Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock joined NHL Live to discuss reaching the 500-win milestone and Detroit's early-season success.
Babcock earned his 500th career victory Dec. 6 against the New York Rangers and won his 501st the next night at the Carolina Hurricanes to tie him with Pat Burns for 17th place on the League's all-time list.
Win No. 500 came in Babcock's 895th game. Only Hall of Fame member and former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, who is first on the League's all-time list with 1,244 wins, reached the milestone in fewer games (825).
NHL Live with Steve Mears and John MacLean, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will feature analyst Barry Melrose in his regular Monday segment breaking down coaching decisions around the League.
The New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in one of three games on the schedule, and we'll go out to Madison Square Garden via Arena Cam to get the thoughts of Jason MacKey from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on this matchup.
St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong joined NHL Live to discuss the signing of goalie Martin Brodeur. The NHL's all-time leader in wins (688) and shutouts (124) signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Tuesday.
Armstrong began talking with Brodeur's agent, Pat Brisson, in the summer, when he told him he was comfortable with Jake Allen and Brian Elliott as his goaltenders. Brisson called Armstrong back in October stating that Brodeur still wanted to play and to contact him if anything changed.
After Elliott sustained a lower-body injury Nov. 25, Armstrong called Brisson to inquire if Brodeur still wanted to play. Talks picked up in the next 24 hours before Brodeur was brought in on a tryout and eventually signed.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have coverage of USA Hockey's selection of their camp roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship. Jim Johannson, their assistant director of hockey operations, will call into the show at 6:15 p.m. to discuss the team.
Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens will be part of the show for the first hour and NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen joins us at 6 p.m.
The Islanders (17-7-0) are winners of 11 of their past 13 games (11-2-0) for the first time in 24 years and have won 14 of their first 24 games for the first time in franchise history. Tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division with 34 points, New York plays the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.
"It was a great month," Halak said. "It's a lot of fun when you keep winning as a team. It's been great but we still have a lot of work ahead of us."
Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens joined NHL Live in studio to reflect on his career, share his thoughts on former teammate Martin Brodeur potentially continuing his NHL career and to discuss the state of the New Jersey Devils.
Brodeur, brought in by the St. Louis Blues for a tryout last week, participated in his first full practice with the Blues on Monday. He could sign a contract Tuesday and play during the Blues' three-game road trip, which starts Wednesday at the Chicago Blackhawks.