Wayne Gretzky has set numerous amounts of records during his 21-year NHL career, including most consecutive games with a point (51).
Patrick Kane is almost halfway there, entering Thursday, at 23 games. But Gretzky said he can see the Blackhawks star breaking his record.
"He can get there, absolutely," Gretzky told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. "What does it take to get there? It's a combination of things. First of all, you have to be good and you have to get a little bit lucky. I was a little bit lucky during the streak, whether it was a (secondary) assist late in the game or an empty-net point. You have to stay healthy and you have to be surrounded by really good teammates. He has all the intangibles he needs."
"My goodness, it's exceptional what he has done so far and the sky is the limit for him."
What's even more impressive is that Kane continues to put up stellar numbers during a scoring drought period.
When Gretzky registered a 51-game point streak in 1983-84, the league average for goals per game was 3.94. This season, it's 2.65, which is on pace to be the lowest average in more than a decade.
Sidney Crosby, next on Kane's list, had a 25-game point streak in 2010-11, when the league average was 2.79.
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"It's a different game today, let's be honest," Gretzky said. "It's harder to score because the goaltenders are better athletes in general and the equipment for the goaltenders is obviously a little bit bigger. The defensive play and the size of the players make it a different game. It's really hard for Patrick to do and accomplish what he has accomplished.
"It would be hard to compare. It probably is harder for him to do what he has done but I know in my mind and my heart that to get to 51 games is pretty darn hard."
Still, even The Great One is appreciating the run Kane is on and said he will be in attendance if Kane's streak reaches the 51st game.
“Records are made to be broken," Gretzky said. "I'm going to watch him and if he breaks the record I'll be the first guy to shake his hand."