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Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 12:21 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Canucks' Kesler talks Heritage Classic on NHL Live

There are 10 games on the Thursday schedule and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will go inside of the League's historic rivalries as the Montreal Canadiens get set to welcome in their Original Six rivals the Boston Bruins.

We'll also go out on our Arena Cam to preview important matchups including the San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler will call in to promote the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators and to talk about the team's play this season.

In addition, NHL Insider Darren Pang joins the show on the Arena Cam at Scottrade Center to talk about the St. Louis Blues hosting the New York Islanders and Kevin Weekes will provide the scoop on who's hot and who's cold in the game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 10:12 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Giroux performs well with Olympic audience

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux picked the right night to have a strong game.

Giroux, hoping for a spot on Canada's roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, had a goal and an assist, four shots on goal and won 16 of 25 faceoffs -- including eight of 11 in the defensive zone -- in the Flyers' 6-3 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Watching in person was Canada executive director Steve Yzerman, as well as Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who will reprise his role as Canada's Olympic coach.

Giroux was invited to Hockey Canada's summer evaluation camp but had to skip it while recovering from surgery to repair severed tendons in his index finger sustained in a summer golf outing. However, Yzerman told the Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday that Giroux's absence from the summer camp wasn't being held against him.

"We would have liked him to come," Yzerman said. "But he was busy rehabbing. That's fine. That doesn't make a difference."


Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 4:19 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Henrik Lundqvist to join NHL Live

The New York Rangers signed franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a lucrative seven-year contract extension on Wednesday, and on NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, we'll have Lundqvist on as a guest and welcome NHL insider Darren Dreger to talk about what the extension means for the Rangers going forward.

Wednesday Night Rivalry returns on NBCSN as the Detroit Red Wings host the Philadelphia Flyers at 8 p.m. ET, and we'll check in on our Arena Cam with Pierre McGuire, who will be "Between the Glass" for this rematch between teams that met for the Stanley Cup in 1997.

USA Hockey announced its selection camp roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and Don Lucia, the coach of the U.S. National Junior Team, will join the show to discuss what he's looking for from the group that will go to Malmo, Sweden later this month.

Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris will also make an appearance to discuss Senators hockey and give us a look ahead at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Vancouver Canucks.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 6:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning forward Malone out 3-4 weeks: report

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone has a non-displaced ankle fracture and is expected out 3-4 weeks, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Malone, who last played Nov. 22, has three goals and six assists in 23 games this season.

He played 24 games last season, missing time with a lower-body and a shoulder injury.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 2:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

De Haan, Islanders have hands full with Penguins

New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan has been waiting for his chance to play in the NHL. The Islanders' second first-round pick (No. 12) in 2009 played in one game in 2011-12 but now appears ready for significant minutes in the League.

De Haan was called up last week with the Islanders thin on the blue line and made his season debut against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He blocked two shots and had four hits and an even rating in 20:07.

It won't get any easier Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum, when de Haan and the Islanders' defense will be charged with containing Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the highest-scoring team in the Eastern Conference with 86 goals.

"It's pretty cool," de Haan said Tuesday morning on playing against Alex Ovechkin and Crosby in consecutive games. "Those guys are the top players in the League, arguably. You can't treat them just like any other players. You have to battle them hard, move pucks and do the simple things."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 10:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Broken jaw sidelines Canucks' Burrows 4 weeks

Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows broke his jaw in the team's 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Burrows had successful surgery Monday and is expected to miss four weeks.

Burrows sustained the injury when he was hit by defenseman Christopher Tanev's clearing attempt. He stayed in the game and wound up playing 18:47 over 29 shifts.

"Alex is a big part of our team and it's a big loss, but we'll come together and he'll be back soon," goaltender Roberto Luongo said.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 10:24 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Kings-Ducks Stadium Series game focus of NHL Live

There are nine games on the NHL schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the Anaheim Ducks hosting the Los Angeles Kings in a preview of a Coors Light Stadium Series game, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have Kings great Luc Robitaille, the team's president of business operations, on the show.

With the Kings and Ducks set to unveil their Stadium Series jerseys Tuesday, we'll also talk to film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, one of the biggest Kings fans in Hollywood, on the rivalry between these teams and what figures to be a magic moment coming up Saturday, Jan. 25, when they meet at Dodger Stadium.

The Nashville Predators are celebrating their 15th year of existence and we'll go out on our Arena Cam prior to their game with the Vancouver Canucks to talk to one of their alumni, Cliff Ronning.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 4:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings seeking offense against Blues

The Los Angeles Kings have been struggling, but will a visit from the St. Louis Blues provide the remedy?

Winners of one of their past five, the Kings on Monday welcome the Blues to Staples Center, where St. Louis has lost eight consecutive games.

Los Angeles has scored seven goals during its 1-1-3 stretch and comes off a 2-1 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Ben Scrivens, who continues to lead the NHL with a .944 save percentage and is second with a 1.52 goals-against average, will start.

Jaroslav Halak opposes him for the Blues. Halak was scheduled to get the day off Friday against the San Jose Sharks but ended up playing the final two periods after starter Brian Elliott gave up four goals on 12 shots in the first period.

Here are the projected lineups for the Blues and Kings:

Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 10:58 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews U.S. Hall of Fame inductions

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductions take place Monday night in Detroit, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will set the stage by talking to important figures in the game as Doug Weight, Bill Guerin and Peter Karmanos are enshrined along with Ron Mason and Cindy Curley.

NHL Insider Bob McKenzie also joins the show and we'll have analyst Barry Melrose revealing his best coach, player and team from the month of November while previewing what's coming up this month. There are four games on the schedule Monday night.

Steve and E.J. will take a look at a lucky fan's #NHLMoment from the month of November. Also remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 10:34 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Seven NHL referees, six linesmen going to Sochi

The officiating crews for the 2014 Sochi Olympics were announced by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Monday.

The men's tournament will have a mix of officials from the National Hockey League and international levels. The international officials were selected by the IIHF officiating committee from a pool of 32 candidates for the men's tournament and 22 for the women's.

"All of these candidates are considered to be top officials in their respective club leagues," IIHF officiating manager Konstantin Komissarov said in a statement. "We made our decisions on three main criteria: physical conditioning, performance in their respective national championships, and their ability to work in a team."

The NHL is well represented with seven referees and six linesmen of the 28 total officials (14 referees and linesmen each). Among the referees are NHL veterans Dave Jackson, Mike Leggo, Brad Meier, Tim Peel, Kevin Pollock, Kelly Sutherland and Ian Walsh. Sweden's Marcus Vinnerborg, a one-time NHL referee, will appear in his second Olympic tournament.


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