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Heritage Classic, Blues-Bruins Cup Final rematch highlight week in NHL

Flames, Jets competing in Regina, Saskatchewan among can't-miss events

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets face off in the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, and the St. Louis Blues visit the Boston Bruins for the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. Here are the top five stories to watch this week along with fantasy can't-miss players.

1. Flames, Jets set for Heritage Classic

The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets will skate outdoors in the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2, NHL.TV).

The game will be the fifth Heritage Classic celebrating the tradition of Canada's national sport. It's also the first NHL regular-season game held in a neutral site territory not in an NHL market, the first to be played in Regina and first in Saskatchewan since the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 at Saskatchewan Place on Jan. 23, 1994.

The Flames (5-4-1) and Jets (5-5-0) will each participate in their second Heritage Classic. Calgary defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 at McMahon Stadium on Feb. 20, 2011. Winnipeg lost to Edmonton 3-0 at Investors Group Field on Oct. 23, 2016.

Video: Flames, Jets unveil Heritage Classic jerseys


2. Game 7 rematch between Blues, Bruins

The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins will face off for the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final when they play at TD Garden on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

The Blues defeated the Bruins 4-1 in Boston on June 12 to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since entering the NHL in 1967. They've started their defense by going 3-2-3 after three straight losses (0-1-2) to the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks and Canadiens last week.

The Bruins, who haven't won the Cup since 2011, are 5-1-2 after going 1-0-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Video: ANA@BOS: Pastrnak scores four goals against Ducks


3. Stamkos eyes milestone for Lightning

Steven Stamkos is three goals from becoming the ninth active player with 400 in the NHL. The Lightning (4-3-1) are home against the Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-0) for "Wednesday Night Hockey" (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN) and the Nashville Predators (4-3-1) on Saturday.

Stamkos scored 45 goals last season, his most since an NHL career-high 60 in 2011-12.

Video: TBL@BOS: Stamkos goes top shelf to beat Rask in SO


4. Perry faces Ducks with Stars

Corey Perry will play his first game against the Anaheim Ducks with the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, PRIME, NHL.TV).

The forward made his Stars debut Oct. 16 after recovering from broken foot sustained by slipping off a step two days before the start of training camp in September. He had three points (one goal, two assists) in a 4-1 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Perry played his first 14 NHL seasons in Anaheim, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 and scoring an NHL career-high 50 goals in 2010-11. He signed a one-year contract with the Stars on July 1 after the Ducks bought out the final two seasons of his contract June 19.

The Stars (2-7-1) are 1-2-0 with Perry. The Ducks are 6-3-0 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins.

Video: DAL@PHI: Perry goes upstairs to double Stars' lead


5. Marleau back in Toronto with Sharks

Patrick Marleau will play against the Maple Leafs with the San Jose Sharks at Scotiabank Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV) for the first time since signing a one-year contract to return to the Sharks.

The 40-year-old forward is playing his 20th NHL season, including the past two in Toronto, and is expected to skate in his 795th consecutive NHL game and 1,500th for the Sharks. He has three points (two goals, one assist) in four games with San Jose, which is 3-5-0 after an 0-4-0 start.

Video: CGY@SJS: Crowd goes wild as Sharks celebrate Marleau


Fantasy can't-miss picks

Ilya Kovalchuk, LAK -- He's worth adding, especially in points-only leagues, after scoring seven points (three on the power play) in his first eight games. The Los Angeles Kings play four road games this week, but three are against teams allowing at least 3.5 goals per game. -- Pete Jensen

Jakob Silfverberg, ANA -- The right wing has eight points (five goals, three assists) in nine games and has added appeal this week with four games against the Predators, Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights. -- Rob Reese

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