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Hello, everyone. This is Adam Gretz with Yardarker.

We are checking in today to talk about some storylines from the 2019-20 NHL season that we are hoping to see get settled.

At the top of that list is the ongoing goal-scoring race between Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.

This is an area that Ovechkin has dominated for most of his career. He has won the goal-scoring crown in six of the past seven seasons, including each of the past two, and he very rarely gets much competition here.

But this season it is a three-player race between Ovechkin, Pastrnak and Matthews. They are all right there. They are separated by just a single goal.

Ovechkin and Pastrnak are tied for the top spot, currently with 48 goals, while Matthews is just one goal back with 47.

Somewhat related to that is Ovechkin's quest for yet another 50-goal season. 

If he gets two more goals, that would give him nine 50-goal seasons for his career. That would tie an NHL record that is currently only held by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy.

So that is another thing to keep an eye on.

Ovechkin is one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time, arguably the greatest goal-scorer of all time.

He just keeps reaching new milestones every single season.

There's also the MVP race between Edmonton Oilers teammates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as well Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon and Pastrnak in Boston.

Draisaitl is running away with the points race right now. He has a huge lead over everybody else. 

Usually that type of performance is enough to get you the MVP in a single season, but he has his teammate McDavid that is right there, and it could take some votes away from him — while MacKinnon and Pastrnak have the argument of being the best players on two of the best teams in the league. It might just come down to how each individual voter assesses value.

Then there's also the Rookie of the Year race between defenseman Cale Makar in Colorado and Quinn Hughes in Vancouver. 

Both players have had outstanding debut seasons. They both look like potential superstars in the league, and each one may even have a Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman in their future.

They are the clear front-runners right now.

You also have Dominik Kubalik in Chicago, who is having a great goal-scoring season, and a real sleeper has been Adam Fox, the defensman for the New York Rangers.

Those are just some of the storylines we are hoping to see get resolved at some point.

We are hoping we get a chance to see that soon.

In the meantime, my name is Adam Gretz. You could find my stuff over at Yardbarker, and we will talk to you soon.


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