It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview this rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Final. We'll check in at Consol Energy Center and talk to analyst Pierre McGuire who will be "Inside The Glass" for the game. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also join the program to provide the latest buzz around the NHL.
Also, we'll begin our celebration of #HockeyHalloween with a pumpkin carver live in the NHL Store and give a spooky edition of the EJ5.
As we celebrate the fact that the 2014 Sochi Olympics are just 100 days away, NHL Live brings Brian Leetch into the studio. One of the most-decorated international players to ever wear a sweater for the United States, Leetch will discuss his Olympic memories, as well as his new duties with the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
As always, NHL Live also has the NHL action from a busy Tuesday covered as well. Thomas Vanek will make his debut for the New York Islanders in their game against the New York Rangers. Arthur Staple of Newsday will break it down during an Arena Cam hit from the Nassau Coliseum. Other Arena Cam guests include NHL.com's Dan Rosen from the Prudential Center and Eddie Olczyk from the United Center. Rosen will preview the Tampa Bay Lightning-New Jersey Devils game, as well as provide a sneak peek of his Wednesday notebook on NHL.com, Over the Boards.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson are returning Friday night and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have live updates from Pittsburgh and Columbus from our Arena Cam. We'll also have a look at a #FlashbackFriday as the Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan is back facing his old team on NHL Network.
Plus, we'll have our first edition of the "Face-Off" as EJ and Barry Melrose debate three interesting topics: Best Team, Best Defenseman to Build Around, and Who's to Blame for the struggles in Buffalo.
Also, it's a fairly busy Friday night with six games in the NHL and it's even busier for eight of the 12 teams as they play the first or second of back-to-back games. Vancouver concludes a seven-game trip in St. Louis against a Blues team that hasn't played in a week. Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes play the last of a four-game road swing in Colorado after being in Minnesota last night. The Avalanche have been off since Monday.
E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 25th:
E.J.'s Season Record: 64-30-5
E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday October 24th:
Anahein Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens - Ducks
E.J.'s Season Record: 57-27-5
A big night in the NHL on Thursday as 10 games are on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will also be celebrating Hockey Fights Cancer. We'll get live reports from Kenny Albert in Philadelphia, Billy Jaffe in Boston and Eddie Olcyzk in Tampa Bay.
Also, we'll get a full preview of the Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes game as Wild forward Jason Pominville will join us. Minnesota has won four straight against Carolina. On the Canes' side, defenseman Justin Faulk will join us as he returns to his home state, where he also starred for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He's also expected to go head-to-head against his former Bulldog teammate Justin Fontaine, who is skating on Minnesota's top line.