NHL Live speaks with Buffalo News writer Mike Harrington live from the First Niagara Center.
E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 15th:
E.J.'s Season Record: 104-60-18
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.
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was a guest on NHL Live on Thursday. Brodeur discussed his recent comments that he'd be open to a trade later in the season if it would help the Devils down the road.
Nolan had a trip planned to New York this week to watch his son, Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan, compete against the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. He placed a call to his friend Pat LaFontaine to inquire if he had any connections for tickets to a Broadway show.
E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday November 14th:
E.J.'s Season Record: 99-59-17
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.
The Buffalo Sabres have made changes to their organization and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have the latest on Wednesday's moves. NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will join the show to update what is next for the Sabres with Pat LaFontaine joining the organization as the president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan as interim coach.
It is also Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and we'll preview this fierce division rivalry. Pierre McGuire, from NBCSN, will join us from Pittsburgh to preview a game that he will call "Between the Glass."
Two special guests will be stopping by the studio: Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks, new members of the Nashville Predators who are currently in the New York area during their season-long seven game road trip. After a toss loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the team faces the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Both of these American-born players are involved with Defending the Blue Line, which gives hockey opportunities to the children of our military heroes. Plus, it's a return to the show for Nystrom as a former co-host on NHL Live last season.