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Who are the NHL’s best road scorers?

Star players that excel offensively away from home have always received extra credit from me.

They're seeing tougher defensive matchups because their opponents get the last line change. They're usually swimming against the tide of emotion and momentum a home crowd provides. They're out of their comfort zone away from home; or, perhaps, they're in their comfort zone if they like playing Call of Duty with the boys in the hotel more than being a domesticated athlete. And who doesn't?

Whatever the case, here are the top NHL players for road scoring this season. In points ... not in, like, groupies:

Who are the NHL’s best road scorers?

Because I give it extra weight, I typically factor in road performance in lauding leadership. Toews has 18 goals on the season and 11 of them away from Chicago. Phil Kessel, a rival for Hart Trophy honors throughout the first months of the season, has scored six of 19 on the road in comparison.

The best two road offenses in the NHL? The Vancouver Canucks (60 goals) and the Philadelphia Flyers (57). You can see why.

For poops and grins, I decided to dip back two years and average out the best road scorers in the NHL amongst leading point-getters. The top 10 reveals a few surprises among expected names:

The total points are through Monday; the road points are through Sunday, and account for the last two seasons and this season.

Total Points

(2009-11)

Road Points (2009-11) Road Points Per Game (2009-11)
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks 227 108 1.22
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks 245 114 1.13
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 216 97 1.10
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins 187 70 1.09
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks 179 100 1.08
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning 215 105 1.07
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks 193 94 1.03
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks 163 76 1.00
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals 199 95 1.00
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings 184 90 0.98
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning 223 98 0.97
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators 123 73 0.95
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings 162 77 0.94
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks 203 92 0.94

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks 185 86 0.93

Ovechkin remains high on the list despite his stats having fallen off a cliff this season -- 11 points in 15 road games, compared to 42 in 38 last season. Sid had five points in four road games before his relapse.

The surprises? Alfredsson might be done, but he had 42 points on the road in 36 games two seasons ago. Selanne as a point-per-game player on the road is interesting given his age and the rigors of travel. Kopitar's PPG average on the road is higher than his overall PPG average last year or so far this year.

Again, this isn't meant to be anything but a glance at the numbers; the zone starts for the Sedins on the road, for example, would be the real sizzle for this kind of study, given their road proficiency and the other team having the last change. (Plus, every debate about the Sedins' offensive prowess begins and ends with zone starts. Well, and twin-based E.S.P.)

Bottom line: Jonathan Toews is pretty damn good.

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