Sidney Crosby was on a major roll until he got his jaw broken March 30 after a deflected slap shot hit him in the face, broke his jaw and caused additional facial damage.
But even though Crosby has not played since the first period of that game against the New York Islanders, he still leads the NHL in scoring.
If he doesn't play before the start of the playoffs, he will likely surrender his scoring lead in the final week of the season.
However, that should not take away from the fact that Crosby is the best player in the game and he was having a sensational run prior to the injury. Crosby has 15 goals and 41 assists in 36 games and he also has a plus-26 rating.
Every time Crosby is on the ice, it seems like something spectacular is going to happen. Crosby is an accurate passer and shooter. He also plays with a hunger that has driven his team to the top of the Eastern Conference.
Crosby was averaging 21:06 of ice time per game, and he was winning 54.6 percent of his faceoffs.
Even though he may end up missing 25 percent of the season, he is still a worthy most valuable player candidate. He deserves strong consideration for the Hart Trophy.