Sidney Crosby is expected to play his 916th NHL game and pass Mario Lemieux to become the all-time leader in regular-season games played for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SUN, ATTSN-PT; NHL.TV).
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Kovalchuk played four seasons in New Jersey after he was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers on Feb. 4, 2010. He had 201 points (89 goals, 112 assists) in 222 games for the Devils and helped them advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. He signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Kings on July 1 after playing five seasons with St. Petersburg SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Every member from the Rangers’ seven-game win against the Canucks in the 1994 Final is scheduled to attend except former defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev, who was an assistant coach for Lokomotiv of the KHL before he and nearly the entire team died in a plane crash Sept. 7, 2011.