"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."
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."
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.
Robyn Regehr left practice early Friday with an undisclosed injury and won't play, according to LAKingsInsider.com. 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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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."