The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 37 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. The NHL playoffs are well into the Conference Finals.  Steve and I will get you caught up with everything that has happened in both series.   We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The International hockey minute and our picks of the week

THN Season 2, Episode 37 (Episode 82) Show Notes 5/9-5/17

 

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

Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

 

Opening Tease:

  • Playoffs!!! And then there were 4!
  • More news out of Carolina
  • Changes Upcoming to the podcast

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

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PLAYOFFS:

Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064

Roster Resource:  https://www.rosterresource.com/nhl-depth-charts/

ROUND 1

 

ROUND 2

 

ROUND 3

 

 

FINAL NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

 

Injuries:

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempnyhas been fined $2,419.35, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final in Tampa on Sunday, May 13, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on 5/14.  The incident occurred at 6:55 of the third period. Kempny was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:

 

#1:  https://www.new-iihf.com/en/events/2018/wm

#2:  https://theahl.com/2018-calder-cup-playoff-primer
https://theahl.com/stats/playoffs/60

 

 

  • Steve:

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

Listener Feedback / Action item for the week

 

  • We want to know what you would like us to cover! Email us at…

 

 

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Covering all of the game action and news of the week

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 36 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. The NHL playoffs are wrapping up round 2 and heading into round 3.  Steve and I will get you caught up with everything that has happened in each series.   Plus, we will also Preview Round 3.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week


THN Season 2, Episode 36 (Episode 81) Show Notes 5/2-5/9

 

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

Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

 

Opening Tease:

  • Playoffs!!!
  • More news out of Carolina

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Referral/Affiliate Links:

Our preferred mobile carrier:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/ (Get $25 off your first purchase, and reward us at the same time!)

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PLAYOFFS:

Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064

Roster Resource:  https://www.rosterresource.com/nhl-depth-charts/

ROUND 1

 

ROUND 2

 

Round 3 Preview

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-conference-finals-schedule/c-289370440

 

FINAL NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Rod Brind’Amourwas named coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.   Don Waddell was also named Carolina president and general manager.   Brind’Amour, 47, an assistant and development coach for Carolina since June 7, 2011, will replace Bill Peters, who resigned April 20 and was hired as coach of the Calgary Flames three days later.  Brind’Amour was captain of the Hurricanes when they won the Stanley Cup with a seven-game victory in the Final against the Edmonton Oilers in 2006.   “Rod is the greatest leader in the history of this franchise and has earned the opportunity to take charge of our locker room,” Waddell said. “We spoke to a number of candidates for this position, but our conversations with staff and players consistently returned to the same person. Rod’s fresh ideas, ability to motivate, and understanding of what it takes to bring a championship to Raleigh will help our young team take the next step toward competing to bring the Cup back to North Carolina.”  Brind’Amour played 20 seasons in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Hurricanes. A two-time winner of the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward, he retired June 30, 2010, with 1,184 points (452 goals, 732 assists) in 1,484 NHL games.  “I’m excited for Rod to have that opportunity,” Hurricanes forward Justin Williams, who played with Brind’Amour on Carolina’s 2006 Cup-winning team, told The News & Observer on Tuesday. “He’s seen so much, so many coaches in his time, he’s learned from them, he deserves a chance to make it his own. I’ve got a lot of time for Rod. He means a lot to me in my hockey career. Absolutely, I’m going to endorse him.”
  • Jim Montgomery was hired as coach of the Dallas Stars on Friday. The 48-year-old has coached the past five seasons at the University of Denver and won the NCAA championship in 2017. He replaces Ken Hitchcock, who retired April 13.  Montgomery said he wants the Stars to push the pace and pressure opponents.  “For the Dallas Stars fan, if you can think of an adjective of what we’re going to look like, it’s going to be relentless,” Montgomery said. “We’re going to be a puck-possession team and we’re going to try and make plays everywhere on the ice. When we don’t have the puck, we’re going to pressure you so we can get it back and make more plays.  “I think you look at the championship teams that have won in the NHL. … The teams play a certain way. There’s structure to their game but there’s creativity and flair to it too. You have to let horses run. Everyone should look the same when we don’t have the puck, and when we do have the puck, everyone should play to their strengths.”  Montgomery is the fourth coach to go directly from college to his first NHL job, joining Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, who came from the University of North Dakota in 2015; Bob Johnson, who went to the Calgary Flames from the University of Wisconsin in 1982; and Ned Harkness, who took over the Detroit Red Wings in 1970 after coaching at Cornell.  Among the NHL players who played for Montgomery are New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher, Boston Bruins forward Danton Heinen, Anaheim Ducks forward Troy Terry, and Florida Panthers forward Henrik Borgstrom.  Montgomery played pro hockey for 12 seasons, including 122 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Stars.  https://www.nhl.com/news/jim-montgomery-named-dallas-stars-coach/c-298396532
  • Arizona Coyotes acquire forward Marcus Kruger and 2018 third-round pick in exchange for forward Jordan Martinookand 2018 fourth-round pick | Kruger traded to Coyotes by Hurricanes for Martinook 
  • College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Cory Schneiderof the New Jersey Devils is expected to miss training camp in September, and perhaps the start of next season, after having surgery May 1 to repair torn cartilage in his left hip.  The Devils said the 32-year-old goaltender will need about five months to recover. He missed 16 regular-season games with a groin/hip injury sustained in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23, and went 0-10-2 with a 4.04 goals-against average and .863 save percentage in 12 games prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Schneider replaced Keith Kinkaid for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round and made 34 saves in a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. New Jersey lost the best-of-7 series in five games.
  • Left wing Taylor Hallis expected to be ready for the start of camp after he had surgery April 30 to repair torn ligaments in his left hand. The 26-year-old was injured in late December. He had 18 goals and 20 assists during a 26-game point streak from Jan. 2-March 6 (he missed three games from Jan. 22-25 with a thumb injury), and went on a 19-game point streak (13 goals, 13 assists) to set a Devils record after returning from the injury. He had a nine-game run (eight goals, nine assists) from March 18-April 3.
  • Forward Patrick Maroon had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back May 2. The Devils said the 30-year-old will be able to resume offseason training and preparation programs before the start of camp.
  • Boston Bruins forward David Backes will not return for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday after sustaining an injury in the second period. Backes was injured when he was hit by Lightning forward T. Miller at 12:17. He laid motionless on the ice with a trainer tending to him for more than a minute, then was eventually helped up and off the ice by teammates Jake DeBrusk and Kevan Miller before he was aided by two trainers down the tunnel to the dressing room.  Backes played 14 shifts totaling 6:53 before the injury. He has three points (two goals, one assist) in 12 playoff games for the Bruins after finishing the regular season with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 57 games.
  • Torey Krugwill not play for the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning, starting with Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS) because of a left-ankle injury.    Krug reportedly was seen leaving TD Garden using crutches and with his foot in a walking boot following the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime loss in Game 4 on Friday. He was injured when he went ankle-first into the boards with Lightning forward Alex Killorn behind him at 8:30 of the third period.  Krug is fourth on the Bruins with 12 points (three goals, nine assists), including seven assists on the power play.
  • Other Bruins players were injured before the Lightning series. Center Patrice Bergeronsaid he played through a groin injury, which sidelined him five games in October. He’s hoping a few weeks of rest will allow him to avoid surgery.  Forward Riley Nash played through a hip injury that he hopes will heal without surgery, and said he missed the final five games of the regular season and first two games of the playoffs because of a concussion.  Forward Jake DeBrusk (shoulder), defenseman Zdeno Chara (shoulder/finger) and forward Brad Marchand (groin) also are hoping to heal through rest rather than surgery.  One Bruins player who does need surgery is forward Noel Acciari, to repair a sports hernia/groin injury.
  • Zach Werenskicould miss training camp and the start of next season with the Columbus Blue Jackets after having shoulder surgery Thursday, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.  Full recovery for the defenseman is expected to take 5-6 months.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Brad Marchandof the Boston Bruins was put on notice by the NHL on Saturday that his actions in the second period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday were unacceptable and that similar behavior in the future will be dealt with by way of supplemental discipline.  The forward and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney spoke Saturday with NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell.  Marchand this season was suspended five games for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson on Jan. 23, and was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew McDonald on April 1.  Marchand also was suspended two games at the end of last season for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin; three games for clipping Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki in 2015-16; two games for slew-footing New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard in 2014-15; and five games for clipping Vancouver Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in 2011-12.  Marchand ranks fourth in the Stanley Cup Playoff scorers with 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 11 games. He was Boston’s leading scorer in the regular season, with 85 points (34 goals, 51 assists).  https://www.nhl.com/news/brad-marchand-ready-to-change-behavior-in-future/c-298541374
  • Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilsonhas been suspended for three games for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese during Game 3 of the teams’ Second Round series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced last Wed (after we recorded).  The incident occurred at 9:38 of the second period.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Mike Babcock plans to visit with Auston Matthewsin the player’s home state of Arizona, Sportsnet reported Saturday.   The Toronto Maple Leafs coach and the 20-year-old center each denied there were problems between the two after Toronto was eliminated by the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round on April 25.  Sportsnet analyst Elliotte Friedman reported it is an effort to clear the air and address any problems they may have.  https://www.nhl.com/news/mike-babcock-auston-matthews-of-toronto-maple-leafs-plan-to-meet-report/c-298480918
  • Bill Torrey, the architect of the New York Islanders dynasty in the early 1980s and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, died Wednesday. He was 83. Torrey was serving as a special adviser to the general manager and an alternate governor of the Florida Panthers, the team he worked for since leaving the Islanders in 1992.  “Bill was the first employee, general manager and architect of one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history: the New York Islanders, winners of four straight Stanley Cups,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “He was the first president of the Florida Panthers and built the organization into one of the most successful expansion franchises in League history; the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final in just their third season of existence. And his imprint is on virtually every team in our league, as he personally mentored and inspired generations of NHL general managers who have followed him and established the team-building blueprint based upon scouting, drafting and player development that today remains the model for lasting success.  Torrey, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995, leaves a legacy few hockey executives can match. After being hired by the Islanders as their first employee on Feb. 15, 1972, Torrey began surrounding himself with people on and off the ice who built a franchise that would win 19 consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff series, a record for any major North American sport.  With the help of Hockey Hall of Fame member Jim Devellano, Torrey constructed one of the greatest dynasties in the history of professional sports. The first piece arrived at the NHL Expansion Draft in 1972, when the Islanders selected goaltender Billy Smith. With the No. 1 pick in the 1973 NHL Draft, the Islanders chose defenseman and future captain Denis Potvin.  When Potvin and his teammates reported to camp before the 1973-74 season, they were greeted by arguably the most important hire of Torrey’s time with the Islanders, coach Al Arbour.  By 1975 the Islanders were an NHL force. They upset the New York Rangers in the NHL Preliminary Round on an overtime goal by J.P. Parise at Madison Square Garden, then trailed 3-0 in the NHL Quarterfinals before defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games, becoming the second team in NHL history to win a series after losing the first three games, New York nearly did it again in the NHL Semifinals, trailing 3-0 before losing to the defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7.  Torrey added two crucial pieces at the 1977 NHL Draft when he selected Mike Bossy (No. 15) and John Tonelli (No. 33) in the first two rounds. Bossy went on to be one of the most prolific goal-scorers in NHL history, with 573 in 10 seasons. Tonelli provided plenty of grit and a knack for scoring timely goals.  New York won its first of four straight Stanley Cup titles May 24, 1980, when Nystrom scored in overtime in Game 6 against Philadelphia. The Islanders won again in 1981, 1982 and 1983, and advanced to the 1984 Cup Final, losing to the Edmonton Oilers. Their 19 consecutive series victories are an NHL record.  Torrey was named president of the expansion Panthers on April 19, 1993. Three years later, the Panthers became the fastest post 1967-expansion NHL team to reach the Stanley Cup Final; they were swept by the Colorado Avalanche.

Honors/Milestones:

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:

 

#1:  https://www.new-iihf.com/en/events/2018/wm

#2:  https://theahl.com/2018-calder-cup-playoff-primer
https://theahl.com/stats/playoffs/60

 

 

  • Steve:

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

Listener Feedback / Action item for the week

 

  • We want to know what you would like us to cover! Email us at…

 

 

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Covering all of the game action and news of the week

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 35 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. Round 2 of the NHL playoffs is under way, and all 4 series look to be as competitive as ever.  Steve and I will get you caught up with everything that has happened in each series.   Spoiler alert: all 4 series started off 1 to 1.   We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week.


 

THN Season 2, Episode 35 (Episode 80) Show Notes 4/25-5/2

 

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

Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

 

Opening Tease:

  • Playoffs!!!
  • Draft Lottery
  • More news out of Carolina
  • Slow on the ice but huge, just 12 games in the NHL since last podcast, but 10 of them were potential elimination games, where at least one team in those 10 games were facing elimination at that time.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

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PLAYOFFS:

Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064

Roster Resource:  https://www.rosterresource.com/nhl-depth-charts/

ROUND 1

 

ROUND 2

 

 

 

FINAL NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Ron Francis had his contract terminated by the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Francis had been removed as general manager and named president of hockey operations March 7. He had been the GM since replacing Jim Rutherford on April 24, 2014. Francis had worked in various roles for the Hurricanes since 2006.  Carolina president Don Waddell has been leading the search for a new general manager, who will report directly to owner Tom Dundon.  Francis spent 16 of his 23 NHL seasons with the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, and is the franchise leader in goals (382), assists (793) and points (1,175). He retired as an NHL player before the 2005-06 season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.  His #10 also hangs in the rafters of the PNC Arena.  Joe Nieuwendyk also resigned as Hurricanes pro scout and adviser. He had 1,126 points (564 goals, 562 assists) in 1,257 NHL games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
  • Lou Lamoriello will not return as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs but will remain with the organization in the role of senior adviser. When Lamoriello, 75, was hired July 23, 2015, the plan was for him to be GM for three years before transitioning to senior adviser for the following four years. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said Monday he decided it was best to adhere to the original plan.  https://www.nhl.com/news/lou-lamoriello-out-as-general-manager-of-toronto/c-298345734
  • Brian Burke is leaving his position as Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and will join Sportsnet for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as an analyst, beginning this weekend. Burke, 62, had been with the Flames since Sept. 5, 2013 and hired general manager Brad Treliving on April 28, 2014. In Burke’s five seasons, the Flames made the Stanley Cup Playoffs twice. This season they finished fifth in the Pacific Division and 11 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. https://www.nhl.com/news/brian-burke-out-as-calgary-president-of-hockey-operations/c-298291282
  • Rick Dudley was hired as senior vice president of hockey operations for the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Dudley, 69, was senior vice president of hockey operations for the Montreal Canadiens for the previous six seasons.  Dudley will report to Hurricanes president Don Waddell, furthering a relationship that dates to 1986, when Dudley was coach of Flint in the International Hockey League and hired Waddell as an assistant. They worked together most recently with the Atlanta Thrashers when Waddell, then general manager, hired Dudley as assistant GM in 2009.
  • College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Chris Tierneywill center the No. 1 line for the San Jose Sharks against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Monday.  Tierney will replace Joonas Donskoi, who sustained a lower-body injury in a 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 2 on Saturday, on a line with Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane. Pavelski moves from center to wing and Kane returns after a one-game suspension for cross-checking forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the third period of a 7-0 win by the Golden Knights in Game 1 on Thursday.
  • Nico Hischierwill have his left wrist and hand immobilized for 2-4 weeks because of an injury the New Jersey Devils rookie forward played through all season.  Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, won’t need surgery to repair the injury, the Devils announced Thursday, but it will keep him from playing for Switzerland at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark from May 4-20.  The 19-year-old, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 82 regular-season games, second on the Devils behind Taylor Hall (93 points; 39 goals, 54 assists). Hischier scored one goal in New Jersey’s five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round.
  • Malkin back for Game 3
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Evander Kanehas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  https://www.nhl.com/news/sharks-evander-kane-suspended-one-game/c-298301900
  • Tom Wilsonwill have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday.  The Washington Capitals forward is facing discipline for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.  The incident occurred 9:47 into the second period. Wilson was not penalized. Aston-Reese left the game, and the Penguins said he has a broken jaw and a concussion and will be out for the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Wilson assisted on the tying goal in Washington’s 4-3 win that gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Guy Boucher will return to coach the Ottawa Senators next season, general manager Pierre Dorion told TSN 1200 on Tuesday. Boucher’s staff also will be retained. https://www.nhl.com/news/guy-boucher-to-return-as-senators-coach/c-298374138
  • Todd McLellan will return for a fourth season as coach of the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were 36-40-6 and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season after reaching the Western Conference Second Round in 2017, their only postseason appearance since 2006. Edmonton was sixth in the Pacific Division and 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.  https://www.nhl.com/news/todd-mclellan-to-return-as-oilers-coach/c-298295694
  • The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday. The Carolina Hurricanes will pick No. 2, and the Montreal Canadiens will pick No. 3.  https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-hurricanes-montreal-canadiens-buffalo-sabres-have-top-three-picks-in-nhl-draft/c-298316882
  • Patrick Roy, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, returned to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when he signed a two-year contract as coach and general manager Thursday. https://www.nhl.com/news/patrick-roy-back-as-coach-gm-of-qmjhl-team/c-298275550
  • http://2018.iihfworlds.com/ less than 2 days away!
  • The National Hockey League will return to China in September for a pair of preseason games between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames as part of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced today. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Flames will play host to the Bruins at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, and on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Bruins will play host to the Flames at Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The matchups in September will be the third and fourth preseason contests played in China following the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, which included games in Shanghai and Beijing between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-china-games-2018-calgary-flames-boston-bruins/c-298379832
  • Jim Montgomery will be hired as coach of the Dallas Stars this week, according to TSN. Montgomery, 48, has coached the past five seasons at the University Denver. He told his players Wednesday that he has agreed in principle to become Stars coach, according to the Denver Post. Montgomery declined to comment when reached by the newspaper.  Among the players Montgomery has sent to the NHL are New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher, Boston Bruins forward Danton Heinen, Anaheim Ducks forward Troy Terry, and Florida Panthers forward Henrik Borgstrom.  Montgomery had two interviews with the Florida Panthers before they hired Bob Boughner, and spoke with the Los Angeles Kings prior to them hiring John Stevens last year, according to The Denver Post.  Montgomery played pro hockey for 12 seasons, including 122 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and the Stars.

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Power Ranking:

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

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 34 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. The NHL playoffs are wrapping up round 1 and heading into round 2.  Steve and I will get you caught up with everything that has happened in each series.   Plus, we will also Preview Round 2.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week.


THN Season 2, Episode 34 (Episode 79) Show Notes 4/19-4/25

 

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

Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

 

Opening Tease:

  • Playoffs!!!
  • 2 guarantees, 2 fails.
  • Slow on the ice but huge, just 12 games in the NHL since last podcast, but 10 of them were potential elimination games, where at least one team in those 10 games were facing elimination at that time.
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NHL Transactions:

  • The Minnesota Wild fired Chuck Fletcher as executive vice president and general manager on Monday. Owner Craig Leipold told Fletcher his contract would not be renewed and said a search for a replacement will begin immediately. Brent Flahr, the Wild’s senior vice president of hockey operations, will be the acting GM.  The Wild were eliminated by the Winnipeg Jets in five games in the Western Conference First Round following a third-place finish in the Central Division (45-26-11, 101 points).  Leipold stated Fletcher’s firing was not a direct result of the loss to the Jets, rather a reflection of Minnesota’s poor history in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Fletcher, 50, became the second GM in Wild history when he was hired May 21, 2009, replacing Doug Risebrough. He is the son of longtime NHL executive Cliff Fletcher, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Minnesota has qualified for the playoffs each of the past six seasons but has won two postseason series and lost three straight first-round series. The Wild are 4-16 in their past 20 playoff games.  Leipold said Boudreau, who was hired by Fletcher to replace Mike Yeo as coach on May 7, 2016, will be consulted but will not be a part of the interview process. He also added, “I’d say our coaching staff right now is not going anywhere.”
  • Bill Peters was hired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Monday. Peters, who resigned as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, received a multiyear contract. He replaces Glen Gulutzan, who was fired April 17 after the Flames missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time in nine seasons.  The Flames were 37-35-10, fifth in the Pacific Division, and missed the playoffs by 11 points after qualifying last season, Gulutzan’s first as coach. Calgary’s home record of 17-20-4 was the fourth worst in the NHL, and its power play (16.0 percent) was tied for 28th. The Flames also scored an NHL-low 61 third-period goals.  Peters was the only person interviewed to replace Gulutzan.  “At the time we made the decision for a change last week, I had gone and asked for permission to speak with Carolina regarding Bill’s availability, and I want to thank the Carolina Hurricanes for their cooperation in that process,” general manager Brad Treliving said. “We were able to move forward with Bill.”  Peters and Treliving have worked together before. Peters coached Canada to the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, with Treliving serving as co-GM.  “There’s some great candidates out there,” Treliving said. “This wasn’t one based upon hiring a friend, per se. Bill and I don’t have a long relationship; we had a situation where we worked together over a small period of time. But you do your homework. This is somebody I believe fully in. This is somebody I have been around enough to know, the network of people I talked to, to not formalize a thought but solidify a thought I got.  Peters had one year remaining on his contract before exercising his opt-out clause with Carolina. The Hurricanes were 137-138-53 and did not qualify for the playoffs during his four seasons as coach.  “You have to be hungrier,” said Peters, who will coach Canada at the 2018 World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, from May 4-20. “That’s no problem. I have no issue with that. We’re going to set realistic expectations and they’re going to be high. Expectations are great to have.  “If you have high expectations, that means you’re legitimate. You’re in the hunt. You don’t want to be in a situation where there are no expectations, there are no demands, because it means you aren’t close enough. This group is right there.”  Peters, born in Three Hills, Alberta, 80 miles northeast of Calgary, was hired six days after Gulutzan was fired.  Peters said the decision to step down in Carolina was not one taken lightly. He had one year remaining on his contract and an opt-out clause he needed to exercise by Friday.  “It kept coming back to the fact that a new [general manager] deserves the opportunity to hire his own coach. And especially when you combine it with a new owner and a new GM, I think they need to chart their own path.”  “Really a great area, with great people in the community,” Peters said of his time in Carolina. “I worked with a ton of great people. I’m thankful for the effort from the players in our four years. I’m thankful for the fans’ support. They’re very passionate fans. … It’s all positive memories for me, it really is.”  The Dallas Stars and New York Rangers also do not have a coach.
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Injuries:

  • Philly injuries: Top-line center Sean Couturier missed Game 4 (a 5-0 loss) because of a torn MCL in his right knee. He returned and scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 and had five points (three goals, two assists) in Game 6.  Provorov played Game 6 despite an injury to his left shoulder that limited his effectiveness. He led them in postseason ice time at 24:52 per game and was matched against Penguins star Sidney Crosby all series.  “It’s playoffs,” said goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who didn’t dress until Game 4 because of a lower-body injury. “Everyone’s hurting right now. It’s same for both teams.”
  • Colorado injuries: The Avalanche played without No. 1 goalie Semyon Varlamov and their best all-around defenseman, Erik Johnson. Varlamov injured his knee against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 30, two days after Johnson crashed into the boards against the Philadelphia Flyers and fractured his kneecap.  The Avalanche lost defenseman Samuel Girard for three games to a lower-body injury. He returned for Games 5 and 6. Goalie Jonathan Bernier started the first four games, but he sustained a lower-body injury in the second period of Game 4.  Andrew Hammond, who played in one NHL regular-season game, stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period after Bernier couldn’t continue. He started Games 5 and 6, making 44 saves in a 2-1 win and 32 saves in the series-ending loss.
  • Minnesota Injuries: Two players don’t make a team but losing defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise hurt — a lot.   Suter, who led the Wild in ice time per game (26:47) and their defensemen in scoring (51 points; six goals, 45 assists), was out since March 31 with a broken right ankle.  Parise led the Wild with three goals in the series before he fractured his sternum in Game 3 and missed Games 4 and 5.
  • Evgeni Malkinand Carl Hagelin did not practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday and each is day to day, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said after Pittsburgh’s first skate since advancing to the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals.  A lower-body injury held Malkin, the Penguins’ second-line center, out of their 8-5 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round, a best-of-7 series Pittsburgh won in six games. He had five points (three goals, two assists) in five games.  Hagelin, the second-line left wing, also missed practice; he sustained an upper-body injury when taking a hit from Flyers forward Claude Giroux at 9:31 of the second period Sunday.
  • Zach Werenskiplayed most of the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets with an undisclosed injury.  Werenski, one of 10 Columbus players made available to the media Tuesday, less than 24 hours after being eliminated by the Washington Capitals in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round, said he never fully recovered after he was injured Oct. 30 against the Boston Bruins.  “I can think every night I go out there I’m 100 percent, but the truth is I wasn’t,” said the 20-year-old defenseman, who had 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 77 games. Werenski, who often missed practice for a maintenance day, wouldn’t say whether surgery will be required.
  • Joe Thorntonwon’t play Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round for the San Jose Sharks against the Vegas Golden Knights.  Thornton, who has been practicing since March 23, skated on the fifth line again Sunday, but coach Peter DeBoer said the 38-year-old center’s return is not on his radar.  Thornton hasn’t played since injuring his right knee against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 23. He had surgery to repair his right medial collateral ligament.  Defenseman Brent Burns (undisclosed) missed his second consecutive practice but skated with assistant coach Rob Zettler beforehand. Burns missed the final 10 minutes of Game 3 in the first round but had an assist in Game 4 to help the Sharks to a four-game sweep of the Anaheim Ducks.  “Maintenance day,” DeBoer said. “He’ll be fine.”  Burns hasn’t missed a game since the 2013-14 season, when he sat out 13 with sore gums. Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon said he’s not concerned.
  • Andre Burakovskydid not play after game 2 for the Washington Capitals against the Columbus Blue Jackets because of an upper-body injury and needs minor surgery, coach Barry Trotz said Friday. Trotz said it is possible the 23-year-old forward would be able to return later in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Burakovsky, the No. 23 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 56 regular-season games and no points in the first two playoff games against Columbus.  Burakovsky missed 19 games from Oct. 26-Dec. 6 after having surgery to repair a fractured left thumb Oct. 24.
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  • Rod Brind’Amour is interested in becoming the next coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. “If you never try, you’ll never know,” Brind’Amour, a former captain and current assistant with the Hurricanes, told The News & Observer on Saturday. “The reason for saying ‘why not?’ is I’ve been doing it for eight years and I really believe I can help out one way or the other and see if I can put us over the hump.  “I don’t think as an assistant I’m going to get any better or learn any more. So now’s the time. … They’re going to find the best guy to do it and if it’s me, that’s great — and if not, I understand. But I felt like I could at least step up and see if it could happen.”  The Hurricanes have a coaching vacancy after Bill Peters resigned Friday. He went 137-138-53, and Carolina failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his four seasons. The Hurricanes were 36-35-11 this season, 14 points behind the New Jersey Devils for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes have not made the playoffs since 2009.  Brind’Amour, 47, was captain of the Hurricanes when they won the Stanley Cup in 2006. He has been an assistant since the 2011-12 season.  “He’s a good coach and I learned a lot from him,” Brind’Amour said of Peters. “What he was thinking, I don’t know because we never talked about it. But I just know he was very competitive and maybe he felt the way we were set up we weren’t competitive enough. But that’s me speculating.”  Tom Dundon took over as majority owner of the Hurricanes on Jan. 11 and reassigned former general manager Ron Francis, who remains with the organization as president of hockey operations. Carolina does not have a GM.  “It’s been refreshing for me,” Brind’Amour said of the ownership change. “He’s put himself in the fire too, and I like that. He’s trying to do it all, but I don’t think he’s going into it saying, ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ He’s asking a lot of questions from everybody in the organization. He’s certainly passionate about what he’s doing, so I give him a lot of credit for that and I like that.  “You get the feeling we’re either going to kill it or we’re going to get killed. To be honest, I like taking that chance. Obviously, we’ve been mired in, whatever the word is, mediocrity or whatever, but I think everybody would like to see us in one place or the other but not stuck in the middle. Tom wants to know what’s going on at every level and improve it at every level.”
  • David Quinn was named coach of the United States for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. The announcement was made Friday on NHL Now, in conjunction with USA Hockey.  The 2019 World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.  Quinn, who has coached Boston University for the past five seasons, will help oversee approximately 40 players at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, in August. The U.S. will be joined by Canada, Finland and Sweden.  Quinn is 105-68-21 at BU. He’s coached the Terriers to four straight NCAA tournament appearances (2015-18), two Hockey East tournament championships (2015, 2018) and the 2015 Beanpot title. He was named Hockey East and New England Coach of the Year in 2015.  Quinn has helped groom many college players into professional athletes, including Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Kellerand Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway. Four players from BU were selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft (Keller, McAvoy, defenseman Dante Fabbro and forward Kieffer Bellows).  BU left wing Brady Tkachuk, No. 2 in NHL Central Scouting’s final list of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23, is expected to be among the first five players chosen.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmondsand Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheelerwere named finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The award is given annually to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and plays a role in his community growing the game of hockey.   The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.  Messier solicited suggestions from teams and League personnel and fans, but the former Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks captain makes the final selection of the three finalists and the winner.
  • Mathew Barzalof the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes were named finalists for the Calder Trophy on Sunday. The award is given to the best rookie in the NHL.  The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.  Barzal was chosen by the Islanders with the No. 16 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The 20-year-old center led all rookies with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists), 20 more than the next closest player (Keller).  Boeser, a 21-year-old right wing, was selected by the Canucks with the No. 23 pick in 2015. He finished second among rookies in goals (29) and fifth in points (55) in 62 games; he missed the final 16 games of the season because of a back injury sustained in a game against the Islanders on March 5.  Keller was the No. 7 pick of the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 19-year-old center had 65 points (23 goals, 42 assists), second among NHL rookies and most by a Coyotes rookie since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1996.
  • Brian Boyle(New Jersey Devils), Roberto Luongo (Florida Panthers) and Jordan Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) were named Saturday as the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.  Boyle, a 33-year-old forward, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer, during training camp. He worked his way back into the New Jersey lineup by Nov. 1 and scored 10 goals in his first 25 games, including one on the Devils’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center, a 3-2 win over Vancouver on Nov. 24. Boyle missed three games after his season debut and represented the Devils at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game.  Luongo, 39, overcame hand and groin injuries to power the Panthers’ late playoff push. Florida’s all-time leader in wins, shutouts and appearances by a goaltender missed more than two months before returning on Feb. 17 to help the Panthers defeat Calgary 6-3. In a 13-game span, Luongo went 9-3-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. On Feb. 22, Luongo delivered a heartfelt, unscripted speech to the crowd at BB&T Center prior to Florida’s game against the Washington Capitals. The 12-year resident of nearby Parkland, Florida, addressed the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting during the Panthers’ pregame ceremony to honor the victims.  Staal, a 29-year-old center, showed great strength amid a family tragedy. In late February, Staal and his wife, Heather, announced their daughter, Hannah, was delivered stillborn due to a terminal birth defect previously diagnosed by doctors. Staal, who had assumed a bigger leadership role with the Hurricanes by being named co-captain before the season, missed three games following the tragedy.
  • Aleksander Barkov(Florida Panthers), William Karlsson (Vegas Golden Knights) and Ryan O’Reilly(Buffalo Sabres) were named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy on Friday. The award is given annually to the player voted to best combine sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability.  Barkov, a 22-year-old center, had an NHL career high 78 points (27 goals, 51 assists) but just 14 PIMs, the most by a Panthers player since Olli Jokinen (91 points; 39 goals, 52 assists) in 2006-07.  Karlsson, a 25-year-old center, finished third in the NHL with 43 goals and led the League with a plus-49 rating in 82 games. He took six minor penalties.  Karlsson would become the first player to win an end-of-season trophy for a team in its inaugural NHL season since Wayne Gretzky won the Hart and Lady Byng trophies for the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80.  O’Reilly, a 27-year-old center, had 61 points (24 goals, 37 assists) and won 1,274 face-offs, the most by any player since the NHL began tracking the statistic in 1997-98. He received one minor penalty, the fewest of any player with at least 41 games played.
  • Victor Hedmanis a Norris Trophy finalist for the second straight season.  The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman, who finished third in 2017, is vying to become the first Lightning player to win the award given to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position. Hedman’s competition is Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and K. Subban of the Nashville Predators.  Hedman, 27, scored 17 goals and 63 pts, tied for first with Ivan Provorov of the Philadelphia Flyers and Dougie Hamilton of the Calgary Flames among NHL defensemen.  Doughty, 28, had an NHL career-high 60 points (10 goals, 50 assists) in 82 games and led the League in total time on ice (2,200:31) and average ice time (26:50) while helping the Kings allow a League-low 202 goals.   Doughty won the Norris in 2016, and this is the fourth time he’s a finalist for the award.  Subban, 28, helped the Predators lead the League in goals (56) and points (206) by defensemen. His 16 goals were an NHL career high, and his 59 points were one behind his personal best set with the Montreal Canadiens in 2014-15.  Subban won the Norris with the Canadiens in 2013 and is a finalist for the third time. He would be the first Predators defenseman to win the trophy.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

PLAYOFF PREVIEW:

Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064

 

 

 

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How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subscribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

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