Five games on the Friday schedule prepare us for a busy weekend of NHL action, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you set.
We'll check in on our arena cams from Consol Energy Center, where Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New York Islanders, and Verizon Center for the game between the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens.
NHL.com writer Corey Masisak joins us to discuss this week's Super 16 power rankings, and NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will call in as well to discuss the current plight of Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella and hand out his Mullet of the Week.
North Dakota captain Dillon Simpson also checks in as part of this week's College Hockey Report. Simpson and his teammates take on Boston University on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
Tavares describes the typical Islanders-Rangers atmosphere as one of the most intense and passionate rivalries in sports, and believes it will be no different in the Bronx.
"It's pretty spectacular," Tavares said. "The energy and intensity of the games is pretty phenomenal. It will be on a great stage, and hopefully it will be another great battle between us and another part of the chapter of the rivalry."
Former NHL goalie Martin Biron joined NHL Live to discuss his decision to retire, reflect on his experience playing in the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic as a member of the New York Rangers, and the rivalry that exists in the New York metropolitan area.
"You look at the rivalry in sport, all together here in New York with Yankees and Mets, I think Rangers and Islanders has that bit of a feel too," Biron said. "I remember when I played for the Islanders and the Rangers were coming to town, you'd see yellow jackets in force everywhere at the Nassau Coliseum. It will be the same thing at Yankee Stadium because the fans are passionate."
The Boston Bruins host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday in a big Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference matchup on NHL Network at 7 p.m. ET, and NHL Live will get you ready for that puck drop and the other games scheduled, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll also fire up our Arena Cam in Winnipeg and talk to Eddie Olczyk about the Chicago Blackhawks' seven-city, 13-day circus trip, which continues against the Winnipeg Jets.
Tickets are on sale now for the Coors Light Stadium Series games at Yankees Stadium involving the New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, and we'll talk to Islanders captain John Tavares about this great event. We'll also get NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, who played for all three teams, about what to expect for a goalie playing outdoors.
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Zubrus is excited at the thought of playing his first outdoor game.
"I know the fans, they really like the Rangers-Devils buildup and the fans that get into it at all of our games," Zubrus said. "I'm sure it's going to be a great atmosphere. I'm sure it will be an event I'll remember for the rest of my life."
NHL on the Fly analyst Kevin Weekes was a guest on NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series in at Yankee Stadium.
Weekes, who played for the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, says that whenever the three New York-metro area teams get together it's always entertaining. And combined with the unique history of each franchise, the Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium will be special.
"If you're a fan of any one of these teams, or just a hockey fan in general, you gotta be there," Weekes said. "Come on, you're playing at Yankee Stadium. We know how much people love the Yankees and we know how much people love going to Yankee Stadium. You combine that with hockey from the three metro New York area teams, you can't get a better match than that."
Joba Chamberlain, a big hockey fan who spent the past seven years pitching for the New York Yankees, joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series in at Yankee Stadium.
"It's going to be crazy," Chamberlain said. "It adds to the tradition of what the old stadium was and trying to create a new tradition at the new stadium. It's going to be incredible. It might be cold, but it's going to be good."
It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as two of the top players, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, square off and we'll preview this fierce Metropolitan Division rivalry. Pierre McGuire, from NBCSN, will join us from Washington to preview a game he will call "Between the Glass."
Coors Light Stadium Series tickets go on sale for the games at Yankees Stadium on Thursday and we'll have New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlin and former New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils goaltender Kevin Weekes on the show to preview the great rivalry between the local teams.