Posted On Monday, 10.13.2014 / 1:31 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live celebrates holidays with three-hour show

NHL Live celebrates Thanksgiving in Canada and Columbus Day in the United States with a special three-hour broadcast, starting at 4 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Among those scheduled to join hosts Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek are Toronto Maple Leafs defensemanStuart Percy and Tampa Bay Lightning reporter Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune. We'll also share highlights from the two holiday matinees, the Colorado Avalanche against the Boston Bruins and theAnaheim Ducks against the Buffalo Sabres, and E.J. will tell us what certain teams are "searching for" in a special Columbus Day segment.

Posted On Friday, 10.10.2014 / 3:24 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek Friday Shootout Picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 10th:

New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes

E.J.'s Season Record: 11-4-1

Posted On Friday, 10.10.2014 / 10:55 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Network previews Hurricanes-Islanders opener

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up the only game in town Friday as the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders open their seasons in Raleigh.

We'll go out to the Arena Cam at PNC Arena to talk with Kris King at 5:30 p.m. and John Forslund at 6:05 p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen will join the show at 5:40 p.m. and Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who scored the first goal of the 2014-15 season, will join the show at 6:15 p.m.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will call into the show at 6:40 p.m.

Posted On Thursday, 10.09.2014 / 6:51 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Weekes: Maple Leafs' Bernier under most pressure

NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes joined NHL Live from Toronto to give his take on the goaltending around the League entering the first week of the season.

When asked which goalie faces the most pressure on a nightly basis, Weekes brought up Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, but he believes neither is under more duress than Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"The pressure [in Toronto] is immense. You can cut it with a knife," Weekes said. "[The Maple Leafs] don't defend very well. That was something that was their Achilles' heel last season, yielding north of 35 shots per game, very difficult for any goalie to be able to be successful, let alone to be a top-10 guy in save percentage (.923) the way Bernier was under that type of nightly duress from a shot standpoint.

Posted On Thursday, 10.09.2014 / 3:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

E.J. Thursday Shootout Picks

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

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres: Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers: Devils

Anaheim Ducks vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Ducks

Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals: Capitals

Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings: Red Wings

Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning

New York Rangers vs St. Louis Blues: Rangers

Ottawa Senators vs Nashville Predators: Predators

Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild: Wild

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers: Oilers

Winnipeg Jets vs Arizona Coyotes: Coyotes

Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars: Blackhawks

E.J.'s Season Record: 3-1-0

Posted On Thursday, 10.09.2014 / 10:48 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live sets up 12-game Thursday

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has a full slate of guests on the first jam-packed night of the 2014-15 season, with 24 of the 30 teams in action.

The Anaheim Ducks visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Ducks radio voice Steve Carroll will join us live from the Arena Cam at Consol Energy Center at 5:20 p.m.

The New Jersey Devils open their season against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center, and we'll welcome in Record beat writer Tom Gulitti via the Arena Cam at 5:40 p.m.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 6:24 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Penguins defenseman Letang healthy, ready to go

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang joined NHL Live to discuss how he's feeling after recovering from a stroke sustained last season and to provide his thoughts on the Penguins under first-year coach Mike Johnston.

Letang, 27, missed 26 regular-season games after having the stroke. He returned for the final three games and played 13 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"The summer went really well," Letang said. "It was a summer for me when I had to push harder to see if my body was ready to enter a new season, making sure my body was going to react well to the level that we play at. We did all the tests possible. In the gym I kind of pushed myself and I think it went really well."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 10:44 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Special one-hour NHL Live previews opening night

A special one-hour NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up opening night of the 2014-15 NHL season.

Steve and E.J. will talk to NHL Network insider Darren Dreger via the Arena Cam at Air Canada Centre at 5:10 p.m. as the Toronto Maple Leafs get ready to host the archrival Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will join the show by phone at 5:25 p.m.

NBC Sports Network's Pierre McGuire will join us live via the Arena Cam at TD Garden at 5:40 p.m. to preview the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.

E.J. will wrap up his list of the Top 30 impact players by counting down the final five players to reveal who's No. 1.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 6:51 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Bettman talks 'phenomenal' season on NHL Live

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined NHL Live in studio to touch on a variety of topics.

"We're coming off what may have been our best season ever, which came off our then best season ever, which came off our then best season ever," Bettman said. "The hockey's been great and the business around the game has been terrific, and we can't wait to get started again. Last season was phenomenal.

"Six outdoor games, the Olympics, everything else we did around the game to celebrate our sport and our players, it was incredible."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 6:50 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Richards, Kings ready for another Cup run

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards joined NHL Live to look ahead to the 2014-15 season.

The Kings, who are attempting to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, begin their defense of the Cup on Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN), and essentially return the same team that defeated the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.

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