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."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek airs at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.
Boston University freshman forward Jack Eichel will call the show at 5:30 p.m. for our weekly "Prospect Report." Eichel was named the 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). He is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will go around the League to preview a 12-game schedule Tuesday. Dan Bylsma, who coached the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009, will be in studio as a guest analyst for the first hour.
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, named the League's "First Star" for October, will call in at 5:20 p.m. to discuss the honor and the Ducks' 10-3-0 start to the season.
The New York Rangers host the St. Louis Blues in the only NHL game Monday, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will welcome in Blues analyst Darren Pang from the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden at 6:15 p.m. to talk about the matchup.
Franzen, who has been out since Oct. 17 because of a groin injury, will be in the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres.
"We anticipate Mule (Franzen) playing on Sunday," Holland said, according to MLive.com. "And if Mule is ready to go on Sunday, whenever we need a roster spot, Weiss will go on IR because he's not eligible to play right now."
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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