The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 22 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I celebrate Team USA’s gold medal in the World Juniors.  We also unveil the players heading to the NHL All Star tournament, And we look at all the news around the hockey world over the past week. We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 22 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

  • Snowstorm causes editing delays last week
  • Snow melting…
  • USA! USA!
  • Columbus Streak ends at 16, now have lost 3 of 4?
  • Canes fans tweeting about concessions Sunday

Scores

Tuesday, 1/10:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20170110

Upcoming games

 

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Boston:  4-3 L vs EDM on 1/5, 4-0 W @ FLA on 1/7, 4-3 OTL @ CAR on 1/8, 5-3 W @ StL on 1/10

NYR:  5-2 W @ PHI on 1/4, 5-4 W @CBJ on 1/7, off until 1/13

CAR:  4-2 W @ STL on 1/5, 2-1 L @ CHI on 1/6, 4-3 OTW vs BOS on 1/8, 5-3 W vs CBJ on 1/10

 

Notable Games (Other than Rangers, Bruins, and Canes)

  • Blue Jackets 0 @ Capitals 5 on 1/5
  • Wild 5 @ Sharks 4 on 1/5
  • Canadiens 5 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 1/7 (HNIC)
  • Capitals 1 @ Senators 0 on 1/7
  • Flyers 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 (OT) on 1/8
  • Wild 2 @ Ducks 1 on 1/8
  • Capitals 4 @ Canadiens 1 on 1/9
  • Penguins @ Capitals on 1/11 (Rivalry Night)

 

World Juniors:

 

 

Semi Final

·         Scoreboard<04.01.2017>

Faceoff 15:00 GMT-5

USA4 – 3RUS (SO)

Semifinals – Game 27Centre Bell

Faceoff 19:30 GMT-5

SWE2 – 5CAN

Semifinals – Game 28Centre Bell

Bronze Medal game:  3:30 PM on 1/5  Russia beat Sweden 2-1 (OT)

Gold Medal Game: 8PM on 1/5 USA beat Canada 5-4 in SO.  http://www.worldjunior2017.com/en/games/2017-01-05/USA-vs-CAN/#game-actions-tab

 

Transactions

Injuries

·          Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine has a concussion and there is no timetable for his return, coach Paul Maurice said on Sunday.  Laine, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, missed practice Sunday when the Jets were preparing for their home game against the Calgary Flames on Monday (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN3, SNW, NHL.TV).  He was hit in the neutral zone by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe with 14:12 remaining in the third period of a 4-3 loss on Saturday. Laine left the game and did not return.  Laine’s 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) lead NHL rookies and are tied with linemate Mark Scheifele for the Jets lead.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrik-laine-leaves-game-for-jets/c-285433666

·         Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad was placed on injured reserve on Saturday after sustaining a lower-body injury on Friday.  Bjugstad left a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators in the first period and did not return. He has a goal and an assist in 21 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-nick-bjugstad-placed-on-injured-reserve/c-285427644

·         Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will be out at least eight weeks after having surgery Thursday to repair a fractured left hand.  Gallagher, 24, was injured when he was hit by a shot by Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber during the third period of a 4-3 overtime win at the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.  He missed 29 games last season after two fingers on his left hand were fractured when he blocked a shot by New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Nov. 22, 2015. Gallagher had surgery the following day.  Gallagher has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 39 games this season, and 174 points (83 goals, 91 assists) in 299 NHL games, all with the Canadiens.  https://www.nhl.com/news/montreals-brendan-gallagher-to-miss-eight-weeks/c-285394012

·         Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a foot injury.  It is retroactive to Dec. 31. Benn was scratched from the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, and forward Antoine Roussel was activated by Dallas.  Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he went awkwardly into the boards. The Dallas captain finished the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/stars-jamie-benn-placed-on-injured-reserve/c-285339066

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Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·          2017 NHL All-Star Game rosters revealed:  Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, tied for the lead among rookies with 21 goals each, were among the 40 players named Tuesday to the four divisional rosters for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, who has 19 goals and is the reigning Rocket Richard Memorial Trophy holder, was also named.  The 40 players selected by the NHL join the four captains, who were voted in by fans earlier this month, to take part in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition is Jan. 28 at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Jan. 29 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). Each division is represented by six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. The divisional teams will compete head-to-head in the Skills Competition on Saturday and then will face off in semifinal games Sunday. The winners of the semifinal games will play for the championship. Each game is played in a 3-on-3 format with two 10-minute halves.  The four coaches for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will be Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic), Bruce Boudreau of the Minnesota Wild (Central), John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Metropolitan) and Peter DeBoer of the San Jose Sharks (Pacific).  The Pacific Division won the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville, defeating the Central Division 9-6 in the semifinal and the Atlantic Division 1-0 in the final.    https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-all-star-game-rosters/c-285394072

·         New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner, Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroonand Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 8.  Grabner led the League with 5-2-7, including two game-winning goals, in three contests to propel the Rangers (28-13-1, 57 points) to a pair of victories.  Maroon (5-1-6 in 4 GP) matched Grabner for the League lead in goals to power the Oilers (21-14-7, 49 points) to a 2-2-0 week.  Holtby went 2-0-0 in three games, compiling a 1.29 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Capitals (25-9-5, 55 points) to a perfect 3-0-0 week  https://www.nhl.com/news/michael-grabner-patrick-maroon-braden-holtby-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285487362

·         Nashville Predators forward Colton Sissons made NHL history with his first hat trick in the League during a 6-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.  He became the first player in NHL history to score at least three goals in a game with the second goal coming on an empty net and the third being scored on a goalie. Sissons’ unique accomplishment was worthy of celebration. Fortunately for him, a generous Predators fan at Amalie Arena was willing to share in the moment by parting with his hat.  https://www.nhl.com/news/colton-sissons-of-nashville-makes-nhl-history/c-285394872

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·         Steven McDonald passing: https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-mourn-nypd-officer-steven-mcdonald/c-285531610  https://www.nhl.com/news/steven-mcdonald-true-hero-to-rangers-new-york-city/c-285542846

 

Suspensions/Fines:

·         Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.  Kuznetsov was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 56 at Florida on Oct. 20. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 18:32 of the second period during NHL Game No. 533 against New Jersey on Dec. 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/evgeny-kuznetsov-diving-fine/c-285357178

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·          NHL Unveils All Star Jerseys –

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Columbus (1)
  2. Pittsburgh (2)
  3. Washington (7)
  4. Chicago (4)
  5. NY Rangers (3)
  6. Montreal (5)
  7. Minnesota (6)
  8. Ottawa (13)
  9. San Jose (8)
  10. Anaheim (9)
  11. St Louis (10)
  12. Philadelphia (11)
  13. Edmonton (12)
  14. Boston (14)
  15. Carolina (19)
  16. Los Angeles (15)
  17. Calgary (16)
  18. Toronto (17)
  19. Vancouver (20)
  20. Winnipeg (21)
  21. Dallas (22)
  22. Nashville (23)
  23. Florida (24)
  24. Tampa Bay (18)
  25. Buffalo (26)
  26. Detroit (25)
  27. New Jersey (28)
  28. NY Islanders (27)
  29. Arizona (29)
  30. Colorado (30)
  31. Las Vegas (31)

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @NSH on 1/12, vs PHI on 1/14, vs NYI on 1/16, @DET on 1/18

NYR:  vs TOR on 1/13, @ MON on 1/14, vs DAL on 1/17

CAR:  vs BUF on 1/13, vs NYI on 1/14, @CBJ on 1/17

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Canadiens @ Wild on 1/12
  • Penguins @ Senators on 1/12
  • Blackhawks @ Capitals on 1/13
  • Flames @ Oilers on 1/14
  • Blues @ Sharks on 1/14
  • Flyers @ Capitals on 1/15
  • Wild @ Blackhawks on 1/15
  • Blues @ Ducks on 1/15
  • Capitals @ Penguins on 1/16
  • Senators @ Blues on 1/17
  • Penguins @ Canadiens on 1/18

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  6-2 L vs Team USA U-18 team.  Plays U-Conn Thu (Bridgeport), Sat. (Fenway)

·         Fenway games sat:

1:30 ET(5) Boston University5vs.Massachusetts3
5:00 ET(8) Boston College3vs.Providence1

next week:

1:30 ET Maine vs. Connecticut
5:00 ET New Hampshire vs. Northeastern

·         Upsets:

Friday, 1/6

7:05 ET(2) Penn State0@(11) Ohio State3
7:35 ET(20) St. Cloud State2@Miami3OT
8:37 ET(17) Bemidji State2@Bowling Green4
Sat, 1/7

7:05 ET(20) St. Cloud State1@Miami4
7:07 CTColorado College2@(1) Minnesota-Duluth1
7:05 ETMichigan Tech4@(12) Notre Dame2

·         Upcoming big games:

Fri

7:35 ET(8) Boston College@(5) Boston University Home & Home Fri and Mon (NESN has Mon game)
6:35 ET(1) Denver@(14) Western Michigan (FRI & SAT)
Sat

7:00 ET (19) Cornell @ (15) Quinnipiac
7:00 ET (2) Harvard @ (11) Union

 
Read more: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-16/#ixzz4VQlh5nHf
Read more: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-16/#ixzz4VQlbiUhl

·         Rankings:

·        January 09, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (27) 14- 4-4 952 3
2 Harvard (11) 11- 2-1 918 4
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 6) 12- 4-4 888 1
4 Penn State ( 6) 14- 2-1 883 2
5 Boston University 12- 5-2 812 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 14- 5-3 754 6
7 North Dakota 12- 6-3 723 7
8 Boston College 14- 7-2 633 8
9 Minnesota 11- 5-2 592 9
10 Ohio State 10- 4-4 517 11
11 Union 14- 5-2 479 10
12 Vermont 14- 6-2 464 13
13 Notre Dame 12- 7-2 388 12
14 Western Michigan 10- 5-3 379 14
15 Quinnipiac 12- 9-2 270 15
16 St. Lawrence 11- 6-5 240 16
17 Bemidji State 15- 8-3 171 17
18 Minnesota State 13- 7-2 148 19
19 Cornell 9- 4-1 86 NR
20 Michigan Tech 14- 9-3 75 NR
Others receiving votes: Air Force 48, Omaha 26, Robert Morris 22, St. Cloud State 12, Wisconsin 11, Providence 9.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4VQmhopCp

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  As Russia celebrates Christmas according to the Orthodox calendar, there was a festive bonus for CSKA, SKA and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. All three teams confirmed their playoff spots with wins on 1/7.

 

Steve:

 

http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/01/11/335502.html

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves has pulled on pads; others around League taking notice

https://www.nhl.com/news/unmasked-carolina-hurricanes-situation-could-prove-importance-of-practice-goalies/c-285359464

 

Steve:

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

·         Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 1/18 6PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 21 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and are excited for the upcoming World Junior Tournament Championship game will feature our Team USA.  The heart of the outdoor hockey season has finally arrived, and one equipment manager makes his NHL Debut as a player.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 21 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

  • Battling cough tonight
  • Outdoor games
  • 16 game winning streak
  • Equipment manager makes NHL Debut
  • Canes goalie prospect scores a goal!
  • Milt Schmidt, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who spent more than 80 years at all levels of the sport, almost all of them with the Boston Bruins, died Wednesday at the age 98. Schmidt was the oldest living former NHL player. On Sunday in Toronto, he was named one the 100 Greatest NHL Players as part of the League’s Centennial Celebration.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-legend-milt-schmidt-obituary/c-285331360

Scores

 

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  4-2 W @ BUF on 12/29, 3-1 W vs BUF on 12/31, 3-0 L @ NJ on 1/2

NYR:  6-3 W @ ARI on 12/29, 6-2 W @ COL on 12/31, 4-1 L vs BUF on 1/3

CAR:  3-2 L @ PIT on 12/28, 3-2 W vs CHI on 12/30, 3-1 L @ TB on 12/31, 3-1 L vs NJD on 1/3

 

Notable Games (Other than Rangers, Bruins, and Canes)

  • Flyers 0 @ Sharks 2 on 12/30
  • Canadiens 3 @ Penguins 4 on 12/31
  • Blue Jackets 4 @ Wild 2 on 12/31 (winning streak game)
  • Red Wings 4 @ Maple Leafs 5 (OT) on 1/1 – Centennial Classic
  • Senators 1 @ Capitals 2 on 1/1
  • Blackhawks 1 @ Blues 4 on 1/2 – Winter Classic
  • Kings @ Sharks on 1/3

 

World Juniors:

 

·         Standings

Preliminary Round
R Team GP W OTW OTL L GF:GA PTS
Group A
1 SWE 4 4 0 0 0 18:6 12
2 DEN 4 1 1 1 1 11:15 6
3 CZE 4 1 0 2 1 9:13 5
4 SUI 4 0 2 0 2 11:13 4
5 FIN 4 1 0 0 3 6:8 3
Group B
1 USA 4 4 0 0 0 17:6 12
2 CAN 4 3 0 0 1 21:8 9
3 RUS 4 2 0 0 2 16:9 6
4 SVK 4 1 0 0 3 6:14 3
5 LAT 4 0 0 0 4 6:29 0

 

Quarter Finals

Game Completed

DEN0 – 4RUS

Quarterfinals – Game 22Air Canada Centre

Game Completed

SWE8 – 3SVK

Quarterfinals – Game 23Centre Bell

Game Completed

USA3 – 2SUI

Quarterfinals – Game 24Air Canada Centre

Game Completed

CAN5 – 3CZE

Quarterfinals – Game 25Centre Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi Final

·         Scoreboard<04.01.2017>

Faceoff 15:00 GMT-5

USA0 – 0RUS

Semifinals – Game 27Centre Bell

Faceoff 19:30 GMT-5

SWE0 – 0CAN

Semifinals – Game 28Centre Bell

Bronze Medal game:  3:30 PM on 1/5

Gold Medal Game: 8PM on 1/5

 

Transactions

  • CenterAlexander Burmistrov was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.  Burmistrov, 25, has two assists in 23 games.  Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the No. 8 pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, Burmistrov had 30 goals and 81 points in 298 NHL games with the Jets/Thrashers franchise.  https://www.nhl.com/news/alexander-burmistrov-claimed-by-arizona/c-285264968
  • GoalieAl Montoya signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.  Financial terms were not released, but ESPN.com reported an average annual value of $1.0625 million.  Montoya, 31, is 4-4-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 11 games (10 starts). He signed a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and could have become an unrestricted free agent again at the end of the season. In his most recent start, Montoya made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 29.  Selected by the New York Rangers with the No. 6 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Montoya is 59-44-20 with a 2.61 GAA and .909 save percentage in 147 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and Canadiens.  https://www.nhl.com/news/al-montoya-signs-two-year-contract-with-montreal/c-285256868
  • GoaltenderJaroslav Halak was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Friday in hope of generating the spark general manager Garth Snow said his team desperately needs. Snow said the Islanders need wins and feel that going forward with goalies Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube will give them the best chance. New York (14-15-6) is last in the Metropolitan Division and 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.  Halak was pulled in the second period of the Islanders’ 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday after allowing four goals on 24 shots, including three goals in a span of 1:20.  “Jaro wasn’t sharp at all,” coach Jack Capuano said afterward. “He gave up some soft goals and we had to battle back. We did against a real good team. We needed a better effort from Jaro, quite honestly. … Four goals on 24 shots isn’t going to get it done.”  Halak, 31, is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 21 games. He has a career record of 206-123-42 with a 2.42 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 388 games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and the Islanders.  The Islanders announced on Saturdaythat Halak had cleared waivers and has been assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.  New York acquired Halak from Washington in a trade May 1, 2014. Three weeks later, the Islanders signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-islanders-place-jaroslav-halak-on-waivers/c-285170160
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

·         Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson is out for the season after having surgery on his wrist and elbow, according to Gotland Newspapers in Sweden.  Larsson was injured during a 3-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday and had surgery in Boston over the weekend. He was on his way back to Buffalo on Monday, according to the Sabres website.  Larsson, 24, has six goals and five assists in 36 games this season. Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said after practice Monday that Larsson is out indefinitely.  https://www.nhl.com/news/sabres-center-johan-larsson-out-for-season/c-285273388

·         San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was placed on injured reserve Monday.  Vlasic was hit in the face by a puck with 30 seconds remaining in the third period of a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. He did not play in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.  The 29-year-old is second on the Sharks in average ice time per game (21:06) behind defenseman Brent Burns (24:36). He has three goals and six assists in 35 games.  The Sharks recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He has eight assists in 25 AHL games this season, and a goal and three assists in 50 NHL games the past two seasons.  https://www.nhl.com/news/san-jose-sharks-put-marc-edouard-vlasic-on-injured-reserve/c-285264714

·         Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not play in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues on Monday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV), coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday.  Quenneville previously said he was hopeful that Hossa, who is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, could play in the Winter Classic. Hossa last played on Dec. 20 and has missed the past four games. He did not practice Sunday and skated in Chicago.  https://www.nhl.com/news/chicago-blackhawks-marian-hossa-to-miss-winter-classic-with-upper-body-injury/c-285239810

·         New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore has a concussion and was placed on injured reserve Sunday. The Devils recalled defenseman Steven Santini from Albany of the American Hockey League.  Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period of New Jersey’s 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Moore fell awkwardly into the boards after a hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson 3:10 into the game and remained on the ice for several minutes until he was strapped to a board. Some teammates helped to steady the stretcher as Moore was lowered onto it.  He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released.  Moore, 26, has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 37 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/devils-moore-placed-on-injured-reserve-after-suffering-concussion/c-285238752

·         Defenseman P.K. Subban was placed on injured reserve by the Nashville Predators on Sunday with an upper-body injury and his status will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.  Subban, acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on June 29 in a trade for longtime Nashville captain Shea Weber, hasn’t played since Dec. 15. He will miss his eighth consecutive game when the Canadiens come to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, RDS, SNE, NHL.TV).  https://www.nhl.com/news/nashville-predators-put-defenseman-pk-subban-on-injured-reserve/c-285236834

·         Boston Bruins forward David Backes will be out indefinitely with a concussion.  Backes, 32, was injured on a hit by Buffalo Sabres forward William Carrier in the first period of the Bruins’ 4-2 win on Thursday.  Backes has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with the Bruins this season, his first in Boston after spending the first 10 seasons of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues.  Backes, who has 479 points (215 goals, 264 assists) in 760 NHL games, had missed 16 games in his previous eight seasons.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bostons-david-backes-out-with-concussion/c-285205618

·         Winnipeg Jets forward Marko Dano will miss about eight weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Paul Maurice said Saturday.  The Jets placed the 22-year-old forward on injured reserve Friday, one day after he was injured when he crashed into the end boards during the second period of Winnipeg’s 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Dano has three goals and 10 points in 28 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-jets-marko-dano-has-lower-body-injury/c-285196166

·         Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will not play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens because of a foot injury.  Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he went awkwardly into the boards. The Dallas captain finished the game but didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday.  Benn hasn’t missed a game with an injury since March 14, 2013 (wrist). He’s played in every regular-season game since the 2014-15 season; Benn last missed a game April 11, 2014, the last game of the regular season when he was a healthy scratch to rest for the Stanely Cup Playoffs. https://www.nhl.com/news/jamie-benn-wont-play-for-dallas-on-wednesday/c-285287180

·         Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was diagnosed with a concussion Tuesday.  Lack, 28, hasn’t appeared in a game since Nov. 10 and was placed on injured reserve with a concussion Nov. 21. He was activated from IR on Dec. 21 but the Hurricanes said he was sick before their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Dec. 31.  In five games (four starts), Lack is 1-2-1 with a 3.79 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-hurricanes-goalie-eddie-lack-diagnosed-with-concussion/c-285280848

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Suspensions/Fines

·         Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 556 in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 31, the National Hockey League announced today.  The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. DeAngelo was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.  https://www.nhl.com/news/coyotes-anthony-deangelo-suspended-three-games/c-285246956

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Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·         The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday with a historic ceremony revealing the names of the first 33 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.  The 33 legends, who played predominantly during the League’s first 50 years (1917-66), were honored before the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.  The players were selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game.  The remaining 67 players will be named on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles as part of a special event at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.  https://www.nhl.com/news/33-of-100-greatest-nhl-players-revealed/c-284889326

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews , New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreiderand Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 1.  Matthews led the NHL with 4-2-6 in three outings, all multi-point performances, to help the Maple Leafs (17-12-7, 41 points) complete a perfect week, capped by a victory in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic.  Kreider shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1-5) to power the Rangers (26-12-1, 53 points) to a trio of victories.  Fleury turned aside 77 of the 82 shots he faced (2.13 GAA, .939 SV%) to guide the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to three wins.  https://www.nhl.com/news/auston-matthews-chris-kreider-marc-andre-fleury-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285254990

·         Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of December.  Bobrovsky went 12-0-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .939 save percentage to guide the Blue Jackets (26-5-4, 56 points) to a perfect 14-0-0 December and the top of the League standings.  Malkin paced the League with 7-14-21 in 15 contests to power the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to a 12-1-2 December and second place in the overall NHL standings.  Dubnyk went 10-1-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Wild (23-9-4, 50 points) to a 12-1-1 December, including a franchise-record 12-game winning streak. https://www.nhl.com/news/sergei-bobrovsky-three-stars-of-the-month-december-2016/c-285279012

·         Forwards Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, defenseman P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and goalie Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens topped their respective divisions in fan votes in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote to earn the first spots and captaincy in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29.  Price and Crosby captured the most votes in the Atlantic Division and Metropolitan Division, respectively, while Subban led the Central Division and McDavid topped the Pacific Division.  The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will once again feature the 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament, showcasing the NHL’s most talented star players from each division. Introduced at last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, the All-Star Tournament will feature three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Each team will be made up of 11 players from each Division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.  The Los Angeles Kings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary season, and the city of Los Angeles will host the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 27-29. The festivities begin with THE NHL100 on Friday, Jan. 27, continue with the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and conclude with the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) at STAPLES Center. https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosby-among-nhl-all-star-fan-vote-captains/c-285292558

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, who led all rookies with 8-4-12 in 12 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December.  Matthews edged Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (6-6-12 in 14 GP), Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (1-11-12 in 13 GP), Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (4-5-9 in 14 GP) and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (6-1-1, 2.34 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.  The 19-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., native joins teammate William Nylander (October) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (November) as Rookie of the Month winners in 2016-17.  https://www.nhl.com/news/auston-matthews-named-nhl-top-rookie-for-december-2016/c-285279352

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NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman echoed the statements deputy commissioner Bill Daly gave Friday regarding the negative sentiment that exists from the Board of Governors toward participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.  “Absent some compelling reason, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of sentiment on the part of the clubs to go through the disruption of taking almost three weeks off during the season,” Commissioner Bettman said Sunday during a joint press conference with Wayne Gretzky prior to the start of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium.  Commissioner Bettman said that while the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics were different because they were played in North America, participating in Olympics that are “halfway around the world” is not ideal from a business or player safety aspect.  “Not just for the risk of injury, because I see it discussed and reported during the Olympics, but the compression to the regular season is something that concerns us,” Commissioner Bettman said. “We’re hearing complaints now about the five-day break [built into the schedule this season]. While players say they like the five-day break they’re also saying they don’t like the compression that goes along with it, and that’s something that is of great concern to us as well.”  Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, had a different tone when he spoke about the Olympics and how the players feel about where they are in the process of resolving it.  “I’m more optimistic now than I ever have been,” Fehr said.  Fehr said he is convinced an agreement can be reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation on covering the finances associated with participating in the Olympics, including paying for the travel, insurance and accommodations for the players and their guests.  https://www.nhl.com/news/gary-bettman-says-nhl-looking-for-reasons-to-go-to-2018-olympics/c-285241438

·         Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic lived the dream of every goalie Friday.  Nedeljkovic, a second-round pick (No. 37) in the 2014 NHL Draft, was playing for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL when he scored into an empty net in the waning seconds of a 5-3 win against the Atlanta Gladiators.  Nedeljkovic became the 12th ECHL goalie to score, and the first since Brian Foster of Cincinnati in 2013. And Nedeljkovic’s offensive prowess did not come at the expense of his regular job as he made 39 saves.  https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-prospect-scores-in-echl-game/c-285194134

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Columbus (1)
  2. Pittsburgh (3)
  3. NY Rangers (5)
  4. Chicago (4)
  5. Montreal (6)
  6. Minnesota (2)
  7. Washington (7)
  8. San Jose (8)
  9. Anaheim (14)
  10. St Louis (11)
  11. Philadelphia (9)
  12. Edmonton (10)
  13. Ottawa (12)
  14. Boston (16)
  15. Los Angeles (15)
  16. Calgary (13)
  17. Toronto (23)
  18. Tampa Bay (18)
  19. Carolina (17)
  20. Vancouver (28)
  21. Winnipeg (19)
  22. Dallas (20)
  23. Nashville (21)
  24. Florida (22)
  25. Detroit (24)
  26. Buffalo (25)
  27. NY Islanders (26)
  28. New Jersey (27)
  29. Arizona (29)
  30. Colorado (30)
  31. Las Vegas (31)

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  vs EDM on 1/5, @ FLA on 1/7, @ CAR on 1/8, @ StL on 1/10

NYR:  @ PHI on 1/4, @CBJ on 1/7, off until 1/13

CAR:  @ STL on 1/5, @ CHI on 1/6, vs BOS on 1/8, vs CBJ on 1/10

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Blue Jackets @ Capitals on 1/5
  • Wild @ Sharks on 1/5
  • Canadiens @ Maple Leafs on 1/7 (HNIC)
  • Capitals @ Senators on 1/7
  • Flyers @ Blue Jackets on 1/8
  • Wild @ Ducks on 1/8
  • Capitals @ Canadiens on 1/9
  • Penguins @ Capitals on 1/11 (Rivalry Night)

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  6-4 L vs UNH @ Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.  1 game this week, vs USA U-18 team.  Meat of conference schedule starts next weekend.

·         Upsets:

Thu, 12/29:

·         #6 BC 1 @ #14 Quinnipiac 4

Fri, 12/30:

·              (15) Bemidji State      1           @        Alaska-Anchorage     4

·         (2) Denver           2          @        Providence     2          OT

·              (6) Boston College    1           vs.       Ferris State    1           OT

·         (14) Quinnipiac   2          vs.       Robert Morris            5

·         (18) St. Cloud State        3          vs.       Connecticut   4

Sat, 12/31:

·              Miami 6          @        (9) Ohio State            3

·              (2) Denver      1           @        Providence     3

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·         Upcoming big games:

·         Frozen Fenway Begins This weekend, with Army vs Bentley Thursday night, BC vs Providence and BU vs UMass on Saturday.  More games next weekend.

·              (10) Union                  @        (5) Boston University  Thu, 1/5

·              (2) Penn State                        @        (11) Ohio State,  Friday & Saturday

·              (15) Quinnipiac                      @        (4) Harvard , Friday

·         (7) North Dakota                        @        (18) Omaha,  Friday & Saturday

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·         Rankings:

 

·        January 02, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (47) 12- 3-3 997 1
2 Penn State ( 3) 13- 1-1 918 3
3 Denver 12- 4-4 881 2
4 Harvard 9- 2-1 868 4
5 Boston University 10- 5-2 779 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 12- 5-3 752 7
7 North Dakota 10- 6-3 676 8
8 Boston College 13- 7-2 623 6
9 Minnesota 11- 5-2 572 11
10 Union 14- 4-2 516 10
11 Ohio State 9- 3-4 493 9
12 Notre Dame 11- 6-2 479 12
13 Vermont 12- 6-2 429 13
14 Western Michigan 10- 5-3 342 16
15 Quinnipiac 11- 8-2 320 14
16 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 230 17
17 Bemidji State 14- 7-3 195 15
18 Omaha 11- 6-3 157 20
19 Minnesota State 11- 7-2 88 19
20 St. Cloud State 9- 8-1 76 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 30, Cornell 25, Providence 21, Army 15, Robert Morris 8, Northeastern 4, Air Force 3, Clarkson 2, Wisconsin 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4UlMLhOIS

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  goaltender of the week for week 17 (2 weeks ago was Ben Scrivens (Dinamo Minsk), with three wins in three road matches, shutting out the opposition twice and allowing just a single goal all week. The 30-year-old Canadian recorded a save percentage of 98.97 and a goals against average of 0.33 –the best individual figures in both categories;

Defenseman Matt Gilroy, (BU, Hobey) is #2 among D’s in scoring this season, with 36 pts in 44 GP.  He has 225 NHL games with Rangers, Lightning, Senators, and Panthers.  He has 11G and 37A for 48 pts in the NHL.  He has spent last 3 seasons in KHL

 

Steve:

My KHL minute deals with Andrei Karayev, the goalie for Neftekmik Nizhnakomsk and his shutout a couple of days ago of Salavat Yulaev 1-0… In the game notes, you can see where several Russian players actually had 2 attempts in the shootout which should promote an interesting discussion for us…

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

·         SKA leads West, 35-4-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 31-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-13-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 33-12-2

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Picks of the week:

·         Wayne:  Hurricanes equipment manager makes NHL debut in goal.  Jorge Alves, one of the Carolina Hurricanes equipment managers, played goalie in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.  Signed to a professional tryout contract as an emergency backup goalie (EBUG) when Eddie Lack got sick earlier in the day, Alves dressed behind starter Cam Ward but didn’t expect to play.  “It’s unbelievable,” the 37-year-old said. “I was actually heading back down the tunnel when I heard coach call my name. I couldn’t believe it. I think it was (7.6) seconds or something. I just looking down the ice and seeing the puck in the corner and just hoping it would stay in the corner.  Before the game, Alves got choked up talking about the support he’s received from his wife Amanda throughout his career.  But he didn’t let all of the excitement take him away from his regular job.  Alves painted his own mask, (a tribute to fellow equipment managers Skip Cunningham, Bob Gorman and Dave Paul drawn by Erik Huffine, the brother of Hurricanes video coach Chris Huffine) and sharpened skates during the game, just as he would if he weren’t wearing full goalie gear.  A native of Massachusetts, Alves has worked with the Hurricanes since the 2003-04 season. A U.S. Marines veteran, he played for the North Carolina State club team and in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-equipment-manager-jorge-alves-makes-nhl-debut/c-285212858

 

Steve: My pick of the week is Alex Pietrangelo and his awesome support for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital… He really promoted the Hospital and raised money with the help of some teammates during the buildup to this year’s Winter Classic…

 

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“The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 20 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get into a patriotic mood, as the World Junior Tournament gets going and the NHL comes out of it’s holiday break.  We’ll have all the details.  Some of the stories that we’ll have this week are: 

  • World Junior Championships get going, and watch out for Team Denmark!
  • There are lots of injuries around the league, affecting many teams.
  • 2 players and a coach get new contracts
  • Jaromir Jagr grabs the #2 spot in the all-time scoring leader board
  • We preview the upcoming outdoor games

We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

 

THN Episode 20 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

  • Christmas Break! Light news week
  • My game experience on 12/23
  • Opinions on NHL taking a break vs NFL and NBA not.

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  3-1 W @ FLA on 12/22, 3-2 OTL @ CAR on 12/23, 4-3 L @ CBJ on 12/27

NYR:  7-4 L vs NYR on 12/23, 4-3 W vs OTT on 12/27

CAR:  3-1 W @ BUF on 12/22, 3-2 OTW vs BOS on 12/23

Note:  Carolina is 6-1-2 in its past nine games and 13-7-5 in November and December.

 

Notable Games (Other than Rangers, Bruins, and Canes)

 

·         Capitals 3 @ Flyers 2 SO  on 12/21

·         Wild 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 12/22

·         Penguins 1 @ Blue Jackets 7 on 12/22

·         Ducks 1 @ Senators 2 OT on 12/22

·         Oilers 2 @ Sharks 3 OT on 12/23

·         Canadiens 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 12/23 (10-0)

·         Sharks 3 @ Ducks 2 OT on 12/27

 

World Juniors:

·         First round, Round Robin, 2 games for each team Complete.  2 games to go.

·         Current Pool play standings Through 6PM Thursday:

R Team GP W OTW OTL L   GF:GA PTS
  Group A
1 SWE 2 2 0 0 0   10:3 6
2 DEN 3 1 1 0 1   7:10 5
3 CZE 3 1 0 2 0   7:8 5
4 SUI 2 0 1 0 1   6:7 2
5 FIN 2 0 0 0 2   3:5 0
  Group B
1 USA 3 3 0 0 0   14:5 9
2 CAN 2 2 0 0 0   10:3 6
3 RUS 3 1 0 0 2   14:9 3
4 SVK 2 0 0 0 2   2:10 0
5 LAT 2 0 0 0 2   2:15 0

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·          Top 4 in each group advance to quarter final.  QF starts on Jan 2.

 

 

Transactions

  • Forward Brett Howden signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Howden, 18, was selected by the Lightning with the No. 27 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is captain of Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League and has 16 goals and 16 assists in 21 games this season.  Howden has 63 goals and 80 assists in 162 WHL games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/brett-howden-signs-three-year-contract-with-lightning/c-285103652
  • Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan signed a three-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season Monday. Sullivan, 48, took over as Penguins coach after Mike Johnston was fired on Dec. 12, 2015. The Penguins finished the season 33-16-5 and won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in their history with a six-game series win against the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final.  Sullivan became the sixth American-born coach in NHL history, and the fourth coach after taking over during a season, to win the Stanley Cup. The Penguins were 16-8 during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and are 55-24-10 in the regular season since he took over. Under Sullivan, they have won 14 of their 55 games (25 percent) when trailing by two goals or more and have played 109 straight games (including playoffs) without back-to-back regulation losses.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-sign-sullivan-to-three-year-extrension/c-285052006
  • ForwardArtemi Panarin is happy he’ll remain with the Chicago Blackhawks through the 2018-19 season after agreeing to a two-year contract. Panarin’s linemate, forward Patrick Kane, is almost as thrilled.  TSN reported that the contract is worth $12 million, an average annual value of $6 million. Panarin is in the final year of a two-year, entry-level contract he signed on April 29, 2015, and would have become a restricted free agent this offseason. Performance bonuses have made the average annual value of his contract $3.5 million, but the NHL salary-cap charge is $812,500 this season, according to Cap Friendly.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

·         Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will miss at least the next two games with an upper-body injury.  Subban, who hasn’t played since a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 15, did not practice Wednesday and remains day to day. He has seven goals and 10 assists (17 points) and is minus-11 in his first season with Nashville after he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens for Shea Weber on June 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pk-subban-out-next-two-games/c-285102492

·         New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall is day to day with a lower-body injury and will not play against the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-DC).  The Devils said Hall’s injury is unrelated to the arthroscopic knee surgery he had Nov. 16 that forced him to miss eight games.  Hall, 25, had an assist in 16:48 of ice time in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. He has eight goals and 15 assists in 27 games in his first season with New Jersey since being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hall-day-to-day-with-injury/c-285102506

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Maine native Brian Dumoulin will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery for a broken jaw. Dumoulin, 25, was hit in the mouth with a slap shot by New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene in the third period of a 5-2 win Tuesday. He was placed on long-term injured reserve.  Dumoulin has seven assists and is minus-8 in 35 games. He had 16 assists and was a plus-11 in 79 regular-season games, and scored two goals and six assists in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Penguins win the Stanley Cup last season.   https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburghs-brian-dumoulin-out-with-broken-jaw/c-285098324

·         Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen will miss 4-6 weeks because of a knee injury.  Hansen, 30, was injured when he was hit by Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault in the second period of a 4-1 loss on Dec. 22. He tried to stay in the game but pulled up favoring his right leg shortly into his following shift.  https://www.nhl.com/news/vancouver-canucks-jannik-hansen-out-four-to-six-weeks/c-285069454

·         Injury has put a damper on Justin Faulk‘s long-awaited hot streak for the Carolina Hurricanes. Faulk is week to week because of a lower-body injury sustained Friday against the Boston Bruins. The 24-year-old combined for nine points (four goals, five assists) and 35 shots on goal in his past eight games after starting the season with seven points in 22 games. https://www.nhl.com/news/justin-faulk-injury-fantasy-impact/c-285065680

·         Already depleted by injuries, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost two more players when forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Braydon Coburn left in the second period of a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Friday. Lightning coach Jon Cooper provided little information on Drouin and Coburn after the game.  Victor Hedman also missed time in the 2nd period of the game, but eventually returned in the 3rd. https://www.nhl.com/news/lightnings-jonathan-drouin-leaves-game-vs-capitals/c-285022898

·         Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly will be out for at least two weeks after having an appendectomy during the three-day Christmas break.  O’Reilly, 25, has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 27 games this season. He missed six games in November with an oblique injury.  “Our understanding is that he’ll need 10-14 days of rest and recovery, plus the time that it takes him to get back into game shape,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.   https://www.nhl.com/news/buffalo-sabres-ryan-oreilly-out-after-having-appendectomy/c-285059960

·         The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Artem Anisimov on injured reserve Thursday because of an upper-body injury. The move is retroactive to Dec. 18.  Anisimov did not play in each of the Blackhawks’ past two games, a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday and a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. He ranks third on the Blackhawks in goals (14) and points (27) in 32 games. https://www.nhl.com/news/chicago-blackhawks-place-anisimov-on-ir/c-284961780

·         The St. Louis Blues placed forward Paul Stastny on injured reserve Thursday with an upper-body injury.  It’s unclear how much time Stastny will miss. He has seven goals and 17 points in 34 games this season, including an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He took a couple of shifts in the third period against Dallas before sitting out the rest of the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/st-louis-blues-place-paul-stastny-on-ir-with-upper-body-injury/c-284961530

·         Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov will be out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury, coach Tom Rowe said Thursday.  Barkov left in the second period of a 3-2 shootout loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and did not return. He was hit in the side by a slap shot from teammate Keith Yandle, although Rowe said the injury was not to Barkov’s ribs.  Barkov leads the Panthers with 27 points in 36 games and had a five-game point streak end against Toronto.  https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-forward-aleksander-barkov-out-indefinitely/c-285137490

·         Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will be out week to week because of a lower-body injury sustained against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday.  Murray left the game Wednesday after the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury replaced him, made 19 saves and got the win when Pittsburgh scored twice in the third period for a 3-2 victory.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-matt-murray-week-to-week-with-lower-body-injury/c-285132354

·         Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner will be out 4-6 weeks after having abdominal surgery Dec. 21.  Stoner, 31, has not played since a 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 15 and has been on injured reserve since Nov. 17. He has one goal and two assists in 14 games this season.  Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen will miss the two-game road trip against the Calgary Flames on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SN360, PRIME, NHL.TV) and Vancouver Canucks on Friday with an illness. Defenseman Brandon Montour, 22, was called up from San Diego of the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut on Thursday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-defenseman-clayton-stoner-out-following-abdominal-surgery/c-285126616

·         Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.  The 20-year-old was injured during a 4-3 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.  Point, Tampa Bay’s third-round pick (No. 79) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 36 games this season, including a goal and three assists in his past five games.  Forward Vladislav Namestnikov , who also left the game against the Canadiens with an upper-body injury, is day to day.  https://www.nhl.com/news/tampa-bay-lightning-forward-brayden-point-has-upper-body-injury/c-285128486

·         Calgary Flames forward Troy Brouwer is out week to week after breaking his finger on Dec. 23.  Brouwer was injured when he was hit in the hand by a dump-in by teammate Kris Versteeg in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Brouwer has eight goals and nine assists (17 points) in 36 games in his first season with Calgary after signing as a free agent on July 1.  https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-brouwer-week-to-week-following-surgery-on-broken-finger/c-285111372

 

Suspensions/Fines

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·         Nick Foligno scored a late power-play goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to their 13th straight win, 4-3 against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

·         Jared Spurgeon scored at 2:46 of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, extending their winning streak to 11 games.

·         Evgeny Malkin scored his 800th career point, when he scored a goal in a 4-1 win vs the Devils on Friday

·         Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr , Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 25.  Jagr led the League with five assists in three games to move into second place in all-time NHL scoring (755-1,134-1,889 in 1,664 GP) and power the Panthers (15-14-6, 36 points) to three out of a possible six standings points.  Jagr collected one helper, in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Dec. 22, to move past Messier and into sole possession of second place in all-time NHL scoring.  Carter paced the NHL with five goals in three contests to lift the Kings (17-13-4, 38 points) to four out of a possible six standings points.  Talbot went 2-0-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .926 save percentage to backstop the Oilers (18-12-6, 42 points) to five out of a possible six standings points.

·         Shane Doan scored his 400th NHL goal Friday in his 1,500th game.  The forward scored for the Arizona Coyotes with 44 seconds left in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena. He has four goals in 34 games this season.  Doan has played all of his 21 NHL seasons with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise. He is the 93rd NHL player to score 400, and the 17th to play 1,500 games.  The 40-year-old is the fifth NHL player from a current franchise to hold its records for games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and power-play goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.  The others are Ron Francis (Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes), Joe Sakic (Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche), Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Mike Modano (Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars).  https://www.nhl.com/news/shane-doan-of-coyotes-scores-400th-nhl-goal/c-285029508

·         Center David Legwand, who played 16 seasons and was the first player selected in Nashville Predators history, retired on Thursday.  Legwand was the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NHL Draft and spent parts of 14 seasons with Nashville where he had 210 goals and 356 assists (566 points) in 956 games.  The 36-year-old scored on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 2000, the first overtime penalty shot goal in NHL history.  Legwand last played in the NHL in 2015-16 when he had five goals and nine assists in 79 games with the Buffalo Sabres.  He also played for the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators and finished his NHL career with 228 goals and 390 assists (618 points) in 1,136 NHL games from 1998-2016. Legwand had 13 goals and 15 assists (28 points) in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff games.   https://www.nhl.com/news/former-predators-center-david-legwand-retires-from-nhl/c-284975696

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NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         The postponed game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings, originally scheduled to be played on Dec. 19, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27, 2017 at PNC Arena, the National Hockey League announced today. The start time for the game will be 7 p.m. ET.  https://www.nhl.com/news/red-wings-hurricanes-game-rescheduled/c-284975348 That creates a college-style back-to-back games vs DET, as they play each other again on 3/28.  It also makes a very busy week for Car, as they will have 4 games in 6 nights (3/25-3/30) and 6 games in 9 nights (3/25-4/2).  Their last chance for them to have 2 off days in a row is 2/22-2/23.

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Columbus (4)
  2. Minnesota (8)
  3. Pittsburgh (2)
  4. Chicago (1)
  5. NY Rangers (3)
  6. Montreal (5)
  7. Washington (7)
  8. San Jose (9)
  9. Philadelphia (6)
  10. Edmonton (12)
  11. St Louis (10)
  12. Ottawa (11)
  13. Calgary (14)
  14. Anaheim (16)
  15. Los Angeles (15)
  16. Boston (13)
  17. Carolina (21)
  18. Tampa Bay (17)
  19. Winnipeg (22)
  20. Dallas (20)
  21. Nashville (19)
  22. Florida (18)
  23. Toronto (25)
  24. Detroit (24)
  25. Buffalo (23)
  26. NY Islanders (26)
  27. New Jersey (27)
  28. Vancouver (28)
  29. Arizona (29)
  30. Colorado (30)
  31. Las Vegas (31)

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston: @BUF on 12/29, vs BUF on 12/31, @NJD on 1/2

NYR:  @ARI on 12/29, @COL on 12/31, vs BUF on 1/3, @PHI on 1/4

CAR:  @ PIT on 12/28, vs CHI on 12/30, @TBL on 12/31, vs NJD on 1/3

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Flyers @ Sharks on 12/30
  • Canadiens @ Penguins on 12/31
  • Blue Jackets @ Wild on 12/31
  • Red Wings @ Maple Leafs on 1/1 – Centennial Classic
  • Senators @ Capitals on 1/1
  • Blackhawks @ Blues on 1/2 – Winter Classic
  • Kings @ Sharks on 1/3

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Off until 12/30, vs UNH (NC) @ Manchester

·         Upsets: only 4 games throughout country last week.

·         Full slate of action next week, mostly holiday tournaments.

·         Holy Cross Def USA University team, 10-1  (ACHA players)

 

Upcoming big games:

·         #6 BC vs #14 Quinnipiac @ Three Rivers Classic in PIT on 12/29

·         #8 N Dakota @ #10 Union

·         #17 St Lawrence @ #13 Vermont

·         Other big matchups possible depending on tournament results

 

·         Rankings:  No new Ranking this week due to almost everyone being away for Xmas break.

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne: Barys forward Nigel Dawes scored his eighth KHL hat-trick to lead Barys to a valuable 5-3 win over the defending champion Metallurg Magnitogorsk and write his name in the league’s history books.  Dawes led a first-period blitz to help his team into a 4-0 lead and become the first player to post eight trebles in KHL action. Nikita Ivanov was the other Barys goalscorer.  Dawes has 212 games in the NHL with the Rangers, Coyotes, Flames, Thrashers, and Canadiens.  He has 39 goals and 45 assists for 84 points.  His best season in the NHL was in 09-10 with the Flames when he had 14g 18a (32p) in 66 games.  He has played the last 6 seasons in the KHL, playing 314 games, and netting 153g 114a for 267 pts.

 

Steve:

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

·         SKA leads West, 35-2-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 29-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-12-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 31-12-2

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Picks of the week:

Wayne:

·         Boston is indeed the Hockey Capitol of the US!  6, almost 7 players from BU make Team USA roster for WJC.  How are they not #1?  Charlie McAvoy, a Boston Bruins prospect, also making the 23-man roster were goaltender Jake Oettinger (2017 draft eligible) and forwards Patrick Harper (Nashville Predators), Jordan Greenway (Minnesota Wild), Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) and Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders). Boston University defenseman Chad Krys (Chicago Blackhawks) was released from the team Friday.  The last time as many as six players from the same team played for the United States at the WJC was 1979, when the University of Minnesota sent six players to Sweden: Aaron Broten, Neal Broten, Bryan Erickson, Jim Jetland, Mike Ramsey and Steve Ulseth.  If you include the three players from Boston College (White, goalie Joseph Woll and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald), and Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox, 43.5 percent (10 of 23) of the U.S. roster is made up of players attending Boston-based colleges.  Additionally, Boston University defenseman Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators), of Coquitlam, British Columbia, will play for Canada at the 2017 WJC.

·         https://www.nhl.com/news/alex-ovechkin-delights-young-players-at-holiday-skate/c-284975224

 

  • Steve:

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

·         Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 1/4 6PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 19 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get into the holiday spirit, as the NHL rolls on toward the Christmas break.  We’ll have all the details.  Some of the stories that we’ll have this week are: 

  • We talk about the big hit on Henrik Lundqvist, and the aftermath that followed
  • We marvel at the longevity of Jaromir Jagr’s remarkable career
  • We discuss the ice conditions that led to a postponed game in Raleigh
  • The Anaheim Ducks sign one of their top prospects
  • The Red Wings, Senators, Bruins, and Penguins all have key players that got injured over the past couple weeks.
  • We have a couple suspensions to talk about, and we get you caught up with the NHL’s 3 stars of the week from the past couple weeks
  • Finally, we have a Christmas performance by Boston Garden Legend, Rene Rancourt

We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!
 

THN Episode 19 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

Web site: http://www.thehockeynuts.com

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Opening Remarks

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  4-3 OTL @ PIT on 12/14, 4-3 L vs ANA on 12/15, 1-0 W vs LA on 12/18, 4-2 L vs NYI on 12/20

NYR:  2-0 W @ Dal on 12/15, 2-1 SOW @ NSH on 12/17, 3-2 SOW vs NJD on 12/18, 7-2 L @ PIT on 12/20

CAR:  4-3 SOL vs WSH on 12/16, 2-1 SOW vs Buf on 12/17, Home game vs Det on 12/19 PPD

Notable Games (Other than Rangers, Bruins, and Canes)

·         Sharks 4 @ Senators 3 SO on 12/14

·         Sharks 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 12/16

·         Kings 1 @ Penguins 0 OT on 12/16

·         Canadiens 2 @ Capitals 1 on 12/17

·         Blackhawks 6 @ Blues 4 on 12/17

·         Sharks 1 @ Blackhawks 4 on 12/18

·         Ducks 1 @ Canadiens 5 on 12/20

·         Kings 2 @ BlueJackets 3 SO on 12/20

·         Senators 4 @ Blackhawks 3 on 12/20

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Transactions

Injuries

·         The Detroit Red Wings placed goaltender Jimmy Howard on seven-day injured reserve Wednesday. Howard sustained a lower-body injury at 5:39 of the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Tuesday when Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen and Lightning forward Erik Condra fell on top of him during a scrum in the crease. Howard was unable to put weight on his right leg and had to be helped off the ice. https://www.nhl.com/news/detroits-jimmy-howard-on-ir-with-lower-body-injury/c-284932784

·         Craig Cunningham, captain of Tucson of the American Hockey League, will likely be discharged from Banner University Medical Center Tucson before Dec. 25.  Cunningham, 26, has been hospitalized since collapsing on the ice before a game against Manitoba on Nov. 19. Medical personnel performed chest compressions before transporting him to Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, where CPR was continued. Two days later, Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Cunningham was in critical but stable condition. Tucson is the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate.  Cunningham was soon transferred to Banner, where he received advanced life-saving therapy using ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a specialized procedure for patients so critically ill that no other support for the heart and lungs is adequate.  “A pump circulates blood through a circuit of tubing supporting heart function and through an oxygenator, which functions as an artificial lung,” Banner said in a statement released Tuesday. “It is used to help patients of all ages with life-threatening conditions that impair heart and/or lung function. Most patients who need ECMO are almost certain to die without this level of support.”  Though Cunningham’s condition continued to worsen, a procedure developed by Dr. Zain Khalpey using a left ventricular assist device, Oxy-LVAD, allowed his heart to recover.  Selected by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (No. 97) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham was claimed off waivers by the Coyotes on March 2, 2015. The forward has three goals and eight points in 65 NHL games with the Bruins and Coyotes, and four goals and 13 points in 11 games with Tucson, including the first goal in Roadrunners history on Oct. 14.  https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-cunningham-to-be-released-from-hospital/c-284898706

·         Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond left with 3:15 remaining in the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday because of what appeared to be a lower-body injury.  Hammond contorted his body after a shot by Islanders forward Shane Prince went behind him and was favoring his left leg while being helped off the ice.  Hammond, who was making his first start since Oct. 28, made seven saves. He was replaced by Mike Condon. Hammond returned to the Senators bench in the second period. https://www.nhl.com/news/senators-goalie-andrew-hammond-leaves-with-injury/c-284842668

·         Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson will have surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist and is out indefinitely.  “Erik suffered ligament damage to his wrist this season that has affected his wrist function,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. “Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition, and Erik and our Canucks medical team believe surgery offers the best long-term outcome and are confident in a full recovery.”  Gudbranson, 24, has a goal and six points in 30 games this season. He did not play in a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/gudbranson-out-indefinitely-for-canucks/c-284834218

·         Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak likely will miss at least the next two games after having a procedure on his right elbow on Friday.  “David underwent a successful removal of the olecranon bursa from his right elbow on Friday, December 16 at Newton Wellesley Hospital by Dr. Matthew Liebman,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “He will likely be unavailable for the games on Sunday and Tuesday. His condition will be re-assessed on a day-to-day basis.”  Pastrnak has 19 goals in 27 games this season, which rank him second in the League behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (21).  https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-david-pastrnak-out-at-least-two-games/c-284802290

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve on Saturday. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan on Friday said Letang likely would miss a few weeks because of a lower-body injury. Letang leads the Penguins in ice time per game (26:04) this season, and has two goals and 19 points in 25 games. In their first game without him on Friday, the Penguins lost 1-0 in overtime to the Los Angele Kings to end their seven-game winning streak.  https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-place-kris-letang-on-injured-reserve/c-284801828

 

 

Suspensions/Fines

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Jaromir Jagrhad three assists to tie Mark Messier for second place on the NHL’s all-time points list when the Florida Panthers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout at BB&T Center on Tuesday. Jagr has 1,887 points in his NHL career. He reached the milestone by assisting on Nick Bjugstad‘s first goal of the season at 16:09 of the third period to tie it 3-3. https://www.nhl.com/news/buffalo-sabres-florida-panthers-game-recap/c-284915140
  • Chicago Blackhawks left wingArtemi Panarin, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 18.  Panarin paced the NHL with seven assists and 10 points in four games – all multi-point performances – to help the League-leading Blackhawks (22-8-4, 48 points) stretch their overall winning streak to five contests.  Lundqvist went 3-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average and .967 save percentage to backstop the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers (23-10-1, 47 points) to six out of a possible eight standings points.   Staal shared the League lead with four goals (4-1-5) in three outings as the Wild (18-8-4, 40 points) extended their winning streak to seven games, their longest such run since March 14-27, 2013 (also 7-0-0).  https://www.nhl.com/news/artemi-panarin-henrik-lundqvist-eric-staal-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-284851702
  • New York Rangers goalieHenrik Lundqvist was inspired by Dominik Hasek when he was a young goalie growing up in Sweden. Now Lundqvist shares a place in the NHL record book with the Hockey Hall of Famer.  Lundqvist tied Hasek for the most wins by a Europe-born goalie in NHL history by making 29 saves in a 3-2 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Each has 389 wins.  https://www.nhl.com/news/henrik-lundqvist-of-rangers-gets-389th-career-win/c-284848908
  • Price made 20 saves in theMontreal Canadiens’ 2-1 victoryagainst the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Saturday, earning his 250th career win. Price is the 52nd goalie in NHL history to win 250 games and second goalie this month; Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators reached the milestone on Dec. 13.  He is the 4th in Montreal’s history, Joining Jaques Plante, Ken Dryden, and Patrick Roy.    https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-carey-price-rebounds-for-milestone-win/c-284825440

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         The game scheduled for Monday between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes was postponed after a nearly two-hour delay because of issues with the ice at PNC Arena.  The Hurricanes discovered a broken seal on the main compressor that runs the ice chiller at 6 p.m. ET, resulting in the ice temperature rising from the game-time standard of 21 degrees to about 30 degrees, president Don Waddell said. They initially postponed warmups by 30 minutes to fix the seal, which was leaking Freon, but the temperature did not drop quickly enough to allow the game to be played.  https://www.nhl.com/news/detroit-red-wings-carolina-hurricanes-game-postponed/c-284874074

·         Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola will be nominated as secretary of the Army, President-elect Donald Trump said Monday. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  Viola, a 1977 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, is a former U.S. Army infantry officer who served in the 101st Airborne Division before beginning a successful business career. Viola has remained engaged with national security issues after his military service.  Viola, the founder and executive chairman of Virtu Financial, purchased the Panthers on Sept. 27, 2013. The team set franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) during the 2015-16 season, qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in the team’s 23-year history.  Subject to NHL approval, Viola has designated Douglas Cifu, now the team’s vice chairman and alternate governor, to step into his role as chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment.  https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-owner-nominated-as-secretary-of-the-army/c-284850820

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Chicago (3)
  2. Pittsburgh (4)
  3. NY Rangers (5)
  4. Columbus (2)
  5. Montreal (1)
  6. Philadelphia (6)
  7. Washington (7)
  8. Minnesota (8)
  9. San Jose (9)
  10. St Louis (12)
  11. Ottawa (15)
  12. Edmonton (11)
  13. Boston (14)
  14. Calgary (13)
  15. Los Angeles (18)
  16. Anaheim (10)
  17. Tampa Bay (17)
  18. Florida (22)
  19. Nashville (16)
  20. Dallas (20)
  21. Carolina (21)
  22. Winnipeg (27)
  23. Buffalo (25)
  24. Detroit (23)
  25. Toronto (24)
  26. NY Islanders (26)
  27. New Jersey (19)
  28. Vancouver (28)
  29. Arizona (29)
  30. Colorado (30)
  31. Las Vegas (31)

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ FLA on 12/22, @ CAR on 12/23, @CBJ on 12/27

NYR:  vs MIN on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27

CAR:  @Buf on 12/22, vs Bos on 12/23, @ PIT on 12/28

Highlights of upcoming week

·         Capitals  @ Flyers  on 12/21

·         Wild @ Canadiens on 12/22

·         Penguins @ Blue Jackets on 12/22

·         Ducks @ Senators on 12/22

·         Oilers @ Sharks on 12/23

·         Canadiens @ Blue Jackets on 12/23 (10-0)

·         Sharks @ Ducks on 12/27

·         Flyers @ Blues on 12/28

·         World Junior Championships start on 12/26!  USA opens with Latvia @ 3:30 ET, and Canada opens with Russia @ 8 PM ET.  Both games at Air Canada Center in Toronto  all games either at ACC or Bell Centre in Montreal

 

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Off until 12/30

·         Upsets: only 13 games throughout country last week

 

12/16 :

·         Princeton beat #19 Minnesota State 6-1

12/17:

·         #13 Union beat #11 Vermont 7-3

12/18:

·         #13 Union beat #11 Vermont 2-1

 

Upcoming big games:

·         Only 4 NCAA games this week, none involving ranked teams.

 

·         Rankings:

·         December 19, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (35) 12- 3-3 982 1
2 Denver (11) 12- 3-3 958 2
3 Penn State ( 4) 13- 1-1 886 3
4 Harvard 8- 2-1 818 4
5 Boston University 10- 5-2 765 6
6 Boston College 13- 6-1 760 5
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 10- 5-3 689 7
8 North Dakota 9- 6-3 626 8
9 Ohio State 9- 2-4 591 9
10 Union 14- 3-2 560 13
11 Minnesota 9- 5-2 531 10
12 Notre Dame 9- 6-2 415 12
13 Vermont 10- 6-2 348 11
14 Quinnipiac 10- 7-2 340 14
15 Bemidji State 13- 6-3 296 15
16 Western Michigan 8- 5-3 257 16
17 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 237 17
18 St. Cloud State 8- 7-1 164 18
19 Minnesota State 11- 7-2 84 19
20 Omaha 9- 6-3 77 20
Others receiving votes: Cornell 65, Michigan Tech 27, Army 10, Michigan 5, Clarkson 4, Providence 3, Princeton 2.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4TVoPxoD8

 

KHL Minute: 

·         Wayne:  League adopts 3v3 OT:  The League has announced that from Thursday, the 15th of December, regular season matches in the Kontinental Hockey League, Youth Hockey League and Women’s Hockey League which are tied at the end of regulation time will progress to an overtime period contested by teams of three skaters and one goaltender. The new 3-on-3 format echoes that which will be used in the IIHF World Hockey Championship, May of 2017.  Under the new rules, tied games which finish with the teams at even strength – be it 5-on-5, 4-on-4, 3-on-3 – will start the overtime period in the 3-on-3 format. Games which finish with the teams at 5-on-3 will begin overtime at 5-on-3, but in the event of the final hooter sounding when the teams are 5-on-4, then overtime shall commence with a 4-on-3 arrangement. If a player earns a penalty during the overtime period, the opposing team will have a 4-on-3 advantage.  The changes were agreed upon at a KHL board meeting held in Moscow on Wednesday, the 14th of December.

Steve:  My KHL minute deals with a game between Admiral Vladivostok and Neftekmik Nizhnekamsk which Admiral won 7-5 maintaining its hold on 7th place in the Eastern Conference of the KHL…

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A look at the standings:

·         SKA leads West, 33-2-4

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 30-6-6

·         Torpedo 3rd, 26-11-4

·         Metallurg leads east 28-8-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 29-10-3

·         AK Bars 3rd ease 30-12-2

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Picks of the week:

Wayne:

·         Famed Boston Bruins singer Rene Rancourt sang “Blue Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock” during intermission of Tuesday’s game against the Islanders.  Rancourt was decked out in a red vest and tie weaing a Santa hat.  There was also a giant bear there.  The bear was also wearing a Santa hat.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-rene-rancourt-sings-blue-christmas-and-jingle-bell-rock/c-284924430

 

  • Steve: My pick of the week was Mason, the youngster at the Detroit Red Wings game the other night who was given the honorary 1st star of the game…

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

·         Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 12/28 6PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 18 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I return from an unexpected 2 week hiatus.  While we were away, the NHL season rolled on.  We’ll have all the details.  Some of the stories that we’ll have this week are: 

  • The Coyotes make some roster moves to fill holes caused by injuries
  • An Islanders team leader signs an extension
  • The Flyers, Oilers, Rangers, Canadiens, Bruins, and Canucks all have players that got injured over the past couple weeks.
  • We have a couple suspensions to talk about, and we get you caught up with the NHL’s 3 stars of the week from the past couple weeks

We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

 



 

THN Episode 18 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

Web site: http://www.thehockeynuts.com

Email the show: feedback@thehockeynuts.com
Voicemail: 919-960-1718

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Opening Remarks

  • 12 days since last recording…
  • Our personal issues over the past week.
  • Stanley Cup Coming to Raleigh in 2017!!!

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

Turned upside down in last 2 weeks!

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  (3-2-1) 2-1 W vs BUF on 12/3, 4-3 OTW vs FLA on 12/5, 4-3 OTL @ WAS on 12/7, 4-2 L vs COL on 12/8, 4-1 L vs TOR on 12/10, 2-1 OTW @ MON on 12/12  Now 16-12-2 on season, 3rd in Atlantic

NYR:  (4-2-0) 4-2 W vs CAR on 12/3, 4-2 L @ NYI on 12/6, 2-1 W @ WIN on 12/8, 1-0 OTW @ CHI on 12/9, 5-0 W vs NJD on 12/11, 2-1 L on vs CHI on 12/13  Now 20-10-1 on season, 2nd in Metro

CAR:  (3-2-1) 4-2 L @ NYR on 12/3, 1-0 W vs TBL on 12/4, 6-5 SOL @ ANA on 12/7, 3-1 W @ LA on 12/8, 4-3 L @ SJ on 12/10, 8-6 W vs VAN on 12/13 Now 12-11-6 on season, 7th in Metro, 11th in East, 8 pts out of a playoff spot.

Notable Games (Other than Rangers, Bruins, and Canes)

·         Oilers 3, Ducks 2 OT on 12/3

·         Flyers 3, Black Hawks 1 on 12/3

·         Devils 5, Nashville, 4 OT on 12/3

·         Lightning 2, Washington 1 SO on 12/3

·         Wild 2, Oilers 1 on 12/4

·         Canadiens 5, Kings 4 on 12/4

·         Penguins 8, Senators 5 on 12/5

·         Blues 3, Canadiens 2 on 12/6

·         Senators 4, Sharks 2 on 12/7

·         Flyers 6, Oilers 5 on 12/8

·         Rangers 1, Blackhawks 0 OT on 12/9

·         Blues 4, Devils 1 on 12/9

·         Ducks 3, Sharks 2 on 12/9

·         Kings 4, Senators 1 on 12/10

·         Ducks 5, Senators 1 on 12/11

·         Wild 3, Blues 1 on 12/11

·         BlueJackets 3, Oilers 1 on 12/13

 

 

 

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Injuries

·         Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit has an upper-body injury and is expected to be out two weeks.  Streit played 19:04 in a 1-0 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday but sat out the final 2:26 of the third period and did not play in overtime.  In 31 games this season, Streit, 39, has five goals and 11 assists, and is fourth on the Flyers with an average ice time of 19:52 per game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/mark-streit-of-flyers-has-upper-body-injury/c-284633406

·         Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse is expected to be out up to 12 weeks after having surgery to repair ligament and bone damage to his ankle.  Nurse, 21, had three goals and two assists in 25 games. He last played Dec. 1 against the Winnipeg Jets and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 3 because of a lower-body injury.  https://www.nhl.com/news/oilers-darnell-nurse-out-after-ankle-surgery/c-284637782

·         Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi was placed on injured reserve on Saturday with an upper-body injury and is considered week to week. He was injured Thursday in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.  Domi has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 26 games this season.  The Coyotes recalled forward Laurent Dauphin and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Saturday and they will be in the lineup Saturday against the Nashville Predators (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-TN, NHL.TV).  https://www.nhl.com/news/coyotes-place-max-domi-on-injured-reserve/c-284576230

·         New York Rangers forward Rick Nash will be out one week with a groin injury that forced him to leave a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.  Nash had an MRI exam Wednesday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/rick-nash-injury-update/c-284474294

·         Montreal Canadiens centers Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais each will be out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.  Galchenyuk was injured during a 5-4 shootout win at the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday when he collided with Kings center Anze Kopitar in the offensive zone past the midway point of the second period. Galchenyuk appeared to be favoring his right leg after it was clipped by Kopitar’s leg.  Galchenyuk leads the Canadiens with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 25 games this season. His position as the top-line center between Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov was filled the next game by Desharnais, who did not make it through that 3-2 overtime loss at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, leaving the game in the third period. Desharnais has three goals and nine points in 25 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-alex-galchenyuk-david-desharnais-sidelined/c-284479724

·         Boston Bruins forward Matt Beleskey will miss six weeks because of a right knee injury.  Beleskey injured his knee in the first period of a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.  The 28-year-old has two goals and three assists in 24 games for Boston this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-forward-matt-beleskey-out-six-weeks/c-284418326

·         Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon of the Western Hockey League, projected to be the first player picked at the 2017 NHL Draft, will not play for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Monday.  Patrick, 18, has not played since Oct. 11 because of an upper-body injury, and he was not medically cleared to attend Canada’s World Junior selection camp, which will be held Dec. 11-14 at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau in Blainville, Quebec.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nolan-patrick-to-miss-world-junior-championship/c-284416790

·         Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read will miss four weeks with an upper-body injury.  Read, who has six goals and four assists in 27 games, left the Flyers’ 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Sunday 1:57 into the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/philadelphia-forward-matt-read-to-miss-four-weeks/c-284409692

·         Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett needs cervical fusion surgery and is out indefinitely.  Dorsett is expected to resume his NHL career but there is no timeframe for his recovery, the Canucks said Monday.  Dorsett, 29, has one goal and four points in 14 games. He’s missed the past seven.  https://www.nhl.com/news/derek-dorsett-needs-surgery-no-timeline-for-recovery/c-284403802

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Suspensions/Fines

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek, New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raantaand Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 11.  Voracek led the NHL with six assists and nine points in four outings to help the Flyers (18-10-3, 39 points) complete a perfect week and extend their overall winning streak to nine games, their longest such run since April 2-22, 1995 (also 9-0-0).  Raanta went 3-0-0 with a 0.33 goals-against average, .984 save percentage and two shutouts in three games to lead the Rangers (20-9-1, 41 points) to six of a possible eight standings points.  Gagner collected 3-3-6 in three contests to help the Blue Jackets (17-5-4, 38 points) pick up three wins and extend their overall point streak to eight games (7-0-1), including six straight victories.  https://www.nhl.com/news/jakub-voracek-antti-raanta-sam-gagner-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-284630262
  • Chris Neil 1000 games – The Ottawa Senators forward played in his 1,000th career NHL game, becoming the 307th player to reach that milestone and 46th player in League history to complete the feat with one team. The 37-year-old fan favorite, who Ottawa selected in the sixth round (No. 161) at the 1998 NHL Draft, has more penalty minutes (2,492) than any active NHL player.
  • Bill Dineen, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings who later coached the Philadelphia Flyers and had three sons play in the NHL, died Saturday in Lake George, New York. He was 84.  https://www.nhl.com/news/former-flyers-coach-bill-dineen-dies-at-age-84/c-284577148
  • Philadelphia Flyers goaltenderSteve Mason, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 4.  Mason led the NHL with four wins in four outings, compiling a 1.71 goals-against average and .945 save percentage to propel the Flyers (14-10-3, 31 points) into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.  Tarasenko shared the League lead with four goals in three outings (4-1-5), and also paced the NHL with two game-winning tallies, as the Blues (14-7-4, 32 points) earned five of a possible six standings points to maintain second place in the Central Division and Western Conference.  Jones went 3-0-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average and .962 save percentage, yielding only one goal in each of his three appearances, to guide the Sharks (15-9-1, 31 points) into first place in the Pacific Division.

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         The National Hockey League today announced the details surrounding the special events that will launch its Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments.  The NHL’s Centennial celebration will commence officially on January 1, 2017 in Toronto with the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ outdoor game featuring an Original Six™ showdown between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Exhibition Stadium. This marquee event will also feature the first phase in the announcement of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, as well as the launch of the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, a traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-announces-plans-for-centennial/c-284656022

·         The World Cup of Hockey 2016 met expectations and should be a fixture on the League’s international calendar, according to one of the presentations made Friday at the NHL Board of Governors meeting.  “The final take is I think everybody in the room believes, as do we, that we were able to re-establish this event in a very big major way,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday at the conclusion of two days of meetings. “It was very successful. There are a variety of things that we’re focused on to do it even better the next time we do it, whenever that might be. I think people were pleased with it, understanding that it’s a very small part of our business, but we think it’s important when we can to focus on events like that.”  Commissioner Bettman said it was too early to discuss potential changes to the format of the tournament, which was played in Toronto in September for the first time in 12 years.

·         The NHL did not conduct a vote or reach a decision on player participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics during the Board of Governors meeting here Thursday. Commissioner Gary Bettman did say that the governors have expressed concerns about NHL players participating in the Olympics for a sixth straight time.  “If there is something at some point to take to the Board, it will need an affirmative vote of the Board of Governors,” Commissioner Bettman said Thursday. “I think it’s fair to say that there is some strong negative sentiment in the room, but nothing was decided today.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/owners-express-concerns-about-2018-olympics-at-board-of-governors-meeting/c-284520734

·         The NHL Board of Governors on Thursday was given a projection on what the salary cap could be for the 2017-18 season, but Commissioner Gary Bettman declined to give out details during his press conference following the meeting.  The salary cap for this season is $73 million, up from $71.4 million last season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/salary-cap-for-next-season-up-in-the-air/c-284522056

·         National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding the office actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on the applications to register the name Vegas Golden Knights:  “We are currently reviewing the Trademark Office’s letter and will prepare a detailed response demonstrating why we continue strongly to believe the Vegas Golden Knights mark should be registered in co-existence with the college registration, just as a number of other nicknames currently co-exist in professional and college sports (particularly where there is no overlap as to the sport for which the nickname is being used). That response is not due until June 7, 2017.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-addresses-vegas-golden-knights-trademark/c-284498512

·         This Date in History:  12/3/1987:  Bruins Retire #7  https://www.nhl.com/news/this-date-in-nhl-history-december-3/c-284323982

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Montreal (1)
  2. Columbus (8)
  3. Chicago (2)
  4. Pittsburgh (5)
  5. NY Rangers (3)
  6. Philadelphia (18)
  7. Washington (7)
  8. Minnesota (12)
  9. San Jose (9)
  10. Anaheim (14)
  11. Edmonton (16)
  12. St Louis (4)
  13. Calgary (26)
  14. Boston (17)
  15. Ottawa (6)
  16. Nashville (13)
  17. Tampa Bay (10)
  18. Los Angeles (11)
  19. New Jersey (15)
  20. Dallas (21)
  21. Carolina (24)
  22. Florida (22)
  23. Detroit (23)
  24. Toronto (20)
  25. Buffalo (27)
  26. NY Islanders (29)
  27. Winnipeg (19)
  28. Vancouver (25)
  29. Arizona (28)
  30. Colorado (30)
  31. Las Vegas (31)

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ PIT on 12/14, vs ANA on 12/15, vs LA on 12/15, vs NYI on 12/20

NYR:  @ DAL on 12/15, @ NSH on 12/17, vs NJD on 12/18, @ PIT on 12/20

CAR:  vs WSH on 12/16, vs Buf on 12/17, vs Det on 12/19

Highlights of upcoming week

·         Sharks @ Senators on 12/14

·         Sharks @ Canadiens on 12/16

·         Kings @ Penguins on 12/16

·         Canadiens @ Capitals on 12/17

·         Blackhawks @ Blues on 12/17

·         Sharks @ Blackhawks on 12/18

·         Ducks @ Canadiens on 12/20

·         Kings @ BlueJackets on 12/20

·         Senators @ Blackhawks on 12/20

·         Capitals @ Flyers on 12/21

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Swept by UNH, Swept American Int’L.  Off until 12/30.  Now 7-9-3.  40th in Pairwise

·         Upsets:

 

12/9:

·         7 Quinnipiac 3, Princeton 5,

·         #5 BU 2, #12 Vermont 4

·         #1 UMD 3, #2 Denver 4

·         #16 Minnesota State 0, Ferris State 3

12/10:

·         Princeton 4, #7 Quinnipiac 1

·         #4 BC 2, #14 ND 3

·         #18 W Michigan, 3, #8 ND 1

·         Upcoming big games:

o   12/16, 12/17:  #15 Bemidji State @ #1 UMD (home and home)

  • 12/17, 12/18: #13 Union @ #11 Vermont

·         Rankings:

 

·        December 12, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (42) 11- 3-2 991 1
2 Denver ( 4) 12- 3-3 948 2
3 Penn State ( 4) 13- 1-1 886 3
4 Harvard 8- 2-1 790 6
5 Boston College 13- 6-1 767 4
6 Boston University 9- 5-2 745 5
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 10- 5-3 712 9
8 North Dakota 9- 6-3 600 8
9 Ohio State 9- 2-4 582 10
10 Minnesota 9- 5-2 532 11
11 Vermont 10- 4-2 494 12
12 Notre Dame 9- 6-2 403 14
13 Union 12- 3-2 393 15
14 Quinnipiac 10- 7-2 384 7
15 Bemidji State 13- 5-2 326 13
16 Western Michigan 8- 5-3 225 18
17 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 202 19
18 St. Cloud State 8- 7-1 168 17
19 Minnesota State 10- 6-2 162 16
20 Omaha 9- 6-3 75 20
Others receiving votes: Cornell 49, Michigan Tech 29, Army 10, Clarkson 6, Providence 4, Michigan 1, Wisconsin 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4SnAl68qJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picks of the week:

·         Wayne – Whether you are chasing a puck or just trying to get to a game, perseverance pays off. And for Anaheim Ducks fan Nick Pasillas, his perseverance paid off quite literally.  In a story told to the Ducks website, it was a tough day for Pasillas, his girlfriend Elizabeth and their two young daughters. They tried to make a day of the two-hour trip from their home to the Honda Center by visiting Downtown Disney hours before the puck dropped Friday.  Then? Car trouble, of course.  They called several repair shops until they found one to take the car. But even after they found one, the car was still unusable. They got to a nearby hotel and still planned on going to the game, until he realized the tickets were left in the car back at the repair shop.  So, with 10 minutes left until the Honda Center box office closed, Pasillas went on an all-out, half-mile sprint from the hotel to the stadium. He made it and got his tickets reprinted and the family still got to see the game.  But that’s not what saved the day.  Pasillas, as is his custom, bought some 50-50 raffle tickets at the game. In a 50-50, the winner gets half the pot and the other half goes to charity, in this case the Anaheim Ducks Foundation.  His ticket was the winner and he walked out with a little over $11,000.  “I feel blessed by the Ducks, honestly,” Pasillas said. “It’s always a long drive, but I love being there. It’s my favorite sporting event to go to and just a great place to be. And this was truly a blessing, especially around the holidays.”

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