The Blues enter 2014-15 carrying big expectations. Despite winning 52 games last season, St. Louis was eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight year, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games after holding a 2-0 series lead. The year before, the Blues were ahead 2-0 against the Los Angeles Kings before losing in six games.
The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game is Thursday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Analyst Craig Button will join the show to preview the game that will air live on NHL Network at 7 p.m. ET.
Stepan sustained a non-displaced fractured fibula during an on-ice workout Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Though the Rangers have questions at the center position, McGuire endorsed Boston College product Kevin Hayes as one player who could step up.
"He's a tremendous talent," McGuire said. "He's got major, major upside, which is a positive thing for their group."
NHL Live with Bill Pidto and Dave Maloney, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, continues to get fans ready for the 2014-15 season with previews of all 30 NHL teams -- on Wednesday, we turn our attention to the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames.
In addition, NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire will be on hand to analyze the season to come.
The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game will take place Thursday at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo and be televised on NHL Network. NHL.com writer Mike Morreale joins the show Wednesday to preview this matchup of future top prospects.
Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was a guest on the season premiere of NHL Live to discuss what's ahead for his team entering the 2013-14 season.
The Ducks open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.
"The biggest thing is getting everybody on the right page system wise," said Boudreau, 111-55-22 since taking over as Ducks coach in 2011-12. "In today's world I think there's very, very few people that come to camp out of shape, so they're ready to go at the drop of the puck. We've been working pretty hard on our systems all week."
Hockey is back and so is NHL Live, which kicks off another season Monday at 5 p.m. ET from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City.
NHL training camps are under way, and Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will commence their daily season previews with a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger also joins the show with the latest news from around the League, including the status of unsigned restricted free agents.
The Anaheim Ducks are among the projected top contenders for the Stanley Cup. NHL Live welcomes coach Bruce Boudreau to discuss what's ahead for a recalibrated Ducks team that bulked up at center with the addition of Ryan Kesler.
Miller agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $6 million per season on July 1.
"It felt good to be wanted," Miller said. "We sat down and had a chance to talk to them about what they saw moving forward as an organization. Obviously I liked what I heard and I like what I see in the group that they've had there, and a few of the young guys coming up, so it just all kind of fell into place where I think it's the right place to be."