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.
"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."
"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."
E.J. Hradek Game Picks Tuesday November 12th:
Los Angels Kings vs Buffalo Sabres - Kings
E.J.'s Season Record: 94-54-14
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.
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.
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 #NHLBlues and #NHLCoyotes, two teams that have won six of their last seven.
"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."
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."
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.