Nathan MacKinnon can join a list featuring three members of the Hockey Hall of Fame with one point for the Colorado Avalanche against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+, FS-MW, ALT, NHL.TV).
The forward has points in eight straight games (11 points, four goals, seven assists) to start the season. He can match his NHL career high set last season (15 points; eight goals, seven assists), and become the fifth player in NHL history with a season-opening point streak of at least nine games in consecutive seasons. Wayne Gretzky (16 games, 1984-85; nine games, 1985-86) was the last to do so and holds the NHL record of 51 games with at least one point to begin the 1983-84 season.
The other two Hockey Hall of Famers to accomplish this feat were Guy Lafleur (10 games, 1975-76; 10 games, 1976-77) and Rod Gilbert (nine games, 1971-72; 14 games, 1972-73). Charley Simmer also did it (nine games, 1979-80; 13 games, 1980-81).
Carlson joins rare company for Capitals
John Carlson had one assist for the Washington Capitals in a 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday to extend his point streak to seven games (15 points; three goals, 12 assists) and take over the NHL lead in scoring with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists). He is the third different defenseman in NHL history with at least 18 points through his team's first 10 games in a season.
Carlson is two points from becoming the fourth defenseman with at least 20 points in October. He'd join Paul Coffey (20 points; seven goals, 13 assists in 1981 and 21 points; three goals, 18 assists in 1988), Al MacInnis (25 points; eight goals, 17 assists) and Brian Leetch (21 points; five goals, 16 assists) in 1990.
Jets coach Maurice reaches 700 wins
Paul Maurice became the seventh NHL coach with 700 wins when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 in a shootout at Bell MTS Place.
Maurice is 700-624-116 and 99 ties with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Jets. He's third in wins among active NHL coaches behind Joel Quenneville of the Florida Panthers (892) and Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders (813). Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs is fourth with 696.