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.
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.
NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, celebrates April Fool's Day by taking a look at some of the top bloopers from the 2013-14 season.
What's no joke are the 11 games taking place on the ice Tuesday, the majority of them with Stanley Cup Playoff implications. That includes the New York Rangers visiting the Vancouver Canucks, and Rangers analyst Dave Maloney will talk about the Blueshirts' surge toward the postseason and the return of coach Alain Vigneault to Vancouver.
NHL Network analyst Craig Button will also join the show from Toronto to discuss some of the teams fighting for a playoff berth.
Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek was a guest of NHL Live to discuss playing in Montreal and the team's recent hot streak. The Canadiens have won eight of their past nine games and Vanek has six goals and 10 points in his past seven.
"It's a blast," Vanek said. "Obviously it's always nice to come to a team and win right away, so it's been good. I thought we've been playing some good hockey. We're just finding ways to win, which is what good teams do."
"We pride ourselves on that kind of stuff," Shattenkirk. "I think it's a good short-term goal to have, because it forces us to play well and not really just rest on the fact that we've already clinched the playoffs. We have to make sure that we're keeping our eyes focused on playing well and moving strongly into the playoffs. That's one way to do it, to have a great short-term goal like that with a pretty big accomplishment right in front of us."
Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was a guest of NHL Live to talk about his team's place in what's been a very close race to secure two Eastern Conference wild-card spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson, who was named Wednesday as the new Chairman of the Selection Committee by the Hockey Hall of Fame, was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the honor and his continued involvement in hockey.