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Posted On Wednesday, 07.02.2014 / 7:35 PM

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Miller looking forward to new start with Canucks

New Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller joined NHL Live to discuss the next chapter of his career.

Miller agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $6 million per season on July 1.

"It felt good to be wanted," Miller said. "We sat down and had a chance to talk to them about what they saw moving forward as an organization. Obviously I liked what I heard and I like what I see in the group that they've had there, and a few of the young guys coming up, so it just all kind of fell into place where I think it's the right place to be."

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.02.2014 / 6:05 PM

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Devils GM Lamoriello pleased with additions

New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello joined NHL Live to discuss his additions to the team following a flurry of activity to open the free-agent signing period.

Lamoriello is hoping the signing of forward Mike Cammalleri will improve an offense that finished 27th in the NHL with a 2.40 goals-per-game average last season. He also added veteran Martin Havlat, and re-signed forwards Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 8:01 PM

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Back with Flyers, Umberger's career comes 'full circle'

Philadelphia Flyers forward R.J. Umberger joined NHL Live to discuss his trade to the Flyers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Scott Hartnell.

Umberger returns to Philadelphia, where he spent his first three NHL seasons before the Flyers traded him to the Blue Jackets in June 2008 for two draft picks. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games for the Blue Jackets in 2013-14, has 169 goals and 366 points in 673 career games and has scored at least 20 goals five times in nine seasons.

"It's come full circle now," Umberger said. "It's an exciting moment for myself and my family. I think moving out of Columbus, I think this is an ideal situation and I can't wait to get there and started."

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Posted On Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 7:58 PM

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Bill McCreary on Hall of Fame, 'rise to the top'

Longtime NHL referee Bill McCreary joined NHL Live to discuss a distinguished career that earned him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

McCreary will be the 16th on-ice official to enter the Hall when he's enshrined on Nov. 17. He worked 1,700 regular-season and 282 playoff games, and was the referee in the gold-medal games at the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

"It's very exciting and I'm very honored," McCreary said. "Honestly it never entered my mind. Yes, I was around almost three decades, but that's just, I guess, luck. I never had serious injuries, so it allowed me to stay on the ice longer, and of course the two-referee system helped me stay on the ice longer.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:36 PM

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Stars great Modano talks Hall call on NHL Live

Former Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano joined NHL Live to discuss his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

A seven-time all-star and the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history (561 goals, 1,374 points), Modano led the Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999 and leads all American players with 146 playoff points. He played all but 40 of his 1,499 games, the most by a U.S.-born forward, with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise.

"I still can't believe the call," Modano said. "I was just driving around doing some errands, trying to keep busy, trying not to think about it, and then about a quarter to two Dallas time, I see a 416 (area code) coming across my phone. I couldn't say what I really wanted to say and how much it meant to you. I just had to pull over and kind of collect my thoughts. It's certainly amazing."

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:13 PM

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Hartnell on trade to Blue Jackets, leaving Philadelphia

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell was a guest of NHL Live days after being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick in 2015.

Hartnell had 20 goals and 52 points in 78 games in 2013-14, his seventh in Philadelphia. He scored at least 20 goals in five of those seven seasons, including a career-high 37 in 2011-12, and waived his no-trade clause to go to Columbus.

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Posted On Friday, 06.20.2014 / 7:49 PM

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Doug Wilson on Sharks' season, upcoming plans

San Jose Sharks Executive VP & General Manager Doug Wilson joins NHL Live to discuss last season's disappointing finish and the team's off-season plans.

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Posted On Friday, 06.20.2014 / 7:46 PM

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Bobby Clarke on potential Hall of Fame selections

Philadelphia Flyers Senior Vice President Bobby Clarke joins NHL Live to talk about this year's potential Hall of Fame selections.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.19.2014 / 7:27 PM

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Patrick Nemeth on Calder Cup OT winner

NHL Live is joined by Texas Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth about his OT winner in the Calder Cup championship.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 6:15 PM

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Lightning coach Cooper eager to take next step

Tampa Bay Lightning coach and Jack Adams Award finalist Jon Cooper joined NHL Live to look back at the 2013-14 season and what the future holds for his team.

Cooper, Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the Adams Award, presented to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success." The winner will be announced June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Cooper took over the Lightning team late in the 2012-13 season, when they finished 28th in the League standings. In his first full season, he guided the Lighting to a 46-27-9 record (101 points) and second-place finish before they were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 6:08 PM

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Predators GM open to trading first-round draft pick

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile joined NHL Live to discuss what's next for the organization and his plans for the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Predators own the No. 11 pick of the 2014 draft, which begins June 27 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Nashville finished the regular season 38-32-12 and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I've made it known that we're trying to improve our forwards," Poile said. "We'd like to get a top-six forward if we could. If we can do that in a trade, that would be great. If that took trading a draft pick, or even our first pick, I would be open to that. I've made it known to a lot of teams that if they were willing to trade a top forward, I'd be willing to trade the No. 11 pick in the draft."

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Posted On Monday, 06.16.2014 / 7:10 PM

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Capitals GM MacLellan targeting goaltending, defense

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan joined NHL Live to discuss what's on tap for the offseason.

MacLellan became the sixth general manager in Capitals history when he was promoted on May 26 after spending the past 13 seasons with the organization as a pro scout, director of player personnel and assistant GM.

"I wasn't sure I was going to get the job," MacLellan said. "I was just trying to give the most honest opinion I could of where our organization was at, and what my vision was going forward. I don't think I was critical of ownership, but it was more of this is the way I would see it happening in the future, where ownership and the manager and the coach are all in sync on what we're doing philosophically and they were going to support each other."

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Posted On Monday, 06.16.2014 / 7:04 PM

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Panthers GM talks coaching search, draft on NHL Live

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was a guest of NHL Live to discuss his thought process for hiring a new coach and his team's position at the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Miami Herald reported Monday that former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, former Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche coach Marc Crawford, and former Columbus Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant are under serious consideration.

"It's been a lot of fun," Tallon said. I've gotten to meet a lot of interesting characters and some great coaches, some veteran guys and some new guys. I've interviewed at least a dozen coaches in the last month. The good news is they all want to come here because of the young players and the talent pool we have coming, and already have on our roster. We've narrowed it down to half a dozen, and probably down to three probably by [Tuesday], and hopefully get it done by Friday, but no later than mid-week of the draft."

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Posted On Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 6:27 PM

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Morin talks Calder Cup, hopeful for shot in Dallas

Texas Stars forward Travis Morin joined NHL Live to discuss his performance in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals.

Morin's goal 7:20 into overtime gave the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate a 2-1 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 3 on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

In addition to winning a Calder Cup, Morin, 30, has his sights on getting another shot in the NHL. He leads Texas in playoff scoring (7-12-19) after earning a team-high 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season.

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Posted On Monday, 06.02.2014 / 6:13 PM

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Rob Blake impressed with Kings' resilience

Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake joined NHL Live to discuss the Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Kings and the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.

The Kings advanced by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a classic best-of-7 series. With their 5-4 overtime victory in Game 7, the Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s en route to reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 7:08 PM

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Matteau reflects on historic goal on NHL Live

Twenty years ago, Stephane Matteau forever etched himself into New York Rangers lore with his game-winning goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils. Matteau joined NHL Live to discuss that historic night at Madison Square Garden and his wrap-around goal that defeated the Devils in double overtime.

Whenever Matteau hears Howie Rose's famous radio call of "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!," the first things that goes through his mind are emotion and joy.

"Even though it's been 20 years I've heard that call a thousand times, so it feels good and as an ex-Ranger I'm very proud of it," Matteau said. "A lot of players play their entire careers without a moment like that. I'm very grateful that the Rangers had traded for me and I'm very grateful that I had a chance to chip in some of the big goals for the New York Rangers in 1994. It's one moment, maybe, but it was a great moment that I've cherished for the last 20 years."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 7:04 PM

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New Canucks GM Benning looks to the future

New Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the Canucks' outlook heading into the offseason.

Speaking from the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, Benning is focused on interviewing prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft and searching for a new coach.

"We've talked about it," Benning said. "This week we're going to be here at the Combine all week interviewing about 20 kids every day through Friday, and we go back to Vancouver on Saturday. And then we'll probably over the course of the next few days finalize our list of candidates to interview and probably start the interview process when we get back starting next week."

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Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 6:58 PM

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Wild's Parise gives back through charitable endeavors

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise joined NHL Live to discuss his contributions to Defending The Blue Line, an Minnesota-based organization that ensures children of military members are affording every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. Defending The Blue Line provides free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

"It's a really cool thing," Parise said. "This winter a few of us went out and skated with them outdoors up in Blaine, Minnesota. It's a really neat organization and, I guess, a really small thing that we can do just to show our appreciation for what they've been doing for us."

For more information on Defending The Blue Line and to get involved, visit DefendingTheBlueLine.org.

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Posted On Monday, 05.26.2014 / 6:34 PM

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Islanders prospect Reinhart talks Memorial Cup win

New York Islanders defensive prospect Griffin Reinhart joined NHL Live to discuss the Edmonton Oil Kings winning the 2014 Memorial Cup with a 6-3 victory against the Guelph Storm on Sunday.

Reinhart, the Oil Kings' captain who was selected No. 4 by the Islanders in the 2012 NHL Draft, had three assists and was a plus-1 in five tournament games.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Reinhart said. "It's not too often that you get to compete for a championship like that, let alone get a second opportunity. We learned a lot from the first year I was there and applied that to this year."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 10:42 AM

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NHL Live talks playoffs with Olczyk, McGuire

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, welcomes in NBCSN analyst Eddie Olczyk for the first half hour and will also talk to Craig Custance, senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The New York Rangers look to take a 3-0 lead on the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final with Game 3 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire joins us from the Arena Cam to preview the matchup.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 6:55 PM

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Fabbri: Quick starts key to Guelph's Memorial Cup run

Guelph Storm forward Robby Fabbri was a guest of NHL Live to talk about his team's run in the 2014 Memorial Cup.

Fabbri had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win against the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Monday. The Storm qualified for the championship game and is one victory away from the franchise's first Memorial Cup in its 23-year history.

"A big key to our success [Monday] was getting off to a quick start," Fabbri said. "Right from there we just kept going, and took the life out of Val-d'Or's game and used it to our advantage."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 6:22 PM

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Blackhawks' Leddy bracing for tough Game 2

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy joined NHL Live to discuss the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-7 series 1-0 with Game 2 on Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Dating back to last year's conference final, Chicago has won 10 of its past 12 games against L.A.

"We know it's going to be very a hard-fought game whenever we play the Kings," Leddy said. "[Goalie] Corey [Crawford] had some great stops last game and very timely stops, and we had some very timely goals. Special teams are good and it's worked out in our favor."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 10:50 AM

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NHL Live talks Memorial Cup with Guelph's Fabbri

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, welcomes in Billy Jaffe on Tuesday for the full show. The three will speak with Guelph Storm forward Robert Fabbri about the ongoing Memorial Cup.

It's an off day for the conference finals, but Kevin Weekes will join the show to talk about all the ups and downs so far as the New York Rangers hold a 2-0 series lead on the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final and the Chicago Blackhawks are ahead 1-0 on the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final.

Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy will also be a guest on the show.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 6:44 PM

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Yeo on playoffs: 'a fine line this time of year'

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the progress made by his team this season.

After finishing 43-27-12 in the regular season, the Wild reached the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs where they were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks after a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 5:39 PM

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Palmieri looks ahead to Game 7 of Ducks-Kings

Anaheim Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri joined NHL Live to discuss the Ducks' Game 7 showdown against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

After losing the first two games of their Western Conference Second Round series at home, the Ducks won the next three before falling 2-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday at Staples Center. The winner of Game 7 will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 6:44 PM

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Staal talks Rangers comeback, defensive effort

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal joined NHL Live to discuss the team advancing to the Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday to win their second-round series 4-3 and complete a comeback from down 3-1.

"It's a great sense of accomplishment for our group, our team," Staal said.

Following a 4-2 loss in Game 4, the Rangers held a closed-door meeting, which planted the first seeds of their comeback.

"We didn't play very well," Staal said. "I don't think we were close to the level we're used to competing at. It's a terrible low feeling when you get in a hole like that knowing what's ahead of you. We just talked about playing our best game and knowing what our best game is; a couple of guys talked on their experience in coming back in those types of situations. It was almost a sense of calm after the meeting."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 10:52 AM

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NHL Live sets up Penguins-Rangers, Blackhawks-Wild

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has the lead-up to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. We'll go out to Consol Energy Center and welcome in NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire via the Arena Cam to talk about this do-or-die matchup.

In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks try to close out the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 and Blackhawks insider Tracey Myers will talk about the importance of Chicago finishing the series in their first opportunity.

Paul Steigerwald and Dave Strader will also go inside the series with hits in Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 6:39 PM

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Wild forward Koivu looks ahead to Game 4

Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu joined NHL Live to talk about their Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks and their success on home ice during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wild are 4-0 at Xcel Energy Center heading into Game 4 on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

"At home I think we get a lot of energy from our fans," Koivu said. "The building is loud and I'm sure it's not an easy place for a visiting team to come and play. Confidence is obviously another big factor. When you're able to get points and get wins in your own building, you get confident.

"On the road, especially on the playoffs, we've been playing OK, but we recognize too that we need to be better to win more games on the road. But on the other hand, pretty much every single team in this League is hard [to beat] on their home rink."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 2:42 PM

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Wild's Koivu talks home success on NHL Live

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 7:00 PM

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Kopitar talks Kings' playoff run, Selke nomination

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar was a guest of NHL Live to break down the Kings' performance in their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 6:40 PM

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Red Wings' Babcock talks Jack Adams nomination

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was a guest of NHL Live to discuss his nomination for the Jack Adams Award.

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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 4:10 PM

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NHL Live talks to Predators' Poile, Wings' Babcock

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.

The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Bell Centre, and NBCSN analyst Eddie Olczyk joins us from the Arena Cam to discuss the matchup.

Also, the finalists for the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year were announced Tuesday. Mike Babcock was one of them and we'll speak to the Detroit Red Wings bench boss about his season.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 7:00 PM

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Penguins' coach Bylsma wary of Rangers' depth

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma appeared on NHL Live to look back at a challenging Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets and ahead to the Penguins' second-round series against the New York Rangers.

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.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 6:59 PM

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Getzlaf talks Hart nomination, looks ahead to Kings

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf joined NHL Live to discuss his candidacy for the Hart Trophy and the upcoming Western Conference Second Round matchup against the rival Los Angeles Kings.

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."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 10:40 AM

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NHL Live talks to Ducks' Getzlaf, Penguins' Bylsma

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.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will talk about the challenges of getting past the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round and what awaits against the New York Rangers.

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 6:53 PM

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Flames GM Treliving eager to get started in Calgary

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving joined NHL Live to discuss his new position and goals for the organization.

Treliving was impressed with how the Flames finished the season while creating an identity as a hard-working team.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 6:48 PM

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Malhotra reflects on journey, Masterton nomination

Carolina Hurricanes center Manny Malhotra was a guest of NHL Live to discuss his nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Malhotra, New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr and New York Rangers center Dominic Moore are the three finalists for the award given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 6:48 PM

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Francis talks Hurricanes takeover on NHL Live

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."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 12:38 PM

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New Hurricanes GM Francis on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk with former general manager Craig Button about GM topics around the League, as Ron Francis takes over with the Carolina Hurricanes and Brad Treliving with the Calgary Flames.

Francis will also join the show to talk about his new position and the challenges that await in Carolina.

In the only Stanley Cup Playoff game Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers try to stave off elimination and force a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers. Philadelphia beat reporter Tim Panaccio will join us via the Arena Cam at Wells Fargo Center to discuss what the Flyers must do to get the job done.

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Posted On Monday, 04.28.2014 / 7:08 PM

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Rangers' Dominic Moore talks Game 6, fourth line

New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore was a guest on NHL Live to look ahead to Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday (7:30 PM ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, MSG, CSN-PH).

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Posted On Monday, 04.28.2014 / 7:02 PM

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Weber looks ahead to Predators' future

Nashville Predators defenseman and Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber joined NHL Live to discuss his nomination and changes that could be coming in Nashville for the 2014-15 season.

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Posted On Monday, 04.28.2014 / 11:48 AM

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NHL Live talks Norris Trophy with Chara, Weber

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, talks to Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on his nomination for the Norris Trophy as the League's top defenseman as well as the upcoming Eastern Conference Second Round series against their Original Six rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber is also a Norris finalist. He'll call in to the show to discuss the honor as well as changes that could be coming in Nashville for the 2014-15 season.

New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore has goals in consecutive games and his team is one win from eliminating the Philadelphia Flyers and advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He'll join us by phone to talk about the series.

Also, Columbus Blue Jackets analyst Jody Shelley will be joining us for a live pregame update from the Arena Cam at Nationwide Arena prior to Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 11:05 AM

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NHL Live talks to Vezina finalist Bishop of Lightning

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews a pivotal Game 5 between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues by talking to analyst Eddie Olczyk.

Barry Melrose will call into the show to preview tonight's Stanley Cup Playoffs action.

Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning will call in to talk about his season.

Montreal Canadiens forward Rene Bourque, whose team awaits the winner of the series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, also joins the show.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 9:40 AM

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NHL Live talks to Blue Jackets' Dubinsky

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, whose game-tying goal helped his team to an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner also joins the show to give his insight into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the future of the Islanders.

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings resume their Eastern Conference First Round series on Thursday and Craig Custance, senior NHL writer from ESPN the Magazine, joins us via Arena Cam at Joe Louis Arena to talk about the matchup.

Jamie McLennan will also discuss the importance of special teams during the playoffs.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 6:25 PM

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Lightning's Johnson on Calder nomination, season

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson was a guest on NHL Live to discuss his nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the League's top rookie, and to reflect on the 2013-14 season.

Johnson, Lightning forward Ondrej Palat and Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy. Johnson and Palat are the first teammates to receive nominations since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

The winner will be announced on June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 11:24 AM

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Calder Trophy finalist Johnson of Tampa on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, breaks down three Game 4s to be played Wednesday in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire will join us on Arena Cam at Nationwide Arena to talk about the Columbus Blue Jackets attempting to even up their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Chicago Blackhawks are also trying to draw even with the St. Louis Blues after dropping the first two games on the road. We'll go out on Arena Cam to United Center and welcome in analyst Darren Pang.

Also, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Tyler Johnson will call into the show to talk about his Calder Trophy nomination and give a recap of the Lightning's season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 6:47 PM

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Avalanche's O'Reilly on playoffs, Lady Byng Trophy

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs and his nomination for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The Avalanche lead their Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild 2-1 with Game 4 on Thursday (CNBC, TSN2, RDS2, ALT, FS-N, FS-WI) at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota won Game 3 1-0 on Mikael Granlund's overtime goal.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 10:40 AM

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NHL Live talks Bruins-Red Wings with 'Doc' Emrick

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up another night of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey by going out to Joe Louis Arena to talk to broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick, who will join us from the Arena Cam to discuss the Detroit Red Wings resuming their series against the Boston Bruins.

Jamie McLennan will join us from the Toronto studio to talk about the 3-0 stranglehold the Montreal Canadiens have on the Tampa Bay Lightning with Game 4 set for Tuesday at Bell Centre.

We'll also have reports from out of Montreal, Detroit, Philadelphia and Los Angeles going inside all four series that features games on Tuesday.

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Posted On Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:16 AM

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NHL Live previews start of Bruins-Red Wings series

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, looks back at the first two nights of the Stanley Cup Playoffs while getting ready for three more games Friday.

Eddie Olczyk will join us to give his impressions on the games played so far, including three overtime battles, one of which took three extra periods to decide.

The only series not to have started yet gets underway Friday as the Boston Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings, and Amalie Benjamin from the Boston Globe will share her thoughts as the Bruins start on the road they hope leads them back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Also, Barry Melrose will be on the show to award his Mullet of the Week.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 10:52 AM

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NHL Live has inside scoops on plethora of Game 1s

The Stanley Cup Playoffs enter their second night, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have inside looks at all four series to begin Thursday with reporters at each location.

The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers face off in the postseason for the first time since the 1997 Eastern Conference Final, and Dave Maloney joins us from the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden to discuss this tradition-rich rivalry.

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks face off in the Western Conference in a battle off teams with 100-plus points, and we'll talk to Darren Pang live from Scottrade Center to get the scoop.

The Colorado Avalanche passed both the Blues and Blackhawks late in the season to win the Central Division and will open the playoffs against the Minnesota Wild. Trip Tracey joins us from Pepsi Center to set the scene on Game 1.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 10:58 AM

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NHL Live previews first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have an inside look at the three Game 1s to be played Wednesday as well as an overview of all the first-round series.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets face off at Consol Energy Center, and NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire will join us from Arena Cam to preview this Metropolitan Division matchup.

In addition, TSN and CBC analyst Glen Healy will be on hand at Tampa Bay Times Forum to provide the inside scoop on the 2-3 matchup in the Atlantic Division between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 7:10 PM

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Babcock evaluates Red Wings' chances vs. Bruins

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was a guest on NHL Live to look back on the regular season and ahead to the Red Wings' series against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Babcock also provided updates on veteran forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Datsyuk played in Detroit's final six games after missing time with a knee injury. Zetterberg, who had back surgery and has not played since Feb. 8, is hoping to return for the second round of the playoffs, if not sooner.

"Pavs got better each and every game," Babcock said. "We're optimistic that he can continue to do that. We don't know if he doesn't need surgery and to get [the knee] fixed permanently, we'll know at the end of the season, but he seems to be feeling better. He practiced good, we grounded out [Tuesday] for a long time, and he managed to stay with it and get through it.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 7:08 PM

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Neal expecting 'fun series' against Blue Jackets

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal joined NHL Live to discuss facing the Columbus Blue Jackets and his expectations for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's an exciting time of year and why you play the game," Neal said.

Although the Penguins went 5-0 against the Blue Jackets in the regular season, Neal knows it will be a clean slate when Pittsburgh and Columbus square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, NBCSN, FS-O, ROOT).

"Everything changes when you get into the playoffs," Neal said. "It's going to be a fun series. They're a hard-working team, well-coached, great goaltending, so once you get in the playoffs it's a different story and we're excited to get going.

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Posted On Monday, 04.14.2014 / 8:08 PM

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McDonagh talks Rangers' chances in Playoffs

NHL Live is joined on set by New York Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh to discuss his team’s chances in the playoffs.

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Posted On Monday, 04.14.2014 / 7:33 PM

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Crosby talks eventful season, playoffs on NHL Live

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby joined NHL Live to look back at his regular season and ahead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Crosby led the NHL with 104 points to win his second Art Ross Trophy. The point total was the third-highest of his nine-year career and the most since he had 109 during the 2009-10 season. He also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, participated in the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series against the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field and leads the Penguins into an Eastern Conference First Round matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets starting Wednesday.

"When you're playing that much you don't have a lot of time to think about things," Crosby said. "With the amount of injuries we had, we had a lot of new players and personally it was good to get in a full season. A lot of different things, a lot of different experiences, but all in all this is when you want to be playing this time of year, so I'm excited for [the playoffs]."

The Penguins were 5-0-0 against Blue Jackets this season, but Crosby is impressed with their work ethic and depth.

"They don't rely on one line specifically, although they have a pretty good top line there," Crosby said. "Just the way they play as a unit. We've had some close games and both teams should know about one another."

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Posted On Monday, 04.14.2014 / 12:11 PM

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NHL Live has Rangers' McDonagh, Cup keeper Bolt

The regular season has ended and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have Mike Bolt, the keeper of the Cup, on set to talk about some of his favorite moments with Lord Stanley's cherished trophy.

The New York Rangers open up the playoffs Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers, and we'll have Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on set to talk about his recovery from injury and hopes for the postseason.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will get started Wednesday night with Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and League scoring leader Sidney Crosby will talk about making another run at a title in the Steel City.

Also, E.J. and Craig Button will face off as they discuss the first-round series matchups.

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Posted On Friday, 04.11.2014 / 10:50 AM

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NHL Live has coverage of Hobey Baker presentation

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, is set for the announcement of the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey's best player. The presentation will be at 6 p.m. and college hockey insider Julie Robenhymer joins the show to talk about the winner and college free agents who could be signed prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Brendan Shanahan is leaving the NHL to become the president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs and we'll talk to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly about Shanahan's time with the League.

Seven games dot the NHL schedule for Friday night, including the Washington Capitals hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. Analyst Eddie Olczyk joins us from the Arena Cam at Verizon Center to talk about what's going to happen in Washington in the wake of the Capitals missing the playoffs, as well as what's ahead for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 7:31 PM

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Jackets president Davidson 'proud' of playoff-bound team

Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson joined NHL Live to talk about the Blue Jackets clinching a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Columbus advanced to the postseason for the second time in franchise history after a 3-1 win Wednesday against the Dallas Stars.

"It was a good win for us, obviously, it's been a good journey for us," Davidson said. "I think when we try to analyze our season it was a bit of a roller coaster, but the guys have earned everything they've gotten. I'm really proud of the effort by our players and our staff, and they garnered a whole bunch of experience. We're young and this is the type of experience you need to go forward.

"It's all been good. It's been a lot of fun."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 4:48 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday April 10th:

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

New York Islanders vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Flyers

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild - Blues

Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets - Bruins

Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers - Kings

Colorado Avalanche vs Vancouver Canucks - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 315-195-70

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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

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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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Posted On Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 1:06 PM

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NHL Live celebrates April 1 with top bloopers

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.

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Posted On Monday, 03.31.2014 / 7:02 PM

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Thomas Vanek enjoying success with Canadiens

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."

Vanek has found chemistry playing on a line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

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Posted On Monday, 03.31.2014 / 7:00 PM

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Mark Van Guilder, 30, talks NHL debut with Predators

One night after making his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators at the age of 30, forward Mark Van Guilder joined NHL Live discuss the experience.

Van Guilder was in a team meeting with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League this past Saturday when he found out he was going to Nashville.

"I was surprised at first, but all my teammates gave me hugs and high-fives and everything like that," Van Guilder said. "It was pretty special for me. It was awesome."

Van Guilder, who was reassigned to Milwaukee on Monday, played 8:27 on a line with Colin Wilson and Viktor Stalberg in Nashville's 4-3 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 6:35 PM

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Blues' Shattenkirk on Presidents' Trophy, playoff race

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk joined NHL Live to discuss the Blues' quest for their first Presidents' Trophy since 1999-00.

"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."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 6:31 PM

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Blue Jackets coach Richards talks playoff race

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 5:58 PM

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Worcester Sharks coach Sommer talks AHL milestone

Worcester Sharks coach Roy Sommer was a guest of NHL Live to look back at his career.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 5:55 PM

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Davidson talks chairman selection on NHL Live

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 4:19 PM

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NHL Live previews Flyers-Rangers showdown

NHL Live is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Pierre McGuire joins Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek from Madison Square Garden's Arena Cam to discuss the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, the rivalry between the teams and the potential of a Flyers-Rangers first-round matchup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson, who was named Wednesday as the new Chairman of the Selection Committee by the Hockey Hall of Fame, joins the show at 5:25 p.m. ET.

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 5:57 PM

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Richter on Rangers' Lundqvist breaking his record

Former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter was a guest of NHL Live via the MSG Arena Cam. Current Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recently surpassed Richter's franchise record for most wins, in addition to Ed Giacomin's shutout mark.

"You have to root for Henrik," Richter said. "He's such a professional. This is something that Eddie Giacomin and I have talked about a lot of times. This guy is not just talented. You don't get to be as consistent as he is without a huge work ethic. The guy goes out every day and tries to improve, and that type of professionalism you have to respect and it's really hard not to cheer for him.

"It was clear he was going to break the record for some time, so you want him to do well and the beautiful thing is this is what you're paid to do as a goalie, win for teams. It's a personal achievement, but it's also great for the team."

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 5:56 PM

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Nyquist confident in Red Wings' playoff chances

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist joined NHL Live to discuss the Red Wings' efforts to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season.

Nyquist was named the NHL's "First Star" for the weekend ending March 23, 2014 after leading all players with six goals and tying for the League lead with seven points to help Detroit (33-24-14, 80 points) earn seven of a possible eight points and move into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It's been pretty crazy with all the injuries," Nyquist said. "But we've said in the locker room we're going to make these playoffs no matter who's out there. We can't worry about that too much.

"We look at the standings, we have a board in the locker room that shows us. Of course we know it's tight and it's going to be a tight race all the way until the end here for the last playoff spot."

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:42 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday March 24th:

Phoenix Coyotes vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Los Angeles Kings vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins - Canadiens

Ottawa Senators vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Winnipeg Jets vs Dallas Stars - Stars

San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames = Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 280-175-58

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 10:45 AM

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NHL Live talks to Wings' Nyquist, Rangers' Lundqvist

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, on NHL Network, will talk to the surging Gustav Nyquist at 5:30 p.m. ET, as the Detroit Red Wings forward discusses his team's efforts to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

There are six games on the Monday schedule, including the New York Rangers hosting the Phoenix Coyotes. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who in recent days has set franchise records with 301 career wins and 50 shutouts, joins Kenny Albert at Madison Square Garden to talk about the milestones and the race to the playoffs. Mike Richter, whose wins record Lundqvist surpassed, will also join us via the MSG Arena Cam at 5:35 p.m.

At TD Garden, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will renew their historic rivalry. We'll go out on Arena Cam to talk to Boston Globe beat writer Amalie Benjamin about the Bruins' 12-game winning streak, the longest in the League this season, and whether they can continue it against their Original Six opponent.

In addition, Barry Melrose will join us for his weekly coaches chat.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 7:24 PM

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McDavid talks OHL playoffs, future on NHL Live

Connor McDavid, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, was a guest of NHL Live to discuss his season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, the OHL playoffs, playing in the World Junior Championship and his hopes for the future.

"It's been such a big goal of mine for so long and realizing how close it actually is it's hard not to think about it sometimes," McDavid said on his dream of playing in the NHL. "At the end of the day, we're just heading into the playoffs here. It's a long way from now until June [2015]. There's so much hard work still to be done."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 10:50 AM

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NHL Live chats with top 2015 prospect McDavid

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will not only preview the nine-game schedule Thursday but also look to the future as Connor McDavid, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, joins us on the phone to talk about his Ontario Hockey League season with the Erie Otters, participating in the World Junior Championship and his hopes for the future.

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue their push for the franchise's second berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as they face the Montreal Canadiens, and Blue Jackets analyst Jody Shelley will join us from the Arena Cam at Bell Centre to talk about their postseason push.

It's also the first day of spring and E.J. will look at what NHL hopefuls need to "spring ahead" into the playoffs.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 5:58 PM

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Schenn talks Flyers' hot streak on NHL Live

Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn joined NHL Live to discuss his team's run at a Stanley Cup Playoffs spot.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 3:23 PM

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NHL Live talks to McGuire about Blues-Blackhawks

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 St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks by heading out to the United Center to welcome in NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire via the Arena Cam.

Among the other games on the schedule Wednesday, the Winnipeg Jets host the Colorado Avalanche and we'll go out on Arena Cam to MTS Centre where Jets radio voice Brian Munz will join us.

The Philadelphia Flyers are suddenly surging, and forward Brayden Schenn will be on the program to discuss their run at a Stanley Cup Playoffs spot.

NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will also be on the show with the latest news from around the League.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 12:48 PM

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NHL Live previews Roy's return to Montreal

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews a Tuesday night full of action with 24 of 30 teams playing.

The Montreal Canadiens welcome in the Colorado Avalanche and coach Patrick Roy, who won the first two of his four Stanley Cups and became a legend at his position playing for the Habs. We'll look at his top five moments for the franchise and also go out to Bell Centre on the Arena Cam to talk to Arpon Basu, managing editor of LNH.com.

The Philadelphia Flyers host the Chicago Blackhawks on NBCSN in a rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, and we'll get a live report from the Arena Cam at Wells Fargo Center from NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen.

Our Slap Shots segment will focus on a question from each of the 12 games scheduled Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 03.17.2014 / 6:55 PM

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Melrose helps contenders find their 'Pot of Gold'

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joined NHL Live to discuss what contending teams need to do to find their "Pot of Gold," in other words what they need to accomplish to get to the ultimate prize of winning the Stanley Cup.

For the St. Louis Blues, who lead the race for the Presidents' Trophy with 99 points, their pot is full and it's now a matter of guarding it.

"The St. Louis Blues are playing great," Melrose said. [Ryan] Miller and [Steve] Ott have really given them another gear and more depth, so the Blues don't have to change a thing. They gotta get over the [Vladimir] Tarasenko [hand injury] without any bumps on the road, but certainly a great team right now playing great."

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Posted On Monday, 03.17.2014 / 11:52 AM

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Hradek returns to NHL Live, Pang previews Jets-Blues

E.J. Hradek is back with Steve Mears to co-host NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, E.J. and Steve will take a look at the Top 5 luckiest goals this season.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose also joins the show to help contending teams find their "Pot of Gold," and Darren Pang will be live from Scottrade Center to preview the game between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues.

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Posted On Friday, 03.14.2014 / 12:21 PM

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NHL Live checks in on final day of Gretzky camp

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews an eight-game Friday around the League. The marquee matchup of the night involves the Colorado Avalanche visiting the Anaheim Ducks, a game that figures to attract attention as much for the rival coaches, Patrick Roy and Bruce Boudreau, as for the action on the ice.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose and NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk join the show for their weekly chat.

Also, on the final day of the Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp, E.J. Hradek will sit down with Rick Tocchet, Hayley Wickenheiser and Wayne Gretzky himself for exclusive interviews.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 5:55 PM

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Horton talks Blue Jackets' playoff quest on NHL Live

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton joined NHL Live to discuss the team's fight for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Horton won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011 and believes the Blue Jackets have what it takes to win.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 10:00 AM

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NHL Live talks to Horton, checks in on Gretzky camp

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will reflect on a nine-game Tuesday and get fans set for the four games around the League on Wednesday night.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton will join the show to talk about the team's fight for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The general managers meetings conclude in Boca Raton, Fla., and Kathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes will sit down with GMs from around the League to talk about the changes that might come out of their discussions.

Also, E.J. Hradek joins the show from Las Vegas, where he's participating in the Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp. E.J. will sit down with Denis Savard, Theo Fleury and The Great One himself.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 10:54 AM

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NHL Live updates Peverley story, GM meetings

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have the latest updates on the condition of Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley, who was in stable condition at an area hospital after collapsing on the bench Monday night in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The general managers meetings continue in Boca Raton, Fla., and Kathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes will check in with GMs from around the League.

Nine games dot the NHL schedule on Tuesday, including the Stars facing off against the St. Louis Blues. We'll go out on the Arena Cam at Scottrade Center and welcome in Blues analyst Darren Pang to talk about the mood following the Peverley incident, the tremendous play of Ryan Miller since his arrival in St. Louis and the game itself.

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Posted On Monday, 03.10.2014 / 8:01 PM

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Interview with Rangers GM Glen Sather

New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather joins NHL Network's Kathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes to talk about the discussions Monday at the GM Meetings.

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Posted On Monday, 03.10.2014 / 7:57 PM

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Colin Campbell interview at GM Meetings

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell joins NHL Network's Kathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes at the GM Meetings.

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Posted On Monday, 03.10.2014 / 10:52 AM

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NHL Live talks GM meetings, Penguins-Capitals

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have complete coverage of the annual March meeting of the League's general managers currently going on in Boca Raton, Fla. We'll be hearing from various NHL GMs throughout the program.

Also, Steve and Ken will chat with NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose about the race for the Presidents' Trophy, with the St. Louis Blues having surged past the Anaheim Ducks and into first overall with just over a month left in the regular season.

There are eight games to be played Monday, including the start of a home-and-home between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Chuck Gormley will join us from the Arena Cam at Verizon Center to talk about the game and the always hyped rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

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Posted On Friday, 03.07.2014 / 11:54 AM

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NHL Live talks to new Lightning captain Stamkos

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to new Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who returned from injury Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose gives us his Mullet of the Week and breaks down some of the moves made at the NHL Trade Deadline.

Notre Dame senior and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect T.J. Tynan will also join the show as part of this week's College Hockey report.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 6:36 PM

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Moulson ready to contribute to Wild after trade

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Moulson was a guest on NHL Live to discuss his trade from the Buffalo Sabres to the Twin Cities. The Wild are the third team Moulson will play for this season. He started 2013-14 with the New York Islanders before he was sent to Buffalo in the Thomas Vanek trade.

"It's definitely exciting coming to a team that's planning on making a run in the playoffs and making a big push," Moulson said about his arrival to Minnesota. "I'm happy to be part of the team."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 6:34 PM

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Islanders' Snow talks Vanek trade on NHL Live

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow joined NHL Live to discuss his trade of forward Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens and his hopes for the franchise in the future.

When Snow originally traded for Vanek in October, there was a risk due to Vanek's status as a pending unrestricted free agent. But as Snow tells NHL Live, the risk was worth it.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 12:18 PM

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NHL Live to chat with St. Louis, Moulson on trades

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews a 10-game Thursday around the League in the aftermath of the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday.

Martin St. Louis was dealt from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers in a blockbuster, and he'll join the show by phone to talk about the big trade and why he wanted to play in the Big Apple.

It's been a hectic year for Matt Moulson, who was traded from the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres earlier in the season and then moved to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. He'll call in to discuss playing for three teams in one season and his hopes for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow will discuss the trade deadline deal of Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens and his hopes for the franchise in the future.

Also, Steven Stamkos returns for the Lightning against the Sabres, and beat writer Damien Cristodero will join us from the Arena Cam at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to talk about that as well as the St. Louis trade that brought Ryan Callahan back for the Lightning.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 12:08 PM

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NHL Live talks Miller's home debut, Rinne's return

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, gets you set for a 10-game Tuesday night around the League as well as the NHL Trade Deadline set for 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen will join us from Prudential Center to talk about the trade rumors surrounding New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who could be making his final start for the franchise against the Detroit Red Wings.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Ryan Miller makes his home debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Kelly Chase joins us from the Arena Cam at Scottrade Center to talk about it.

Also, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is back in the crease as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, and we'll talk to Predators analyst Terry Crisp about the franchise netminder's return.

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Posted On Monday, 03.03.2014 / 6:50 PM

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McKenzie addresses Callahan, Brodeur rumors

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined NHL Live to provide the latest on negotiations between Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers and the trade rumors surrounding New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

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Posted On Monday, 03.03.2014 / 6:45 PM

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Melrose talks trade deadline on NHL Live

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joined NHL Live to share his thoughts on the final 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game in Chicago, Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella's decision to start goalie Eddie Lack against the Ottawa Senators at the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic, and who should be buyers or sellers at the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline.

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Posted On Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:00 PM

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McKenzie, Melrose talk trade deadline on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have all the latest trade rumors from around the League with our insider Bob McKenzie. The NHL Trade Deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will give his thoughts on which teams should be buyers and sellers at the deadline.

Also, Randy Sportak from the Calgary Sun will join us from the Arena Cam at Xcel Energy Center to preview the game between the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames as well as possible deadline moves by the Flames.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 8:23 PM

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Darren Dreger the 2014 trade deadline

NHL Live is joined by NHL Network insider Darren Dreger to discuss which players could be on the move before the 2014 trade deadline.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 8:15 PM

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Eddie Olczyk on the 2014 Chicago Stadium Series

NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk joins NHL Live to talk about the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series in Chicago between the Penguins and Blackhawks.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 10:48 AM

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NHL Live previews big Blackhawks-Rangers game

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, gets you set for 12 games on a busy Thursday.

The Chicago Blackhawks are back in action visiting the New York Rangers in a game that starts at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, and Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk joins us from the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden to preview the action.

NHL insider Darren Dreger joins the set from Toronto to discuss big names with the NHL Trade Deadline just six days away.

Also former goaltender Kevin Weekes talks goaltending controversies and trade rumors around the League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 6:05 PM

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Duggan on silver medal-winning performance in Sochi

United States women's hockey captain Meghan Duggan joined NHL Live to discuss her team's silver medal-winning performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and if any of the sting has worn off from falling short against Canada in the gold-medal game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 10:52 AM

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NHL Live talks Trade Deadline

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for a four-game Wednesday schedule as well as the NHL Trade Deadline which is only a week away.

St. Louis Blues analyst Darren Pang will join us by phone to talk about the rise of the Blues and goaltending rumors around the League.

Jamie McLeannan joins us from Toronto to talk goalies on the trading block.

In addition, Steve and E.J. look at the Western Conference and make predictions for what and who teams need to trade for before the deadline.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 7:15 PM

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Ken Holland on Red Wings, Canada's Olympic win

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland joins NHL Live to discuss the remainder of the season and winning Olympic gold as part of Canada's management team.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 11:58 AM

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Ducks' Beauchemin, Wings' Holland on NHL Live

NHL action returns Tuesday and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has plenty to offer on a night when the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes make up a game previously postponed by snow.

As we count down the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators on Sunday, former Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean joins us on the phone to talk about the game.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin will make an appearance via the Arena Cam at Honda Center to talk about the Olympic break and his surging team.

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland also calls in to talk about the Olympics and his team's hopes of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

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Posted On Monday, 02.24.2014 / 7:10 PM

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David Poile on Predators, U.S. Olympic team

Nashville Predators and United States Olympic team general manager David Poile joins NHL Live to discuss his team's outlook for the remainder of the NHL season and USA's performance at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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Posted On Monday, 02.24.2014 / 7:03 PM

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Coyotes' Hanzal talks playoff push, Olympics

Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal joins NHL Live to discuss the remainder of the season as well as his experience representing the Czech Republic in the 2014 Olympics.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 9:47 PM

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Blues prospect Allen on professional experience

St. Louis Blues goalie prospect and American Hockey League star Jake Allen joined NHL Live to discuss his participation in next week's 2014 AHL All-Star Classic against Färjestad BK, one of the top professional teams in the Swedish Hockey League.

"I'm really looking forward to it, actually," Allen said. "I got to participate in my rookie year in the standard [AHL] format. This is going to be quite a test for us, playing against one of the top teams in Sweden. It's going to be fun to get a new experience, see a different team.

"We're definitely going to try and win that game. This is going to be a challenge to represent our league well and show them what we've got."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 9:45 PM

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Ducks defenseman Fowler 'honored' to play in Olympics

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler joined NHL Live to talk about his outstanding season and playing for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I'm obviously just very honored and humbled to be a part of that team and be a part of that experience," Fowler said. "I'm really just looking forward to getting over there and getting to know the guys, and getting to know the systems and the coaching staff. I'm sure when that first game comes there will be definitely some butterflies, but I think those will go away after a couple of shifts. Really just pure excitement and I'm really looking forward to getting over there."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 10:42 AM

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NHL Live talks St. Louis replacement of Stamkos

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, continues the countdown to the 2014 Sochi Olympics while getting fans set for an 11-game Thursday night around the League.

The focus Thursday will be on previewing Group B, which includes Canada, Finland, Norway and Austria. Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos will not be available to Canada and teammate Martin St. Louis was named Thursday to take his place. Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Times shares his reactions to Stamkos' press conference and his replacement being announced.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will join the show to talk about his outstanding season and his hopes for Sochi.

St. Louis Blues prospect Jake Allen, who picked up some big wins in the NHL last season and is currently starring in the American Hockey League, will be on to talk about that experience as well as next week's 2014 AHL All-Star Classic against Färjestad BK, one of the top professional teams in the Swedish Hockey League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 6:39 PM

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Ference, Perron talk Oilers' run on NHL Live

Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference and leading goal scorer David Perron were in-studio guests of NHL Live. In New York City on an Eastern Conference road trip, Ference and Perron discussed the recent play of the Oilers, winners of four of their past five games.

"We're doing the little things that make us successful," Perron said. "I felt like earlier in the year we were, at spurts, doing it, and then falling back to the old habits of trying to make too many plays. It's nice that we're rolling right now and we have to finish the season really strong."

"When you play on winning teams and go through successful stretches with teams, the biggest thing you do is realize it doesn't just happen by accident," said Ference, who won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011. "It's nothing fancy, there's not a secret formula. It's just hard work and really dedicated people involved."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 12:44 PM

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Oilers' Ference, Perron to join NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Dave Maloney, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have a pair of Edmonton Oilers in studio as they make their way through New York on an Eastern Conference road trip. We'll talk to team captain Andrew Ference and top goal scorer David Perron about the team's recent play.

NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will join us to discuss the latest trade rumors heading into the Olympic break. Once play resumes, the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 will be soon to follow.

And speaking of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, we'll have a preview of Group C, which features the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and Latvia, with players to watch from each nation.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 8:10 PM

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Oilers' Smyth talks Olympics on NHL Live

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth joined NHL Live in studio to talk about his season and competing in the Olympic games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 8:05 PM

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Button talks Flames' hot streak on NHL Live

Analyst Craig Button joined NHL Live from Toronto to discuss the recent surge of the Calgary Flames.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 11:08 AM

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NHL Live talks Olympic Oddities

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, continues the lead-up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics with the latest about players heading to Russia to compete for their nations.

Analyst Craig Button will join the show from Toronto to discuss the recent surge of the Calgary Flames.

Also, NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen will give us a preview of his "Over the Boards" notebook that appears each Wednesday on this site.

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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 7:35 PM

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Capitals' Carlson talks representing USA at Olympics

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson joined NHL Live via telephone to discuss his upcoming trip to Russia for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a member of the United States team.

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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 12:16 PM

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NHL Live talks Sochi Olympics with Capitals' Carlson

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will highlight a seven-game Monday in the League.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson will join us to talk about his recent hot play and his upcoming trip to Russia for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a member of the U.S. team.

Barry Melrose will also give us his Olympic breakdown.

In addition, NHL Insider Darren Dreger gives us his take on the latest trade rumors including news about New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek, who could be on the block once again.

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Posted On Friday, 01.31.2014 / 7:31 PM

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Parise discusses role as team USA captain

NHL Live is joined by recently named captain for team USA hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics Zach Parise.

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Posted On Friday, 01.31.2014 / 11:10 AM

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NHL Live talks to Wild's Parise, Lightning's Cooper

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to Minnesota Wild wing Zach Parise on the day he was named as captain of the United States for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

We'll also talk to Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper ahead of his team's Saturday afternoon game at the Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning are right on the tail of the Boston Bruins for the Atlantic Division lead even without Steven Stamkos in the lineup and Cooper is building a strong candidacy for the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach.

It's a five-game evening in the NHL which includes the St. Louis Blues facing off with the Carolina Hurricanes, and we'll go out on Arena Cam to talk with Blues analyst Darren Pang live from PNC Arena.

Our weekly College Hockey Report will focus on the MVP of last year's Beanpot tournament, Kevin Roy of Northeastern, and we'll look ahead to the upcoming Beanpot which gets underway Monday at TD Garden in Boston.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 6:34 PM

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Oilers' Scrivens talks record-setting night on NHL Live

Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens joined NHL Live via telephone one night after stopping all 59 shots he faced in a 3-0 against the San Jose Sharks. Scrivens set a new record for the most saves in regular-season shutout during the expansion era, breaking the mark of 54 set by the Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith on April 3, 2012.

"I just felt like I could see the puck really well," Scrivens said. "Point shots were coming in through traffic, but I was seeing their releases and I was able to read the trajectory of the shots pretty well. They get two posts and shots I didn't see all that cleanly. They just found a way to hit and stick, and stay in high gear. There's definitely a degree of luck that goes along with a game like that."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 11:38 AM

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NHL Live recaps Rangers-Islanders, talks to Scrivens

Yankee Stadium hosted its second game in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series when the New York Rangers defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 on Wednesday night, and Thursday's edition of NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will look back at that exciting finale in the Bronx.

A special edition of the "E.J. 5" will look back at one of the most amazing goaltending performances turned in Wednesday by Ben Scrivens of the Edmonton Oilers, who stopped all 59 shots by the San Jose Sharks in a 3-0 victory. Scrivens will join us by phone to talk about the game.

We'll also look ahead to a 10-game Thursday that is highlighted by an Original Six rivalry renewed, as the Montreal Canadiens visit the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. on NHL Network. Analyst Billy Jaffe will join us from the Arena Cam out at TD Garden to preview the game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 7:30 PM

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Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier on Stadium Series

Hockey Hall of Fame member and former Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers legend Mark Messier discusses the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on NHL Live.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 10:56 AM

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Messier to talk Stadium Series, ice center on NHL Live

NHL Live with Bill Pidto, E.J. Hradek and Kevin Weekes, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews an 11-game Tuesday around the League while also checking in on the New York Islanders' practice at Yankee Stadium in preparation for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Wednesday against the rival New York Rangers.

Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas makes his big return to face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden for the first time, and we'll welcome in Bruins radio voice Dave Goucher from our Arena Cam to discuss the big night.

In addition, NHL great Mark Messier joins us to talk about the Stadium Series and his new venture, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 7:30 PM

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Rangers' Lundqvist talks Stadium Series in studio

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist joins NHL Live in studio to discuss the team's two games at Yankee Stadium as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. After defeating the New Jersey Devils 7-3 on Sunday, the Rangers will try to sweep the two games in The Bronx when they square off with the New York Islanders on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2).

To read more about Lundqvist and Wednesday's game, CLICK HERE.

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 7:15 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday January 27th:

Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders - Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes - Blue Jackets

Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 223-134-48

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:10 PM

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Lundqvist to talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has plenty to talk about Monday, one day after the New York Rangers' 7-3 win against the New Jersey Devils in the first of two 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium. Winning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will stop by the studio.

Kevin Weekes has the distinction of having played for the Rangers, Devils and New York Islanders in his career, including serving as the Rangers goaltending tandem with Lundqvist at the beginning of the Swede's career. He'll join Mears and Hradek on the show.

In addition, NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will provide the latest on trade rumors from around the League.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 7:53 PM

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Weather conditions at Dodger Stadium

EJ Hradek, Barry Melrose and Ron Wilson discuss the temperature and weather conditions a day before the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium.

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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 7:37 PM

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Kevin Klein discusses Stadium Series on NHL Live

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein joins NHL Live to talk about the opportunity to play in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium.

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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 7:29 PM

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Dave Reid discusses Stadium Series on NHL Live

NHL Network analyst Dave Reid joins NHL Live from Toronto to preview the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium.

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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 10:56 AM

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NHL Live talks with new Rangers defenseman Klein

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein made his debut with the Blueshirts on Thursday night following a trade from the Nashville Predators, and on Friday he'll be part of NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network with Steve Mears and Butch Goring. Klein will discuss the trade, his new team and fans can tweet questions to @NHLNetwork for him to answer.

It's time once again for our College Hockey Report, and this week we'll talk to Boston College freshman and top NHL prospect Thatcher Demko on his season to this point and his thoughts on the upcoming NHL Draft.

A five-game night in the League is highlighted by the New Jersey Devils hosting the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division battle, and Capitals insider Chuck Gormley will join us from the Arena Cam at Prudential Center to talk about the status of Alex Ovechkin and the inconsistency of the Capitals' season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 7:03 PM

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Eddie Olczyk discusses Stadium Series on NHL Live

Eddie Olczyk joins NHL Live to take a deeper look into the Stadium Series game between the Devils and Rangers at Yankee Stadium on 1/26/13.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 11:02 AM

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NHL Live sets up 10-game Thursday

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get fans set for a 10-game Thursday night that features the Columbus Blue Jackets hosting the Philadelphia Flyers as they shoot for an eight consecutive win. Jody Shelley, who played for both teams over the course of his career, joins us from the Arena Cam at Nationwide Arena to talk about the game.

The New York Rangers host the St. Louis Blues in their final game prior to starting a two-game Coors Light NHL Stadium Series tour starting Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. We'll talk to Darren Pang on the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden about the matchup.

Looking to bounce back from a shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visit the Minnesota Wild, and Eddie Olczyk will be on the Arena Cam live from Xcel Energy Center to offer his thoughts.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:53 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday January 15th:

New York Islanders vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

St. Louis Blues vs New Jersey Devils - Blues

Ottawa Senators vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers - Canucks

Winnipeg Jets vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 219-126-47

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 11:18 AM

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Ducks' Bonino talks amazing home run on NHL Live

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Monday on NHL Network, sets up for a 10-game Tuesday with several special guests.

The Anaheim Ducks put a 20-0-2 home record on the line against the Winnipeg Jets and forward Nick Bonino will join the show from the Arena Cam out at Honda Center to talk about their red-hot play.

A rivalry renews in the Big Apple as the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders in what's also a preview of a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game on Jan. 29 at Yankees Stadium. We'll go out to Madison Square Garden on Arena Cam and welcome in analyst Kenny Albert for all the insight.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is the man of the moment for the Minnesota Wild and is set to make a fifth consecutive start against the Dallas Stars. Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo gives us the scoop via the Arena Cam at American Airlines Center.

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Posted On Monday, 01.20.2014 / 8:15 PM

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Capitals' Ward talks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward joins NHL Live on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to discuss his success thus far in his NHL career.

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Posted On Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:40 PM

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NHL Live previews clash between Ducks, Blackhawks

The Anaheim Ducks have won eight in a row and 18 out of 19, but they face a challenge Friday night in the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko will get fans ready for a regular-season game that figures to have the atmosphere of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We'll go out to the United Center on our Arena Cam and welcome in analyst Eddie Olczyk to preview the contest.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will examine the shootout and give out his Mullet of the Week. And St Cloud forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Nic Dowd will join us for the College Hockey Report.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 8:30 PM

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Tyson Barrie talks about OT success on NHL Live

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie joined NHL Live on Wednesday to talk about his team's season and his two recent OT winners.

Barrie got the OT winner in Colorado's 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday after scoring in overtime to beat the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 8.

"I've only got seven career goals and three have been in overtime. I must be lucky," he said.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 7:53 PM

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Kreider, Brassard talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

New York Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard were live in studio Wednesday on NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series games against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium.

"It's going to be fun. It's going to be my first time there," Brassard said. "I'm just looking forward to playing outdoors. My family is going to come down. I'm looking forward to it."

The Rangers play the Devils on Jan. 26 and the Islanders on Jan. 29.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:54 PM

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Rangers' Kreider, Brassard guests on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. New York Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard will join the show in-studio to discuss the team's recent performance.

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins play in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game. Pierre McGuire will be "Between the Glass" at Consol Energy Center to break down the matchup.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 6:18 PM

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NHL Live joined by Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:40 PM

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NHL Live welcomes new Jets coach Paul Maurice

Fresh off a victory in his first game as Winnipeg Jets coach, Paul Maurice will discuss his new position and the win against the Phoenix Coyotes on NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in New York City to take on the New York Rangers. Lightning radio play-by-play man Dave Mishkin will join us from Arena Cam to talk about the game, the return of goalie Ben Bishop, and provide an update on Steven Stamkos.

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Posted On Monday, 01.13.2014 / 7:05 PM

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Islanders' Tavares on hot streak, Stadium Series

New York Islanders captain John Tavares joined NHL Live to talk about his team's recent hot streak and the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium.

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Posted On Monday, 01.13.2014 / 6:25 PM

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Gretzky talks Stadium Series from Dodger Stadium

The legendary Wayne Gretzky joined NHL Live from a 79-degree day Dodger Stadium to discuss the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game on Jan. 25, when the Los Angeles Kings will take on the Anaheim Ducks.

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Posted On Monday, 01.13.2014 / 12:00 PM

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NHL Live talks to Gretzky from Dodger Stadium

Wayne Gretzky will be at Dodger Stadium on Monday to welcome the NHL's ice truck, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk live with The Great One. The ice truck is arriving in Los Angeles to begin the process of turning the legendary baseball stadium into an outdoor hockey rink for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Winnipeg Jets made a coaching change Sunday, replacing Claude Noel with Paul Maurice, and analyst Barry Melrose will go Behind the Bench to give his thoughts on this and other coaching moves in the NHL over the past week.

New York Islanders center John Tavares is the League's No. 1 star of the week and he'll call in to talk about the team's recent hot streak.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Friday, 01.10.2014 / 11:00 AM

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NHL Live talks Jack Adams, Blues, college hockey

NHL.com offers up its thoughts on who leads the race for the Jack Adams Award at the midway point, and today on NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, Barry Melrose will join Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek to talk about coaches around the League and who he thinks deserves to win the honor.

It's a six-game evening including the St. Louis Blues visiting the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues now own the Central Division lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks via a tiebreaker, and analyst Darren Pang will join us from the Arena Cam out in Vancouver to talk about their red-hot play.

Also, former NHL player and Harvard coach Ted Donato will be on set to talk about the Crimson's season on this weeks college hockey report.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 7:18 PM

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Mike Bossy talks Stadium Series on NHL Live

Former New York Islanders forward and four-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Bossy joins NHL Live to talk about the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 6:54 PM

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Sabres GM Murray chats with NHL Live

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray joined NHL Live to discuss his position and what awaits him at his new post. Murray is happy with the foundation established in Buffalo and is looking forward to the future. The Sabres have nine first- and second-round picks to use in the 2014 and 2015 NHL Drafts.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 6:04 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday January 9th:

Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres - Panthers

Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators - Ducks

St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames - Blues

Minnesota Wild vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Boston Bruins vs Los Angeles Kings - Bruins

Detroit Red Wings vs San Jose Sharks - Red Wings

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

E.J.'s Season Record: 197-113-44

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Posted On Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 11:26 AM

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NHL Live talks to Bossy, has news on Sabres new GM

The Buffalo Sabres have found their man, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have the reaction on Tim Murray being named as their new general manager.

It's a nine-game night in the League and we'll preview the game between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning by checking in on the Arena Cam at Tampa Bay Times Forum with Capitals radio voice John Walton.

New York Islanders great and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy will also join us on the set.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 7:20 PM

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Vanek talks Islanders' surge, Sochi Games

New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek joined NHL Live to discuss the recent success of his team and the honor of being named to play for Austria at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"Expectations are we go there and try to win the gold, obviously," Vanek said. "We're happy to be there … we know we're the big underdog, but it's fun. We have guys who can play. We have to play smart and for us we need good goaltending. If we can get goaltending and get a lot of big saves, you just never know in this game."

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 7:15 PM

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Coyotes' Smith 'excited' to play for Canada

NHL Live was joined by Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who will compete for the Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I was pretty excited and very honored," Smith said. "I heard it's going to be a lot different from Vancouver. Obviously it's not the Olympics in your home country, but it will definitely be a new experience for me and probably a lot of guys, and I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 12:02 PM

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Coyotes' Smith, named to Olympics, joins NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up a three-game night of NHL action. It's Wednesday Night Rivalry, this week featuring the New York Rangers at the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire joins us from the Arena Cam at United Center to preview this Original Six matchup.

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was named to Canada's roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Tuesday. He'll join the program on the phone to talk about the exciting news as well as the play of the Coyotes. We'll also talk to New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek.

This week's EJ5 will focus on players who should be going to Sochi.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 7:51 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday January 7th:

New York Islanders vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Maple Leafs

Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils: Flyers

San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators: Sharks

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets: Jets

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes

St. Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers: Blues

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vancouver Canucks: Penguins

Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings: Kings

Boston Bruins vs Anaheim Ducks: Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 191-109-42

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 7:30 PM

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Stars' Dillon joins NHL Live in studio

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 11:32 AM

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Reaction to Olympic roster announcements on NHL Live

NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has the reaction to Tuesday's announcement of the 25-man roster for Canada heading to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, as well as the rosters for Russia, Sweden and Finland.

In addition, Dallas Stars defenseman Brendan Dillon will be on set.

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:57 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday January 6th:

Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders - Stars

Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 190-107-41

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:40 PM

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Ducks' Hiller talks Olympics, contract on NHL Live

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 11:00 AM

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Ducks' Hiller guests on Monday's NHL Live

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will welcome in Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, who was just named to the Swiss team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and will discuss the stellar first half enjoyed by his team.

We'll go Behind the Bench with analyst and former coach Barry Melrose, who will address the best and worst coaching moves of the week.

We're one day from Hockey Canada announcing its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and E.J. looks at some inside projections as to who will make the team.

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Posted On Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:10 PM

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Olczyk recaps Winter Classic on NHL Live

NHL Live with E.J. Hradek and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, get hockey fans set for a four-game night with the help of Chicago Blackhawks and NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk, who will preview the Blackhawks' game against the New Jersey Devils while also recapping the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the thrilling 3-2 shootout win by the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings before over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.

Barry Melrose will be on hand to give out his Mullet of the Week, and E.J. and Butch will present their weekly power rankings.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 7:54 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday January 2nd:

Nashville Predators vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Islanders - Blackhawks

Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals - Hurricanes

Winnipeg Jets vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Buffalo Sabres vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Montreal Canadiens vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Los Angeles Kings vs St. Louis Blues - Kings

Philadelphia Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 179-104-40

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 12:06 PM

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NHL Live breaks down U.S. Olympic roster

The United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been announced, and U.S. general manager David Polie will call into NHL Live (5 p.m. ET, NHL Network) to discuss the selections and the difficult process of picking the perfect team.

We've reached the halfway point of the regular season. E.J. Hradek and Ken Daneyko will look back at the best moments of the first half and give out their first-half awards. In addition, former Los Angeles Kings forward and current analyst Jim Fox joins the show from Scotttrade Center before the Kings' game against the St. Louis Blues to talk about the imminent return of goalie Jonathan Quick and the performance of rookie Martin Jones in his absence.

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Posted On Monday, 12.30.2013 / 7:26 PM

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McCarty excited about playing in Alumni Showdown

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty sat down with Dave Strader on NHL Live to discuss his anticipation of playing in the 2013 Maple Leafs-Red Wings Alumni Showdown.

"I remember the first night coming down here when the lights were all on," McCarty said, "and you're standing in the middle of Detroit in Comerica Park and you're looking out … just to see the atmosphere and imagine what it's like when it's filled for one of those World Series baseball games, it's going to be amazing just to see the people and the energy in there. They've done a great job with this."

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Posted On Monday, 12.30.2013 / 7:23 PM

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Outdoor game brings fond memories for Berenson

Red Berenson, the legendary coach of the Michigan men's hockey team, sat down with Billy Jaffe on NHL Live. Berenson coached the Wolverines team that played Michigan State at "The Big Chill at the Big House" in 2010 and recalled the thrill of coming out to Michigan Stadium to play a hockey game.

"It was amazing," Berenson said. "We practiced here all week, so we knew what it was like, but when we came out and we saw every seat filled, and you just heard the murmur in the crowd, it was amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think they would have a hockey game here at the Big House."

Berenson expressed similar sentiments about the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day that will be played at "The Big House."

"I feel like kind of a hockey host," Berenson said. "It's our facility, we take a lot of pride in it. I'm as excited as if I were coaching in it or playing in it."

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Posted On Friday, 12.27.2013 / 2:45 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday December 27th:

Ottawa Senators vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets vs New Jersey Devils -Devils

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals - Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes - Penguins

Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Minnesota Wild vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars - Stars

Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames - Oilers

San Jose Sharks vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 170-103-36

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Posted On Friday, 12.27.2013 / 2:34 PM

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NHL Live previews 10-game Friday night

The three-day Christmas break has passed and NHL Live with E.J. Hradek and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get fans set for the return of hockey with a 10-game Friday night ahead.

The Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks play host to the Colorado Avalanche and we'll go live to our Arena Cam at United Center to welcome in Blackhawks analyst Ed Olczyk.

Cam Talbot gets the start once again for the New York Rangers against the Washington Capitals, and Rangers color commentator Joe Micheletti joins us from D.C. to talk about the move.

Also, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will give out his "Barry's Best" awards for the first half.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 8:56 PM

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Andy Murray talks outdoor hockey at Comerica Park

Western Michigan University coach Andy Murray joined Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek on NHL Live on Thursday evening to discuss the 49th annual Great Lakes Invitational, which gets underway at Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday.

“We’re excited, obviously. It’s the first time Western Michigan’s ever played in an outdoor game,” Murray said, “and playing in Comerica Park here, about two hours from Kalamazoo, where Western Michigan is located. We’re playing three in-state rivals.”

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Posted On Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 7:38 PM

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NHL Live: E.J. Hradek talks Winter Classic goalies, coaches’ clothing

NHL Live’s E.J. Hradek used the “Plus/Minus” segment Thursday night to look at a few aspects of the upcoming 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 7:33 PM

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USA vs Czech Republic Analysis

NHL Live breaks down Team USA's win over Team Czech Republic in the World Junior Championship.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 7:26 PM

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Canada vs Germany Analysis

NHL Live breaks down Team Canada's win over Team Germany in the World Junior Championship.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 9:55 AM

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WJC coverage highlights NHL Live

The 2014 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship has started, and NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek will have complete coverage of the opening games at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll feature highlights from Canada against Germany and the United States against the Czech Republic, along with a postgame wrap-up of USA-Czech Republic from Steve Mears and Dave Starman.

Western Michigan coach Andy Murray will join the College Hockey Report to discuss his team's participation in the Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park.

In addition, we'll look at several players enjoying a career year, evaluate the success of backup goalies around the game, recap various offseason trades and signings, and discuss NHL.com's Olympic roster projections for the U.S. and Canada.

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 7:05 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday December 23rd:

Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals - Ducks

Phoenix Coyotes vs Buffalo Sabres - Coyotes

Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Ottawa Senators - Penguins

New York Islanders vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers - Lightning

Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Boston Bruins vs Nashville Predators - Bruins

St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames - Blues

Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers - Jets

Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings - Stars

Colorado Avalanche vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 162-99-34

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 6:50 PM

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Melrose gives holiday gifts to teams

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joins NHL Live to discuss what gifts he would give to different teams throughout the League for the holidays.

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 1:35 PM

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NHL Live sets the scene on 14-game schedule

The final day of the schedule before the Christmas break is a busy one with 14 games, and NHL Live with Dan Rosen and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will provide the lead-up to a night full of hockey.

Pierre McGuire joins us from the Arena Cam at Wells Fargo Center to preview the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild and touch on other big stories from around the League.

Barry Melrose puts on his Santa hat and gives teams the gifts they want the most this holiday season as "Barry Claus."

E.J. and Dan will also take a look at photos and videos of how NHL teams are getting festive this Christmas.

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Posted On Friday, 12.20.2013 / 11:05 AM

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NHL Live debates hot topics, talks hockey gifts

As we count down the final days before the NHL takes a Christmas break, NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, gets you ready for the five games on the Friday schedule and also finishes #HockeyHolidays week by looking at some great gifts for the fan in your life courtesy of the NHL Powered by Reebok Store.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joins us to hand out his Mullet of the Week, and our Tire Rack Face-Off features E.J. and Jamie McLennan debating hot topics around the League.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 7:06 PM

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Caitlin Cahow talks current role on NHL Live

Former United States Olympian, and current U.S. delegate for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Caitlin Cahow joined NHL Live in studio to discuss her current role and how she misses the competition as a player.

"It's really the best of the best in my opinion," said Cahow regarding the U.S.-Canada rivalry in women's hockey. "I'm really looking forward to some fireworks in Sochi."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 7:04 PM

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'Between the Pipes' examines goalie position

Throughout the week, NHL Live has been offering some holiday gift ideas. Randi Druzin, the author of "Between the Pipes," joined the show to discuss her new book, a fascinating look at the goaltender's position.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 11:10 AM

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NHL Live features Pietrangelo, World Juniors chat

It's an 11-game Thursday and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will set up the night's action. We'll go out to Scottrade Center on our Arena Cam prior to the St. Louis Blues' game against the Montreal Canadiens to talk with Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo about the matchup and his season so far.

The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, is right around the corner and analyst Craig Button will join us from the Toronto studio to talk about some of the game's top prospects who will take part in the tournament.

Caitlin Cahow, a former U.S. Olympian and part of the official U.S. President's delegation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics closing ceremonies, will be in studio. Also, author and former goaltender Randi Druzin dishes about her new book "Between the Pipes" and shares her favorite NHL goaltenders.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 6:45 PM

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Fowler, Palmieri talk Ducks-Kings Stadium Series game

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler and forward Kyle Palmieri joined NHL Live in studio to discuss playing the Los Angeles Kings in the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The Ducks and Kings will play at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, and the buzz in Los Angeles and Anaheim is huge over the anticipation of what will be a different experience.

"All our fans are really excited for it and I know the Kings fans are excited for it," Palmieri said. "Outdoor game, 55-60 degree weather at night, it should be a cool experience."

Each time the Ducks and Kings compete against each other, says Fowler, it produces the intensity of a playoff game.

"The crowd's into it no matter where you are," Fowler said. "It just has that special buzz in the air whenever those teams come to town. Those are games you gear up for and really get excited for. It's a special rivalry, especially in California."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 11:30 AM

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NHL Live talks father/son matchup, Stadium Series

It's time for another Wednesday Night Rivalry, as the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the New York Rangers, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has the action previewed as analyst Pierre McGuire will join us from the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden.

We'll also hear from Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins whose son, defenseman Philip Samuelsson, just made his NHL debut for Pittsburgh. Ulf's son and Philip's younger brother Henrik Samuelsson is also expected to go to Sweden for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship as a member of the U.S. squad.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler and forward Kyle Palmieri will join the show to discuss the strong play of the team this season and its upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against California rival the Los Angeles Kings.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 6:49 PM

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Author Jody Anderson joins NHL Live

Jody Anderson is the author of "Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy!" and was a guest on NHL Live from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., to discuss her new book.

"Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy!" is a fun mix of jokes and stories from NHL players, coaches, referees, Olympians and kids.

"I really just want to prove that not all hockey moms are off the wall, banging off the glass … that we're really here to support our kids," Anderson said. "I just want to give us a good rep."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 10:54 AM

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NHL Live talks to hockey author Jody Anderson

There are 12 games on the Tuesday schedule and NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you set up for a night full of hockey.

Eddie Olczyk will join us on set to discuss who's hot and who's cold in the League.

In addition, hockey mom and writer Jody Anderson joins us from the Arena Cam at Xcel Energy Center prior to the Minnesota Wild hosting the Vancouver Canucks to talk about her new book, "Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy!"

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Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 6:30 PM

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Flyers' Hartnell talks new book "HartnellDown"

NHL Live was joined by Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell to talk about his new children's book "HartnellDown."

"It's kind of like an autobiography of my life, I guess, from when I was two years old learning to skate, falling down and getting back up," Hartnell said. "It's a rhyming book for kids and I'm really happy about it. The feedback so far has been super positive and people are buying it, which is great.

"It was such a fun process, to be honest. My sister did a lot of the work, finding the words to rhyme and keeping the flow going. It turned out to be a great process."

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Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 10:58 AM

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Flyers forward talks 'Hartnell Down' on NHL Live

Four games on the NHL schedule get the week started and NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Monday on NHL Network, will have you covered. Steve Mears will be in Minnesota with Dave Starman for the latest from the U.S. selection camp for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has penned a children's book entitled "Hartnell Down" and the new author will call in to talk about the book and the recent play of his resurgent team.

In the latest segment of Behind the Bench with Barry Melrose, our NHL analyst will discuss the best and worst coaching moves of the week.

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Posted On Friday, 12.13.2013 / 1:28 PM

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NHL Live highlights the 'unlucky' on Friday the 13th

It's Friday the 13th, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will celebrate the superstitious day by taking a look at some of the "unluckiest" moments of the season.

Three games are on the NHL schedule, including the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New Jersey Devils. We'll go out to Consol Energy Center on our Arena Cam and talk to Phil Bourque about the recent play of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the matchup with the Devils.

Bill Lindsay will call in to talk Florida Panthers hockey ahead of their game with the Washington Capitals, and E.J. faces off against analyst Kevin Weekes to debate some of the game's hottest topics. We'll also be joined by Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.

Leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 from The Big House at the University of Michigan, we'll start our countdown of the top outdoor moments at No. 20.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 6:18 PM

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Flames' Burke talks front office moves on NHL Live

Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke joined NHL Live to discuss the decision to relieve general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod of their duties.

Burke explained how he submitted a report on the state of the team and front office staff to ownership, and subsequently made his recommendation, part of which was to not take over the GM reigns.

"I think it would look pretty poor on me to go back now to the owners and [Flames president and CEO] Ken King and say, 'I know that's what we talked about, but I want this job,'" Burke said. "I think if my ulterior motive was to get Jay's job, I probably wouldn't have been rational or fair or balanced in that report, which I was."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 6:14 PM

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Wings' Draper talks Alumni Showdown on NHL Live

NHL Live was joined by Kris Draper, the special assistant to the general manager for the Detroit Red Wings, to discuss the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31, and the addition of Steve Yzerman to the Red Wings' team.

"It's great for Hockeytown, hockey fans, the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit," Draper said. "To be able to get Stevie out there for one more game, it's going to be a huge thrill for all of us to have him there. Comerica Park is expecting 35-to-38,000 people. It's going to be quite an ovation and certainly well-deserved for all the great things he did for the Red Wings organization."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 11:58 AM

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NHL Live talks Alumni Showdown with Maltby, Draper

There are less than three weeks until the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Thursday on NHL Network, will talk to Red Wings favorites Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby about the 2013 Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park set for New Year's Eve. Maltby and Draper will spend part of the afternoon taking over the NHL's Twitter feed.

It's a busy night on the NHL schedule with 11 games, including the New York Rangers hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shawn Mitchell will join us on the Madison Square Garden Arena Cam to discuss the many ties between these Metropolitan Division rivals who have made a pair of blockbuster trades in the past couple years.

We'll also go out on Arena Cam to Scottrade Center where NHL Insider Darren Pang will preview the St. Louis Blues' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and talk goaltending around the League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 6:34 PM

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Capitals' Carlson speaks with NHL Live

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson joined NHL Live to break down Alex Ovechkin's four-goal game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and his chances of making the United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"Obviously that's a huge goal of mine," Carlson said. "I think any athlete at any level would strive to do that, be in position that I might make it. It'd be a dream come true."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 6:32 PM

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Hawks' Quenneville talks with NHL Live

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1.

"It's going to be a night I'm sure everybody's going to be excited about it," said Quenneville, fondly remembering the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic when his Blackhawks team played the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field. "I'm sure everybody's looking forward to March 1st.

"Once you're out there, and you're breathing that fresh air and you come out the ice for practice the day before it's a tremendous feeling. It brings you back to your roots when you're a kid again. No greater feeling playing hockey on the pond or outside."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 10:34 AM

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Quenneville to talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

Tickets to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game March 1 at Soldier Field between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins go on sale Wednesday, and on NHL Live with Steve Mears and Dave Maloney, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will make an appearance to talk about the game and the hot play of the defending Stanley Cup champions.

There are three games on the NHL slate, one of which is the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire, who will be part of the broadcast on NBCSN, will join the show from the Arena Cam at United Center to provide their thoughts on this rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

The Washington Capitals come off a thrilling 6-5 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, and we'll talk via phone with Capitals defenseman John Carlson about his chances of making the U.S. team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as well as the four-goal outing by Alex Ovechkin against Tampa.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 8:10 PM

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Red Wings legend Yzerman on 2013 Alumni Showdown

Legendary Detroit Red Wings captain and current Tampa Bay Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman talks about playing in the upcoming 2013 Alumni Showdown game at Comerica Park prior to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 11:24 AM

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Iginla's return to Calgary highlights NHL Live previews

Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary highlights a 12-game Tuesday schedule, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get viewers set for the big matchup between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames by talking to NHL.com correspondent Aaron Vickers live on the Arena Cam from Scotiabank Saddledome. We'll also take a look back at some of Iginla's top Flames highlights and have an EA Sports simulation of the game.

The Los Angeles Kings travel to face the Montreal Canadiens in a rematch of the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. Kings insider Jon Rosen joins us from the Arena Cam at Bell Centre.

We'll also have live reports from the Board of Governors meetings from regular host E.J. Hradek. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will join us to talk the BOG and the latest happenings with the New York Islanders as they continue their California road trip against the San Jose Sharks.

Remember to submit your #AskDano questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Monday, 12.09.2013 / 6:40 PM

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Analyst Dave Starman on World Junior Championship

NHL Live is joined by NHL Network's World Junior Championship analyst Dave Starman to preview the upcoming tournament on this edition of the College Hockey Report. Among the highlights are how far the United States can go led by their goaltending and offensive catalyst Riley Barber.

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Posted On Monday, 12.09.2013 / 12:47 PM

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NHL Live welcomes Emrick, Melrose and Starman

Dave Maloney sits in for E.J. Hradek , who's in Pebble Beach, Calif., covering the Board of Governors meetings, and joins Steve Mears for NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Four games are on the League's schedule for Monday, and Mike Emrick will join us on arena cam to preview the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins (NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.) from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

In addition, Barry Melrose will call in to discuss the best and worst coaching decisions of the season, and Dave Starman joins us on set to talk about the top United States players competing for a roster spot to play in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.

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Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 6:45 PM

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Melrose discusses recent news around the NHL

NHL Live speaks with NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose to discuss recent news around the NHL.

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Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 10:40 AM

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NHL Live talks with Hitchcock, Wisconsin's Kerdiles

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up a six-game Friday night in the NHL while getting you set for a weekend full of hockey.

We'll go out to Vancouver on our Arena Cam where Phoenix Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette will join us to talk about the game Friday against the Vancouver Canucks, while St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock joins the show fresh off his team's victory Thursday against the New York Islanders. We'll also check in with analyst Eddie Olczyk as well as Barry Melrose, who is here to hand out his Mullet of the Week.

This week's Tire Rack Face Off features analyst Kelly Chase debating E.J. on three hot topics from around the League. In addition, this week's College Hockey Report is with the University of Wisconsin's Nicolas Kerdiles, an Anaheim Ducks draft pick and California product who will be competing for a spot on the U.S. team going to the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 6:53 PM

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Kesler talks Heritage Classic on NHL Live

NHL Live was joined Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler to discuss the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic game against the Ottawa Senators.

Standing on the field of BC Place, where the game will be played March 2, Kesler could not hide his excitement over the experience.

"Hopefully the fans get rowdy here and make the atmosphere great for us," Kesler said. "It's going to be cold but hopefully we can heat it up again."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.05.2013 / 12:21 PM

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Canucks' Kesler talks Heritage Classic on NHL Live

There are 10 games on the Thursday schedule and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will go inside of the League's historic rivalries as the Montreal Canadiens get set to welcome in their Original Six rivals the Boston Bruins.

We'll also go out on our Arena Cam to preview important matchups including the San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler will call in to promote the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators and to talk about the team's play this season.

In addition, NHL Insider Darren Pang joins the show on the Arena Cam at Scottrade Center to talk about the St. Louis Blues hosting the New York Islanders and Kevin Weekes will provide the scoop on who's hot and who's cold in the game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 6:50 PM

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Senators' Turris on 2014 Heritage Classic

Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris joined NHL Live to discuss participating in the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic. Turris will play against the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place, not far from where he grew up.

"I'm ecstatic," Turris said. "It's going to be really neat. It's going to be so much fun. To be able to play in front of family and friends is going to be something I'll never forget."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 6:48 PM

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Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist talks new contract

NHL Live was joined by New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after signing a new seven-year contract with the Rangers.

Once the contract was signed, Lundqvist was excited and thankful that both sides got it done.

"It was an easy decision for me to stay in New York," Lundqvist said. "I'm just really happy.

"It's a big deal. It's about my future. It's the most important contract of my career. It's hard not to think about it, but when it came down to game time, it was not a distraction. But it feels really good to have it over, to move forward here and to get an opportunity to stay a Ranger."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 4:19 PM

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Henrik Lundqvist to join NHL Live

The New York Rangers signed franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a lucrative seven-year contract extension on Wednesday, and on NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, we'll have Lundqvist on as a guest and welcome NHL insider Darren Dreger to talk about what the extension means for the Rangers going forward.

Wednesday Night Rivalry returns on NBCSN as the Detroit Red Wings host the Philadelphia Flyers at 8 p.m. ET, and we'll check in on our Arena Cam with Pierre McGuire, who will be "Between the Glass" for this rematch between teams that met for the Stanley Cup in 1997.

USA Hockey announced its selection camp roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and Don Lucia, the coach of the U.S. National Junior Team, will join the show to discuss what he's looking for from the group that will go to Malmo, Sweden later this month.

Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris will also make an appearance to discuss Senators hockey and give us a look ahead at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 6:45 PM

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Jerry Bruckheimer talks Stadium Series, new book

Film and TV Producer Jerry Bruckheimer joins NHL Live to talk about the NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. Bruckheimer is an avid hockey fan whose book, "When Lightning Strikes: Four Decades of Filmmaking" is available Dec. 17.

"I think it's going to be fantastic," Bruckheimer said of the Stadium Series game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. "To open that up for hockey here in California is going to be so special. To bring some of that outdoor excitement to Los Angeles, for me it's a real thrill."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 6:40 PM

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Kings legend Luc Robitaille talks Stadium Series

Los Angeles Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille joined NHL Live to discuss the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game between the Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium.

"It's fun because now it seems like there's a little bit of promotion behind it that's been coming from the League, and from us and the Ducks," Robitaille said. "I think everybody realizes that it's one of those events that you want to say I was there when it happened. There's a buzz about it. It's going to be a lot of fun."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 10:24 AM

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Kings-Ducks Stadium Series game focus of NHL Live

There are nine games on the NHL schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the Anaheim Ducks hosting the Los Angeles Kings in a preview of a Coors Light Stadium Series game, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have Kings great Luc Robitaille, the team's president of business operations, on the show.

With the Kings and Ducks set to unveil their Stadium Series jerseys Tuesday, we'll also talk to film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, one of the biggest Kings fans in Hollywood, on the rivalry between these teams and what figures to be a magic moment coming up Saturday, Jan. 25, when they meet at Dodger Stadium.

The Nashville Predators are celebrating their 15th year of existence and we'll go out on our Arena Cam prior to their game with the Vancouver Canucks to talk to one of their alumni, Cliff Ronning.

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:38 PM

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Red Wings' Kronwall talks Winter Classic hype

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall joined NHL Live to discuss the media hype leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and the collection of cameras that will follow him and the team around for the taping of HBO 24/7.

"I cannot imagine how it's going to be. I think it's going to be a little weird and a little awkward. We'll see how it comes across for the viewers, but I think it's definitely going to be a little different for us."

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 3:39 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday December 2nd:

Winnipeg Jets vs New York Rangers - Rangers

New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings - Blues

E.J.'s Season Record: 127-73-25

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 10:58 AM

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NHL Live previews U.S. Hall of Fame inductions

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductions take place Monday night in Detroit, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will set the stage by talking to important figures in the game as Doug Weight, Bill Guerin and Peter Karmanos are enshrined along with Ron Mason and Cindy Curley.

NHL Insider Bob McKenzie also joins the show and we'll have analyst Barry Melrose revealing his best coach, player and team from the month of November while previewing what's coming up this month. There are four games on the schedule Monday night.

Steve and E.J. will take a look at a lucky fan's #NHLMoment from the month of November. Also remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 6:55 PM

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Cam Neely, Mike Richter talk Thanksgiving Showdown

Former Boston Bruins forward Cam Neely and former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter were guests of NHL Live in studio to discuss the 2013 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown.

To help promote the game between the Rangers and Bruins on Friday, the duo will also appear on a float as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Neely is a "cagey" veteran having rode on one two years ago, so Richter the rookie will be after a few pointers.

"Cam's giving me all the intel," Richter said."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 6:45 PM

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Canucks' Bieksa talks Heritage Classic, Tortorella

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa joined NHL Live to discuss his team's season to date and the hype surrounding the Tim Hortons Heritage Classic.

Bieksa attended a B.C. Lions game a few weeks ago and the staff of BC Place was already talking about it.

"For us as players it's going to be a great experience to play in front of that many fans outdoors," Bieksa said. It kind of brings you back to your childhood a little bit."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 9:46 AM

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Richter, Neely in studio on Wednesday's NHL Live

One of the NHL's busiest days of the season sees 13 games on the Wednesday schedule, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you prepared for this pre-Thanksgiving smorgasbord.

A pair of NHL greats, Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins and Mike Richter of the New York Rangers, will be in studio to preview their showdown Friday afternoon and talk about riding on the NHL Float in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day parade.

We'll also check in with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa as his team gets set to face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday in a preview of the Heritage Classic on March 2 in Vancouver. Tickets for the game will be on sale next week.

E.J. will also Face Off with Jeff O'Neill, going head-to-head in a debate of hot topics around the League.

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Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 7:43 PM

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Barry Melrose discusses performance of new coaches

NHL Insider Barry Melrose comments on how new coaches have done so far this season on NHL Live.

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Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 7:29 PM

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Hurricanes captain Eric Staal on state of the team

Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal discusses the return of goaltender Cam Ward and gives an early-season assessment of the team on NHL Live.

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Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 10:18 AM

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NHL Live sets up Blues-Wild, Bruins-Penguins

It's a busy start to the week, with nine games on the NHL schedule Monday, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will preview all the action.

We'll go out live on our Arena Cam to Scottrade Center to set up the St. Louis Blues' battle with the Minnesota Wild with Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo. Also, our Ice Pass will preview the Boston Bruins hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in a battle of division leaders and rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference Final, as well as games between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs plus the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joins us to break down coaching performances from around the League.

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Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 7:05 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 22nd:

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Florida Panthers vs Calgary Flames - Flames

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 114-67-25

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Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 6:57 PM

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Jeff O'Neill talks 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

NHL Network analyst Jeff O'Neill joins NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

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Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 6:36 PM

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Duguay talks about upcoming Stadium Series

MSG hockey analyst Ron Duguay talks about the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on NHL Live.

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Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 10:07 AM

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NHL Live: A busy Friday and a special anniversary

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.

Our Flashback Friday feature will go back 10 years to celebrate the inaugural Heritage Classic, when the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 6:52 PM

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Tavares excited for Stadium Series in NYC

New York Islanders captain John Tavares was a guest on NHL Live to discuss his team's participation in the Coors Light Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium Jan. 29 against the New York Rangers.

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."

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Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 6:50 PM

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Martin Biron reflects on playing in Winter Classic

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."

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Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 2:08 PM

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Tavares discusses Stadium Series game on NHL Live

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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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:11 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday November 20th:

Minnesota Wild vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Calgary Flames - Flames

New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 109-62-21

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:04 PM

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Devils' Zubrus pumped to play at Yankee Stadium

New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus will participate in the Coors Light Stadium Series when the Devils play the New York Rangers on Jan. 26 at Yankee Stadium.

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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:02 PM

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Weekes excited for Coors Light Stadium Series

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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:00 PM

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Joba Chamberlain talks Coors Light Stadium Series

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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 11:40 AM

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NHL Live previews Capitals-Penguins, Stadium Series

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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 7:24 PM

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Etem talks Stadium Series with NHL Live

Anaheim Ducks forward Emerson Etem joined NHL Live to discuss the NHL Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium.

Etem, a native of Long Beach, Calf., grew up watching the Dodgers, and is excited about the allure and importance of a game between two of the Western Conference's top teams.

"That just adds to the excitement," Etem said. "It's kind of funny. We go over there and it's pretty half and half as far as Ducks and Kings fans, and they come over here and it's pretty much half and half too. I know the fans are excited and, yeah, they're going to be getting rowdy. It's going to be a fun atmosphere and it's going to add to the excitement."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 7:22 PM

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Tkachev's highlight-reel goall from the Subway Super Series

NHL Live goes to Overtime to talk about Vladimir Tkachev's highlight-reel goal in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 1:44 PM

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NHL Live talks Stadium Series with Ducks' Etem

Rick Nash returns to the New York Rangers' lineup to face the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have a live update from Madison Square Garden with Rangers radio analyst Dave Maloney. We'll also check in with Darren Pang from Buffalo to preview the St. Louis Blues' game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game in Los Angeles and we'll talk to Anaheim Ducks forward and California native Emerson Etem about that game against the Los Angeles Kings and the Ducks' recent play.

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:39 PM

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Stoll on Kings' recent success, Dodger Stadium game

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and his experience playing in the Heritage Classic, a game where temperatures dipped to minus-25 Celsius.

When the Kings play the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, it will obviously be different.

"We'll be a little bit warmer," Stoll said. "Palm trees and sand all over the place. It will be a fun experience to be a part of. We have a great rivalry [with the Ducks]. We feel we're both good teams -- we're winning. They're having a great season. It's going to be fun, very interesting. Having it at Dodger Stadium too is pretty interesting and cool and historic in its own right."

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:33 PM

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Former Ducks goalie Guy Hebert talks Stadium Series

Former Anaheim Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium. Hebert never thought that hockey would ever be played on a stage as big as Dodger Stadium.

"I'm not going to be able to play in it, but I'm certainly going to be in the stands watching it," Hebert said. "It's really been the talk of the town. It does get actually get a little big cold on here; I think my blood has thinned a little bit. Honestly, it's going to be a great atmosphere. It's at historic Dodger Stadium with a lot of its history and tradition. We think it's going to be one in a million. Who would have thought this could be a reality? The best part of it is it's not going to be a roller hockey game."

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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:14 PM

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Daneyko's Hart Trophy candidates on NHL Live

It's Monday and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will fill you in on what to watch for "This Week in the NHL," including the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Three-time Stanley Cup Champion Ken Daneyko is filling in for EJ Hradek for the next two days and will give us his Hart Trophy candidates as we've already reached the quarter mark of the NHL season. We'll also get you ready for the three games on Monday's schedule, along with a live report from our PIttsburgh arena cam.

We've got three games on the schedule, and Monday marks the return of Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward as they host the Boston Bruins in Raleigh. Ward has missed the past 10 games with a lower-body injury, but his team looks to build on its 4-1-1 run in the last six. They've also won five or their last seven matchups against the Bruins. Plus, Hurricanes center Jordan Staal will play in his 500th NHL game. We'll fire up the NHL Arena Cam with a look at warmups and a preview of the game at PNC Arena, where Carolina is 4-0-1 in its past five.

The NHL announced Monday a seven-part series, "NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other" that will begin in mid-January on NBCSN and CBC. We'll be joined in studio by executive producer Ross Greenburg (former HBO Sports president) to learn more about the all-access series.

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 7:51 PM

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NHL Live: Shayne Gostisbehere

NHL Live is joined by Union College Dutchmen defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere.

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 7:49 PM

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NHL Live: Dave Tallon

Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon discusses the decision to trade Kris Versteeg to the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 7:47 PM

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NHL Live: Mike Harrington

NHL Live speaks with Buffalo News writer Mike Harrington live from the First Niagara Center.

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 4:32 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 15th:

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres - Sabres

Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Anaheim Ducks vs Carolina Hurricanes - Hurricanes

Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators - Bruins

Washington Capitals vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Florida Panthers vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Philadelphia Flyers vs Winnipeg Jets - Flyers

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 104-60-18

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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 11:14 AM

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

NHL Live looks at Nolan's return to Sabres

The weekend is upon us but before that NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for your hockey Friday. The red-hot Washington Capitals face the Detroit Red Wings, at 7 p.m. on NHL Network, and we'll get a live report on our NHL Arena Cam from Capitals radio voice John Walton.

Ted Nolan will coach his first game as the Buffalo Sabres interim coach against the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs. We'll go out to Buffalo on our Arena Cam and talk to Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington to preview this matchup.

Also, we'll have another edition of the Faceoff Presented by Tirerack where EJ and Jamal Mayers go head-to-head and debate three current topics in the NHL. The Buffalo Sabres' recent house-cleaning will surely be discussed in addition to other hot-button issues. We'll also have plenty of game previews on this busy Friday night including a look at the Minnesota Wild in search of a ninth win in their last 11 games, as they take on the Florida Panthers.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 7:50 PM

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Devils goalie Brodeur talks recent hot play, future

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was a guest on NHL Live on Thursday. Brodeur discussed his recent comments that he'd be open to a trade later in the season if it would help the Devils down the road.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 7:45 PM

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Sabres coach Ted Nolan talks recent developments

Buffalo Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan joined NHL Live on Thursday to share a story about how he learned he was headed back to the place he began his coaching career in the League.

Nolan had a trip planned to New York this week to watch his son, Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan, compete against the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. He placed a call to his friend Pat LaFontaine to inquire if he had any connections for tickets to a Broadway show.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 7:04 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday November 14th:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Los Angeles Kings vs New York Islanders - Kings

Anaheim Ducks vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Phoenix Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames - Flames

San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

E.J.'s Season Record: 99-59-17

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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 12:34 PM

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NHL Live previews Ducks-Lightning, talks to Brodeur

Thursday is a big night in the NHL as the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning, plays the top team in the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks. NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will break down what makes each team run. The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes, two top teams in the West, square off and we'll fire up our Arena Cam in Chicago to preview the game with Eddie Olczyk.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has won his past three games while giving up only two goals and he will join the show to talk about his hot play and expectations for the rest of the season.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night between the #NHLAnaheimDucks and #NHLLightning.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 6:00 PM

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Sabres President LaFontaine talks with NHL Live

NHL Live speaks with Pat LaFontaine on the day he is named President of Operations for the Buffalo Sabres.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 11:28 AM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live has Predators' Nystrom, Hendricks in studio

The Buffalo Sabres have made changes to their organization and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have the latest on Wednesday's moves. NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will join the show to update what is next for the Sabres with Pat LaFontaine joining the organization as the president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan as interim coach.

It is also Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and we'll preview this fierce division rivalry. Pierre McGuire, from NBCSN, will join us from Pittsburgh to preview a game that he will call "Between the Glass."

Two special guests will be stopping by the studio: Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks, new members of the Nashville Predators who are currently in the New York area during their season-long seven game road trip. After a toss loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the team faces the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Both of these American-born players are involved with Defending the Blue Line, which gives hockey opportunities to the children of our military heroes. Plus, it's a return to the show for Nystrom as a former co-host on NHL Live last season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 6:40 PM

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Tribune's Erlendsson discusses the injury to Stamkos

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune joins NHL Live from Bell Centre to discuss the injury to Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos and how the team moves on without his services.

"You're never going to replace what Steven Stamkos brings to the ice, but what Tampa has this year is a little more of a structured defensive system," Erlendsson said. "There's a belief in that room that with that system and the way they play defensive hockey, the can still find a way to score three-four goals a night to give themselves a chance to pick up some wins here."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 6:37 PM

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Former goaltender Johan Hedberg joins NHL Live

NHL Live is joined in studio by former NHL goaltender Johan Hedberg. Among the topics discussed was his run to the Eastern Conference Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001.

"For me it was everything I ever dreamt of came true in one day," Hedberg said. "It's probably my most fond memories of my hockey career. I had a blast. We had an unbelievable team. It was so much fun."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 3:35 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 Tuesday November 12th:

Los Angels Kings vs Buffalo Sabres - Kings

Nashville Predators vs New York Islanders - Islanders

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers - Rangers

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Colorado Avalanche vs Carolina Hurricanes - Avalanche

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens - Canadiens

Philadelphia Flyers vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Winnipeg Jets vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Anaheim Ducks vs Florida Panthers - Ducks

Phoenix Coyotes vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 94-54-14

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 11:38 AM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks Lightning, welcomes in Hedberg

A day after only one NHL game was played there are 11 on the Tuesday schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will prepare you for the night on the ice. Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a broken tibia, and we'll preview the Tampa Bay Lightning's first game without him against the Montreal Canadiens live on our Arena Cam in Montreal with Erik Erlendsson from the Tampa Tribune.

Two-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Osgood will join us from the Detroit Arena Cam to preview the matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings.

Also, stopping by the studio today is former New Jersey Devils netminder Johan Hedberg for a preview of Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers. We'll get the Moose's perspective on the goaltending matchup that sees his former teammate Martin Brodeur face Henrik Lundqvist. Brodeur has recorded shutouts in his last two starts and has allowed just two goals against in his last four. Meanwhile, Lundqvist's Rangers are playing their best hockey of the season and have won six of the last seven games.

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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 7:53 PM

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Giguere discusses Avalanche's amazing start

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere joined NHL Live to break down his team's fast start to the season.

"Our attitude is totally different from the previous two seasons I've been here," Giguere said. "Guys are upbeat and having fun. Our practices are at a high tempo every day. Win or lose, we haven't changed the way we approach every day. It's been so much fun. It kind of gives you energy. As an old guy you go the rink and you might be tired because you have to get up with the kids an all that. But when you get to the rink, you have energy because it's so much fun."

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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 7:40 PM

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Coach Vigneault talks state of the Rangers

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault joined NHL Live to discuss the recent success of his team following a slow start to the season. Vigneault believes a big reason behind the Rangers' improved performance is the play of forward Chris Kreider since his recall from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.

"He's one of our most important players at this time," Vigneault said. "He's generating a lot of scoring chances. He's creating a lot of room with his speed and his size for his linemates. Ever since he's come back from Hartford ... he's been one of our top-six forwards and is helping us win a lot of hockey games."

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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 2:36 PM

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NHL Live celebrates Hall of Fame and Veterans Day

The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct five new members Monday night and NHL Live will look at the careers of the honorees at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll also talk to NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie from Toronto about the ceremonies and the general manager Meetings that will follow Tuesday.

To help celebrate Veterans Day, we will have Nashville Predators forwards Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks in our studio to discuss their involvement with Defending the Blue Line, whose mission is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We'll also talk to Andrew Boutilier, the Founder and President of the Veterans Hockey League.

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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 6:28 PM

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Coyotes' Smith talks about scoring, bobbleheads

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith talks about the season, scoring a goal and he's having his own bobblehead night.

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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 6:24 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 7th:

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets - Predators

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 91-53-14

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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 3:30 PM

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NHL Live covers Hall of Fame weekend, coach change

Hockey Hall of Fame weekend begins Friday and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the inductions. We'll get interviews from the Hall of Fame players and also preview the Hall of Fame game between the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs, as David Clarkson is set to face his former team.

The Florida Panthers fired coach Kevin Dineen on Friday and named Peter Horachek as interim coach and we'll have the latest on that news story. Also, Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith will have his bobblehead night on Saturday and we'll talk to the netminder about that and the hot start for the team. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to Face-Off with E.J. Hradek in three hot topics around the NHL.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 6:51 PM

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USA Hockey's Dave Ogrean talks with NHL Live

NHL Live is joined in studio by Executive Director of USA Hockey Dave Ogrean.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 6:49 PM

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Parent joins NHL Live to discuss former coach Shero

Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup winner Bernie Parent discusses what it was like to play under his former coach Fred Shero.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 2:42 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday November 7th:

Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators -Canadiens

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes - Islanders

New York Rangers vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars vs Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 86-49-13

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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 11:34 AM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks to Dubinsky, USA Hockey's Ogrean

Thursday is a busy night in the NHL as 11 games are on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for all of them. The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets square off on NHL Network, at 7 p.m. ET, and we'll talk to Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, who will be facing his former team for the first time. We'll also give you a live look at warm-ups in the early games in our Ice Pass.

In the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks are looking for a 10th straight win against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is playing Game 2 of a four-game road trip which features the always difficult trip through California to also face the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Meanwhile, no one seems to be talking about how great the Minnesota Wild have been lately with six wins in their last seven games. On Thursday, they'll face a Washington Capitals team that has scored 16 goals in the last three games and has the best power play in the League.

Executive Director of USA Hockey Dave Ogrean will also be on our set to review Try Hockey for Free Day and preview a great year in USA Hockey with the World Junior Championship and 2014 Sochi Olympics on the horizon.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 7:10 PM

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Malhotra talks game-winning OT goal on NHL Live

Carolina Hurricanes' forward Manny Malhotra talks about his game-winning goal in overtime with the NHL Live crew.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 7:08 PM

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Niedermayer on his upcoming Hall of Fame induction

Scott Niedermayer talks with NHL Live about his upcoming induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 7:05 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday November 6th:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers - Penguins

Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs Anaheim Ducks - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 85-46-13

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 11:24 AM

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NHL Live previews Rivalry Night, talks to Niedermayer

We're set for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview this Metropolitan Division rivalry. Eddie Olcyzk, from NBCSN, will join us in studio to talk about the matchup and his thoughts on pressing issues around the NHL. We'll also have NHL Insider Bob McKenzie on the show to talk rumors and injuries around the League.

The Pacific-leading Anaheim Ducks face the red-hot Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday and we'll talk to Ducks forward Mathieu Perreault and assistant coach Scott Niedermayer about the game and his Hall-of-Fame career from our Arena Cam.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 7:13 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 Tuesday November 5th:

Dallas Stars vs Boston Bruins - Bruins

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals - Islanders

Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

St. Louis Blues vs Montreal Canadiens - Blues

Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

Philadelphia Flyers vs Carolina Hurricanes - Flyers

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes - Coyotes

Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 82-44-9

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 7:10 PM

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USA Warriors' Joseph Bowser joins NHL Live

A staff assistant to the secretary of the Army and a 14-year veteran, Sgt. Joseph L. Bowser was a guest on NHL Live to discuss the USA Warriors hockey team and meeting the Chicago Blackhawks during a trip to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday.

"It was just a great event," Bowser said. "Everybody was going around there, getting to talk to the guys and taking pictures with [Blackhawks captain Jonathan] Toews and the Cup. It was an awesome event."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 7:07 PM

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Arnott talks with NHL Live about his retirement

Shortly after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Monday, Jason Arnott joined NHL Live to look back on his career and discuss his decision.

Arnott is best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal in overtime for the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 1:58 PM

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NHL Live previews homecomings for Seguin, Halak

It's a busy Tuesday in the NHL with nine games on the schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with E.J. Hradek and special guest Dave Maloney will get you ready for the night on the ice.

Tyler Seguin returns to Boston for the first time since being traded in the offseason and we'll talk to the Dallas Stars forward from our NHL Arena Cam. Also we'll get a live pregame report for the Stars and Boston Bruins from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald from TD Garden and give you a peek into warm-ups in our Ice Pass.

Another player is facing his former team as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak returns to Montreal and Arpon Basu, Managing Editor of LHN.com, will be live from the Bell Centre to preview that inter-conference matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 7:41 PM

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Shanahan discusses career, Hall of Fame induction

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Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 6:34 PM

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Former Red Wings forward Draper talks Winter Classic

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Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 6:30 PM

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Former Maple Leafs captain Clark talks Winter Classic

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Posted On Monday, 11.04.2013 / 1:08 PM

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NHL Live talks with Wendel Clark and Kris Draper

The Chicago Blackhawks paid a visit to the White House, where the defending Stanley Cup champions were honored by President Barack Obama on Monday. NHL Live will have that story and everything you need to know about this week's action in the League at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Tickets for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park are on sale. We'll talk to two participants, Wendel Clark and Kris Draper, about this great event surrounding the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 8:04 PM

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Hradek, Mayers debate topics from around the league

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 7:36 PM

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday November 1st:

Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes

New York Islanders vs Ottawa Senators: Senators

St. Louis Blues vs Florida Panthers: Blues

Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild: Wild

Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche: Stars

Detroit Red Wings vs Calgary Flames: Wings

E.J.'s Season Record: 78-40-7

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 7:09 PM

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Sharks' Brent Burns shaves his beard, head for charity

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 6:47 PM

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Dreger on extensions signed by Henrik, Daniel Sedin

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 6:45 PM

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Melrose's biggest surprises in the first month

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Posted On Friday, 11.01.2013 / 12:20 PM

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

NHL Live features look at best moments of October

NHL Live, which airs from 5-7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get fans' favorite #NHLMoment of the first month of the season and give their own.

There's eight games on the slate and we'll get a live preview of the Flyers-Capitals game, which airs at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, from CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley. We'll also fire up our Arena Cam in Florida and chat with Darren Pang about the St. Louis Blues' torrid start to the season.

NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to give his Mullet of the Week and San Jose Sharks forward Brent Burns will call in as he will change his look for "Burnzie's Buzzcut for Charity."

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions all season long to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, submit your favorite #NHLMoment of October and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 6:39 PM

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NHL Live chats with Wild forward Charlie Coyle

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Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 6:36 PM

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NHL Live looks at top player tweets on Halloween

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Posted On Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 12:28 PM

By Matt Sitkoff and Steve Mears -  NHL Network staff /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live hands out Halloween tricks and treats

NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will be celebrating #HockeyHalloween in style Thursday. We'll give out some Tricks and Treats to NHL players and teams as well as share some of our favorite trick shots and costumes being worn by fans around the League.

With three games on the slate we'll get a live update from Boston Bruins radio play-by-play man Dave Goucher, who will call the game between the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks seen on NHL Network at 7 p.m. ET. We'll also fire up our NHL Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden and talk to New York Rangers TV analyst Joe Micheletti to preview the Rangers and Buffalo Sabres matchup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 7:01 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 30th:

Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins: Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames: Leafs

Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks: Canucks

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings: Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 74-38-6

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 6:59 PM

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Yandle discusses Coyotes, Red Sox on NHL Live

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 6:53 PM

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Blues' Steen talks hot streak on NHL Live

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 12:08 PM

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

NHL Live previews Bruins-Penguins on Rivalry Night

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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 6:57 PM

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Matt Moulson talks debut with Buffalo

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 5:58 PM

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NHL Director of Player Safety Leetch joins NHL Live

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 2:35 PM

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Leetch, Staple, Olczyk to appear on NHL Live

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.

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Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:20 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live looks at returns of Letang, Clarkson

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.

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Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 2:49 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 25th:

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Maple Leafs

Anaheim Ducks vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers - Panthers

Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 64-30-5

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 7:03 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday October 24th:

San Jose Sharks vs Boston Bruins - Sharks

Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils - Canucks

New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Anahein Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens - Ducks

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators - Predators

Carolina Hurricanes vs Minnesota Wild - Wild

Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars - Flames

Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers - Capitals

Phoenix Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

E.J.'s Season Record: 57-27-5

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 4:14 PM

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Pominville, Faulk appear on Thursday's NHL Live

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 1:56 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Rivalry Night, Alfredsson's return

It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres square off and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview this Atlantic Division matchup. We'll go to the Arena and talk to NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be "Inside The Glass" for the game.

The big story tonight is Daniel Alfredsson of the Detroit Red Wings facing his former team for the first time as Detroit takes on the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena. Alfredsson spent 17 seasons with the Senators and is off to a good start with his new team (nine points in 10 games). While it may not have the fanfare that's expected for his Dec. 1 return to Canada's capital, it should be a great game between two teams that advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. It also features two of the best American-born goaltenders as Craig Anderson faces Jimmy Howard, who is 3-0-0 in his career against Ottawa.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 6:15 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 Tuesday October 22nd:

Anaheim Ducks vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Ducks

Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders: Canucks

New Jersey Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Devils

Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens: Canadiens

Chicago Blackhawks vs Florida Panthers: Blackhawks

Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild: Wild

Washington Capitals vs Winnipeg Jets: Capitals

Calgary Flames vs Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 50-24-5

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 2:12 PM

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Bobby Orr special appearance on Tuesday's NHL Live

Eight games on the Tuesday schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the action. The Anaheim Ducks go for an eight straight win tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs and we'll get a live report from our Arena Cam at Air Canada Centre as well as show the warm-ups of the early games in our Ice Pass.

But the highlight of Tuesday's show will be a very special live appearance from Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, who will be stopping by the NHL Store in New York to sign copies of his new book, "Orr: My Story."

Some of our younger viewers may only be familiar with him from black-and-white photos or grainy video, so here are a couple of facts just to put his amazing career in perspective: He won two scoring titles as a defenseman, and during an era of some outstanding forwards (Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito, Stan Mikita, etc.). He also had a career plus-minus of plus-597, including plus-124 in one season. But the book is so much more than just a typical historical autobiography. We'll discuss its topics and his remarkable career on the show today.

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 1:58 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Go inside Crosby/MacKinnon match on NHL Live

NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on Monday on NHL Network will get you ready for your hockey week. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will be on the show to break down each NHL division and NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie will stop by to discuss the latest buzz around the NHL.

Also Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Colorado Avalanche in a game which features two of the NHL's best teams and brightest stars. In addition to the much-anticipated Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia showdown of Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby, five other top-three draft picks will be on the ice (Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, and Erik Johnson). MacKinnon will join us on the show to talk about his first impressions of NHL life, early recollections of Crosby and life as a tenant in the home of goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere. Giguere will start tonight for the Avs, who are a perfect 4-0-0 on the road, while the Penguins are 5-0-0 at home.

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Posted On Friday, 10.18.2013 / 4:06 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 18th:

St. Louis Blues vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Phoenix Coyotes vs Anaheim Ducks - Coyotes

E.J.'s Season Record: 49-24-4

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Posted On Friday, 10.18.2013 / 3:46 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

College hockey report, Friday previews on NHL Live

It's a hockey Friday and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the two games on tap as well as your hockey weekend. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will be on the show to talk the Metropolitan Division and give his Mullet of the Week.

We'll also be joined by the coach of the Boston University Terriers, David Quinn, for this week's college hockey report. BU is off to a strong 2-0 start and will face RPI and Wisconsin this weekend.

Plus, we'll preview the two NHL games Friday. The St. Louis Blues are in Winnipeg to take on the Jets. Alexander Steen, a Winnipeg native, returns to the town where his dad Thomas spent 14 seasons as a Jet and played 950 games. In another divisional matchup, the Anaheim Ducks look for their sixth straight win as they meet the Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix has won four of its last five games against Anaheim.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 3:59 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Thursday October 17th:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers - Penguins

Vancouver Canucks vs Buffalo Sabres - Canucks

Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Edmonton Oilers vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens - Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning - Lightning

Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers - Bruins

St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Los Angeles Kings vs Nashville Predators - Predators

San Jose Sharks vs Dallas Stars - Sharks

Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 43-21-1

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 3:10 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Flyers-Penguins, Thursday action

Twelve games on the Thursday schedule and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the Metropolitan Division battle between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins on the NHL Network. We'll also get a live update from the Florida Arena Cam from Boston Bruins analyst Andy Brickley, as Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas faces his old team. Lastly, Eddie Olcyzk will join us from Chicago as the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks square off.

Also joining us from the Dallas Arena Cam are Dallas Stars rookie Alex Chiasson and San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun to talk about the big Western Conference matchup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 2:10 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: McGuire breaks down Rangers-Capitals

It's Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals square off, and NHL Live will preview this Metropolitan Division matchup at 5 p.m. Eastern on NHL Network. We'll go to Verizon Center and talk to NBCSN's Pierre McGuire, who will be "Inside the Glass" for the game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 7:00 PM

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Jessie Lysiak's NHL Division Meals recipes

Buffalo Sliders with Blue Cheese Sauce

Buffalo Sliders

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Blue Cheese Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Peanut oil, for frying
3 eggs
1/2 cup hot sauce
Sliders:
1/2 pound boneless chicken breasts tenders, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
Pinch salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 cups flour
12 slider buns
12 slices tomato
12 lettuce leaves
Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, blue cheese, celery, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough peanut oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 350 degrees F.
In a medium-size bowl, beat the eggs with the hot sauce. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then coat in flour. Fry the chicken for 6 to 8 minutes.
Toss the chicken into the blue cheese sauce. Put 1 piece of chicken on the bottom half of each bun. Top with tomato and lettuce, if desired. Cover with the bun tops and serve immediately.

Chipotle Duck Wraps with Bacon Apple Slaw

Chipotle Duck Wraps

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Ingredients:
4 skinless duck breast fillets
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chipotle pepper seasoning
1 lime, juice only
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 firm, sweet crisp apple (like a Fuji), sliced into matchsticks
4 cups green cabbage, shredded
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
4 large, warm flour tortillas
Directions:
1. Place the duck breast fillets in a glass or plastic container. Add the next four ingredients and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours, turning often.
2. Prepare the slaw one hour before cooking the duck breasts. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and the next five ingredients. Toss the apple sticks with lemon juice and add to the bowl with the cabbage and bacon. Toss to coat with dressing.
3. Remove the duck from the marinade and place on a medium-hot, well-greased grill. Cook to desired doneness, about four minutes per side for medium-rare. Let the duck breasts rest for a few minutes and then slice very thinly. Lay the tortillas out on a flat surface. Place equal portions of sliced duck on the center of each tortilla. Top with slaw. Fold one end over and, starting at one side, roll snugly. Place the wraps seam side down on plates.

Minnesota Wild rice soup

Wild rice soup

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Ingredients:
1 1/2cp diced onion
1 1/2 cp diced celery
1 1/2cp diced carrot
1 minced garlic clove
1 1/2 cp chopped mushrooms
3 strips bacon chopped
4-5 cups chicken broth
1/2 cp flour
1/2cp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cp cooked wild rice
1 1/2cp heavy cream
Directions:
Sauté first 6 ingredients in oil for 8 minutes, then add the chicken broth. While those I gradients are cooking place the flour and butter in a pan and cook for 12 minutes then add to soup to thicken it. Once the vegetable in the soup are soft add the cooked rice and the cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cheesecake Stuffed Cannoli

Cheesecake Stuffed Cannoli

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Ingredients:
6 prepared cannoli shells,
dip the ends in melted semi sweet chocolate and crushed pistachios (optional)
Filling:
3/4cp whole milk ricotta
3/4cp marscapone cheese
1/4cp powdered sugar
1/2tsp vanilla
1/2tsp Grand Marnier
Pinch of salt
1 cp heavy cream whipped with 2 Tbsp sugar to make whipped cream
Directions:
Fold whipped cream into ricotta mix and refrigerate at least an hour. Place the mix in a ziplock bag, cut the tip and pipe the filling into both ends of the cannoli shell.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:38 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 Tuesday October 15th:

Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Vancouver Canucks vs Philadelphia Flyers - Canucks

Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Chicago Blackhawks vs Carolina Hurricanes - Blackhawks

Los Angeles Kings vs Tampa Bay Lightning -Kings

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings - Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues - Sharks

Florida Panthers vs Nashville Predators - Predators

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

Ottawa Senators vs Phoenix Coyotes - Senators

E.J.'s Season Record: 30-11-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:18 PM

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

Breakdown of Pominville's goals against each team

Minnesota Wild Jason Pominville's goal against his former team was not only the game-winning goal but now give him a goal against all 30 NHL teams. Pominville has five teams he has one goal against and on the other side has scored 18 goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here is a full breakdown of his goal distribution:

Anaheim Ducks - 2 goals in 9 GP

Boston Bruins - 15 goals in 49 GP

Calgary Flames - 2 goals in 8 GP

Carolina Hurricanes - 13 goals in 30 GP

Chicago Blackhawks - 3 goals in 7 GP

Colorado Avalanche - 2 goals in 6 GP

Columbus Blue Jackets - 7 goals in 10 GP

Dallas Stars - 1 goal in 6 GP

Detroit Red Wings - 1 goal in 9 GP

Edmonton Oilers 1 goal in 7 GP

Florida Panthers - 11 goals in 30 GP

Los Angeles Kings - 3 goals in 9 GP

Minnesota Wild - 1 goal in 6 GP

Montreal Canadiens - 8 goals in 49 GP

Nashville Predators - 3 goals in 7 GP

New Jersey Devils - 9 goals in 26 GP

New York Islanders - 5 goals in 27 GP

New York Rangers - 6 goals in 28 GP

Ottawa Senators - 10 goals in 46 GP

Philadelphia Flyers - 11 goals in 28 GP

Phoenix Coyotes - 4 goals in 8 GP

Pittsburgh Penguins - 9 goals in 29 GP

San Jose Sharks - 4 goals in 9 GP

St. Louis Blues - 3 goals in 7 GP

Tampa Bay Lightning - 16 goals in 29 GP

Toronto Maple Leafs - 18 goals in 50 GP

Vancouver Canucks - 2 goals in 6 GP

Washington Capitals - 9 goals in 30 GP

Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers - 11 goals in 28 GP

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:09 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Good hockey and good food on NHL Live

There are 12 games on the schedule Tuesday in the NHL and starting at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, NHL Live will have the latest on all of them.

Two undefeated teams square off in St. Louis when the St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) and we'll get a live preview in St. Louis. We'll also show the warmups of the early games in our Ice Pass via our Arena Cam.

In addition to all of the game coverage Tuesday, we've also got a food-themed show with Jessie Lysiak stopping by from the Fox television show "MasterChef." Jessie is the daughter of former Atlanta Flame and Chicago Blackhawk, Tom Lysiak who played in the NHL for 13 seasons. She's also the girlfriend of Sharks defenseman Justin Braun and finished third in this summer's Masterchef competition. On Tuesday she'll be preparing a hockey-inspired meal from each division, sharing some recipes, and talking to us about her background and take us behind the scenes of the intense reality cooking show.

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Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 6:30 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

MasterChef's Jessie Lysiak to appear on NHL Live

Who's hungry?

MasterChef contestant Jessie Lysiak (@MC4Jessie), will join NHL Live for the entire two hours on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to cook up some hockey-themed meals.

The daughter of former NHL player Tom Lysiak has created a special dish for each division in the League. Use #NHLDivisionMeals to guess what Jessie will make and tune in to the NHL Network on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. ET to find out which four dishes she's come up with.

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Posted On Monday, 10.14.2013 / 2:28 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Monday highlights, previews and Emrick on NHL Live

An afternoon treat on Columbus Day, as the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings face off in an Atlantic Division game. NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have full highlights and get you ready for the other two games tonight between the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals and the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres.

Also, the great Doc Emrick will be joining us for a preview of the Sabres and Wild on NBCSN. Back in my days as a student at Bowling Green State University, I once stumbled upon his lengthy doctoral dissertation at Jerome Library profiling all of the broadcasters in Major League Baseball in 1973. The nearly two-inch thick hard-bound book was covered in dust, but had the feel of finding a buried treasure. With that fine work as a doctoral student of BGSU, the "Doc" nickname was officially born. On Monday, the Wild begin a four-game road trip against the winless Sabres.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 3:22 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks to Boreanaz, previews Penn State

Ten games on the ice Thursday night in the NHL and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the action and bring you live into the arena for the 7 p.m. starts in our Ice Pass.

In our College Hockey Report, we'll be joined by Penn State men's ice hockey captain Tommy Olczyk as the team gets set to open their new arena and the Big 10 Ice Hockey season.

Also, a great friend of the show and huge hockey fan, David Boreanaz will stop by our studio at the NHL Store in New York City. David is currently in his ninth season starring on the Fox drama "Bones" and has played numerous other roles in TV and film. He's also a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan and enjoys playing hockey as well. Plus, we've got game previews from all around the League on a very busy Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 2:31 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 9th:

Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames - Canadiens

Ottawa Senators vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

E.J.'s Season Record: 25-5-0

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 1:54 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

McGuire, Olczyk join NHL Live to discuss Rivalry Night

It's Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues square off for the 287th time. We'll have that game and much more covered on NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Pierre McGuire, who will be "Inside the Glass" for the Central Division rivalry game, will stop by the show.

Also, we'll be joined by Eddie Olczyk for a preview from St. Louis as the Blues look for their first 3-0 start since 1993. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have won five of their last seven against the Blues and will try to improve to 2-0-1 overall on the young season. It's a classic rivalry and should be an incredibly physical game as usual. These competitors will play four more times this season, including next Thursday in Chicago.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 2:53 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 Tuesday October 8th:

Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes vs New York Islanders - Islanders

Florida Panthers vs Philadelphia Flyers - Flyers

Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins - Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres - Lightning

Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators - Predators

New Jersey Devils vs Vancouver Canucks - Canucks

New York Rangers vs San Jose Sharks - Sharks

E.J.'s Season Record: 17-5-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 1:52 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Berube's debut, Devils-Canucks

There are eight games Tuesday night in the NHL and we'll have them all covered on NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Craig Berube will coach his first game in Philadelphia as the Flyers face the Florida Panthers, and we'll get a live report via our NHL Arena Cam and show warm-ups of the four early games in our Ice Pass.

Plus we'll have a full preview of the highly anticipated game in Vancouver between the Canucks and Devils. Cory Schneider makes his return to Rogers Arena after a stunning loss Monday night in Edmonton, which saw Martin Brodeur and the Devils allow four third-period goals in a 5-4 shootout loss. Now, Schneider faces his former team, winners of eight of the last 10 meetings with the Devils since 2001-2002. Roberto Luongo has won four in a row against New Jersey. It's the first of two meetings this month between the Devils and Canucks and you can watch it tonight on NHL Network at 10 p.m. ET.

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Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 1:56 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Flyers' coaching change, Monday action on NHL Live

The Philadelphia Flyers have fired coach Peter Laviolette and we'll have this covered Monday on NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will break down the firing and our very own head coach Barry Melrose will give insights on how the Flyers will move on with Craig Berube behind the bench.

Also, we have two games to preview Monday night with a pair of star players returning to their respective teams. In Edmonton, center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, will make his season debut for the Oilers following offseason shoulder surgery. He'll face Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils at 9:30 p.m. ET at Rexall Place. Nugent-Hopkins was originally expected to be out until November, but is ready to go and will likely skate on a line with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. The new combination also allows Hall to move back to his natural left wing position after struggling at center in the Oilers' first two games.

Meanwhile, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will also play in his first game of the season as the Blueshirts face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Callahan is expected to start in a third-line role with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt as the Rangers begin a stretch of four games in six nights.

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Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 3:57 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Friday October 4th:

Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres - Senators

New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils - Devils

Detroit Red Wings vs Carolina Hurricanes - Red Wings

Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings vs Winnipeg Jets - Jets

Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 12-2-0

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Posted On Friday, 10.04.2013 / 1:50 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews MacKinnon-Jones showdown

Nathan MacKinnon vs, Seth Jones, Part I, is Friday night as the top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft faces off with the No. 4 pick, and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have that game between the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators covered. We'll also have NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose on to give his Mullet of the Week.

Also on Friday, we'll have our first edition of the weekly "College Hockey Report." Boston College star Johnny Gaudreau will be joining us to preview the Eagles' season, which begins next week.

Plus, Daniel Briere of the Montreal Canadiens will be on the show as he prepares to face the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time this season tomorrow night at the Bell Centre. Hard to believe, but Briere was once placed on waivers while making less than $1 million dollars. All 30 teams passed on him before he went on to Buffalo and became a star with the Sabres. Now, he has begun his 15th season in the NHL and first with the Canadiens.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 2:46 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Wingels talks Canucks-Sharks on NHL Live

Eight games are on the NHL slate Thursday night and NHL Live will have a complete rundown of each at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll go out to Boston to check on the defending Eastern Conference champions and talk to NHL Network's Darren Pang about the intriguing goalie matchups around the NHL.

We'll also be joined by Tommy Wingels of the San Jose Sharks for a preview of their home opener against the Vancouver Canucks. Wingels, who had an excellent training camp, is expected to skate on a line with Joe Pavelski and Long Beach, Calif., native Matt Nieto. At age 20, Nieto will make his NHL debut along with former first-round pick Tomas Hertl. The Sharks defeated the Canucks seven times last year, including their four-game sweep in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 2:44 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stastny, Cogliano talk Avalanche-Ducks on NHL Live

Twenty-six goals were scored on a wild first night of NHL action and three more home openers are on tap for Wednesday night. NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will recap #NHLFaceOff and look forward to Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN. We'll talk to Pierre McGuire who will be "Inside the Glass" as new Atlantic Division foes face off in the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.

Plus, it's Patrick Roy's coaching debut tonight in Denver as the Colorado Avalanche take on the Anaheim Ducks. We'll be joined by Paul Stastny, who is ready to begin his eighth season in Colorado and is in the last year of his current contract. On the Ducks' side, Andrew Cogliano will join us as he prepares for his seventh NHL campaign. Amazingly, he's never missed a game in his 458-game career with the Oilers and Ducks.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 2:12 PM

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

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 2nd:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers - Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings

Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche - Avalanche

E.J.'s Season Record: 2-1-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 4:05 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 Tuesday October 1st:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens - Maple Leafs

Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks - Blackhawks

Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers - Oilers

E.J.'s Season Record: 0-0-0

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 3:20 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live kicks off the 2013-14 season

The day has arrived. #NHLFaceOff is here and NHL Live will have all three games covered beginning at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. The Montreal Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs, the banner gets raised in Chicago as the Blackhawks face the Washington Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets make their Western Conference debut against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. We'll get reports and player interviews from Chicago and our ice pass will provide live warm-ups in Montreal.

We'll also have our first visit with analyst Eddie Olczyk to preview the Blackhawks' season. As a Chicago native, Olczyk has to be proud of Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick from nearby Orland Park, Ill., who is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday against his hometown team. It's always great having Eddie O on the show and Tuesday is the perfect night as the Hawks celebrate their championship.

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Posted On Monday, 09.30.2013 / 1:37 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Daly and DeBoer

It is the day before #NHLFaceOff and NHL Live, 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will recap the preseason with the Top 10 plays and show now old faces in new uniforms via EA Sports NHL 14. NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie will also join the show to give the latest on roster moves.

Also today, two special guests in studio: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and New Jersey Devils Coach Pete DeBoer. 

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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 2:39 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks to Wild, reviews Central Division

The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks are playing outdoors and NHL Live will be on an hour earlier, 4 ET on NHL Network, to bring you the press conference to show off Dodger Stadium. It is also Central Division Day as we give offseason grades to the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets

Also today, we'll check in with the Minnesota Wild at their training camp in St. Paul. Head Coach Mike Yeo, forwards Matt Cooke and Charlie Coyle, as well as defenseman Jonas Brodin will be joining us. Yeo has said that in the past, the Wild have been more of a "grinder style" team, but now it's more about playing an exciting offensive style on the rush. We'll ask him about that and his team's young core of talented players who are poised for breakout seasons.

Ken Daneyko will also be filling in for E.J. Hradek. So remember to submit your #AskDano questions about your favorite team in the Central Division through Twitter via @NHLNetwork.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 2:20 PM

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

NHL Live previews Pacific, chats with Kings' Robitaille

As we get closer and closer to #NHLFaceOff, NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday on NHL Network will break down a division per day. Today we head out to the west coast to preview the new Pacific Division and grade the offseason moves the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks made.

Also on Tuesday we'll be joined by Kings President of Business Operations and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, who was famously a ninth-round draft choice back in 1984. Among those picked ahead of him who never played a game in the League: former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, who was a fourth-round pick and played high school hockey in Massachusetts.

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Posted On Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live recaps a wild weekend of preseason hockey

What a wild weekend of hockey we saw, including the first NHL game in Brooklyn and a 15-round shootout. Monday's edition of NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL NHL Network, will recap it all and get you ready for the upcoming week.

NHL Network's Insider Bob McKenzie will be on the show for all the latest and breaking news around the NHL. We'll also have Kay Whitmore, Senior Manager, Hockey Operations & Goaltender Equipment, to talk about rule changes in the upcoming season.

As we get closer and closer to #NHLFaceOff remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Friday, 09.20.2013 / 1:16 PM

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

NHL Live breaks down Atlantic, Pacific divisions

NHL Live goes coast-to-coast today as we break down the Atlantic and Pacific divisions with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll dive in and check out new faces and coaches on the hot seat. Plus, EJ will predict his division winners.

The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck on the NHL Network tonight at 7 p.m. ET. We'll get a live preview of this game from Capitals radio voice John Walton from our Arena Cam in Washington.

As we get closer and closer to #NHLFaceOff, remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 12:40 PM

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

NHL Live sets scene on outdoor fun from Soldier Field

Chicago Blackhawks players and fans get to celebrate for another day as the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series comes to their home. Our hosts Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will get you ready Thursday afternoon for that announcement live from Soldier Field. Then, at 5 p.m. ET, NHL Live will be joined by Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins guests from the storied football stadium to talk about the outdoor game and the upcoming season.

With the reality of realignment on the horizon as we get closer to #NHLFaceOff, it's Central and Metropolitan Division day on NHL Live. We'll break down some new faces, look at coaches on the hot seat and get EJ's predictions for these two new divisions.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions all season long to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 7:20 PM

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

Arena Cam: Dan Bylsma

NHL Live talks with Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma about the start of the 2013-14 season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 7:16 PM

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

NHL Live: Lundqvist dresses Melrose

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist helps dress up NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 2:26 PM

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

NHL Live makes its return

NHL Live returns for another season Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with hosts Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, is back to get you informed and ready for #NHLFaceOff.

Barry Melrose will be live on set for the inaugural show giving his opinion on burning questions around the League. We'll also get an inside look into Penguins training camp as we go out to Consol Energy Center to visit with a few of the players. And NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen will discuss happenings around the League.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 7:04 PM

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

The EJAYS Awards

Cisco NHL Live's EJ Hradek gives out his end of the season awards.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 7:09 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Casey Cizikas

New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 7:04 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Brian Leetch

CISCO NHL Live is joined by Hall of Famer Brian Leetch via the CISCO Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 2:46 PM

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

Goalie talk big part of Cisco NHL Live

There's goalie news all over the NHL today, and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you caught up with everything between the pipes. Darren Pang will join the show to break down the Vezina Trophy finalists, as well as the news that Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders. On the other side, the Islanders' Casey Cizikas will join the program to talk about his team winning Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2.

Hall-of-Fame defenseman Brian Leetch will be on the show via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam from Madison Square Garden. We'll also have pre-game reports from the Bruins-Maple Leafs, Capitals-Rangers and Kings-Blues from our reporters on-site and give you a live look-in on the early games in our Ice Pass.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 3:22 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live previews Tuesday's playoff action

The growing rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens continues Tuesday night with Game 4 at Scotiabank Place. Steve Mears and EJ Hradek on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will preview that matchup and the rest of tonight's Stanley Cup Playoff games. CBC analyst Cassie Campbell-Pascall will join us via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Ottawa to set the scene.

We'll also have pregame reports from the Penguins-Islanders, Blackhawks-Wild and Canucks-Sharks matchups from our reporters on site and give you a live look-in on the early games in our Ice Pass.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played tonight.

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Posted On Monday, 05.06.2013 / 7:10 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Bates Battaglia

Former NHLer and Amazing Race winner Bates Battaglia joins NHL Live.

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Posted On Monday, 05.06.2013 / 2:37 PM

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

'Amazing Race' winner Battaglia on Cisco NHL Live

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with two Game 3s in the Eastern Conference and two Game 4s in the Western Conference. Get ready for all the battles with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET Monday on NHL Network. We'll have game reports from all four cities with the latest news from each locker room.

It has been nine years in the making, but the day is finally here for Maple Leafs fans as Toronto hosts its first playoff game since 2004. We'll fire up the Cisco NHL Arena Cam to get a preview and a behind-the-scenes peak on warmups.

Plus, "Amazing Race" winner and former NHL player Bates Battaglia joins the show. The retired winger will tell us how it feels to win the $1 million prize.

Last but not least, our own Barry Melrose will join the show to weigh in on all these great playoff series. Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played tonight.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 6:59 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Barry Melrose

CISCO NHL Live talks NHL Network Analyst Barry Melrose.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 2:25 PM

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

Stanley Cup a special guest on Cisco NHL Live

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are heating up and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Friday on NHL Network will have you covered. We'll have New York Rangers fan and Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton on our set, as well as Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard with the Stanley Cup live.

Sidney Crosby returns to the ice tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 against the New York Islanders, and we'll go live to Pittsburgh for a full report. NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will join the show to give his opinion on some of the coaching moves in the playoffs, and Eddie Olczyk checks in to discuss the playoffs and his favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played on Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 7:06 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Brett Hull

Two-Time Stanley Cup Champion Brett Hull joins CISCO NHL Live via the CISCO Arena Cam at the Scottrade Center.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 2:42 PM

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Capitals owner Leonsis guests on Cisco NHL Live

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue as we get ready for two Game 1s in the Eastern Conference and two Game 2s in the Western Conference on Thursday. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for all four matchups.

Washington Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis joins us as the Capitals prepare to face the New York Rangers in Game 1. We'll also fire up our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Montreal with former player and CBC analyst Garry Galley to get a live preview as the Montreal Canadiens open up their series with the Ottawa Senators.

In the West, Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino will talk to us via the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Anaheim as the Ducks look for a 2-0 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings. We'll also talk to Hall-of-Famer Brett Hull in St. Louis as the St. Louis Blues look to win back-to-back games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all four playoff games being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 7:16 PM

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CISCO NHL Live: Ray Bourque

Ray Bourque announced Wednesday that NetRaffle.org, powered by Bourque’s Celebrities For Charity Foundation will be hosting Ray Bourque’s Game 2 Boston Raffle, a unique fundraiser that will award one lucky winner with an incredible prize and an amazing experience. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Celebrities For Charity Foundation whose mission is to unite the goodwill of celebrities with the generosity of their fans to assist people in need.

“I’d like to personally invite fans to come to the great city of Boston to enjoy Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston has been through a lot the past few weeks but we are Boston Strong and we want to celebrate all this city has to offer. I am raffling off an expense paid trip to Boston which includes 4 of my personal Premium Club seats. Please log on to www.NetRaffle.org and purchase raffle tickets for as little as $10. Through the development of NetRaffle.org, Celebrities For Charity Foundation has been able to donate over $13 million dollars to worthwhile causes. Our goal is to continue to grow that number and assist causes around the world.” - Raymond Bourque, Hockey Legend; Co-Founder Celebrities For Charity Foundation

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 2:30 PM

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

Bourque talking Bruins on Cisco NHL Live

Six teams get ready to start their quest for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday and Cisco NHL Live on the NHL Network will get you ready for all three games. Hosts EJ Hradek and Steve Mears will take you inside all of the arenas for a live preview of each matchup.

Plus, Hall of Famer Ray Bourque visits the show to help us preview the Boston Bruins' postseason. The Hall of Famer also will discuss his latest off-ice passion.

In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks have plenty to celebrate. In addition to their overtime win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 on Tuesday, it was announced Wednesday that the Presidents' Trophy winners will host the Pittsburgh Penguins next season at Soldier Field next season. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will join us to react to that news and look ahead to Game 2 against Minnesota.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 1:35 PM

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

Gretzky on Cisco NHL Live as playoffs get started

The puck drops on the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for the first night of action. We'll talk to "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky, as the Los Angeles Kings get set to defend the Cup against the St. Louis Blues. We'll also get a live preview of the game on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam with Darren Pang.

The Presidents' Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks begin their Stanley Cup journey vs. the Minnesota Wild, and we'll be joined by Pierre McGuire from inside the United Center to break down the matchup. We'll also get an update from the West Coast when Ducks analyst Brian Hayward joins us to discuss Game 1 between Anaheim and Detroit.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all three playoff games being played Tuesday night.

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Posted On Monday, 04.29.2013 / 7:07 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Jim Nill

The new General Manager of the Dallas Stars, Jim Nill, joins CISCO NHL Live.

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Posted On Monday, 04.29.2013 / 3:33 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live previews playoffs, talks to Nill

It's the eve of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will get you ready for all the matchups.

New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron will stop by the the set to talk about Round 1 against the

Washington Capitals. Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has all the latest on Sidney Crosby and his possible return to action.

In the Western Conference, newly-appointed Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill will share some of his offseason plans. Plus, Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards joins us to recap his team's unexpected playoff run.

If your team isn't in the postseason, you'll want to keep your eye on Monday night's 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will break down the lottery and what it all means.

Plus our favorite resident coach, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose, picks the teams that could end Stanley Cup droughts.

Don't forget to join Steve Mears and EJ Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network to count down to the playoffs!

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Posted On Friday, 04.26.2013 / 7:13 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Matchmakers PT 2

EJ Hradek analyzes what would make ideal playoff matchups for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.

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