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Top Offensive Team

The top offensive team so far this year has been the New York Rangers.  They have 4.05 goals per game so far.  This is slightly more than three quarters of a goal per game more than second place Columbus.  It is an even larger margin than last year's leader Dallas who posted 3.23 goals per game.  The last time a team completed a full season with more goals per game than the Rangers currently have it was 1995/96.  The Pittsburgh Penguins were that team.  The Rangers are on pace to be the best offensive team in over 20 years.

How are the Rangers doing it?  Their top scorers are all scoring above past established rates.  Kevin Hayes and JT Miller lead the team with 18 points each.  Hayes is already halfway to his point total last year.  Miller is well ahead of last season's pace tht got him 43 points.  Their next highest scorers are Michael Grabner, Mika Zabinejad and Mats Zuccarello in that order.  Zuccarello is the only player on that list who is not on pace to post a career best.  Their next group of players are the more established Rangers stars in Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh. 

The Rangers scoring comes from their depth.  In total 14 players have 10 or more points.  That leads the league. 

The problem is many of these players, including their top scorers, are on pace to beat their career bests.  Obviously some players beat career bests each year, but it is rare that many of them do it on the same team at the same time.  I think the Rangers are overachieving.  They will not continue to score at this level.  This level is remarkable.  Even if they slow down their scoring by more than a goal per game, they will remain one of the best offensive teams in the NHL.  That seems quite likely.

The New York Rangers are a good offensive team.  They are off to a remarkable start.  Things will slow down.  They do not have the talent to maintain their record as the best offensive team in 20 years.  They may not finish as the best offensive team this year, but they have a good offence.  It is unlikely that all of JT Miller, Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner and Mika Zabinejad continue to have career best seasons at the same time.

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