CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network Analyst Darren Pang.
CISCO NHL Live talks with NHL Network Analyst Darren Pang.
Malkin has not played since April 11 with an upper-body injury. Letang, who has had multiple injuries this season, missed the gmae Monday against the Ottawa Senators with food poisoning.
PHILADELPHIA -- Hockey fans all over the Philadelphia region were looking forward to seeing Jaromir Jagr back in town when the Boston Bruins faced the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN).
However, Jagr's first game back in Philadelphia, the team he played with last season, also drew eight fans from western Canada. The Traveling Jagrs, a group of eight fans dressed like Jagr, flew from Calgary to Philadelphia on Tuesday to get to Wells Fargo Center in time for the game.
Each fan wore a classic Jagr mullet and a personalized Jagr jersey from over the years -- from a Czech Republic national team sweater, through his NHL stops with the Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars and Bruins. An eighth Jagr, wearing a Wales Conference all-star jersey, was a late arrival after getting stuck at the airport in Chicago.
Tyler, also known as Ranger Jag, originated the Jagr look a few years ago in Las Vegas.
"We were looking for a group costume and a couple of us had Jagr jerseys," he told NHL.com. "We're all Jagr fans and said, 'let's go dressed as Jagr.' That was our thought process."
WASHINGTON -- For a dozen players expected to be in the Winnipeg Jets lineup Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the game against the Washington Capitals will feel like nothing they have experienced before because they've never played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
For the other eight, including captain Andrew Ladd, a member of two Cup-winning teams, it will be reminiscent of playoff hockey even though the Jets can't clinch anything with a win or be eliminated with a loss.
There are two certainties going into the game Tuesday:
The Sharks, who are in fifth place in the Western Conference with 55 points, know that point won't come easily against a team that has defeated them three straight times this season and is fighting for its playoff life.
"They played well against us all year," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "I think our power play and penalty kill kind of struggled against them all year. Tonight would be the battle of the special teams. If we could win that, we'll probably get the two points."
ST. LOUIS -- Here is a look at the probable lineups for the rematch Tuesday night between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center. The Avalanche won 5-3 Sunday night in Denver.
The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets square off for the Southeast Division lead on Tuesday and Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you ready for that game and catch you up on all the Stanley Cup Playoff implications around the NHL.
We'll talk to Jets assistant coach Perry Pearn on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Washington to get the sense of the team before this big matchup. We'll also get a live pre-game preview from NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen in Washington.
With nine other games on the ice we'll also give you a look at pre-game skates in our Ice Pass, and discuss each one rapidly in Slapshots. We'll also get live pre-game updates from our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Florida with Sam Rosen of MSG, as the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers face off. The Boston Bruins will square off with the Philadelphia Flyers and we'll get a live pre-game report from Joe Haggerty of CSN New England, via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Philadelphia. Lastly, NHL Network analyst Darren Pang will drop by the show to talk about the St. Louis Blues' matchup with the Colorado Avalanche as well as goalie play as we get to crunch time.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all ten games being played on Tuesday.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Bruins enter their game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) tied with the Montreal Canadiens with 59 points. The Bruins, however, hold the top spot in the Northeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference based on having played one fewer game.
But with each team playing Tuesday -- the Canadiens play at the New Jersey Devils -- the Bruins know they have to be on their game to stay ahead in the race.
"We have to play a big game," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We're hoping to hang on to our top spot in our division and at the end of the night you've got to come up with the two points."
NASHVILLE -- For seven of the past eight seasons, the final regular-season home game represented a leaping off point for the Nashville Predators to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
This season, that will not happen. The Predators missed the playoffs for a variety of reasons -- some of which will be reflected when the team suits up Tuesday against the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena. Two of the team's top-six forwards, Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist, remain out, too injured to play, although they participated in the team's morning skate.
Nonetheless, it appears the fans will have an opportunity to give starting goalie Pekka Rinne a sendoff until next season; he'll get the start in goal.
"It's sort of closure at home here," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Our fans have been fantastic. The last couple of years we've filled this building. We had 28 straight sellouts this year (dating back to last season). Then we had that week where we had four home games. That sort of put a damper on that in terms of sellouts. They've come out and supported us even in tough times. We haven't been really good with a number of injuries."
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It's a big milestone for me and I'm happy to help my team with lots of good teammates. It's fun.