The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 32 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including the Hurricanes hot streak, and the Bruins and Rangers cold streaks. We’ll get you up to date with all of the signings of college and junior players turning pro.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is continuing to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 32 Show Notes

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 Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are starting to become more clear, and several teams have already clinched playoff spots
  • Bruins are making things interesting (if you are not a Bruins fan) or scary (if you are) in the East
  • Teams are continuing to sign players out of college and junior ranks. We’ll get you caught up.
  • The NCAA Tournament field has been set, and the tournament gets under way Friday night. We’ll have all the details.
  • Lundqvist and Stamkos close to returning?
  • It’s almost our turn to have the NHL Centennial Fan Arena! We’ll reveal our plans!

 

A personal note:  You occasionally hear of folks dying while playing hockey.  Well, it happened this week, and it was local.  Michael Twiss:  https://www.gofundme.com/in-loving-memory-of-michael-twiss :  On March 20th 2017, in Wake Forest NC, Michael Twiss passed away from injuries sustained while playing hockey. While we know that Michael loved playing hockey, especially with his three sons Kyle, Ryan, and Tyler, it’s nearly impossible to make sense of why or how something like this could happen.   Michael was a beloved husband and father and, for those of us who played with him, a hell of a teammate. While most of us know him because of hockey, his influence stretches beyond just that community. He was always outspoken and fiercely competitive and most of us will choose to remember him as a fighter, a leader, and a friend.  All of our thoughts and prayers are with his family now. There is little that can be done to ease the pain of those whom he loved and that loved him. As a community of acquaintances, associates, teammates, friends and family we’d like you to consider helping however you can. Any money raised here will be given to the family for their needs in the coming days, weeks, and months. We hope you will all use this fund as an outlet to express your sympathies and share your condolences. There will be expenses associated with this sad event and as our show of support we hope to ease that burden for the family.  (Raised $16,115 as of 3 PM Thursday) Skipping our regular Amazon shpeal, and instead ask for your donation to this GoFundMe.

 

Another Personal Note:  Thank Mark Allred for the birthday wishes

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  5-2 W @ CGY on 3/15, 7-4 L @ EDM on 3/16, 4-2 L @ TOR on 3/20, 3-2 L vs OTT on 3/21

NYR:  4-3 SOL vs FLA on 3/17, 3-2 W @ MIN on 3/18, 3-2 OTL @ NJD on 3/21, 3-2 L vs NYI on 3/22

CAR:  3-1 W vs MIN on 3/16, 4-2 W vs NSH on 3/18, 4-3 SOL @ PHI on 3/19, 4-3 W @ FLA on 3/21

 

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

 

  • Predators 2 @ Capitals 1 (OT) on 3/16
  • Panthers 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 3/16
  • Blackhawks 2 @ Senators 1 on 3/16
  • Maple Leafs 5 @ Lightning 0 on 3/16
  • Blues 4 @ Sharks 1 on 3/16
  • Canadiens 4 @ Senators 3 (SO) on 3/18
  • Blue Jackets 3 @ Islanders 2 (OT) on 3/18
  • Blackhawks 2 @ Maple Leafs 1 (OT) on 3/18
  • Capitals 5 @ Lightning 3 on 3/18
  • Ducks 2 @ Sharks 1 on 3/18
  • Senators 1 @ Canadiens 4 on 3/19
  • Panthers 0 @ Penguins 4 on 3/19
  • Kings 2 @ Flames 5 on 3/19
  • Kings 0 @ Oilers 2 on 3/20
  • Flames 2 @ Capitals 4 on 3/21
  • Sharks 2 @ Wild 3 on 3/21
  • Oilers 4 @ Ducks 3 on 3/22
  • Maple Leafs 5 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 3/22

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Break:

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.

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  We haven’t set anything up just yet, so stay tuned for that.

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, subcribe 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.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

 

03/15/2017  Tim Gettinger (F) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds New York Rangers  
03/16/2017  Sam Vigneault (F) Clarkson Univ. Columbus Blue Jackets  
03/16/2017  Callum Booth (G) Saint John Sea Dogs Carolina Hurricanes  
03/17/2017  Miro Aaltonen (F) Vityaz Podolsk Toronto Maple Leafs  
03/20/2017  Tyler Parsons (G) London Knights Calgary Flames  
03/20/2017  Ryan Lomberg (F) Stockton Heat Calgary Flames  
03/20/2017  Tim Clifton (F) Quinnipiac Univ. San Jose Sharks  
03/20/2017  Mitch Hults (F) Lake Superior State Univ. Anaheim Ducks  
03/21/2017  Libor Hájek (D) Saskatoon Blades Tampa Bay Lightning  
03/21/2017  Jeremy Bracco (F) Windsor Spitfires Toronto Maple Leafs  
03/21/2017  Mark Friedman (D) Bowling Green State Univ. Philadelphia Flyers  
03/23/2017  Luke Kunin (F) Univ. of Wisconsin Minnesota Wild  
03/23/2017  Janne Kuokkanen (F) London Knights Carolina Hurricanes  

 

 

 

  • GoaltenderJaroslav Halak was recalled by the New York Islanders from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Thursday.  Thomas Greiss has started all but five games since Halak’s demotion. Jean-Francois Berube, who has served as Greiss’ backup, is 3-2-2 with a 3.42 goals-against average and a save percentage of .889. His last start was against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 13; he was removed 8:02 into the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots.  Halak was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Dec. 30; he cleared the following day and was sent to Bridgeport, where he was 17-7-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 27 games.  Halak’s last NHL game was a 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 29. He was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 24 shots, including three in a span of 1:20.  The 31-year-old is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 21 games for the Islanders this season. He is 206-123-42 with a 2.42 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 388 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and the Islanders.  New York acquired Halak from Washington in a trade May 1, 2014. Three weeks later, the Islanders signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.
  • The Blueshirts added to their goaltending depth on Thursday,signing Bowling Green junior Chris Nell to an entry-level contract.  Nell, 22, just wrapped his junior campaign at Bowling Green, going 17-14-2 with a 2.15 GAA and .916 save percentage. This year, he became the school’s all-time leader in career shutouts, this after a terrific sophomore campaign in which he finished with a sparking 1.31 GAA and .930 save percentage.  An undrafted free agent, Nell now joins an organization with several young netminders in the mix. Mackenzie Skapski, a 2013 draftee, made his NHL debut two years ago but has struggled this season, splitting time between AHL Hartford and ECHL Greenville. Brandon Halverson, a second-rounder in ’14, has also split time between Hartford and Greenville, and was recently recalled to New York on an emergency basis.  New York has also drafted Russian netminder Igor Shesterkin (fourth round, ’14), Slovak Adam Huska (seventh round, ’15) and UMass-Lowell product Tyler Wall (sixth round, ’16).

 

Injuries

  • Vancouver Canucks centerMarkus Granlund will have wrist surgery, after which a timetable for his return will be provided.  “Markus has had an ongoing wrist injury which we’ve treated through regular maintenance and rehabilitation,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Monday. “Our Canucks medical team and Markus believe that surgery is the best course of action for his long-term health and by having the procedure now it will allow him to have more time to rehabilitate and work out in preparation for next season. Markus is an important part of our team and we are confident he’ll have a full recovery.”  Granlund, 23, was acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames for forward Hunter Shinkaruk on Feb. 22, 2016. In 69 games, he has 19 goals, 13 assists and 32 points, all NHL career highs, and ranks second on the Canucks in goals behind Bo Horvat (20).
  • Winnipeg Jets centerShawn Matthias will have shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the season.  “He had a pre-existing labral tear that he’s been trying to deal with and it just got to the point where he can’t,” coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s a full-on rehab, we’re talking about months.”  Matthias, 29, had 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 45 games this season. He last played in a 5-4 overtime loss at the Nashville Predators on Monday. The Jets entered Saturday 10 points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.  Matthias, a second-round pick by the Detroit Red Wings (No. 47) in the 2006 NHL Draft, has 97 points (48 goals, 49 assists) in 312 NHL games through 10 seasons with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and Jets.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins centerEvgeni Malkin will not play against the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, ROOT, MSG+, NHL.TV) because of an upper-body injury.  Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said the issue is something that has been bothering Malkin for a while. Sullivan said he expects to have more information on Malkin’s status Saturday.  Malkin is fifth in the NHL with 72 points and tied for fourth with 33 goals. He missed seven games from Jan. 26-Feb. 11 with a lower-body injury.
  • Louis Blues forwardPaul Stastny is week to week with a lower-body injury.  Stastny did not play the final two periods of a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny was not injured when hit by a shot taken by teammate Vladimir Tarasenko but that the center tweaked something.  Stastny missed four games with a lower-body injury sustained Feb. 10. He has 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 66 games.
  • According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the Islanders’ third-line center suffered a broken wrist in the second period of his team’s 3-2 in over theNew York Rangers. Per Staple, Strome will miss the rest of the regular season and the team would have to go deep in the playoffs for him to return.  The 23-year-old Strome has 13 goals and 30 points while averaging 14:36 of ice-time per-game.
  • Toronto Maple Leafsforward Eric Fehr may be done for the rest of the regular season after injuring his hand on Wednesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Fehr was acquired by the Maple Leafs from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline. Wednesday was his first game with Toronto.  The 31-year-old has six goals and 11 points in 53 games this season.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 19. Marchand led the NHL with 5-4-9 in three games – all multi-point performances – to power the Bruins (38-27-6, 82 points) to a pair of victories.  Crosby paced the League with six goals and ranked second with eight points in four starts to guide the Penguins (45-17-9, 99 points) to a 2-1-1 week.  Elliott went 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .926 save percentage to help the Flames (41-27-4, 86 points) maintain third place in the Pacific Division.
  • Eric Staal played in his 1000th game on Sunday
  • Jaromir Jagr had two assists Friday to pass Gordie Howe with his 269th NHL point after turning 40, most in history.  “I’m going to pass him for the most points after 50,” Jagr said. “That’s what I’m looking for.”  Jagr, who turned 45 on Feb. 15, assisted on goals by Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov in a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  Jagr has 1,907 NHL points, second behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857). Howe played until he was 42 then had 41 points in one season as a 51-year-old to finish with 1,850, fourth behind Mark Messier (1,887).  “It’s a big honor, no question about it,” Jagr said. “It’s no accident they call him Mr. Hockey, so it’s a big honor to me.”  Jagr would become the fourth player in NHL history to play 1,700 games Sunday in Pittsburgh, where he began his NHL career at age 18 in 1990-91.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Buffalo Sabres defensemanRasmus Ristolainen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.  The incident occurred at 8:46 of the first period of the game at KeyBank Center. Ristolainen received a five-minute major for interference and a 10-minute misconduct. Guentzel did not return to the game.  The Penguins defeated the Sabres 3-1.  The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: interference. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
  • Calgary Flames forwardMatthew Tkachuk has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during NHL Game No. 1069 in Calgary on Sunday, March 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday.  The incident occurred at 19:35 of the first period.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Tkachuk will forfeit $10,277.78.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs defensemanRoman Polak has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand during NHL Game No. 1086 in Columbus on Wednesday, March 22, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 1:00 of the third period. Polak was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Polak will forfeit $25,000.00.  https://www.nhl.com/news/toronto-maple-leafs-roman-polak-suspended-for-boarding/c-288006256
  • Buffalo Sabres defensemanRasmus Ristolainen has been suspended for three games, without pay, for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel during NHL Game No. 1076 in Buffalo on Tuesday, March 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 8:46 of the first period. Ristolainen was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Ristolainen will forfeit $90,000.00.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights plan to be very active when NHL free agency begins, general manager George McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Money’s not a problem,” McPhee said Monday in a Q&A with season-ticket holders. “Our owner, Bill Foley, is not afraid to spend to get the right player, and it’s our job to identify who those players are.”  Some players who can become unrestricted free agents are San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, Washington Capitals forward J. Oshie, and Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.  From June 18-20, Vegas will have a chance to sign any restricted or unrestricted free agent left unprotected by his team for the NHL Expansion Draft, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. These free agents would not otherwise be allowed to sign with a team different than the one they played for this season until July 1.  That 72-hour free-agent window coincides with the Expansion Draft process. If a free agent does sign with the Golden Knights, he would be Vegas’ one selection from that player’s team (Vegas is required to select or sign one player off each existing team’s list of unprotected players, with a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies).  This does not preclude Vegas from claiming an unprotected free agent during the Expansion Draft and gaining an exclusive window to sign the player before July 1, but the NHL is giving the Golden Knights the window to reduce the chance they will claim a player who has no intention of signing with them.  https://www.nhl.com/news/golden-knights-gm-says-team-plans-to-spend-in-free-agency/c-287943336 The Vegas Golden Knights plan to unveil their jerseys prior to the NHL Expansion Draft in June, general manager George McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.  They are expected to be available for purchase in September.  The Golden Knights unveiled their logo and colors (steel grey, gold, red and black) on Nov. 22. The logo is a helmet that includes a V to represent Las Vegas, and secondary logos include swords that create the star from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
  • The2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.  The outdoor game will pay tribute to a century of NHL contests, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the League’s first games played on Dec. 19, 1917.  The announcement of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic was made in Ottawa, continuing the year-long NHL Centennial festivities while Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, and the Stanley Cup — the most revered trophy in all sports — celebrates its 125th anniversary.
  • http://chl.ca/article/playoffs-get-underway-across-the-chl

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs TBL on 3/23, @NYI on 3/25, vs NSH on 3/28

NYR:  @ LA on 3/25, @ ANA on 3/26, @ SJ on 3/28

CAR:  @ MTL on 3/23, @ NJD on 3/25, vs DET on 3/27 & 3/28 (make up)

All games involving TOR, TB, NYI are important!

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Islanders @ Penguins on 3/24
  • Senators @ Canadiens on 3/25
  • Flames @ Blues on 3/25
  • Sharks @ Predators on 3/25
  • Flyers @ Penguins on 3/26
  • Predators @ Islanders on 3/27
  • Blackhawks @ Lightning on 3/27
  • Kings @ Oilers on 3/28
  • Senators @ Flyers on 3/28
  • Panthers @ Maple Leafs on 3/28
  • Capitals @ Wild on 3/28
  • Blackhawks @ Penguins on 3/29
  • Kings @ Flames on 3/29

NCAA Minute:

 

College conference Playoffs now underway for all teams outside of Big 10:

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/   #14 is the cut line.

Bracketology:   Correctly predicted the exact brackets 5 of last 6 years, and have correctly chosen field every season that USCHO has posted pairwise rankings.

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/03/19/final-predictions-at-the-ncaa-field-of-16-and-where-each-team-will-start/

NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday, 3/19

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

http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/icehockey-men/d1

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

Steve:

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  did at beginning of the show.

 

 

  • Steve:

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 3/29 6:30 PM.

 

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

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.

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  We haven’t set anything up just yet, so stay tuned for that.

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, subcribe 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.

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 31 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including the Flames hot streak, the Devils cold streak, and all of the signings of college and junior players turning pro.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is continuing to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 31 Show Notes

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 Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are starting to become more clear
  • Lots of signings as teams in college and CHL end their seasons
  • Flames latest team to have a winning streak of 10 or more games.
  • We are not the only ones doing mock expansion drafts
  • New York to get next year’s Winter Classic?
  • Finally, playoffs are already underway in the NCAA and the KHL. We’ll get you up-to-date.

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-1 W vs PHI on 3/11, 6-3 W @ VAN on 3/13

NYR:  4-1 W @ DET on 3/12, 3-2 L vs TBL on 3/13

CAR:  3-2 OTL vs TOR on 3/11, 8-4 W @ NYI on 3/13, 3-2 OTL vs NYI on 3/14

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

 

  • Canadiens 4 @ Oilers 1 on 3/12
  • Wild 2 @ Blackhawks 4 on 3/12
  • Capitals 2 @ Ducks 5 on 3/12
  • Penguins 3 @ Flames 4 SO on 3/13
  • Blues 3 @ Kings 1 on 3/13
  • Blackhawks 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 3/14
  • Jets @ Devils PPD on 3/14
  • Wild 2 @ Capitals 4 on 3/14 Ovechkin ends goal drought (2/19)
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Panthers 7 on 3/14
  • Penguins @ Flyers  on 3/15 (Rivalry)

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Break:

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.

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  We haven’t set anything up just yet, so stay tuned for that.

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, subcribe 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.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

         
03/15/2017  Luc Snuggerud (D) Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha Chicago Blackhawks  
03/15/2017  Gavin Bayreuther (D) St. Lawrence Univ. Dallas Stars  
03/14/2017  Zach Aston-Reese (F) Northeastern Univ. Pittsburgh Penguins  
03/13/2017  Jalen Chatfield (D) Windsor Spitfires Vancouver Canucks  
03/13/2017  Anthony Louis (F) Miami Univ. (Ohio) Chicago Blackhawks  
03/12/2017  John Hayden (F) Yale Univ. Chicago Blackhawks  
03/12/2017  Drew Shore (F) Kloten Vancouver Canucks  
03/10/2017  Landon Bow (G) Texas Stars Dallas Stars  
03/09/2017  Simon Bourque (D) Saint John Sea Dogs Montréal Canadiens  
03/08/2017  Sean Day (D) Windsor Spitfires New York Rangers  

 

 

 

Injuries

  • Florida Panthers defensemanAaron Ekblad and forward Denis Malgin each will be out of the lineup 7-10 days because of a concussion, coach Tom Rowe said Monday.  Ekblad was injured on a hit to the head from Tampa Bay Lightning forward Gabriel Dumont in the second period of a 3-2 loss Saturday.  Ekblad has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 67 games. He missed four games because of a concussion last season.  Malgin, who left the game against Tampa Bay in the second period after he was hit by defenseman Anton Stralman, has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 42 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/aaron-ekblad-of-florida-diagnosed-with-concussion/c-287669330
  • Ottawa Senators forwardMark Stone likely will miss a three-game homestand that begins Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2 TSN5, SUN, NHL.TV), general manager Pierre Dorion said Monday.  Stone missed a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday with a lower-body injury and is week to week, Dorion told TSN 1200.  Dorion said he is hopeful Stone will accompany the Senators for the second game of a home-and-home set against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. The Senators, who host Montreal on Saturday to conclude the homestand, trail the Canadiens by two points for first place in the Atlantic Division but have two games in hand.  Stone is second in scoring on the Senators with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 63 games.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets defensemanRyan Murray had surgery to repair a broken hand Monday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.  The injury occurred when Murray blocked a shot in the first period of a 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.   Tortorella thinks Murray can skate on his own without a stick during his recovery.  Murray, 23, has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 60 games this season. Chosen by the Blue Jackets with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray has 60 points (11 goals, 49 assists) in 220 NHL games, and was one of three Columbus players (Boone Jenner, Gregory Campbell) to appear in all 82 games last season.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forwardCarl Hagelin is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made the announcement after Pittsburgh extended its win streak to five games with a 3-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday.  The Penguins are also without forwards Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Matt Cullen (undisclosed) and Bryan Rust (upper body), and defensemen Kris Letang (upper body), Trevor Daley (knee) and Olli Maatta (hand).  Hagelin has six goals and 16 assists in 61 games this season. He played 17:32 in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 shootout win at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
  • Reports out of Chicago today say that Center Artem Anisimov will miss 3-4 weeks with a lower body injury.  Anisimov was closing out the final seconds of the first period by battling for a puck in his own zone. His tussle with Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov didn’t end well: Radulov lost his footing and fell on the back of Anisimov’s legs.  In 63 games this season, Anisimov has 22 goals and 44 points.
  • GoaltenderBrian Elliott will not play because of illness when the Calgary Flames go for a franchise-record 11th straight victory on Wednesday.  Elliott has won nine games with a 1.74 goals-against average and .943 save percentage during Calgary’s 10-game winning streak, which matched the Atlanta Flames’ run during the 1978-79 season.  Chad Johnson, who last played on Feb. 24 in a 4-2 win at the Florida Panthers, will start against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Saddledome (9 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, NHL.TV).  Johnson is 18-13-1 with a 2.54 GAA and .913 save percentage in 33 games this season.  Johnson played for the Bruins in 13-14.  In 27 GP, was 17-4-3, 2.10, .925

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • San Jose Sharks centerJoe Pavelski , Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernierand Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 12.  Pavelski recorded six points in four games, including a League-best five goals, to power the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (41-20-7, 89 points) to three victories.  Bernier went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Ducks (36-23-10, 82 points) into second place in the Pacific Division.  Karlsson paced defensemen with 2-4-6 in four contests to help the Senators (39-22-6, 84 points) extend their winning streak to six games.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Washington Capitals defensemanKevin Shattenkirk has been suspended for two games, without pay, for charging Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel during NHL Game No. 1010 in Los Angeles on Saturday, Mar. 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 15:57 of the third period. Shattenkirk was assessed a minor penalty for charging.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Shattenkirk will forfeit $47,222.22.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ CGY on 3/15, @ EDM on 3/16, @ TOR on 3/20, vs OTT on 3/21

NYR:  vs FLA on 3/17, @ MIN on 3/18, @ NJD on 3/21, vs NYI on 3/22

CAR:  vs MIN on 3/16, vs NSH on 3/18, @ NSH on 3/19, @ FLA on 3/21

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Predators @ Capitals on 3/16
  • Panthers @ Blue Jackets on 3/16
  • Blackhawks @ Senators on 3/16
  • Maple Leafs @ Lighning on 3/16
  • Blues @ Sharks on 3/16
  • Canadiens @ Senators on 3/18
  • Blue Jackets @ Islanders on 3/18
  • Blackhawks @ Maple Leafs on 3/18
  • Capitals @ Lightning on 3/18
  • Ducks @ Sharks on 3/18
  • Senators @ Canadiens on 3/19
  • Panthers @ Penguins on 3/19
  • Kings @ Flames on 3/19
  • Kings @ Oilers on 3/20
  • Flames @ Capitals on 3/21
  • Sharks @ Wild on 3/21
  • Oilers @ Ducks on 3/22
  • Maple Leafs @ Blue Jackets on 3/22

NCAA Minute:

 

College conference Playoffs now underway for all teams outside of Big 10:

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/   #14 is the cut line.

Bracketology:   Correctly predicted the exact brackets 5 of last 6 years, and have correctly chosen field every season that USCHO has posted pairwise rankings.

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/03/15/one-more-look-at-ncaa-tournament-predictions-heading-into-conference-tournament-finals/

NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday, 3/19

 

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

Steve:  Pavel Datsuyk fighting?

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  https://www.nhl.com/news/incredible-hockey-game-in-norway-goes-8-overtimes/c-287656214

 

 

 

  • Steve: NHL – Flames have won 10 in a row.  4th team to do it this season.  First time ever in NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets (16 games), Minnesota Wild (12) and Philadelphia Flyers (10) are the three teams with a double-digit winning streak this season.  The 2015-16 season was the first time three teams had double-digit winning streaks, according to Elias. The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers each won 12 in a row, and the Anaheim Ducks had an 11-game streak. That season, four teams (Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals) had a winning streak that ended at nine.

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 3/22 6:30 PM.

 

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

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.

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Live Streaming Rookie Mistake…

Well, I made a booboo.  Back on March 1, I did a 7 hour live stream showing my reaction and analysis of all transactions that took place on NHL Trade Deadline Day.  At one point during the stream, I left to go down the street to get lunch.  I left the stream running because I wanted it to be one video, not broken up. While I was gone, I left the view of my monitor up.  Well, on that monitor, I was watching ESPN, and it ended up a part of the stream. Sometime in the last week or two, the Disney anti-copyright bot found the video, and put a take down notice on that video.  As a result, The Hockey Nuts Youtube Channel is banned from live streaming for 90 days.  I didn’t know it at the time, and didn’t have time to research the porblem, but we couldn’t live stream our last recording of the podcast.  Now, we know why.  I guess I need to be more careful what gets streamed in the future!  That 7 hour stream was also simulcasted on Twitch and Facebook, and so far, those are unaffected.  However, I also learned that day that Facebook live streams are limited to 4 hours because that stream stopped right at the 4 hour mark, but I didn’t notice until later that night.  Additionally, Twitch streams have a finite shelf life, and the 7 hour stream will also disappear soon.

So, what do we do about it?  Well, I’m not about to pick a fight with the Disney Machine, so, we will just chalk it up as a rookie mistake and move on.  I do still plan on live streaming the recording of The Hockey Nuts Podcast, but for the next 3 months (Which takes us through the end of the season, unfortunately), we will only be able to stream to Facebook and Twitch.  I will continue to upload the video to Youtube, but it will have to be after we are done recording.  So, if you still want to watch us live, you will have to watch us on Facebook Live or Twitch.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Our links to our Facebook page Youtube Channel and Twitch Channel are below:

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Youtube Channel:  http://thehockeynuts.com/youtube

 

Thanks!

Wayne

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 30 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including what happened this week at the GM meetings and Las Vegas signing their first ever player.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is continuing to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 30 Show Notes

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 Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are starting to become more clear
  • Vegas Golden Knights have their first ever player
  • Lightning lose 3 centers to injury in one night
  • GM meetings were held this week, and we have the details
  • We’ll also take a look at the upcoming expansion draft
  • Finally, playoffs are already underway in the NCAA and the KHL. We’ll get you up-to-date.

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-1 L vs NYR on 3/2, 3-2 W vs NJD on 3/4, 4-2 L @ Ott on 3/6, 6-1 W vs Det on 3/8, 2-1 W on 3/11

NYR:  2-1 W @ BOS on 3/2, 4-1 L vs MTL on 3/4, 1-0 OTW @ TBL on 3/6, 5-2 W @ FLA on 3/7, 4-3 L @ CAR on 3/9

CAR:  4-3 OTL @ TBL on 3/1, 4-2 L vs ARI on 3/3, 2-1 W @ ARI on 3/5, 3-1 L @ COL on 3/7, 4-3 W vs NYR on 3/9

 

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

 

  • Penguins 1 @ Blackhawks 4 on 3/1
  • Predators 1 @ Canadiens 2 on 3/2 (Subban returns)
  • Wild 0 @ Blue Jackets 1 on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Kings 3 (SO) on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Ducks 5 on 3/3
  • Blue Jackets 2 @ Senators 3 on 3/4
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Predators 3 on 3/4
  • Sharks 1 @ Wild 3 on 3/5
  • Predators 3 @ Ducks 4 SO on 3/7
  • Blues 2 @ Wild 1 on 3/7
  • Canadiens 0 @ Flames 5 on 3/9
  • Wild 1 @ Lightning 4 on 3/9
  • Ducks 1 @ Blackhawks 0 on 3/9
  • Predators 2 @ Kings 3 OT on 3/9
  • Capitals 2 @ Sharks 4 on 3/9
  • Penguins 3 @ Oilers 2 SO on 3/10
  • Wild 7 @ Panthers 4 on 3/10
  • Ducks 3 @ Blues 4 on 3/10

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Break:

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.

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  We haven’t set anything up just yet, so stay tuned for that.

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, subcribe 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.
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How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions
  • ForwardCurtis McKenzie signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Dallas Stars on Friday.  McKenzie, 26, was in the second season of a two-year, $1.35 million contract with an average annual value of $675,000 and could have become a restricted free agent July 1.  McKenzie has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 43 games this season. Selected by the Stars in the sixth round (No. 159) of the 2009 NHL Draft, he has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 82 NHL games.  The Stars also signed goaltender Landon Bow to a two-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released.  Bow, 21, is 7-7-0 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 16 games with Texas of the American Hockey League. He’s also played 21 games with Idaho in the ECHL, and is second in that league with a 2.15 GAA and .933 save percentage.
  • The Dallas Stars signed forwardAdam Cracknell to a one-year, $675,000 contract Wednesday that runs through next season.  Cracknell, 31, has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) and 32 blocked shots in 53 games with the Stars this season and would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The seven goals and 53 games played are NHL career highs. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Stars on July 3.  Cracknell (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) has 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) in 187 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Stars during seven NHL seasons.
  • Forward Tage Thompson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Thompson, 19, was selected by the Blues with the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. His contract will begin next season, when he will report to Chicago of the American Hockey League.  Thompson (6-foot-5, 201 pounds) led the University of Connecticut with 19 goals and had 13 assists for 32 points in 34 games in his sophomore season. He had a goal and four assists in seven games to help the United States win the 2017 World Junior Championship.
  • Reid Dukehas waited patiently for an opportunity to play in the NHL. After making history Monday, he now may have a chance to make that happen.  The Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play next season, made the right wing from Brandon of the Western Hockey League the first player in their history when they signed the 21-year-old to a three-year, entry-level contract.  Duke (6-foot, 192 pounds) was a sixth-round pick (No. 169) of the Minnesota Wild in the 2014 NHL Draft but never signed with them. He skated with the New York Rangers at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Michigan in September, and also attended development camp with the Montreal Canadiens.  He has 250 points (113 goals, 137 assists) in 306 WHL games with Lethbridge and Brandon.

 

Injuries

  • Tampa Bay Lightning centersTyler JohnsonVladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette are day to day after each was injured in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.  “They all looked bad. Only time will tell. We’ll see how that goes,” associate coach Rick Bowness told the Lightning website Friday.  Namestnikov, 24, was helped off the ice at 3:18 of the second period after Wild forward Zach Parisefell on his leg going for a loose puck.  Johnson, 26, was helped off the ice at 8:04 of the second after a knee-to-knee hit from Minnesota forward Nino Niederreiter.  Paquette, 23, got tangled with Niederreiter and exited in the third period.  https://www.nhl.com/news/three-tampa-bay-lightning-centers-day-to-day-after-injuries/c-287589822
  • DefensemanToby Enstrom will be out indefinitely because of a concussion, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said on Friday.  Enstrom was hit from behind by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito at 13:10 of the first period in a 7-4 loss on Wednesday. Enstrom left the game and was taken to a hospital.  Enstrom was hit from behind by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito at 13:10 of the first period in a 7-4 loss on Wednesday. Enstrom left the game and was taken to a hospital.  Sestito was ejected from the game for an illegal check from behind and was suspended for four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-jets-toby-enstrom-out-indefinitely/c-287581536
  • Boston Bruins forwardRyan Spooner is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion.  Spooner was injured in the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday. He had 13:32 of ice time prior to leaving the game.  The 25-year-old has 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 65 games this season. Spooner has 112 points (32 goals, 80 assists) in 201 NHL games in five seasons, all with the Bruins.
  • Dallas Stars forwardAntoine Roussel will miss the rest of the season after injuring his hand in a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.  Roussel left the game during the first period after blocking a shot by Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Coach Lindy Ruff said Friday that Roussel would miss 6-8 weeks and would not play again this season.  Roussel had 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 60 games and five points (four goals, one assist) in the five games before the injury.  Over the past three-plus seasons, Roussel, 27, missed nine games and played in 80 games or more in each of the past three seasons.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Forward Olli Jokinen will sign an honorary contract with the Florida Panthers and announce his retirement from professional hockey Tuesday. The Panthers will honor Jokinen’s accomplishments during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG, NHL.TV).  Jokinen, 38, played seven seasons for Florida (2000-08) and was captain from 2003-08. He is first in Panthers history in points (419), goals (188), game-winning goals (36), overtime goals (10), power-play points (153) and shots (1,837).  Selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the No. 3 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, Jokinen retires with 750 points (321 goals, 429 assists) in 1,231 NHL games with 10 teams. He last played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues in 2014-15.  Jokinen lives in Florida, and formed the South Florida Hockey Academy in 2016, along with former Panthers teammates Tomas Vokoun and Radek Dvorak.
  • Joe Thorntonbecame the 13th NHL player to reach 1,000 assists with one on Monday.  The San Jose Sharks forward assisted on Joe Pavelski‘s empty-net goal with 26 seconds left in the third period of a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets.  Thornton has 36 assists in 65 games this season. He got No. 999 on Feb. 28 in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but then went two games without one.  The 37-year-old has played 1,432 NHL games and has 715 assists in 900 games with San Jose. He had 285 in 532 games with the Boston Bruins.  Thornton had an NHL career-high 96 assists in 2005-06, the season when he was traded to the Sharks by the Bruins. He had 63 last season, his eighth season with at least 60, and has had at least 49 in every full NHL season since 2002-03.  Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record with 1,963 assists; Ron Francis is second with 1,249. Jaromir Jagr leads active players with 1,142, fifth in NHL history. Joe Sakic ranks 12th with 1,016.  Thornton has 382 goals to give him 1,382 points, ranking 23rd in NHL history. He was the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft by Boston.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 5. Kucherov led the NHL with 5-4-9 in four games to power the Lightning (30-26-8, 68 points) to three wins.  Bobrovsky turned aside 87-of-88 shots, going 2-0-1 with a 0.33 goals-against average, .989 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Blue Jackets (41-17-6, 88 points) to five out of a possible eight standings points.  Price went 3-0-0 with a 0.66 goals-against average, .974 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Canadiens (37-21-8, 82 points) to a perfect 4-0-0 week.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Calgary Flames forwardJohnny Gaudreau has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.  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.  Gaudreau was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 514 against Vancouver on Dec. 23. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 8:06 of the second period during NHL Game No. 962 against NY Islanders on March 5. Offsetting minor penalties were assessed on the play, to Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang for holding and to Gaudreau for embellishment.
  • Los Angeles Kings defensemanJake Muzzin has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.  Muzzin was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 16 against Philadelphia on Oct. 14. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 17:41 of the first period during NHL Game No. 961 against Vancouver on March 4. Vancouver forward Michael Chaput received a minor penalty for high-sticking, nullifying a Canucks power play.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito has been suspended for four games, without pay, for boarding Winnipeg Jets defensemanToby Enstrom during NHL Game No. 984 in Winnipeg on Wednesday, March 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wed.  The incident occurred at 13:10 of the first period. Sestito was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Sestito will forfeit $12,777.76.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The NHL is focused on a 2017-18 schedule that does not include the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday. That could change “if something dramatic happened at some point in time,” Commissioner Bettman said. But no meetings are scheduled between the NHL and the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation or the NHL Players’ Association.  “There’s absolutely nothing new,” Commissioner Bettman said after the NHL general managers met here. “I think the overwhelming sentiment of the teams is that it’s very disruptive on the season, and there’s somewhere between fatigue and negativity on the subject.”  NHL players have participated in the past five Winter Olympics. But over time, the owners have found little to no benefit to shutting down their league and sending their players to someone else’s tournament, particularly when the Olympics are overseas.  Commissioner Bettman said the NHL would not set a deadline. Asked how the process could move forward, he said, “You have to talk to the other people involved. As things stand now, there’s really nothing for us to focus on. … We don’t have an agreement to go. We’re focusing on things in that regard.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-focused-on-2017-18-schedule-without-olympics/c-287506900
  • NHL general managers agreed Wednesday to recommend a change to the timeout rule (Rule 87) to the NHL Competition Committee for further review and vetting. The GMs will recommend that coaches should not be able to call a timeout after their team ices the puck with the idea that it potentially could force tired players to remain on the ice, which in turn could create an advantage for the opposing team in the offensive zone.  The change needs approval from the Competition Committee and the NHL Board of Governors to become official.  The GMs understand there could be a player safety issue with forcing tired players to stay on the ice. It’s possible that becomes a point of contention with the NHL Players’ Association, which has representation on the Competition Committee.  Cheveldayoff agreed that coaches tend to preserve their timeout in case they want to issue a coach’s challenge. They must be in possession of their timeout to challenge a goal scored on a potential offside or goaltender interference play.
  • The GMs will recommend to the Competition Committee an adjustment on the location of a faceoff when a team on the power play is guilty of touching the puck with a high stick.  The current rule calls for the faceoff to be in the defensive zone. The GMs are recommending to move the faceoff to just outside the attacking blue line.
  • In response to concerns from the GMs, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the League will try to schedule the five-day extended breaks for each team, commonly referred to as bye weeks, in two segments next season so half the teams are off one week and the other half are off the next. Teams were 10-16-4 in their first game back from their extended breaks in the schedule this season. Four teams (Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks) played the first game back from their break against a team also coming off its break.  “This way teams that were in the break can play each other the first couple of games,” Commissioner Bettman said. “If this doesn’t work any better and we still get the negative feedback that we got then I think we’re going to have to consider getting rid of it.”  The NHL and the NHLPA negotiated the extended breaks in the schedule into the collective bargaining agreement in return for the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format. The result was a condensed schedule.  With the break built in and the World Cup of Hockey 2016 pushing back the start of this season by five days, teams were limited to 175 days to play 82 games. They had 187 days to play 82 games last season.  Commissioner Bettman said the extended breaks would not be built into the schedule next season if the League chooses to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He said the NHL is focused on building a schedule that does not include Olympic participation.
  • Cheveldayoff said the GMs are under the impression that the NHL salary cap for next season could be at or close to the same $73 million it is this season. “Before the decisions really start in June you get a better idea, and as the numbers start rolling out you’ll get a better idea, but I think again there is the possibility that it could stay flat,” Cheveldayoff said.  NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the cap could rise as much as $3 million if the NHLPA chooses to include its 5 percent inflator. Daly said concerns expressed from the NHLPA about the amount of escrow taken out of player contracts, which is tied to the cap figure, could have an effect on that decision.  “It’s all a discussion and a negotiation with the Players’ Association,” Deputy Commissioner Daly said.
  • NHL general managers on Tuesday discussed the merits of changing the offside rule to potentially allow for fewer overturned goals. But when they dug into the specifics and analyzed the numbers, the consensus was to keep everything status quo. “We think offside is working,” Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said.  Before reaching that conclusion, the GMs discussed changing the offside rule (Rule 83.1) to allow for a player to be considered onside as long as one of his skates has broken the vertical plane of the blue line regardless if it is in contact with the ice.  The basis of the offside rule, which dates to 1929-30, dictates that a player is judged to be onside when either of his skates is in contact with or on his own side of the blue line at the instant the puck completely crosses the leading edge of the blue line.  The skate-off-the-ice offside play typically shows up in video review conducted through the coach’s challenge. The GMs learned Tuesday that it rarely happens and even fewer times does it result in a goal being overturned.  Through 972 games this season, 29 goals have been challenged because the coach felt a player had his skate off the ice and was offside, according to NHL Hockey Operations. Of those 29 goals, nine were overturned.  There have been approximately 5,700 offside calls this season.  “I really don’t think it’s a big deal,” Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. “We have the rule. We’ve had it forever. In my mind you don’t have to change anything.  https://www.nhl.com/news/gm-meetings-no-change-to-nhl-offside-rule/c-287474800
  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday reaffirmed the League’s commitment to keep the Arizona Coyotes in the greater Phoenix area. Commissioner Bettman spoke following the general managers meetings, one day after he sent a letter to the Arizona Legislature saying the Coyotes can’t be profitable at Gila River Arena in Glendale and lobbied for the state to pass a partnership bill known as Senate Bill 1149, which would help finance an arena for the Coyotes closer to downtown Phoenix.  The Coyotes have been playing in Glendale for 15 seasons and Commissioner Bettman wrote in his letter that throughout that time the team has sustained a “consistent economic loss.”  “We are not giving up on the Coyotes in the greater Phoenix area,” Commissioner Bettman said Wednesday. “The fact that the Coyotes are even having discussions about moving out of Glendale is because the city of Glendale chose to terminate the long-term agreement they had with the team. Had they not terminated that agreement, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. The Coyotes are looking at the numerous options they have in the Valley, and we expect one of them to go to fruition. The purpose of the letter was: There is a bill pending, and I believe the city of Glendale was lobbying, saying if the other municipalities, the senators from those municipalities, don’t approve it, then the team will have to stay in Glendale. That’s not going to be the case. The team has got a number of options and is going to pursue them, so nobody should think that the team is moving other than out of Glendale. But short-term they’re going to stay in Glendale, while they’re pursuing the options.”  Commissioner Bettman said it could take a few years for the Coyotes to pursue all of their options for a new home in the greater Phoenix area but stressed that he believes in the long-term viability of the Coyotes in Arizona.  “I’m very confident,” Commissioner Bettman said. “I want to repeat we have not given up on that market, but we wanted to make clear that the long-term future and viability of that team, the Coyotes, isn’t going to be in Glendale.”  Commissioner Bettman stressed in his letter to the Legislature that the construction of a new arena for the Coyotes would not create any financial risk or debt for the state or make use of any existing state tax dollars. He also wrote that a new building would create 300 jobs and $75 million in annual payroll the Coyotes currently provide for the state.  In addition, Commissioner Bettman wrote that the construction of the new arena would create 2,500 jobs for two years and more than 3,600 jobs associated with the arena operations. He wrote the economic impact would be more than $600 million, nearly double the economic impact the Coyotes already bring the state.  “I think when the Coyotes get a new arena better situated, I think the team will do very, very well there, better than they have in terms of the attendance and business side,” Commissioner Bettman said.  Arizona general manager John Chayka said there is a lot of evidence that shows the Coyotes are important to the market and that it’s necessary for them to find a long-term solution to stay there.  “You see Auston Matthews, that type of story,” Chayka said, referencing the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center who is from Scottsdale, Arizona. “You just go to the youth hockey rinks in Arizona, you know it would be a terrible thing if we left at this point. They’ve invested a lot of time and effort in that market. I think moving on now wouldn’t make any sense at all.”
  • When hockey came in from the cold https://www.nhl.com/news/first-indoor-hockey-game-played-142-years-ago/c-287304824

Expansion Draft

  • See Web Page
  • Assumptions: Vegas will not pick UFAs and RFAs in this scenario.  Aim to keep cap as low as possible to leave room to sign a couple UFAs.  Picks are “Bang for the Buck” picks.
  • See youtube channel for a soon coming video on how I came up with the picks.

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs PHI on 3/11, @ VAN on 3/13, @ CGY on 3/15, @ EDM on 3/16

NYR:  @ DET on 3/12, vs TBL on 3/13,

CAR:  vs TOR on 3/11, @ NYI on 3/13, vs NYI on 3/14, vs MIN on 3/16

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Canadiens @ Oilers on 3/12
  • Wild @ Blackhawks on 3/12
  • Capitals @ Ducks on 3/12
  • Penguins @ Flames on 3/13
  • Blues @ Kings on 3/13
  • Blackhawks @ Canadiens on 3/14
  • Wild @ Capitals on 3/14
  • Maple Leafs @ Panthers on 3/14
  • Penguins @ Flyers on 3/15 (Rivalry)
  • Blues @ Ducks on 3/15

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  Season over.  Swept by Vermont in opening round of the HE playoffs:

 

College conference Playoffs now underway for all teams outside of Big 10:

 

 

Rankings:

March 06, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (48) 26- 6-4 997 1
2 Harvard ( 1) 22- 5-2 937 2
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 1) 21- 6-7 902 3
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 22- 9-3 841 4
5 Minnesota 22-10-2 753 5
6 Union 23- 8-3 739 6
7 Western Michigan 20- 9-5 702 8
8 Boston University 21-10-3 697 7
9 Cornell 18- 6-5 593 9
10 Providence 22- 9-5 559 10
11 Penn State 21- 9-2 478 11
12 Notre Dame 19-10-5 462 12
13 Vermont 20-11-5 374 14
14 North Dakota 18-14-3 336 15
15 Ohio State 18-10-6 291 13
16 Wisconsin 19-12-1 282 16
17 Boston College 18-14-4 174 17
18 Air Force 22- 9-5 133 18
19 St. Lawrence 16-11-7 66 20
20 St. Cloud State 16-17-1 55 19
Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac 37, Canisius 26, Bemidji State 22, Omaha 18, Michigan Tech 10, Minnesota State 9, Northeastern 7.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4azu4NOgX

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/02/22/if-ncaa-tournament-started-today-whos-in-and-whos-out/

 

Potential Free Agents:  https://www.nhl.com/news/best-college-nhl-free-agents/c-287429252

 

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-fan-gives-extra-ticket-to-homeless-man/c-287563774

 

Steve:  Alex Ovechkin delivers pizza

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

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Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 3/15 6:30 PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 29 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the transactions from the past week, including transactions involving our favorite teams.  Spoiler alert, all 3 teams were active this week.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is starting to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 29 Show Notes

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.

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Opening Headlines

  • Trades, Trades, Trades! All 3 of our teams active.
  • Bruins White hot, Canes and Rangers luke warm
  • Standings still tight at this point in the season, but buyers and sellers are now clear. We’ll update our playoff predictions.
  • Montreal getting beefy! (Andreas Martinsen, Dwight King, Steve Ott, Brandon Davidson, Jordie Benn, all added in last couple days, and all 6-2 and up.

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  5-3 L @ ANA on 2/22, 4-1 W @ LA on 2/23, 6-3 W @ DAL on 2/26, 4-1 W vs ARI on 2/28

NYR:  2-1 SOW @ TOR on 2/23, 4-3 OTW @ NJD on 2/25, 5-2 L vs CBJ on 2/26, 4-1 L vs WSH on 2/28

CAR:  3-0 W vs OTT on 2/24, 3-1 L vs CGY on 2/26, 3-2 SOL @ FLA on 2/28

 

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

 

  • Penguins 4 @ Flyers 2 (Stadium Series)
  • Skip this week for more trade coverage

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

 

Transactions

  • Trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2016-17-nhl-trades/c-281003458?tid=278542340   https://www.capfriendly.com/trades
  • GoaltenderMichal Neuvirth and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare agreed to multiyear contracts with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.  Financial details were not released but Sportsnet reported Neuvirth signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.5 million and Bellemare signed a two-year contract with a $1.45 million average annual value.  Neuvirth, 28, said earlier Wednesday that he was hoping to remain with the Flyers.  He is in the final season of a two-year, $3.25 million contract with an average annual value of $1.625 million according to CapFriendly.com.  In 24 games this season he’s 10-9-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .887 save percentage.  In nine seasons with the Flyers, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals, Neuvirth is 94-80-22 with a 2.68 GAA, .911 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 224 games.  Bellemare, 31, has six points (three goals, thee assists) in 62 games, and leads the Flyers in average shorthanded ice time per game at 2:54.  He was signed by the Flyers June 11, 2014, and in three NHL seasons he has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 217 games.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday signed defensemanMichal Rozsival and forward Jordin Tootooto one-year contracts that run through the 2017-18 season.  Financial terms were not disclosed. Each could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
  • Winners? Pit (Streit, Hainsey), Was (Shattenkirk), LA (Iginla, Bishop), FLA (Vanek), Ott (Stalberg, Burrows), Min (Hanzal, White)
  • Losers? Montreal (Change of team identity?), All teams selling (Dal, TB, Van, Win, Ari, Col, Car)
  • Non movers – Duchene, Landeskog, Vrbada, Doan, Kulikov, Halak, Kane, Fleury, Pirri, Franson, Hudler, Del Zotto, Ryan Miller

Player Recall restrictions going forward:

Expansion Draft

Injuries

  • Arizona Coyotes forwardAlexander Burmistrov left the ice on a stretcher after being hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller at TD Garden on Tuesday.  Burmistrov was skating out of his zone when Miller hit Burmistrov with 16:11 left in the second period of a 4-1 loss. Miller was given a five-minute charging penalty and a game misconduct.  Burmistrov, who gave a thumbs-up sign as he left the ice, was taken to a hospital. The Coyotes said he was treated and released. Arizona next plays at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.  Burmistrov, 25, has one goal and eight assists in 19 games with the Coyotes after being claimed off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 2. He had two assists in 23 games with Winnipeg.
  • ForwardJesper Fast of the New York Rangers will miss 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury sustained during a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.  Fast played 14:08 against Washington but left the ice after a hit by Alex Ovechkin in the third period.
  • Minnesota Wild forwardsZach Parise and Jason Pominville were diagnosed with the mumps on Monday and are expected to miss at least five days.  Parise, 32, and Pominville, 34, missed the Wild’s 5-4 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota has three games in the next four days, including at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, NHL.TV).  Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said assistant Scott Stevens is also showing symptoms.  Parise has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 50 games, and Pominville has 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 59 games this season. Pominville has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past nine games.  The Vancouver Canucks announced last week that several players (Troy Stecher, Christ Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput, Markus GranlundAnton Rodin and Ben Hutton) were showing signs of the virus. The Wild played at Vancouver on Feb. 4. It usually takes 16-18 days for symptoms to first appear after initial infection.  The Wild said that players who have symptoms are being tested and isolated for a five-day period. Team doctors also provided players with vaccinations.  Several Wild players were diagnosed in 2014, including current defensemen Ryan SuterMarco ScandellaJonas Brodin and Christian Folin. All players received vaccines at that time, including Parise and Pominville.  Mumps is highly contagious and is spread by mucus and saliva, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces.  (Shake Hands?)

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Winnipeg Jets right wingPatrik Laine, who recorded 8-7-15 in 11 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February. Laine edged Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Auston Matthews (8-8-16 in 14 GP) and William Nylander (7-6-13 in 14 GP) as well as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (5-2-2, 1.97 GAA, .936 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrik-laine-named-nhl-top-rookie-for-february/c-287255888
  • Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 26. Forsberg led all skaters in goals and points (8-2-10 in 4 GP), including back-to-back hat tricks, as the Predators gained seven of a possible eight standings points to improve their record to 31-22-9 (71 points), third in the Central Division.  Toews recorded multi-point efforts in each of the Blackhawks three games (4-5-9) as Chicago won all three contests to improve their overall record to 39-18-5 (83 points), second in the Central Division.   Gaudreau recorded eight points (2-6-8) in four road victories to propel the Flames (33-26-4, 70 points) to the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference.  https://www.nhl.com/news/filip-forsberg-jonathan-toews-johnny-gaudreau-named-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-287171826
  • Claude Julien didn’t want to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game prior to his Montreal Canadiens facing the New York Islanders on Thursday at Bell Centre, the same building where he coached his first game 14 years earlier. Julien would have preferred to celebrate afterwards.  “To be honest with you, it’s more my personality,” said Julien, who asked the Canadiens not to have a pregame ceremony to commemorate the milestone as they had planned to do. “It’s great that I’ve had 1,000 games, but I didn’t want to be, I guess before a game, be the center of attention.  “I wanted to just win that game more than I wanted to celebrate it. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”  The Canadiens didn’t allow it to happen by displaying many of the same traits that led general manager Marc Bergevin to fire Michel Therrien and replace him with Julien on Feb. 14.  Montreal lost 3-0 to New York, shut out for the fourth time in eight games, committing sloppy turnovers all game and spending very little time in the Islanders zone.  The Canadiens showed a video on the scoreboard during the first television timeout of the first period showing Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson handing Julien and his family a gift to mark the milestone prior to the game. The fans rose and gave Julien a standing ovation, and he gave them a quick wave of the hand before getting back to work, visibly uncomfortable with the situation.  It was a show of support for someone who got his first NHL coaching job with the Canadiens on Jan. 17, 2003, and lost his first game one night later at Bell Centre, 3-2 in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  By the end of the night, however, those same fans were booing the performance put forth by Julien’s team, which ran its record to 2-7-1 in February.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-claude-julien-moves-on-from-1000th-game/c-287077290

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Philadelphia Flyers defensemanBrandon Manning has been suspended for two games, without pay, for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel during NHL Game No. 908 in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday. The incident occurred at 3:26 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Manning will forfeit $10,833.34.
  • Statement from Anaheim Ducks forwardAntoine Vermette, whose 10-game suspension for violating rule Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14 was upheld on Saturday by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Vermette had appealed the suspension.  “First and foremost, I have great respect for the officials and the integrity of the game. Also, I agree that I deserve a suspension. I should never make contact with an official. At the earliest possible opportunity, I apologized to Mr. Shandor Alphonso. I was trying to get his attention and was not trying to hurt him. However, using my stick was a mistake, and I accept full responsibility for my actions. I certainly hope my track record in the NHL will earn me the benefit of the doubt regarding this incident. I feel a 10-game suspension is excessive and will be reviewing my options. I look forward to returning to the lineup as soon as possible.”

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights today completed the acquisition of their team and officially joined the National Hockey League. “On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to officially welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the NHL,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Congratulations to Bill Foley, the Foley family, the Maloof family, the city of Las Vegas and the Golden Knights’ fans as the team embarks on its exciting journey.”

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs NYR on 3/2, vs NJD on 3/4, @ Ott on 3/6, vs Det on 3/8

NYR:  @ BOS on 3/2, vs MTL on 3/4, @ TBL on 3/6, @ FLA on 3/7

CAR:  @ TBL on 3/1, vs ARI on 3/3, @ ARI on 3/5, @ COL on 3/7

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Penguins @ Blackhawks on 3/1
  • Predators @ Canadiens on 3/2 (Subban)
  • Wild @ Blue Jackets on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs @ Kings on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs @ Ducks on 3/3
  • Blue Jackets @ Senators on 3/4
  • Sharks @ Wild on 3/4
  • Predators @ Ducks on 3/7

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  OTL 5-4 and 5-4 W vs Northeastern.  Finished Reg season 11-19-4, 5-15-2 in HE, 11th in HE.

Will face #14 Vermont 6v11 seeds FRI-SUN

Upsets:

Friday:

7:00 CT(19) Wisconsin3@(4) Minnesota2
6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame3@(6) Boston University1

Sat:

5:05 MTSacred Heart3@(17) Air Force
5:05 ETMichigan1@(12) Ohio State
7:05 ETMerrimack3@(15) Vermont2
7:07 CTNebraska-Omaha3@(16) North Dakota0

Upcoming Big Games/Series

Thu:

 

Fri:

7:00 ET(16) Wisconsin@(11) Penn State
7:05 ET(3) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) Western Michigan

Sat:

8:00 ET(16) Wisconsin@(11) Penn State
7:05 ET(3) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) Western Michigan
AHA, ECAC, WCHA, and HE tournament starts this weekend, and all 4 conferences have top teams in standings idle/first round byes.
 

 

 

 

Rankings:

February 27, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (43) 24- 6-4 990 1
2 Harvard ( 3) 22- 5-2 928 3
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 4) 20- 5-7 924 2
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 22- 9-3 835 5
5 Minnesota 21- 9-2 788 4
6 Union 23- 8-3 707 7
7 Boston University 21-10-3 703 6
8 Western Michigan 19- 8-5 680 8
9 Cornell 18- 6-5 587 9
10 Providence 20- 9-5 532 10
11 Penn State 20- 8-2 506 11
12 Notre Dame 19-10-5 461 13
13 Ohio State 17- 9-6 393 12
14 Vermont 18-11-5 294 15
15 North Dakota 16-14-3 252 16
16 Wisconsin 18-11-1 238 19
17 Boston College 18-14-4 223 14
18 Air Force 22- 9-5 125 17
19 St. Cloud State 15-16-1 80 18
20 St. Lawrence 16-11-7 66 20
Others receiving votes: Omaha 57, Bemidji State 45, Canisius 36, Quinnipiac 32, Minnesota State 8, Michigan Tech 7, Northeastern 3.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4a76TOexh

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4ZSHysHhm

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/02/22/if-ncaa-tournament-started-today-whos-in-and-whos-out/

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  First Round already finished in West, East heading to game 5s in all rounds:  http://en.khl.ru

 

On the morning of the 28th of February, the hockey world heard the sad news that Vladimir Petrov, one of the greatest forwards in the history of the game, had passed away, a mere four months short of his seventieth birthday.  Vladimir Vladimirovich Petrov achieved sporting immortality as part of a legendary offensive line. He was a man who made history and helped shape an entire era.  It was no secret that Vladimir Petrov was ill, but even from his hospital bed he keenly followed the fortunes of his beloved CSKA. I made a call to him on the eve of the Army Men’s 70th anniversary. A faint, but nonetheless firm voice reminded me that he was born only a few months after the founding of his former club, and was looking forward to marking his own significant milestone.  http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/02/28/341123.html http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=19161

 

Steve: Admiral Update

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne: 

Rich Peverley helping others after health scare

https://www.nhl.com/news/rich-peverley-helps-others-after-health-scare/c-287126912

 

Steve:  Mario Lemieux takes fan, cancer survivor, for skate

https://www.nhl.com/news/mario-lemieux-takes-cancer-survivor-ice-skating/c-287192672

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 28 is live!

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 28 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I take a look at the upcoming trade deadline, and try to figure out who the buyers and sellers will be with less than a week to go before the deadline.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs, but the contenders and pretenders are beginning to separate themselves.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

 
 
THN Episode 28 Show Notes

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.

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Opening Headlines

  • Big news! (Amazon & Hockey Monkey)
  • Bruins White hot, Canes ice cold, Rangers luke warm.
  • Standings tight at this point in the season
  • Everyone waiting for trades to start happening
  • How did we miss Hockey Day in Canada/America? (Sat/Sun)
  • Stadium Series this weekend
  • 37 years ago today…

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-1 OTW @ SJ on 2/19  (4th win since firing Julien)

NYR:  4-2 L @ NYI on 2/16, 2-1 W vs WSH on 2/19, 3-2 SOL vs MON on 2/21

CAR:  2-1 OTL vs Col on 2/17, 4-0 L vs TOR on 2/19, 3-1 L vs Pit on 2/21 (4 goals in 5 games since last win on 2/4.

 

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

 

  • Flyers 3 @ Oilers 6 on 2/16
  • Penguins 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 2/17
  • Panthers 4 @ Ducks 1 on 2/17
  • Oilers 3 @ Blackhawks 1 on 2/18
  • Senators 6 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 2/18
  • Predators 2 @ Wild 5 on 2/18
  • Panthers 3 @ Kings 2 on 2/18
  • Predators 4 @ Blue Jackets 3 on 2/19
  • Kings 0 @ Ducks 1 on 2/19
  • Flames 6 @ Predators 5 (OT) on 2/21
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Wild 3 on 2/21

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Points Pace

NHL Conf Div GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL GF GA DIFF STRK Pace
Ottawa East Atlantic 58 32 20 6 70 28 4 1 158 153 5 Won 1 99
Montreal East Atlantic 60 32 20 8 72 30 2 2 169 155 14 Won 1 98
Florida East Atlantic 58 28 20 10 66 25 3 5 149 162 -13 Won 5 93
Toronto East Atlantic 59 28 20 11 67 27 1 6 186 177 9 Won 2 93
Boston East Atlantic 59 30 23 6 66 28 2 2 159 156 3 Won 4 92
Tampa Bay East Atlantic 59 27 24 8 62 24 3 3 164 167 -3 Won 2 86
Buffalo East Atlantic 60 26 24 10 62 25 1 5 147 168 -21 Lost 1 85
Detroit East Atlantic 60 24 26 10 58 17 7 0 150 178 -28 Lost 1 79
Washington East Metro 58 39 12 7 85 38 1 5 195 126 69 Lost 2 120
Pittsburgh East Metro 59 37 14 8 82 35 2 2 207 166 41 Won 1 114
Columbus East Metro 58 37 16 5 79 35 2 1 187 143 44 Lost 1 112
NY Rangers East Metro 59 38 19 2 78 36 2 2 198 155 43 Lost 1 108
NY Islanders East Metro 59 28 21 10 66 27 1 3 177 175 2 Won 2 92
Philadelphia East Metro 59 28 24 7 63 23 5 4 154 179 -25 Won 1 88
New Jersey East Metro 60 25 25 10 60 22 3 2 139 172 -33 Lost 2 82
Carolina East Metro 56 24 24 8 56 22 2 4 142 165 -23 Lost 5 82
Minnesota West Central 59 39 14 6 84 36 3 2 198 138 60 Lost 1 117
Chicago West Central 60 37 18 5 79 35 2 1 177 154 23 Won 2 108
St. Louis West Central 60 31 24 5 67 30 1 1 170 173 -3 Lost 2 92
Nashville West Central 59 28 22 9 65 26 2 3 169 165 4 Lost 1 90
Winnipeg West Central 63 28 29 6 62 26 2 1 184 199 -15 Lost 1 81
Dallas West Central 60 23 27 10 56 23 0 1 165 193 -28 Won 1 77
Colorado West Central 58 16 39 3 35 16 0 1 114 192 -78 Lost 2 49
San Jose West Pacific 60 35 18 7 77 33 2 1 166 144 22 Lost 1 105
Edmonton West Pacific 60 32 20 8 72 28 4 4 172 156 16 Lost 1 98
Anaheim West Pacific 61 31 20 10 72 29 2 2 156 154 2 Lost 1 97
Calgary West Pacific 60 30 26 4 64 27 3 2 159 172 -13 Won 1 87
Los Angeles West Pacific 59 29 26 4 62 28 1 3 145 146 -1 Won 1 86
Vancouver West Pacific 60 26 28 6 58 22 4 2 142 172 -30 Lost 1 79
Arizona West Pacific 58 21 30 7 49 16 5 1 140 183 -43 Won 1 69

 

Trade Deadline

  • Who are Sellers?
  • Who are Buyers?

 

 

Transactions

  • FEBRUARY 21: Carolina Hurricanes trade D Keegan Lowe to Montreal Canadiens for D Philip Samuelsson. | Canes acquire Philip Samuelsson from Canadiens
  • FEBRUARY 20:Arizona Coyotes trade D Michael Stone to Calgary Flames for third-round pick in 2017 Draft, conditional fifth-round pick in 2018 | Michael Stone traded to Flames by Coyotes
  • FEBRUARY 18:New Jersey Devils trade F Sergey Kalinin to Toronto Maple Leafs for D Viktor Loov | Maple Leafs acquire Sergey Kalinin from Devils
  • Defenseman Matt Bartkowski signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Financial terms were not announced.  Bartkowski, 28, had two goals and 10 points in 34 games with Providence, the Boston Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate. He had joined the Flames on a professional tryout Wednesday.  Bartkowski had 18 points in 80 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks, where he played for Flames coach Glen Gulutzan, who was an assistant.  In 211 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and Canucks, he has six goals and 42 points.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Expansion Draft

Injuries

  • Ottawa Senators forwardBobby Ryan will be out 4-6 weeks because of a broken finger.  Ryan was injured in the third period of a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday when he was hit on the hand by a puck. He has 12 goals and 12 assists in 50 games this season.  Forward Mark Stone, who was injured after a check to the head from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba on Sunday, is out with a neck injury. Forward Mike Hoffman, who left the game Sunday, took part in the morning skate Tuesday but is out with a groin injury.  The Senators recalled forwards Casey Bailey and Max McCormick from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Each is expected to play.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forwardMitchell Marner on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Feb. 15.  Marner missed Toronto’s past two games with an upper-body injury and won’t play Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, TSN3, NHL.TV). He was injured when he crashed into the boards during a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 15.  The 19-year-old is second on the Maple Leafs with 48 points (15 goals, 33 assists). He ranks third among NHL rookies in scoring, trailing Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets (52 points) and Toronto teammate Auston Matthews (49).
  • Colorado Avalanche defensemanNikita Zadorov fractured his ankle during practice Monday and will miss the rest of the season.  Zadorov was injured when he collided with forward Mikko Rantanen. Zadorov, a 21-year-old rookie, has 10 assists in 56 games this season.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins defensemanOlli Maatta is expected to miss six weeks after surgery to repair a hand injury.  Maatta, 22, was injured during the second period of a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 54 games this season.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Winnipeg Jets right wingPatrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 19.  Laine led the NHL with five goals and eight points in four games to propel the Jets (28-29-5, 61 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points.  Kadri picked up points in each of his four games, totaling 4-2-6 to lift the Maple Leafs (27-20-11, 65 points) to a split of their four contests.  McDavid continued his quest for the Art Ross Trophy, racking up 2-4-6 in three games to guide the Oilers (32-19-8, 72 points) to three straight wins.
  • Don’t expect another addition to Legends Row in Toronto in the near future. As far as Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan is concerned, the bench is full. The four members added Saturday — Charlie Conacher, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich and Wendel Clark — will suffice until someone from a new generation distinguishes himself.  The Maple Leafs welcomed the four players to Legends Row at a ceremony before they lost to the Ottawa Senators 6-3 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Started in August 2014 to honor past greats, the Legends Row monument will have 14 members once the statues of these four inductees are unveiled in the fall.  They join Ted Kennedy, Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower, Borje Salming, George Armstrong, Syl Apps, Mats Sundin, Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton.
  • Sidney Crosbycollected one goal and two assists to become the 86th NHL player with 1,000 points, capping the night with an overtime goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 defeat of the Winnipeg Jets. The Penguins extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).  Crosby (369-633-1,002) got his 1,000th NHL point while playing in his 757th game to become the fastest active player to reach the milestone. He got there six games fewer than Jaromir Jagr (763 games), and is the 12th-fastest in League history.  Crosby became the eighth active player with 1,000 career points and the third to hit the mark this season, following Alex Ovechkin on Jan. 11 and Henrik Sedin on Jan. 20. He also became the third player with 1,000 career points with the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (690-1,033-1,723) and Jagr (439-640-1,079).  Crosby, who had at least three points for the 118th time in his career, has averaged 1.32 points per game since beginning his career in 2005-06. Four players in NHL history scored at a higher rate (min. 500 GP): Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.  Elias notes that Crosby (29 years, 193 days) became the second-youngest active player at the time of his 1,000th career point, behind Jagr (28 years, 319 days) on Dec. 30, 2000.
  • Florida Panthers forwardJaromir Jagr had an assist while celebrating his 45th birthday to become the second player with 1,900 NHL points (759-1,141-1,900), joining Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963-2,857).  Jagr, who has two goals and five assists in eight games on his birthday, became the third skater to play an NHL game after turning 45, joining Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios. Goaltenders Johnny Bower and Moe Roberts also played in the NHL past age 45.
  • Winnipeg Jetswinger Patrik Laine tallied two goals in Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, setting the franchise record for most goals as a rookie, per Sportsnet Stats. Ilya Kovalchuk previously held the record of 29 from when the club was the Atlanta Thrashers in his rookie 2001-02 season.  Laine also became just the ninth player in NHL history to total 30 goals before turning 19 years old, per Sportsnet Stats. Laine, who turns 19 on April 19, sits behind just superstar Sidney Crosby (33) for the league lead in that category, but his 24 assists don’t measure up to Crosby’s 33 thus far.
  • Thanks to a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game against theNashville PredatorsMinnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu now owns 600 career points, per com.  The veteran winger has heated up recently, notching six points in his last four games after going without one in the three previous contests. Koivu now possesses 44 points through 57 games this season, a huge scoring rate increase from the previous two campaigns—when he finished with 56 and 48.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Winnipeg Jets defensemanJacob Trouba has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone during NHL Game No. 871 in Ottawa on Sunday, Feb. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 6:42 of the third period. Trouba was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Trouba will forfeit $33,333.34.
  • Anaheim Ducks forwardAntoine Vermette has been automatically suspended for 10 games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the National Hockey League announced today.  The incident occurred at 7:33 of the third period. Vermette was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ ANA on 2/22, @ LA on 2/23, @ DAL on 2/26, vs ARI on 2/28

NYR:  @ TOR on 2/23, @ NJD on 2/25, vs CBJ on 2/26, vs WSH on 2/28

CAR:  vs OTT on 2/24, vs CGY on 2/26, @ FLA on 2/28

Highlights of upcoming week

 

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  OTL  4-3 and 4-4 tie @ Merrimack last weekend, now 10-18-4.  Home vs Northeastern this weekend.

Upsets:

Friday:

7:35 ET(10) Providence1@(15) Notre Dame4

Sat:

None.

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked) (Final weekend of regular season play for 4 largest conferences: Atlantic Hockey, ECAC, Hockey East, WCHA):

Thu:

7:00 ET(5) Massachusetts-Lowell@(14) Boston College
Fri:

7:00 CT (19) Wisconsin @ (4) Minnesota

6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame@(6) Boston University
8:30 ET(14) Boston College@(5) Massachusetts-Lowell
8:05 MT(18) St. Cloud State@(1) Denver

Sat:

7:00 CT (19) Wisconsin @ (4) Minnesota
7:00 ET (7) Union @ (9) Cornell

7:00 ET(20) St. Lawrence@(3) Harvard
7:05 ET(13) Notre Dame@(6) Boston University
7:05 MT(18) St. Cloud State@(1) Denver

 

Rankings:

February 20, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (33) 22- 6-4 981 2
2 Minnesota-Duluth (14) 19- 5-6 954 1
3 Harvard ( 3) 20- 5-2 913 3
4 Minnesota 20- 8-2 831 5
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 20- 9-3 734 6
6 Boston University 20- 9-3 733 4
7 Union 22- 8-2 709 7
8 Western Michigan 18- 8-4 695 8
9 Cornell 17- 6-4 555 12
10 Providence 18- 9-5 498 10
11 Penn State 18- 8-2 454 9
12 Ohio State 16- 8-6 447 14
13 Notre Dame 18- 9-5 412 15
14 Boston College 18-12-4 388 11
15 Vermont 17-10-5 289 16
16 North Dakota 15-13-3 262 13
17 Air Force 21- 8-5 170 19
18 St. Cloud State 15-14-1 154 18
19 Wisconsin 17-10-1 136 20
20 St. Lawrence 15-10-7 74 17
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 34, Omaha 33, Quinnipiac 17, Canisius 16, Michigan Tech 7, Minnesota State 3, Northeastern 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4ZSHysHhm

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/02/22/if-ncaa-tournament-started-today-whos-in-and-whos-out/

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  CSKA Moscow 4 Jokerit Helsinki 2

(CSKA leads the series 1-0)

A fast start from CSKA left Jokerit with too much to do, but the final outcome was overshadowed by a series of brawls late in the game.

For Jokerit, which was criticized for not being tough enough after last season’s first-round loss against Torpedo, the evident willingness to mix it might offer some consolation. But the truth is that the Finns’ hopes of getting something from this game were all but over inside seven minutes.

A combative start from the visitor spilled over into an early penalty against Brian O’Neill, and from the power play Bogdan Kiselevich exchange passes with Stephane Da Costa before firing home the opening goal. Despite the game starting half an hour later than Lokomotiv’s meeting with Dinamo Minsk, Kiselevich also claimed the first goal of this year’s post-season.

Things quickly got even better for the home team, with Greg Scott making it 2-0 on 6:05. Jan Mursak tidied up a loose puck behind the net and brought play back out in front where Scott glided into the danger zone to shoot past Ryan Zapolski.

Jokerit improved, but could not find a way back into the game until midway through the second period when Antti Pihlstrom scored against his former club. But Kiselevich quickly responded to make it 3-1 with his second of the night.

Only in the third did the visitor start to really stretch CSKA. Mika Niemi rattled the post after 45 minutes, then a desperate challenge by Grigory Panin resulted in a penalty shot for Tommi Huhtala. But Huhtala could not beat Ilya Sorokin as the young goalie calmly dropped his blocker on the puck, and the two-goal advantage remained.

The importance of Sorokin’s save was underlined two minutes later when a powerful Ville Lajunen shot made it 2-3, but Vladimir Zharkov had the final say with an empty net goal to seal the win. That wasn’t the end of the action, though. Two separate rumbles in the last 20 seconds left both penalty boxes full to overflowing. Both teams finished with five players in the bin, while Oliver Lauridsen and Pavel Karnaukhov got an early look at the showers. Game two on Thursday promises to be a bruising encounter.

 

Steve: Admiral cruises into playoffs  beating Vityaz 3-1 earning 7th place in the
Eastern Conference playoffs…This sets up their first round match against
#2 seed Avangard Omsk…

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:

Hockey Week Across America began Sunday (Feb. 19) and runs through Feb. 26. Typically a weekend celebration, USA Hockey expanded the initiative to a week this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America.

Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, HWAA is an effort to celebrate the game of hockey and those involved at all levels and also expose the game to new audiences.

This year’s week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday), but this year also includes individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday).

NBC Sports also hosted it’s annual Hockey Day in America This past Sunday, which featured an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

Steve:  Las Vegas Golden Knights 24 hour Open House

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 27 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the changing of the coaching guard in Montreal.  We also take a moment to remember Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch who passed away this week, and discuss the suspension of one of the red wings players.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 27 Show Notes

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.

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Opening Headlines

  • Snow!!!
  • More Big news out of Boston
  • Bye weeks happening for Canes, Bruins

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  6-3 W vs SJ on 2/9, 4-3 W vs VAN on 2/11, 4-0 W vs MON on 2/12

NYR:  4-3 W vs NSH on 2/9, 4-2 W vs COL on 2/11, 3-2 W @ CBJ on 2/13

CAR:  1 game between 2/8 and 2/16 inclusive, 5-2 L @ DAL on 2/11

 

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

 

  • Blackhawks 4 @ Wild 3 OT on 2/8
  • Islanders 3 @ Flyers 1 on 2/9
  • Blues 2 @ Maple Leafs 1 on 2/9
  • Blues 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 2/11
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Oilers 1 on 2/11
  • Islanders 0 @ Senators 3 on 2/11
  • Sharks 1 @ Flyers 2 on 2/11
  • Ducks 4 @ Capitals 6 on 2/11
  • Penguins 3 @ Coyotes 4 OT on 2/11
  • Islanders 1 @ Maple Leafs 7 on 2/14
  • Ducks 1 @ Wild 0 on 2/14

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • The Montreal Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien and replaced him with Claude Julien on Tuesday. Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. He coached the Canadiens from 2003-06 and also replaced Therrien to begin his previous stint as Montreal coach.  Therrien was in the fifth season of his second tenure as coach of the Canadiens (31-19-8), who lead the Atlantic Division with 70 points but are 1-5-1 in their past seven games. Since starting the season 13-1-1, they are 18-18-7.  The Canadiens are in the middle of a five-day break. Their next game is against the Winnipeg Jets at home Saturday (2 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV). Their first practice under Julien is scheduled for Friday.  Montreal required permission from Boston to speak with Julien because he had one year remaining on his contract with the Bruins prior to being fired Tuesday.   This is the second straight season the Canadiens have gotten off to a hot start only to cool off. Montreal won its first nine games and was 17-4-2 on Nov. 25, 2015, when goaltender Carey Price was lost for the season because of a knee injury. The Canadiens went 21-34-4 the rest of the season and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-fire-michel-therrien-hire-claude-julien/c-286756908
  • Los Angeles Kings trade D Tom Gilbert to Washington Capitals for future considerations. This is a small move that makes sense for the Capitals, who didn’t have a defenseman in Hershey they felt comfortable recalling if necessary. Now they do and it cost them basically nothing.  The Capitals are set on defense with seven healthy players, but Gilbert gives them the insurance they need should one of those players get injured. He had five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games with the Kings this season, and has 223 points in 655 career NHL regular-season games. He has also played in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

 

Injuries

  • Louis Blues centerPaul Stastny was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury.  Stastny was injured during a 2-1 overtime win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9 when he appeared to collide with Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri following the faceoff that started the second period. Stastny remained on the bench for several minutes before leaving for the locker room and did not return.  Stastny’s 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) are fourth on the Blues, who are also missing forwards Robby Fabbri (torn ACL) and Kyle Brodziak (foot).  https://www.nhl.com/news/st-louis-blues-place-paul-stastny-on-injured-reserve/c-286747574
  • The Winnipeg Jets place goaltenderOndrej Pavelec on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Feb. 7, because of a lower-body injury.  Pavelec is 4-4-0 with a 3.55 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in eight games since being recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. He was injured during Winnipeg’s 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild one week ago.  The Jets also have goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson on the roster.
  • Detroit Red Wings defensemanJonathan Ericsson will require surgery next week to repair his fractured right wrist and is expected to miss 12 weeks, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Friday.  The Red Wings placed Ericsson on long-term injured reserve.  Ericsson was injured when he was hit from behind into the boards by Nicklas Backstrom in the first period of a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday. After the game, coach Jeff Blashill estimated Ericsson would miss 6-8 weeks but warned that “I don’t have a total timetable.”
  • Washington Capitals forwardAndre Burakovsky will be out until at least mid-March with a right hand injury, coach Barry Trotz said Friday.  Burakovsky was injured blocking a shot from Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith in the first period of a 6-3 win Thursday. Burakovsky, who turned 22 Thursday, left Verizon Center with his right hand and wrist wrapped.  Trotz would not say if Burakovsky broke any bones in his hand but said the injury, which will keep him out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks, would not require surgery and he should return in time for the final push before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The Capitals have lost an NHL-low 19 games because of injury or illness this season. Burakovsky has 11 goals and 18 assists in 51 game and was playing well since returning to the lineup following three games as a healthy scratch from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17, getting nine goals and 10 assists in 25 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-andre-burakovsky-out-until-march-with-injury/c-286629280

 

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·         Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 12.  Pominville paced the NHL with six assists and eight points in four games to power the Western Conference-leading Wild (37-12-6, 80 points) to a 3-0-1 week.  Allen went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Blues (29-22-5, 63 points) to a perfect week and third place in the Central Division.  Arvidsson shared the League lead in goals (5) and ranked second in points (7) to guide the Predators (27-21-8, 62 points) to a split of their four games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/jason-pominville-jake-allen-viktor-arvidsson-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-286713352

·         Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26 will be retired by the Dallas Stars during the 2017-18 season to help celebrate their 25th anniversary.   The Stars on Saturday unveiled plans to celebrate their 25th year in Dallas, and the marquee event is being planned around the retired right wing’s number being raised to the rafters at American Airlines Center.  Lehtinen played 14 seasons in Dallas and was one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL for more than a decade. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League’s top defensive forward three times, had 514 points in 875 NHL games and won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.   Lehtinen will be the third player to have his number retired since the franchise moved from Minnesota to Dallas before the 1993-94 season.   Neal Broten played two seasons in Dallas and had his No. 7 retired in 1998. Mike Modano’s No. 9 was raised to the rafters at American Airlines Center in 2014. Bill Masterton, No. 19, and Bill Goldsworth, No. 8, each had his number retired before the franchise moved to Texas.   https://www.nhl.com/news/jere-lehtinen-number-to-be-retired-by-stars/c-286692028

·         Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at the age of 87.  Ilitch, a Detroit native, was the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers.  Ilitch, a Detroit native, was the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers.  “With the passing of Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend, and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Mike’s commitment to excellence and to winning were unparalleled, and his commitment to the community was unrivaled, as was his boundless support of youth hockey. He was a prolific philanthropist, and, above all, a devoted partner and husband to his wife of 62 years, Marian. At this moment of heartbreaking sorrow, we send deepest condolences to the entire Ilitch family and to all who were privileged to know him, play for him or work for him.”  Ilitch bought the Red Wings in 1982 and they won the Stanley Cup four times under his ownership (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame in 2016.  “Mike Ilitch and his family made every player that had the good fortune of playing for him feel like a new member of his family,” said former Red Wings player Brendan Shanahan, now president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “We saw the joyful tears in his eyes when [Steve Yzerman] first handed him the Cup in 1997. We watched him sit bedside with Vladimir Konstantinov after his tragic accident a week later. He was more than a team owner. It was personal. We were all his adopted ‘boys’ and he helped us all become men. His passing is extremely painful to all those who knew him and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marian, and the rest of his family. His legacy in hockey will live on. Thank you Mr. I. Rest in peace.”  The Red Wings have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs 25 consecutive seasons — tied for the third-longest streak in NHL history — and won 16 division championships and the Presidents’ Trophy six times.  Ilitch, who was born July 20, 1929, served in the U.S. Marines from 1948-52 and played minor league baseball in the Tigers organization from 1952-55 until a knee injury ended his career. He bought the Tigers in 1992.  Ilitch established the the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Program; the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, restaurants on wheels that have served more than 3 million people; and the Little Caesars Veterans Program, which provides support to help veterans open a franchise.  Ilitch is survived by his wife, Marian, seven children, 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  https://www.nhl.com/news/mike-ilitch-detroit-red-wings-dead/c-286642640

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Suspensions/Fines:

·         Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for high sticking against Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in a 6-3 loss Sunday.  Nyquist was offered an in-person hearing by the League but waived his right to one.  Nyquist received a double minor at 14:13 of the first period when he struck Spurgeon in the face with his stick blade. The forward has seven goals in 56 games, and his 29 points are tied for third on the Red Wings.  https://www.nhl.com/news/red-wings-gustav-nyquist-and-player-safety-to-have-phone-hearing/c-286704662 Suspended 6 games.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Nyquist will forfeit $158,333.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.  https://www.nhl.com/news/detroit-red-wings-gustav-nyquist-suspended/c-286800262

·         Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today (#2).  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.

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Other Interesting Stories:

·         Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc released a statement Thursday in response to a published report that the Coyotes are looking at arenas in Portland and Seattle.  The report, published in the Glendale Star, came five days after Arizona State University pulled out of a potential arena deal with the Coyotes that would have given them a new home in Tempe.  “Recent reports by the Glendale Star that the Coyotes ownership group has explored arena options outside the Arizona market are completely false,” LeBlanc said. “The Star referenced an anonymous arena source and an anonymous Coyotes source, and these are a fabrication.  “The Coyotes are focused on creating one of the most taxpayer friendly facilities in the country here in the Valley. This new arena will pay for itself, create jobs and generate millions of dollars of revenue for the state, county and municipality where it’s built. We are fully committed to Arizona.”  After Arizona State’s withdrawal, LeBlanc said the Coyotes would “continue to explore other options that will ensure a successful future for our teams and our fans.”

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ SJ on 2/19, @ ANA on 2/22, @ LA on 2/23, @ Dal on 2/26

NYR:  @ NYI on 2/16, vs WSH on 2/19, vs MON on 2/21

CAR:  vs Col on 2/17, vs TOR on 2/19, vs Pit on 2/21

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Flyers @ Oilers on 2/16
  • Penguins @ Blue Jackets on 2/17
  • Panthers @ Ducks on 2/17
  • Oilers @ Blackhawks on 2/18
  • Senators @ Maple Leafs on 2/18
  • Predators @ Wild on 2/18
  • Panthers @ Kings on 2/18
  • Predators @ Blue Jackets on 2/19
  • Kings @ Ducks on 2/19
  • Flames @ Predators on 2/21
  • Blackhawks @ Wild on 2/21
  • Capitals @ Flyers on 2/22

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  swept by Notre Dame at home, 3-2, 4-2  now 10-17-3, 4-13-1 in HE

@ Merrimack this weekend for 2

Upsets:

Friday:

·         8:05 ET(5) Minnesota4@(12) Ohio State5
7:00 ET(18) St. Lawrence1@Princeton3
6:00 ETMerrimack6@(7) Boston College3
7:15 ET(3) Boston University2@(9) Massachusetts-Lowell3
7:00 ETNew Hampshire4@(15) Vermont2

Sat:

·         7:07 CT(8) Western Michigan3@Omaha6

Beanpot (65th) Finished Monday:

4:30 ETNortheastern4vs.(11) Boston College2
7:30 ET(3) Harvard6vs.(4) Boston University3

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri:

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-21/

Sat:

 

Rankings:

February 13, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (44) 18- 5-5 993 1
2 Denver ( 6) 20- 6-4 955 2
3 Harvard 17- 5-2 885 4
4 Boston University 19- 8-2 850 3
5 Minnesota 18- 8-2 773 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 19- 9-3 698 9
7 Union 20- 8-2 665 6
8 Western Michigan 16- 8-4 615 8
9 Penn State 18- 6-2 614 10
10 Providence 18- 8-4 566 11
11 Boston College 18-11-2 496 7
12 Cornell 16- 6-3 472 12
13 North Dakota 15-11-3 395 14
14 Ohio State 14- 8-6 369 12
15 Notre Dame 17- 9-4 310 16
16 Vermont 17-10-3 252 15
17 St. Lawrence 15- 9-6 127 18
18 St. Cloud State 15-14-1 125 NR
19 Air Force 19- 8-5 111 20
20 Wisconsin 15-10-1 88 17
Others receiving votes: Omaha 51, Quinnipiac 40, Bemidji State 36, Michigan Tech 7, Clarkson 4, Canisius 3.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4Yne7uBq0

Pairwise:

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

 

 

KHL Minute:

·         Wayne:

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  The Vegas Golden Knights have their highest profile fan: Bryce Harper.  The Washington Nationals superstar and Las Vegas native went public to voice his excitement for the hometown NHL team that will begin play in October 2017.   “When we were able to get the Golden Knights into Vegas, my first thought was ‘I can’t wait,'” Harper told the Golden Knights website at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. “To be able to support a team from the Las Vegas area, what better place to have a hockey team?”  Harper also became the latest fan of the Golden Knights logo and color scheme.   “[The team logo] is mean-looking,” Harper said. “That’s something that goes along with the working class of Vegas. We’re a blue-collar city that works for what we have.”  Harper, a four-time National League All-Star, 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player, has delighted fans in Washington and rooted for the Washington Capitals in the past. But Harper couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pledge his allegiance to the Golden Knights, even though that didn’t endear him with fans in Washington.  “To be able to have a major-league team in town, I think everybody is super excited,” Harper said. “Everybody I’ve talked to is excited to start rooting for a team, to be able to go to a professional game and watch professional athletes play.”

·         Steve: Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves to earn his 400th NHL victory and help the New York Rangers extend their winning streak to five games, including a sweep of their four-game homestand.  * Lundqvist (Are, Sweden) became the first European-born goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games. He sits alone in 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list, one back of Chris Osgood (401) for 11th place.  * Elias notes that Lundqvist, who has played each of his 727 NHL games with the Rangers, required the fewest appearances to win 400 games to best the mark previously held by Martin Brodeur (735 GP). Lundqvist also became the third goaltender to earn 400 wins with one team, joining Brodeur (688 w/ NJD) and Tony Esposito (418 w/ CHI).

 

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 26 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the changing of the coaching guard in Boston.  We have a couple arena issues brewing around the league, and for a change, it doesn’t involve the Carolina Hurricanes.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Opening Remarks

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  5-3 L @ Was on 2/1, 6-5 L vs Tor on 2/4

NYR:  2-1 OTW @ Buf on 2/2, 4-3 W vs CGY on 2/5, 4-1 W vs ANA on 2/7

CAR:  2-1 W vs EDM on 2/3, 5-4 OTW @ NYI on 2/4, 5-0 L @ WAS on 2/7

 

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

 

  • Flames 5, Wild 1 on 2/1
  • Flyers 3, Canadiens 1 on 2/2
  • Predators 2, Oilers 0 on 2/2
  • Blues 5, Maple Leafs 1 on 2/2
  • Panthers 2, Ducks 1 on 2/3
  • Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT) on 2/3
  • Capitals 3, Canadiens 2 on 2/4 (HS Buddy at game)
  • Kings 1, Flyers 0 (OT) on 2/4
  • Sabres 4, Senators 0 on 2/4
  • Devils 5, Blue Jackets 1 on 2/4
  • Penguins 4, Blues 1 on 2/4
  • Oilers 1, Canadiens 0 (SO) on 2/5
  • Capitals 5, Kings 0 on 2/5
  • Islanders 6, Maple Leafs 5 (OT) on 2/6
  • Avalanche 4, Canadiens 0 on 2/7
  • Sabres 5, Sharks 4 OT on 2/7 (3 g in under 4 min)
  • Blues 6, Senators 0 on 2/7
  • Flames 3, Penguins 2 (SO) on 2/7

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • Claude Julien was fired as coach of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday and replaced by assistant Bruce Cassidy. Julien, 56, was in his 10th season with the Bruins and was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and reached the Cup Final in 2013. The Bruins made the playoffs in each of Julien’s first seven seasons, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2008-09, and they won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2013-14.  Julien was 419-246-94 with the Bruins and is Boston’s all-time leader in wins. But the Bruins missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past two seasons and entered Tuesday 26-23-6, tied for third place in the Atlantic Division with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto has four games in hand; Boston has played the most games of any team in the Eastern Conference.  The Bruins lost their past two games, including a 6-5 home loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday when they trailed 4-1, rallied to tie, but gave up the winning goal with 1:36 remaining in the third period.  “I wasn’t ready to commit on a longer-term basis with Claude,” general manager Don Sweeney said after practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “I felt that there was a level of frustration on a wins-and-loss [basis], what he would be subjected to on a nightly basis, and [I] felt that we would be in a better position going forward to allow our players to be assessed on an individual level, and for me as a general manager to be assessed on a personnel level, to make the decisions going forward as to who’s part of our group.”  Sweeney said he has a list of candidates for a full-time replacement and Cassidy will be among that group. Prior to joining Julien’s staff this season, Cassidy spent eight seasons with Providence of the American Hockey League, the past five as coach. Many Bruins played for Cassidy in Providence, including forwards Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano, and defenseman Colin Miller.  Sweeney said he expects Cassidy, who coached the Washington Capitals for 110 games from 2002-03, to increase the tempo at practice and make other changes that will help Boston in its final 27 games.  The Bruins have been inconsistent. Before losing their past two games they had a three-game winning streak, which included a 4-3 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 26. After a strong start, the Bruins dropped to 13th in goals allowed per game (2.67), although their offense is up to 22nd in goals per game (2.56). Boston’s power play has risen to 15th (19.2 percent); the penalty kill ranks second (86.0 percent). The Bruins have integrated nine players who made their NHL debut this season.   https://www.nhl.com/news/claude-julien-fired-by-boston-bruins/c-286509024
  • Bruce Cassidy was named coach of the Boston Bruinsafter Claude Julien was fired Tuesday. His first game will be against the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNW, TVA Sports, NESN, CSN-CA, NHL.TV).  Cassidy, 51, coached the Washington Capitals (2002-03) and was in his first season as an assistant under Julien after spending five seasons as coach of Providence, the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate.  Cassidy led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his only full season as coach in 2002-03, when Washington finished 39-29-8-6 and lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in six games. Cassidy was fired by the Capitals on Dec. 10, 2003, 28 games into the season, after an 8-18-1-1 start. He was replaced by Glen Hanlon.  Cassidy coached Providence for five seasons, from 2011-16. He went 207-128-45 and had a winning record and qualified for the AHL playoffs in each of those five seasons. Cassidy has coached several players with NHL experience during his time in Providence, including Boston forwards Brian Ferlin, Ryan SpoonerDavid Pastrnak and Frank Vatrano, defensemen Krug, Colin MillerJoe Morrow and Kevan Miller, and goaltender Malcolm Subban.
  • Forward Martin Havlat announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. Nicknamed “Mach 9” in recognition of his skating skills and jersey number, Havlat had 594 points (242 goals, 352 assists) in 790 games during 14 seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues. He also scored 21 goals and 52 points, including three overtime goals, in 75 Stanley Cup Playoff games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/martin-havlat-announced-retirement-from-nhl/c-286556344
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Injuries

  • Philadelphia Flyers rookie forwardTravis Konecny will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.  Konecny, 19, missed the third period of a 2-0 home loss to the St. Louis Blues on Monday.  He has seven goals, 22 points and 105 shots on goal in 51 games. Konecny was selected in the first round (No. 24) of the 2015 NHL Draft.  https://www.nhl.com/news/philadelphia-flyers-travis-konecny-has-lower-body-injury/c-286517992
  • Winnipeg Jets defensemanTyler Myers will be out another 6-8 weeks after having surgery for a lower-body injury.  Myers, who had surgery Monday, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice, has missed 39 games.  “The expectation is that by the time he hits the six weeks, if it’s the normal rehab, that we don’t have to take another two weeks after that and condition him back into shape,” Maurice said. “Part of his rehab means is that if he gets to that window and all goes well then he’ll be back in the lineup at that time.”  Myers has two goals and five points in 11 games this season, and has 59 goals and 198 points in 473 NHL games. The Jets acquired Myers, forward Drew Stafford, two prospects and a first-round pick in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian on Feb. 11, 2015.  He hasn’t played since Nov. 11.  https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-jets-defenseman-tyler-myers-out-6-8-weeks/c-286514214
  • Louis Blues forwardRobby Fabbri will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season because of an ACL injury in his left knee.  Fabbri, 21, will be back on the ice when training camp begins in September. He was injured following a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Carter Rowney with 11:18 remaining in the first period of a 4-1 loss at Scottrade Center on Saturday. Fabbri was helped to the locker room and did not return.  Fabbri has 11 goals and 29 points in 51 games this season, his second in the NHL. He scored 18 goals and 37 points last season, and four goals and 15 points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Blues reach the Western Conference Final, where they lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games. Forwards Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi were recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Sunday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/robby-fabbri-out-for-season-with-acl-injury/c-286471120
  • Dallas Stars forwardJason Spezza will be out at least a week and maybe longer with an upper-body injury.  Spezza was injured in the third period of a 4-3 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday when he was hit by Jets forward Adam Lowry.  “Right now we really don’t have a time frame on it,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Friday, “but it’s more than days.”  “It’s an upper-body injury that doesn’t have anything to do with anything old. It’s not a concussion. It’s going to take a week or two, maybe longer.”  Spezza, 33, has 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 45 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/dallas-stars-jason-spezza-out-at-least-one-week/c-286405674

 

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Carolina Hurricanes right wingSebastian Aho, Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlundand Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 5.  Aho tied for the League lead with four goals (4-1-5) including two game-winning tallies as the Hurricanes (24-20-7, 55 points) won all three of their games.  Granlund finished the week tied for first in points with 3-3-6 as the Western Conference-leading Wild (34-12-5, 73 points) won two of three contests.  Budaj went 3-1-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts as the Kings, who hold the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, improved to 27-22-4 (58 points).  https://www.nhl.com/news/sebastian-aho-mikael-granlund-peter-budaj-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-286482672
  • Six numbers have been retired to the rafters of Scottrade Center by the St. Louis Blues. On Thursday, they will be joined by a seventh. Prior to hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs (9 p.m. ET; FS-MW, TSN4, NHL.TV), the Blues will retire the No. 5 of defenseman Bob Plager, who joined St. Louis for its expansion season in 1967-68 after a trade with the New York Rangers. The Blues acquired Plager, Tim Ecclestone, Gord Kannegiesser and Gary Sabourin for defenseman Rod Seiling, who had been selected by the Blues in the expansion draft but was traded back to New York.  Plager, who spent 11 seasons with the Blues, finished his 14-year NHL career with 146 points (20 goals, 126 assists) and 802 penalty minutes in 644 games, 615 with St. Louis. He also had 19 points (two goals, 17 points) and 195 penalty minutes in 74 Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Blues.  His No. 5 will join Al MacInnis’ No. 2, Bob Gassoff’s No. 3, Barclay Plager’s No. 8, Brian Sutter’s No. 11, Brett Hull’s No. 16 and Bernie Federko’s No. 24. Plager, 73, will slide between Gassoff and older brother Barclay, who died of a brain hemorrhage in 1988 at age 46.  If there’s an ultimate member of the Blues, Plager is it. Since retiring as a player in 1978, he has handled a variety of roles in the organization, serving as an ambassador, team spokesman, broadcaster and scout. He also coached the Blues briefly in 1992-93, going 4-6-1 in 11 games.  All Plager did was help the Blues advance to the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three seasons in the NHL. They haven’t returned to the Final since then.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bob-plager-will-have-no-5-jersey-retired-by-st-louis-blues/c-286364544
  • Alain Vigneault got his 600th NHL career win andHenrik Lundqvist made 43 saves in the New York Rangers’ 4-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.  Michael Grabner scored twice, including his 25th goal of the season, and Oscar Lindberg and Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York (34-18-1).  https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-new-york-rangers-game-recap/c-286536368
  • Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was named to the 2017 Order of Hockey in Canada on Wednesday. Also named were Fran Rider, president and CEO of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, and former International Ice Hockey Federation vice president and Hockey Hall of Famer Murray Costello. All three will be honored as part of the 2017 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf on June 19-20 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “This year’s class has worked endlessly in their numerous roles as coaches, directors, executives, and committee members to the benefit of others in the game,” said Tom Renney, Hockey Canada’s president and chief executive officer. “To be selected as a Distinguished Honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada is one of the most prestigious accomplishments one can receive in hockey in Canada, and on behalf of my colleagues at Hockey Canada, the Order of Hockey in Canada selection committee, as well as our board members, I would like to congratulate Fran, Scotty, and Murray on their well-deserved recognition.”  Bowman has his name on the Stanley Cup 14 times with four teams (Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks). He is the NHL’s all-time winningest coach (1,244 victories). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1991 and is the only coach to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year twice (1977, 1996), and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and serves as a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks; his son Stan is their general manager.  https://www.nhl.com/news/order-of-hockey-in-canada-honors-scotty-bowman/c-286558050

 

Suspensions/Fines:

None this week

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Clint Malarchuk: https://www.nhl.com/news/clint-malarchuk-spends-time-with-usa-warriors/c-286444608
  • The Arizona Coyotes are committed to staying in the area for the long term despite Arizona State University pulling out of a potential arena deal, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said Friday. “While a new Coyotes arena built with ASU would have been a big winner for our fans, taxpayers, the university and our team, the Coyotes had and continue to have a number of options for a new arena. Unfortunately, it appears the ASU deal will not be moving forward,” LeBlanc said. “Nevertheless, the Coyotes are committed to the Valley for the long term, and we will continue to explore other options that will ensure a successful future for the team and our fans. We’re a determined bunch, on the ice and off the ice. We intend to do everything we can to keep NHL hockey here in Arizona.”  In November, the Coyotes announced they were in plans with Catellus Development Corp., the master developer for the Arizona State University Athletic Facilities District, to work toward building a 16,000-seat arena with an attached 4,000-seat multisport facility in Tempe, Arizona.  The agreement between the Coyotes and the developer gave them until June 30 to create a budget, design and operational plan for the development.  But on Friday, Arizona State said in an email to The Arizona Republic that the school “has no intention of proceeding to sign a development agreement or an option to lease or any other agreement with the Coyotes.”  The Coyotes have played in Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, since December 2003. Prior to that, they played at America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in Phoenix after moving to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.  According to The Arizona Republic, the Coyotes’ lease allows them to continue playing at Gila River Arena through the 2017-18 NHL season.  Earlier this week, legislation was introduced by state Sen. Bob Worsley that would have created a 28-acre community engagement district with ice rinks for the Coyotes and ASU’s hockey teams, within the confines of ASU’s Athletic Facilities District. But according to the newspaper, opposition to the plan was growing in the state legislature and a news conference is scheduled Monday with leaders who oppose the plan.  After the Arizona State announcement, Worsley said he will continue with his bill but will amend it so it’s not tied to the Tempe area.  “There will be something to help the Coyotes,” Worsley said. “And it will be a little more location-agnostic.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/arizona-coyotes-exploring-arena-options/c-286438644
  • Discussions about the participation of NHL players in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics continued Friday with the inclusion of Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. Bach joined NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr, and IIHF president Rene Fasel for an hour-long meeting at the NHL offices here.  No negotiations about Olympic participation took place during the meeting, according to several participants.  “We were honored by [Bach’s] presence, that he took the time to come and visit with us, but as the president said, this was a courtesy call,” Commissioner Bettman said. “We had a good, open discussion. But I think if anybody was speculating that decisions were going to be made today, that was premature and that was not the purpose of the meeting.”  “This was a courtesy meeting and it was a very good one and I can tell you that the atmosphere inside the meeting room was much warmer than the weather outside here,” Bach said standing on the sidewalk on a 34-degree afternoon. “We had a really fruitful and good meeting.  No deadline has been set for a decision to be made.  “We would like to have [a decision] as soon as possible so that we can make all the preparations to accommodate the NHL and the players in the most appropriate way,” Bach said. “But again, this was not a round of negotiations. The last thing you would do in a courtesy call is speak about deadlines.”  Last week at the NHL All-Star Game, Deputy Commissioner Daly said the League could decide not to participate in the 2018 Games in South Korea.  “If the status quo remains, I don’t expect us to be in the Olympics,” he said in Los Angeles.  On Friday, Commissioner Bettman said the impact the 2018 Olympics will have on the 2017-18 NHL schedule remains the primary stumbling block.  “I think people are focused on the Olympics and whether or not we like the Olympics,” Commissioner Bettman said. “The focus from the club standpoint is, what does the disruption to our season mean and how do we deal with it and how problematic has it become? https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-olympics-talks-progress-but-no-decision-made/c-286411762
  • The passion Dallas Stars rookie forwardDevin Shore brings to the ice is infectious, even to 35-year-old right wing Patrick Sharp.  “I find myself hanging around him all the time because the attitude he brings is contagious,” Sharp said. “Even at his age (22) and this being his first full year in the League, I look at him and see a leader.”  “If you don’t have a belief that we will make the playoffs, you’re in trouble,” Shore said. “We have a lineup that can definitely do some damage when on our game. There’s a lot of hockey left to be played. We just have to make sure we’re consistently giving ourselves the best chance to win, collect points.”  Shore was kept off the scoresheet in a 4-3 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, but has one goal and two assists in the past three games. He has eight points (two goals, six assists) in the past 12 games and is tied for ninth among NHL rookies with 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 52 games.  Shore is no stranger to a leadership role and producing for his team in big moments. He served as captain during his final season at the University of Maine in 2014-15, and was the captain for Dallas at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.  https://www.nhl.com/news/rookie-devin-shore-helping-dallas-stars-in-playoff-push/c-286403140
  • The new tighter, rounder, form-fitting goalie pants are here. By Saturday, every NHL goalie will have to wear the new pants, the latest step in streamlining equipment worn by goaltenders. Opinions on the new pants are as varied as the sizes and shapes of the League’s 60-plus goaltenders.  Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby doesn’t care that he is being forced to change his pants midseason. He was involved in the discussions about streamlining goalie equipment and knew changes were coming.  San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has been wearing the new pants in games for several weeks. He says his peers shouldn’t find too much of a difference with the new pants.  The new pants are the latest alteration in a suite of rules designed to streamline equipment used by goaltenders, approved by the Board of Governors in June.  Jones, Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, Peter Budaj of the Los Angeles Kings, Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are among the many who have been wearing them in games. Many others, like Holtby, have been trying to break them in in practice.  “I think to have an equipment change midseason, it’s crazy, especially in the goaltending position,” Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith  “It’s nuts that it can’t wait until the beginning of next season.”  Whitmore said the League originally intended to implement the change prior to the start of the season, but there were safety concerns with the new pants that had to be addressed with the manufacturing companies, causing a delay. Nearly a quarter of the League’s goalies already are wearing the new pants.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-goalie-pants-rule-begins-saturday/c-286402244
  • Slap shot airs on nhl network on 2/8 @ 8:30
  • Goalies around the world must be shuddering at the thought: Merriam-Webster has made five-hole an official word in the dictionary. The hockey term was added to the dictionary along with more than 1,000 other words on Tuesday.  The noun, officially defined by Merriam-Webster as “the space between the legs of a goaltender,” has been commonly used by hockey players, fans, broadcasters and everyone else involved with the game for a long time. The first four holes, of course, are high and low on a goalie’s stick side and high and low on the goalie’s glove side.  It will now live forever in the dictionary with other hockey phrases like deke, dangle and hat trick.  Binge-watch, photobomb, humblebrag and the political term FLOTUS (first lady of the United States) were also among the words added.
  • Headlines around league from other sites: https://feedly.com/i/saved
  • Champions Hockey League crowns first Champion of the 16-17 season: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016%E2%80%9317_Champions_Hockey_League   http://sports.yahoo.com/news/watch-frolundas-wild-champions-hockey-league-victory-celebration-video-001227633.html

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs SJ on 2/9, vs VAN on 2/11, vs MON on 2/12

NYR:  vs NSH on 2/9, vs COL on 2/11, @ CBJ on 2/13

CAR:  1 game between 2/8 and 2/16 inclusive, @ DAL on 2/11

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Islanders @ Flyers on 2/9
  • Blues @ Maple Leafs on 2/9
  • Blues @ Canadiens on 2/11
  • Blackhawks @ Oilers on 2/11
  • Islanders @ Senators on 2/11
  • Sharks @ Flyers on 2/11
  • Ducks @ Capitals on 2/11
  • Islanders @ Maple Leafs on 2/14
  • Ducks @ Wild on 2/14

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  swept @ #15 Providence 3-2, 5-3

#16 Notre Dame @ Maine for 2 this weekend for the final time as conference opponent

Upsets:

Friday:

8:05 ET(11) Ohio State4@Michigan5
7:00 CT(6) Penn State1@(7) Minnesota5
8:30 ET(16) Cornell5@(4) Union3
7:37 CTSt. Cloud State3@(13) North Dakota1
7:07 CT(20) Michigan Tech2@Bemidji State4
Saturday:

7:00 CT(6) Penn State2@(7) Minnesota5
7:00 ET(14) St. Lawrence1@Clarkson3
6:30 ET(12) Vermont1@(17) Notre Dame4
7:07 CT(20) Michigan Tech0@Bemidji State3
7:05 ETArizona State2@(9) Western Michigan2

 

Beanpot (65th) Started Monday:

8:00 ET(3) Boston University3vs.(7) Boston College1
5:00 ETNortheastern3vs.(4) Harvard4
Championship is next Monday
BU: 30, BC: 20, Har: 10, NE: 4

 

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

8:05 ET(5) Minnesota@(12) Ohio State
7:07 CT(10) Penn State@(17) Wisconsin
7:00 ET               (6) Union                            @            (4) Harvard

7:15 ET(3) Boston University@(9) Massachusetts-Lowell
Sat:

8:05 ET(5) Minnesota@(12) Ohio State
7:07 CT(10) Penn State@(17) Wisconsin

Rankings:

February 06, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (46) 18- 5-5 996 1
2 Denver ( 4) 18- 6-4 950 2
3 Boston University 18- 7-2 879 3
4 Harvard 15- 5-2 814 5
5 Minnesota 17- 7-2 796 7
6 Union 19- 7-2 723 4
7 Boston College 18- 9-2 721 8
8 Western Michigan 15- 7-4 618 9
9 Massachusetts-Lowell 17- 9-3 610 10
10 Penn State 16- 6-2 533 6
11 Providence 16- 8-4 435 15
12 Cornell 14- 6-2 380 16
12 Ohio State 13- 7-6 380 11
14 North Dakota 15-11-3 368 13
15 Vermont 16- 9-3 316 12
16 Notre Dame 15- 9-4 259 17
17 Wisconsin 15- 8-1 232 18
18 St. Lawrence 15- 8-6 221 14
19 Quinnipiac 16-11-2 84 19
20 Air Force 18- 8-4 60 NR
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 46, St. Cloud State 45, Omaha 18, Michigan Tech 12, Yale 3, Robert Morris 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4Y4AZiUo1

 

Pairwise:

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

 

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  http://thehockeywriters.com/former-edmonton-oilers-thriving-in-khl/

 

 

Steve:

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  Greg Devorski details life as NHL linesman:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-linesman-greg-devorski-talks-life-of-a-referee/c-286431142

Steve: The Calgary Flames’ practice Saturday was nothing like a routine off-day skate.  The Flames practiced at Lasker Rink in Central Park, with players and coaches getting dressed at the team hotel before shuttling to the rink in full equipment.  “It was a different experience, for sure,” goalie Chad Johnson said. “I had my pads on and everything sitting on the bus so I didn’t do much moving. When I got up my legs were jelly but it was fun. To be able to do it at this level, in Central Park and see all these Flames fans and sort or do it for them as well, it’s pretty special. It recharges the batteries.”  Hundreds of fans, many in Flames jerseys, lined the outside of the rink on a perfect winter Saturday.  “I thought the atmosphere was great,” coach Glen Gulutzan said. “Obviously the rink isn’t regulation size but we did get some 3-on-3 and a little skate in at the end and I think that’s good.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-practiced-at-lasker-rink-in-central-park/c-286434892

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 25 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the historic events during All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a very light week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 25 Show Notes

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.

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Opening Remarks

 

Scores

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  4-3 W @ TBL on 1/31

NYR:  6-4 L vs CLB on 1/31

CAR:  5-1 W vs PHI on 1/31

 

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

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • Ken Hitchcock was fired as coach of the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and replaced by associate coach Mike Yeo. “Obviously it’s a difficult day for myself,” general manager Doug Armstrong said. “I made a … hard decision to change coaches. Mike will take over. I’m excited about that. It’s a great day for Mike, a rebirth now for this group of players. … We’re excited.” Goaltending coach Jim Corsi also was fired. Assistant general manager Martin Brodeur and goalie development coach Ty Conklin would fill that role for the remainder of the season. Hitchcock was 248-124-41 in six seasons with the Blues, and 20-27 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues finished first or second in the Central Division in each of Hitchcock’s four full seasons. They lost 5-3 to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and are fourth in the division with 53 points (24-21-5) this season. https://www.nhl.com/news/ken-hitchcock-lost-coaching-job-due-to-st-louis-mistakes/c-286344352
  • The New York Islanders agreed to terms with goaltenderThomas Greiss on a three-year contract Monday. The contract is worth $10 million, Newsday reported.   Greiss, who turned 31 on Sunday, is 14-7-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 25 games this season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.  Greiss signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Islanders on July 1, 2015. He is 73-48-18 with a 2.41 GAA, a .919 save percentage and six shutouts in 155 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Islanders.  https://www.nhl.com/news/thomas-greiss-signs-contract-with-islanders/c-286271710
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

 

Injuries

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of January.   Kuznetsov ranked second in the NHL with 7-13-20 in 15 games to power the League-leading Capitals (33-11-6, 72 points) to a 12-2-1 January. Marchand led the NHL with 11-9-20 in 14 games (and 2 slew foots) to guide the Bruins (26-21-6, 58 points) to a 6-6-2 January. Burns (Chewbacca) paced NHL defensemen with six goals, 12 assists and 18 points in 14 games to lift the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (32-17-2, 66 points) to a 9-4-1 January. https://www.nhl.com/news/evgeny-kuznetsov-named-nhl-player-of-month/c-286338302
  • Toronto Maple Leafs centerMitchell Marner, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 15 points in 13 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January. Marner edged Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (8-2-10 in 13 GP), Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (4-6-10 in 14 GP) and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (4-6-10 in 6 GP) for the honor. https://www.nhl.com/news/mitchell-marner-named-nhl-top-rookie-for-january-2017/c-286333170
  • Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds, San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 29. Simmonds earned MVP honors at Sunday’s 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game and also registered two goals in two contests earlier in the week with the Flyers (25-19-6, 56 points).  Marleau led the NHL with five goals and six points in three games to power the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (31-17-2, 64 points) to a pair of wins.  Andersen earned two shutouts in as many appearances, stopping all 48 shots he faced, to propel the Maple Leafs (23-15-9, 55 points) to two victories in three contests.

Suspensions/Fines:

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) for live streaming rights to New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres games. In the coming weeks, MSG Networks’ unmatched lineup of exclusive local live NHL hockey games will be made available to customers of participating operators on MSG GO — MSG Networks’ live streaming and on demand product. “As the outlet for more live local NHL games than any other RSN in the country, we are pleased to partner with the NHL and our teams to provide hockey fans with additional ways to view our games,” said Andrea Greenberg, president and chief executive officer, MSG Networks. “With the addition of the NHL, MSG GO will certainly be a premiere mobile destination for hockey fans in the region.” “With this agreement, MSG Networks once again demonstrates what it means to be an excellent partner for our clubs,” said David Proper, executive vice president, media and international strategy, NHL. “Together we share a vision for serving our fans, who are extremely passionate about their teams. This agreement for live streaming on MSG GO is all about fulfilling demand and providing our fans with the type of access they want in the way that is most convenient to them.” In addition to MSG Networks’ live, professional game coverage, MSG GO includes pre- and postgame shows, as well as episodes of MSG Networks’ award-winning programming. With MSG GO, fans are able to access upcoming schedules, and set reminders on their personal devices for games on MSG Networks.  MSG GO is currently available at no charge to subscribers of participating television providers who receive MSG Networks as part of their pay television subscription. Subscribers with a supported smartphone or tablet can download the free MSG GO app by visiting the App Store or the Google Play store. On computers, customers may visit MSGGo.com.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-madison-square-garden-reach-digital-rights-deal/c-286332994
  • Nolan Patrick, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, had two assists to help Team Don Cherry to a 7-5 win against Team Bobby Orr in the 22nd CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Videotron Centre on Monday. Patrick, who plays for Brandon of the Western Hockey League, has eight goals and nine assists in 11 games this season.  Halifax center Nico Hischier, who is ranked No. 2, had a goal, two assists and finished 8-for-14 on faceoffs for Team Orr. Hischier was named MVP for his team.  Patrick won 12 of 16 faceoffs. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph), Antoine Marand (Acadie-Bathurst), MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton), Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville), Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor), Owen Tippett (Mississauga) and Jake Leschyshyn (Regina) scored, and defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Portland) had three assists for Team Cherry.  https://www.nhl.com/news/top-prospects-game-recap/c-286276428
  • You’ve heard ofthe emergency backup goalie. Courtney Daniels was the emergency backup singer.  The Los Angeles Kings ice crew member made the save of the day.  Pop group Fifth Harmony was supposed to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, but a group member fell ill so they canceled.  With roughly 10 minutes notice, Daniels was told she would go on.  No rehearsal. No warmup.  In front of a packed house at the Staples Center, Daniels absolutely crushed.  “I felt so honored and was so excited and I really wanted to help any way that I could,” Daniels told the Los Angeles Kings website. “I kinda looked around at everyone. I wanted to take in every moment. I was happy the fans cheered with support.”  Daniels also got to present the $1 million check to the Metropolitan Division team and the MVP award to Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.  “It was such an incredible weekend to just be in the arena this weekend let alone be a part of it in such an amazing way. So, so honored. And to give away the MVP away was just unforgettable,” Daniels said.  https://www.nhl.com/news/courtney-daniels-gets-late-call-for-anthem/c-286254016
  • Bettman Conference: https://www.nhl.com/news/gary-bettman-on-las-vegas-all-star-game/c-286215228
  • Top 100: https://www.nhl.com/news/100-greatest-nhl-players-of-all-time/c-286030052 by the numbers:  https://www.nhl.com/news/100-greatest-nhl-players-statistics/c-286194940

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

(SKIP) Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:

NYR:

CAR:

Highlights of upcoming week

NCAA Minute:

Maine:

Upsets:

 

Friday, 1/20 (lots of ties)
Sat, 1/21
Tue, 1/24

 

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

 

Sat

Rankings:

 

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Mozyakin record, KHL Standings

 

Steve:

 

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

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  The National Hockey League (NHL®) will launch its weekly Twitter game of the week tonight, with out-of-market live streaming of the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins game at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out Twitter users on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected devices in the United States via nhl.twitter.com.  While the NHL celebrates its 100-year history, it is continuously embracing innovative digital engagement tools to keep hockey fans connected to the game on and off the ice, including streaming live hockey games for fans on Twitter.   Tonight’s game is the first of weekly, live streams of out-of-market NHL games Twitter will make available free as part of its partnership with MLBAM. Each game will be geo-restricted for U.S. Twitter users only for out-of-market NHL games. Each broadcast will be a simulcast of the home team’s television broadcast.   Click link for full schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-debuts-game-of-the-week-on-twitter/c-286292584

 

 

Steve: Coach Alain Vigneault signed a contract extension with the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

 

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