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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 10:24 AM

By Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 2:16 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals' Orlov, Islanders' de Haan set for debuts

The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders will each have a young defenseman making his season debut with the club Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.

Dmitry Orlov, who has been shuttling back and forth between the Capitals and Hershey of the American Hockey League all season, will finally earn a sweater for Washington. Orlov, a second-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft (No. 55), has three goals and 20 points in 65 NHL games.

Most of that came in 2011-12, when he had a solid rookie season. He sustained a concussion playing for Hershey during the lockout last season and hasn't been able to find a consistent place in the Capitals lineup since.

Calvin de Haan, a first-round pick in 2009 (No. 12), will play his second NHL game for the Islanders. He dressed for one in 2011-12. The defenseman missed most of the 2012-13 season with a shoulder injury.

He will draw into the lineup for Radek Martinek.

Posted On Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Weber, Klein out for Predators against Flyers

Top defenseman Shea Weber is not expected to play Saturday night when the Nashville Predators welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Bridgestone Arena.

Weber left Nashville's game Thursday with an eye injury and did not skate Saturday morning. Defenseman Kevin Klein is also out with a lower-body injury, and the Predators recalled Joe Piskula from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. To make room for Piskula on the active roster, forward Filip Forsberg was placed on injured reserve.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz told Josh Cooper of the Tennessean that Weber is day-to-day with the injury.

"We're very fortunate it's not a lot more serious," Trotz said.

Piskula, 29, will be the oldest member of the Nashville defense corps against Philadelphia. The other five are all 25 years old or younger. Roman Josi has the most NHL experience, and Saturday will be his 117th career NHL contest.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 6:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Parise returns to Wild lineup vs. Avalanche

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise returned to the lineup Friday against the Colorado Avalanche, four days after injuring his left foot blocking a shot in a loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild announced Tuesday that Parise was expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a contusion on his left foot, but Parise skated the next two days and was declared ready to go after getting through warm-ups Friday.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:18 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Islanders will scratch Bailey against Red Wings

The New York Islanders are expected to make slumping forward Josh Bailey a healthy scratch Friday against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum.

Bailey has no goals and two assists since Oct. 25. He sat with coach Jack Capuano on Thursday to discuss his recent play. Capuano said that the decision has more to do with Bailey putting too much pressure on himself in lieu of any wake-up call. Bailey has four goals and 10 points in 25 games this season.

"I don’t talk too much about our meetings with players, but I’ll tell you this: the conversation we spent together [Thursday] was good with him," Capuano said. "And I don’t know if it’s so much of a wake-up call, but just a player to me that puts so much pressure on himself just has to relax a little bit more and just play the game, the way that he played against [the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs] and the way that he started this year. Josh is fine. I have a lot of confidence that he'll bounce back."

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:14 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Wild recall Haula; Rupp leaves for personal reasons

The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Erik Haula from their American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa, and he is expected to make his debut Friday when Minnesota hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

Haula, 22, is tied for second on Iowa with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 18 games.

Forward Mike Rupp has been designated as a non-roster player and will leave the team for personal reasons. Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported Rupp had a death in the family and will be away for a few days. Rupp has played in two games for the Wild after missing most of the season with a lower-body injury.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 1:14 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins get Seidenberg back against Rangers

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup Friday against the New York Rangers.

Seidenberg had missed the past four games with a lower-body injury suffered on his first shift in a game against the Rangers on Nov. 19.

Seidenberg, who has six assists in 21 games this season, started the game on a defense pairing with Dougie Hamilton.

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