The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 33 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 playoffs are now under way. Two teams have already been eliminated, while the rest of the series are rushing toward a conclusion.  Steve and I get you caught up with everything that has happened in each series.   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 33 (Episode 78) Show Notes 4/11-4/19

 

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!!!
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  3-2 L @ FLA on 4/5, 5-2 W vs Ott on 4/7, 4-2 L vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season

Car:  end of season

NYR: end of season

PLAYOFFS:

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

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

 

FINAL NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Glen Gulutzan was fired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Flames were 37-35-10, fifth in the Pacific Division, and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs by 11 points after making it in Gulutzan’s first season.  Calgary’s home record of 17-20-4 was the fourth-worst in the NHL, and their power play, at 16.0 percent, was tied for 28th. The Flames also scored an NHL-low 61 third-period goals.  The 46-year-old was 82-68-14 in two seasons with Calgary and in four NHL seasons (Dallas Stars, 2011-13) is 146-125-23.  Assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard were also fired.  “Ultimately, you are what your record says you are, but I felt in order to get our team to the level it needs to get to, and each individual to the level he needs to get to, that we had to make this decision,” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said.  “We underperformed,” Treliving said. “When you go through the process of underperforming, you pull everything. It starts with myself, player decisions, personnel decisions. You go into the players’ performance, who played well, who didn’t and why?”
  • Peter Chiarelli will remain president and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers next season and will be evaluating coach Todd McLellan and his staff, CEO and vice chair Bob Nicholson said Thursday. “We will have a plan coming out in the near future about how we’re going forward,” Nicholson said. “We have one goal, and that is to make sure we’re back in the playoffs next year.”  The Oilers (36-40-6) finished sixth in the Pacific Division, 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. In 2017, Edmonton advanced to the Western Conference Second Round, where it lost to the Anaheim Ducks in seven games. It’s the only appearance by the Oilers in the playoffs since 2006, when they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Final.  Chiarelli, who was hired by the Oilers on April 24, 2015, and won the Stanley Cup as GM of the Boston Bruins in 2011, said Wednesday there was no guarantee that McLellan and his staff would be back next season. The Oilers are 114-109-23 in McLellan’s three seasons as coach.
  • Guy Boucher may not return as coach of the Ottawa Senators next season but there is no timeline for a decision, general manager Pierre Dorion said Thursday. Dorion said an evaluation of Boucher and his staff is underway after the Senators went 28-43-11 and finished next-to-last in the NHL one season after reaching Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins before losing in double overtime. Dorion said changes will be made even if Boucher returns.  “Two things that will change, if he’s back, is the implementation of younger players in our lineup, but he will decide who gets what ice time,” Dorion said. “And we’re going to practice more. ‘Rest is a weapon,’ if I have to hear that one more time, I’ll go crazy.”  Boucher is 72-71-21 in two seasons with Ottawa and 169-150-41 in five seasons in the NHL; he coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010-11 through 2012-13.  Dorion said there is a 99.9 percent chance the Senators will use their first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and instead surrender their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Colorado Avalanche. The Senators sent that first-round pick in 2018 to the Avalanche in the trade for forward Matt Duchene on Nov. 5, but because it will be a pick in the top 10, Ottawa can keep it and send its first-round pick in 2019 to Colorado.  Because the Senators finished next-to-last in the standings, they have a 13.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and can select no lower than No. 5. The NHL Draft Lottery will be held April 28, and the 2018 NHL Draft begins June 22..  The Senators also own the Penguins’ first-round pick from the trade that sent center Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh on Feb. 23.
  • College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
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Injuries:

  • Sean Couturierdid not play when the Philadelphia Flyers played the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT). The Flyers’ No. 1 center left practice early Tuesday because of an apparent injury. He collided with defenseman Radko Gudas and left the ice.
  • Patric Hornqvist did not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT).  The 31-year-old forward is considered day to day with an upper-body injury that kept him out of practice Tuesday. Defenseman Kris Letang, who missed practice because of a maintenance day, is expected to play.  Sullivan would not say when the injury to Hornqvist occurred. It’s unclear how the Penguins will compensate for his absence on the top power-play unit, where he is the net-front presence. Guentzel could move from the second unit to take his place.  He will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NBCSP)
  • Andre Burakovskywill miss at least the games 3&4 for the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Burakovsky sustained an upper-body injury at 14:47 of the first period of Game 2 on Sunday when Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner checked him into the boards.  Burakovsky, 23, played left wing on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and J. Oshie. He had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 55 games during the regular season. Against the Blue Jackets, he has no points and three shots on goal. Burakovsky skated 2:12 in Game 2 before departing.
  • NHL linesman Steve Barton will require surgery for a dislocated left kneecap and a torn quadriceps muscle sustained during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Sunday. Barton was injured when his skate clipped the skate of Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson. The game was delayed with 48.1 seconds remaining in the second period and Barton was helped off the ice by trainers from the Blue Jackets and Capitals.  The period concluded with one linesman. Referee Garrett Rank, the backup official, replaced Barton for the third period.  The Blue Jackets defeated the Capitals 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA).
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Josh Morrisseyhas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  The Winnipeg Jets defenseman was disciplined for cross-checking Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal in the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.  Morrissey will not be eligible for Game 5 at Winnipeg on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N). The Jets lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.  The incident occurred at 16:38 of the first period. There was no penalty assessed on the play; Staal returned to the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/josh-morrissey-banned-one-game-will-miss-game-5-for-winnipeg/c-298101248
  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadrihas been suspended for three games for boarding Boston Bruins forward Tommy Wingels during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round series in Boston on Thursday, April 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced  Friday.  The incident occurred at 8:14 of the third period. Kadri was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.
  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughtyhas been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round series in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.  The incident occurred at 9:58 of the third period.
  • Ryan Hartmanhas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  The Nashville Predators forward was disciplined for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.  Hartman, 23, will not be eligible for Game 5 at Nashville on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-TN, ALT). The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.  The incident occurred 4:42 into the third period. Hartman was penalized for charging at 4:52, and Soderberg left the game.  Hartman has one goal in the series, averaging 11:11 of ice time. He had 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 78 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Predators during the regular season.  Hartman was acquired by Nashville in a trade with Chicago on Feb. 26.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • https://www.nhl.com/news/las-vegas-statue-of-liberty-wears-golden-knights-jersey/c-297958192
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/short-shifts-golden-knights-excite-crowd-with-memorable-pregame-introduction/c-297914864
  • John Amirante, the anthem singer who performed before New York Rangers games at Madison Square Garden for 35 years, died Tuesday. He was 83. Born in the Bronx, Amirante began performing for the Rangers in 1980 until retiring in 2015, though he made occasional guest appearances. He also sang the anthem for the New York Knicks and New York Yankees. In a 2009 interview with New York Magazine, Amirante said his favorite performance came before Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when the Garden was so loud he couldn’t hear himself sing.  The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 and won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1940.
  • Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in Sweden is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of International skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. Central Scouting revealed its final list of the top International skaters and goaltenders, and top North American skaters and goaltenders, on Monday.  Dahlin, who turned 18 on Friday, had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists), a plus-4 rating, 30 hits, 36 blocked shots and 84 shots on goal while averaging 19:02 of ice time in 41 games in the Swedish Hockey League. He had three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-3 rating in six SHL playoff games.  Rounding out the top five among European skaters are No. 2 defenseman Adam Boqvist (5-11, 168) of Brynas’ team in Sweden’s junior league; No. 3 right wing Vitali Kravtsov (6-2, 170) of Chelyabinsk in Russia; No. 4 right wing Martin Kaut (6-1, 176) of Pardubice in the Czech Republic; and No. 5 defenseman Adam Ginning (6-3, 196) of Linkoping in Sweden.  Lukas Dostal (6-1, 158) of Treibic in the Czech Republic’s second division, is the No. 1 on Central Scouting’s final list of International goaltenders. Dostal, 17, had a 2.43 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 20 games.
  • Center Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. Svechnikov (6-foot-2, 188 pounds), who was No. 1 on Central Scouting’s midterm list in January, had 72 points (40 goals, 32 assists), 174 shots on goal and a plus-26 rating in 44 regular-season games as a rookie for Barrie this season.  Left wing Brady Tkachuk (6-3, 196) of Boston University in Hockey East moved to No. 2 from No. 3; right wing Filip Zadina (6-0, 195) of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League moved to No. 3 from No. 2; defenseman Evan Bouchard (6-2, 193) of London (OHL) moved to No. 4 from No. 5; defenseman Noah Dobson (6-3, 180) of Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) moved to No. 5 from No. 8; and defenseman Quintin Hughes (5-9, 170) of the University of Michigan in the Big 10 moved to No. 6 from No. 4.  Tyler Weiss #90 (Round 3) The top North American goaltender is Olivier Rodrigue (6-1, 159) of Drummondville (QMJHL). Rodrigue, who was No. 2 on Central Scouting’s midterm list of North American goalies, was 31-16-3 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 53 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/andrei-svechnikov-stays-no-1-in-central-scouting-final-2018-nhl-draft-rankings/c-297962744
  • Las Vegas will host the NHL Awards for the next three years and could host more NHL events in the future. The 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu will be at 8 p.m. ET on June 20 at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada.  It will mark the 10th year of a partnership between the NHL and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which has been extended for three years, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.  “Obviously Las Vegas can hold and host major events, as evidenced by the fact that we’re here and that the Awards are here for the 10th season,” Commissioner Bettman said. “And my guess is, with all the things that are going on, at some point in the not-too-distant future, the club will start requesting being included in other events, whether it’s an All-Star Game or whether it’s an outdoor game.”  “This is a community of 2 million people, and while visitors tend to focus on the Strip, this is a city that has people who have interests in the same things that people in all other major cities have,” Commissioner Bettman said. “And we were comfortable after we went through our thorough process that this was going to be a successful franchise for us. …
  • Tod Leiweke was named CEO and president of the potential Seattle expansion NHL franchise Wednesday. Leiweke is the younger brother of Tim Leiweke, the head of Oak View Group, which is renovating KeyArena, where the Seattle team would play.  “I’ve always believed in the fans in Seattle,” Tod Leiweke said. “One of the great things about Seattle is the community, and the community of teams is fantastic.”  Tod Leiweke previously was COO of the NFL, a job he left in March. Before going to the NFL, he was CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  A group headed by Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and private equity CEO David Bonderman has submitted an application to become the 32nd NHL team. The group said it received 10,000 deposits for season tickets in the first 12 minutes of a ticket drive held March 1, and 25,000 in total.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the cost of an expansion team would be $650 million. The Vegas Golden Knights, who began play this season, paid a $500 million expansion fee to become the 31st team.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Patrice Bergeronis a finalist to win his fifth Selke Trophy, which would pass Bob Gainey for the most since the award was first presented in 1978.    The Boston Bruins center, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar were named as the three finalists for the award, which is given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.  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.  Bergeron, 32, is a Selke finalist for a record seventh consecutive year, passing Pavel Datsyuk‘s six-year run from 2008 to 2013. Bergeron was sixth in face-off percentage (57.3 percent, minimum 750 attempts) and won a League-high 58.3 percent (minimum 50 attempts) while shorthanded. He was also first among NHL forwards in SAT percentage, with the Bruins getting 57.56 percent of all shot attempts when he was on the ice at 5-on-5.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrice-bergeron-sean-couturier-anze-kopitar-named-selke-trophy-finalists/c-298094454
  • Pekka Rinnewill try again to win the Vezina Trophy for the first time after finishing second in 2010-11 and 2014-15, and third in 2011-12.  The Nashville Predators goalie joins first-time finalists Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the trophy awarded to the goalie voted the best at this position.  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.  https://www.nhl.com/news/connor-hellebuyck-pekka-rinne-andrei-vasilevskiy-named-vezina-trophy-finalists/c-298062362
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins tied a Stanley Cup Playoff record for fastest two goals by one team when they scored twice in five seconds against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. Evgeni Malkin scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from defenseman Kris Letang on a 4-on-3 power play at 6:48 to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead. Brian Dumoulin scored to extend the lead to 4-0 at 6:53, scoring five-hole on Flyers goalie Brian Elliott after Sidney Crosby won the face-off and sent him a backhand pass.  The Penguins tied the record set by the Detroit Red Wings, who did it against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 11, 1965. Detroit’s Norm Ullman scored at 17:35 and 17:40 of the second period in a 4-2 win at Chicago Stadium.
  • David Pastrnak‘s six-point night not only powered the Boston Bruins to a 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Saturday, it broke a record held by Wayne Gretzky. At 21 years, 324 days old, Pastrnak became the youngest player in NHL history to have at least six points in a playoff game when he scored three goals and had three assists. That eclipsed the mark set by Gretzky, who was 22 years, 81 days old when he had seven points for the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the 1983 Smythe Division Final. Gretzky scored four goals and had three assists in a 10-2 win against the Calgary Flames.  Pastrnak, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Boston’s 5-1 victory in Game 1, also matched a mark held by Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito. Pastrnak has nine points (four goals, five assists) through the first two games against Toronto, tying Esposito for the most points by a player in the first two games of a playoff series. Esposito had nine points (five goals, four assists) for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs in the first two games of their 1969 quarterfinal series.  The fourth-year forward is also the first Bruins player to get six points in a playoff game since Rick Middleton scored two goals and had four assists against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 of the 1983 Adams Division Final. Pastrnak is the first to do it in a playoff game since Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux scored three goals and had three assists against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  In addition, Pastrnak became the first to score three goals for the Bruins in a postseason game since David Krejci against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the 2013 conference quarterfinals.
  • Kraft Heinz is thrilled to announce Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York (Just outside of Utica)  is the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2018. After weeks of rallying and online voting, Clinton rallied together to prove exactly why they are the most spirited hockey community in America. The Kraft Hockeyville USA contest, now in its fourth year and in partnership with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), is proud to award Clinton Arena in Clinton, N.Y., an opportunity to host an NHL preseason Game and $150,000 in rink upgrades.  Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville USA will go toward improvements to a number of features, including the arena’s roof, locker room and seating. (I smell Rangers/Sabres, possibly Canucks (Comets)) https://www.nhl.com/news/clinton-ny-kraft-hockeyville-usa-2018/c-297994172
  • Ken Hitchcock retired as Dallas Stars coach Friday. “I have contemplated this since our last game, and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over,” the 66-year-old said in a letter on the Stars website.  He will remain with the Stars as a consultant. No replacement has been named.  “I’m in no rush,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said of hiring a replacement. “I want to make sure we get the right guy. I want to make sure we’re not leaving somebody out of the equation that deserves a chance to be heard.”  The Stars were 42-32-8 in Hitchcock’s second stint with Dallas and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Dallas finished three points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card from the Western Conference.  Hitchcock is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with 823, behind Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (884). Hitchcock has coached the fourth-most games (1,536), behind Bowman (2,141), Quenneville (1,621) and Al Arbour (1,607).  Hitchcock was 823-506-119 with 88 ties in 21 seasons with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, and won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999. He reached the Cup Final with Dallas in 2000, when it lost to the New Jersey Devils.  Hitchcock, from Edmonton, was part of coaching staffs that led Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

 

 

Power Ranking:

  1. Y – Vegas (5)
  2. X – San Jose (11)
  3. X – Pittsburgh (10)
  4. X – Winnipeg (2)
  5. P – Nashville (1)
  6. Z – Tampa Bay (3)
  7. X – Boston (4)
  8. X – Columbus (14)
  9. X – Toronto (7)
  10. Y – Washington (6)
  11. X – Minnesota (8)
  12. X – New Jersey (15)
  13. X – Colorado (17)
  14. X – Philly (13)
  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

 

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

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#1:  http://u18worlds2018.iihf.hockey/

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 32 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. Tragedy struck the hockey world this week as the NHL regular season drew to a close.  The playoffs are now under way, and Steve and I discuss each series and make our round 1 predictions.   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 32 (Episode 77) Show Notes 4/3-4/11

 

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:

  • Playoff Previews!!!
  • Devastated Humboldt.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

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Sad, Sad week in the hockey world…

  • 29 On board, 15 die, 14 hospitalized. 11 still in hospital tonight.  At least one player paralyzed.
  • I’ve been on that bus…
  • 15 yr old team statistician connection
  • GoFundMe – $8.6M donated so far – https://www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos
  • Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan and Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan spending Sunday with the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan that was involved in a deadly bus crash. McLellan and Gulutzan, who each have ties to the province, met with survivors and family members of the victims. They also attended a vigil for the 15 people who were killed when the team bus collided with a tractor-trailer Friday. There were 29 people on the Broncos bus; the other 14 were injured.
  • Tributes and fundraisers from around the NHL.
  • Sheldon Kennedy offering support – 1986 Bus Crash (4 killed) –
  • Put your sticks out for Humboldt!

 

 

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  3-2 L @ FLA on 4/5, 5-2 W vs Ott on 4/7, 4-2 L vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season

Car:  4-3 L @ PHI on 4/5, 3-2 OTW vs TBL on 4/7, end of season

NYR: 2-1 L @ NYI on 4/5, 5-0 L @ PHI on 4/7, end of season

Other Notable games:

Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games)
Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games)
Friday, 4/6:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180406   (4 games)
Saturday, 4/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180407  (15 games)
Sunday, 4/1:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180408   (1 game)
END OF REGULAR SEASON

 

FINAL NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Alain Vigneault was fired as coach of the New York Rangers on Saturday after five seasons. The Rangers finished last in the Metropolitan Division (34-39-9) this season and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.  The Rangers were 226-147-37 under Vigneault, who is third in wins and fourth in games in New York history. They were 31-30 in the playoffs; he is third all-time in playoff wins and games coached in Rangers history.  New York reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, his first season, and got to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final in 2015. The Rangers lost in the Eastern Conference First Round in 2016 and in the second round last season.
  • Ken Holland has signed a two-year contract to return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. Holland said he would address the future of coach Jeff Blashill on Tuesday. Blashill is 104-105-36 in his three seasons.  In 21 seasons with Holland as GM, the Red Wings have won the Stanley Cup three times (1998, 2002, 2008) and the Presidents’ Trophy four times (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), with 10 division titles.  Last season, Detroit’s run of 25 consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended, and this season is the first time the Red Wings have not qualified for the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1982 and 1983.
  • Antti Raantasigned a three-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. No financial terms were disclosed.  Cap Friendly:  $4.25M/yr.  The 28-year-old goaltender, in his first season with Arizona, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers with center Derek Stepan for defenseman Tony DeAngeloand the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (center Lias Andersson) on June 23, Raanta is 21-16-6 this season in 46 games; his wins and games played are personal NHL highs. He missed 22 games because of injury.  Raanta is tied for second in the NHL in save percentage (.930) and third in goals-against average (2.24) among goaltenders with at least 20 games this season. He has won six straight starts and is 9-1-0 in his past 10 games, allowing two or fewer goals in nine of them.
  • Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman will remain coach and general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, respectively, next season, president John McDonough said Thursday. The Blackhawks (33-37-10) are last in the Central Division and will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.  McDonough said he thinks Bowman and Quenneville are the right people to put the Blackhawks back on track after their worst season in a decade.  Quenneville has won the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks since he was named coach Oct. 16, 2008. His 884 NHL wins with the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Blackhawks are second all-time behind Scotty Bowman (1,244).  Stan Bowman replaced Dale Tallon to become the ninth GM in Blackhawks history July 14, 2009.
  • Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 10, that the team has signed University of Minnesota-Duluth forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year NHL contract worth an average annual value of $750,000. Kuhlman will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
  • 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:

  • Vladimir Tarasenkohad reconstructive surgery Wednesday to repair a dislocated left shoulder.  The 26-year-old St. Louis Blues forward will be re-evaluated at training camp in September, general manager Doug Armstrong said.  Tarasenko scored 33 goals in 80 games, leading the Blues in goals for the fourth straight season, and was second with 66 points, four behind forward Brayden Schenn, who had 70 (28 goals, 42 assists).  He was injured in a collision with Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog during the first period of St. Louis’ season-ending 5-2 loss on Saturday.
  • Marian Gaborikof the Ottawa Senators had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back Thursday.  Gaborik, who has missed the past seven games, is expected to resume training in approximately eight weeks.  Gaborik, who has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 46 games this season, has 815 points (407 goals, 408 assists) in 1,035 NHL games.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Mathesonhas been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced Friday.  NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.  Matheson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 647 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 7. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 15:53 of the third period during NHL Game No. 1193 against the Ottawa Senators on March 29.
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Other Interesting Stories:

 

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • The 2017-18 National Hockey League regular season concluded Sunday with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavidcapturing his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings winning his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.  McDavid finished the season with a League-leading 108 points (41-67-108) in 82 games, besting Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (34-68-102 in 82 GP) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (39-61-100 in 80 GP) for his second straight Art Ross Trophy.  Ovechkin scored a League-high 49 goals in 82 games, finishing ahead of Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (44 in 82 GP) and Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (43 in 82 GP) for his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (also 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16).  Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 203 goals, eight fewer than the Nashville Predators (211) and 11 clear of the Boston Bruins (214).
  • Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongoand Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 8.  Benn led the NHL with seven goals, including a pair of hat tricks, and eight points in three games to power the Stars (42-32-8, 92 points) to a 2-1-0 week.  Luongo went 3-0-0 with a 1.59 goals-against average and .955 save percentage in four appearances to help the Panthers (44-30-8, 96 points) become the 13th team in NHL history to earn five wins in seven days.  Giroux ranked second in the NHL with 5-2-7 in three games to propel the Flyers (42-26-14, 98 points) to their eighth playoff berth in the past 11 seasons.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs set a team record for points in a season at 105 with a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Toronto’s previous record was 103 points during the 2003-04 season.  Frederik Andersen made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs (49-26-7) to win a team-record 38th game in a single season. Andersen had shared the record at 37 wins with Ed Belfour (2002-03) and Andrew Raycroft (2006-07).
  • Connor Hellebuyckgot his 44th win, setting an NHL record for most in a season by a United States-born goalie, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at Bell MTS Place on Saturday.  Hellebuyck passed Tom Barrasso (Pittsburgh Penguins, 1992-93), who played before shootouts were introduced in the NHL. Hellebuyck had four shootout wins this season.
  • Adam Gaudettewon the Hobey Baker Award on Friday, given annually to the player voted to be the best in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey.  Gaudette, a 21-year-old junior, led the NCAA with 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists) in 38 games this season. He was named Hockey East Player of the Year, Hockey East Player of the Month for January and February, and MVP of the Beanpot tournament. He is the first player from Northeastern to win the award.  Selected No. 149 in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Canucks, Gaudette signed a three-year, entry-level contract March 26. He has no points in four NHL games, including playing 13:04 in a 5-4 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes in Vancouver on Thursday.  Harvard University center Ryan Donato, who has five goals in 10 games with the Boston Bruins, and University of Denver center Henrik Borgstrom, who made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers on March 29, were the other finalists.
  • The NHL announced the creation of the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, which will recognize the commitment of those improving lives and strengthening communities through hockey. The award, unveiled Friday, will be presented at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The award will be presented to a person (not affiliated with the NHL or any of its clubs), team, league, rink or association who best utilizes hockey as a platform for participants to build character and develop important life skills for a more positive family experience.  Starting May 1, nominees will be accepted on social media or via an online form (LINK: www.nhl.com/OReeAward ). A committee including O’Ree will choose six finalists before voting is opened to the public from May 15-30. The winner will be invited to take part in the NHL Awards.
  • The names on the list joined by Roberto Luongoon Thursday say it all:  Patrick RoyMartin Brodeur.  And now Luongo, who became the third goalie to play 1,000 NHL games when he helped the Florida Panthers get a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.  That’s it. The short list is a testament to how difficult and significant an achievement the milestone is.  http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=26791
  • One more. One more for Vancouver, for the Canucks. One more for the parents who raised them, Tommy and Tora; for the older brothers they idolized growing up, Peter and Stefan; for their wives and children and friends in the stands. One more for the fans, for the kids at BC Children’s Hospital, for everyone they had wanted to thank when they announced their retirement Monday. One more for Daniel and Henrik Sedin in their final home game. In overtime, on the power play, fans on their feet, Rogers Arena buzzing, Henrik sent a saucer pass from the right-wing corner to the point. At the end of a one-minute, 16-second shift, Daniel settled the puck on his blade and took a slap shot.  The puck whizzed past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper at 2:33, the horn sounded, the arena roared and wow, what a moment. The Canucks won 4-3. For the second time Thursday night, Daniel scored a goal assisted by Henrik.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  Round 1 vs Toronto

Car:  end of season

NYR: end of season

 

PLAYOFF PREVIEW:

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

 

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:

https://theahl.com/2018-calder-cup-playoff-primer

 

 

Steve:

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament field announced on Sunday:

http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-i-ncaa-tournament/

 

Go to Bracket Page…

 

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

 

Bracketology

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/

 

 

NCAA Division III Bracket:  http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-iii-ncaa-tournament/

 

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 31 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. Only 19 teams are left alive in this season’s playoff push entering the final week of the regular season.  16 will ultimately get into the playoffs, while 3 will get knocked out.  It will go down to the final full day of action for sure.  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 31 (Episode 76) Show Notes 3/29-4/3

 

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:

  • Playoff Races!!!
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  4-2 W vs TBL on 3/29, 5-1 W vs FLA on 3/31, 4-3 OTL @ PHI on 4/1, 4-0 L @ TBL on 4/3 (4 gp in 6 nights)

Car:  4-1 W @ WSH on 3/30, 2-1 L vs NYR (eliminated) on 3/31, 3-2 L @ FLA on 4/2

NYR: 7-3 L vs TBL on 3/30, 2-1 W @ CAR on 3/31, 5-2 L @ NJD on 4/3

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 3/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180329  (10 games)
Friday, 3/30: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180330  (6 games)
Saturday, 3/31: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180331  (12 games)
Sunday, 4/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180401 (5 games)
Monday, 4/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180402 (6 games)
Tuesday, 4/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180403 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games)
Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games)
Only 20 more NHL games after 4/5…
NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Brandon Carlois out for the rest of the season for the Boston Bruins.  The 21-year-old defenseman will need 3-4 months to recover from surgery on his left ankle, which he fractured Saturday against the Florida Panthers.  Carlo was removed from the ice on a stretcher during the third period of the 5-1 win after falling awkwardly along the boards.  Carlo had six assists and was plus-10 with an average of 19:14 of ice time in 76 games. He played 82 games last season, his first in the NHL.
  • Cam Fowlerwill be out 2-6 weeks for the Anaheim Ducks because of a shoulder injury.  The 26-year-old defenseman was injured during the third period of a 4-3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday and is likely to miss at least the Western Conference First Round should Anaheim qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Fowler has 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 67 games and leads the Ducks in average ice time per game at 24:51. He’s the only Ducks defenseman to average more than two minutes per game on the power play and on the penalty kill.
  • Steven Stamkosdid not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, SN1, NESN, NHL.TV) because of a lower-body injury.  The 28-year-old center left a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Sunday at 3:25 of the second period after getting tangled with Predators forward Austin Watson. Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Monday said Stamkos was day to day.  Stamkos is second on the Lightning with 86 points (27 goals, 59 assists), behind linemate Nikita Kucherov, who has 97 points (38 goals, 59 assists).
  • Ryan Suteris out the rest of the season for the Minnesota Wild with a fractured right ankle.   The 33-year-old defenseman was injured during a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. He will have surgery at a date to be determined.  Defenseman Carson Soucy made his NHL debut Monday. The 23-year-old was a fifth-round pick by the Wild (No. 137) in the 2013 NHL Draft. Minnesota is also without defensemen Jared Spurgeon (hamstring) and Gustav Olofsson (concussion).
  • Jesper Fast is out for the remainder of the regular season for the New York Rangers, coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. Fast, a forward, has a groin injury. Mats Zuccarello, also a forward, is having an MRI for an undisclosed injury and did not play Tuesday. He leads the Rangers with 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) and will enter the final season of a four-year contract in 2018-19.  “He blocked a couple of shots the last couple of games,” Vigneault said about Zuccarello, 30. “He’s having a tough time walking right now.”   Fast, 26, has 33 points (13 points, 20 assists) in 71 games, including 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past 12.
  • Scottie Upshallis out indefinitely for the St. Louis Blues with a left kidney laceration.  The 34-year-old forward was injured in a 6-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. He played the past two games after missing 10 with an MCL sprain.
  • Victor Antipinis out indefinitely for the Buffalo Sabres after sustaining a concussion, facial lacerations, a broken nose and dental injuries against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.  The 25-year-old defenseman left on a stretcher at 14:09 of the second period after being hit by Predators forward Scott Hartnell. He was released from the hospital and traveled with the Sabres on Sunday for their game at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.  Antipin has 10 assists in 47 games this season.
  • Michal Neuvirthis day to day for the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury.  The 30-year-old goaltender was injured in the second period of a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. He made 10 saves before he was replaced by Petr Mrazek.  Neuvirth is 9-7-3 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .915 save percentage this season.  Alex Lyon (4-2-1, 2.75 GAA, .905 save percentage) was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Saturday under emergency conditions.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchandhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald during NHL Game No. 1218 in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 18:55 of the second period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ian Cole has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip against Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter  during NHL Game No. 1208 in Vancouver on Saturday, March 31, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 8:10 of the second period. Cole was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Erik Karlssonwill not travel with the Ottawa Senators for their season-ending three-game road trip so he can be with his wife, Melinda, and their family following the loss of their son, Axel.  Karlsson had three assists in a 6-5 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday, Ottawa’s final home game this season, and picked up the puck after the game ended.  Karlsson can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season and is eligible to sign a new contract July 1. There were rumors surrounding Karlsson’s future with the Senators before the NHL Trade Deadline passed Feb. 26, and he remained with Ottawa.
  • Danieland Henrik Sedin announced their retirement from the NHL on Monday the way they carried themselves for 17 seasons as forwards with the Vancouver Canucks.  They posted a letter to Canucks fans on the team website. They spoke from the heart, together.  After discussions with their families, it became clear this would be their last season. It was time for the 37-year-old twins to focus on homework and birthday parties and kids’ activities and family dinners, on life after hockey.  They decided to break the news now because the Canucks did not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will finish the season at home against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV) and Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, then at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.  “We want to share these final three games with you,” they wrote. “We also want to share these games with our families, friends, teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and everyone at the Canucks who have supported us. You’ve all been with us every step of the way, and we want to thank you.”  The Canucks selected Daniel No. 2 and Henrik No. 3 in the 1999 NHL Draft after deft maneuvering by Brian Burke, then the general manager. They came to North America from Sweden together in 2000-01.  Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in 2009-10. Daniel won the Art Ross and was runner-up for the Hart the next season.  Henrik reached 1,000 points last season; Daniel did it this season. Never before had two brothers reached 1,000 points each, let alone two on the same team at the same time, let alone identical twins on the same line most of the time.  The differences were subtle — Henrik more of a playmaker at center, Daniel more of a finisher on the wing. In the Canucks record book, Henrik is No. 1 in games played (1,327), assists (828) and points (1,068). Daniel is No. 2 in games played (1,303), assists (647) and points (1,038). Daniel is No. 1 in goals (391); Henrik is seventh (240).  No, they never won the Stanley Cup, coming oh-so-close when the Canucks lost Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 Final to the Boston Bruins. But it says everything about them and their connection to the community that, when it became clear the Canucks were no longer contenders late in their careers, they didn’t leave to chase it elsewhere.
  • Hockey communities across the nation have rallied together to share inspiring stories about their local ice rinks and teams, and now four of them are one step closer to the coveted title of “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018.” In partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®), Kraft Heinz is searching for America’s most spirited and passionate hockey community. With nominations narrowed to four finalists, top contenders are now encouraging their fans to show support and take part in public voting, which begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on April 13 and extends through April 14 at 11 a.m. ET. The winner will be announced live on NBCSN later that day.  Each of the four finalists will receive funds for rink upgrades from Kraft Heinz, with the grand prize winner awarded the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season Game and receive $150,000 in rink upgrades. Finalists were selected based on story content and their communities’ total digital Rally Points, which were awarded for activities such as uploading photos and videos, tweeting from the community page and interacting with the community content gallery on KraftHockeyville.com.  The four communities advancing to the public voting round are:  Brandon Valley – Brandon, S.D., Clinton Arena – Clinton, N.Y., George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum – Shreveport, La., Memorial Sports Center – Middlebury, Vt.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 1. Karlsson led the NHL with 3-6-9, including a pair of shorthanded goals, in four games as the Pacific Division champion Golden Knights (50-22-7, 107 points) became the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and finish first in its division (excluding mergers and all-expansion divisions). Raanta went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout as the Coyotes (28-40-11, 67 points) won three of their four games for the week to improve to 16-8-2 dating to Feb. 8.  Eichel placed second in the NHL with 3-5-8 in three games to help the Sabres (25-41-12, 62 points) pick up a pair of victories.
  • Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkinplayed his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday, a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Ovechkin leads the NHL with 45 goals this season. For his career, Ovechkin has scored 603 goals and 1,118 points and is the first Capitals player to reach 1,000 games with the team.
  • Before their final home game of their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights honored the victims of the tragic Harvest Music Festival shooting back on Oct. 1. The team raised a banner to the rafters with the names of each victim and 58 stars to represent the lives lost. The top of the banner reads “Vegas Strong.”  The team also announced that no Golden Knights player will ever wear No. 58 in honor of the victims.  It is officially retired.
  • Seabrook, 32, played in his 1,000th NHL game when Chicago hosted the Winnipeg Jets at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, TSN3, NHL.TV). It’s been quite a career for Seabrook, who has won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015), won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and been an important leader for the Blackhawks. He is the fifth player in Chicago franchise history to reach that milestone. He ranks third all-time for franchise defensemen in goals (94), and sixth in assists (336) and points (440). His three career overtime goals in the playoffs are the most among Chicago blue liners in franchise history.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  @ FLA on 4/5, vs Ott on 4/7, vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season

Car:  @ PHI on 4/5, vs TBL on 4/7, end of season

NYR: @ NYI on 4/5, @ PHI on 4/7, end of season

Other Notable games:

Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games)
Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games)
Friday, 4/6:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180406   (4 games)
Saturday, 4/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180407  (15 games)
Sunday, 4/1:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180408   (1 game)
END OF REGULAR SEASON

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://theahl.com/2017-18-ahl-all-rookie-team

https://theahl.com/2018-calder-cup-playoff-primer 30

 

 

Steve:  2 KHL stories…

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament field announced on Sunday:

http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-i-ncaa-tournament/

 

Go to Bracket Page…

 

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

 

Bracketology

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/

 

 

NCAA Division III Bracket:  http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-iii-ncaa-tournament/

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 30 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 final 16 playoff teams are starting to come into focus.  Several teams have officially punched their playoff tickets, while many others have been mathematically eliminated.  College hockey is down to the Frozen Four.  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 30 (Episode 75) Show Notes 3/21-3/29

 

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:

  • Playoff Races!!!
  • I
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:   2-1 OTL @STL on 3/21, 3-2 L @DAL on 3/23, 2-1 OTW @MIN on 3/25, 5-4 SOL @ WPG on 3/27, vs TBL on 3/29

Car:  6-5 W vs ARI on 3/22, 5-2 W @ OTT on 3/24, 4-1 W vs OTT on 3/26, 4-3 L @ NJD on 3/27

NYR: 4-3 L @ PHI on 3/22, 5-1 W vs BUF on 3/24, 4-2 L vs WSH on 3/26, 4-3 L @WSH on 3/28,

 

Other Notable games:

Wednesday, 3/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180321  (4 games)
Thursday, 3/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180322  (10 games)
Friday, 3/23:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180323  (5 games)
Saturday, 3/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180324  (12 games)
Sunday, 3/25: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180325  (5 games)
Monday, 3/26: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180326  (9 games)
Tuesday, 3/27:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180327 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 3/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180328  (4 games)
Thursday, 3/29:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180329  (10 games)

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Zdeno Charasigned a $5 million contract for next season with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.  The 41-year-old defenseman, who is the Bruins captain, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He can earn $1.75 million in incentives.  Chara has been Bruins captain since 2006-07 after he signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Ottawa Senators on July 1, 2006. The oldest defenseman in the NHL, he has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and a plus-26 rating averaging 23:00 of ice time in 68 games this season.  Based on the way Chara played this season, general manager Don Sweeney said he had no qualms about signing him to another contract. Chara is playing the final season of a five-year contract with an average annual value of $7.5 million.  Chara, who won the Norris Trophy voted as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2008-09 and the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2010-11, has 627 points (195 goals, 432 assists) in 1,418 games in 20 NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, Senators and Bruins. He was selected by the Islanders in the third round (No. 56) of the 1996 NHL Draft.  https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/bruins
  • Markus Nutivaarasigned a four-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.  The 23-year-old defenseman has 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 59 games for the Blue Jackets, who selected him in the seventh round (No. 189) of the 2015 NHL Draft. He had seven points (two goals, five assists) and was plus-7 in 66 games as a rookie in 2016-17, and had a goal and an assist in two Stanley Cup Playoff games.  Nutivaara signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in May 2016 after playing two seasons for Karpat in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league.
  • 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:

  • Matthew Tkachuk and TJ Brodie of the Calgary Flames are likely to be out for the remainder of the season, each with an upper-body injury.  Tkachuk, a second-year forward, has missed seven games since he was injured against the New York Islanders on March 11. Brodie, a defenseman who has not skated since being injured against the Vegas Golden Knights on March 18, has missed four games.
  • Jake Muzzinhas an upper-body injury and is week to week for the Los Angeles Kings.  The 29-year-old defenseman left at 2:49 of the second period in a 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames on Monday after he fell awkwardly into the corner on a hit by Flames forward Micheal Ferland.  Muzzin has 42 points (eight goals, 34 assists) and is plus-10 with 123 blocked shots in 74 games this season.
  • Kevin Shattenkirkwill not return to the New York Rangers lineup this season. The 29-year-old defenseman, who hasn’t played since Jan. 18, had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee Jan. 22.
  • Nick Folignowill be out 2-4 weeks for the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury.  The NHL regular season ends April 8, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 11.  Foligno, who was injured in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, has 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games, including 19 (eight goals, 11 assists) in his past 30. The 30-year-old forward has 400 points (169 goals, 231 assists) in 768 games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators.
  • Sean Monahan will miss the rest of the Calgary Flames season because of undisclosed injuries. The 23-year-old center leads the Flames with 31 goals and is second with 64 points, behind forward Johnny Gaudreau, who has 82 points (23 goals, 59 assists).
  • Mike Greenwill have neck surgery and the Detroit Red Wings defenseman will not play again this season.  Green will have surgery on his cervical spine April 5 and will need at least two months to recover. The 32-year-old, who played in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  He has 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) in 66 games and missed seven games from Feb. 17-28 with a neck injury. He aggravated the injury in practice Wednesday.
  • Jason Spezzacould be out for the remainder of the regular season for the Dallas Stars with a back injury.  The 34-year-old forward will be evaluated in two weeks; the regular season ends April 8, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 11.  Spezza missed his first game of the season, a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, after leaving the morning skate early. He has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 72 games.
  • Jonathan Toewswill miss a few games with an upper-body injury the Chicago Blackhawks center sustained against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.  The Chicago captain, who left late in the third period of the 5-1 loss to the Avalanche, will be re-evaluated next week, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. The 29-year-old’s last shift came with 1:56 remaining.
  • Brett Pesceand Victor Rask will not play again this season for the Carolina Hurricanes, each because of a shoulder injury.  Pesce, a 23-year-old defenseman, has 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 65 games. His 2:21 time on ice per game shorthanded is second on the Hurricanes to defenseman Jaccob Slavin (2:40). Pesce played 20:00 in a 7-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.  Rask, a 25-year-old center, has 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 71 games this season, after 45 and 48 points the prior two seasons. He played 13:51 Tuesday.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • None

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • The National Hockey League announced Wed. the odds for the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, which will be held Saturday, April 28 in Toronto. The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall, and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.  The 15 clubs that do not qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the clubs that have acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery.  The 12 clubs not selected in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will be assigned 2018 NHL Draft selections 4 through 15, in inverse order of regular-season points.  The 2018 NHL Draft will take place at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will be held Friday, June 22. Rounds 2-7 will take place Saturday, June 23.  https://www.nhl.com/news/2018-nhl-draft-lottery-odds-announced/c-297409174
  • The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors has approved changes to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach’s Challenge – Goaltender Interference, the League announced Tuesday. The changes were recommended by the NHL’s General Managers at their March Meeting and subsequently approved by the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee.  The updated rule, as written below (with changes underlined), will be implemented for games as of Wednesday, March 28.  (ii) Scoring Plays Involving Potential “Interference on the Goalkeeper”  (c) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a “GOAL” call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to “Interference on the Goalkeeper,” as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.  (d) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a “NO GOAL” call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because either: (i) there was no actual contact of any kind initiated by the attacking Player with the goalkeeper; or (ii) the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper; or (iii) the attacking Player’s positioning within the crease did not impair the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal and, in fact, had no discernible impact on the play.
  • The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey. A player from each team is nominated by the local chapter. Those nominations are being revealed Tuesday. The list will be narrowed to three finalists and a winner will be named at the NHL Awards show in June in Las Vegas.  https://www.nhl.com/news/masterton-trophy-2018-nominees-announced/c-297374474
  • Martin Brodeur and Sean Burke were named as Canada’s co-general managers for the IIHF World Championship on Monday. The tournament will take place in Denmark from May 4-20.  Brodeur, 45, the winningest goalie in NHL history (691-397-49 with 105 ties), played all but one of his 22 seasons with the New Jersey Devils; he was a three-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time Vezina Trophy winner. Brodeur helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  Burke, 51, played for nine teams during his 18 NHL seasons, finishing with a record of 324-341-9 with 101 ties. He won a silver medal with Canada at the 1992 Albertville Olympics.
  • Wayne Huizenga, the founding owner of the Florida Panthers, died Friday at age 80. “The Florida Panthers organization is heartbroken by the news of H. Wayne Huizenga’s passing,” owner Vincent J. Viola said. “Mr. Huizenga’s lifelong commitment to our community, his philanthropy and his entrepreneurial spirit ensure that the Huizenga family legacy will live on in South Florida. I’m continually inspired by Wayne’s example, from his vision and his civic-minded leadership, to his success fostering an environment of on-ice excellence, which continues to have a shaping influence on every step we take in the South Florida community. He will be remembered always by our Panthers family.”  Huizenga headed the ownership group that was awarded an expansion franchise by the NHL in 1992. The Panthers started play in the 1993-94 season, going 33-34-17 for 83 points, the most by an NHL expansion team until the Vegas Golden Knights broke the record this season.  The Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1996 but lost in four games to the Colorado Avalanche.  Huizenga also helped secure funds for BB&T Center, which has been the Panthers’ home since it opened in 1998.  On Jan. 19, the Panthers retired No. 37, Huizenga’s lucky number, in his honor.  While owning the Panthers, Huizenga also owned the Miami Dolphins of the NFL and the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball, making him, for a time, one of the most dominant owners in North American professional sports.
  • “NHL on NBC” broadcaster Eddie Olczyk announced on the air Thursday that he is cancer-free. “I’m proud to say, final scan after chemo treatment… all the cancer is gone. We beat this thing,” Olczyk said. “I got the call March 14 at 5:07 p.m. that my scans were clear. I never heard a better phrase in my life. Now I’m 10 days on with the rest of my life, and that’s the way I’m looking at it.”  The 51-year-old former NHL player was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer Aug. 4.  Olczyk was a forward for 16 seasons in the NHL and a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 25.  McDavid paced the NHL with five goals and 10 points in four games (5-5-10) to move into first place in the Art Ross Trophy race and propel the Oilers (34-36-6, 74 points) to a 3-0-1 week.  Allen went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .961 save percentage to help the Blues (42 28 5, 89 points) extend their winning streak to five games and move into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Connor registered 4-2-6, including a pair of overtime goals, in three games as the Jets (46-19-10, 102 points) went 3-0-0 to clinch their third playoff berth in franchise history.
  • Henrik Borgstrom, Ryan Donato and Adam Gaudette were named finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in NCAA hockey, Thursday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/henrik-borgstrom-ryan-donato-and-adam-gaudette-finalists-for-hobey-baker-award/c-297451886

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs TBL on 3/29, vs FLA on 3/31, @ PHI on 4/1, @ TBL on 4/3, @ FLA on 4/5

Car:  @ WSH on 3/30, vs NYR on 3/31, @ FLA on 4/2, @ PHI on 4/5

NYR: vs TBL on 3/30, @ CAR on 3/31, @ NJD on 4/3, @NYI on 4/5

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 3/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180329  (10 games)
Friday, 3/30: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180330  (6 games)
Saturday, 3/31: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180331  (12 games)
Sunday, 4/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180401 (5 games)
Monday, 4/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180402 (6 games)
Tuesday, 4/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180403 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games)
Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games)
Only 20 more NHL games after 4/5…
 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://theahl.com/stats/standings

 

 

Steve:  KHL’s Sergei Zubov…

 

If there is time:  https://en.khl.ru/news/2018/03/28/384839.html

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament field announced on Sunday:

http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-i-ncaa-tournament/

 

Go to Bracket Page…

 

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

 

Bracketology

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/

 

 

NCAA Division III Bracket:  http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-iii-ncaa-tournament/

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 29 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 final 16 playoff teams are starting to come into focus.  A couple teams have officially punched their playoff tickets, while a few others have already been mathematically eliminated.  College hockey is entering it’s last and biggest tournament of the season.  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 29 (Episode 74) Show Notes 3/15-3/21

 

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:

  • Playoff Races!!!
  • I
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:   3-0 L @ Fla on 3/15, 3-0 W @ TBL on 3/17, 5-4 OTL vs CBJ on 3/

19

Car:  4-2 L vs PHI on 3/17, 4-3 W @ NYI on 3/18, 7-3 L vs Edm on 3/20

NYR: 4-3 OTW vs PIT on 3/14, 4-3 OTL @ Stl on3/17, 5-3 L vs CBJ on 3/20
Other Notable games:

Thursday, 3/15: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180315 (9 games)
Friday, 3/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180316 (6 games)
Saturday, 3/17:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180317  (10 games)
Sunday, 3/18:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180318  (8 games)
Monday, 3/19:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180319 (5 games)
Tuesday, 3/20:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180320 (11 Games)
Wednesday, 3/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180321  (4 games)
Thursday, 3/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180322  (10 games)
Friday, 3/23:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180323  (5 games)

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Ryan Donato signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins on Sunday. The 21-year-old forward will join the Bruins in Boston and is eligible to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-O, NHL.TV).  Donato, who was selected by the Bruins in the second round (No. 56) of the 2014 NHL Draft, completed his junior season at Harvard University on Friday with a loss to Clarkson in the ECAC semifinals. He led Harvard with 26 goals and 43 points in 29 games, was the ECAC player of the year, and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey.  Donato (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) played for the United States at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, when he tied for the most goals in the tournament with five in five games. His six points (five goals, one assist) led the U.S.
  • 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:

  • Ben Bishopwill be out at least two weeks for the Dallas Stars after reinjuring his left knee Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.  The goaltender, who stopped all three shots he faced, left the game at 10:11 of the first period, after appearing to injure his left knee making a glove save on Bryan Little.  Bishop (26-17-5, 2.49 goals-against average, .916 save percentage) first injured the knee in a 2-0 loss against the Nashville Predators on March 6 and missed five games. He returned to the Stars lineup for a 3-2  overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on March 16, and Sunday was his second game back.  Kari Lehtonen (12-10-3, 2.46 GAA,.913 save percentage), who replaced Bishop on Sunday, started all five games in Bishop’s most recent absence and was 1-3-1.  The Stars recalled forward Curtis McKenzie and goalie Mike McKenna from Texas of the American Hockey League on Monday. McKenzie  is 15-9-4 with a 2.69 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 30 AHL appearances.
  • Noah Hanifinwill be out indefinitely for the Carolina Hurricanes because of a concussion.  The 21-year-old defenseman left the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and did not travel with the Hurricanes for their 4-3 win at the New York Islanders on Sunday.  Hanifin has 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) this season and hadn’t missed a game prior to Sunday.
  • Dmitry Kulikovhas opted to not have surgery to correct a back injury, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said Monday.  The 27-year-old defenseman injured his back against the New Jersey Devils on March 8, a reoccurrence of an injury last season with the Buffalo Sabres that limited him to 47 games after he was hit into an open door by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colin Greening in a preseason game.  Maurice said Saturday that Kulikov would have surgery soon and that it would be eight weeks before any further update would be provided.  After practice Monday, Maurice said Kulikov decided on a different path to treat his injury.  “He had a couple of opinions on his injury, had met with surgeons, and it’s never clearly one way or the other that he should go, so when he met for his final consult, and it’s the player’s choice what he wants to do, he’s going to forego surgery,” Maurice said. “There are other remedies for this, so he didn’t have surgery today.  Maurice said that the injury won’t necessarily require surgery eventually.  Kulikov has missed five games since the injury occurred. He has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 62 games.
  • Michael Rafflwill be out two weeks for the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury.  The forward left a 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday at 14:46 of the second period. He has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 73 games.
  • Kevin Bieksawill have surgery to remove scar tissue from his left hand Friday and the Anaheim Ducks defenseman will be out 2-5 weeks.  The Ducks hope to have Bieksa back for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin April 11. Bieksa has eight assists and is averaging 18:01 of ice time in 59 games this season.  Bieksa, 36, is in the final year of a two-year contract extension he signed July 1, 2015 and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has 278 points (63 goals, 215 assists) in 808 NHL games over 13 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and Ducks.
  • Malcolm Subbanmade 22 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights, taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.  Fleury made seven saves in the first period but did not start the second because of an undisclosed injury. He was hit in the mask by a Brandon Sutter shot 10 minutes into the first.  Gallant confirmed the move to bring in Subban was not to give Fleury rest. Fleury has started 21 of the past 22 games.
  • Ryan Callahanwill not accompany the Tampa Bay Lightning on their two-game road trip after sustaining an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.  Callahan tangled with Toronto forward Josh Leivo with four minutes left in the first period. He went to the dressing room holding his right shoulder and did not return.  Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he was encouraged by Callahan’s presence at practice Wednesday but that the 33-year-old forward needed more evaluation and would not travel for games at the New York Islanders on Thursday.
  • Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laineleft their game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday with a lower-body injury and did not return. Coach Paul Maurice said he does not think the injury is long-term, but fantasy owners of the elite goal-scorer are awaiting a further update for purposes of the fantasy playoffs.  Laine (21st in Yahoo) leads the League in goals (18 in 16 games) since Feb. 16, thriving on a line with mostly center Paul Stastny and left wing Nikolaj Ehlers since the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. Laine ranks second in goals (43) behind Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (44) through 73 games each.
  • Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenkowill miss his second-straight game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV). He did not play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday because of an upper-body injury.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkoshas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip against Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly during NHL Game No. 1127 in Tampa on Tuesday, March 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 10:25 of the second period. Stamkos was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • NHL general managers want to give the final authority on goaltender interference reviews initiated by the coach’s challenge to the Situation Room in Toronto. The on-ice officials have the final authority on these reviews, but they consult with members of the NHL Hockey Operations Department in the Situation Room before deciding to allow or overturn the goal.  The League hopes to make an announcement on the potential change in the review process Wednesday, but it is still determining whether it needs approval from other organizations, including the NHL Players’ Association, the NHL Officials Association and the Board of Governors, because it involves a change in playing conditions.  The hope is to implement the change immediately.  If BOG approval is required, the League needs a unanimous vote of yes to make an in-season change.  “What I’m hearing from the managers is they want consistency,” Colin Campbell, NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said Tuesday following Day Two of the General Managers meetings at the Boca Beach Club. “And it’s not who is doing it, it’s that we’ve got five guys in [the Situation Room] that participate in [the review process], two that do 90 percent of them and in the playoffs we’ve got one individual that does them all.”  One change being considered is adding recently retired referees to the decision-making process.  Kris King, NHL senior vice president of hockey operations, said Monday the Situation Room had strong disagreement with the final decision on only four of the 170 reviews for goaltender interference through 1,100 games this season. https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-gms-push-to-change-goalie-interference-review/c-297135474 Start after George McPhee interview
  • Head Contact suspensions down, focus being changed to boarding and interference https://www.nhl.com/news/department-of-player-safety-reports-on-boarding-interference/c-297136992
  • The rule for offside, especially as it relates to the coach’s challenge, is expected to be a topic of discussion among NHL general managers during their breakout group sessions on Day 2 of their annual March meetings at the Boca Beach Club on Tuesday. The GMs, who spent their entire session on Day 1 Monday discussing the coach’s challenge for goaltender interference, will break off into separate groups to discuss various aspects of the game, likely including a debate on if the wording of the rule for offside should change to allow for a player to be deemed onside even if his trailing skate is in the air while his front skate is in contact with the ice but over the leading edge of the blue line.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-gm-meetings-day-2-discussions/c-297119798
  • NHL general managers were scheduled to spend 1 1/2 hours discussing goaltender interference on the first day of their meetings Monday. They spent three. They looked at 14 video clips of coach’s challenges. Afterward, reporters were invited to watch five of the same clips on the same screens in the same hotel ballroom. Asked to vote “goal” or “no goal,” sometimes the room was split.  “Clear as mud,” senior vice president of hockey operations Kris King said. The takeaway from the exercise: As much as everyone wants clarity and consistency, goaltender interference is not black and white. It’s subjective. When it comes to the most controversial calls, reasonable people disagree.  https://www.nhl.com/news/cotsonika-goalie-interference-discussed-at-gm-meetings/c-297103954
  • Goaltender interference will be decided by officials in the NHL Situation Room in Toronto if a recommended change made by League general managers is approved Wednesday. The rule change would shift final determination on goalie interference away from on-ice officials to the NHL Hockey Operations Department, which would include a member of the NHL Officiating Management Team comprised of former referees.  The hope is the rule change will be in place by the end of the regular season. It first needs approval by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee. The proposal by the GMs makes no changes to the standard under which goaltender interference is judged, and includes no changes to the criteria governing whether on-ice calls should be overturned.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnonand Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 18.  Pietrangelo led the NHL with 3-6-9 in four games to power the Blues (39-28-5, 83 points) to a 3-1-0 week and within one point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  MacKinnon paced the NHL with six goals and ranked second with eight points (6 2-8) in four games as the Avalanche (39-25-8, 86 points) went 3-1-0 to climb into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.   McElhinney went 3-0-0 with a 1.57 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and one shutout as the Maple Leafs (43-22-7, 93 points) posted a perfect week to move within two wins of matching the single-season franchise record (reached in 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2003-04).

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:   @STL on 3/21, @DAL on 3/23, @MIN on 3/25, @ WPG on 3/27, vs TBL on 3/29

Car:  vs ARI on 3/22, @ OTT on 3/24, vs OTT on 3/26, @ NJD on 3/27

NYR: @ PHI on 3/22, vs BUF on 3/24, vs WSH on 3/26, @WSH on 3/28, vs TBL on 3/30, @CAR on 3/31

 

Other Notable games:

Wednesday, 3/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180321  (4 games)
Thursday, 3/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180322  (10 games)
Friday, 3/23:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180323  (5 games)
Saturday, 3/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180324  (12 games)
Sunday, 3/25: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180325  (5 games)
Monday, 3/26: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180326  (9 games)
Tuesday, 3/27:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180327 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 3/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180328  (4 games)
Thursday, 3/29:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180329  (10 games)
 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:

 

http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/future-watch-2018-the-nhl-s-top-10-rising-prospects

 

 

http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/future-watch-2018-the-nhl-s-top-10-falling-prospects

 

Steve:  University of Illinois feasibility Study

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament field announced on Sunday:

http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-i-ncaa-tournament/

 

Go to Bracket Page…

 

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

 

Bracketology

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/

 

Don Lucia has stepped down as Minnesota’s head coach after a 19-year run that included two national championships, the school announced Tuesday.  Lucia, 59, will finish his final season under contract at Minnesota as special assistant to the athletic director through the 2018-19 school year.  “Gopher Hockey is not just a college hockey program, it’s a cultural institution in the state of Minnesota, built on more than 90 years of success and tradition. Few have contributed as much to that legacy as Don,” Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “He knows how much I appreciate everything he has accomplished in his 19 years as head coach, but he and I also agree that it’s time for someone else to lead our program. From his program’s commitment to academic excellence to the banners his teams raised into in our rafters, I can’t thank him enough for what he’s contributed to the success of Gopher Hockey.”  Lucia’s the second-winningest active coach of a Division I men’s team at 736-403-102, behind only Boston College coach Jerry York’s 1,053 victories.  In 19 seasons at Minnesota, Lucia posted a 457-248-73 mark, in addition to national championships in 2002 and 2003.  Lucia’s Minnesota teams won eight league regular-season titles (four in the WCHA, four in the Big Ten) and four playoff titles (three in the WCHA, one in the Big Ten).  But the Gophers didn’t qualify for the NCAA tournament in two of his final three seasons and had first-round exits in his last two NCAA appearances, in 2015 and 2017.

 

NCAA Division III Bracket:  http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-iii-ncaa-tournament/

 

 

 

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