Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you caught up on what you missed this weekend and preview nine games on Monday night. The NHL's first star of the week, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, will stop by the show. And fresh off his first win behind the bench, new Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper will join us.
NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will drop by the show to share the latest on rumors as we close in on the trade deadline. We'll also examine the tight playoff races in the NHL with our resident coach, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all the games being played on Monday.
The top two teams in the Western Conference square off on NHL Network, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for Ducks-Blackhawks and your hockey weekend. We'll hear from Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam on how to prepare for the Hawks' one-two punch of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
We'll also have Eddie Olczyk on the show to talk about the Penguins' acquisition of Jarome Iginla, and we'll get a preview of the upcoming Frozen Four NCAA Hockey Tournament from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose. Jon Cooper makes his coaching debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, and we'll get a live preview from Lightning radio's Dave Mishkin on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Tampa Bay
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for all four games being played on Friday.
The two top teams in the Western Conference face off, in what could be an interesting game. Despite being just 5 points behind the Blackhawks, Anaheim is in a slump and hasn’t won a game in 4 starts. That said, the Ducks have come out on top both times they’ve faced the Hawks this year. Chicago will miss elite forwards Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, but haven’t had much trouble putting pucks in the net no matter who’s on the ice this season. The Blackhawks will be out in force trying to get some revenge, but the game will come down to whether Anaheim can break out of their funk.
• Snap out of it – The Ducks have allowed 16 goals in their last 4 games, they need to be much stronger in, and in front of the net.
• Test the Tender – Chicago’s last win was an easy 16 save shutout, the Ducks need to get pucks on the net early and often, and make the Blackhawks’ backstop work.
Blackhawks’ Keys to the Game
• Respect the Competition – Despite the losing streak, the Ducks are no slouch, and are not far removed from their sizzling start to the season. The Blackhawks need to give 100% from the opening puck-drop, to the final buzzer.
• Find Scoring – Without Sharp and Hossa, the Hawks need to continue to get scoring from their defensive, and 3rd / 4th line players. Kane and Toews may not be enough if the Ducks wake up.
Jarome Iginla now plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek on Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have that covered. Penguins GM Ray Shero will join the show to talk about his big acquisition and we will hear from Iginla from his press conference this afternoon. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also join us to give the latest on how this deal went down and what is next.
On the ice, the Penguins look to extend their win streak to 14 as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets and we will get a live preview from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Pittsburgh. We'll give you a live look at warm-ups via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in our Ice Pass on the early games.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all 10 games being played on Thursday.
It's Wednesday, and so it's Rivalry Night in the NHL! Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek will get you ready for one of the most storied rivalries in hockey when the Montreal Canadiens face off against the Boston Bruins. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the fierce division battle, and we'll get the X-Factor from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.
The Ottawa Senators continue to add points despite missing their Norris Trophy Winner, Erik Karlsson. Coach Paul MacLean will join the show to talk about how his team has overcome the odds. Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat, who has enjoyed three-straight multi-point games, will also stop by. And don't forget, the NHL Trade Deadline is a week away. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will give the latest on rumors from around the League. Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford will also make an appearance.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, play a game of plus-minus, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks the winners of all four games tonight.
The top two Eastern Conference teams square off in Montreal on Tuesday, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have this game and much more covered.
With Brenden Morrow expected to make his Pittsburgh Penguins debut, we'll get a live report from Penguins radio commentator and former player Phil Bourque from our Cisco Arena Cam in Montreal. With nine games slated for Tuesday, we'll also head into the arenas with our Ice Pass and take a peek at the pre-game skates.
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers renew their rivalry tonight at Wells Fargo Center. We'll chat with Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam about being honored for his 1,000th game prior to the matchup. NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the Blues-Oilers game and goalie play around the League.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all nine games being played on Tuesday.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
TONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK
5:00 ET: NHL Live Powered by Constellation 7:00 ET: NHL Tonight Western Conf. Preview 8:00 ET: 2015 Blackhawks Championship Film