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Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 2:31 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

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

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Wednesday October 9th:

Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues - Blues

Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames - Canadiens

Ottawa Senators vs Los Angeles Kings - Kings

E.J.'s Season Record: 25-5-0

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 2:15 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blackhawks' Sharp remains ready to face Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The availability of Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp is status quo: The veteran left wing is still in a holding pattern.

Sharp, whose wife Abby is due to give birth of the couple's second daughter soon, was awaiting word from the Blackhawks' public-relations staff. But as of early Wednesday afternoon, there was no indication whether Sharp would have to fly back to Chicago or not.

Sharp has indicated that if he had to miss a game, he would. Skipping the game Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) was a possibility, but Sharp is with the team and skated in the morning.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 2:04 PM

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

MacDonald, Price set to face off in Calgary

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will stick with the same lineup used in the team's 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

Joey MacDonald will get his third straight start in net for the Flames. In two games this season, the 33-year-old is 1-0-1 with a 3.93 goals-against average and .867 save percentage this season.

Carey Price also is expected to make his third straight start. In two games this season he is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 1:54 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host / - NHL Live blog

McGuire, Olczyk join NHL Live to discuss Rivalry Night

It's Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues square off for the 287th time. We'll have that game and much more covered on NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Pierre McGuire, who will be "Inside the Glass" for the Central Division rivalry game, will stop by the show.

Also, we'll be joined by Eddie Olczyk for a preview from St. Louis as the Blues look for their first 3-0 start since 1993. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have won five of their last seven against the Blues and will try to improve to 2-0-1 overall on the young season. It's a classic rivalry and should be an incredibly physical game as usual. These competitors will play four more times this season, including next Thursday in Chicago.

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, 10.09.2013 / 1:38 PM

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

Flames' Street enjoying first-line assignment

CALGARY -- Ben Street will be the first to admit he isn't the likeliest of first-line candidates, but the forward is relishing in his opportunity to be just that with the Calgary Flames.

Street is expected to center Curtis Glencross and David Jones for a second straight game when the Flames host the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

"In my wildest dreams you kind of imagine it," Street said. "If you had told me that in the third game of the year I was in that position I would've taken it, but I wouldn't have believed you. I'll take it. I keep trying to get better and make sure I don't relinquish that spot."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 1:29 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Missed out on Hertl? Add Jokinen

If you're a fantasy owner who witnessed Tomas Hertl's four-goal masterpiece for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, chances are you scurried to the waiver wire to check his availability.

But with Hertl now owned in over 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues, your late bid for this single-game impact player was likely unsuccesful. Luckily, there's another readily-available player on a high-caliber line who can pay both immediate and long-term dividends.

Jussi Jokinen, owned in only 28 percent of leagues, notched his second hat trick in just over two weeks. The first came in a preseason game on Sept. 21, so this was the first to count in fantasy leagues.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 3:00 AM

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

Weekes: Blackhawks-Blues could be playoff preview

This week's Wednesday Night Rivalry doesn't just feature a classic matchup straight out of the old Norris Division. It also features two of the best teams in the NHL as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Both these teams are off to good starts, but I'm especially curious about St. Louis. The Blues do a lot of things well to be a successful team in the League. The question is how close is this team to taking the next step? I believe the Blues are much closer, but where are they now in relation to the Los Angeles Kings or the Blackhawks? We just might find out Wednesday.

A major key will be the play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who I expect will have a nice bounce-back year. He spent a lot of time in St. Louis working with their trainer trying to rehabilitate his injuries and get into better shape. Hopefully that will serve him well.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 12:03 AM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

FLA @ PHI - 2:48 of the Third Period

At 2:48 of the third period in the Panthers/Flyers game, Jay Rosehill was assessed two separate minor penalties for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. According to Rule 19, Example 7, the Flyers had the choice to play one player short-handed for four minutes or two players short for two minutes. The Flyers chose to play one player short for four minutes.

"Team A Captain's choice to play one player short-handed for four minutes or two players short-handed for two minutes. Should he choose the latter, an additional team A player must be placed on the penalty bench to serve the minor penalty for A3".

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 10:17 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

TBL @ BUF - 5:21 of the Third Period

At 5:21 of the third period in the Lightning/Sabres game, the end-zone referee had a Buffalo penalty on delay. The referee did not see Sabres forward Steve Ott touch the puck, which then rebounded to Jamie McBain whose shot entered the net simultaneous with the referee blowing his whistle. The net result was the correct call - no goal, penalty to Buffalo.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 9:12 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

COL @ TOR - 2:30 of the Third Period

At 2:30 of the third period in the Avalanche/Maple Leafs game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Jamie McGinn's shot deflected off P.A. Parenteau and entered the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Colorado.

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