Posted On Thursday, 09.25.2014 / 6:33 PM - NHL Live blog

Competition on Islanders defense driving de Haan

New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan joined NHL Live in studio to discuss what's ahead for the Islanders in 2014-15 and to answer fan questions.

De Haan, 23, is part of a young group of Islanders defenseman looking to make their mark in 2014-15.

"Obviously I want to solidify myself as an NHL player, but that competition makes me want to work a little harder and do the right things," de Haan said.

Posted On Thursday, 09.25.2014 / 11:55 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Islanders' de Haan, Blues' Backes

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and Butch Goring continues its preview of all 30 NHL teams for the upcoming 2014-15 season with a look at the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan will be in studio to discuss what's ahead for his team this season. St. Louis Blues center David Backes also checks in via Arena Cam from Scottrade Center in St. Louis before the Blues' preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 6:30 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

McGuire breaks down injuries, Kings on NHL Live

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined NHL Live to discuss the injuries sustained by New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal and Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk.

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."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 11:16 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Bruins, Flames

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. writer Mike Morreale joins the show Wednesday to preview this matchup of future top prospects.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 11:18 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Canucks, Capitals

NHL Live turns its attention to the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals on Tuesday, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek taking you from 5-7 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Eddie Olczyk makes his season debut appearance on the show live from Chicago, where the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Detroit Red Wings as one of nine games on the Tuesday schedule.

NHL Network analyst Craig Button also joins the show to talk rookies and prospects for the 2014-15 season.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 5:55 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Boudreau intrigued by Ducks' center depth

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."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 4:58 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Ducks coach Boudreau

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.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.02.2014 / 7:35 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Miller looking forward to new start with Canucks

New Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller joined NHL Live to discuss the next chapter of his career.

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."

Posted On Wednesday, 07.02.2014 / 6:05 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Devils GM Lamoriello pleased with additions

New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello joined NHL Live to discuss his additions to the team following a flurry of activity to open the free-agent signing period.

Lamoriello is hoping the signing of forward Mike Cammalleri will improve an offense that finished 27th in the NHL with a 2.40 goals-per-game average last season. He also added veteran Martin Havlat, and re-signed forwards Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier.

Posted On Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 8:01 PM - NHL Live blog

Back with Flyers, Umberger's career comes 'full circle'

Philadelphia Flyers forward R.J. Umberger joined NHL Live to discuss his trade to the Flyers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Scott Hartnell.

Umberger returns to Philadelphia, where he spent his first three NHL seasons before the Flyers traded him to the Blue Jackets in June 2008 for two draft picks. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games for the Blue Jackets in 2013-14, has 169 goals and 366 points in 673 career games and has scored at least 20 goals five times in nine seasons.

"It's come full circle now," Umberger said. "It's an exciting moment for myself and my family. I think moving out of Columbus, I think this is an ideal situation and I can't wait to get there and started."

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