This week, the Hockey Hall of Fame will welcome the Class of 2019, and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will look to tie Curtis Joseph for fifth place in wins in NHL history, but there are more stories to watch for. Here are the top five along with fantasy can’t-miss players.
Class of 2019 inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday.
Regarded as the greatest women’s hockey player, Wickenheiser played 23 years with Canada women’s national team, winning four Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) — she is the leading scorer in Olympic history with 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) in 26 games — and the IIHF World Championship seven times. Wickenheiser is currently the assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Zubov played 16 NHL seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. He is the Stars/Minnesota North Stars leader among defensemen in points (549), goals (111), assists (438), games (839), power-play goals (60), and plus/minus (plus-103). His No. 56 will be retired by the Stars next season.
Carbonneau won the Stanley Cup twice with the Montreal Canadiens (1986, 1993), once with the Stars (1999), and won the Selke Trophy, voted as the best defensive forward in the NHL, three times (1988, 1989 and 1992).
In 1974, Nedomansky became the first athlete from an Eastern European communist country to defect to North America to pursue professional hockey. Before playing six seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Rangers, the forward represented the Czechoslovakia national team at the IIHF World Championship nine times, winning one gold medal, five silver and three bronze. He also won a silver medal in the 1968 Grenoble Olympics and a bronze medal in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.
Rutherford, the only general manager in the NHL expansion era (since 1967-68) to win the Stanley Cup with multiple teams (Carolina Hurricanes in 2006; Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016, 2017), and York, who has won four NCAA championships with Boston College and one with Bowling Green, will be inducted in the builder category.
Lundqvist looks to tie Joseph on wins list
Henrik Lundqvist is one win shy of tying Curtis Joseph (454) for fifth place in NHL history. The Rangers will play the Washington Capitals on “Wednesday Night Hockey” at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS), and a back-to-back at the Ottawa Senators on Friday and Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
The 37-year-old goalie will also pass Grant Fuhr (868) for 10th place in games played when he makes his next start, and is four games from becoming the sixth to play at least 1,000 games in the regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Rangers (Brian Leetch, Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert, Ron Greschner and Walt Tkaczuk).
Islanders aim to tie team record for point streak
The New York Islanders will look to tie the longest point streak in their history when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-PT, MSG+, NHL.TV).
New York, which is 13-0-1 in its past 14 games, won 15 in a row from Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982. The Islanders extended their current run by rallying from three goals down in the third period to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday.
Maroon returns to St. Louis with Lightning
Pat Maroon will return to St. Louis for the first time since signing a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Aug. 24 when they play the Blues at Enterprise Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-MW, NHL.TV).
Maroon, who is from St. Louis, had 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 74 games last season for the Blues to help them win the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 51-season history.
Tippett back in Arizona as Oilers coach
Dave Tippett will return to Arizona as coach of the Edmonton Oilers when they face the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV).
Tippett was named Oilers coach May 28, three weeks after Ken Holland was hired as general manager and president of hockey operations. He previously coached Phoenix/Arizona from 2009-17, where he won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in his first season in 2010 and led the Coyotes to the Western Conference Final in 2012 (the last time they made the playoffs) before losing in five games to the Los Angeles Kings.
Tippett is 566-419-123 with 28 ties in 15 seasons as coach of the Dallas Stars, Coyotes and Oilers.
Fantasy can’t-miss picks
Martin Necas, C/RW, CAR — The rookie forward had an assist on defenseman Dougie Hamilton‘s overtime goal for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and has 14 points through his first 20 games of the season. Necas is tied with Sabres wing Victor Olofsson for the NHL scoring lead among rookie forwards (14 points; four goals, 10 assists). The Hurricanes are tied for the most games (four) in the NHL this week, including two against teams in the bottom half of the NHL standings (Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings). — Pete Jensen
Darcy Kuemper, ARI — It’s time to feature a goalie in the can’t-miss picks of the week and who better than Kuemper, who is second in the NHL with a .937 save percentage (minimum 10 games). He’s 9-5-0 and could add to that total with four games this week against the Los Angeles Kings (twice), Maple Leafs and Oilers. — Rob Reese