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Could David Pastrnak score 50 goals this season?

David Pastrnak has collected at least one point in all but four of his 14 games.AP

DENVER -- David Pastrnak drove in his team-high 10th goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Coyotes. The 20-year-old Czech has been by far the club’s most consistent offensive force, collecting at least one point in all but four of his 14 games.

Only Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine has more goals (11) than Pastrnak, whose current pace would have him challenging for 50 this season. He scored only 15 times in 2016-17.

“When a player is that young, I don’t make any predictions,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “It’s nice to see him get off to a good start. Who knows? We’ll see how he manages the rest of this season.

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“There’s slumps in a season that everybody goes through. There are times when everything just keeps going in for you. Those are things, for me anyway, that are hard to predict.”

Pastrnak potted a pair in the season opener vs. the Blue Jackets Oct. 13 and also picked up a goal in each of his next two games. After a three-game drought, he responded with one goal in five straight games, showing the kind of consistency that is a trademark of the game’s top scorers.

Only Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has reached the 50-goal plateau in the last three years. Ovechkin scored 51 in 2013-14, then 53 the following season and 50 last season.

The last Bruin to score 50 goals was Cam Neely in 1993-94. The last to score 40 was Glen Murray (44) in 2002-03.


Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at kevin.dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@GlobeKPD.