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Posted On Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 2:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Panthers

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl was back on the top line Tuesday at the morning skate prior to the game at BB&T Center against the Florida Panthers, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Hertl skated with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and Matt Nieto was moved onto a line with James Sheppard and Tyler Kennedy.

"We think Tomas has worked hard, he's had chemistry with those two in the past and worked his way back into that opportunity, and he'll get it [Tuesday]," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said, according to the Mercury News. "I think Nieto and Kennedy can add a lot of speed to Sheppard's line. That's the thought process behind it. Will it work? We'll see."

Posted On Monday, 11.10.2014 / 7:05 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Islanders forward Nielsen on shootout success

New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen was a guest of NHL Live to talk about the early-season success of a team currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

A big part of Nielsen's game is his success in the shootout, where his 54.8 percent conversion rate is third-best among active players.

"I had a good move going there the past couple of years, the backhand," Nielsen said. "It just seemed to work and now the goalies are starting to figure it out so I had to change it up a little bit. It's still going in and I still enjoy it. It's a fun thing. I like the pressure of the game on the line."

Posted On Monday, 11.10.2014 / 11:04 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Jets' Wheeler, Islanders' Nielsen on NHL Live

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler and New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen will be guests Monday on NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, which starts at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Wheeler will be on at 5:40 p.m. and Nielsen at 5:50 p.m.

There are two games on the Monday schedule, including the Boston Bruins hosting the New Jersey Devils. The (Bergen) Record beat writer Tom Gulitti will join us from the Arena Cam at TD Garden at 6 p.m. to preview the matchup.

Posted On Saturday, 11.08.2014 / 3:32 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are down to five defensemen for their game Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center.

Robyn Regehr left practice early Friday with an undisclosed injury and won't play, according to As a result,the Kings will dress a 13th forward.

That bonus forward could end up being Justin Williams, who is poised to return after a one-game absence Thursday against the New York Islanders because of a cut on his eyelid sustained in the previous game against the Dallas Stars.

Posted On Friday, 11.07.2014 / 1:40 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Flyers forward Voracek a guest Friday on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews a five-game night around the League and will talk to Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, the League's leading scorer. Voracek, who has at least one point in 12 of 13 games this season, will call in to the show at 5:30 p.m.

The Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Washington Capitals at 8:30 p.m. on NHL Network. Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk will join us via the Arena Cam at United Center at 6:40 p.m. to talk about the matchup.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose is back with his latest Mullet of the Week recipient during his weekly segment at 5:40 p.m.

We'll have the Top 10 Plays of the Week and the Weekly NHL Live Top Play Faceoff between champion P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and challenger Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues. Fans can cast their vote at

Posted On Friday, 11.07.2014 / 11:30 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect McDavid's scoring streak stopped at 14

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League had his season-opening point streak snapped at 14 games in Erie's 5-2 loss to the Niagara IceDogs on Thursday.

McDavid had 14 goals and a league-high 42 points during his scoring streak. He had at least two points in 12 of the 14 games, and seven four-point games.

His 42 points put him nine ahead of the next-best OHL scorer, Erie teammate and fellow top 2015 draft prospect Dylan Strome, who has 33 points. And McDavid's 14 goals are one behind teammate Alexander DeBrincat's 15. McDavid also has an OHL-best plus-30 rating.

Posted On Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 11:58 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Wild's Parise has concussion, no timeline on return

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise has a concussion, coach Mike Yeo said Thursday. There is no time frame for a return.

Parise is not accompanying the Wild on a road trip that starts Thursday against the Ottawa Senators.

Yeo said Parise wasn't feeling well during the Wild's 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. His condition will be assessed when the Wild return to Minnesota after games at Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

"All I know is he is out for this trip, and what I would say is we probably have to get back and talk to the doctors and see from there," Yeo said.

Posted On Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 11:14 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews 10-game Thursday around League

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, gets fans set for a 10-game Thursday around the League.

The St. Louis Blues host the New Jersey Devils in the back end of a home-and-home at 8 p.m. ET on NHL Network, and we'll talk to Blues analyst Darren Pang at 6:10 p.m. from the Arena Cam at Scottrade Center as they go for a seventh straight win.

The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers face off at TD Garden and we'll be joined on Arena Cam by ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald at 5:30 p.m. to preview this inter-conference matchup.

The Philadelphia Flyers are home against the Florida Panthers and we'll get more on that game from's Adam Kimelman via the Arena Cam at Wells Fargo Center.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 7:10 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Panthers defenseman Ekblad talks first NHL goal

Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad joined NHL Live to discuss the start of his rookie season.

The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Ekblad scored his first NHL goal Nov. 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers when he beat goalie Steve Mason with a slap shot on the power play. He has a goal and four points on the season, including points in two straight games.

"It felt great," Ekblad said. "Obviously one of the biggest smiles and most excitement I've had in a really long time playing this game. It's a pretty special feeling."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 7:05 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Top prospect Eichel on success, Boston College

Boston University freshman forward Jack Eichel joined NHL Live for our weekly "Prospects Report."

Expected to be one of the top picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel leads the Terriers with four goals and nine points in five games. He was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month after his four goals and eight points led the Terriers to their best start in 13 years (4-0-0).

"I think our team has just had a good first handful of games," Eichel said. "That's what's let me have some success. I think my two linemates have had a huge part in that. Our team's just been working really hard and listening to whatever coach [David Quinn] has in store for us."

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