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Posted On Monday, 12.09.2013 / 12:47 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Emrick, Melrose and Starman

Dave Maloney sits in for E.J. Hradek , who's in Pebble Beach, Calif., covering the Board of Governors meetings, and joins Steve Mears for NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Four games are on the League's schedule for Monday, and Mike Emrick will join us on arena cam to preview the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins (NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.) from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

In addition, Barry Melrose will call in to discuss the best and worst coaching decisions of the season, and Dave Starman joins us on set to talk about the top United States players competing for a roster spot to play in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.

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Posted On Monday, 12.09.2013 / 11:17 AM

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

Penguins place Orpik on IR, recall Dumoulin

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday placed defenseman Brooks Orpik on injured reserve with a concussion, and recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Orpik was injured Saturday during an incident with the Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton. Orpik was removed from the ice on a stretcher and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was alert and conscious. Orpik returned from the hospital and will travel with the team back to Pittsburgh.

Thornton will have an in-person supplementary disciplinary hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his actions.

Orpik has one goal and six assists in 31 games and is fourth on the team with an average ice time of 21:30 per game.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 5:35 PM

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

Young players focus for Red Wings, Panthers

With captain Henrik Zetterberg still out with a back injury and forward Pavel Datsyuk not cleared to play after sustaining a concussion, the Detroit Red Wings will again rely on their top prospects when they face another youthful team, the Florida Panthers, Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

Datsyuk has missed six games but is expected back in the lineup Tuesday when Detroit completes the home-and-home with Florida and starts a two-game road trip. Zetterberg has missed two games but was at practice Saturday and praised the young Red Wings who have picked up the offensive slack.

That group is headed by forwards Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, who were members of the Grand Rapids team that won the Calder Cup last summer. The pair have found chemistry with the Red Wings and combined for three points Friday in a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils. Tatar has four goals in his past five games.

"Guys are having an opportunity to play and they've been doing well. I think Tatar and Gus do great stuff all the time they're on the ice," Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "Obviously you don't want to see injuries, but it's how you play through that as a team, sometimes it will make teams stronger."

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Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 10:40 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks with Hitchcock, Wisconsin's Kerdiles

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up a six-game Friday night in the NHL while getting you set for a weekend full of hockey.

We'll go out to Vancouver on our Arena Cam where Phoenix Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette will join us to talk about the game Friday against the Vancouver Canucks, while St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock joins the show fresh off his team's victory Thursday against the New York Islanders. We'll also check in with analyst Eddie Olczyk as well as Barry Melrose, who is here to hand out his Mullet of the Week.

This week's Tire Rack Face Off features analyst Kelly Chase debating E.J. on three hot topics from around the League. In addition, this week's College Hockey Report is with the University of Wisconsin's Nicolas Kerdiles, an Anaheim Ducks draft pick and California product who will be competing for a spot on the U.S. team going to the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

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.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 6:03 PM

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

Maple Leafs put Bozak on IR; Seguin back for Stars

The Toronto Maple Leafs placed center Tyler Bozak (oblique strain) on injured reserve Thursday. An MRI exam for Bozak revealed the injury, and coach Randy Carlyle told reporters at the morning skate it will keep him out for an "extended period of time."

Bozak was injured during a 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. He recently returned from a hamstring injury that cost him 12 games. He has 11 points, a plus-5 rating and is averaging 21:04 of ice time in 16 games.

The injuries continue to pile up around the Maple Leafs, who play host to the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Although Phil Kessel (undisclosed) will play, Joffrey Lupul (groin strain) and Dave Bolland (severed Achilles tendon) are out. Colton Orr had a procedure done on a bursa sac in his elbow and was placed on IR.

"It's very frustrating and disappointing that we're going through the rash of injuries that we are now," Carlyle said. "But it's really not time to talk about the injured players. It's time to talk about the players that we have in our lineup; there's opportunities made available."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 12:21 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 10:12 AM

By Staff -  / - 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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 4:19 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 6:02 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 2:22 PM

By Staff -  / - 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."

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