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Crosby's ice time increases - 12-06-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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.

Season Average Time
On Ice
2005-06 20:08
2006-07                           
20:46
2007-08 20:51
2008-09 21:57
2009-10 21:57
2010-11 21:55
2011-12 18:28
2012-13 21:06
2013-14 22:21

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:

Player Average Time
On Ice
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

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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