The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 12 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we take you back to the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between Wayne’s Boston Bruins and Steve’s New York Rangers.  We also get you caught up with all of the news, notes, and injury reports around the NHL, and we get you fired up for the NHL action upcoming this week.  We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week.

 

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THN Episode 12 Show Notes

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Week’s Headlines

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Our teams performances last week:

Bos:  2-1 W vs NJD on 10/20, 4-2 L vs Mon on 10/22 (9), 5-0 L vs Min on 10/25, 5-2 L @ NYR on 10/26

NYR:  4-2 W @ Was on 10/22, 3-2 W vs Ari, 5-2 W vs Bos on 10/26

CAR:  4-2 W @ Cgy on 10/20, 6-3 L @ Phi on 10/22, 4-2 L @ Det on 10/25

 

Transactions

  • Restricted free agent defensemanHampus Lindholm signed a six-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday that runs through the 2021-22 season.  Financial terms were not released but TSN reported it has an average annual value of $5.25 million.  Lindholm, 22, had 10 goals and 18 assists in 80 games last season, his third with Anaheim. Lindholm was named to Team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 as a replacement for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, but did not play during the tournament. The No. 6 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Lindholm has 23 goals and 92 points in 236 games since making his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2013. https://www.nhl.com/news/hampus-lindholm-agrees-to-contract-with-anaheim/c-283141064
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

  • Boston Bruins forwardDavid Backes had elbow surgery Monday and will miss at least the next two games, general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday.  “David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, Oct. 24,” Sweeney said. “His condition will be updated after the weekend.”  Backes, signed as a free agent on July 1, has two goals and four points in five games.  The Bruins recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence of the American Hockey League. Czarnik was minus-3 with one shot on goal in two games with the Bruins earlier this season. https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-david-backes-out-at-least-two-games-following-elbow-surgery/c-283107774
  • Boston Bruins goaltenderAnton Khudobin is expected to miss approximately three weeks with an upper-body injury.  Khudobin, 30, is 0-2-0 with a 4.10 goals-against average and .849 save percentage this season.  Malcolm Subban, 22, was recalled on an emergency basis from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday after the Bruins No. 1 goaltender, Tuukka Rask, missed Boston’s 4-2 loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday with an undisclosed injury.  On Tuesday, the Bruins recalled goaltender Zane McIntyre on an emergency basis from Providence to back up Khudobin. https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-anton-khudobin-out-three-weeks/c-283059268
  • Anaheim Ducks goalieJonathan Bernier was replaced by John Gibson at the beginning of the second period against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday after sustaining an upper-body injury.  Bernier, making his second start of the season, allowed one goal on 11 shots in the first period. The Ducks trailed 1-0.  https://www.nhl.com/news/jonathan-bernier-exits-game-with-upper-body-injury/c-283094314
  • Los Angeles Kings goalieJeff Zatkoff is expected to miss no more than a week after he injured his groin during practice Saturday. Zatkoff was helped off the ice and later placed on injured reserve, meaning he cannot play for at least seven days from the date of the injury.  “I think a week is pretty much normal for that [injury],” Kings coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider on Monday. “…It’s not extended or anything like that.”  Goalie Peter Budaj made 22 saves in a 4-3 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Budaj has started the past two games for the Kings, who are also without starter Jonathan Quick, who could miss three months with a lower-body injury. Zatkoff is 0-3-0 with a 4.38 goals-against average and .839 save percentage in three games this season. He signed with the Kings as a free agent on July 1 after playing parts of three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Kings called up Jack Campbell from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Saturday to back up Budaj.  https://www.nhl.com/news/kings-goalie-jeff-zatkoff-likely-out-a-week/c-283043792
  • Dallas CenterJason Spezza left practice Monday because of an undisclosed injury.  Ruff said Spezza was injured during a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. “I don’t know [how long Spezza could be out],” Ruff said. “That was a surprise for me.”
  • Dallas Right wingAles Hemsky didn’t play Tuesday because of a groin injury.  Hemsky made his season debut against the Blue Jackets after coming off injured reserve Saturday because of a groin injury. He had one shot on goal in 25 shifts on a line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Spezza and Hemsky join an injured list that includes left wing Patrick Sharp, who is on injured reserve because of a concussion, and right wing Patrick Eaves, who is questionable after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 20. He skated by himself Saturday but didn’t practice Monday. Jiri Hudler, who has been battling an illness since Oct. 15, skated on his own Monday but Ruff said he needs three or four days of practice before playing a game. The Stars also are missing centers Cody Eakin (knee) and Mattias Janmark (knee) who began the season on injured reserve.  With Hemsky out and Spezza questionable, the Stars likely will call up another player from Texas of the American Hockey League. They’ve used 25 players in their first five games, with the latest, center Gemel Smith, making his debut Saturday. https://www.nhl.com/news/stars-center-jason-spezza-questionable-against-jets/c-283039738
  • Carolina Hurricanes left wingJeff Skinner is day to day because of an upper-body injury.  Skinner, tied with Lee Stempniak for the team scoring lead with six points (two goals), missed practice on Monday. He will join the Hurricanes on their trip to play the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.  “He’s OK,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters told the Hurricanes website. “He’s just waiting on some results. He’ll come on the trip to Detroit and play and, if not, we’ll shuffle the deck a little bit.” Skinner had one assist in a 6-3 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. He was assessed a roughing penalty in the third period but did not appear to be injured in the altercation with Flyers forward Wayne Simmondshttps://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-jeff-skinner-day-to-day-with-injury/c-283036728
  • Arizona Coyotes goaltenderMike Smith is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Dave Tippett said following the morning skate at Madison Square Garden in advance of a game against the New York Rangers on Sunday.  Tippett said Smith, who was injured in the third period of a 7-4 loss at the Ottawa Senators last Tuesday, is home in Arizona and will not be rejoining the Coyotes on their season-high six-game road trip, which concludes at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.  However, Tippett said the severity of Smith’s injury isn’t as significant as the Coyotes first thought. Tippett couldn’t give a timeline for when Smith could return, but he doesn’t think it’ll be long before he gets back on the ice. Goalie Louis Domingue has been filling in for Smith.  https://www.nhl.com/news/coyotes-goalie-mike-smith-out-week-to-week/c-282975036
  • New York Islanders defensemanRyan Pulock will miss 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Pulock left a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday during the first period. It was his first game of the season; he had five shifts and played 3:57. https://www.nhl.com/news/islanders-ryan-pulock-injured-out-4-6-weeks/c-282933410
  • Other injuries:
    • Chris Tanev, Van – Lower Body
    • Conor Sheary, Pit – Eye Injury – day-to-day
    • Michael Raffl, Phi – Abdominal – week to week
    • Derek Dorsett, Van – Shoulder
    • Alex Burrows, Van – Neck
    • Pavel Buchnevich, NYR – Back Spasms
    • Zach Redmond, Mon – Foot
    • Cody Bass, Nsh – Upper Body

 

 

Suspensions

  • Boston Bruins forwardDavid Pastrnak will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for a hit on New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi during a game at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.  The incident occurred at 10:55 of the second period. Pastrnak received a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi left the game briefly, but returned.  The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review. https://www.nhl.com/news/david-pastrnak-of-boston-faces-player-safety-hearing/c-283141630
  • Philadelphia Flyers forwardDale Weise has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during NHL Game No. 52 in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on Friday.  The incident occurred at 7:35 of the second period. https://www.nhl.com/news/dale-weise-of-philadelphia-flyers-suspended/c-282912310

 

Milestones/Records:

  • Minnesota Wild forwardZach Parise scored his 300th NHL goal on Sunday against the New York Islanders.  Parise scored off a 4-on-2 rush 1:15 into the second period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead. He took a pass from defenseman Matt Dumba and beat Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss with a wrist shot from the left circle.  The 32-year-old scored 194 goals in seven seasons with the New Jersey Devils. He has played 767 NHL games and is the 196th player to score 300.  https://www.nhl.com/news/wild-forward-zach-parise-scores-300th-nhl-goal/c-282980314
  • Florida Panthers forwardJaromir Jagr scored his 750th NHL goal Thursday, becoming the third player in history to do so.  Jagr, who scored his first goal of the season 14:10 into the second period of a 4-2 the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center, trails Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801) on the all-time list.  “That’s nice, but I’d rather win,” Jagr said. “So it’s kind of tough.”  In 1,633 games, with the Panthers, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, Jagr has 1,870 points.  Jagr, 44, who is playing his 23rd NHL season, is 17 points behind Mark Messier (1,887) for second all-time. Gretzky is first with 2,857. Jagr is sixth in assists (1,120), 15 behind Paul Coffey for fifth.  https://www.nhl.com/news/jaromir-jagr-scores-750th-nhl-goal/c-282885120

NHL Debuts:

 

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative founded by the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), begins today with programming and Club participation from October 24 to November 18. The initiative is a program of the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations which, along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer™ representing all cancers, will be featured prominently throughout the campaign. This season, the NHLPA and NHL, along with the National Hockey League Foundation, are partnering with five national cancer organizations – including two new organizations – to help raise awareness around several forms of cancer including pediatric, blood, prostate, and pancreatic. The National Hockey League Foundation will make a donation to each of these five national partners:  Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Movember Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  All 30 NHL Member Clubs are supporting the initiative by designating one home game as the official Hockey Fights Cancer™ in-arena awareness night, featuring unique programming and partnerships with local cancer organizations. The NHL and NHLPA are also supporting local cancer organizations in all 30 NHL markets, and $250,000 will be distributed by the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations locally and nationally in conjunction with this year’s initiative.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hockey-fights-cancer-annual-campaign-begins-october-24/c-283037398
  • Teemu Selanne had a five-point afternoon – he had two goals, opening and closing the scoring on penalty shots, the second the game-winner in the final seconds, and three assists in between – lifted the Winnipeg Jets alumni to a delightful 6-5 victory against a team of former Edmonton Oilers before an elated crowd of 31,317 at the 2016 Rogers NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game atInvestors Group Field in Winnipeg.  Jets roster:  Dave Ellett; Mike Ford; Jim Kyte; Tim Watters; Dale Hawerchuk (Captain); Morris Lukowich; Doug Smail; Teemu Selanne; Laurie Boschman; Eddie Olczyk; Kris King; Brian Mullen; Andrew McBain; Moe Mantha; Mario Marois; Ron Wilson; Thomas Steen; Teppo Numminen; Daniel Berthiaume; Darrin Shannon; Bob Essensa; Mike Eagles; Dave Babych.   Oilers Roster: Wayne Gretzky (Captain), Paul Coffey; Glen Anderson; Esa Tikkanen; Mark Messier; Ken Linseman; BJ MacDonald; Craig MacTavish; Kelly Buchberger; Jari Kurri; Craig Simpson; Dave Lumley*; Randy Gregg; Charlie Huddy; Steve Staios; Mike Krushelnyski; Dave Semenko; Craig Muni; Bill Ranford; Curtis Joseph; Dwayne Roloson; Willy Lindstrom*; Ryan Smyth. https://www.nhl.com/news/heritage-classic-alumni-game-roster-features-gretzky-selanne/c-281290828
  • General Fanager dies, capfriendly.com takes over.

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ Det on 10/29, @ Fla on 11/1, @ TB on 11/3

NYR:  @ Car on 10/28, vs TB on 10/30, vs StL on 11/1, vs Edm on 11/3

CAR:  vs NYR on 10/28, vs Phi on 10/30, @ Ott on 11/1

Highlights of upcoming week

  • No games Monday 10/31??
  • Carolina Season home opener vs NYR on Friday, 10/28
  • Pit vs Phi Sat night
  • Tor vs Mon Sat
  • Nsh/SJ Sat
  • Oilers/Leafs Tue
  • Ducks/Kings Tue
  • Det/Phi Wed

 

 

NCAA Minute:

  • On the night the University of Michigan celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1996 NCAA national championship, three former Wolverines, including longtime NHL players Marty Turco and Brendan Morrison, scored consecutively in a Score-O promotion during the second intermission of a game against Michigan Tech on Friday. https://twitter.com/umichhockey/status/789652420901023744  Turco, who had 275 wins, a 2.36 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 11 NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins from 2000-12, scored first from between the hash marks on the opposite side of the ice. Morrison, a forward who scored 200 goals in 934 NHL games with seven teams, followed Turco by scoring from the same spot. Former Michigan forward Mike Legg, best known for his famous lacrosse-style shot against the University of Minnesota in the 1996 NCAA tournament, when he picked up the puck on his stick blade and carried it into the net, then completed the hat trick by picking the puck up off the ice with the blade of the stick and shooting it lacrosse-style into the roughly 8”-12” wide hole in the plywood some 120 feet away, further exciting the Wolverines student section.  https://www.nhl.com/news/marty-turco-brendan-morrison-participate-in-promotion-at-university-of-michigan/c-282930902
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota (50) 5- 0-0 1000 1
2 Minnesota-Duluth 3- 1-2 905 2
3 Denver 4- 2-0 845 6
4 Boston University 3- 2-0 785 8
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 3- 1-2 746 5
6 Quinnipiac 3- 2-1 725 4
7 Notre Dame 3- 2-1 686 3
8 Boston College 4- 2-0 641 10
9 Minnesota State 5- 1-0 605 9
10 St. Cloud State 2- 2-0 499 14
11 Michigan 3- 1-1 484 11
12 Minnesota 2- 2-0 412 7
13 Harvard 0- 0-0 374 13
14 Providence 2- 2-1 320 15
15 Ohio State 3- 0-2 302 19
16 Northeastern 3- 1-2 254 17
17 Yale 0- 0-0 207 16
18 St. Lawrence 3- 3-0 173 12
19 Penn State 3- 1-1 129 NR
20 Bemidji State 4- 2-0 122 18
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan 73, Miami 69, Lake Superior 44, Clarkson 33, Cornell 15, Air Force 12, Maine 9, Omaha 9, Union 8, Wisconsin 6, Connecticut 3, Vermont 3, Dartmouth 1, Michigan Tech 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KHL Minute:

  • Steve: SKA St. Petersburgh 10 straight wins (22-1-4).  118 GF – 43 GA
  • Zach Yuen got first KHL goal on 10/27 . First Chinese National to score in KHL.
  • Former Carolina Hurricane Zach Boychuk got his first KHL goal on 10/26. It was his first game playing for Sibir hockey club.

 

Picks of the week:

 

Wayne:

  • With the injuries to the LA Kings goalies, that left their AHL affiliate, the Ontario (CA) Reign short in the goaltending department. Apparently, the Reign took it as an opportunity to make hockey history.  When Johnathan Quick went down and Peter Budaj got called up, the Reign signed 22 yr old Jonah Imoo to a PTO contract to back up remaining goalie Jack Campbell.  When Jeff Zatkoff went down in LA, Campbell got called up, leaving Imoo as the only goalie in Ontario.  In a pinch, the Reign brought in Jonah’s 46 yr old dad, Dusty to back him up in a game vs the Jan Jose Barracuda this past Saturday , making them the first father-son goalie tandem in pro hockey history.  Dusty is employed by the kings as a goaltending development coach.  Dusty’s most known moment is being a member of team Japan in the 1998 olympics in Nagano. In the game, Jonah finished with 26 saves in a 5-4 defeat that ended with a breakaway goal.   https://www.nhl.com/news/father-plays-behind-his-son-for-ahl-debut/c-282974782

Steve:

  • Special Shoutout.

 

 

Close the show

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 11 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we get the NHL regular season underway with some great action.  We’ll have all the news surrounding Auston Matthews’ historic first game.  We’ll take you around the league with all the latest headlines, including a historic night where the Toronto Maple Leafs retire 11 numbers, all at once!  We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week!

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THN Episode 11 Show Notes

Week’s Headlines

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Our teams performances last week:

Bos:  W @ CBJ 6-3, L @ Tor 4-1, W @ Wpg 4-1

NYR: W vs NYI 5-3, L @ StL 3-2, W vs SJ 7-4, L vs Det 2-1

CAR: OTL @ WPG 5-4, OTL @ Van 4-3, L @ Edm 3-2

 

 

 

 

Transactions

Injuries

  • Los Angeles Kings goalieJonathan Quick had a non-surgical procedure for a lower-body injury Tuesday and is out indefinitely, the Kings said Wednesday. General manager Dean Lombardi on Wednesday told the Los Angeles Times that Quick will be out for about three months. Quick opted against surgery for what is believed to be a groin injury sustained in the final 30 seconds of the first period of the Kings’ season-opening game against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12. Lombardi said last week that Quick’s injury is in the same area as the strained groin that kept him out for almost two months in 2013 and confirmed it was not a knee injury. Peter Budaj was recalled from Ontario of the AHL to take Quick’s place on the roster. https://www.nhl.com/news/los-angeles-goaltender-jonathan-quick-out-indefinitely/c-282838396 http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/q/quickjo01.html
  • DefensemanKris Letang and forward Conor Sheary have joined the injury list for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are without several key players less than a week into their Stanley Cup defense.  Captain Sidney Crosby (concussion), Letang (upper body) and Sheary (eye) each are day to day, coach Mike Sullivan said Wednesday. Goalie Matt Murray (broken hand) participated in an optional practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Wednesday and has been cleared to return to full practice, Sullivan said. Letang and Sheary were injured during a 4-0 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on 10/18.  https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosby-kris-letang-conor-sheary-each-day-to-day-for-pittsburgh/c-282839360
  • Montreal Canadiens goaltenderCarey Price is still out with the flu!  Hehopes to make his season debut at home against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday 10/20 (7:30 p.m. ET; SN360, RDS, FS-A, NHL.TV), but he was not ready to make that decision Wednesday. The illness caused him to lose 7-8 pounds, draining him of some energy. Price said he wants to make sure his energy level is sufficient when he wakes up Thursday before making the decision whether to play.  https://www.nhl.com/news/carey-price-hopes-to-make-season-debut-against-coyotes/c-282832732
  • After missing the Boston Bruins’ season-opening three-game road trip because of a lower-body injury, centerPatrice Bergeron practiced Wednesday and could be available for the home opener against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden on Thursday 10/20 (7 p.m. ET; NESN, MSG+, NHL.TV). Bergeron was injured in practice Oct. 12. The Bruins hoped he would join them at some point during the road trip, but they went 2-1-0 without him. He started skating on his own Monday.  Bergeron said he felt fine after practice and didn’t appear limited on the ice. Bergeron, who missed a total of 14 games in the past six seasons, said he was impressed with the winning road trip but couldn’t wait to be reunited with his teammates. https://www.nhl.com/news/patrice-bergeron-returns-to-practice-for-boston/c-282837270
  • Winnipeg Jets forwardBryan Little will be out indefinitely after sustaining a lower-body injury in a’ 5-4 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday 10/13. Little collided with Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell early in the first period and did not return.  Little played 2:48 before exiting the game. He assisted on Shawn Matthias‘ goal that gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 4:14 of the first period. https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-forward-bryan-little-out-indefinitely/c-282664898 http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/l/littlbr01.html
  • Buffalo Sabres forwardEvander Kane left their season-opening 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the second period with an injury Thursday 10/13. Kane was helped off the ice with 12 seconds remaining in the period after he fell into the end boards while pursuing the puck with Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin. Kane went into the boards on his back, left side first. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation and precautionary measures, the Sabres said. https://www.nhl.com/news/buffalo-sabres-evander-kane-exits-with-injury/c-282637542
  • After watching the first three games, in a suit, in the pressbox, Mark Fayne was back on the Edmonton Oilers’ blue-line Tuesday 10/18 against Carolina Hurricanes. But only for 2½ minutes of ice-time, seven shifts, before he got hurt. The Oilers weren’t saying what the injury was but it came after he helped set up Jordan Eberle’s goal 9½ minutes into the game, but he could be out for long-term. Fayne was placed on IR on Wednesday, 10/19.  Ben Betker was recalled from Bakersfield (AHL) to replace him.
  • Buffalo GM Tim Murray contract extended.

 

 

Suspensions

  • None

 

Milestones/Records:

  • Chicago Blackhawks forwardMarian Hossa became the 44th NHL player to reach the 500-goal plateau when he scored a second-period power-play goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on 10/18. Hossa is the fourth active player to reach the milestone, behind Jaromir Jagr (749), Jarome Iginla (612) and Alex Ovechkin(526).  Hossa also is within reach of two other career milestones. He is seven assists shy of 600 and seven points from 1,100.  https://www.nhl.com/news/game-recap-chicago-blackhawks-philadelphia-flyers/c-282811812
  • Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored thefirst four goals of his NHL career, including a hat trick by the 1:25 mark of the second period, to become the first player in the modern era of the NHL (since 1943-44) to score four times in his League debut.  Three other players have recorded a hat trick in their League debut in the modern era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: Quebec Nordiques forward Real Cloutier (Oct. 10, 1979 vs. ATL: 3 G), Dallas Stars forward Fabian Brunnstrom (Oct. 15, 2008 vs. NSH: 3 G) and New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan(Oct. 9, 2010 at BUF: 3 G).  three players who accomplished the 4-goal feat on the first day of NHL games, Dec. 19, 1917, but who all had played previously in the National Hockey Association, the direct predecessor to the NHL: Canadiens forward Joe Malone (5 G), Montreal Wanderers forward Harry Hyland (5 G) and Toronto Arenas forward Reg Noble (4 G).  At 19 years, 26 days, Elias says that Matthews also became the third-youngest player in NHL history to scored four goals in a game, behind Toronto’s Jack Hamilton on Dec. 4, 1943 (18 years, 185 days) and Washington’s Bobby Carpenter on Feb. 25, 1982 (18 years, 227 days).  https://www.nhl.com/news/auston-matthews-scores-4-goals-vs-senators/c-282613348 https://www.nhl.com/news/twitter-reacts-to-auston-matthews-four-goal-night/c-282601984

 

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Canucks call on college goalie Matt Hewitt – Matt Hewitt started the day as a student athlete at the University of British Columbia, happy to sleep in on a morning without classes. Before the day ends, Hewitt will be an NHL goaltender, at least for one game. Hewitt dressed as the backup goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday 10/18, taking the ice for warm ups as an emergency backup toJacob Markstrom after No. 1 goalie and scheduled starter Ryan Miller felt “tight” in the morning. Unable to get one of their own goalies to Vancouver from Utica of the American Hockey League in time, the Canucks will turn to Hewitt. Hewitt first got wind of the possibility after waking up late to a phone full of messages about Miller’s injury and talk the Canucks might need an emergency backup from UBC, something they’ve done in past seasons. A few hours later, he got a call from his coach, former Canucks defenseman Sven Butenschon, telling him the NHL job was his for the night. “He said ‘you are going up kid’ and my heart pretty much stopped right there,” Hewitt said. “To have the opportunity to dress for the Canucks, words can’t describe how excited I am.” Hewitt admits he can’t help but think about the possibility of playing.  “I never wish for anybody to get hurt but obviously that led to this opportunity to go up with the Canucks tonight so I’ll do my best to be ready if anything happens,” he said. No matter what happens, though, Hewitt knows his NHL moment ends with the game. “This is a dream come true for tonight but come tomorrow I am a student again,” Hewitt said. https://www.nhl.com/news/matt-hewitt-to-serve-as-canucks-backup-goalie/c-282798384
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs pulled 19 banners into the rafters of Air Canada Centre on Saturday 10/15 and, in so doing, they took another strong step toward bridging their storied past to a promising present and future. In a dramatic ceremony to begin their Centennial Anniversary, the Maple Leafs announced they were retiring 11 numbers — 10 of which previously were designated honored numbers — in an ultimate tribute to the 17 men who wore them.
    • 1:Goalies Turk Broda (1967) and Johnny Bower (1976)
    • 4:Defenseman Clarence “Hap” Day (1961) and forward Leonard “Red” Kelly (1969)
    • 7:Defensemen Frank “King” Clancy (1958) and Tim Horton (1977)
    • 9:Forwards Charlie Conacher (1961) and Ted “Teeder” Kennedy (1966)
    • 10:Forwards Syl Apps (1961) and George Armstrong (1975)
    • 13:Forward Mats Sundin (2012)
    • 14:Forward Dave Keon (1986)
    • 17:Forward Wendel Clark
    • 21:Defenseman Borje Salming (1996)
    • 27:Forwards Frank Mahovlich (1981) and Darryl Sittler (1989)
    • 93:Forward Doug Gilmour (2011).
  • The honored numbers theoretically remained available for use, but only Salming’s No. 21 was being worn by a current player, forwardJames van Riemsdyk, who on Saturday switched to No. 25.  https://www.nhl.com/news/maple-leafs-retire-11-numbers-at-ceremony/c-282698500
  • Mike Green Hat Trick on 10/17
  • Patrick Laine Hat Trick on 10/19

 

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Heritage Classic this weekend in Winnipeg. Winnipeg vs Edmonton.  Alumni game 4 PM ET Sat, Game 3 pm ET Sunday all on NHLN
  • San Jose @ Pittsburgh Thu, 10/20 7 pm
  • Montreal @ Boston Sat, 10/22 7 pm
  • Rangers @ Capitals Sat, 10/22 7pm
  • Boston @ Rangers! Wed, 10/26 8 pm
  • Recording next week @ 6 PM Thu 10/27 recapping the Bruins/Rangers game.

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  vs NJD 10/20, vs Mon 10/22, vs Min 10/25, @NYR 10/26

NYR:  @ Was 10/22, vs Ari 10/23, vs Bos 10/26

CAR:  @ CGY 10/20, @ Phi 10/22, @ Det 10/25

NCAA Minute:

 

 

 

USCHO Poll:

October 17, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota (50) 3- 0-0 1000 1
2 Minnesota-Duluth 3- 1-2 862 4
3 Notre Dame 3- 1-0 816 5
4 Quinnipiac 2- 1-1 814 3
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 2- 0-2 766 8
6 Denver 2- 2-0 710 10
7 Minnesota 2- 0-0 702 9
8 Boston University 1- 2-0 624 2
9 Minnesota State 4- 0-0 611 14
10 Boston College 2- 2-0 573 6
11 Michigan 2- 1-0 441 13
12 St. Lawrence 3- 1-0 434 15
13 Harvard 0- 0-0 428 12
14 St. Cloud State 0- 2-0 296 7
15 Providence 1- 2-0 255 11
16 Yale 0- 0-0 207 17
17 Northeastern 1- 1-2 185 16
18 Bemidji State 4- 0-0 170 NR
19 Ohio State 1- 0-2 157 19
20 Omaha 2- 0-0 105 NR
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan 82, Maine 75, Miami 38, Air Force 31, Penn State 28, Holy Cross 25, Cornell 17, Wisconsin 16, Connecticut 10, Lake Superior 6, Army 5, Clarkson 5, Dartmouth 3, Bowling Green 2, Rochester Institute of Technology 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4NaZXBdd8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pairwise Rankings:

Rank Team PWR W-L-T Win % Win % Rank RPI RPI Rank
1 St. Lawrence 59 3-1-0 .7500 10t .9083* 1
2 Bemidji State 58 4-0-0 1.000 1t .8425* 2
3 Minnesota State 57 4-0-0 1.000 1t .7900* 3
4 Notre Dame 56 3-1-0 .7500 10t .7450* 4
5 Maine 55 3-1-0 .7500 10t .7412* 5
6 Western Michigan 54 3-0-1 .8750 7 .7344* 6
7 Quinnipiac 53 3-1-1 .7000 14 .6912 7
8 Minnesota-Duluth 52 3-1-2 .6667 15t .6907 8
9 Massachusetts-Lowell 51 2-0-2 .7500 10t .6905* 9
10 Penn State 50 2-1-0 .6667 15t .6741 10
11 North Dakota 49 3-0-0 1.000 1t .6700* 11
12 Mercyhurst 48 1-1-0 .5000 22t .6520 12
13 Northeastern 47 1-1-2 .5000 22t .6427 13
14t Omaha 45 2-0-0 1.000 1t .6350 14t
14t Minnesota 45 2-0-0 1.000 1t .6350 14t
16 Bentley 44 1-1-1 .5000 22t .5928 16
17 Holy Cross 43 2-0-1 .8333 8t .5927 17
18 Army 42 2-0-1 .8333 8t .5796 18
19 Michigan 41 2-1-0 .6667 15t .5731* 19
20 Union 40 2-1-1 .6250 19t .5698* 20

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/#ixzz4Naa5zp7L

 

 

 

KHL Minute:

  • SKA Leningrad on top of standings, 18-1-4, followed by CSKA Moscow 17-4-3. Dinamo Riga at bottom, 4-15-3.
  • Former NHL forward Wojtek Wolski suffered vertebrae fractures and other injuries in a KHL game Thursday as the result of a scary crash into the boards, his club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, announced in a release Friday 10/14. According to translation of the team website, Wolski suffered a “fracture of the seventh and fourth cervical vertebrae, injury of the cervical spinal cord, brain concussion, bruises and abrasions on the face.” His season is over, the team said.  The injury occurred against Barys Astana during the third period of a 1-1 game. Wolski and another player were going for a loose puck when they collided with each other and into the boards. Wolski was taken off on a stretcher.  https://youtu.be/FuBltcjYewg http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/w/wolskwo01.html
  • Kovi leads KHL in scoring.

 

Picks of the week:

 

Wayne

It happened on 10/18, Colorado @ Washington

 

Steve:

  • Islanders Memoidis Hospital – 10/12 every baby ward got NYI onesies.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 10 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we’ll have all the exciting NHL headlines and highlights from the last weekend of the preseason, including transactions, injury news, and suspensions.  Plus, we’ll get you set for the opening weekend of the NHL regular season.   All this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week

 

 

 

THN Episode 10 Show Notes

Week’s Headlines

 

Hurricane Matthew update

Scores

Final pre-season Standings

Eastern Conference
ATLANTIC GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Detroit 8 6 1 1 13 6 0 0 3-0-1 3-1-0 28 20 +8 6-1-1 Won 3
Montreal 7 4 1 2 10 4 0 0 3-1-1 1-0-1 25 18 +7 4-1-2 Won 2
Boston 7 4 2 1 9 3 1 1 1-1-1 3-1-0 15 17 -2 4-2-1 Won 2
Buffalo 7 4 2 1 9 3 1 1 2-2-0 2-0-1 14 17 -3 4-2-1 Won 1
Ottawa 7 3 2 2 8 3 0 0 1-1-1 2-1-1 21 22 -1 3-2-2 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 5 3 2 0 6 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-1-0 14 11 +3 3-2-0 Won 1
Florida 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 1 2-1-1 0-1-1 11 11 0 2-2-2 Won 1
Toronto 8 2 4 2 6 2 0 1 1-2-1 1-2-1 21 25 -4 2-4-2 Lost 4
METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Washington 7 4 1 2 10 3 1 1 2-0-1 2-1-1 17 14 +3 4-1-2 Won 1
Philadelphia 8 4 2 2 10 4 0 1 3-0-1 1-2-1 17 15 +2 4-2-2 Lost 1
Carolina 7 4 2 1 9 2 2 0 2-0-1 2-2-0 13 14 -1 4-2-1 Won 2
NY Islanders 8 4 4 0 8 4 0 0 3-1-0 1-3-0 16 22 -6 4-4-0 Lost 1
Columbus 8 4 4 0 8 3 1 0 1-3-0 3-1-0 18 25 -7 4-4-0 Won 1
Pittsburgh 6 3 3 0 6 3 0 0 1-2-0 2-1-0 12 14 -2 3-3-0 Lost 2
NY Rangers 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 0 2-1-0 0-1-2 19 19 0 2-2-2 Lost 4
New Jersey 8 3 5 0 6 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-4-0 18 22 -4 3-5-0 Lost 3
Western Conference
CENTRAL GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Colorado 6 6 0 0 12 6 0 0 3-0-0 3-0-0 16 5 +11 6-0-0 Won 6
Winnipeg 7 4 2 1 9 4 0 0 3-1-0 1-1-1 20 17 +3 4-3-0 Lost 2
St. Louis 8 4 3 1 9 4 0 1 3-1-0 1-2-1 22 18 +4 4-3-1 Won 1
Dallas 7 4 3 0 8 3 1 0 2-1-0 2-2-0 16 15 +1 4-3-0 Won 1
Minnesota 6 3 3 0 6 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-2-0 12 13 -1 3-3-0 Won 1
Nashville 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 0 1-0-1 1-2-1 14 19 -5 2-2-2 Lost 2
Chicago 6 2 4 0 4 2 0 0 2-1-0 0-3-0 14 12 +2 2-4-0 Lost 1
PACIFIC GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Arizona 8 5 1 2 12 5 0 1 3-0-0 2-1-2 23 18 +5 5-1-2 Won 1
Edmonton 8 5 3 0 10 5 0 0 4-1-0 1-2-0 22 21 +1 5-3-0 Lost 1
Vancouver 7 3 2 2 8 3 0 0 2-1-1 1-1-1 19 17 +2 3-2-2 Won 2
San Jose 6 3 2 1 7 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-1-1 12 14 -2 3-2-1 Lost 3
Calgary 7 3 3 1 7 2 1 0 2-2-0 1-1-1 10 16 -6 3-3-1 Lost 1
Los Angeles 8 3 4 1 7 3 0 0 2-1-1 1-3-0 21 23 -2 3-4-1 Lost 3
Anaheim 7 2 4 1 5 2 0 0 1-2-0 1-2-1 10 16 -6 2-4-1 Won 2

Stats

POINTS
PLAYER POS TEAM GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG PCT WG TOI PPG PPA SHG SHA SG SA
Nathan Beaulieu D MON 5 1 7 8 7 4 10 10 0 103:49 1 1 0 0 0 0
Alexander Edler D VAN 5 0 7 7 3 4 9 0 0 118:20 0 4 0 1 0 0
Phil Varone C OTT 5 2 5 7 1 0 6 33.3 1 46:58 1 1 0 0 0 0
Kenny Agostino LW STL 5 2 4 6 4 2 5 40 0 62:25 0 1 0 0 0 1
Yohann Auvitu D NJ 5 0 6 6 -2 0 12 0 0 74:19 0 5 0 0 0 0
David Backes C BOS 3 0 6 6 7 5 6 0 0 37:40 0 0 0 1 0 0
Derick Brassard C OTT 5 2 4 6 -1 2 9 22.2 0 71:59 1 3 0 0 0 0
Derek Grant C BUF 6 3 3 6 4 0 10 30 1 47:05 0 0 1 0 0 0
Mike Hoffman LW OTT 5 3 3 6 0 4 14 21.4 1 72:22 1 1 0 0 0 0
Travis Konecny C PHI 6 3 3 6 1 0 13 23.1 1 84:47 1 1 0 0 0 1
Connor McDavid C EDM 4 4 2 6 1 2 14 28.6 1 59:19 2 0 1 0 0 0
Gustav Nyquist C DET 4 2 4 6 1 2 8 25 0 64:29 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brandon Pirri C NYR 5 4 2 6 1 2 15 26.7 2 76:16 2 2 0 0 0 0
Mika Zibanejad C NYR 4 2 4 6 5 2 16 12.5 0 76:54 2 1 0 0 0 0

 

Bruins

FORWARDS & DEFENSEMEN
PLAYER POS GP G A P +/- PM TOI/G PG PA SG SA SH SO% GW FO% SG-A
David Backes C 3 0 6 6 +7 5 12:33 0 0 0 1 6 0.0 0 50.0 0-0
Ryan Spooner C 4 3 1 4 +2 4 13:31 0 0 0 0 11 27.3 2 45.7 0-0
Austin Czarnik C 6 2 1 3 +1 2 14:41 0 0 1 0 10 20.0 0 39.7 0-0
Danton Heinen C 5 3 0 3 +6 0 17:37 0 0 0 0 8 37.5 0 33.3 1-1
David Pastrnak LW 3 2 1 3 +2 0 11:54 0 0 0 0 6 33.3 0 0.0 0-1

Rangers

FORWARDS & DEFENSEMEN
PLAYER POS GP G A P +/- PM TOI/G PG PA SG SA SH SO% GW FO% SG-A
Brandon Pirri C 5 4 2 6 +1 2 15:15 2 2 0 0 15 26.7 2 52.2 0-0
Mika Zibanejad C 4 2 4 6 +5 2 19:14 2 1 0 0 16 12.5 0 50.6 0-0
Chris Kreider LW 4 3 2 5 +4 0 17:09 0 1 0 0 9 33.3 0 100.0 0-0
Adam Clendening D 5 0 4 4 +2 6 22:01 0 2 0 0 8 0.0 0 0.0 0-0
Dan Girardi D 3 1 2 3 +1 4 19:09 0 0 1 0 1 100.0 0 0.0 0-0
John Gilmour D 3 2 1 3 0 0 15:06 1 1 0 0 4 50.0 0 0.0 0-0
Pavel Buchnevich LW 4 1 2 3 +5 0 15:00 0 0 0 0 13 7.7 0 0.0 0-0

 

Canes

FORWARDS & DEFENSEMEN
PLAYER POS GP G A P +/- PM TOI/G PG PA SG SA SH SO% GW FO% SG-A
Lee Stempniak RW 4 1 2 3 +1 6 13:15 0 0 0 0 7 14.3 0 0.0 0-0
Jeff Skinner LW 4 2 1 3 0 4 13:48 1 0 0 0 10 20.0 1 50.0 2-2
Noah Hanifin D 4 1 1 2 -2 0 15:20 1 0 0 0 11 9.1 0 0.0 0-0
Bryan Bickell LW 4 1 1 2 0 0 10:09 1 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 0.0 0-0
Jaccob Slavin D 4 0 2 2 +1 0 18:26 0 1 0 0 7 0.0 0 0.0 1-1
Victor Rask C 3 0 2 2 -1 0 11:44 0 2 0 0 2 0.0 0 60.0 0-1

 

 

Signings/Transactions

  • Nikita Kucherov signs with Lightning. Forward Nikita Kucherov signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.  The contract carries an average annual value of $4.766 million.  Kucherov, 23, played for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, where he had two goals, an assist and 13 shots on goal in four games.  Kucherov led the Lightning last season with 66 points and was second with 30 goals, and led them with 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 45 playoff games the past two seasons to help Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference Final last season. https://www.nhl.com/news/tampa-bay-signs-nikita-kucherov-to-three-year-contract/c-282554532
  • Johnny Gaudreau signs six-year contract with Flames. Gaudreau, a restricted free agent, signed a six-year contract with the Flames on Monday. Financial terms of the contract were not released, but TSN reported an average annual value of $6.75 million, a total value of $40.5 million. A fourth-round pick (No. 104) at the 2011 NHL Draft, Gaudreau has 143 points (55 goals) in 160 NHL games and has the sixth-best point-per-game average (0.89) in the League since the 2014-15 season. https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-sign-johnny-gaudreau-to-six-year-contract/c-282542740
  • PA Parenteau claimed on waivers by Devils.  Right wing PA Parenteau was claimed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Parenteau, 33, signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders on July 2, but was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Monday.  Parenteau has played parts of eight seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 268 points (101 goals, 167 assists) in 424 NHL games.  He finished with 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) with the Maple Leafs last season. His best season in the League was 2011-12, when he had 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists) with the Islanders.
  • Tim Bozon traded to Panthers from Canadiens. Forward Tim Bozon was traded to the Florida Panthers by the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jonathan Racine on Saturday.  Bozon, 22, was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis in March 2014, a rare and potentially fatal bacterial form of the disease. He spent two weeks in a coma in a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and recovered to play 57 games in 2014-15 with Kootenay of the Western Hockey League.  Last season, his first as a professional, Bozon had five goals and eight points in 41 games with St. John’s of the American Hockey League. The Canadiens selected Bozon in the third-round (No. 64) of the 2012 NHL Draft.  Racine, 23, had one goal and nine points in 69 games with Portland of the American Hockey League last season. A third-round pick (No. 87) in the 2011 NHL Draft, he played one NHL game with the Panthers during the 2013-14 season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-trade-bozon-to-panthers-for-racine/c-282491632
  • Kris Russell signs with Oilers. Defenseman Kris Russell signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.  It will be worth $3.1 million, Sportsnet reported.   Russell, a 29-year-old unrestricted free agent, was second in the NHL last season with 210 blocked shots in 62 games with the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames (Francois Beauchemin of the Colorado Avalanche led the League with 256). Russell led the NHL with 283 blocks in 2014-15 and set an NHL single-game record with 15 blocked shots against the Boston Bruins on March 6, 2015.  Russell had four goals and 19 points last season, and four assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Stars. He was traded to Dallas by Calgary on Feb. 29.
  • Nail Yakupov traded to Blues by Oilers. Nail Yakupov was traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, and the No. 1 pick from the 2012 NHL Draft is hoping a fresh start will kick-start his career.  The Oilers received forward prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft that will become a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft if Yakupov scores at least 15 goals for the Blues this season.  Yakupov had 50 goals and 61 assists (111 points) in 252 games with the Oilers but never lived up to the billing of a No. 1 pick; he had eight goals and 15 assists in 60 games last season, his fourth with Edmonton.  Pochiro was a fourth-round pick (No. 112) by the Blues in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has not played an NHL game. The 22-year-old had nine goals and 17 assists (26 points) inn 44 games with Quad City of the ECHL last season.
  • DefensemanRasmus Ristolainen signed a six-year contract worth $32.4 million with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.  The contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season, has an average annual value of $5.4 million.  Ristolainen, who was a restricted free agent, had been skating with the Sabres without a contract since returning from the World Cup of Hockey 2016, where he represented Team Finland.  Ristolainen, who will turn 22 on Oct. 27, dressed for every game last season and led Buffalo defensemen with nine goals, 32 assists and 41 points. He also led the team in average ice time per game (25:16) and ranked 10th among NHL defensemen.  A first-round pick (No. 8) by the Sabres in the 2013 NHL Draft, Ristolainen has 65 points (19 goals, 46 assists) in 194 games during three seasons.
  • Defensemen Hampus Lindholm of the Ducks, Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets, and forwards Rickard Rakell of the Ducks are the remaining unsigned restricted free agents.
  • Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jakub Nakladal (YA-kuhb nahk-LA-dahl) on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Nakladal $600,000 for the 2016-17 season. Nakladal, 28, appeared in 27 games with the Calgary Flames in 2015-16, totaling five points (2g, 3a) and six penalty minutes, and averaging 14:11 of ice time per game. The Hradec Kralove, Cze., native also appeared in 35 American Hockey League (AHL) games with Stockton, earning 14 points (2g, 12a). Prior to signing with Calgary, Nakladal spent the 2014-15 season with TPS Turko in Liiga, the top Finnish professional league, netting three goals and adding 12 assists (15 points) in 50 games.
  • Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Connor Brickley from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Brody Sutter. Brickley will report to the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Charlotte Checkers’ training camp. Brickley, 24, made his NHL debut on Oct. 10, 2015, as part of the Panthers’ opening-night roster. He played in 23 games with Florida in 2015-16, scoring one goal, earning four assists (five points) and averaging 8:43 of ice time per game. The Everett, MA, native also skated in 45 games with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate Portland Pirates in 2015-16, notching 12 goals and earning 15 assists (27 points).  Brickley (6’0″, 203 lbs.) has scored 35 goals and earned 41 assists (76 points) in 126 career AHL regular-season games with Florida’s AHL affiliates in San Antonio and Portland. He made his professional debut at the end of the 2013-14 season, and notched 22 goals and earned 25 assists (47 points) in 73 games with San Antonio in 2014-15, his first full professional season. Prior to turning pro, Brickley played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont. He represented the United States at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, as well as the 2012 World Junior Championship. The Panthers drafted Brickley in the second round, 50th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Kris Versteeg is staying in Alberta, just not with the Edmonton Oilers. Versteeg, who spent training camp on a PTO with the Oilers, has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Calgary Flames, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. The 30-year-old winger scored 15 goals and added 23 assists in 77 games split between the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings last season.  The Flames will be Versteeg’s seventh NHL team. He owns 131 goals and 313 points in 550 career games.  Calgary also locked up defenceman Nicklas Grossman to a one-year, $575,000 contract on Tuesday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.  Grossman, 31, scored three goals and added four assists over 58 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2015-16. The native of Sweden has 13 goals and 73 assists over 589 career games with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Coyotes.
  • GoaltenderMike Condon was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Condon, 26, is expected to serve as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray is sidelined with a broken hand. Condon was 21-25-6 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage last season with the Montreal Canadiens.
  • DefensemanKlas Dahlbeck was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. Dahlbeck, 25, played 71 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season, finishing with two goals and six assists. He has two goals and nine assists in 90 NHL games during parts of four seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and Coyotes.
  • ForwardTeemu Pulkkinen was claimed by the Minnesota Wild. Pulkkinen, 24, had 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 70 games through parts of three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, including six goals and six assists in 36 games in 2015-16. He led the American Hockey League with 34 goals in 2014-15.
  • CenterSeth Griffith was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Griffith, 23, played parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins, and had six goals and five assists in 34 career NHL games.
  • Forward Martin Frk was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. Frk, 23, skated in 67 games in 2015-16 with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 27 goals and earning 17 assists (44 points). His 27 goals last season ranked second among Griffins skaters, and his 11 power-play goals led the team and ranked tied for fifth in the AHL. The Pelhrimov, Czech Republic, native has played three full professional seasons since turning pro in 2013-14, and has scored 36 goals and earned 32 assists (68 points) in 148 career AHL regular-season games with Grand Rapids. Detroit selected Frk (6’1″, 194 lbs.) in the second round, 49th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

 

Injuries

  • Sidney Crosby diagnosed with concussion. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion, general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday.  Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby sustained the concussion during practice Friday. It was his second practice with the team since helping Team Canada win the championship at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.  Sullivan did not provide a recovery timeline or specifics on what caused the concussion. Crosby did not practice Monday because of concussion testing.  Concussion-related issues caused Crosby to miss 101 games during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He experienced symptoms after taking hits in consecutive games Jan. 1 and Jan. 5, 2011, and missed the remainder of the regular season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the first 20 games of 2011-12. He returned to the lineup Nov. 21, 2011, but played eight games before a recurrence of concussion symptoms sidelined him until March 15, 2012. He played 22 games and had eight goals and 37 points.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau out 3-4 months with leg injury. Huberdeau was injured with about 6:45 remaining in the first period against the New Jersey Devils when his left ankle was cut by a skate. Huberdeau was behind the net and engaged with Devils forward Sergey Kalinin when Kalinin’s right leg came up and then down on the back of Huberdeau’s left ankle. Huberdeau, 23, signed a six-year contract extension worth $5.9 million annually on Sept. 7 that begins next season. He had 20 goals and 39 assists (59 points) in 76 games last season. https://www.nhl.com/news/jonathan-huberdeau-injured-out-long-term/c-282510058
  • Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy will miss 3-4 weeks because of a lower-body injury, coach Bill Peters said on Friday. Murphy 23, was expected to begin the season on the third defensive pair for the Hurricanes. Murphy, selected in the first round (No. 12) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) in 124 regular-season games.  He had 10 assists in 35 games with the Hurricanes last season, and had 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 32 games with Charlotte of the American Hockey League.
  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto will miss 4-5 weeks because of a lower-body injury. Del Zotto, 26, is entering his third season with the Flyers.  He had four goals and nine assists in 52 games last season. He missed the final 28 games of the regular season and the Flyers’ six-game loss to the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round with a wrist injury. In 433 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and Flyers, Del Zotto has 171 points (41 goals, 130 assists).
  • Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton will miss 3-4 weeks because of a lower-body injury, and defenseman Brandon Manning is week to week because of an upper-body injury. Laughton, 22, had four shots on goal in four preseason games. The No. 20 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Laughton had seven goals and 21 points in 71 games last season, the first he spent entirely in the NHL. In 107 NHL games, he has nine goals and 27 points.  Manning, 26, is a plus-1 with seven shots on goal in two preseason games. Last season, he had one goal and seven points averaging 16:21 of ice time in 56 games. It’s the most extensive playing time he’s had in parts of four NHL seasons, all with the Flyers.
  • Nick Bjugstad to miss four weeks with broken hand. Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad will miss at least four weeks because of a broken hand he sustained in the first period of a preseason game against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday 10/4.
  • Adam McQuaid, Austin Czarnik and Kevan Miller look like they might all be on the sidelines for the Bruins to start the season this week. McQuaid is day-to-day with an injury sustained in the middle of last week, Miller is being evaluated for an injury that happened in an overtime preseason Saturday win against the Flyers. Sweeney said Kevan Miller will likely be out for an extended period of time — “waiting to get latest medical report on him.”  Czarnik is out while going through the concussion protocol after sustaining a head shot from Flyers cheap shot D-man Radko Gudas last weekend.
  • CenterJack Eichel will not begin the season with the Buffalo Sabres after injuring his ankle on Wednesday.  Eichel, Buffalo’s leading goal scorer last season, sustained a high ankle sprain during a power play drill at practice. Eichel got tangled up with teammate Zemgus Girgensons and appeared to catch his skate in the ice. Eichel rolled his leg underneath him as he fell backward to the ice. He immediately screamed out in pain and needed help from his teammates to get off the ice.  The Sabres did not give a timetable for Eichel’s return, but TSN reported he could miss 4-6 weeks.  Eichel, 19, led the Sabres with 24 goals last season, his first in the NHL. The second pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel is being counted on to help the Sabres attempt to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2010-11.
  • Montreal Canadiens goaltenderCarey Price has the flu and will miss the season opener at the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG-B, RDS).  Price has not played a regular-season game for the Canadiens since Nov. 25, when he sprained the MCL in his right knee, ending his season. He missed his third straight practice Wednesday because of the illness.
  • CenterPatrice Bergeron is day to day with a lower-body injury and will not play in the Boston Bruins’ season-opening game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday.  Bergeron was injured at the end of practice Tuesday, but the Bruins would not expand on the nature of the injury or reveal how it happened. Coach Claude Julien described it as “not a major injury; it’s minor.” Though Bergeron won’t play Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, NESN, NHL TV), there is a chance he could join the Bruins during the rest of their season-opening road trip, which continues against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and ends against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.
  • The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today the implementation of a number of new policies and procedures to enhance the NHL/National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Concussion Protocol. While it remains an individual Club’s responsibility to identify a Player who requires removal from play and evaluation for possible concussion, the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to provide additional support to help identify Players who require evaluation under the NHL/NHLPA Concussion Protocol. A new staff of Central League Spotters will monitor all games from the Player Safety Room in New York and will be authorized to require a Player’s removal from play for evaluation for concussion if the Player exhibits certain visible sign(s) under the Protocol, following a direct or indirect blow to the head. In-Arena League Spotters and On-Ice Officials will complement the Central League Spotters and will also monitor play for signs of possible concussion. Specified sanctions will be imposed on Clubs that violate the Concussion Protocol. Clubs that do not remove a Player who requires an evaluation will be subject to a mandatory minimum fine for a first offense, with substantially increased fine amounts for any subsequent offense. Additionally, any Player designated for a mandatory evaluation will not be permitted to re-enter the game unless and until he is evaluated by his Club’s medical staff and cleared to play in accordance with the Protocol. The staff of Central League Spotters that have been retained by the League are all certified athletic trainers who have clinical experience working in elite level hockey, and have received training on the visible signs of concussion in the Protocol. The Central League Spotters will observe every NHL game via television broadcast. The In-Arena League Spotters are also employed by the League as Off-Ice Officials. In-Arena Spotters also have received training on the visible signs of concussion and will be assigned to ensure that they will be dedicated solely to the spotting function during games in which they have been designated as the In-Arena Spotter. The In-Arena League Spotters will observe games live, in the arenas. While all Spotters (Central and In-Arena) will be able to communicate freely with one another during games, only the Central League Spotter will communicate with the Club’s medical staff if a Player requires removal and evaluation under the Protocol.  On-Ice Officials are also authorized to require a Player’s removal for evaluation if they observe a Player displaying visible signs of concussion under the Protocol, following a direct or indirect blow to the head. In addition, On-Ice Officials now have the authority to mandate the removal of a Player from the game if the Player continues to play after the Central League Spotter has communicated to the Club medical staff that a mandatory evaluation is required.

Suspensions

  • Radko Gudas of Flyers suspended six games. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas has been suspended for six games for interference against Boston Bruins forward Austin Czarnik during NHL Preseason Game No. 96 in Boston on Saturday, Oct. 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 5:47 of the third period. Gudas was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.  Gudas is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $245,121.96. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.  https://www.nhl.com/news/radko-gudas-of-philadelphia-flyers-suspended/c-282538868
  • Los Angeles Kings forward Tanner Pearson has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and two regular-season games for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson during NHL Preseason Game No. 59 in Vernon, B.C., on Sunday, Oct. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on 10/5.  The incident occurred at 11:00 of the second period. Pearson was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head and a game misconduct.  https://www.nhl.com/news/los-angeles-kings-tanner-pearson-suspended/c-282398970?tid=277549076

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Two NHL goalies to debut color-changing masks. Goalie mask designs can be patriotic, pay homage to television or even honor legends. But led by Quebec-based mask artist company Sylabrush, goalie-mask designs can now change colors.  With the help of Sub-Zero white paint, Sylabrush designer Sylvie Marsolais and her partner Alexandre Mathys have created color-changing masks. Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin are the first in the NHL to debut the masks, which change when hit by water.  Sylabrush, based in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, has designed masks for Vasilevskiy and Khudobin since 2012-13. The chin area on Vasilevskiy’s mask changes from white to Tampa Bay Blue, and reflective images of the Lightning’s logo, lightning bolts and the Russian firebird are displayed when water hits it.  For Khudobin’s mask, Sylabrush put a fierce bruin on the left side and the Bruins home, TD Garden on the right. His nickname “Dobby” is spelled out on his chin in front of the white paint that changes to brown when touched by water.   https://www.nhl.com/news/andrei-vasilevskiy-anton-khudobin-to-wear-color-changing-goalie-masks/c-282467798
  • Predators win Cup in EA SPORTS NHL 17 simulation. The Stanley Cup will be bound for Nashville if the EA SPORTS NHL 17 simulation of the 2016-17 NHL season becomes reality.  According to results of the simulation, released Thursday, the Nashville Predators will become the first team since the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13 to win the Presidents’ Trophy and Stanley Cup in the same season. The Predators are projected to finish with 110 points and defeat the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the Final.  In the simulation, Predators forward Filip Forsberg wins the Conn Smythe Trophy with 26 points in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Predators’ road to the Cup includes six-game series wins against the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars in the first two rounds, and then a defeat of the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Western Conference Final.  According to the simulation, Montreal will defeat the Florida Panthers in seven games in the first round, the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in the second round and the Washington Capitals in six games in the Eastern Conference Final to reach the Cup Final for the first time since 1993.  Bruins, Rangers, Canes all miss the playoffs. https://www.easports.com/nhl/news/2016/nhl-17-season-simulation?utm_campaign=nhl17_hd_ww_ic_soco_twt_season-sim-nhl17-tw-100516&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cid=20982&ts=1475770145352&sf49508920=1
  • TSN Power Rankings: (go to site, countdown)  http://www.tsn.ca/capitals-open-on-top-of-nhl-power-rankings-1.583412
  • TSN Predictions: (time permitting)  http://www.tsn.ca/talent/31-bold-predictions-for-2016-17-season-1.583131

 

 

Opening Day Rosters

Boston:  D – Chara—Carlo, Krug—O’Gara, Liles—C. Miller, Morrow  F – Marchand—Bergeron—Pastrnak, Spooner—Krejci—Backes,  Beleskey—Nash—Hayes Heinen—Moore—Acciari  Czarnik G – Rask Khudobin

NYR: D – McDonagh-Girardi, Staal-Klein, Holden-Clendening.  F – Vesey-Stepan-Zuccarello, Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich, JT Miller-Hayes-Nash, Grabner-Pirri-Fast.  G – Lundqvist-Raanta

Carolina – D – Slavin-Faulk, Hainsey-Pesce, Hanafin-McKeown.  F – Skinner-Rask-Stempniak, Nordstrom-Staal-Nestrasil, Teravainen-Lindholm-Aho, Bickell-McClement-Frk

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @CBJ 10/13, @TOR 10/15, @WPG 10/17

NYR:  NYI 10/13, @STL 10/15, SJ 10/17, DET 10/19

CAR:  (first 6 games on road) @WPG 10/13, @VAN 10/16, @EDM 10/18

NCAA Minute:

USCHO Poll:

  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota -45 2- 0-0 995 1
2 Boston University -5 1- 0-0 912 4
3 Quinnipiac   1- 0-1 893 2
4 Minnesota-Duluth 2- 0-2 828 6
5 Notre Dame   2- 0-0 699 9
6 Boston College 1/1/2000 657 5
7 St. Cloud State   0- 0-0 654 7
8 Massachusetts-Lowell 0- 0-2 652 8
9 Minnesota   2- 0-0 571 13
10 Denver 0- 2-0 511 3
11 Providence   1/1/2000 443 10
12 Harvard 0- 0-0 442 12
13 Michigan   1/1/2000 412 11
14 Minnesota State 2- 0-0 354 19
15 St. Lawrence   1/1/2000 255 16
16 Northeastern 0- 1-1 248 15
17 Yale   0- 0-0 208 18
18 Air Force 1- 0-1 160 NR
19 Ohio State   1- 0-1 151 NR
20 Bowling Green   0- 2-0 63 14

(Maine 27th)

Results:

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Non-Conference
7:07 ET Western Michigan 5 @ (20) Ferris State 3         Box  
7:00 ET (16) St. Lawrence 2 @ Penn State 4         Box  
Exhibition
7:00 ET USA Under-18 Team 2 @ (4) Boston University 8         Agganis Arena, Boston  
Friday, October 7, 2016
Atlantic Hockey
7:05 ET Sacred Heart 0 @ Army West Point 4         Box  
7:05 ET Holy Cross 8 @ Niagara 2         Box  
7:05 ET Robert Morris 3 @ RIT 6         Box  
WCHA
7:07 CT (14) Bowling Green 1 @ Bemidji State 2         Box  
7:07 CT (17) Michigan Tech 1 @ (19) Minnesota State 3         Box  
Non-Conference
4:30 MT Air Force 2 vs. (5) Boston College 1         Box  
7:00 ET Vermont 5 @ Clarkson 2         Box  
7:30 MT Ohio State 3 @ (3) Denver 2         Box  
7:00 ET Rensselaer 1 @ Maine 5         Box  
7:35 ET Arizona State 2 @ (9) Notre Dame 9         Box  
7:07 CT Wisconsin 2 vs. Northern Michigan 3         Box  
7:00 ET Miami 3 @ (10) Providence 4         Box  
7:00 ET (16) St. Lawrence 6 @ Penn State 3         Box  
7:00 ET (15) Northeastern 2 @ (2) Quinnipiac 2 OT       Box  
7:07 AT (13) Minnesota 6 @ Alaska-Anchorage 0         Box  
7:05 ET Alabama-Huntsville 0 @ Connecticut 6         Box  
7:30 ET Union 4 @ (11) Michigan 3         Box  
7:00 ET Colorado College 0 @ Massachusetts 3         Box  
7:15 ET (6) Minnesota-Duluth 4 @ (8) Massachusetts-Lowell 4 OT       Box  
7:37 CT Canisius 0 @ (1) North Dakota 6         Box  
7:00 ET (20) Ferris State 1 @ Western Michigan 2         Box  
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Atlantic Hockey
7:05 ET Holy Cross 4 @ Niagara 4 OT       Box  
7:05 ET Robert Morris 6 @ RIT 5         Box  
WCHA
7:07 CT (14) Bowling Green 1 @ Bemidji State 4         Box  
7:07 CT (17) Michigan Tech 0 @ (19) Minnesota State 4         Box  
Non-Conference
6:00 ET (4) Boston University 6 @ Colgate 1         Box  
7:00 ET Rensselaer 2 @ Maine 4         Box  
7:05 ET Arizona State 2 @ (9) Notre Dame 4         Box  
7:07 CT Wisconsin 6 vs. Northern Michigan 5         Box  
7:00 ET Miami 2 @ (10) Providence 1         Box  
7:00 ET (15) Northeastern 2 @ (2) Quinnipiac 5         Box  
7:07 AT Alaska 4 @ Alaska-Anchorage 1         Box  
4:05 ET Alabama-Huntsville 0 @ Connecticut 4         Box  
5:00 ET Union 0 @ (11) Michigan 4         Box  
7:00 ET Colorado College 7 @ Massachusetts 4         Box  
7:00 ET (6) Minnesota-Duluth 1 @ (8) Massachusetts-Lowell 1 OT       Box  
7:07 CT Canisius 1 @ (1) North Dakota 4         Box  
7:00 ET Bentley 5 @ New Hampshire 1         Box  
7:05 ET Clarkson 3 @ Vermont 2         Box  
4:05 MT Ohio State 3 vs. Air Force 3 OT IceBreaker     Box  
7:05 MT (5) Boston College 3 @ (3) Denver 1   IceBreaker     Box  
Exhibition
7:00 ET USA Under-18 Team 2 @ (12) Harvard 5         Bright Hockey Center, Boston  
7:07 CT Alberta 3 @ Omaha 2         Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb.  
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Non-Conference
4:00 ET Sacred Heart 2 @ Merrimack 1         Box  
4:07 AT (13) Minnesota 6 vs. Alaska 3         Box  

 

 

KHL Minute:

  • Magnitogorsk produced another powerful display to crush Avtomobilist 6-0 as Sergei Mozyakin set yet another record. When he converted a defense-splitting pass from Jan Kovar to make the score 2-0, Mozyakin scored his 250th regular season KHL goal and took his points tally in Magnitogorsk to 421. That matched Evgeny Korshkov’s club record tally, established in 2004 after 10 seasons in the Southern Urals.
  • According to the form table, this was a home banker. Jokerit had been struggling to find its game all season, while CSKA was imperious at the upper end of the Western Conference table despite two defeats in its last two games. But the Finns pulled off a shock victory 6-3, recovering from a tough start to score four unanswered goals after the midway point and improve on a recent run of six defeats from seven games. Brian O’Neill was the catalyst for the win, scoring a hat-trick.
  • Barys captain Brandon Bochenski spoke to khl.ru, about his 149 career goals in the League, his dreams for the future, the language and lifestyle in Kazakhstan and the reasons behind his move from North America. When Brandon Bochenski recently dispatched the puck into the Neftekhimik net, he became the top scorer of all the foreign players who have graced the KHL. The American’s account now stands at 149 goals.

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

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Nick Foligno donating $1M

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 9 is live!

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On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, We’ll have all the exciting details of the World Cup finals.  We also discuss the NHL headlines and pre-season highlights from the past week.  Then, we give you our bold playoff predictions and who we think will win the individual awards.  All this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week!