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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 3:07 PM

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

NHL 13 Prediction: Sharks vs. Blackhawks

Unbeaten in regulation and looking to set the record for consecutive games with a point to start the season, the Chicago Blackhawks - despite recent injury troubles – will look to continue their success against the once-dominant San Jose Sharks. Although the Sharks won their last game against the St. Louis Blues 2-1, it remains their only win in a forgettable February that includes 5-3 and 4-1 losses to the Chicago Blackhawks in their only two meetings this season.

Find the Official NHL®13 Game Prediction below. Watch as the San Jose Sharks face the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8:30pm ET on NHL Network.

Blackhawks’ Keys to the Game

• Healthy Hossa – Marian Hossa left the game Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks after receiving a blow to the head from Jannik Hansen (who received a one-game suspension). Although Hossa practiced Thursday and is likely to play today, will he feel any lingering effects from the hit?

• Eminent Emery – As Corey Crawford recovers from an upper-body injury, Ray Emery must continue his stellar play in goal if Chicago hopes to remain unbeaten in regulation. Emery has posted a .925 SV% through six starts this season.

Sharks’ Keys to the Game

• Where’s the Frenzy? – Having lost four one-goal games and only allowing two or fewer goals in five out of eight games in the month of February, the Sharks simply have to find a way to put more pucks in the back of the net.

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Posted On Friday, 02.22.2013 / 2:30 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live previews Blackhawks-Sharks

The Chicago Blackhawks seek the longest consecutive point streak to begin a season as they face the San Jose Sharks on Friday night on the NHL Network. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and your hockey weekend. We'll get expert analysis from NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk, and NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

With the Oscars around the corner, we'll put on our bow ties and hand out our own awards around the NHL. Plus, the red-hot Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, will also stop by the show.

Don't forget, it's the anniversary of the 1980 Miracle on Ice. Mike Eruzione will join us to reflect on the game that changed the face of hockey in the USA.

Submit your #AskEJ questions to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks the winners for Friday's games.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 7:17 PM

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

Cory Conacher's road to the NHL

NHL network's Steve Mears sits with Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher about his road to the NHL

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Posted On Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 3:41 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live looks at Bruins-Bolts, Rolston's debut

Thursday is a busy day on the ice with 10 games, and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have you covered.

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning square off on the NHL Network at 7:30 p.m., and we'll get a game preview from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Tampa Bay. Chris Johnston, senior hockey writer for Rogers Sportsnet, will also join us from Toronto to preview Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston's first game behind the bench.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5 with a hat trick theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Thursday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 7:10 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Rick Tocchet

On Rivalry Night in the NHL Cisco NHL Live talks with Flyers analyst Rick Tocchet who played on both sides of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 1:35 PM

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

Tocchet will talk Rivalry Night on Cisco NHL Live

It is Rivalry Night in the NHL and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have both games covered. We'll talk to Rick Tocchet, who has been on both sides of the Penguins-Flyers rivalry. NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the fierce Atlantic Division battle, will also join us. In the Western Conference, we'll go inside the late matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche with Denver Post Writer, Adrian Dater.

Our Subway Fresh Face of the week is London Knights defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who will discuss the draft this June. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger gets us the latest information on burning issues around the League. Plus, Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson -- who assisted on Tuesday night's game-winning goal -- stops by to fill us in on their latest victory.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5 with a streaking theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 7:15 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Mason Raymond

Vancouver Canucks left wing Mason Raymond joins NHL Live before the big matchup before facing the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 3:28 PM

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

Cisco NHL Live gets you set for Hawks-Ducks

As the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, they look to tie the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks for the longest point streak to start a season. Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will have that matchup covered. We'll get live updates from our Cisco NHL Arena cam and NHL Network's Barry Melrose take on the big Western Conference matchup. Plus, we'll talk to former player and current Ducks assistant coach Scott Niedermayer, who won the Cup with Anaheim in 2007.

Four teams that faced off in last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs will renew their rivalries Tuesday night as the Nashville Predators face the Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks travel to St. Louis to play the Blues. We'll get you ready for those big games and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will also stop by the program.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day with a quirky records theme, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 02.18.2013 / 9:50 AM

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

Special 1 p.m. ET start time for Cisco NHL Live

An early President's Day edition of Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 1 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will provide highlights and live look-ins of the two early games between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils, and the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders, as well as preview the 3 p.m. ET game on NHL Network between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche. We'll also get live updates in Colorado from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie fills us in on the latest news and notes, while Barry Melrose gives us his favorite Presidents' Trophy winners.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5 with a President's Day theme.

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Posted On Friday, 02.15.2013 / 7:22 PM

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

CISCO NHL Live: Eddie Olczyk

NBC Sports NHL Analyst Eddie Olcyzk breaks down Friday's matchups on NHL Live and previews Hockey Weekend in America.

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