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Morning Skate: Johnny Gaudreau has quickly turned up the heat over his last 10 games

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The young Calgary Flames forward has catapulted himself into the NHL’s scoring race with incredible vigor.

Taking a quick perusal down Johnny Gaudreau’s stat line for the 2017-18 season, and there’s likely no doubt in your mind as to why he plays for the Calgary Flames. Gaudreau, in other words, is on a hot streak like no other in the NHL right now.

In his last 10-game stretch, where he’s garnered at least a point, Gaudreau has eight goals and 11 assists to put his total on the year at 31 points. The points have been coming so quickly for Gaudreau that he’s shot up the NHL’s leaderboards from 16th in scoring to third overall in that 10 game span.

Gaudreau’s two-point night against the Capitals in the Flames’ 4-1 victory on Monday has helped him pull away from the pack and into the conversation with the league’s two best scorers at the moment: Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. Both Lightning stars have crested the 30-point mark already in this short season, but thanks to Gaudreau’s incredible stretch he’s only a few points behind.

The Flames too have been first-hand beneficiaries of Gaudreau’s brilliance, as Calgary has gone 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and have bounced to third in the Pacific Division. As it stands on Tuesday morning, the Flames are just two points out of tying the first place Kings.

There are signs that Gaudreau will eventually cool off, as his 16.7 shooting percentage would be the highest in his four-year NHL career. However, Gaudreau is already on pace to shatter his career-high 78 point season from 2015-16 if fully healthy this year. Us hockey fans, and the Flames, will be better off for it if Gaudreau continues to be red hot.

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