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.
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
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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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.
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Very happy that old guy finally scored. It was great. You see the excitement on his face. I remember when I scored my first goal and it's just such a great feeling. Anytime you can help contribute to a team win it's a lot of fun.