"The hard part is trying to make sure you thank everybody that helped you along the way, the organizations and the different teams you played for, in a short amount of time," Blake said. "It's an honor being inducted but it also gives you time to really reflect throughout your career. I don't think you get a lot of that time when you're playing. It makes it nice but we'll get the preparations ready."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, looks ahead to the Hockey Hall of Fame enshrining its Class of 2014 by talking to inductee Rob Blake, who starred on defense for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. Blake will call in to the show at 5:30 p.m.
Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will join us at 5:20 p.m. to provide an update on his health and discuss his work with Defending the Blue Line, a program that benefits military families.
It's an 11-game evening around the League, including the Nashville Predators hosting the Edmonton Oilers. We'll go out on Arena Cam to Bridgestone Arena and check in with Predators analyst Terry Crisp at 6 p.m. for a preview of the matchup.
New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen was a guest of NHL Live to talk about the early-season success of a team currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division.
A big part of Nielsen's game is his success in the shootout, where his 54.8 percent conversion rate is third-best among active players.
"I had a good move going there the past couple of years, the backhand," Nielsen said. "It just seemed to work and now the goalies are starting to figure it out so I had to change it up a little bit. It's still going in and I still enjoy it. It's a fun thing. I like the pressure of the game on the line."
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Matt Hendricks joined NHL Live to discuss the Oilers' start to the season and Defending the Blue Line, a program that benefits military families.
Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said recently that the team is starting to put it together. To Hendricks, the key has been consistency.
"That's kind of been our Achilles' heel here for a while," Hendricks said. "When we can get a consistent game going for 60 minutes we seem to be pretty successful, but we still have those big hiccups like young teams do and they seem to really hurt us."
Wheeler will be on at 5:40 p.m. and Nielsen at 5:50 p.m.
There are two games on the Monday schedule, including the Boston Bruins hosting the New Jersey Devils. The (Bergen) Record beat writer Tom Gulitti will join us from the Arena Cam at TD Garden at 6 p.m. to preview the matchup.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews a five-game night around the League and will talk to Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, the League's leading scorer. Voracek, who has at least one point in 12 of 13 games this season, will call in to the show at 5:30 p.m.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, gets fans set for a 10-game Thursday around the League.
The St. Louis Blues host the New Jersey Devils in the back end of a home-and-home at 8 p.m. ET on NHL Network, and we'll talk to Blues analyst Darren Pang at 6:10 p.m. from the Arena Cam at Scottrade Center as they go for a seventh straight win.
The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers face off at TD Garden and we'll be joined on Arena Cam by ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald at 5:30 p.m. to preview this inter-conference matchup.
The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Ekblad scored his first NHL goal Nov. 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers when he beat goalie Steve Mason with a slap shot on the power play. He has a goal and four points on the season, including points in two straight games.
"It felt great," Ekblad said. "Obviously one of the biggest smiles and most excitement I've had in a really long time playing this game. It's a pretty special feeling."