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Breaking down Johnny Gaudreau’s path to 100 points in 2021–22

In the Calgary Flames’ 73rd game of the season played against the Seattle Kraken, Johnny Gaudreau finally did it. He reached 100 points on the season. After hitting 99 points in 2018–19, the winger clawed his way back from a couple of down seasons (relative to himself) into a career year in 2021–22.

As the Flames faced a two-goal deficit heading into the third period, the Flames’ power play saw Gaudreau send a pass to Matthew Tkachuk. Tkachuk’s initial shot went off the leg of a Kraken defender, but he quickly tapped it into the back of the net past Chris Driedger. It’d mark Gaudreau’s 66th assist of the campaign to go along with his 34 goals for the big 100.

Gaudreau would be the first Flame to reach this mark since Theoren Fleury did so back in 1992–93 (who coincidentally also scored 34 goals and 66 assists). As for the 2021–22 season, he became the fourth player to reach the mark, joining Connor McDavid (108 points), Jonathan Huberdeau (105 points) and Leon Draisaitl (102 points).

Gaudreau’s 2021–22 scoring stats so far

So just how did Gaudreau reach the century mark? We’ll turn to stats from and to see the make up of Gaudreau’s 101 points.

Scoring totals

Gaudreau’s suited up for every Flames game this season, and with just ten games remaining in the year, he scored points number 100 and 101, both primary assists on Tkachuk’s second and third goal of the game.

Games PlayedGoalsAssistsPoints

This puts Gaudreau at a 1.38 P/GP pace over the year, and also pads him up to 1.003 P/GP in his career with 595 points over 593 games.

Home and away split

Saddledome or not, Gaudreau’s scoring has been world-class. He can score, he can assist, he can do it all.

VenueGames PlayedGoalsAssistsPoints

No matter the location, Gaudreau’s been effective all season long. However, he’s seen a bit more success in the Saddledome than on the road. That said, his road totals are nothing short of incredible anyway. At home, he has a 1.46 P/GP pace versus 1.31 P/GP in away games.

Scoring since the All-Star break

The Flames were a team that was entirely shutdown in December 2021 due to COVID and were forced to play a big chunk of make-up games after the All-Star Game during the intended Olympic break. This meant the Flames only played 42 games prior to the All-Star break and were in store for a busy crunch to end the season.

All-Star GameGames PlayedGoalsAssistsPoints

Amazingly, despite different games played, Gaudreau’s pre- and post-All-Star splits are identical to his home and away splits in terms of goals and assists. Prior to the All-Star game, Gaudreau was scoring at a 1.29 P/GP pace, and after he elevated it to a whopping 1.52 P/GP.

Scoring by game situation

Gaudreau’s doing something incredible this season where the bulk of his points are primary. Barely using secondary assists to pad his stats at all, he’s flat out the league’s best even strength player this season.

Game SituationGoalsFirst AssistsSecond AssistsPoints
All Situations344918101
Even Strength2842979
Power Play67922

Just under 80% of his points—78.21% to be exact—have come at even strength, which is absurd. The next closest player is Auston Matthews with 71 of his 99 points coming at evens for a 71.11% mark. McDavid is at just 62.96%, Huberdeau is at 63.80%, and Draisaitl is at 62.75%.

Granted, McDavid and Draisaitl have one shorthanded point each, while Huberdeau has five. That said, adding those to their totals still doesn’t bring any of them close to Gauudreau’s 78.21% mark at all.

Gaudreau’s connection to his teammates

Evidently, the bulk of Gaudreau’s goals would be assisted by one of Tkachuk or Elias Lindholm, and similarly the bulk of his assists would be for those two players. Let’s see who the top connections for Gaudreau have been at all situations.

First looking at players who have assisted on Gaudreau’s goals:

PlayerFirst AssistsSecond AssistsTotal Assists
Matthew Tkachuk13720
Elias Lindholm8311
Nikita Zadorov321
Erik Gudbranson312
Noah Hanifin303
Rasmus Andersson303

Four other players have assisted for Gaudreau twice, while five more have one assist each on a Gaudreau goal.

Now turning to players Gaudreau has assisted for:

PlayerFirst AssistsSecond AssistsTotal Assists
Elias Lindholm141125
Matthew Tkachuk18321
Tyler Toffoli224
Chris Tanev303
Oliver Kylington303

Gaudreau’s assisted on two goals each for Andrew Mangiapane and Sean Monahan, and has assisted once for seven other players.

Scoring versus opponent

Here are the teams that Gaudreau has scored the most points against this season.

OpponentGames PlayedGoalsAssistsPoints
Anaheim Ducks4178
Edmonton Oilers4178
Florida Panthers2145
Columbus Blue Jackets2055
San Jose Sharks4235
Seattle Kraken4235

The only team that Gaudreau hasn’t picked up a point against yet this season are the Nashville Predators. That said, the Flames have two games remaining against them. Could Gaudreau ultimately pick up points against all 31 opponents this year?

Keeping it 100

Gaudreau spent a whopping 15 minutes and 28 seconds of game play at 100 points before he picked up his 101st point. He’s on track for over 113 points if he can keep scoring at a similar pace in the Flames’ final nine games. We’ll see where Gaudreau ends up come season’s end, but what an incredible campaign the 28-year-old has put together this year. Further, will his linemate Tkachuk join him with 100 points? He’s sitting at 92 points right now.

In every breakdown of Gaudreau’s stats, his path to 100 points has been nothing short of incredible. To reach the mark with his parents in the Saddledome for the first time in nearly three years? You can’t write it up better than that. Hats off the Gaudreau for doing something no Flame has done in nearly three decades. Now let’s put him on some more Hart ballots, please and thanks.

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