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Several NHLers have milestones on the mind

History could be made on several fronts on opening night of the 2010-11 NHL season in October. Four players might reach 1,000 points, two may surpass 900 points, 14 are nearing 700 points, while four have their sights set on 500 assists.

Every season, a select number of National Hockey League players move up the record books and reach significant benchmarks in their careers.

Last year, we witnessed Detroit Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom get to 800 assists and 1,000 points, Ottawa Senators forward Alex Kovalev score his 400th goal and, of course, Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils appear in his 1,000th game and become the first goalie to surpass 600 wins.

History could be made on several fronts on opening night of the 2010-11 season in October.

Four NHLers might reach 1,000 points, two will surpass 900 points, 14 will get to 700 points, four will reach 500 assists and eight could score their 100th power-play goal.

In fact, there are over 50 players that could obtain new historic milestones this coming season, including the likes of Sergei Gonchar, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Smyth and Chris Osgood.

Of those 50, there are three players you should keep the closest eye on: Mark Recchi, Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton.

Currently sitting at 1,485 points with 194 power-play goals, Recchi is poised to become just the 13th player in history to reach the 1,500-point plateau and the 15th to score 200 power-play goals in a career.

As for Iginla, he's one of the four players approaching 1,000 points, but it will take another solid season for him to get the 80 points he needs for the milestone. Iginla also needs just nine goals for 450, 21 assists for 500 and 13 goals with the man advantage to reach 150.

Thornton also is on the verge of reaching 1,000 points, sitting at 931 entering next season. When Big Joe records his 66th assist of the 2010-11 campaign, he'll also become the 49th player ever to hit the 700-assist mark.

And while he's at it, Thornton may as well score the 15 goals he needs for 300.

Here's a look at the full list of NHLers that have the chance to make history during the 2010-11 campaign:

Milestone chases

Forwards/Defencemen

(Player's current total in paranthesis)

 Name Points Goals Assists PP goals Game-winners PIMs Games
 Mark Recchi 1,500 (1,485)   200 (194)  1,000 (998) 
 Alex Kovalev 1,000 (990)  600 (578)    
 Daniel Alfredsson 1,000 (992) 400 (375)     
 Joe Thornton 1,000 (931) 300 (285) 700 (634)    
 Jarome Iginla 1,000 (920) 450 (441) 500 (479) 150 (137)   
 Jason Arnott 900 (873) 400 (383) 500 (490) 150 (135)  1,100 (1,099) 
 Ray Whitney 900 (869) 350 (324) 550 (545) 100 (94)   1,100 (1,072)
 Marian Hossa 800 (770) 400 (363)     
 Ryan Smyth 750 (713) 350 (332) 400 (381)  50 (49)  1,000 (987)
 Marc Savard 700 (696) 500 (491)    
 Sergei Gonchar 700 (684)  500 (482) 100 (92)   
 Patrick Marleau 700 (693)   100 (97)   
 Saku Koivu 700 (693)      
 Cory Stillman 700 (688)   100 (96)   
 Martin St. Louis 700 (679)    50 (48)  
 Shane Doan 700 (678)    50 (48)  
 Todd Bertuzzi 700 (668)  400 (395)    
 Chris Pronger 700 (661)      
 Steve Sullivan 700 (660)    50 (49)  
 Andrew Brunette 700 (660)      
 Ilya Kovalchuk 700 (642)      
 Michael Nylander 700 (679)      
 Pavel Datsyuk 600 (592) 200 (198) 400 (394)    
 Roman Hamrlik 600 (590)      
 Alex Ovechkin 600 (529) 300 (269) 300 (260) 100 (91)   400 (396)
 Ed Jovanovski 500 (467)      
 Todd Marchant 500 (490)      
 Mike Knuble 500 (482)      
 Tomas Kaberle 500 (482)      
 Henrik Zetterberg 500 (475)      
 Jason Spezza 500 (475)      
 Tomas Holmstrom 500 (469)      
 Dany Heatley  300 (299)     
 Scott Gomez   500 (477)    
 Brian Rafalski   400 (392)    
 Bryan McCabe  150 (138) 400 (362)   1,700 (1,698) 1,100 (1,068)
 Ian Laperierre      2,000 (1,956) 1,100 (1,083)
 Brian Rolston    100 (91)   
 Vinny Lecavalier    100 (90)   
 Danny Briere    100 (89)   

Goaltenders

 Name Wins Losses Shutouts Saves Shots against Games
 Chris Osgood 400 (396)     
 Roberto Luongo 300 (270)   17,000 (16,849)  
 Tomas Vokoun 250 (240) 250 (239) 50 (38)   600 (575)
 Dwayne Roloson 200 (190)   13,000 (12,934) 15,000 (14,220) 
 Ryan Miller 200 (187)   9,000 (8,945) 10,000 (9,351) 
 Henrik Lundqvist 200 (177)   9,000 (8,580) 10,000 (9,351) 
 Marc-Andre Fleury 150 (148)   8,000 (7,837) 9,000 (8,645) 
 Cam Ward 150 (138)   7,000 (6,861) 8,000 (7,578) 
 John Grahame 100 (97) 100 (86)    
 Martin Brodeur    25,000 (24,790)  
 Nikolai Khabibulin     20,000 (19,376) 700 (696)

Coaches

 Name Games Wins
 Ron Wilson 1,300 (1,255) 600 (582)
 Jacques Martin 1,200 (1,180) 600 (556)
 Marc Crawford 1,100 (1,069) 
 Joel Quenneville 1,000 (999) 550 (535)
 Lindy Ruff 1,000 (984) 500 (483)
 Paul Maurice 1,000 (987) 450 (424)