In terms of his basic offensive numbers, Sidney Crosby's 2013-14 season, spectacular by nearly any other player's standards, is actually below average for the Penguins' captain.
At 1.37 points per game, the league's leading scorer is actually producing at a rate lower than his career points-per-game average of 1.41.
While Crosby's offensive numbers might be "down," his time on the ice has increased by quite a bit.
Crosby is averaging 22:21 of ice time this season, an increase of 1:15 compared to last season. That translates to roughly two more shifts per game for Crosby.
Crosby's increase in ice time has put him at the top of the league in another category. He leads all forwards (who have played at least 16 games) in average time on ice this season:
|Sidney Crosby, Penguins||22:21|
|Ryan Kesler, Canucks||22:12|
|Henrik Sedin, Canucks||21:59|
|Daniel Sedin, Canucks||21:49|
|Anze Kopitar, Kings||21:39|
|Mikko Koivu, Wild||21:21|
|Claude Giroux, Flyers||21:19|
|Alex Ovechkin, Capitals||21:12|
|Evander Kane, Jets||21:05|
|Tyler Bozak, Maple Leafs||21:04|
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