Of all the unlikely December hockey scenarios, we confronted this one at Scotiabank Place on Monday: Milan Michalek of the Ottawa Senators dueling with Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the NHL goal-scoring lead.

In fact, the three-way tie among Michalek, Stamkos and Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs, each with 16 goals at the start of Monday's games, has fantasy pool players wondering what in the name of Alex Ovechkin is going on in the Rocket Richard race.

Stamkos? No surprise there. The 21-year-old super star in the making has already won a Richard trophy (shared with Sidney Crosby) as a 51-goal scorer in 2010.

Kessel has produced a troika of 30-goal seasons in Boston and Toronto, and at age 24 the question has been – how much higher can he raise the bar? We're about to find out.