Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter joined NHL Live after he was named the NHL's "Second Star" for the week ending Dec. 14.
Suter's five points led all defensemen and tied for second in the League last week to help the Wild gain four out of a possible six points. His three assists in a 5-4 comeback win against the New York Islanders on Dec. 9 matched a career high for points in one game. He leads the League in average ice time (29:27) and is third on the Wild in scoring with 18 points (goal, 17 assists) in 26 games.
"I think it's going well," Suter said of the Wild's season to date. "I think we've been inconsistent. I think if we want to grow as a team I think we have to get some consistency in our game. But for the most part we've been going in the right direction."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, preview the World Junior Championship by talking to Mike Morreale of NHL.com, who joins the show at 6:15 p.m. to take a look at the U.S. selection camp which begins Tuesday.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, who has five assists in three games since returning from a battle with the mumps and was named the NHL's Second Star of the past week, will join the show at 5:40 p.m.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to NBCSN analyst Eddie Olczyk, who calls in the show at 5:40 p.m.
Goaltender Shannon Szabados, an Olympic gold medalist for Canada who is now playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League, will call the show at 5:30 p.m.
There are four games on the Friday schedule including the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Los Angeles Kings. Color analyst Jim Fox from the Kings will join us via the Arena Cam at Bell Centre at 6:15 p.m. to talk about this matchup.
Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, the top vote-getter after three weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM, joined NHL Live to discuss his path to the League and the Sabres' recent run.
Girgensons' 14 points in 27 games is tied for second on the Sabres. As of Tuesday, he earned 803,805 total votes to represent Buffalo on Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
"It's crazy," said Girgensons, a native of Riga, Latvia. "People back home are just crazy hockey fans. It's always been like that. It's fun, it's cool, it's mixed emotions, it's funny at the same time."
Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo joined NHL Live for this week's Prospects Report to discuss his chances of playing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The United States' selection camp begins Dec. 16 on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. DeAngelo is one of six NHL first-round picks to receive an invite to the preliminary roster.
"I feel pretty confident in myself," DeAngelo said. "The reason why they brought me in, I'm going to try to go out there and show them, and hopefully get a chance to make the team. I think it would be an honor to make the team but there's a lot of good defensemen, so it's going to be a tough roster to crack."
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.