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Thirteen top storylines from season's first half

Monday, 01.6.2014 / 1:25 PM ET / News
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Thirteen top storylines from season\'s first half
From scoring surges by Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Steen to Olympic roster debates to a Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic that was, well, a classic, take a look back at the 2013-14 season to this point.

The calendar has flipped to 2014 and the NHL's regular season has moved just past the halfway point, meaning it's time to reflect back on the stories that dominated the headlines in the first three months of the 2013-14 season.

NHL.com took a look at 13 of the best and biggest storylines in the NHL so far this season, and Jaromir Jagr's impressive start made the cut:

Jagr's surge up the charts

Jaromir Jagr has come to the New Jersey Devils and found new life in his legs and stick. The 41-year-old right wing is beating back Father Time to lead the Devils in scoring with 34 points in 43 games. Arguably no team has gotten more bang for their buck than New Jersey has with Jagr, who carries a $2 million salary-cap charge.

Jagr is averaging more than 19 minutes of ice time per game, but his pace has recently slowed as he has just one assist in the past six games. However, for most of the season Jagr has looked nothing like the player who couldn't score or play too many significant shifts during the Boston Bruins' run to the Stanley Cup Final last year.

Jagr's remarkable first half also moved him up the NHL's all-time scoring charts.

His four game-winning goals this season lifted him over Gordie Howe and into first place on the NHL's all-time list for most game-winning goals in a career (122). His 13 goals has pushed him into a tie with Mark Messier for seventh place on the NHL's all-time goals list (694) and he has already passed Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman on that list this season. Jagr's next point will tie him with Lemieux for seventh on the NHL's all-time points list (1,723).

Click here to read more about the top 13 storylines from the first half of 2013-14.

Author: Dan Rosen | NHL.com Senior Writer | @drosennhl

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
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10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59