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Posted On Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 4:48 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday April 10th:

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

New York Islanders vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Flyers

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild - Blues

Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets - Bruins

Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers - Kings

Colorado Avalanche vs Vancouver Canucks - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 315-195-70

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 4:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks for Tuesday April 1, 2014

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Flames

Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Colorado Avalanche vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Philadelphia Flyers vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks - Rangers

Winnipeg Jets vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

Dallas Stars vs Washington Capitals - Stars

E.J.'s Season Record: 290-181-61

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:42 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday March 24th:

Phoenix Coyotes vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Los Angeles Kings vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins - Canadiens

Ottawa Senators vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Winnipeg Jets vs Dallas Stars - Stars

San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames = Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 280-175-58

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 7:15 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday January 27th:

Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders - Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes - Blue Jackets

Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 223-134-48

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:53 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday January 15th:

New York Islanders vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

St. Louis Blues vs New Jersey Devils - Blues

Ottawa Senators vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers - Canucks

Winnipeg Jets vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 219-126-47

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 6:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday January 9th:

Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres - Panthers

Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators - Ducks

St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames - Blues

Minnesota Wild vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Boston Bruins vs Los Angeles Kings - Bruins

Detroit Red Wings vs San Jose Sharks - Red Wings

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

E.J.'s Season Record: 197-113-44

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 7:51 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday January 7th:

New York Islanders vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Maple Leafs

Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils: Flyers

San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators: Sharks

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets: Jets

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes

St. Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers: Blues

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vancouver Canucks: Penguins

Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings: Kings

Boston Bruins vs Anaheim Ducks: Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 191-109-42

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:57 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday January 6th:

Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders - Stars

Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 190-107-41

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 7:54 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday January 2nd:

Nashville Predators vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Islanders - Blackhawks

Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals - Hurricanes

Winnipeg Jets vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Buffalo Sabres vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Montreal Canadiens vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Los Angeles Kings vs St. Louis Blues - Kings

Philadelphia Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 179-104-40

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Posted On Friday, 12.27.2013 / 2:45 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday December 27th:

Ottawa Senators vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets vs New Jersey Devils -Devils

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals - Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes - Penguins

Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Minnesota Wild vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames - Oilers

San Jose Sharks vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 170-103-36

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 7:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday December 23rd:

Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals - Ducks

Phoenix Coyotes vs Buffalo Sabres - Coyotes

Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators - Penguins

New York Islanders vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers - Lightning

Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Boston Bruins vs Nashville Predators - Bruins

St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames - Blues

Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers - Jets

Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings - Stars

Colorado Avalanche vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 162-99-34

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 3:39 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Monday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday December 2nd:

Winnipeg Jets vs New York Rangers - Rangers

New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings - Blues

E.J.'s Season Record: 127-73-25

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Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 7:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 22nd:

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Florida Panthers vs Calgary Flames - Flames

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 114-67-25

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday November 20th:

Minnesota Wild vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Calgary Flames - Flames

New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 109-62-21

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 11:40 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Capitals-Penguins, Stadium Series

It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as two of the top players, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, square off and we'll preview this fierce Metropolitan Division rivalry. Pierre McGuire, from NBCSN, will join us from Washington to preview a game he will call "Between the Glass."

Coors Light Stadium Series tickets go on sale for the games at Yankees Stadium on Thursday and we'll have New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlin and former New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils goaltender Kevin Weekes on the show to preview the great rivalry between the local teams.

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 Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks Stadium Series with Ducks' Etem

Rick Nash returns to the New York Rangers' lineup to face the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have a live update from Madison Square Garden with Rangers radio analyst Dave Maloney. We'll also check in with Darren Pang from Buffalo to preview the St. Louis Blues' game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game in Los Angeles and we'll talk to Anaheim Ducks forward and California native Emerson Etem about that game against the Los Angeles Kings and the Ducks' recent play.

Remember to submit your #AskDano questions for Ken Daneyko through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 4:32 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 15th:

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Anaheim Ducks vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators - Bruins

Washington Capitals vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Florida Panthers vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Philadelphia Flyers vs Winnipeg Jets - Flyers

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 104-60-18

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 11:14 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live looks at Nolan's return to Sabres

The weekend is upon us but before that NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey Friday. The red-hot Washington Capitals face the Detroit Red Wings, at 7 p.m. on NHL Network, and we'll get a live report on our NHL Arena Cam from Capitals radio voice John Walton.

Ted Nolan will coach his first game as the Buffalo Sabres interim coach against the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs. We'll go out to Buffalo on our Arena Cam and talk to Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington to preview this matchup.

Also, we'll have another edition of the Faceoff Presented by Tirerack where EJ and Jamal Mayers go head-to-head and debate three current topics in the NHL. The Buffalo Sabres' recent house-cleaning will surely be discussed in addition to other hot-button issues. We'll also have plenty of game previews on this busy Friday night including a look at the Minnesota Wild in search of a ninth win in their last 11 games, as they take on the Florida Panthers.

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, 11.14.2013 / 12:34 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Ducks-Lightning, talks to Brodeur

Thursday is a big night in the NHL as the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning, plays the top team in the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks. NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will break down what makes each team run. The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes, two top teams in the West, square off and we'll fire up our Arena Cam in Chicago to preview the game with Eddie Olczyk.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has won his past three games while giving up only two goals and he will join the show to talk about his hot play and expectations for the rest of the season.

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 between the #NHLAnaheimDucks and #NHLLightning.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 3:35 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday November 12th:

Los Angels Kings vs Buffalo Sabres - Kings

Nashville Predators vs New York Islanders - Islanders

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Colorado Avalanche vs Carolina Hurricanes - Avalanche

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Philadelphia Flyers vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Winnipeg Jets vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Anaheim Ducks vs Florida Panthers - Ducks

Phoenix Coyotes vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 94-54-14

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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 6:24 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 7th:

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets - Predators

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 91-53-14

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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 3:30 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live covers Hall of Fame weekend, coach change

Hockey Hall of Fame weekend begins Friday and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the inductions. We'll get interviews from the Hall of Fame players and also preview the Hall of Fame game between the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs, as David Clarkson is set to face his former team.

The Florida Panthers fired coach Kevin Dineen on Friday and named Peter Horachek as interim coach and we'll have the latest on that news story. Also, Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith will have his bobblehead night on Saturday and we'll talk to the netminder about that and the hot start for the team. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to Face-Off with E.J. Hradek in three hot topics around the NHL.

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, 11.07.2013 / 2:42 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday November 7th:

Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators -Canadiens

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes - Islanders

New York Rangers vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 86-49-13

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 7:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday November 6th:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers - Penguins

Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs Anaheim Ducks - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 85-46-13

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 11:24 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Rivalry Night, talks to Niedermayer

We're set for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview this Metropolitan Division rivalry. Eddie Olcyzk, from NBCSN, will join us in studio to talk about the matchup and his thoughts on pressing issues around the NHL. We'll also have NHL Insider Bob McKenzie on the show to talk rumors and injuries around the League.

The Pacific-leading Anaheim Ducks face the red-hot Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday and we'll talk to Ducks forward Mathieu Perreault and assistant coach Scott Niedermayer about the game and his Hall-of-Fame career from our Arena Cam.

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 Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 7:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday November 5th:

Dallas Stars vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals - Islanders

Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

St. Louis Blues vs Montreal Canadiens - Blues

Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

Philadelphia Flyers vs Carolina Hurricanes - Flyers

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 82-44-9

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:58 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews homecomings for Seguin, Halak

It's a busy Tuesday in the NHL with nine games on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with E.J. Hradek and special guest Dave Maloney will get you ready for the night on the ice.

Tyler Seguin returns to Boston for the first time since being traded in the offseason and we'll talk to the Dallas Stars forward from our NHL Arena Cam. Also we'll get a live pregame report for the Stars and Boston Bruins from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald from TD Garden and give you a peek into warm-ups in our Ice Pass.

Another player is facing his former team as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak returns to Montreal and Arpon Basu, Managing Editor of LHN.com, will be live from the Bell Centre to preview that inter-conference matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.

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 Monday, 11.04.2013 / 1:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks with Wendel Clark and Kris Draper

The Chicago Blackhawks paid a visit to the White House, where the defending Stanley Cup champions were honored by President Barack Obama on Monday. NHL Live will have that story and everything you need to know about this week's action in the League at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Tickets for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park are on sale. We'll talk to two participants, Wendel Clark and Kris Draper, about this great event surrounding the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 7:36 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 1st:

Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes

New York Islanders vs Ottawa Senators: Senators

St. Louis Blues vs Florida Panthers: Blues

Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild: Wild

Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche: Stars

Detroit Red Wings vs Calgary Flames: Wings

E.J.'s Season Record: 78-40-7

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 12:20 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live features look at best moments of October

NHL Live, which airs from 5-7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get fans' favorite #NHLMoment of the first month of the season and give their own.

There's eight games on the slate and we'll get a live preview of the Flyers-Capitals game, which airs at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, from CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley. We'll also fire up our Arena Cam in Florida and chat with Darren Pang about the St. Louis Blues' torrid start to the season.

NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to give his Mullet of the Week and San Jose Sharks forward Brent Burns will call in as he will change his look for "Burnzie's Buzzcut for Charity."

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions all season long to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, submit your favorite #NHLMoment of October and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 7:01 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 30th:

Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames: Leafs

Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks: Canucks

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings: Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 74-38-6

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 12:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Bruins-Penguins on Rivalry Night

It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview this rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Final. We'll check in at Consol Energy Center and talk to analyst Pierre McGuire who will be "Inside The Glass" for the game. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also join the program to provide the latest buzz around the NHL.

Also, we'll begin our celebration of #HockeyHalloween with a pumpkin carver live in the NHL Store and give a spooky edition of the EJ5.

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 Friday, 10.25.2013 / 2:49 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 25th:

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Maple Leafs

Anaheim Ducks vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 64-30-5

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 7:03 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday October 24th:

San Jose Sharks vs Boston Bruins - Sharks

Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils - Canucks

New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Anahein Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens - Ducks

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators - Predators

Carolina Hurricanes vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars - Flames

Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers - Capitals

Phoenix Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

E.J.'s Season Record: 57-27-5

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 6:15 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday October 22nd:

Anaheim Ducks vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Ducks

Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders: Canucks

New Jersey Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Devils

Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens: Canadiens

Chicago Blackhawks vs Florida Panthers: Blackhawks

Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild: Wild

Washington Capitals vs Winnipeg Jets: Capitals

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 50-24-5

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Posted On Friday, 10.18.2013 / 4:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 18th:

St. Louis Blues vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Phoenix Coyotes vs Anaheim Ducks - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 49-24-4

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 3:59 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Thursday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday October 17th:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers - Penguins

Vancouver Canucks vs Buffalo Sabres - Canucks

Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Edmonton Oilers vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens - Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers - Bruins

St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Los Angeles Kings vs Nashville Predators - Predators

San Jose Sharks vs Dallas Stars - Sharks

Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 43-21-1

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:38 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday October 15th:

Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Vancouver Canucks vs Philadelphia Flyers - Canucks

Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Chicago Blackhawks vs Carolina Hurricanes - Blackhawks

Los Angeles Kings vs Tampa Bay Lightning -Kings

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings - Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues - Sharks

Florida Panthers vs Nashville Predators - Predators

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Ottawa Senators vs Phoenix Coyotes - Senators

E.J.'s Season Record: 30-11-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Breakdown of Pominville's goals against each team

Minnesota Wild Jason Pominville's goal against his former team was not only the game-winning goal but now give him a goal against all 30 NHL teams. Pominville has five teams he has one goal against and on the other side has scored 18 goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here is a full breakdown of his goal distribution:

Anaheim Ducks - 2 goals in 9 GP

Boston Bruins - 15 goals in 49 GP

Calgary Flames - 2 goals in 8 GP

Carolina Hurricanes - 13 goals in 30 GP

Chicago Blackhawks - 3 goals in 7 GP

Colorado Avalanche - 2 goals in 6 GP

Columbus Blue Jackets - 7 goals in 10 GP

Dallas Stars - 1 goal in 6 GP

Detroit Red Wings - 1 goal in 9 GP

Edmonton Oilers 1 goal in 7 GP

Florida Panthers - 11 goals in 30 GP

Los Angeles Kings - 3 goals in 9 GP

Minnesota Wild - 1 goal in 6 GP

Montreal Canadiens - 8 goals in 49 GP

Nashville Predators - 3 goals in 7 GP

New Jersey Devils - 9 goals in 26 GP

New York Islanders - 5 goals in 27 GP

New York Rangers - 6 goals in 28 GP

Ottawa Senators - 10 goals in 46 GP

Philadelphia Flyers - 11 goals in 28 GP

Phoenix Coyotes - 4 goals in 8 GP

Pittsburgh Penguins - 9 goals in 29 GP

San Jose Sharks - 4 goals in 9 GP

St. Louis Blues - 3 goals in 7 GP

Tampa Bay Lightning - 16 goals in 29 GP

Toronto Maple Leafs - 18 goals in 50 GP

Vancouver Canucks - 2 goals in 6 GP

Washington Capitals - 9 goals in 30 GP

Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers - 11 goals in 28 GP

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 2:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 9th:

Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames - Canadiens

Ottawa Senators vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

E.J.'s Season Record: 25-5-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 2:53 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday October 8th:

Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Florida Panthers vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres - Lightning

Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators - Predators

New Jersey Devils vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

New York Rangers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 17-5-0

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Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 3:57 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Friday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 4th:

Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres - Senators

New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Detroit Red Wings vs Carolina Hurricanes - Red Wings

Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 12-2-0

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 2:12 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 2nd:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers - Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 2-1-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 4:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday October 1st:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens - Maple Leafs

Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers - Oilers

E.J.'s Season Record: 0-0-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 2:20 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Pacific, chats with Kings' Robitaille

As we get closer and closer to #NHLFaceOff, NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday on NHL Network will break down a division per day. Today we head out to the west coast to preview the new Pacific Division and grade the offseason moves the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks made.

Also on Tuesday we'll be joined by Kings President of Business Operations and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, who was famously a ninth-round draft choice back in 1984. Among those picked ahead of him who never played a game in the League: former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, who was a fourth-round pick and played high school hockey in Massachusetts.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions about your favorite team in the Pacific Division through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL.

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Posted On Friday, 09.20.2013 / 1:16 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live breaks down Atlantic, Pacific divisions

NHL Live goes coast-to-coast today as we break down the Atlantic and Pacific divisions with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll dive in and check out new faces and coaches on the hot seat. Plus, EJ will predict his division winners.

The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck on the NHL Network tonight at 7 p.m. ET. We'll get a live preview of this game from Capitals radio voice John Walton from our Arena Cam in Washington.

As we get closer and closer to #NHLFaceOff, remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 12:40 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live sets scene on outdoor fun from Soldier Field

Chicago Blackhawks players and fans get to celebrate for another day as the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series comes to their home. Our hosts Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will get you ready Thursday afternoon for that announcement live from Soldier Field. Then, at 5 p.m. ET, NHL Live will be joined by Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins guests from the storied football stadium to talk about the outdoor game and the upcoming season.

With the reality of realignment on the horizon as we get closer to #NHLFaceOff, it's Central and Metropolitan Division day on NHL Live. We'll break down some new faces, look at coaches on the hot seat and get EJ's predictions for these two new divisions.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions all season long to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 7:20 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Arena Cam: Dan Bylsma

NHL Live talks with Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma about the start of the 2013-14 season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 7:16 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: Lundqvist dresses Melrose

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist helps dress up NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 2:26 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live makes its return

NHL Live returns for another season Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with hosts Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, is back to get you informed and ready for #NHLFaceOff.

Barry Melrose will be live on set for the inaugural show giving his opinion on burning questions around the League. We'll also get an inside look into Penguins training camp as we go out to Consol Energy Center to visit with a few of the players. And NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen will discuss happenings around the League.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 11:20 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Who has edge: Mason or Emery?

The Philadelphia Flyers' goalie situation got another makeover this summer as Ilya Bryzgalov -- the starter during the past two seasons -- was giving a compliance buyout and Ray Emery was brought in to compete with Steve Mason for the starting job.

But before breaking down the two goaltenders who will compete for crease time in Philadelphia this fall, let's break down the last six seasons of Flyers goalies.

Since the 2007-08 season, the Flyers have used 18 goalies and have had five different players lead them in victories -- including a tie in 2009-10 between Michael Leighton and Emery. The Flyers have averaged 40.6 victories in that span, which should have made their starting goalie a hot commodity in fantasy hockey.

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Posted On Friday, 07.26.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Who has edge -- Bishop or Lindback?

Last season was not a banner year for any goalie that manned the crease for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning finished 26th in the NHL with a team goals-against-average of 3.06 and tied for 24th in the League with a .899 team save percentage. Tampa Bay was also one of four teams to have four different goalies suit up last season, with Anders Lindback playing the most (24 games and 21 starts).

The team acquired Ben Bishop from the Ottawa Senators for Cory Conacher on April 3 and after six starts with the team, Bishop was signed to a new two-year contract extension.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 7:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

The EJAYS Awards

Cisco NHL Live's EJ Hradek gives out his end of the season awards.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Casey Cizikas

New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 7:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Brian Leetch

CISCO NHL Live is joined by Hall of Famer Brian Leetch via the CISCO Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 2:46 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Goalie talk big part of Cisco NHL Live

There's goalie news all over the NHL today, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you caught up with everything between the pipes. Darren Pang will join the show to break down the Vezina Trophy finalists, as well as the news that Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders. On the other side, the Islanders' Casey Cizikas will join the program to talk about his team winning Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2.

Hall-of-Fame defenseman Brian Leetch will be on the show via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam from Madison Square Garden. We'll also have pre-game reports from the Bruins-Maple Leafs, Capitals-Rangers and Kings-Blues from our reporters on-site and give you a live look-in on the early games in our Ice Pass.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 3:22 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Tuesday's playoff action

The growing rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens continues Tuesday night with Game 4 at Scotiabank Place. Steve Mears and EJ Hradek on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will preview that matchup and the rest of tonight's Stanley Cup Playoff games. CBC analyst Cassie Campbell-Pascall will join us via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Ottawa to set the scene.

We'll also have pregame reports from the Penguins-Islanders, Blackhawks-Wild and Canucks-Sharks matchups from our reporters on site and give you a live look-in on the early games in our Ice Pass.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played tonight.

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Posted On Monday, 05.06.2013 / 7:10 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Bates Battaglia

Former NHLer and Amazing Race winner Bates Battaglia joins NHL Live.

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Posted On Monday, 05.06.2013 / 2:37 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

'Amazing Race' winner Battaglia on Cisco NHL Live

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with two Game 3s in the Eastern Conference and two Game 4s in the Western Conference. Get ready for all the battles with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET Monday on NHL Network. We'll have game reports from all four cities with the latest news from each locker room.

It has been nine years in the making, but the day is finally here for Maple Leafs fans as Toronto hosts its first playoff game since 2004. We'll fire up the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get a preview and a behind-the-scenes peak on warmups.

Plus, "Amazing Race" winner and former NHL player Bates Battaglia joins the show. The retired winger will tell us how it feels to win the $1 million prize.

Last but not least, our own Barry Melrose will join the show to weigh in on all these great playoff series. Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played tonight.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 6:59 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Barry Melrose

CISCO NHL Live talks NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 2:25 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stanley Cup a special guest on Cisco NHL Live

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are heating up and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Friday on NHL Network will have you covered. We'll have New York Rangers fan and Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton on our set, as well as Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard with the Stanley Cup live.

Sidney Crosby returns to the ice tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 against the New York Islanders, and we'll go live to Pittsburgh for a full report. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to give his opinion on some of the coaching moves in the playoffs, and Eddie Olczyk checks in to discuss the playoffs and his favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played on Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Brett Hull

Two-Time Stanley Cup Champion Brett Hull joins CISCO NHL Live via the CISCO Arena Cam at the Scottrade Center.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 2:30 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Bourque talking Bruins on Cisco NHL Live

Six teams get ready to start their quest for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday and Cisco NHL Live on the NHL Network will get you ready for all three games. Hosts EJ Hradek and Steve Mears will take you inside all of the arenas for a live preview of each matchup.

Plus, Hall of Famer Ray Bourque visits the show to help us preview the Boston Bruins' postseason. The Hall of Famer also will discuss his latest off-ice passion.

In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks have plenty to celebrate. In addition to their overtime win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 on Tuesday, it was announced Wednesday that the Presidents' Trophy winners will host the Pittsburgh Penguins next season at Soldier Field next season. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will join us to react to that news and look ahead to Game 2 against Minnesota.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Gretzky on Cisco NHL Live as playoffs get started

The puck drops on the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the first night of action. We'll talk to "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky, as the Los Angeles Kings get set to defend the Cup against the St. Louis Blues. We'll also get a live preview of the game on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam with Darren Pang.

The Presidents' Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks begin their Stanley Cup journey vs. the Minnesota Wild, and we'll be joined by Pierre McGuire from inside the United Center to break down the matchup. We'll also get an update from the West Coast when Ducks analyst Brian Hayward joins us to discuss Game 1 between Anaheim and Detroit.

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 three playoff games being played Tuesday night.

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Posted On Monday, 04.29.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Jim Nill

The new General Manager of the Dallas Stars, Jim Nill, joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Monday, 04.29.2013 / 3:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews playoffs, talks to Nill

It's the eve of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will get you ready for all the matchups.

New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron will stop by the the set to talk about Round 1 against the

Washington Capitals. Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has all the latest on Sidney Crosby and his possible return to action.

In the Western Conference, newly-appointed Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill will share some of his offseason plans. Plus, Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards joins us to recap his team's unexpected playoff run.

If your team isn't in the postseason, you'll want to keep your eye on Monday night's 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will break down the lottery and what it all means.

Plus our favorite resident coach, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose, picks the teams that could end Stanley Cup droughts.

Don't forget to join Steve Mears and EJ Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network to count down to the playoffs!

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Posted On Friday, 04.26.2013 / 7:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Matchmakers PT 2

EJ Hradek analyzes what would make ideal playoff matchups for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.

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Posted On Friday, 04.26.2013 / 7:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Matchmakers

EJ Hradek analyzes what would make ideal playoff matchups for the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

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Posted On Friday, 04.26.2013 / 2:30 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews final playoff push

There are only 18 games left as the clock ticks down to the end of the regular season. Cisco NHL Live today, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have all the Stanley Cup Playoff possibilities covered as we head into the final weekend. The Columbus Blue Jackets came up big last night to keep their playoff hopes alive. We'll check in with forward Mark Letestu as he prepares for the season's finale.

The New York Islanders look to solidify their seeding tonight when they wrap up their regular season in Buffalo against the Sabres. Four-time Stanley Cup champ Butch Goring will visit us on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam and tell us how sweet it is to see the Isles back in the postseason again. Plus, it's Friday, so that means Eddie Olyczk will join us to talk about the red -hot playoff races. And NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose will check in with Barry's Bests including his Mullet of the Year.

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 four games being played on Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Marc Staal

CISCO NHL Live talks with Rangers Defenseman Marc Staal.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: John Tavares

CISCO NHL Live talks with New York Islanders' Center John Tavares.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 7:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Jay Bouwmeester

CISCO NHL Live talks St. Louis Blues Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 7:03 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Adam Oates

CISCO NHL Live talks with Washington Capitals' Head Coach Adam Oates.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 2:44 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Tavares, Oates and a congressman on Cisco NHL Live

It was a super Tuesday for the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, as they were among the teams to clinch spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday on NHL Network with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, will talk to Isles superstar John Tavares and Washington coach Adam Oates.

Hockey was also the hot topic Wednesday on Capitol Hill during the Congressional Hockey Caucus Briefing. Illinois congressman Mike Quigley joins us as his Chicago Blackhawks look to lock up the Presidents' Trophy.

It's also Rivalry Night in the NHL as the Detroit Red Wings continue their push for a 22nd consecutive postseason berth. We'll catch up with Wings forward Cory Emmerton and NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass, when the defending champion Los Angeles Kings visit Detroit.

Don't forget to submit your #AskDaneyko questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and stick around for the shootout as Ken picks all four games being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 7:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Darren Pang

CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network Analyst Darren Pang.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 2:47 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live all over key Capitals-Jets matchup

The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets square off for the Southeast Division lead on Tuesday and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and catch you up on all the Stanley Cup Playoff implications around the NHL.

We'll talk to Jets assistant coach Perry Pearn on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Washington to get the sense of the team before this big matchup. We'll also get a live pre-game preview from NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen in Washington.

With nine other games on the ice we'll also give you a look at pre-game skates in our Ice Pass, and discuss each one rapidly in Slapshots. We'll also get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Florida with Sam Rosen of MSG, as the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers face off. The Boston Bruins will square off with the Philadelphia Flyers and we'll get a live pre-game report from Joe Haggerty of CSN New England, via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Philadelphia. Lastly, NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the St. Louis Blues' matchup with the Colorado Avalanche as well as goalie play as we get to crunch time.

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 ten games being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 6:58 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Chris Pronger

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger joins CISCO NHL Live to discuss where he is in his road to recovery from post-concussion syndrome.

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Posted On Monday, 04.22.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Couture to appear on Monday's Cisco NHL Live

The last week of the regular season is here and the clock is ticking for teams yet to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have all the latest on the final push to the playoffs.

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week on Monday, and he'll join us to discuss where his team is headed.

In Detroit, where the Red Wings are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 22 seasons, we'll have a live preview from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam with play-by-play voice Ken Kal.

We'll also get live previews from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Buffalo, where the Sabres host the Winnipeg Jets, and our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Ottawa, for the Senators-Penguins showdown.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will also weigh in on under-the-radar teams and their odds to win the Stanley Cup.

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 five games being played on Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 04.19.2013 / 6:53 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Ray Shero

CISCO NHL Live talks with Pittsburgh Penguins' General Manager Ray Shero.

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Posted On Friday, 04.19.2013 / 4:14 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Yandle, Gionta among guests on Cisco NHL Live

The Boston Bruins' game Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins has been postponed and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have Penguins general manager Ray Shero and Bruins analyst Andy Brickley to talk about the mindset of playing the game Saturday. Boston native and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, who played his college hockey in Boston, will also be on the show.

On the ice, five other games are scheduled including the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres on NHL Network at 7 ET. We'll get a live preview from Sabres TV analyst Rob Ray from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Buffalo. In the Western Conference, the upstart Dallas Stars face off with the St. Louis Blues and we'll have Kelly Chase on to preview this matchup via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in St. Louis. It is Friday, so that means Eddie Olyczk will join us from Chicago and NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will also be with us to talk some of the playoff races.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all five games being played on Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 6:17 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Shawn Thornton

CISCO NHL Live talks with Boston Bruins' Left Wing Shawn Thornton.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 1:21 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Bruins forward Thornton joins Cisco NHL Live

The scene in Boston on Wednesday night was amazing, as the Bruins returned to the ice in dramatic fashion. Thursday on Cisco NHL Live, 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, we'll revisit that game with Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and get the mood of the team after the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

On the ice Thursday night we have 10 games, many with huge playoff implications, and we'll preview them all -- plus, you'll get a live look-in at some early warm-ups in our Ice Pass.

In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders both inch closer to ending playoff droughts, and our NHL Network insider Chris Johnston will give us an closer look at that matchup. Rounding out that conference are two teams -- the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets -- tied for the eighth spot. We'll talk to Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam to preview Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. We'll also fire up our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in New York with Dave Maloney to find out how the Rangers can solidify a chance at the postseason.

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Nathan MacKinnon

CISCO NHL Live talks with Nathan MacKinnon Right Wing for the Halifax Mooseheads.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 3:26 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks to draft prospect MacKinnon

As the Boston Bruins prepare for an emotional return to the ice Wednesday, Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET will have all the latest from TD Garden. Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will be joined by NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass, for the division battle between the Buffalo Sabres and Bruins, via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

As the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare to face the Montreal Canadiens, we'll check in with Penguins Hall of Fame announcer Mike Lange. Plus, our Subway Fresh Face of the Day, Nathan MacKinnon, will tell us what it's like to be one of the top-rated prospects in the upcoming NHL Draft. And NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also join the show to give us the latest on buzz 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 four games being played Wednesday night.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 1:25 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

All the latest playoff push updates on Cisco NHL Live

The push toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues, and Cisco NHL Live with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you up to date on playoff implications around the League. With eight games on the ice Tuesday night, we'll also give you a look at pre-game skates of the early games in our Ice Pass and discuss each one rapidly in Slapshots.

We'll get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam, starting in Long Island as the New York Islanders continue their march to the postseason. The Washington Capitals try to stay undefeated in April as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and we'll go live to the Verizon Center for the latest news on this matchup. Lastly, NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the St. Louis Blues game against the Vancouver Canucks and goalie play as we get to crunch time.

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 eight games being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 04.15.2013 / 6:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live Derick Brassard

CISCO NHL Live with New York Rangers' Center Derick Brassard.

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Posted On Monday, 04.15.2013 / 3:50 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live analyzes Oilers' GM switch

The Edmonton Oilers on Monday replaced general manager Steve Tambellini with Craig MacTavish, and Cisco NHL Live with EJ Hradek and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have the latest on this move and much more.

Elsewhere in the Western Conference, the playoff race heats up as several playoff contenders hit the ice tonight. The Dallas Stars look to keep their win streak alive when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks, and we'll get a live pregame preview from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

The New York Rangers may have the day off, but we'll check in with one of their newest members, Derick Brassard. The center played a key role in the Rangers' latest win over the division rival New York Islanders - will join the show. And our own in-house coach, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose, will visit to react to the Oilers news and Yale's first ever NCAA Championship.

Don't forget to submit your #AskDaneyko questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and stick around for the shootout as EJ and Ken pick all the games being played on Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Barry Melrose

CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose about the upcoming NCAA Frozen Four and NHL bubble teams.

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Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live to reveal Hobey Baker winner

In a special Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET Friday on NHL Network with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, we'll have the live announcement of the Hobey Baker Award winner between Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau, Quinnipiac's Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc. We'll also get a preview of the NCAA championship game from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose live in Pittsburgh.

The Montreal Canadiens became the latest team to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs; we'll talk to Canadiens captain Brian Gionta. On the ice, two Central Division rivals square off on NHL Network at 8:30 p.m., as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Chicago Blackhawks. We'll have this game covered as we talk to Eddie Olczyk via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Chicago. We'll also get live pregame previews in New Jersey for the Devils-Senators and Columbus for the Blues-Blue Jackets.

Don't forget to submit your #AskButch questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and stick around for the shootout as Butch picks all five games being played on Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 1:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks You Can Play Project

The National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association announced a historic partnership with the You Can Play Project on Thursday and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and founder of the You Can Play Project, Patrick Burke, on set to discuss this partnership.

The Phoenix Coyotes are back in the Stanley Cup Playoff picture thanks to goalie Mike Smith, who has stopped 93 of the 95 shots he has faced since returning from injury. We'll be joined by the Phoenix netminder. With nine games on the schedule Thursday night, Steve Mears and guest analyst Ken Daneyko will get live pre-game previews from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Boston, Detroit and give you a live look-in at warm-ups of the early games in our Ice Pass.

Don't forget to submit your #AskDano questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and stick around for the shootout as Ken picks each game being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Marian Gaborik

CISCO NHL Live talks with Columbus Blue Jackets' Right Wing Marian Gaborik.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 1:59 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Gaborik, Capuano among guests on Cisco NHL Live

Wednesday is Rivalry Night in the NHL and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have the New Jersey Devils' game against the Boston Bruins covered. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass, and we'll get the X-Factor for the matchup from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in franchise history, and we'll talk to recently acquired forward Marian Gaborik about his transition. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders continue their march toward their first playoff berth since the 2006-07 season, and coach Jack Capuano will join the show. Our Subway Fresh Face is Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell and we'll talk to his coach Rand Pecknold about his Hobey Baker chances, and his team's upcoming battle with St. Cloud State at the Frozen Four.

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 all five games being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 6:57 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Ryan Kesler

Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler joins CISCO NHL Live to talk about his return to the lineup from injury.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 1:41 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live updates push toward the playoffs

The push toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you up to date on playoff implications around the NHL. With nine games on the ice tonight we'll also give you a look at pre-game skates of the early games in our Ice Pass, and discuss each one rapidly in Slapshots.

We'll get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Columbus with Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks face off. In the Eastern Conference, the red-hot Washington Capitals play the Montreal Canadiens and we'll check in with Arpon Basu, Managing Editor of LNH.com for the preview. We'll also head out to Minnesota with the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo as the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks square off in a Western Conference clash. Lastly, NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about tonight's matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators, and goalie play as we get to crunch time.

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.

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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Jonathan Drouin

CISCO NHL Live talks with Halifax Mooseheads' Left Winger Jonathan Drouin.

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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Hitchcock, top prospect Drouin on Cisco NHL Live

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 all five games Monday night. The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins face off on the NHL Network at 7 p.m. and we'll talk to Jordan Staal about the big matchup via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

The St. Louis Blues made headlines prior to the Trade Deadline when they acquired defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold. We'll ask coach Ken Hitchcock about his new players and the team's recent win streak.

While Central Scouting continues to meet in Toronto, we'll catch up with one of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Draft, Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will also drop by the show to give us the latest buzz around the NHL.

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.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Chuck Fletcher

Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher joins CISCO NHL Live to discuss the acquisition of Jason Pominville at the trade deadline.
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Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 1:43 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live examines aftermath of trade deadline

The dust has settled on the NHL Trade Deadline and Thursday night we get ready to see some of the new faces in action with their new teams. Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will introduce you to the acquisitions and get you ready for all of Thursday's matchups around the League. We'll talk to Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher about his newest addition, Jason Pominville, and how he got the deal done.

Jaromir Jagr debuts in a Boston Bruins jersey tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, as they face the New Jersey Devils. We'll go live to our Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get a preview of the 41-year-old as he returns to the Eastern Conference. The Tampa Bay Lightning also made a huge move in net and we'll get a live report on Ben Bishop's first start 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 all 10 games being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 5:55 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live plays matchmaker

With the NHL Trade Deadline coming up Cisco NHL Live played the Matchmaker Game hosted by Steve Mears as our matchmaker E.J. Hradek matches Roberto Luongo, Mike Ribeiro and Ryan Miller with mystery teams.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 3:20 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Trade Deadline deals

We're one day away from the NHL Trade Deadline and major moves have already happened. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you updated on both Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy's departures from Dallas, and NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will give us the very latest on trade buzz around the League.

The Blues and Flames completed a blockbuster deal last night as Jay Bouwmeester moves from Calgary to St. Louis. We'll talk with both Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and Flames GM Jay Feaster about the move and any other deals we should expect.

NHL Network analysts Darren Pang and Craig Button will also stop by the show to give their expertise on what to expect with goalies and prospects respectively during this deadline. Cisco NHL Live will play the Matchmaker Game and use our professional matchmaker E.J. Hradek to give potential trade targets homes.

With seven games on the ice, including the Pittsburgh Penguins looking to extend their win streak to 16 games, we'll go live to pregame skates in our Ice Pass and get EJ's pick on every game in our shootout.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 6:52 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Joffrey Lupul

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 2:26 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Lupul, Cooper guests on Monday's Cisco NHL Live

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.

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Posted On Friday, 03.29.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Eddie Olczyk

NHL analyst Eddie Olczyk joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Friday, 03.29.2013 / 2:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Beauchemin talks Ducks-Hawks on Cisco NHL Live

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.

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Posted On Friday, 03.29.2013 / 9:45 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

NHL 13 Prediction: Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight 8:30 ET on NHL Network


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.

Find the Official NHL® 13 Game Prediction below. Watch the Anaheim Ducks take on the Chicago Blackhawks Friday at 8:30pm ET on NHL Network.


Ducks’ Keys to the Game

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.


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Posted On Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 7:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Ray Bourque

Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque joins CISCO NHL Live to discuss his experiences as a player during the NHL trade deadline.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 2:15 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Shero on Cisco NHL Live to talk Iginla deal

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.

We'll also hear from new Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, who won his debut Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Mr. T

CISCO NHL Live talks with Mr. T about scoring a goal during intermission, his rise to fame and the Chicago Blackhawks chances of winning the Stanley Cup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 12:47 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Rutherford, MacLean, Erat join Cisco NHL Live

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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 12:48 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live highlights Pens-Habs showdown

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.

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Posted On Friday, 03.22.2013 / 7:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Barry Melrose

NHL analyst Barry Melrose joins CISCO NHL Live to pick the Division winners in the Southeast, Northeast and Northwest Division and give his Mullet of the Week!

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Posted On Friday, 03.22.2013 / 10:11 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: Red Wings vs. Ducks

NHL 13 Prediction: Red Wings vs. Ducks, March 22, 10 ET on NHL Network

East meets West as the Detroit Red Wings travel to Anaheim to start off a four game road trip and face off against the streaking Ducks. The Ducks are 7-0-3 in their last ten games, and have won an impressive 13 straight games on home ice. Anaheim will be reeling after a big win against the powerhouse Blackhawks, and can move into a tie for the league lead with a win tonight.

Ducks’ Keys to the Game

Get it to Getzlaf Ryan Getzlaf is playing superbly at home, with seven goals and fifteen assists in his last 12 home games.

Set the Tone – Anaheim will host Detroit again on Sunday, so they should use this game to set a physical and offensive tone for both games.

Red Wings’ Keys to the Game

Bounce Back – The Red Wings need to shake off a 4-2 loss to Minnesota the other night, and after allowing 2 PP goals on just 3 chances, the PK needs to be a lot better.

Solve the Netminder – With both Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller playing well, it will be crucial for Detroit to get to the dirty areas, create screens and traffic, and ultimately put pucks in the net.

Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Anaheim Ducks, 10 ET on NHL Network

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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 6:43 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Mike Yeo

The Minnesota Wild have won four straight games, six of the past seven, CISCO NHL Live talks with Head Coach Mike Yeo about what had changed for his streaking club.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 3:03 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Yeo will talk Wild's rise on Cisco NHL Live

There are nine games on the NHL schedule Thursday night and Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek on Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have them all covered. We'll give you a live look at warm-ups via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in our Ice Pass. Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo will also join the program to talk about his team's rise to the top of the Northwest Division.

New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur returns when the Devils visit Carolina on the NHL Network Thursday night (7 p.m. ET) and we'll get a live update from Hurricanes radio voice Chuck Kaiton. NHL Network insider and Toronto Maple Leafs reporter Chris Johnston will also join the show from the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Buffalo.

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 Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Martin Biron

CISCO NHL Live sits down with New York Ranger's Goaltender Martin Biron.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 10:51 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live on at 4 p.m. to cover GM meetings

The GM meetings are today, and Cisco NHL Live will be on an hour early at 4 p.m. ET on NHL Network to have them covered. Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, as well as Kathryn Tappen, Kevin Weekes and Craig Button in Toronto, will talk to general managers and League officials to get the latest from the meetings.

On the ice, the two top teams in the Western Conference square off on NHL Network tonight at 10 p.m. ET, as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the red-hot Anaheim Ducks. We'll hit this game from every angle, plus we'll visit with NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the Wednesday Night Rivalry battle between the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also stop by from Toronto for the latest on trade talk around the League as we get closer to the Trade Deadline.

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 all five games being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Perry deal, Tuesday's action

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Corey Perry to an eight-year contract extension and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have reaction to this and much more. With nine games on the schedule Tuesday night, we'll also peek in on the pregame skates with our Ice Pass.

We'll get pre-game reports from multiple cities, including Pittsburgh as the Penguins look for 10 straight wins facing the Capitals, New Jersey for the Atlantic Division matchup between the Rangers and Devils, Long Island for the Senators-Islanders game, and Columbus to preview the Blue Jackets-Predators. NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the Blues-Canucks and the stellar play of St. Louis goalie Jake Allen.

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.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 6:27 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Dan Bylsma

Pittsburgh Penguins have won 9-straight games and CISCO NHL Live talks with head coach Dan Bylsma about his teams current win streak.
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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 1:58 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Bylsma to talk hot Penguins on Cisco NHL Live

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you caught up on what you missed this weekend and preview all seven games Monday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won nine straight and we'll have coach Dan Bylsma on the show to talk about their recent hot streak.

NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will drop by to give the latest on some trade rumors floating around as we get closer to the deadline. We'll also examine some top lines around 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.

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 6:52 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: David Desharnais

CISCO NHL Live talks with David Desharnais Forward for the Montreal Canadiens, who signed a new contract on Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 3:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks with Desharnais, Allen

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for three big games Friday night and your hockey weekend. David Desharnais signed a contract extension earlier today with Montreal, he'll join us to talk about it and the future of the Canadiens.

The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers finish off a home-and-home series and we'll get a live update from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Philadelphia. Fresh off his first career shutout, St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen will join the show to talk about his hot start to the season.

We'll also have Eddie Olczyk on to talk about the amazing season that Sidney Crosby is having. On the other side of the spectrum we will get NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose's take on how he would fix some of the struggling NHL teams.

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 three games being played on Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 9:49 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: Devils vs. Flyers

NHL 13 Prediction: New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers, March 14 on NHL Network

New Jersey has won all of its last six games against the Flyers, including a lopsided affair earlier this week, but that won't make this game easy. The Devils are still missing veteran netminder Martin Brodeur and have struggled a bit without him. The Flyers have only have 2 points in their last 5 games, so they will be trying to do everything to get back on track. These Atlantic Division rivals don't like each other, so this could be quite the contest.

Flyers Keys to the Game

Get it Done – Philadelphia has never won against New Jersey in a shootout so they need to get this game wrapped up in regulation and avoid a three-point game.

Expose Hedberg – Johan Hedberg has played fairly well for the Devils in Marty’s absence, but the Flyers need to find a way to solve him and make this an offensive game.

Devils Keys to the Game

Defense First – With Brodeur out, it's up to the Devils to maintain strong play at both ends of the ice and help their netminder as best they can.

Stay the Course - The Devils have historically been excellent against the Flyers. They need to stick to their systems and control the pace of the game.

Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch as the Flyers take on the Devils at 7:30pm ET on NHL Network

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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Gary Bettman

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joins CISCO NHL LIVE to discuss the newly approved NHL realignment.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 1:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Commissioner Gary Bettman joins Cisco NHL Live

Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network we'll kick of Cisco NHL Live with a special guest. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will join Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek to discuss the new realignment plan that was just approved by the Board of Governors. We will also talk to Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson, as they move from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.

Division rivals square off in Carolina on the NHL Network on Thursday night, and we'll get a live update from Hurricanes radio voice Chuck Kaiton, who will call the game. With 10 other games on the ice we'll hit all of them and even give you a live look at warm-ups via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in our Ice Pass.

Don't forget to submit your ideas for new division names on Twitter and Facebook, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all 11 games being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 7:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Johnny Gaudreau

CISCO NHL Live talks with Boston College Forward and USA World Junior Championship Gold Medalist Johnny Gaudreau.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 7:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Kirk Muller

CISCO NHL Live talks with Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Kirk Muller.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 12:12 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Rivalry Night

 

It's Wednesday so that means it's Rivalry Night in the NHL. Cisco NHL Live, 5 ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have the Flyers-Devils game covered. We'll talk to NBC Sports Analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass, for the fierce division battle. Plus, NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose will share his X-Factor for that matchup.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Boston College and World Junior Championship star Johnny Gaudreau, who will be joining the show to talk about his great season and winning Gold in Russia. NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will also be with us giving the latest on trade talk around the league. And fresh off a big win against the Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will stop by the show.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, play a game of plus-minus, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all three games being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live: Scintillating shootout moves

 

After watching Ottawa Senators Kaspars Daugavins crazy, yet unsuccessful shootout attempt last night vs. the Boston Bruins, Cisco NHL Live asks the fans to vote for the best shootout goal since the tiebreaker was introduced to the NHL. We've narrowed the list to these five beauties:

November 11, 2005

New York Rangers defenseman Marek Malik goes between his legs for the shootout winner vs. Washington Capitals Olaf Kolzig.

April 9, 2009

Mike Ribiero, then with the Dallas Stars, goes backward between his legs to beat Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj.

December 10, 2010

Edmonton Oilers Linus Omark gives a spin-o-rama look for the game-winning shootout goal vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.

January 17, 2010

Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk goes "Datsyukian Deke" on then Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi for the shootout goal.

December 14, 2010

Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane shows off his stickhandling with a shootout goal vs. Minnesota Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 1:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Quenneville a Tuesday guest on Cisco NHL Live

With 11 games on Tuesday's schedule, Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview them all and give you a look at pre-game skates in our Ice Pass. We'll also have bench boss of the Chicago Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville, on the show to talk about their great streak to start the season.

We'lll also get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Pittsburgh for the big Eastern Conference matchup between the Penguins and Bruins, Washington for the Capitals-Hurricanes division rivalry, and Minnesota to preview the Ducks-Wild. NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the Blues-Sharks rematch and if he would have been able to stop Kasper Daugavins' shootout attempt.

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, with a shootout theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all 11 games being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 6:24 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Ryan O'Reilly

Fresh off a dramatic overtime win on Sunday over the San Jose Sharks, Cisco NHL Live talks with Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly.

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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 6:22 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Jack Parker

Cisco NHL Live talks with legendary Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker who on Monday announced his retirement after 40 years.

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Posted On Monday, 03.11.2013 / 1:25 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Hat trick hero Kunitz joins Cisco NHL Live

With only two games on the schedule Monday night, Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have both covered. We'll get a pre-game interview on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Ottawa with Bruce Garrioch form the Ottawa Sun. We'll also break down the third and final meeting between the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings. Fresh off his hat trick and five-point game Sunday night, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz will also join the show as well as Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly, who has scored in each of his past two games.

NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will drop by the show to give the latest on realignment and some trade rumors floating around. We'll also examine some lesser known league leaders 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 both games being played on Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 6:40 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Matt Calvert

Fresh off scoring the overtime game winning goal on Thursday. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 1:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Hawks' run, weekend look-ahead

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.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 6:47 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Bruce Boudreau

CISCO NHL Live talks with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau about the teams hot start and how he is enjoying life on the West Coast.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 2:28 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live goes inside Penguins-Flyers rivalry

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.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 10:56 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: Penguins vs. Flyers

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.

Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7:00pm ET on NHL Network-US 

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 7:17 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Max Domi

London Knights center and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi joins CISCO NHL Live as the Subway Fresh Face of the Week.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 1:17 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live sets up Blackhawks-Avs battle

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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 3:43 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live sets up Blackhawks-Wild battle

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.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 7:14 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Niklas Backstrom

CISCO NHL Live talks with Niklas Backstrom, Goaltender for the Minnesota Wild, who was named the NHL's Third Star of the week.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 7:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Patrice Bergeron

CISCO NHL Live talks with Patrice Bergeron, Center for the Boston Bruins who was named the NHL Second Star of the week.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 1:28 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Penguins-Lightning

Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos face off against each other in a star-studded matchup that will also see the return of Evgeni Malkin to the ice Monday night. Cisco NHL Live with EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you set for the game with the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Rossi and our own Barry Melrose.

The Los Angeles Kings look to extend a four-game home winning streak as they begin a homestand against the Nashville Predators, tonight 10:30 on the NHL Network. Kings analyst Jim Fox will tell us what has sparked the defending champ's turnaround. Plus, the Third Star of the week, Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, will stop by the show and talk about his recent success.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Calder Trophy candidates.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 6:59 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Jonathan Huberdeau

CISCO NHL Live talks with Florida Panthers and NHL Rookie of the Month for February Jonathan Huberdeau.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 6:58 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Evander Kane

CISCO NHL Live talks with Winnipeg Jets Forward Evander Kane.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 6:01 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Sim of the Week: Kings vs Canucks

After winning the President’s Trophy in 2012, the Vancouver Canucks were upset in the playoffs by the 8th seed LA Kings, who would go on to win the Stanley Cup. After dropping their first game to LA this year, the Canucks are still looking for revenge. Both teams are beginning to hit their stride and are adapting to the condensed schedule, so this should be one to watch. Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch the LA Kings take on the Vancouver Canucks on March 2nd at 10 ET on the NHL Network.

Keys to the Game

LA Kings

Contain the Twins

Easy to say but hard to accomplish, the Kings need to keep the Sedins to the outside and eliminate the down low passing as much as possible.

Traffic In The Crease

You can’t stop what you can’t see, and that’s the name of the game with two solid goalie options in Vancouver. Pucks on net with traffic in front will create deflection chances as well as chances off the rebound.

Vancouver Canucks

Bury On The PP

It’s no secret that LA isn’t an easy team to score on in recent years, so the Canucks need to take advantage with the extra man. The Kings like to take penalties, and Vancouver has a potent PP that needs to be at its best for this game.

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 1:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Kane, Huberdeau to appear on Cisco NHL Live

The Chicago Blackhawks look to extend their consecutive point streak to 21 as they face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on the NHL Network. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and your hockey weekend. We'll preview tonight's matchup with Eddie Olczyk on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Chicago. Elsewhere in the Western Conference, we'll go inside the deal that will bring Ryan O'Reilly back on the ice for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Winnipeg Jets have won three in a row and we'll talk to one of their top forwards, Evander Kane, about his recent hot streak. Phoenix Coyotes president Mike Nealy will also stop by the show and NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will give out his awards for February. Speaking of February awards, the NHL Rookie of the Month, Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau will join the show.

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, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for Friday's game.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 6:49 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Kyle Palmieri

Fresh off a Hat Trick vs the Nashville Predators CISCO NHL Live talks with Anaheim Ducks Right Wing Kyle Palmieri

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 1:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live sets up Hurricanes vs. Penguins

It's a busy day on the ice with 11 games Thursday night and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have you covered.

Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal and Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter face their old teams on the NHL Network, Thursday at 7 p.m. We'll get a game preview from Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Carolina. Another big matchup is in the Central as the Chicago Blackhawks play the St. Louis Blues in search for their 20th-straight game from the start of the season with at least a point. We'll get a preview from NHL Network analyst Kelly Chase in St. Louis.

Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com will also join us from Boston to preview the Bruins' return home after a successful five-game road trip, as they face off against division rival Ottawa. Lastly, we will go to our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in New York with NHL.com's Dave Lozo as the banged-up Rangers are going for the season sweep against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 7:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Dylan Smoskowitz

Mississauga Steelheads center Dylan Smoskowitz joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live looks at Semin's return, Bruins-Isles

Alexander Semin returns to Washington for the first time as an opponent on Tuesday. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have the Hurricanes-Capitals game covered. We'll get live updates from our Cisco NHL Arena cam in the nation's capital.

The Boston Bruins are off to their best start since the 1976-77 season and face the New York Islanders on NBC Sports Network on Tuesday night, while the banged-up New York Rangers host the Winnipeg Jets. We'll get live pre-game analysis from both arenas. NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about some of the goalies making headlines 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: Hradek's Top 5 under the radar defensemen, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL LIVE: Steven Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Steven Stamkos has goals in 5-straight and points in 6-straight games and joins Cisco NHL Live to talk about his hot play.

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Posted On Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stamkos to appear on Monday's Cisco NHL Live

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is one of the NHL's "Stars of the Week" and will join Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Monday on the NHL Network. We'll also be joined by Flyers analyst Rick Tocchet on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to disucss James van Riemsdyk's return to Philadelphia.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for 19 straight with at least a point as they play the upstart Oilers, while the Anaheim Ducks look to extend their current six-game winning streak by beating their interstate rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. We'll have both of those games covered, and Barry Melrose will predict when some of these NHL streaks will come to an end. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie fills us in on his latest news and notes, including two big signings in Washington.

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: Hradek's Top 5 hockey movies, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - The EJays

Best Supporting Actor: 

Nominees: Patrik Elias, Devils; Ray Emery, Blackhawks; Sami Salo, Lightning,
Winner: Saku Koivu, Ducks

Best Screenplay:

Nominees: Lindy Ruff, the final days; the Blackhawks, the streak; Hooray for Hollywood, the Kings quest to repeat
Winner: The Canucks goaltending saga

Best Director: 

Nominees: Joel Quenneville, Blackhawks; Peter Deboer, Devils; Bruce Boudreau, Ducks; Alain Vigneault, Canucks, Randy Carlyle, Leafs
Winner: Michel Therrien, Canadiens head coach

Best Picture: 

Nominees: Scramble in front of Penguins' net (Flyers-Pens); Jake Allen save on TJ Brodie; Nail Yakopov goal celebration
Winner: Pavel Datsyuk's end-to-end rush against Nashville from Tuesday night

Best Actor:

Nominees: Pekka Rinne, Predators; Craig Anderson, Senators; Sidney Crosby, Penguins; Patrick Kane, Blackhawks
Winner: Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 3:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: Sharks vs. Blackhawks

Unbeaten in regulation and looking to set the record for consecutive games with a point to start the season, the Chicago Blackhawks - despite recent injury troubles – will look to continue their success against the once-dominant San Jose Sharks. Although the Sharks won their last game against the St. Louis Blues 2-1, it remains their only win in a forgettable February that includes 5-3 and 4-1 losses to the Chicago Blackhawks in their only two meetings this season.

Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch as the San Jose Sharks face the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8:30pm ET on NHL Network.

Blackhawks’ Keys to the Game

• Healthy Hossa – Marian Hossa left the game Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks after receiving a blow to the head from Jannik Hansen (who received a one-game suspension). Although Hossa practiced Thursday and is likely to play today, will he feel any lingering effects from the hit?

• Eminent Emery – As Corey Crawford recovers from an upper-body injury, Ray Emery must continue his stellar play in goal if Chicago hopes to remain unbeaten in regulation. Emery has posted a .925 SV% through six starts this season.

Sharks’ Keys to the Game

• Where’s the Frenzy? – Having lost four one-goal games and only allowing two or fewer goals in five out of eight games in the month of February, the Sharks simply have to find a way to put more pucks in the back of the net.

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 2:30 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Blackhawks-Sharks

The Chicago Blackhawks seek the longest consecutive point streak to begin a season as they face the San Jose Sharks on Friday night on the NHL Network. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and your hockey weekend. We'll get expert analysis from NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk, and NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

With the Oscars around the corner, we'll put on our bow ties and hand out our own awards around the NHL. Plus, the red-hot Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, will also stop by the show.

Don't forget, it's the anniversary of the 1980 Miracle on Ice. Mike Eruzione will join us to reflect on the game that changed the face of hockey in the USA.

Submit your #AskEJ questions to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks the winners for Friday's games.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 7:17 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cory Conacher's road to the NHL

NHL network's Steve Mears sits with Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher about his road to the NHL

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 3:41 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live looks at Bruins-Bolts, Rolston's debut

Thursday is a busy day on the ice with 10 games, and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have you covered.

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning square off on the NHL Network at 7:30 p.m., and we'll get a game preview from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Tampa Bay. Chris Johnston, senior hockey writer for Rogers Sportsnet, will also join us from Toronto to preview Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston's first game behind the bench.

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 with a hat trick theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 7:10 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Rick Tocchet

On Rivalry Night in the NHL Cisco NHL Live talks with Flyers analyst Rick Tocchet who played on both sides of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Tocchet will talk Rivalry Night on Cisco NHL Live

It is Rivalry Night in the NHL and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have both games covered. We'll talk to Rick Tocchet, who has been on both sides of the Penguins-Flyers rivalry. NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the fierce Atlantic Division battle, will also join us. In the Western Conference, we'll go inside the late matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche with Denver Post Writer, Adrian Dater.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is London Knights defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who will discuss the draft this June. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger gets us the latest information on burning issues around the League. Plus, Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson -- who assisted on Tuesday night's game-winning goal -- stops by to fill us in on their latest victory.

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 with a streaking theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 7:15 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Mason Raymond

Vancouver Canucks left wing Mason Raymond joins NHL Live before the big matchup before facing the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 3:28 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live gets you set for Hawks-Ducks

As the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, they look to tie the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks for the longest point streak to start a season. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have that matchup covered. We'll get live updates from our Cisco NHL Arena cam and NHL Network's Barry Melrose take on the big Western Conference matchup. Plus, we'll talk to former player and current Ducks assistant coach Scott Niedermayer, who won the Cup with Anaheim in 2007.

Four teams that faced off in last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs will renew their rivalries Tuesday night as the Nashville Predators face the Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks travel to St. Louis to play the Blues. We'll get you ready for those big games and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will also stop by the program.

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: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a quirky records theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 9:50 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Special 1 p.m. ET start time for Cisco NHL Live

An early President's Day edition of Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 1 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will provide highlights and live look-ins of the two early games between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils, and the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders, as well as preview the 3 p.m. ET game on NHL Network between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche. We'll also get live updates in Colorado from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie fills us in on the latest news and notes, while Barry Melrose gives us his favorite Presidents' Trophy winners.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5 with a President's Day theme.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 7:22 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Eddie Olczyk

NBC Sports NHL Analyst Eddie Olcyzk breaks down Friday's matchups on NHL Live and previews Hockey Weekend in America.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 3:10 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL 13 Prediction: LA Kings vs. Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the LA Kings' banner raising ceremony on the first night of the season, silencing the home crowd with a 5-2 victory. Since then, they have showed no signs of slowing down and have yet to lose in regulation this season. The Kings boast a deep roster of talented players, and an elite goaltender, but are off to a slow start this season.

Find the Official NHL® 13 Game Prediction below. Watch the LA Kings take on the Chicago Blackhawks February 17th at 3:30 ET.
Sharks' Keys to the Game

• Help Quick – Jonathan Quick is an elite goaltender, but has had a slow start to the season. Quick needs to get back to form, but will need a reliable defense in front of him to do their part.

• Contain Kane – The talented winger sits 2nd in the NHL in scoring and has been dominant recently with 9 points in his last 5 games. The Kings must do a good job of containing the Hawks' stars to stay in this one.

Blackhawks' Keys to the Game

• Stay Hot – Start strong and keep the pace for a 60 minute game. The Blackhawks are on a roll in nearly every category. They need their stars to remain hot, and keep the pressure on throughout the game.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 2:37 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews weekend action

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey weekend. NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk, who will be a part of Hockey Day in America on Sunday, and NHL Network Insider Barry Melrose will join us with expert analysis on all the matchups.

Plus, Ryan Kesler is expected to be back on the ice for the Canucks tonight. We'll have all the latest updates from Vancouver on what that would mean for the team. And the Chicago Blackhawks have still not lost in regulation, while the San Jose Sharks have not won a game in February. Those teams face off on the NHL Network tonight at 8:30 ET, and we're going one-on-one with a Chicago player before the game.

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: Hradek's Top 5 American-born players, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for Friday's game.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 7:14 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live:Bruce Garrioch

Cisco NHL Live talks with Ottawa Senators writer Bruce Garrioch about losing Erik Karlsson for the season after Achilles surgery.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 12:34 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Capitals-Lightning

On Thursday, Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will celebrate Valentine's Day around the NHL. We'll give out our candy hearts and play a game of make up or break up with teams and players around the League.

We have six games to preview, including a big Southeast Division matchup between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll get live updates from our Cisco NHL Arena cameras in Tampa Bay, as well as New York, Carolina and Nashville, to preview other matchups in the NHL on Thursday night.

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: Hradek's Top 5 Finnish players of All-Time, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 7:12 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: John Davidson

Cisco NHL Live talks with Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, John Davidson about the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen as general manager.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 3:05 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Davidson on Cisco NHL Live to discuss new GM

Jarmo Kekalainen has been named the new general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and we'll have president of hockey operations John Davidson on Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, to talk about this move with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek.

It's Rivalry Night in the NHL as the St. Louis Blues travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam, to preview this big Central Division matchup.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Halifax Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale. One of Central Scouting's top goaltenders this season, Fucale is hoping to hear his name called this June at the 2013 NHL Draft. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also be on the program giving us the latest on hot topics 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: Hradek’s top penalty kill unit, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 7:20 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Shane Doan

Cisco NHL LIVE talks with Phoenix Coyotes Captain Shane Doan about his game winning overtime goal on Monday and the teams start to the season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 7:16 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Mike Babcock

Fresh off a last second victory over the defending champions Los Angeles Kings Cisco NHL Live talks with Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, about that victory and the play of his team.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:03 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Ducks-Blackhawks

The top two teams in the Western Conference square off Tuesday night, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have the Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks game covered. We'll be joined by Chicago forward Bryan Bickell on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam to preview this key matchup.

With nine other games on the schedule we'll get you ready for all of them, with live reports out of Boston, Winnipeg and Nashville. Detroit coach Mike Babcock will check in to talk about the Red Wings' recent success, and NHL Network analyst Darren Pang drops by the show to talk about goalie tandems 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: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a power play theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Mike Quigley

Congressman Mike Quigley joins CISCO NHL Live to talk Chicago Blackhawks and Hockey Is For Everyone.

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 12:45 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Halak's return, Flyers-Leafs

Two players traded for each other face off in Toronto, and Jaroslav Halak returns for the St. Louis Blues. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, has those stories and much more on Monday's show. We'll get a pre-game interview on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Toronto with Maple Leafs radio analyst Jim Ralph, to preview tonight's matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers. With five other games on the slate we will preview them all.

We'll also be joined by Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley as we celebrate Hockey is For Everyone Month. NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie fills us in on the latest news and notes, while Barry Melrose breaks down the first quarter of NHL action.

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: Hradek's Top 5 d-men that need to step up, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Rob Zombie

Musician and director Rob Zombie joins CISCO NHL Live to talk about his upcoming project about the Broad Street Bullies.

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Posted On Friday, 02.08.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live: Game preview, Zombie visit

Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek (5 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) will get you ready for your hockey weekend.

There is only one game on the schedule Friday, with the Anaheim Ducks visiting the Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). We'll get a live update from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Dallas, as well as speak with NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk and the NHL Network's Barry Melrose.

In addition rock legend Rob Zombie, currently working on a movie about the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s, will be on today's show to talk about meeting some of the former Bullies this week at a Flyers game and what to expect in the movie.

Staying in Pennsylvania, we'll also talk to Penguins forward James Neal about the team's current five-game winning streak, and Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will discuss his consecutive 40-plus save performances.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on a certain senior reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 players that have stepped up their game, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks a winner for tonight's Ducks-Stars game.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Dreger on Tim Thomas

CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network insider Darren Dreger on the latest of the trade of Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 1:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Penguins-Capitals

The Pittsburgh Penguins renew their rivalry with the Washington Capitals, Thursday night on the NHL Network. Cisco NHL Live with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered. We'll fire up the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get live previews from the arena on this big Eastern Conference matchup.

We have 12 games to preview Thursday night in the NHL. We'll get live updates from our Cisco NHL Arena cameras in St. Louis, Minnesota and Columbus, and preview the rest of the night on the ice.

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: Hradek's Top 5 European Goaltenders of All-Time, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 7:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Peter DeBoer

Fresh off a win over the rival New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils Head Coach Peter DeBoer joins Cisco NHL Live to talk about his team's hot start.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 2:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Rivalry Night

It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBC Sports Network, and tonight features the 718th meeting between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek (5 p.m. ET, NHL Network) will be all over one of the fiercest rivalries in the League. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass in Montreal, and get NHL Network's Barry Melrose's X-Factor to this big Northeast Division matchup.

We'll talk to Devils coach Peter DeBoer about his team's hot start. Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is Medicine Hat forward Curtis Valk, who will be joining the show. One of the top WHL players this season is hoping to hear his name called this June at the 2013 NHL Draft. NHL Network's Insider Darren Dreger will also be on the program giving us the latest on hot topics around the League.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on the Senior Reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 7:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Milan Hejduk

Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk fresh off his 1,000th NHL game joins CISCO NHL Live to talk about his milestone and his dance moves.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:37 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live to break down Blackhawks-Sharks

 

Ten games on the ice Tuesday night and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will preview them all. We will break down the big Western Conference showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. We'll also get a live report on the Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues matchup from Blues TV analyst Darren Pang, on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan will be on our set to discuss some recent hits, and rule changes for the 2012-13 NHL season.

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: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a brothers twist today, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 7:36 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Welcome, Steve Mears!

Cisco NHL Live welcomes Steve Mears to the team. E.J. Hradek got him a special gift, a signed Wayne Gretzky wine bottle!

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 7:09 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Chris Bourque

Boston Bruins forward Chris Bourque scored his first goal with the team this weekend and joined CISCO NHL Live to talk about it and his famous father.

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Posted On Monday, 02.04.2013 / 12:43 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks with Sean Burke, Chris Bourque

Colorado Avalanche winger Milan Hejduk plays his 1,000th NHL game and Roberto Luongo makes his 4th consecutive start for the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, has those stories and much more.

As the Phoenix Coyotes get set to host the Minnesota Wild, we'll chat with the man behind the man behind the mask -- Sean Burke, the Coyotes goalie coach.

We have another guest whose dad, Ray Bourque, is a Boston legend -- now Chris Bourque is trying to make his own mark in Beantown. Chris will tell us what it felt like to score his first goal as a Bruin.

NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie will join the show to talk about his mid-season NHL Draft Rankings. We will also have NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose to preview some West Coast hockey.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL. And also keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a Super Bowl twist today.

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Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 7:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Todd McLellan

The San Jose Sharks are off to a 7-0 start and Cisco NHL Live talked to the bench boss, Todd McLellan on Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 7:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: Thomas Vanek

Buffalo Sabres Thomas Vanek already has two five point games this season and joined Cisco NHL Live Friday to talk about his and the teams hot start.

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Posted On Friday, 02.01.2013 / 11:47 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Leading scorer Vanek on Friday's Cisco NHL Live

 

Cisco NHL Live with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey weekend. On Friday's show we have NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk along with our own Barry Melrose to give their expert opinions on teams with hot and cold starts. Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek, whose 15 points lead the League in scoring, will also join us.

Tomorrow we celebrate Groundhogs Day. While we wait to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, EJ will take a look at players around the League who need to come out of hibernation. Plus, Super Bowl weekend is upon us! Players may love their ice time but they're football fans, too. Find our who is rooting for which teams.

EJ is back from the Gretzky Fantasy Camp and so is his signature segment, the EJ5. Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - Patrick Burke

The You Can Play Project has taken a stand for LGBT athletes everywhere, and today Cisco NHL Live was joined by one of the founding partners, Patrick Burke. Patrick, son of Brian Burke, talked about the strides his project is making and also the team he is a scout for, the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 12:32 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks Rangers-Pens, You Can Play

The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers, Thursday night on the NHL Network. We'll fire up the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get live previews from the arena on this big Atlantic Division matchup. Cisco NHL Live with Bill Pidto and NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and eight others slated for tonight.

The You Can Play Project has taken a stand for LGBT athletes everywhere, and today we'll be joined by one of the founding partners, Patrick Burke. Patrick, son of Brian Burke, will talk about the strides his project is making and also the team he is a scout for, the Philadelphia Flyers.

We're also changing up the EJ5 today, but you'll have to tune in to see. Don't forget to submit your #AskDan questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @drosennhl and stick around for the shootout as Dan picks each game being played on Thursday. No pressure for Dan, but our guest analyst Butch Goring went 4-0 in last night's picks!

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live goes inside Blackhawks-Wild

 

On this Rivalry Wednesday, the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks start their six-game road trip in Minnesota where they'll face Zach Parise and the Wild. Cisco NHL Live with Deb Placey and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered. We'll talk to NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass in Minnesota, and get NHL Network's Barry Melrose's X-Factor to this big Central Division matchup.

The Blackhawks aren't the only undefeated team. The San Jose Sharks moved to 6-0 on the season last night and forward Joe Pavelski, who has a point in each of his six games, will join us to talk about the team's hot start. Plus, we'll chat with our Subway Fresh Face of the week -- the Plymouth Whalers' Ryan Hartman. The USA World Junior Championship Gold Medalist is highly ranked by the Central Scouting for the upcoming NHL Draft.

We'll also have the latest update on P.K. Subban's return to the Montreal Canadiens and when you can expect to see him back on the ice ... will it be tonight when they face the Ottawa Senators?

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 11:34 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live talks to Gretzky, U.S. defensemen

It's Day 2 of the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, and we've got you covered! We'll get things started an hour early, at 4 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, with all of our special coverage from the Bellagio. E.J. Hradek will sit down with Wayne Gretzky and get an update on the camp activities. Plus, we'll also hear from two of the greatest American born defensemen, Brian Leetch and Chris Chelios.

There are 10 games on the schedule Tuesday night. Back in New York we'll preview all the action with Bill Pidto and Butch Goring. We make stops on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Boston and Pittsburgh. We'll also get the inside scoop on the recently signed P.K. Subban and when we can expect to see him on the ice.

Don't forget to submit your #AskButch questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork and stick around for the shootout as Butch picks each game being played on Tuesday -- our analyst Ken Daneyko went 5-0 with his picks last night!

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 12:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Gretzky Fantasy Camp site for Cisco NHL Live

Today, Cisco NHL Live will be at the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. We'll hit the airwaves an hour early, at 4 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, with all of this special coverage from the Bellagio.

E.J. Hradek will sit down with Wayne Gretzky to get his opinion on the state of the NHL and give us an inside look at what the lucky campers experience all week. The "Great One" will also lend a hand in E.J.'s signature segment, The EJ5, as they count down the senior analyst's Top 5 favorite Gretzky moments. We will also hear from hockey legends; Mike Keenan, Rick Tocchet, Grant Fuhr among others.

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Posted On Friday, 01.25.2013 / 7:18 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live: The EJ 5

We saw a great Nail Yakupov celebration, that got E.J. Hradek thinking for his Top 5 goal celebration in Friday's EJ5.

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Posted On Friday, 01.25.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live looks back at fantastic finishes

We are almost done with the opening week of the 2012-13 National Hockey League season, and we had some fantastic finishes last night in the NHL. Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will review and preview with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek. Nail Yakupov's fantastic goal celebration got EJ thinking of his Top 5 celebrations. We will have them in his signature segment, The EJ5.

 

We'll also go live to Detroit, on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam, to preview the Red Wings vs. the Wild, which airs tonight 7:30 ET on the NHL Network. NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk, Jeremy Roenick and NHL Network's Barry Melrose will all stop by the program to give their opinions on some of the great starts to the season.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Friday.

NAIL YAKUPOV - SLIDING CELEBRATION VS. KINGS

THEO FLEURY - SLIDING CELEBRATION VS. OILERS

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Posted On Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 7:10 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live -Kay White Board

E.J. Hradek breaks down Mikael Backlund's goal on Wednesday in this weeks Kay White Board segment.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 7:07 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

CISCO NHL Live - EJ5

In Thursday's EJ5 he looks at some important events that happen on January 24th and one that is on the horizon.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 12:50 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live checks in on Rangers-Flyers tilt

The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers square off on the NHL Network tonight and Cisco NHL Live, 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered, with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek. NHL.com's Adam Kimelman and CSN Philly Insider Tim Panaccio will be live from the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Philadelphia to preview this big Atlantic Division matchup.

Teams all over the NHL are dealing with the injury bug, and today EJ will give his take on the players that cannot be replaced. With 10 games around the League tonight we'll preview them and have live updates from all the great matchups.

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: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:32 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Rivalry Wednesday highlighted on Cisco NHL Live

It is Rivalry Wednesday and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

The first rivalry matchup of the season pits two Original Six teams head to head, as the Rangers host the Bruins. Pierre McGuire, who will be reporting "Inside the Glass" for NBC Sports Network, will join us to preview the game along with Bruins radio analyst and former defenseman Bob Beers.

NHL Network's insider Darren Dreger will be on the show to give an update on Roberto Luongo and other hot topics around the League. We will also go live to the Consol Energy Center, via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get a preview the Penguins and Leafs.

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: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

Make sure to tune into Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 11:23 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Tuesday's Cisco NHL Live discusses Luongo, Suter

Roberto Luongo could be on the move and Tuesday's Cisco NHL Live, 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have you covered, with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek. Today is also Ryan Suter's first game against Nashville, and Michael Russo from the Minneapolis Star Tribune will be live from the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Minnesota to get the latest on the star player's mentality heading in. Also scheduled to appear is New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Sirius XM's Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo will be on our set to give his opinion on everything hockey. With nine games on the schedule, it is a full night of action on the ice. We'll give you live previews from the Carolina, New Jersey and Washington Cisco NHL Arena cams.

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: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

Make sure to tune into Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Monday, 01.21.2013 / 11:50 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live features Harding, Monday's action

What a great opening weekend of hockey! Monday's Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you caught up on all the action with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek. Wild goalie Josh Harding had a shutout in his first game of the season, and he will talk to us about the team's new additions and playing with multiple sclerosis.

With two afternoon games on this Martin Luther King Day, we'll have all the highlights plus the post-game interviews with stars on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam. Former Blues forward Kelly Chase and Predators play-by-play voice Peter Weber will be on the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to preview the big Central Division clash between the Preds and Blues.

Four more games to complete the night's schedule and we will preview them all. NHL Network insiders Bob McKenzie and Barry Melrose will also join us to give their take on the hot topics 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: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Monday.

Make sure to tune into Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Deb Placey and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 7:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

The EJ5: Old Faces In New Places

The EJ 5 looks at some Old Faces in New Places, thanks to EA Sports NHL 13. Hockey is back! Start YOUR season with NHL 13 – in stores now!

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 10:11 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Saturday's season openers

 

We're one day away from #hockeyisback and we'll get you ready for puck drop on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

There are 13 games on Saturday's slate and we'll get EJ's take on all of them, including the banner raising of the Kings as they host the Blackhawks. NBC Sports Analyst Eddie Olyczyk, who will be calling the game on NBC, will drop by the show, preview the game and give us insight on a shortened season.

Today the NHL Network will be at the Capitals training camp where we'll talk to a couple of first-years, head coach Adam Oates and center Mike Ribeiro, to see how they're adjusting to the nation's capital. Islanders forward John Tavares will also be on the show from the Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

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: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Saturday.

Make sure to tune in to Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 7:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stamkos Joins Cisco NHL Live

Reigning Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner Steven Stamkos joined Cisco NHL Live on Thursday to preview the Lightning season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 11:32 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live breaks down Pacific, Southeast

 

It is Pacific and Southeast Division day on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with EJ Hradek and Ken Daneyko. EJ and Ken will break down and give their predictions for the defending champion Los Angeles Kings and the double Staal division.

Today the NHL Network will be at the Kings training camp where we’ll talk to the champs who are preparing to defend their crown. From the Southeast, we'll talk to reigning Maurice "Rocket" Richard winner Steven Stamkos and postseason standout, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. We will also be chatting with Kings' forwards Jarret Stoll and Dwight King.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ & #AskKen questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 defensemen in the NHL.

Make sure to tune in to Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with EJ Hradek and Ken Daneyko.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 9:37 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

The EJ5: Pending Free Agents

The EJ5 for Wednesday, Jan. 16, focuses on players that are pending Free Agents.

5: Mighty Duck .... Anaheim has to sign big time forward Corey Perry

4: Mighty Duck, Part II .... The sequel, as the Ducks also have to sign Ryan Getzlaf

3: Key Canuck ... Vancouver d-man Alexander Edler needs a new contract

2: Desert Hero ... Mike Smith was sensational for the Coyotes and needs to be signed

1: Last Call in Calgary? ... Flames captain Jarome Iginla is without a contract next season

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 11:00 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Northwest, Northeast today

It is Northwest and Northeast Division day on Cisco NHL Live from 5 ET on the NHL Network with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek. EJ will breakdown and give his predictions for these divisions that both experienced major upheaval this off-season

Every day this week the NHL Network will be at a different training camp. Making the biggest headlines this offseason, Minnesota will be the next stop on Wednesday. We'll talk to the prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter about their adjustments playing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The team's architect, Chuck Fletcher, and the man in charge, Mike Yeo, will also stop by, along with Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 9:30 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

The EJ5: Erik Encore

5. Facing Reality ... Wings start the post-Nicklas Lidstrom era

4. Something Special ... 18 year old American-born D Seth Jones tops NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings of North American skaters. EJ thinks this guy is the real deal.

3. No Sure Thing ... In 2007, the Kings used the fourth overall pick to take WHL D Thomas Hickey. Tuesday, they lost him to the Islanders on waivers. Nearly 24, he's yet to play an NHL game. Fortunately, the Kings did use the 95th pick in the same draft to grab Miami University's Alec Martinez, who helped them win the franchise's first-ever Cup last June.

2. Optimistic Oilers ... After finishing near the bottom of the league for the past several seasons, Edmonton fans believe their team is ready to return to playoff contention. A big reason ... 22-year-old rookie defenseman Justin Schultz, who tore up the AHL during the first half of the season.

1. Erik Encore? ... Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson had a bust out year last season, putting up 78 points in 81 games. Can the 22-year-old pick up where he left off???

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 11:23 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Central, Atlantic on Tuesday

 

It is Central and Atlantic Division day on Cisco NHL Live from 5-7 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek. EJ will break down and give his predictions for the two divisions that each had four teams post over 100 points last season.

Every day this week the NHL Network will be at a different training camp. Tuesday’s stop is in Detroit to see how the Red Wings are dealing with the post-Lidstrom era. We’ll talk with coach Mike Babcock and new top Swedish defenseman Niklas Kronwall, and hear from Henrik Zetterberg.

The Central Division preview continues with guests Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks coach, and Predators top-flight goalie Pekka Rinne. St. Louis Blues analyst Darren Pang will keep us up to date on the defending Central champions.

 

Last season the Atlantic Division fielded both representatives in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rangers and Devils analysts Joe Micheletti and Ken Daneyko will preview what to expect from these finalists. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will stop by and give his predictions for the Atlantic.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 Thoughts of the Day.

Make sure to tune in to Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network from 5-7 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 11:58 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Crosby, Bylsma among Monday's NHL Live guests

We celebrate #hockeyisback in the season premiere of Cisco NHL Live today 5-7 p.m. ET on the NHL Network. Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek will keep you updated on all the news as training camps open to prepare for the NHL season.

Every day this week NHL Network will be live at a different training camp starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. We will talk with Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby from the team practice facility on his health and readiness for the start of the season. We will also talk to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and get a report from Rob Rossi from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

With four new coaches in the League and training camps shortened, we will ask our own resident coach, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose, how he thinks these teams and new leaders should prepare. We'll also get the latest stories on signings, injuries and players to watch from NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie.

What is going on with goalie Roberto Luongo? On Cisco NHL Live we will talk to Kevin Woodley on what the current status is of the All-Star and what kind of effect his presence is having on the Canucks.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his inaugural EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day.

Make sure to tune in on the season premiere of Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network from 5-7 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 10:30 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Welcome to the Cisco NHL Live blog

The Cisco NHL Live Blog is your inside source for everything Cisco NHL Live, airing on the NHL Network from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in the heart of New York City. The NHL Live Blog will detail the appearances of all our great guests, including current and former NHL players, coaches, front-office personnel, prospects, hockey insiders and celebs.

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite TV show? Well, here at the Cisco NHL Live Blog, we'll give you, the NHL super fan, a unique insider experience. You'll also have your voice seen and heard as we'll host chats and search for the best "Ask EJ's." Ask, and ask often, because your question could be answered live on the air.

Want to re-watch your favorite player, coach or celebrity get interviewed? We'll share clips of the most memorable interviews and discussions from the crew right here.

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They said, 'You're going to love the city. It's smaller than Philadelphia, but you're going to love it. You're going to love the fans. Just watching the playoffs last year, the fans seemed louder there than they did anywhere. I'm really excited about that.

— Forward Scott Hartnell on his upcoming season with the Columbus Blue Jackets