has 28). Among only defencemen, he leads second place Scott Niedermayer by eight points. Those numbers are amazing. If these numbers could be kept up an entire season, he would be a serious Norris Trophy (and Hart Trophy) candidate. Even accepting that he doesn’t have the toughest defensive assignments, a defenceman who was second in league scoring would be amazing.
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