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Global Series, Chara's 1,500th game highlight week in NHL

Quenneville, Babcock chasing coaching milestones among can't-miss events

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres will compete in the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden. But there are more stories to watch this week. Here are the top five along with fantasy can't-miss players.

1. Global Series heads to Sweden

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres will play two regular-season games at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV) and Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV).

The games will be the 12th and 13th played in Sweden, and the 11th and 12th at Ericsson Globe. It's also a homecoming for defensemen Victor Hedman (Lightning) and Rasmus Dahlin (Sabres), along with Sabres forwards Victor Olofsson, Marcus Johansson and Johan Larsson, and goalie Linus Ullmark.

Steven Stamkos will continue his pursuit of 400 NHL goals. The Lightning center is two from reaching the milestone.

 
2. Chara set for game No. 1,500

Zdeno Chara is expected to be the 21st NHL player and sixth defenseman to play 1,500 games when the Boston Bruins face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV).

The 42-year-old is the oldest active player in the NHL and longest-tenured captain (since 2006-07). He has 646 points (202 goals, 444 assists) in 1,498 games with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Bruins.

Video: BOS@NYR: Chara unloads heavy slap shot from the point
 
3. Quenneville goes for 900th win in NHL

Joel Quenneville is three wins from becoming the second NHL coach to win 900 games alongside Scotty Bowman (1,244). The Florida Panthers play three games starting against the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, NBCSWA, NHL.TV) followed by a back to back at the Islanders and New York Rangers on Saturday and Sunday.

Quenneville has coached 23 seasons in the NHL (897-535-141 with 77 ties) and is 7-3-4 in his first season with the Panthers after he was hired April 8.

 

4. Babcock eyes No. 700

Mike Babcock could become the eighth coach with 700 NHL wins. The Toronto Maple Leafs play four games beginning against the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-W, NHL.TV).

Babcock is 698-413-163 with 19 ties in 17 seasons for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Detroit Red Wings and Maple Leafs, and won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008. He's 171-128-45 for Toronto, which hired him May 20, 2015, including 7-5-3 this season.

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice won his 700th NHL game with a 1-0 shootout victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 20.

 

5. Tippett faces Coyotes for first time as Oilers coach

Dave Tippett will coach the Oilers against the Arizona Coyotes for the first time when they play at Gila River Arena on Monday. (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNW, 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 coached Phoenix/Arizona from 2009-10 through 2016-17 and won the Jack Adams Award voted as NHL coach of the year in his first season with the Coyotes. Arizona advanced to the Western Conference Final in 2012 before losing in five games to the Kings, the last time it reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tippett is 563-417-121 with 28 ties in 15 seasons as coach of the Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Oilers, who are 10-4-1 and first in the Pacific Division.

Video: EDM@PIT: Draisaitl flies ahead for overtime winner

 
Fantasy can't-miss picks

David Krejci -- The Bruins center is back from injury and had a multipoint game (one goal, one assist) in his return Oct. 29. Boston has four games this week and could be even more potent with improved secondary scoring from Krejci and frequent linemate Jake DeBrusk. -- Pete Jensen

Zack Kassian, RW, EDM -- He has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 15 games mostly skating on the top line with elite forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Kassian has additional intrigue this week with four games against the Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils and Ducks. -- Rob Reese

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