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Kings' Marian Gaborik Poised to Hit 700-Point Plateau

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Marian Gaborik #12 of the Los Angeles Kings shoots during a game against the Minnesota Wild at STAPLES Center on March 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 9, 2014

Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings, who played in his 800th career NHL regular-season game back on March 24, now has another milestone within his grasp as his team's schedule winds down.

Heading into Wednesday's game against the Calgary Flames, the 32-year-old winger has recorded 699 points in 807 career NHL games since breaking into the league with the Minnesota Wild in 2000-01.

With his next point, Gaborik, selected third overall by Minnesota in the 2000 NHL entry draft, will become the 218th player in league history to hit 700 in that category. It's a milestone that Gaborik has a solid shot at hitting before the end of the current campaign, given that the Kings still have three contests remaining on their regular-season slate and he has averaged a point per game over his last seven contests.

Among active skaters, Gaborik is currently 29th on the NHL's career points leaderboard, with his 345 career goals ranking him 15th.

With that in mind, barring a goal-scoring spree this week, Gaborik—acquired by the Kings in a March 5 deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets—will take aim at the 350-goal mark next season. It's a milestone that 136 players in league history have hit to date.

Gaborik, who has recorded 25 points in 38 games this season between the Kings and Blue Jackets, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent upon completion of the 2013-14 season, per Andrew Knoll of the New York Times, so it's unclear which uniform Gaborik will be sporting when he chases that next milestone.

 

Stats via NHL.com unless otherwise noted.

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