NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens as analyst Darren Pang joins us from the Arena Cam at Bell Centre.
The Anaheim Ducks are also in action Thursday, trying to get back in a Western Conference Second Round series which they trail 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings. Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register will talk about what the Ducks must do to close the gap in the series.
Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu joins the show to talk about their success at home during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wild are 4-0 at Xcel Energy Center heading into Game 4 Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chasing their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, the Kings lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 with Game 3 on Thursday at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Los Angeles has won six straight games since trailing 3-0 in the Western Conference First Round against the San Jose Sharks and is the fourth team in NHL history to win a seven-game series after losing the first three.
Despite a franchise-record 421 man games lost due to injury, including injuries to stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Babcock guided the Red Wings to a 39-28-15 record and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season. Detroit lost its Eastern Conference First Round series to the Boston Bruins, 4-1.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to Nashville Predators general manager David Poile about the hiring Tuesday of Peter Laviolette to be the second coach in franchise history.
Game 1 of the best-of-7 series is Friday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) and Bylsma is expecting a different Rangers team compared to the one the Penguins saw earlier in the season.
Getzlaf, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. Getzlaf scored a career-high 31 goals and was second in the League with 87 points while helping the Ducks to the best record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history
"It's a tremendous honor to be put in that category and in that group of players," Getzlaf said. "It's just one of those years when things seemed to be going in the net when I was shooting. Obviously our team's success helps that stuff. Our team has done a great job this year and when you have team success chances are individuals are going to have success as well."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will be joined by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who will discuss his candidacy for the Hart Trophy and the upcoming Western Conference Second Round matchup against the rival Los Angeles Kings.
And the second round gets started with Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. Darren Dreger joins us from the Arena Cam at TD Garden to talk about the historic rivalry between these Original Six teams.
New Carolina Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis was a guest of NHL Live to talk about his new position and the challenges that are before him in Carolina.
"It's been a long journey, an interesting one, a fun one," Francis said. "I don't think even I could have saw that I would have this opportunity toward the end of my career, but certainly I'm really excited to have the opportunity to lead the Carolina Hurricanes and hopefully get them going in the right direction here."