Posted On Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 6:27 PM

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Landeskog talks Avalanche's success, captaincy

Colorado Avalanche center Gabriel Landeskog joined NHL Live to discuss the remarkable season it's been in Denver. At 51-21-7, the Avalanche are two points behind the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues and 7-0-1 in their past eight games.

"We're certainly feeling how the playoffs are coming closer every day," Landeskog said. "We know that these last games are important, though. We know we have a lot to play for, still, and certainly want to finish off the right way before going into the playoffs.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 6:49 PM

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Photographer Bennett reflects on distinguished career

Famed hockey photographer Bruce Bennett joined NHL Live via the Arena Cam before working the 5,000th game of his career Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum, where the New York Islanders played the Ottawa Senators.

"I'm ready for 5,000 and I'm ready for another 5,000 -- well, maybe not 5,000," Bennett said. "But I've got a few more left in me. It's still fun. I still love the sport, [the] athletes are great. I plan on continuing for a few more years anyway."

Bennett has come a long way since he was an 18-year-old kid shooting for The Hockey News for $4 a picture.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 12:48 PM

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Cup winner Marshall breaks down races on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday on NHL Network, welcomes in two-time Stanley Cup winning forward Grant Marshall to break down the races for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With six days left in the regular season there are 10 games on the schedule Tuesday. Famed photographer Bruce Bennett will be at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for his 5,000th game as the New York Islanders host the Ottawa Senators, and we'll talk to him live via the Arena Cam.

The Washington Capitals are desperate for points as they face the St. Louis Blues. NBCSN analyst Brian Engblom will provide us with an update from the Arena Cam at Scottrade Center.

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Posted On Monday, 04.07.2014 / 7:00 PM

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Ruff talks Stars' success on NHL Live

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff was a guest of NHL Live to discuss his first season with the team.

At 38-29-11, the Stars lead the Phoenix Coyotes by a point for the second Western Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ruff lauded the trade that brought forward Tyler Seguin to Dallas, and the chemistry he developed with linemate Jamie Benn, as major reasons why the Stars are in the postseason hunt in the final week of the regular season.

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Posted On Monday, 04.07.2014 / 10:44 AM

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NHL Live looks at playoff hopefuls, top coach candidates

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, begins the countdown to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With one week remaining in the regular season and six spots still up for grabs, the hosts discuss who they think will make the cut and who will fall a little short.

The New Jersey Devils are one of those teams not currently in a playoff spot but still in the fight. They host the Calgary Flames on Monday and we'll go out on Arena Cam to Prudential Center to discuss their chances with MSG analyst Ken Daneyko.

The Dallas Stars are fighting for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, and we'll chat with coach Lindy Ruff about their prospects.

Also, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will be on the show for his weekly coaches chat, discussing his choices for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

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Posted On Friday, 04.04.2014 / 8:37 PM

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Don Van Massenhoven talks about last game

NHL Live is joined by legendary NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven before calling his final game.

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Posted On Friday, 04.04.2014 / 10:50 AM

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NHL Live talks Western Conference race, Frozen Four

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek previews a seven-game Friday that features a battle between the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils as each team looks to make up ground in a desperate push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. John Walton, radio play-by-play voice of the Capitals, joins us from the Arena Cam at Prudential Center to discuss the must-win situation the Capitals face.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will be on hand to talk the playoff picture in the Western Conference as well as award his Mullet of the Week.

Also, University of Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox calls in for our weekly college report to chat the Frozen Four.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 6:07 PM

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Nieto looks ahead to Stanley Cup Playoffs

San Jose Sharks rookie forward Matt Nieto joined NHL Live prior to the Sharks' game Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, a potential opponent in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs who presents a number of challenges.

"The first thing that jumps out is their physicality," Nieto said. "They're a big group and a big team, and like to throw their bodies around. They're a really tight group defensively."

The Sharks entered the game in second place in the Pacific Division and three games behind the first-place Anaheim Ducks. Hoping to win the division and avoid a first-round matchup against the Kings, Nieto talked about what the Sharks want to fine tune as a team.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 11:51 AM

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NHL Live previews Bruins-Red Wings rivalry game

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will preview the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire will join the show to provide a pregame update. The Red Wings enter the game against the Atlantic Division champion Bruins holding on to the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

E.J. will also look at some impact rookies around the League. And with the NHL Trade Deadline four weeks old, we'll recap some of the trades that are working out for the teams involved.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 4:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Tuesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks for Tuesday April 1, 2014

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Flames

Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Colorado Avalanche vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Philadelphia Flyers vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks - Rangers

Winnipeg Jets vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

Dallas Stars vs Washington Capitals - Stars

E.J.'s Season Record: 290-181-61

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