Pavel Datsyuk has a chance to win four straight Selke trophies, which would be the first time that's happened in the NHL in 30 years.
The Detroit Red Wings star was named a Selke finalist Wednesday with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and Chicago's Jonathan Toews.
The award honors the NHL's best defensive forward.
Datsyuk became the first player to win it three years in a row since Bob Gainey's four-peat from 1978 to 1981.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Datsyuk would win it "hands down" had he played every game this season.
The Russian played a career-low 56 games because of injuries.