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Marian Hossa hits 20 goals on the season - again

Out of all active players, he has the third most 20-goal seasons.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

An empty-net goal is, of course, a goal - and now, Marian Hossa has 20 goals this season.

It’s the 15th season of his 18-year career. Two of those seasons in which he didn’t hit 20 markers were as a member of the Blackhawks: one in the lockout year, during which he would have been on pace for 35 goals anyway; and last season, in which he scored just 13.

Via the Elias Sports Bureau, Hossa is third amongst all active NHLers in 20-goal seasons. Only Jarome Iginla (17) and Jaromir Jagr (19) have more.

Of course, last season he had just a 6.8 shooting percentage, well below his career average. This year he’s at 17.9%, well above - even though he’s shooting at a reduced rate so far this season.

Hossa, 38, and his resurgence have been great this year - he’s already passed his points total from 2015-16 in 14 fewer games. He’s on pace for 52 points, which is still more than the previous season’s totals, but lower than every year since the lockout.

Then again, how many 38-year-olds are on pace for 50+ point seasons in the NHL? He’s a really special player, and even as his scoring continues to generally go down as he gets older, he can still clearly play.