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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:11 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek's Wednesday game picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday November 20th:

Minnesota Wild vs Ottawa Senators - Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals - Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Calgary Flames - Flames

New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks - Ducks

E.J.'s Season Record: 109-62-21

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:04 PM - NHL Live blog

Devils' Zubrus pumped to play at Yankee Stadium

New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus will participate in the Coors Light Stadium Series when the Devils play the New York Rangers on Jan. 26 at Yankee Stadium.

Zubrus is excited at the thought of playing his first outdoor game.

"I know the fans, they really like the Rangers-Devils buildup and the fans that get into it at all of our games," Zubrus said. "I'm sure it's going to be a great atmosphere. I'm sure it will be an event I'll remember for the rest of my life."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:02 PM - NHL Live blog

Weekes excited for Coors Light Stadium Series

NHL on the Fly analyst Kevin Weekes was a guest on NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series in at Yankee Stadium.

Weekes, who played for the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, says that whenever the three New York-metro area teams get together it's always entertaining. And combined with the unique history of each franchise, the Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium will be special.

"If you're a fan of any one of these teams, or just a hockey fan in general, you gotta be there," Weekes said. "Come on, you're playing at Yankee Stadium. We know how much people love the Yankees and we know how much people love going to Yankee Stadium. You combine that with hockey from the three metro New York area teams, you can't get a better match than that."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 7:00 PM - NHL Live blog

Joba Chamberlain talks Coors Light Stadium Series

Joba Chamberlain, a big hockey fan who spent the past seven years pitching for the New York Yankees, joined NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series in at Yankee Stadium.

"It's going to be crazy," Chamberlain said. "It adds to the tradition of what the old stadium was and trying to create a new tradition at the new stadium. It's going to be incredible. It might be cold, but it's going to be good."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:44 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Jagr faces Ducks' Selanne in battle of legends

ANAHEIM -- Teemu Selanne usually downplays the numbers that are next to his name, including the 43 next to his age. But he'll play along for special occasions such as Wednesday, when the Anaheim Ducks will have a rare matchup with 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils.

The two are the oldest active players in the NHL.

"It's awesome," Selanne said. "It's great to see, especially when the old guys doing well. I've played against Jagr since I was 17, so [we've had] lot of good years together. It's always been nice competing against him. It's very special."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets after redemption against Flames

CALGARY -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are eager to erase a 7-0 loss Tuesday to the Edmonton Oilers from their memory when they hit the ice for the second of a back-to-back against the Calgary Flames.

"I think everyone in the room's embarrassed about our performance [Tuesday] night," Columbus forward Blake Comeau said. "Any time you lose like that, it's basically nothing you can take from the game. We're glad we get to play [Wednesday]. We get a chance to redeem ourselves. We know it's not going to be an easy game, but that being said, we come out and play the way that we can, try to get the two points, and then we can put the Edmonton game behind us and move on."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:16 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators realize they must cut down on shots allowed

OTTAWA -- It was a quiet morning on the ice at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday after the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild played road games Tuesday.

Neither team held a morning skate after each arrived in Canada's capital with decisive losses fresh in their thoughts.

Goalie Craig Anderson will start for the fourth time in five games for Ottawa since he was sidelined because of a sore neck. Anderson has a 5-6-2 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

Backup Robin Lehner faced 42 shots Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the seventh time the Senators have allowed at least 40 shots. Ottawa has allowed a League-high 761 shots in 21 games, an average of more than 36 per game. Defenseman Marc Methot said that puts too much pressure on Anderson and Lehner to bear the load.

"You can't count on your goalie being your savior every single game and I think putting that weight on their shoulders and having them having to stop 40, 45 shots a game, that's unacceptable and that's not going to happen every season," Methot said Wednesday. "We were pretty fortunate last year to have that, but it's time now for us to kind of grow up a little bit here and mature defensively and really start playing a lot more sound in our own end."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 2:08 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals' Backstrom content not to command spotlight

ARLINGTON, Va. -- It may come as a surprise to discover that 12 players in the NHL have scored more points than Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom's 439 since he entered the League in 2007-08, or that his 24 three-assist games are the most over that span.

That is perfectly fine with Backstrom. In fact, he prefers it that way.

"I'm going to be honest with you, I'm not going to look for attention," Backstrom told "That's not who I am. … I don't need it. I'm happy with the way it is."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 11:40 AM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Capitals-Penguins, Stadium Series

It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as two of the top players, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, square off and we'll preview this fierce Metropolitan Division rivalry. Pierre McGuire, from NBCSN, will join us from Washington to preview a game he will call "Between the Glass."

Coors Light Stadium Series tickets go on sale for the games at Yankees Stadium on Thursday and we'll have New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlin and former New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils goaltender Kevin Weekes on the show to preview the great rivalry between the local teams.

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.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 11:35 AM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals' Green won't return to lineup vs. Penguins

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will not return to the lineup Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) as he continues to work back from a lower-body contusion.

"Not ready, not 100 percent ready," coach Adam Oates said. "He could go, but you know what, [the Penguins are a] really good team and [we] don't want to put him in a position where he's behind the eight-ball a little bit."

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