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The Noon Countdown: Nifty Fifty

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the Great 8's prolific nature

Rob Carr

SB Nation 2014 NHL Preview

3 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also...

...the number of active players to have scored 50 or more goals in a single season at least twice since 2005-06 - Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Dany Heatley. Ovechkin stands alone among all players, active or otherwise, as the only one to have more than two 50-goal campaigns over the last decade. He's done it five times, including his 51-goal season last year.

In fact, in the last twenty years he's one of just two active players (along with Jaromir Jagrto have more than two, one of 12 to accomplish that feat overall... and only Mario Lemieux (6) has more 50-goal seasons than Ovechkin's five over that span.