Posted On Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 6:51 PM - NHL Live blog

Top prospect McDavid looks ahead to OHL playoffs

Viewed by many scouts as the best draft-age prospect since Sidney Crosby in 2005, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Ontario Hockey League playoffs and his performance during the regular season.

The Otters finished 50-14-2-2 and will play the Sarnia Sting in the first round. They advanced to the Western Conference Finals last season before losing to the Guelph Storm.

"It was a good experience last year," McDavid said. "It obviously [stinks] coming up a little bit short but it's a learning experience and we can use it toward these playoffs. Everyone is looking forward to it and we're looking to get this thing going."

McDavid, 18, finished third in the OHL with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals in 47 games despite missing six weeks because of a broken hand and competing in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. The 6-foot, 175-pound center had 11 points in seven WJC games to help Canada win the gold medal and earn a place on the tournament all-star team.

"I think I had a good year," McDavid said. "It kind of goes up and down when you get on a start that I did. I know I was playing great hockey and feeling pretty good. Then breaking your hand right before the World Junior … it was a pretty upsetting time but you get through that and I was able to salvage the year and have a pretty decent year."

McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 6:06 PM - NHL Live blog

Flames GM Treliving looking forward to stretch run

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving joined NHL Live to look ahead to what he expects to be a furious finish to the regular season.

The Flames (40-27-6, 86 points) are third in the Pacific Division ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and 7-3-2 since captain Mark Giordano was injured. Despite being outscored 64-45 in the first period and 132-109 through two periods, Calgary's plus-35 goal differential (90-55) in the third leads the NHL.

"We're excited to be in the situation that we're in," Treliving said. "Any time you're going down the stretch and you've got a chance that's all you can ask for. We've given ourselves a chance. It's going to be an exciting push here down the stretch. Ultimately the goal is to get in, as we all know. Having to go through this experience is a great learning experience for our group and we're going to take it, as the old cliché says, one day and one game at a time and see where we end up."

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 6:31 PM

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Cooper: Lightning's win against Bruins 'a relief'

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper joined NHL Live to look back at a big win Sunday against the Boston Bruins and ahead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning, 7-1-1 in their past nine games, trail the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens by two points but hold an eight-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings for second place and home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Tampa Bay's win Sunday was its first against Boston since March 13, 2012, a stretch of 10 games.

"It was a little bit of a relief," Cooper said. "I think I'm coming up on my two-year anniversary with the team and that was the one team, for me anyway being behind the bench, I've yet to steal a win until [Sunday] night, so it was pretty special."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 5:56 PM - NHL Live blog

Lindholm, Ducks pass latest test against Kings

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm joined NHL Live to discuss their 3-2 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday and success in the third period this season.

Lindholm had an assist in the victory. His 34 points are second among Ducks defensemen.

"It was a very good test for us," Lindholm said. "We played a Kings team that was desperate because they're in a desperate situation. It was a real playoff atmosphere.

"Every time we play the Kings anytime during the season I feel like it's a playoff spirit. The crowd really gets into it and it's really fun to be out there. Every game is always tight, like the one-goal game [Wednesday], and it's real fun games to play.”

Anaheim, whose 97 points lead the Presidents' Trophy race, is 28-1-7 in one-goal games and leads the League with 12 wins when trailing after two periods (12-20-0).

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 6:17 PM - NHL Live blog

Coyle, Wild continue ascension in Central Division

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle joined NHL Live to discuss how the Wild have turned their season around since sitting in last place in the Central Division in January.

Coyle had the second two-goal game of his career in the Wild's 3-2 overtime win Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. It was Minnesota's third win in four games and a franchise-record eighth straight win on the road. The Wild are 19-10-5 on home ice and 20-14-2 away from Xcel Energy Center, where they play the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

"It's always a disadvantage being an away team and we have to step things up," Coyle said. "I don't know if it's the mindset that we have going [on the road] but it's definitely been working for us. We have to bring that same mindset home and do the same thing there."

The Wild are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games and a League-best 18-4-1 since the All-Star break. They lead the Winnipeg Jets by three points for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and trail the Predators by nine points in the Central.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 6:23 PM - NHL Live blog

Kings' Williams on playoff push, Game 7 success

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams joined NHL Live to discuss the defending Stanley Cup champions' push to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kings entered Tuesday leading the Winnipeg Jets by one point for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"I think as a team we've experienced a lot together going through Cup runs, obviously," Williams said. "Getting to the playoffs is really the toughest. Half the teams get in and everyone is improving every year. We're battle tested and I look around the room and I'm confident that when push comes to shove we're able to do it."

Known as "Mr. Game 7," Williams has seven goals and 14 points in seven series-deciding games played. His teams are 7-0 in those games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.11.2015 / 6:31 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Bruins forward Spooner thriving after call up

Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner joined NHL Live to discuss the recent play of the Bruins and his first two-goal game in a win Tuesday at the Ottawa Senators.

"It was great," said Spooner, a native of Kanata, Ontario. "Just to go back to my hometown like that and get two points was great. It felt awesome."

Spooner's performance led the Bruins to a 3-1 win at that extended their lead for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference to seven points. After losing six consecutive games the Bruins have won three straight and six of eight.

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Posted On Monday, 03.09.2015 / 6:07 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Brassard: Rangers-Islanders rivalry fun for players

New York Rangers center Derick Brassard joined NHL Live to preview their Metropolitan Division showdown against the New York Islanders on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA, SN1 ,SNO, MSG 2, MSG+).

The Rangers are 1-3-0 against the Islanders this season but won the last game 6-5 on Feb. 16 after overcoming three two-goal deficits.

"I think our rivalry against the Islanders is actually fun for the players and I think for the fans," Brassard said. "It's not a rivalry that's bloody and we're trying to kill each other out there. I think it's really good hockey. They have a good team and so do we. It's a lot of fun playing in those games.

"We were down 2-0 in the first period in the last game there and we found a way to come back and get a win. Since then we've been playing some really good hockey. I think [Tuesday] it's going be another great game against them. We know how important points are in the standings."

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Posted On Monday, 03.09.2015 / 1:18 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Brassard previews Rangers-Islanders on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Dan Rosen is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. New York Rangers center Derick Brassard will call at 5:30 p.m. to preview a critical Metropolitan Division game Tuesday against the first-place New York Islanders, the final Rangers-Islanders regular-season game to be played at Nassau Coliseum.

The Ottawa Senators are in the race to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference thanks in part to goalie Andrew Hammond. "The Hamburgler" joins the show at 6:15 p.m. to discuss his run and the Senators' game against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

San Jose Sharks television analyst Jamie Baker also joins us at 6:40 p.m. to preview the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN 1).

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 6:38 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Prospect report: Duclair talks trade to Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes prospect Anthony Duclair joined NHL Live to discuss the trade that sent him from the New York Rangers to the Coyotes before the NHL Trade Deadline.

Arizona acquired Duclair with defenseman John Moore and two draft picks for defensemen Keith Yandle and Chris Summers and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Duclair was informed of the trade by his junior coach after the second period of a game with the Quebec Ramparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

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