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Taylor Hall's four-point Friday night was Hart-worthy. Last season, he single-handedly carried the Devils into the postseason on performances like that.
Heavy lifting for sure.
He's hot again – 18 points in 13 games. But is it truly special?
Yes, but not Hart special. Not even close.
Don't get me wrong; I'd take Hall's production in a heartbeat. But there are 21 guys who have been as hot over the last month. Sixteen of them have actually been better.
Offense is up. Way up. And it's coming in bunches.
Since Nov. 21, Nikita Kucherov has led the charge with 28 points in 15 games. There are three Bolts in the top 13 scorers. Together, Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point put up 67 points in that span.
The Jets were just as hot. Mark Scheifele had 26 points in 16 games and dragged Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers along for 67 total points. And the Avs trio of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog delivered 62 in 16 games.
Odds are this year's Hart winner will likely come from the East – nine of the last 13 have. He'll probably lead the NHL in goals, points or both. Oh yah – he has to make the postseason.
Hall wasn't even on the Hart radar to start last season. But he singlehandedly willed the Devils into the postseason after a five-year absence.
Someone like Hall could do it again. But it's Connor McDavid's if the Oilers make