With the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to start Wednesday, Wayne Gretzky will be among the guests on NHL Live!, which debuts at its new time -- 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- on NHL Network and NHL.com and broadcast on XM Radio.
Hockey's all-time leading scorer will join hosts Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek, along with NHL Director of Officiating Terry Gregson, TSN's Bob McKenzie and Kitchener Rangers forward Gabriel Landeskog, who figures to be one of the first players selected in the NHL Entry Draft on June 24.
NHL Live! is broadcast from the NHL Store Powered By Reebok in New York City.
NEW YORK – The pucks drops tomorrow night on the 2011 Stanley Cup® Playoffs and the NHL Network™ today is unveiling multiple enhancements and programs, with a particular emphasis on live coverage before, during and after every game.
"The NHL Network is growing and evolving to meet the demands of our fans, and provide the unique access and perspective that only a League-run network can," said Charles Coplin, executive vice president of content for the NHL. "The enhancements we're unveiling today put the NHL Network at the epicenter of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with coverage and analysis live as storylines and games unfold."
NHL Network will be the place to be for everything Stanley Cup Playoffs, starting with a pair of preview shows on Monday and Tuesday leading into Wednesday's action.
On Monday at 6 p.m., "NHL On The Fly" will preview the Eastern Conference matchups, from Washington-Rangers all the way to Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay. The show will be replayed in its entirety at 7 p.m.
The show will then preview the Western Conference playoffs on Tuesday at 6 p.m and be replayed an hour later.
"NHL On The Fly" will hit the airwaves immediately following the conclusion of "NHL Live!," which has a new start time of 4 p.m. ET. As usual, "NHL Live!" will be broadcast from the NHL Store Powered by Reebok in Manhattan.
NEW YORK/TORONTO – For the second consecutive day, hockey fans across North America will be able to watch the game that will decide the eighth and final conference playoff spot when the NHL Network™ features the Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild at 6:00 p.m. ET today.*
With a win in regulation or overtime in the 1,230th and final game of the 2010-11 regular season, the Stars will secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference and a match-up with the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. Should the Stars win in a shootout or lose to the Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks would secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney will be among the guests on NHL Live! Tuesday, scheduled from noon-2 p.m. on NHL Network and NHL.com and broadcast on XM Radio.
Maloney's squad (42-25-12) enters Tuesday's action with 96 points and is on the verge of clinching a playoff spot for a second straight season. The Coyotes will face the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.
New York Islanders interim coach Jack Capuano will be among the guests on NHL Live! Tuesday, scheduled from noon-2 p.m. on NHL Network and NHL.com and broadcast on XM Radio.
Capuano replaced Scott Gordon behind the Isles' bench on Nov. 15, 2010. While the Islanders will not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they are 25-25-9 under Capuano and 14-8-5 since the All-Star break.
Also scheduled to appear to speak with co-hosts Deb Placey and Ken Daneyko are Pittsburgh Penguins radio voice Mike Lange, USA Today's Kevin Allen and Versus analyst Brian Engblom.
Despite a list of injuries that would have sunk most other teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins have stayed within hailing distance of the Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division race. But if they want to catch their in-state rivals, a win Thursday night is a must.
The Penguins go cross-state to the Wells Fargo Center for a meeting with the Flyers, who lead them by five points in the Atlantic race. The Penguins have been off since Monday's 5-4 shootout win in Detroit; the Flyers lost 5-4 to Washington in a shootout at home on Tuesday.
The NHL Network will air the game, one of nine on Thursday's schedule and one of four that gets under way at 7 p.m. ET.