The Chicago Blackhawks look to extend their consecutive point streak to begin a season on Friday as they face the Colorado Avalanche on NHL Network. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET, will get you ready for that game and your hockey weekend. We'll get a preview of tonight's matchup from Eddie Olczyk and EJ gives us his favorite moments of this historic streak in his EJ5. We'll also break down the Anaheim Ducks' signing of Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year contract extension.
Two teams trending upwards square off in the Big Apple tonight. We'll get a live preview of the Senators-Rangers matchup from Dave Maloney on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in MSG, and with the official mid-season on Saturday Barry Melrose will make his trophy tracker picks. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert, fresh off Thursday night's overtime heroics, will also join the show.
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 Friday's games.
The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers continues Thursday night on the NHL Network and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will report the latest on this big intrastate matchup. We'll fire up our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Philadelphia to hear from both sides -- Phil Bourque, the Penguins' radio analyst and CSN Philly insider Tim Panaccio. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will also give his take on one of the best current rivalries in the NHL. We will also hear from the Flyers' Chris Pronger, who spoke to the media for the first time since his injury.
Northeast Division rivals square off in Beantown and we'll get a live update from NHL Network insider Chris Johnston as the Boston Bruins get set to host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Out in the West, the Chicago Blackhawks are overshadowing the Anaheim Ducks who have put together a nine-game home win streak. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau will stop by the show and explain what's been the difference maker for his team this season.
With a full slate of early games, we'll get in on the action early with a sneak peak at warm-ups via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam. 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 11 games being played tonight.
Last time these two Eastern Conference rivals faced off neither team could buy a save and the contest was an absolute barn-burner with 11 goals scored. Expect both teams to clamp down and play a tight-checking, playoff-style game. Pittsburgh leads the Atlantic Division and is just two points off the Eastern Conference lead, yet the Flyers are beginning to hit their stride as they look to claim two points and get back into the top eight.
Flyers' Keys to the Game
• Top Line Production – With Scott Hartnell back in the lineup and Claude Giroux finding his scoring touch, the big line for the Flyers' needs to keep producing and put their team in a position to win games.
• Bryzy being Bryzy – The much scrutinized Ilya Bryzgalov has been playing well lately and needs to keep it up. Last time he faced the Penguins he simply let in too many goals. He'll need to keep the five hole sealed up tight and get a little help from the defense.
Penguins' Keys to the Game
• Capitalize on the PP – Capitalize on the PP – With arguably the deadliest powerplay lineup in the league, the Penguins need to capitalize on their inevitable powerplay chances. These teams play a scrappy game, so there should be opportunities, but it's a matter of capitalizing.
London Knights center and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi joins CISCO NHL Live as the Subway Fresh Face of the Week.
The Blackhawks' historic run to start the season survived yet another day after beating the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Less than 24 hours later, Chicago welcomes the only team they have yet to face in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche. Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will get you set for that matchup on Wednesday's edition of Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network.
NBC Sports Insider Pierre McGuire will be standing by via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam as he prepares for the game.
We'll fill you in on the latest status of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and we'll weigh in on the visor debate. Find out how the League and players feel in light of the latest injury.
The Chicago Blackhawks put their record point streak on the line Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you a live preview from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam. We'll also talk to NHL Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman about this historic run for the Hawks and how it compares to his 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens.
With 10 other games on the schedule we'll get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in New Jersey for the Devils-Lightning tilt, Washington for the Capitals-Bruins matchup and New York for the rivalry game between the Flyers and Rangers. NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings game and the rash of goalie injuries around the league.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5, play along with our Slapshots, and stick around for the Shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.
It was kind of touching. I didn't know really what to expect. I'm very appreciative and thankful for the people that supported me in my time here ... as I said, we'll move back to the area at some point in our life.