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Max Pacioretty will lead the Canadiens in goals, and P.K. Subban will lead the squad in assists. But predicting which of the two will have more points isn't as easy.
In the lockout-shortened 2013 season, Pacioretty had 39 points (15 G, 24 A) to edge Subban by one single point (11 G, 27 A, 38 P). Pacioretty did skate in two more games than Subban, however.
Last year, Pacioretty put up 60 points (39 G, 21 A) to Subban's 53 (10 G, 43 A). Pacioretty also missed nine games while Subban appeared in all 82.
When taking games played out of the equation, the situation becomes a bit murkier. Pacioretty had 0.89 points per game in 2012-13 and 0.82 in 2013-14, while Subban had ratios of 0.90 and 0.65 in the same seasons.
So who will emerge as the Canadiens point leader in 2014-15? Let's allow the numbers to decide.
Pacioretty's points-per-game average over the past two years is 0.855. If he maintains that average over 82 games, he'll score 70 points next season. Subban's two-season average is 0.775, a pace for 64 points in 82 games.
The edge goes to Pacioretty.
The race to lead the Habs in scoring this season will be a close one. In fact, it'll probably be decided by games played when it's all said and done. But, assuming both stay healthy for the entire season, expect Pacioretty to lead the team offensively.