NHL Predictions 2011-2012: Evgeni Malkin and 5 Front-Runners for the Art Ross

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NHL Predictions 2011-2012: Evgeni Malkin and 5 Front-Runners for the Art Ross
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Every year the Art Ross trophy seems to come down to a few outstanding players who have pieced together nearly unrealistic point streaks across the NHL regular season.  Last year, before his injury, Sidney Crosby was on pace for roughly 1,246 points and another Art Ross.

But he didn't play a game after January, leaving the trophy open to the rest of the league to win.  Daniel Sedin won it a season after his brother Henrik did.

Crosby starts this season on the shelf—no one is really sure for how long—and again his noticeable absence leaves to points race wide open to another individual.  Such as fellow Penguin Evgeni Malkin.

Many factors must come into play for a player to win the trophy, including a good run of health, solid linemates (a twin brother perhaps), and sometimes and empty net goal or two.  Here are the six guys that I think the Art Ross Trophy race will come down to.

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