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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 12:08 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Bruins-Penguins on Rivalry Night

It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins square off and NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will preview this rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Final. We'll check in at Consol Energy Center and talk to analyst Pierre McGuire who will be "Inside The Glass" for the game. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also join the program to provide the latest buzz around the NHL.

Also, we'll begin our celebration of #HockeyHalloween with a pumpkin carver live in the NHL Store and give a spooky edition of the EJ5.

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, 10.30.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Alice Henly -  Special to NHL Green / - NHL Green Slapshots™

College Sports Follow the Lead of NHL Green

Alice Henly is a Resource Specialist & College Sports Greening Coordinator at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The NHL has one of the strongest environmental programs of any sports organization worldwide, and its uniquely powerful cultural influence provides much-needed business leadership in ecologically sustainable practices.

The NHL’s commitment to environmental stewardship offers a strong model not only for professional sports greening efforts, but also the growing collegiate sports greening movement as well. More and more college sports are adopting greener practices and educating millions of college sports fans about the importance of protecting the natural ecosystems we enjoy and rely on.

In particular, collegiate hockey rinks across the country are following the NHL’s lead and becoming champions of the sports greening movement. In doing so, they are helping to reduce emissions of global warming pollution, protect habitat, save energy and water, reach millions of fans with environmental messages, and train future business leaders in environmental stewardship.

Read on and find out more about how those in the hockey community are stepping up their green game.
Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 11:45 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Drouin headlines Team QMJHL Super Series squad

Five players taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft highlight the team the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will field for its two games against Team Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series.

Games will be played Nov. 18 in Gatineau, Quebec, and Nov. 20 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The games serve as another step in the evaluation process used by Canada to pick its team for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Among those taking part is Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin, the third pick of the draft, who has 15 points in nine games. Also playing are Rimouski Oceanic defenseman Samuel Morin (No. 11, Philadelphia Flyers) and forwards Anthony Mantha (No. 20, Detroit Red Wings) of the Val-d'Or Foreurs, Rimouski's Frederik Gauthier (No. 21, Toronto Maple Leafs) and Emile Poirier (No. 22, Calgary Flames) of the Gatineau Olympiques.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 10:45 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Ekblad to showcase skills at Super Series games

Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, expected to be one of the top players picked at the 2014 NHL Draft, is one of 13 players who will skate in both games for Team Ontario Hockey League during the Subway Super Series against Team Russia.

A 6-foot-3, 216-pound defenseman, Ekblad has six goals and seven assists in 14 games, and received an "A" rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary list of players to watch from the OHL. He also is the only player eligible for the 2014 draft that will play in both games, which serve as another step in the evaluation process used by Canada to pick its team for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst / - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Bruins-Penguins could be statement game

The last time the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins faced off, the Bruins were advancing to the Stanley Cup Final after sweeping the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final. It was quite a moment for a Boston team that looked unbeatable after outscoring Pittsburgh 12-2 in the series.

The Penguins will get their first shot at redemption as they host the Bruins in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS2) -- or as some might call it: the Iginla Bowl.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 12:18 AM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

LAK @ PHX - 5:38 of the Third Period

At 5:38 of the third period in the Kings/Coyotes game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Kyle Chipchura's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good Goal Phoenix.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 7:42 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

ANA @ PHI - 17:19 of the First Period

At 17:19 of the first period in the Ducks/Flyers game video review was inconclusive in determining if Mathieu Perreault deflected the puck into the net above the height of the crossbar. The referee's call on the ice stands. No Goal Anaheim.

According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 6:16 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators reunite Spezza, Ryan, promote Zibanejad

CHICAGO -- Since blowing out the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 last week at Joe Louis Arena, the Ottawa Senators have only scored three combined goals in a pair of losses at home to the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.

Looking for a spark offensively, Senators coach Paul MacLean is set to reunite forward Bobby Ryan and captain Jason Spezza on the top line while putting 20-year old Mika Zibanejad in Ryan's former spot at right wing on the second unit.

Spezza (seven goals, four assists) and Ryan (six goals, three assists) are Ottawa's top-two scorers, while Zibanejad has a goal and an assist in three games since being recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

"We played together earlier in the year and I was banged up a little bit," Spezza said. "So we'll get another opportunity to play together and hopefully we'll make the most of it. If we're going to play together, we have to help guide the team offensively. When we're split up, it's a little bit more by committee. We have to try to be good together offensively and also play solid against the other teams' top lines."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 5:58 PM - NHL Live blog

NHL Director of Player Safety Leetch joins NHL Live

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