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

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

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

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

 

THN Episode 20 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

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

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

·         Capitals 3 @ Flyers 2 SO  on 12/21

·         Wild 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 12/22

·         Penguins 1 @ Blue Jackets 7 on 12/22

·         Ducks 1 @ Senators 2 OT on 12/22

·         Oilers 2 @ Sharks 3 OT on 12/23

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

·         Sharks 3 @ Ducks 2 OT on 12/27

 

World Juniors:

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

·         Current Pool play standings Through 6PM Thursday:

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

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

 

 

Transactions

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

Injuries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Suspensions/Fines

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

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

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

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

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

Highlights of upcoming week

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

NCAA Minute:

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

·         Upsets: only 4 games throughout country last week.

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

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

 

Upcoming big games:

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

·         #8 N Dakota @ #10 Union

·         #17 St Lawrence @ #13 Vermont

·         Other big matchups possible depending on tournament results

 

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

 

KHL Minute:

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

 

Steve:

 

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

·         SKA leads West, 35-2-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 29-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-12-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 31-12-2

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Picks of the week:

Wayne:

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

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

 

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Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

THN Episode 19 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

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

·         Sharks 4 @ Senators 3 SO on 12/14

·         Sharks 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 12/16

·         Kings 1 @ Penguins 0 OT on 12/16

·         Canadiens 2 @ Capitals 1 on 12/17

·         Blackhawks 6 @ Blues 4 on 12/17

·         Sharks 1 @ Blackhawks 4 on 12/18

·         Ducks 1 @ Canadiens 5 on 12/20

·         Kings 2 @ BlueJackets 3 SO on 12/20

·         Senators 4 @ Blackhawks 3 on 12/20

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Transactions

Injuries

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Suspensions/Fines

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

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

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

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

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

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

Highlights of upcoming week

·         Capitals  @ Flyers  on 12/21

·         Wild @ Canadiens on 12/22

·         Penguins @ Blue Jackets on 12/22

·         Ducks @ Senators on 12/22

·         Oilers @ Sharks on 12/23

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

·         Sharks @ Ducks on 12/27

·         Flyers @ Blues on 12/28

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

 

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Off until 12/30

·         Upsets: only 13 games throughout country last week

 

12/16 :

·         Princeton beat #19 Minnesota State 6-1

12/17:

·         #13 Union beat #11 Vermont 7-3

12/18:

·         #13 Union beat #11 Vermont 2-1

 

Upcoming big games:

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

 

·         Rankings:

·         December 19, 2016

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

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

 

KHL Minute: 

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

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

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A look at the standings:

·         SKA leads West, 33-2-4

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 30-6-6

·         Torpedo 3rd, 26-11-4

·         Metallurg leads east 28-8-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 29-10-3

·         AK Bars 3rd ease 30-12-2

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Picks of the week:

Wayne:

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

 

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

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 



 

THN Episode 18 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

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

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

Turned upside down in last 2 weeks!

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

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

·         Oilers 3, Ducks 2 OT on 12/3

·         Flyers 3, Black Hawks 1 on 12/3

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

·         Lightning 2, Washington 1 SO on 12/3

·         Wild 2, Oilers 1 on 12/4

·         Canadiens 5, Kings 4 on 12/4

·         Penguins 8, Senators 5 on 12/5

·         Blues 3, Canadiens 2 on 12/6

·         Senators 4, Sharks 2 on 12/7

·         Flyers 6, Oilers 5 on 12/8

·         Rangers 1, Blackhawks 0 OT on 12/9

·         Blues 4, Devils 1 on 12/9

·         Ducks 3, Sharks 2 on 12/9

·         Kings 4, Senators 1 on 12/10

·         Ducks 5, Senators 1 on 12/11

·         Wild 3, Blues 1 on 12/11

·         BlueJackets 3, Oilers 1 on 12/13

 

 

 

Transactions

Injuries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Suspensions/Fines

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

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

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

Highlights of upcoming week

·         Sharks @ Senators on 12/14

·         Sharks @ Canadiens on 12/16

·         Kings @ Penguins on 12/16

·         Canadiens @ Capitals on 12/17

·         Blackhawks @ Blues on 12/17

·         Sharks @ Blackhawks on 12/18

·         Ducks @ Canadiens on 12/20

·         Kings @ BlueJackets on 12/20

·         Senators @ Blackhawks on 12/20

·         Capitals @ Flyers on 12/21

 

NCAA Minute:

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

·         Upsets:

 

12/9:

·         7 Quinnipiac 3, Princeton 5,

·         #5 BU 2, #12 Vermont 4

·         #1 UMD 3, #2 Denver 4

·         #16 Minnesota State 0, Ferris State 3

12/10:

·         Princeton 4, #7 Quinnipiac 1

·         #4 BC 2, #14 ND 3

·         #18 W Michigan, 3, #8 ND 1

·         Upcoming big games:

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

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

·         Rankings:

 

·        December 12, 2016

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KHL Minute:  Skip this week to save time

·         Wayne:

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Picks of the week:

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

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Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

·         Allan Thicke passing

·         Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 12/21 6PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 17 is live!

Coming up on this long awaited episode of the Hockey Nuts, our favorite teams have up and down weeks, some worse than others.  We’ll have all the details.  Also, the injury wave continues across the league, and some of the game’s biggest stars are affected.  We have a couple retirement announcements, and a couple World Junior Championship Tournament announcements this week.   We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!
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Opening Remarks

  • 8 days since last podcast…
  • Thanksgiving over, on to Xmas season
  • Steve missing this week.

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances last week (Through Tue):

Bos:  4-2 loss vs Stl on 11/22, 3-1 Loss @ Ott on 11/24, 2-1 Loss vs Cgy on 11/25, 4-1 Win vs TBL on 11/27, 3-2 SO Loss @ Phi on 11/29, 2-1 SO Win vs Car on 12/1.

NYR:  6-1 Loss vs Pit on 11/23, 3-2 win @ Phi on 11/25, 2-0 loss vs Ott on 11/27, 3-2 win vs Car on 11/29, 4-3 Loss @ Buf on 12/1

CAR:  2-1 win @ Tor on 11/22, 2-1 Loss @ Mon on 11/24, 2-1 loss @ Ott on 11/26, 3-2 win vs Fla on 11/27, 3-2 loss @ NYR on 11/29, 2-1 SO L vs Bos on 12/1.

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

·         Caps 4, Blues 3,  on 11/23 Ovi HT

·         Sharks 2, Hawks, 1 on 11/23

·         Jackets 5, Lightning 3 on 11/25

·         Wild 6, Pens 2 on 11/25

·         Pens 4, Devils 3, so on 11/26

·         Kings 2, Hawks 1 OT 5th straight for LA on 11/26

·         Ducks 3, Sharks, 2 on 11/26

·         Ana 2, Mon 1 on 11/29

·         CLB 5, TB 1 on 11/29

·         SJ 4, @ LA 1 on 11/30

·         Stl 5, TB 4 on 12/1

·         Chi 4, NJ 3 on 12/1

 

 

Transactions

  • The Florida Panthers fired coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday. “I’ve been let go,” Gallant told NHL.com prior to leaving PNC Arena in a taxi following a 3-2 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.  General manager Tom Rowe was named interim coach for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.  In addition to Gallant, assistant coach Mike Kelly also was fired.  “In seeking to earn a second consecutive playoff berth and bring a Stanley Cup to South Florida, we believe that new leadership is required immediately,” Panthers owner Vincent Viola told the Panthers website.  The Panthers, who won the Atlantic Division with a franchise record 47 wins and 103 points last season, are 11-10-1 after 22 games.  “My focus is solely on turning our season around, fixing our special teams and securing a playoff berth,” Rowe said.  Gallant was in his third season as Panthers coach. He finished second in the Jack Adams Trophy voting last season after he guided the Panthers to their most successful regular season with 47 wins and 103 points. Gallant received 20 first-place votes and 203 points in the voting, 141 behind winner Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals and 128 ahead of third-place Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars.  This marks the sixth time in the Panthers’ 23-year history they have made an in-season coaching change. It previously happened in 2013-14 when Peter Horachek replaced Dineen after 16 games.
  • DefensemanBen Hutton signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.  The Former Maine Black Bear, Hutton, 23, has one year remaining on his entry-level contract. The new contract is has an average annual value of $2.8 million. Hutton was due to become a restricted free agent after this season.  The Canucks selected Hutton in the fifth round (No. 147) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

  • ForwardBobby Ryan and defenseman Fredrik Claesson have been placed on on injured reserve by the Ottawa Senators.  Ryan reinjured the index finger of his right hand against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Claesson left during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday with a hip injury.  Ryan sustained a bone bruise on his right index finger against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 17 when he was hit by a puck. After missing two games, he returned to play the next four but said he had difficulty holding his stick and left the game against the Sabres after playing 2:50.  He was placed on injured reserve after that game, Dorion said, and is eligible to play Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks during the Senators’ four-game road trip.  Ryan has broken a finger on his left hand in each of the past two seasons and missed four games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ottawa-senators-place-bobby-ryan-and-fredrik-claesson-on-ir/c-284317856
  • Detroit Red Wings forwardJustin Abdelkader will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday.  Abdelkader was injured during the first period of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday in a collision with Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck. Abdelkader, who has four goals and four assists in 22 games, becomes the latest Red Wings player who will miss significant time with an injury, joining forwards Andreas Athanasiou (knee), Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Darren Helm (shoulder), defensemen Brendan Smith (knee) and Alexey Marchenko(shoulder), and goaltender Jimmy Howard (groin).  https://www.nhl.com/news/red-wings-justin-abdelkader-out-with-sprained-mcl/c-284314962
  • GoaltenderCraig Anderson took an indefinite leave of absence from the Ottawa Senators to be with his wife, who began cancer treatment Wednesday.  Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed with throat cancer and started chemotherapy and radiation treatment in New York.  Anderson won’t be available when the Senators host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN5, CSN-PH, NHL.TV). Mike Condon will start and Andrew Hammond, who was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League earlier this week, will be the backup, coach Guy Boucher said on Wednesday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ottawas-craig-anderson-away-indefinitely-to-be-with-wife/c-284223750
  • CenterJack Eichel had a goal and an assist in his season debut for the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-4 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday.  After missing the first 21 games because of a high ankle sprain, Eichel sparked Buffalo to a 2-0 lead in the first period, assisting on Kyle Okposo‘s power-play goal and making it 2-0 with his first goal, also on the power play, to help the Sabres (8-9-5) win for the first time in three games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/buffalo-sabres-ottawa-senators-game-recap/c-284198640
  • Buffalo Sabres goaltenderRobin Lehner left the game Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators in the first period after injuring his hip and is day to day.  Lehner was relieved by Anders Nilsson with 2:12 left in the first after allowing a goal on six shots. He appeared to sustain the injury when he came out of net to attempt to play the puck prior to leaving. Sabres coach Dan Byslma described Lehner’s injury as a cramp.  https://www.nhl.com/news/sabres-goalie-robin-lehner-leaves-game/c-284193634
  • Boston Bruins defensemanJohn-Michael Liles has a concussion and will be out indefinitely, the Bruins announced prior to their game at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.  Liles was injured during the first period of a 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday when he tripped over Lightning goalie Ben Bishop‘s stick and fell awkwardly into the end boards.  Liles, 36, has five assists in 22 games this season. https://www.nhl.com/news/liles-out-with-concussion-for-bruins/c-284190208
  • Carolina Hurricanes forwardJordan Staal sustained a concussion against the Florida Panthers on Sunday and has been placed on injured reserve.  There is no timetable for Staal’s return, general manager Ron Francis told the News & Observer on Monday.  The Hurricanes recalled forward Phillip Di Giuseppe from Charlotte of the American Hockey League.  Staal, 28, left the game in the first period after taking a stick to the head from Florida defenseman Jason Demers. The Hurricanes defeated the Panthers 3-2 for their sixth win in eight games following a 3-6-4 start.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-staal-out-with-concussion/c-284160670
  • DefensemanAlexander Edler will miss 4-6 weeks because of a fractured index finger on his left hand, leaving the Vancouver Canucks without either player from their top defense pair.  Edler, who is scheduled to have surgery Monday, was injured early in the first period when he attempted to block a shot by Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg in a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday. His regular playing partner, Christopher Tanev, hasn’t resumed skating because of a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Nov. 2.  With Tanev out at least another week, it won’t be easy to replace Edler, who leads Vancouver in average ice time per game (23:41) and plays on the top power-play and penalty-kill units. Edler has a goal and two assists in 21 games this season but has been regularly matched up against the opponent’s top forwards.    https://www.nhl.com/news/vancouvers-alex-edler-has-broken-finger/c-284154702
  • Craig Cunningham update: Friends for a decade and teammates at two stops in their hockey career,Milan Lucic has been seeking constant updates on Craig Cunningham’s condition since learning that he collapsed on the ice before an American Hockey League game in Tucson on Nov. 19.    So, with his Edmonton Oilers landing in Phoenix on an off day Thursday before playing the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, Lucic knew where he had to be.  He rented a car and made the two-hour drive to Tucson and spent a few hours with Cunningham in his hospital room at Banner Medical Center, then some more time with Cunningham’s family and friends, sharing stories and a few smiles.  Cunningham, 26, remains in critical but stable condition and has not regained consciousness since collapsing before Tucson played Manitoba.  “The good news is he’s progressed a lot from the state he was in last weekend,” Lucic said. “He’s heading in the right direction, but obviously there’s a lot more progression and healing to be done. I can’t go into [details] too much more than that.  “Being one of my best friends … to go there and show my support was something I wanted to do. I didn’t want to overload him too much knowing that he needed to get some rest. I just wanted to do my part and show my support to him and his family. I think it was important to kind of take their minds off of what’s going on … talk about me, my family, and bring a positive vibe.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/milan-lucic-says-craig-cunningham-has-progressed-a-lot/c-284088548
  • The Detroit Red Wings placed goalieJimmy Howard on injured reserve on Saturday after he sustained a lower-body injury in a 5-4 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.  Howard, who will miss at least the next seven days, was injured in the first period when his skate got caught in the ice. He allowed one goal playing 11:31.
  • Chicago Blackhawks captainJonathan Toews left the game Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks in the second period with an undisclosed injury.  Toews went to the locker room after leaving the ice with 11:17 remaining in the second, shortly after he fell awkwardly into the boards. The center skated three shifts for 1:32 of ice time in the period.  https://www.nhl.com/news/blackhawks-jonathan-toews-exits-in-second-period-vs-sharks/c-284045398  Friday Update:  The Chicago Blackhawks placed center Jonathan Toews on injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Nov. 24, and activated defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from injured reserve.  The Blackhawks captain and top center has an undetermined timeline to return from the upper-body injury that will sideline him for a fifth straight game when Chicago plays at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday  Toews hasn’t been ruled out for the game against the Winnipeg Jets at United Center on Sunday, but the Blackhawks won’t rush him back.  The injury is related to his back, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Putting Toews on injured reserve gave Chicago the roster space to activate van Riemsdyk to play against the Flyers. He has missed 20 games since Oct. 21, when he sustained an upper-body injury crashing into a goal post in the third period at the Columbus Blue Jackets. https://www.nhl.com/news/chicago-puts-jonathan-toews-on-injured-reserve/c-284321426
  • Montreal Canadiens defensemanNathan Beaulieu was released from a hospital Wednesday after being hit with a puck in the throat area during the second period of a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.  Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Beaulieu will miss Montreal’s home game Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, RDS, FS-CR) and is also likely to miss the game at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He could not give a more detailed timeline for Beaulieu’s return.  The Canadiens called up defenseman Mark Barberio from St. John’s of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and sent down defenseman Joel Hanley. Barberio will make his season debut Thursday playing on the third pair with Greg Pateryn, who was a healthy scratch the past two games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-beaulieu-out-of-hospital-wont-play-thursday/c-284024454
  • Philadelphia Flyers centerSean Couturier will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury. Couturier, who was placed on injured reserve, has a small MCL tear in his left knee but will not require surgery, CSNPhilly.com reported Wednesday. He was injured 1:40 into the second period of the Flyers’ 3-1 win at the Florida Panthers when his legs got tangled with Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck and had to be helped off the ice.  Couturier has five goals and eight points in 20 games. https://www.nhl.com/news/flyers-couturier-out-4-6-weeks/c-284020684
  • Boston Bruins defensemanZdeno Chara sustained a lower-body injury in the second period of a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden last Tuesday.  He hasn’t played since. Chara had one shot on goal in 9:04 of ice time on Tuesday. The Bruins captain has a goal, six points and a plus-12 rating in 19 games this season, and 179 goals and 581 points in 1,294 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Senators and Bruins.  The Bruins are 2-3-1 since he went down.  Fri Update:  Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is nearing a return to the lineup but will not play against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday.  Chara took part in a full practice Friday at Warrior Ice Arena for the first time since he sustained a lower-body injury in the second period against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 22. Chara has missed five games.

 

Suspensions/Fines

  • None this week

Milestones/Records/Honors:

  • Forward Travis Moen on Tuesday announced his retirement from the NHL after 12 seasons. Moen, 34, played 23 games for the Stars last season.  He was selected by the Calgary Flames with the No. 155 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. He had 59 goals, 77 assists and 801 penalty minutes in 747 games for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens and Stars. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.  The Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan native had seven goals and five assists in 21 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Ducks defeat the Ottawa Senators in five games to win the Cup. He had 11 goals and eight assists in 83 playoff games. https://www.nhl.com/news/travis-moen-retires-after-12-nhl-seasons/c-284189976
  • Mark Howe has spent his life in hockey and considers it the best possible life to have lived. His contributions to the game will be rewarded when he receives the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.  Howe and ECHL co-founder Pat Kelly will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy in Philadelphia on Wednesday, along with the 2016 inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame: former NHL player Craig Janney, longtime high school hockey coach Bill Belisle and the 1996 U.S. World Cup team.  Howe finished his NHL career with 742 points in 929 games. When you add his WHA totals, he had 1,246 points in 1,355 games. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.  Howe became a professional scout with the Red Wings after he retired, and since 2005 has been their director of professional scouting and a trusted adviser to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.  https://www.nhl.com/news/mark-howe-lester-patrick-trophy-recipient/c-284150138
  • Ottawa Senators goaltenderCraig Anderson, New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 27.  Anderson paced the NHL with four wins, compiling a 1.25 goals-against average, .960 save percentage and one shutout in four appearances to lift the Senators (14-7-1, 29 points) into second place in the Atlantic Division.  Cammalleri led the NHL with four goals and eight points to power the Devils (10-6-5, 25 points) to a 1-0-2 record in his three appearances.  Burns ranked first among defensemen with 2-4-6 in four outings as the Sharks (12-9-1, 25 points) won three of their four games to maintain second place in the Pacific Division. https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-anderson-michael-cammalleri-and-brent-burns-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-284147446
  • Matt Carleretired from the NHL on Friday. The 32-year-old defenseman played six games for the Nashville Predators this season.  Carle had 45 goals and 238 assists (283 points) and was plus-82 in 730 games with the Predators, Lightning, Flyers and Sharks.  He was the No. 47 pick in the 2003 NHL Draft by San Jose, and in 2006 won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey, at the University of Denver.  https://www.nhl.com/news/matt-carle-retires-from-nhl-after-12-seasons/c-284078534

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Center Nolan Patrick, the possible No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was one of 32 players chosen by Hockey Canada on Tuesday to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp next month that will help determine its 22-player roster for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. Patrick (6-foot-3, 198 pounds), an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list, has missed the past 18 games for Brandon of the Western Hockey League because of an upper-body injury.  Canada’s selection camp will be held Dec. 11-14 at the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau in Blainville, Quebec. It will feature three games, including two matches against a team of U Sports (formerly CIS) all-stars on Dec. 12 and 13, and a final match against the Czech Republic on Dec. 14.

CANADA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECT TEAM ROSTER

GOALTENDERS: Carter Hart, Everett, WHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Connor Ingram, Kamloops, WHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Michael McNiven, Owen Sound, OHL (Montreal Canadiens)

DEFENSEMEN: Jake Bean, Calgary, WHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Guillaume Brisebois, Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL (Vancouver Canucks); Thomas Chabot, Saint John, QMJHL (Ottawa Senators); Dante Fabbro, Boston University, NCAA (Nashville Predators); Samuel Girard, Shawinigan, QMJHL (Nashville Predators); Noah Juulsen, Everett, WHL (Montreal Canadiens); Jeremy Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL (Boston Bruins); Philippe Myers, Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Kale Clague, Brandon, WHL (Los Angeles Kings); Victor Mete, London, OHL (Montreal Canadiens)

FORWARDS: Mathew Barzal, Seattle, WHL (New York Islanders); Anthony Cirelli, Oshawa, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Dillon Dube, Kelowna, WHL (Calgary Flames); Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton, QMJHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Julien Gauthier, Val-d’Or, QMJHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Brett Howden, Moose Jaw, WHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Mathieu Joseph, Saint John, QMJHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Tyson Jost, University of North Dakota, NCAA (Colorado Avalanche); Michael McLeod, Mississauga, OHL (New Jersey Devils); Nicholas Merkley, Kelowna, WHL (Arizona Coyotes); Nolan Patrick, Brandon, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi, QMJHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Zach Senyshyn, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Boston Bruins); Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Dylan Strome, Erie, OHL (Arizona Coyotes); Taylor Raddysh, Erie, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New Jersey Devils); Sam Steel, Regina, WHL (Anaheim Ducks); Austin Wagner, Regina, WHL (Los Angeles Kings)  https://www.nhl.com/news/canada-announces-junior-team-camp-roster/c-284180972

·         Four first-round NHL draft picks were among the 34 players invited to Russia’s training camp for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Goaltender Ilya Samsonov, selected by the Washington Capitals with the No. 22 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and forward German Rubtsov, picked by the Philadelphia Flyers at No. 22 in the 2016 draft, are two of the 28 players that will attend a camp in Novogorsk, Russia starting Dec. 8.  In 18 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, Samsonov has 11 wins, a 2.14 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage. Rubtsov has three shots on goal in 12 games with Podolsk in the KHL, and 15 points in 15 games with Chekhov in Russia’s junior league.  Six players skating in North America will join the camp when it moves to Kingston, Ontario, Dec. 19-24. Among them will be defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and forward Denis Gurianov.  Sergachev, selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the No. 9 pick in the 2016 draft, was in their opening-night lineup, and was a plus-1 in three games before being returned to his junior team, Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League. He has seven assists in 11 OHL games.  Gurianov, the No. 12 pick in the 2015 draft by the Dallas Stars, has three goals and six assists in 19 games with Texas of the American Hockey League.   Russia will play in Group B at the WJC, which runs Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Toronto and Montreal, along with Canada, Latvia, Slovakia and the United States.  https://www.nhl.com/news/russia-invites-four-top-picks-to-world-juniors-camp/c-284279532

·         Announced on Thur 12/1, Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, will host the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.  It will be the second time Vancouver has hosted the under-20 international tournament. In 2006 the city co-hosted with Kelowna and Kamloops, British Columbia.  Games will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and Save-On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. Canada will play all of its games at Rogers Arena.  The 2017 WJC, which runs Dec. 26-Jan. 5, will be held in Montreal and Toronto. The 2018 WJC will be in Buffalo.  https://www.nhl.com/news/vancouver-victoria-to-host-2019-wjc/c-284281392

·         Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk took another important step Thursday in his bid to build an arena in downtown Ottawa.  The National Capital Commission, which oversees the LeBreton Flats on the western edge of downtown, announced Melnyk’s RendezVous LeBreton organization is the “preferred proponent” to develop the 53-acre site.  RendezVous LeBreton is a 135-member team of urban planners, transportation experts, architects and environmental advisers that spent 14 months assembling a 2,000-page proposal called IllumiNATION LeBreton, which was submitted Dec. 15, 2015.  The IlluminNATION LeBreton proposal has an 18,000-seat arena as its main feature. The plan also calls for an adjacent open square that could accommodate 28,000 people, a two-rink practice facility and a 250,000-square-foot multipurpose recreational facility. The proposal also includes 2.8 million square feet of retail space and five neighborhoods with 4,400 residential units.  Senators president Cyril Leeder said in January that if the RendezVous LeBreton bid were to be accepted, the Senators could be playing downtown as soon as 2021. The Senators current arena, Canadian Tire Centre, is located 17 miles west of downtown Ottawa.

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  vs Car on 12/1, @Buf on 12/3, vs Fla on 12/5, @ Was on 12/7

NYR:  @Buf on 12/1, vs Car on 12/3, @ NYI on 12/6

CAR:  @ Bos on 12/1, @ NYR on 12/3, vs TBL on 12/4, @ Ana on 12/7

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Mon @ SJ 12/2
  • Ana @ Edm on 12/3
  • Was @ TB on 12/3
  • Min @ Edm on 12/4
  • Ott @ Pit on 12/5
  • Mon @ StL on 12/6
  • Ott @ SJ on 12/7

 

NCAA Minute:

·         1 game last week: Maine beat Brown 5-1 on Sat 11/26 in Portland, ME. Maine now 5-7-3

·         Home and Home vs UNH on 12/1 and 12/2

·         Upsets:

·         Fri, Nov 25:

  • #19 St Lawrence 0, #3 Quinnipiac 0
  • Princeton 4, #10 Bemidji State 1
  • #11 Minnesota 4, Northeastern 6
  • Lake Superior State 3, #16 Michigan 1
  • Michigan State 4, #5 North Dakota 3
  • Sat, Nov 26:
    • Princeton 3, #10 Bemidji State 1
    • #20 Vermont 5, #3 Quinnipiac 1
    • Michigan State 2, #5 North Dakota 2
    • Clarkson 2, #12 Notre Dame 0
  • Sun, Nov 27:
    • #11 Minnesota 2, #4 Boston College 4

·         Upcoming big games:

·         #20 Michigan @ #7 Penn State, 12/1 &12/2

  • #10 Ohio St @ #11 Minnesota, 12/2 & 12/3
  • #8 Harvard @ #19 St Lawrence, 12/2
  • #17 St Cloud St @ #16 Western Michigan 12/3 & 12/3
  • #18 Union @ #5 Quinnipiac 12/3
  • #3 BC @ #9 North Dakota 12/3 (@MSG) (CBS Sports Net)

·         Rankings:

 

·         November 28, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (47) 10- 2-2 995 1
2 Denver ( 3) 9- 2-3 952 2
3 Boston College 11- 4-1 838 4
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 8- 4-2 790 6
5 Quinnipiac 9- 4-2 755 3
6 Boston University 7- 4-1 752 7
7 Penn State 11- 1-1 689 8
8 Harvard 6- 2-1 604 9
9 North Dakota 7- 5-3 590 5
10 Ohio State 8- 1-4 539 13
11 Minnesota 6- 4-2 508 11
12 Notre Dame 7- 5-2 406 12
13 Bemidji State 11- 4-1 345 10
14 Vermont 9- 3-2 322 20
15 Minnesota State 8- 5-1 319 14
16 Western Michigan 7- 3-2 253 18
17 St. Cloud State 6- 6-0 224 15
18 Union 8- 3-2 199 17
19 St. Lawrence 8- 4-4 160 19
20 Michigan 6- 5-1 131 16
Others receiving votes: Clarkson 59, Omaha 35, Michigan Tech 10, Air Force 8, Providence 6, Northeastern 4, Lake Superior 3, Dartmouth 2, Wisconsin 2.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4RXRre2Rz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KHL Minute:

·         Wayne:  November 1946 was a crucial month in the history of Russian hockey – it marked the foundation of Dynamo Moscow, the first hockey club in the Soviet Union, and saw the birth of a new powerhouse in the sport.  The Blue-and-Whites were on the road for the club’s 70th birthday on November 22, but after returning to Moscow for Wednesday’s game they were eager to mark the occasion in style.  The class of 1946-47 went on to win the inaugural Soviet Championship, but Sergei Oreshkin’s current roster is in a less impressive condition. Dynamo’s proud record of reaching every playoff in the KHL era is under serious threat as the team rattles around in mid-table in the West. Recent form has been poor; going into the game against Barys, Dynamo had not won in regulation for over a month since a 3-0 victory against Jokerit. The team picked up just nine points in nine games over that period.  Bruins Once played Moscow Dynamo in 85-86 @ The old Garden during the Soviet Super Series:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4FRgtr2jig Vladimir Myshkin started in goal for Dynamo that night.  Dynamo’s jerseys were remarkably similar to today’s.  Dynamo won the game 6-4.  2 Soviet teams went a combined 7-2-1 vs the NHL teams that year.  Dynamo went 2-1-1 and Red Army went 5-1-0.  Red Army had the KLM line in those days, and went 32-3-5 in the Russian League that year.

·         Steve:  My KHL minute involves the game between CSKA and Dynamo Moscow which Dynamo Moscow won 3-2 in a shootout… Legendary coach Anatolia Tarasov was remembered during this game. His son and daughter were there for a ceremonial puck drop to start the game… Tarasov was the first great CSKA and team USSR coach, and one of the pioneers of Soviet hockey…

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Picks of the week:

·         Wayne – Mt St Charles Coach:  https://www.nhl.com/news/bill-belisle-impacted-lives-of-many-nhl-greats/c-284100712

Steve:  Jack Eichel’s triumphant return after a high ankle sprain kept him out the first 21 games of the season… He had a goal and an assist  to help spark Buffalo to a 5-4 victory over Ottawa in Ottawa Tuesday night
And…

His triumphant return to Buffalo last night scoring 2 goals in the Sabres 4-3 victory over the NY Rangers last night…

Eichel did not appear to be slowed down or tentative on his skates whatsoever last night and seemed to me, at least, to have returned to the form he had last season… This is good news for the Sabres and bad news for the rest of the Eastern Conference…

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Listener Feedback

 

  • From website on 11/28:

From: Mac <macaulaybarnes@gmail.com>Subject: NHL from the UK Message Body:Keep up the amazing work lads it’s hard being a hockey fan from the UK you guys keep me up to date in the best way possible, as I’m a new hockey fan what would be your best tips to learn your team ? And the rules (I know the basics)  Many thanks Mac

 

 

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