The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 24 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the state of all teams as we head into the All Star Break.  The trade market is beginning to heat up, as we have had 2 trades this week.   We have a new member of the 1000 point club and we will look at all the other news around the hockey world over the past week. We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 24 Show Notes

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

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Opening Remarks

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  6-5 SOL @ Det on 1/18, 1-0 L vs Chi on 1/20, 5-1 L @ Pit on 1/22, 4-3 OTW vs Det on 1/24, 4-3 W vs PIT on 1/26

NYR:  5-2 W @ Tor on 1/19, 1-0 OTW @ Det on 1/22, 3-2 W vs LA on 1/23, 2-0 L vs PHI on 1/25

CAR:  7-1 L vs Pit on 1/20, 3-2 L vs CLB on 1/21, 6-1 L @ Was on 1/23, 3-0 L vs LA on 1/26

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

  • Senators 2 @ Blue Jackets 0 on 1/19
  • Capitals 7 @ Blues 3 on 1/19
  • Oilers 7 @ Flames 3 on 1/21
  • Senators 3 @ Maple Leafs 2 on 1/21 (HNIC)
  • Ducks 3 @ Wild 5 on 1/21
  • Blue Jackets 7 @ Senators 6 on 1/22
  • Blues 3 @ Penguins 0 on 1/24
  • Capitals 0 @ Senators 3 on 1/24
  • Oilers 4, @ Ducks 0 on 1/25
  • Oilers 4, @ Sharks 1 on 1/26
  • Wild 5, vs Blues 1 on 1/26

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • ForwardTommy Wingels was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday for forwards Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini, and a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Wingels, 28, has five goals, three assists and 15 penalty minutes in 37 games. Chosen by the Sharks in the sixth round (No. 177) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Wingels has 51 goals, 122 points and 197 penalty minutes in 337 NHL games, all with the Sharks.  Wingels has a NHL salary-cap charge of $2.45 million in the final season of a three-year contract, according to Capfriendly.com. He can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Senators said he will join them in Ottawa on Wednesday.  Wilson said Robinson and Stortini will join the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.  Robinson (6-foot-6, 232 pounds), 25, has no points, two penalty minutes and four shots on goal in four games with Ottawa this season, and seven goals and five assists in 33 games with Binghamton in the AHL affiliate. He made his NHL debut with Ottawa last season and had a goal and an assist in three games.  Stortini (6-2, 219), 31, has two goals and one assist in 22 games with Binghamton. He has 257 games of NHL experience, most recently with the Nashville Predators in 2011-12.  https://www.nhl.com/news/tommy-wingels-traded-by-san-jose-to-ottawa/c-286064398
  • ForwardZack Smith signed a four-year, $13 million contract with the Ottawa Senators on Monday. It has an average annual value of $3.25 million and runs through the 2020-21 season.  Smith, 28, is in the final year of a four-year, $7.55 million contract, according to CapFriendly.  Smith, who was selected by the Senators in the third round (No. 79) of the 2008 NHL Draft, has 11 goals and 11 assists in 43 games this season. He set NHL career highs in goals (25), points (36) and shooting percentage (20.7) in 81 games last season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/senators-sign-zack-smith-to-four-year-contract/c-286033184
  • The Montreal Canadiens acquired defensemanNikita Nesterov in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.  The Lightning receive defenseman prospect Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Nesterov, 23, has three goals and nine assists in 35 games this season, and eight goals and 20 assists in 119 NHL games, all with the Lightning, who selected him with the No. 148 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.  Racine, 23, was selected by the Florida Panthers with the No. 87 pick in the 2011 draft. He played one game for the Panthers during the 2013-14 season before being traded to Montreal on Oct. 8, 2016. He has three assists and 58 penalty minutes in 26 games for St. John’s of the American Hockey League this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/tampa-bay-lightning-trade-nikita-nesterov-to-montreal-canadiens/c-286147854
  • Owner Eugene Melnyk appointed Tom Anselmi, the former chief operating officer and president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, as president and CEO of the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, replacing Cyril Leeder. Melnyk said Anslemi, who led the development of Air Canada Centre in Toronto, is the man to spearhead the development of a new arena in downtown Ottawa as part of the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats.  Melnyk was granted “preferred proponent” status by the National Capital Commission, which oversees the 53-acre LeBreton Flats area just west of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, in November. Melnyk said that’s when he started thinking he needed an executive like Anselmi to oversee the development.  Melnyk recognized Leeder’s role in bringing the NHL back to Ottawa and thanked him for 25 years of service. Leeder, Senators founder and former owner Bruce Firestone, and Randy Sexton led the effort to bring back the Senators and win an expansion franchise in 1990.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ottawa-senators-name-tom-anselmi-president-ceo/c-286098614
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

 

Injuries

  • Los Angeles Kings goaltenderJonathan Quick likely won’t start playing again until early March at the earliest, general manager Dean Lombardi told LAKingsInsider.com on Tuesday.  Quick hasn’t played since injuring his groin in the first period of the season opener against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12. Lombardi said Quick has yet to resume skating.  https://www.nhl.com/news/kings-goalie-jonathan-quick-reportedly-out-until-march/c-286063432
  • The Detroit Red Wings will be without forwardsThomas Vanek and Dylan Larkin against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, FS-D, NHL.TV).  Vanek is day to day because of a lower-body injury sustained when he appeared to be hit by a shot from forward Andreas Athanasiou at the end of the first period of the Red Wings’ 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. He left the ice on his own and did not return.  Vanek’s 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) are tied with captain Henrik Zetterberg for the Red Wings lead despite Vanek missing 11 games from Oct. 27 to Nov. 18 because of a hip injury. He signed a one-year contract, reportedly worth $2.6 million, with Detroit on July 1 after the Minnesota Wild bought out the final year of his contract on June 24.  Larkin was placed on seven-day injured reserve because of an upper-body injury. He played 17:57 against the Rangers and has 12 goals and 18 points in 47 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/detroit-red-wings-to-be-without-thomas-vanek-dylan-larkin-against-bruins/c-286011480
  • GoalieJake Allen is not with the St. Louis Blues to start a road trip that begins Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets (3 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-MW; NHL.TV).  The decision was made by general manager Doug Armstrong after Allen’s recent struggles, which include being pulled from a 7-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday, the third straight start and fourth time in six games he was pulled.  Allen has allowed 10 goals on 36 shots the past three starts (.722 save percentage).  “Jake’s struggling right now and I made a decision [Thursday] night that I think taking a day away and getting a total reset … he could get a reset traveling with the team, but I wanted a complete reset and when we come back on Sunday, he’s back in the net and he’s ready to go,” Armstrong said. “To me, he’s going to take a day to get a reset with his family, just had a young baby, but the play needs to improve and I want to give him a fresh start. … He practiced today and now he can go home and when we practice on Sunday, be ready to go.”  Allen, who was unavailable for comment, is 17-12-3 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. Hutton is 6-6-2 with a 2.80 GAA and .892 save percentage.  The Blues (23-18-5) are tied for third place in the Central Division with the Nashville Predators.  https://www.nhl.com/news/allen-wont-travel-as-blues-begin-road-trip/c-285919968
  • Anaheim Ducks forwardJakob Silfverberg has an upper-body injury and won’t travel on their upcoming road trip.  The Ducks visit the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; FS-N, PRIME, NHL.TV) and the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.  Silfverberg, who hasn’t missed a game this season, was injured in the third period of a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. He has 13 goals and 29 points in 48 games. The Ducks said he’s day to day.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ducks-forward-jakob-silfverberg-upper-body-injury/c-285912818
  • Dallas Stars defensemanJohnny Oduya was placed on injured reserve on Friday after re-aggravating an ankle injury. The move is retroactive to Tuesday.  Oduya left in the second period of the Stars 7-6 victory against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. He missed 10 games from Nov. 21-Dec.10 with the same injury.  Oduya has one goal and six assists in 36 games this season and leads the Stars in blocked shots (80).  Defenseman Julius Honka was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League. Honka has 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 30 games with Texas, and has three points in eight games with Dallas this season.   https://www.nhl.com/news/dallas-stars-place-johnny-oduya-on-ir/c-285908326
  • Ottawa Senators forwardClarke MacArthur will not play this season.  MacArthur, 31, sustained a concussion during training camp but was able to participate in full practices in December. He has not played since Oct. 4, 2015, limited to four games last season.  MacArthur, who is on Long Term Injured Reserve, has had post-concussion symptoms for nearly two years but had been steadfast in his desire to return to the lineup this season. He is under contract through 2019-20.  MacArthur has 304 points (133 goals, 171 assists) in 548 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ottawa-senators-clarke-macarthur-out-rest-of-season/c-285902928
  • Jonathan Huberdeauand Aleksander Barkov are recovering from injury, but Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe said Thursday there’s a possibility one or both might not return this season.  Huberdeau has yet to play this season because of an Achilles injury sustained Oct. 8 in the Panthers’ final preseason game. Barkov has been sidelined since Dec. 28, when he left a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of an upper-body injury.  https://www.nhl.com/news/florida-panthers-aleksander-barkov-and-jonathan-huberdeau-could-miss-rest-of-season/c-285868158
  • Colorado Avalanche goaltenderSemyon Varlamov is scheduled to have hip surgery and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.  Varlamov has been in and out of the Avalanche lineup. He has missed 12 of the past 18 games because of a groin injury.   “After further evaluation from our team doctors, it was determined that the best road to recovery was surgery,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic told the Denver Post. “Doing this procedure at this time ensures that Semyon will be fully healthy for the start of training camp.”  Acquired by the Avalanche in a trade with the Washington Capitals for a first- and second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft on July 1, 2011, Varlamov was the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy in 2013-14 after going 41-14-6 with a 2.41 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and two shutouts to help Colorado win the Central Division with 112 points.  This season, Varlamov is 6-17-0, with a 3.38 GAA, .898 save percentage and one shutout. He last appeared in a game on Jan. 17, a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche will move forward with goalies Calvin Pickard and Spencer Martin. They resume their schedule at the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, PRIME, ALT, NHL.TV) 30th in the NHL at 13-31-2 (28 points).

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • When Bryan Murray made the decision to leave California and move close to home to coach the Ottawa Senators in 2004, he figured he would do that for four years and wind down his distinguished NHL career. A dozen years later, Murray is still working and his important contributions to the Senators will be recognized when he becomes the first member of the Senators Ring of Honour on Tuesday. He will be honored before a home game against the Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, CSN-DC+, NHL.TV), the team that gave Murray his chance to break into the League in 1981.  Murray, 74, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in June 2014 (he continues chemotherapy and alternative treatments and has been encouraged by the results) and stepped down as GM in May to focus on his health and to spend time with his family. He stayed on as senior hockey adviser to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.  Murray said being recognized as the first member of the Ring of Honour takes on special significance after former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had his No. 11 retired Dec. 29.  The Ring of Honour, established in August by the Senators player honoring committee, will be located on the 300 level of Canadian Tire Centre.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bryan-murray-set-to-be-inducted-into-senators-ring-of-honour/c-286027630
  • Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary, New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss and Washington Capitals right wing J. Oshie have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 22.  Sheary led the NHL with six goals and nine points in four games, highlighted by a trio of multi-goal performances, to lift the Penguins (30-11-5, 65 points) to a perfect 4-0-0 week.  Greiss went 2-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Islanders (19-17-9, 47 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points.  Oshie collected 3-3-6 in three outings to power the League-leading Capitals (31‑9‑6, 68 points) to five out a possible six standings points.  https://www.nhl.com/news/conor-sheary-thomas-greiss-tj-oshie-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-286012298
  • Vancouver Canucks captainHenrik Sedin scored a second-period goal during the Canucks’ 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers to become the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000 points (233 goals, 767 assists).  * Sedin became the fourth Sweden-born player in NHL history to register 1,000 career points, joining Mats Sundin (564-785-1,349), Daniel Alfredsson (444-713-1,157) and Nicklas Lidstrom (264-878-1,142).  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-news-and-notes-for-jan-21/c-285942282  Sedin is the 85th player to score 1,000 NHL points, the 38th to do it with one franchise, and the fourth who was born in Sweden. Sedin has 233 goals and 767 assists in 1,213 games in 16 seasons in the NHL, all with Vancouver. The 36-year-old center has 11 goals and 19 assists this season. He didn’t get an assist on Luca Sbisa‘s winning goal early in the third period but he started the play that led to it.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forwardCam Atkinson was added to the roster Thursday for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). He will replace injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin for the Metropolitan Division.  Atkinson, 27, was tied for second in the NHL with 24 goals and tied for seventh with 46 points. He has five game-winning goals for the Blue Jackets (32-12-4), who are second in the division, four points behind the Washington Capitals.  He joins Columbus teammates, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and defenseman Seth Jones, on the Metropolitan Division team.  https://www.nhl.com/news/cam-atkinson-added-to-nhl-all-star-game-roster/c-286128574

Suspensions/Fines:

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights could hire their first coach “before the end of the season,” owner Bill Foley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “At this point, I’d say it’s 50-50 we have our head coach in place before the season’s over,” Foley said Monday.  The expansion team reportedly was going to name its coach after the NHL regular season in April or perhaps after the NHL Expansion Draft and 2017 NHL Draft in late June.  But the newspaper speculates the timetable has been accelerated because of possible interest in former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant.  Gallant was fired by Florida on Nov. 27. The New York Islanders reportedly requested permission to interview Gallant after they fired Jack Capuano on Jan. 17.  Asked by the Review-Journal if Gallant is the Golden Knights’ No. 1 candidate, Foley said, “No comment. But I believe we’re going to get a very good coach.”  Gallant was 96-64-25 with the Panthers since 2014-15, and was 56-76-6 (4 ties) with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2003-07. He was signed by Florida through 2018-19.  https://www.nhl.com/news/las-vegas-golden-knights-could-speed-up-coaching-hire/c-286079008
  • The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the details of the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Prior to the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™, NHL legends will face celebrities from the worlds of movies, television and music in the2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout™, a friendly hockey game at 2:15 p.m. PT at STAPLES Center.  Fan-elected captains, Carey Price of the Atlantic Division, and K. Subban of the Central Division, Sidney Crosby of the Metropolitan Division and Connor McDavid of the Pacific Division, will guide the team selection process to determine which players will participate in the six Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ events. Each of the 44 All-Stars will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests.
    • Honda NHL Four Line Challenge
    • DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting
    • Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
    • Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot
    • Discover NHL Shootout
  • Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-all-star-skills-competition-format/c-285872686

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ TBL on 1/31, @ WAS on 2/1

NYR:  vs CLB on 1/31

CAR:  vs PHI on 1/31

Highlights of upcoming week

  • All Star Skills Competition on 1/28
  • All Star Tournament on 1/29
  • Wild @ Oilers on 1/31
  • Blackhawks @ Sharks on 1/31  

NCAA Minute:

Maine: 2 losses to BU, 4-1 @ BU, 3-1 @ Maine

UMass @ Maine Friday and Saturday

Upsets:

 

Friday, 1/20 (lots of ties)

7:15 ETProvidence4@(5) Massachusetts-Lowell3
7:37 CT(2) Denver2@St. Cloud State3OT
7:07 CTFerris State5@(18) Bemidji State2

Sat, 1/21

7:00 ET(11) Ohio State6@(1) Penn State3
5:07 CT(7) Minnesota3@Wisconsin5
7:05 ET(5) Massachusetts-Lowell2@Providence3
7:07 ET(20) Minnesota State0@Michigan Tech4

Tue, 1/24

7:05 ET(1) Boston University1@Merrimack3

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

7:00 ET (9) Harvard @ (14) Cornell
7:35 MT (18) Omaha @ (3) Denver
7:00 CT (2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (6) Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat

7:00 ET(5) Union@(16) St. Lawrence
7:00 ET(15) Notre Dame@(13) Boston College
7:05 ET(7) Massachusetts-Lowell@(1) Boston University
7:05 MT       (18) Omaha                        @            (3) Denver

Rankings:

January 23, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University (22) 16- 5-2 962 3
2 Minnesota-Duluth (25) 15- 5-4 959 4
3 Denver ( 2) 16- 6-4 893 2
4 Penn State ( 1) 16- 3-2 851 1
5 Union 17- 5-2 722 9
6 Minnesota 14- 6-2 657 7
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 15- 7-3 655 5
8 Ohio State 12- 4-6 646 11
9 Harvard 12- 5-2 622 6
10 Western Michigan 13- 6-3 534 13
11 Vermont 16- 7-2 502 12
12 North Dakota 13- 9-3 500 8
13 Boston College 15- 9-2 490 10
14 Cornell 12- 4-2 363 15
15 Notre Dame 14- 8-3 307 14
16 St. Lawrence 13- 7-6 234 16
17 Quinnipiac 13-10-2 152 17
18 Omaha 14- 8-4 142 19
19 Providence 12- 8-4 117 NR
20 Bemidji State 16- 9-3 78 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 54, St. Cloud State 34, Air Force 11, Minnesota State 9, Army 2, Wisconsin 2, Miami 1, Robert Morris 1.

 

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Mozyakin sets another record

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4 Avangard Omsk 2

Magnitka gained swift revenge for yesterday’s 3-5 defeat at home to Avangard … and star forward Sergei Mozyakin scored his 37th goal of the season to set a new KHL record for scoring in the regular season.

Mozyakin opened the scoring in the 15th minute to beat the previous best, set by Steve Moses for Jokerit in 2014-15, then got an assist on Danis Zaripov’s first goal of the night to re-establish Metallurg’s lead after Ilya Mikheyev tied it up early in the second period.

Story # 2:

On a weekend dominated by established stars, youngster Andrei Altybarmakyan put his own name up in lights with a brilliant game-winning goal for team Chernyshov in the Grand Final.

The 2017 All-Star Game took on a new format: four teams representing the league’s four divisions and contesting semi-finals and the final over two 10-minute periods of four-on-four action. A further innovation saw the four top players from the MHL youth league’s Challenge Cup (Russian version of Memorial Cup in CHL)  get an invite to Sunday’s big event. Altybarmakyan, who plays for SKA Silver Lions, produced a match-winning performance for Team West in the youth game and followed it up in some style playing with the league’s biggest stars.

His big moment came four minutes from the end of the final when he collected Maxim Shalunov’s pass, backed across the slot and bedazzled CSKA goalie Ilya Sorokin with some neat stick-handling before applying the backhand finish to make it 3-2.

Little wonder the youngster, who also claimed an assist as Sibir’s Shalunov opened the scoring in the final, described the day as a great occasion. “I never dreamed the day would go so well,” he said. “I’d like to thank everyone who organized such a festival for me personally and for all the guys here. The fans were terrific, even if some of them struggled to pronounce my surname!”

Altybarmakyan’s winner overshadowed the performance of Lokomotiv forward Brandon Kozun, who plunder four goals in two games for Team Tarasov. He blasted a hat-trick in the 6-2 semi-final win over Team Bobrov, and put Tarasov 2-1 up in the final. But an equalizer from Nigel Dawes(Barys) – just moments after he promised to go out and score on his next shift during an interview on KHL.TV – and Altybarmakyan’s winner saw Kozun finish on the losing side.

 

 

 

 

Steve:

 

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

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  A couple fan stories:

https://www.nhl.com/news/this-date-in-nhl-history-jan-22/c-285903214

https://www.nhl.com/news/jaromir-jagr-fan-group-from-calgary-gaining-popularity/c-285862330

 

Steve:

Patrick Marleau scored four times in the third period, including his first three in a span of 7:42, to tie the NHL record for goals in a period and propel the San Jose Sharks to their fifth consecutive victory, a 5-2 defeat of the Colorado Avalanche.  * Marleau became the 12th player to score four times in a single period and the first to do so since the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux at the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 26, 1997.

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 23 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I Discuss the Jack Capuano firing, Chris Kreider’s fining, and another week of key injuries to key players. A Canadian hockey legend retired this week, and the Central Scouting Dept announces their mid season ranking of 2017 draft eligible players.  We will also look at all the other news around the hockey world over the past week. We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Boston:  2-1 L @NSH on 1/12, 6-3 W vs PHI on 1/14, 4-0 L vs NYI on 1/16

NYR:  4-2 L vs TOR on 1/13, 5-4 L @ MON on 1/14, 7-6 L vs DAL on 1/17

CAR:  5-2 W vs BUF on 1/13, 7-4 W vs NYI on 1/14, 4-1 @CBJ on 1/17

 

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

  • Canadiens 1 @ Wild 7 on 1/12
  • Penguins 1 @ Senators 4 on 1/12
  • Blackhawks 0 @ Capitals 6 on 1/13
  • Flames 1 @ Oilers 2 on 1/14
  • Blues 4 @ Sharks 0 on 1/14
  • Flyers 0 @ Capitals 5 on 1/15
  • Wild 3 @ Blackhawks 2 on 1/15
  • Blues 2 @ Ducks 1 on 1/15
  • Capitals 7 @ Penguins 8 on 1/16
  • Senators 6 @ Blues 4 on 1/17

 

 

Transactions

  • The New York Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday and replaced him with assistant general manager Doug Weight. The Islanders, who advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, are 17-17-8, last in the Eastern Conference. They defeated the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Monday.  “Obviously, we’re not in a position where we want to be standing-wise,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “I think everyone’s disappointed where we’re at. At the end of the day, organizationally, I don’t think Jack was probably going to be a coach that we were gonna bring back. At this point in time to name Dougie Weight interim coach, we can start a coaching search now and not have to worry about the ramifications of trying to do that when Jack was head coach.”  Assistant coach Bob Corkum, who had been watching games from the press box, will join Weight and assistant Greg Cronin behind the bench starting Thursday. Weight, a 19-season NHL forward who has never been a head coach, was an Islanders assistant coach, in addition to assistant GM, since 2011.  “We owe a ton of gratitude for the work that Jack did,” Snow said. “A lot of these players on our team came up through our system through Bridgeport and [Capuano] coached some of those players as well. From where we went, going from a rebuild to making the playoffs three of the last four years, getting to the second round last year, he was a big contributor to that. We thank him and wish him all the best. I know he’s going to have success wherever he ends up.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/jack-capuano-fired-by-new-york-islanders/c-285782016 Corkum, Cronin, Dunham
  • January 13:Colorado Avalanche trade F Cody McLeaod to Nashville Predators for F Felix Girard  Predators acquire Cody McLeod from Avalanche
  • January 11:Toronto Maple Leafs trade G Jhonas Enroth to Anaheim Ducks for 2018 7th-round pick  Ducks acquire Jhonas Enroth from Maple Leafs
  • ForwardDerek Grant was claimed on waivers by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.  Grant, 26, had three assists and 19 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Buffalo Sabres, who had placed him on waivers Tuesday.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

·          Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen will be out 3-4 weeks with a foot injury.  Cullen was injured Monday during an 8-7 overtime win against the Washington Capitals, coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday.  Eric Fehr replaced Cullen as the fourth-line center at practice Tuesday, with left wing Chris Kunitz, and Scott Wilson and Tom Kuhnhackl splitting rushes at right wing.  Cullen has eight goals and 17 points in 43 games. He averages 13:16 of ice time per game, with 2:30 on the penalty kill, most among Penguins forwards.  https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-matt-cullen-out-with-foot-injury/c-285791476

·         New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta is expected to miss 7-to-10 days because of a lower-body injury.  Raanta, who did not practice Monday, was injured in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. He was replaced by Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed five goals on 22 shots in a 5-4 loss.  Raanta is 10-4-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 games (15 starts) for the Rangers this season.  Magnus Hellberg was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League, where he’s 10-9-1 with a 2.91 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 25 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-antti-raanta-has-lower-body-injury/c-285736148

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is week to week with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said Monday.  Letang was injured three minutes into the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. Letang got tangled up with Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek, spun around and fell down, and went to the locker room. He returned a few minutes later but left the game for good after one shift.  Letang was placed on injured reserve Monday. His average ice time of 25:12 leads the Penguins but he’s missed seven games with a lower-body injury and five games with an upper-body injury.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-places-kris-letang-on-injured-reserve/c-285730830

·         Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is expected to miss approximately four weeks with a lower-body injury.  Callahan was injured in a 4-2 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 7 and has missed the past three games. He previously missed 15 games with a lower-body injury before returning against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 3.   The 31-year-old has two goals and two assists in 18 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/lightnings-callahan-to-miss-four-weeks-with-lower-body-injury/c-285725190

·         Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be out at least two weeks because of a groin injury.  “We’re going to shut [Varlamov] down until after the All-Star break (Jan. 27-30),” coach Jared Bednar told the Avalanche website Wednesday. “This is no longer a day-to-day thing.”  Varlamov was injured during a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, when he allowed five goals on 26 shots. He is 6-17-0 with a 3.38 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 24 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/semyon-varlamov-wont-play-until-after-all-star-break/c-285839062

·         Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi was placed on injured reserve Friday.  Josi was injured in a 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday after a hit by Bruins forward Anton Blidh at 15:31 of the first period. Josi left the game, and Blidh received a major for interference.  Josi, 26, has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 42 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/roman-josi-placed-on-injured-reserve-by-predators/c-285641240

·         Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss at least one month because of a fractured finger.  Brodin left at 4:52 of the second period during the Wild’s 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.  Brodin, 23, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 43 games this season. The No. 10 pick of the 2011 NHL Draft has 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) in 306 NHL games, all with the Wild.  https://www.nhl.com/news/minnesotas-jonas-brodin-out-with-fractured-finger/c-285840582

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·          Teemu Selanne and Joe Sakic were among those named to the International Ice

·         Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.  Selanne, 46, had 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 NHL games. He played for his native Finland at the Olympics six times, winning the silver medal in at the 2006 Torino Olympics and the bronze medal three times (1998, 2010, 2014). In 37 games at the Olympics, he had 24 goals and 43 points. He closed his international career with six points in six games as Finland’s captain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and being named the tournament’s most valuable player.  Sakic, 47, captained the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup twice during his 20 NHL seasons with the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise. He’s ninth in NHL history with 1,641 points in 1,378 games. Sakic is also a member of the IIHF Triple Gold Club, winning a gold medal for Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 1994 IIHF World Championship to go with his Stanley Cup championships.  Also named was Saku Koivu, 42, who had 832 points in 1,124 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks. He spent 10 seasons as captain of the Canadiens, the first Europe-born player to hold that role, and is the second-longest tenured Canadiens captain after Jean Beliveau. He also was the captain for Finland at numerous international events, including the Olympics in 1998, 2006 and 2010. Koivu also helped Finland win its first gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in 1995 and was captain when Finland advanced to the championship game at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.  In addition, the Class of 2017 includes former NHL defenseman Uwe Krupp and former women’s hockey star Angela Ruggiero. Dieter Kalt, former president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation, will be inducted as a builder.  The induction ceremony will be held in Cologne, Germany, on May 21, the final day of the 2017 IIHF World Championship.  https://www.nhl.com/news/teemu-selanne-joe-sakic-named-to-iihf-hall-of-fame/c-285767766

·         Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 15.  Backstrom led the League in assists and points with 3-7-10 in four contests as the Capitals won all four games to extend their overall winning streak to nine contests and propel Washington to the top of the NHL standings (29-9-5, 63 points).  Marchand finished the week second in League scoring with eight points (4-4-8 in 3 GP) as the Bruins won two of three starts to improve to 23-18-5 (51 points), second in the Atlantic Division.  McGinn finished the week tied for third in League scoring with seven points (4-3-7 in 3 GP) as the Hurricanes recorded three victories, improving their record to 21-15-7 (49 points)  https://www.nhl.com/news/nicklas-backstrom-brad-marchand-brock-mcginn-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285731780

·         Four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, a trail-blazer in women’s hockey who announced her retirement on Friday, was honored by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames prior to their game at Rogers Place on Saturday.  Wickenheiser, 38, is the all-time leader in points for Canada’s national women’s team with 379 in 276 games (168 goals).  Wickenheiser scored 18 goals and 51 points in 26 games for Canada at the Winter Olympics. The center scored 37 goals and 86 points in 61 games at the Women’s World Championship.  NHL all-time scoring leader Wayne Gretzky, a partner and vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, hosted the pre-game ceremony at center ice.  “You’ve touched so many lives and opened so many doors for young girls who one day may win a gold medal,” Gretzky said.  Gretzky capped off his salute to Wickenheiser by calling her, “the female Gordie Howe.”  “There were lot of colliding factors, the biggest one probably going to medical school,” she said. “I didn’t want to wait too much longer to do that. And I’ve had a few opportunities in the game that have come up.  Wickenheiser competed in six Olympics, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics when she played softball for Canada.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hayley-wickenheiser-gets-tribute-from-oilers-after-retirement/c-285703924  https://www.nhl.com/news/gold-medalist-hayley-wickenheiser-retires-from-hockey/c-285604978

·         The Tampa Bay Lightning retired Martin St. Louis’ No. 26 in a pregame ceremony at Amalie Arena, the first Lightning player to receive such an honor.  * St. Louis played 972 regular-season games with the Lightning and was a key member of their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2004. Throughout his 13 seasons with the Lightning, St. Louis won the Art Ross Trophy twice (2003-04 and 2012-13) and the Hart Memorial Trophy once (2003-04).  * He is the Lightning leader in assists (588), points (953), game-winning goals (64) and shorthanded goals (28). He also holds Lightning Stanley Cup Playoff records for goals (33), assists (35), points (68) and game-winning goals (8).  https://www.nhl.com/news/lightning-honor-martin-st-louis-news-and-notes/c-285672948

·         Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the opening goal 35 seconds into the game, to become the first player in Washington Capitals history to reach 1,000 NHL points (546-455-1,001) and help them to their seventh consecutive victory.  * Ovechkin became the 84th NHL player (sixth active) to reach the milestone, doing so in his 880th game. Elias notes that 23 players have hit the mark in fewer games, the last being Jaromir Jagr (763 GP).  * Ovechkin, a six-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, scored his 545th and 546th NHL goals to move past the legendary Canadiens scorer, who scored 544 goals in 978 GP, into sole possession of 29th place on the League’s all-time list.  * Ovechkin (21-14-35) also became the 16th player in League history to reach 20 goals in each of his first 12 seasons. His 21 goals share third in the NHL this season behind Sidney Crosby (26) and Jeff Carter (22).

 

Suspensions/Fines:

·         New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for hitting Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight during NHL Game No. 663 in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 1:52 of the second period.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-chris-kreider-fined-by-player-safety/c-285825704

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon in the Western Hockey League and center Nico Hischier of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were named captains for their respective teams at the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Canadian Hockey League/NHL Top Prospects Game. The 22nd annual showcase of the top 40 players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft will be played at Videotron Centre in Quebec City on Jan. 30.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nolan-patrick-set-to-captain-prospects-game/c-285791484
  • Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon in the Western Hockey League is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings of the top North American skaters eligible for the2017 NHL Draft.  Central Scouting revealed its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and goaltenders Wednesday. The 2017 draft will be held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24.  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-nhl-draft-nolan-patrick-tops-midterm-rankings/c-285771514

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ Det on 1/18, vs Chi on 1/20, @ Pit on 1/22, vs Det on 1/24

NYR:  @ Tor on 1/19, @ Det on 1/22, vs LA on 1/23, vs Phi on 1/25

CAR:  vs Pit on 1/20, vs CLB on 1/21, @ Was on 1/23

All Star Weekend in LA 1/27-1/30

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Senators @ Blue Jackets on 1/19
  • Capitals @ Blues on 1/19
  • Oilers @ Flames on 1/21
  • Senators @ Maple Leafs on 1/21 (HNIC)
  • Ducks @ Wild on 1/21
  • Blue Jackets @ Senators on 1/22
  • Blues @ Penguins on 1/24
  • Capitals @ Senators on 1/24
  • Oilers @ Ducks on 1/25

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine: Split w/ U-Conn.  L 6-3 Thu (Bridgeport), W 4-0 on Sat. (Fenway) (now 3-0 at Fenway)

·         Maine home and Home vs BU this weekend

·         Upsets:

 

 

Friday, 1/13

7:00 ET(2) Harvard0@Rensselaer4

7:35 ET(8) Boston College1@(5) Boston University2

7:07 CTSt. Cloud State2@(3) Minnesota-Duluth1

7:37 CTMiami6@(7) North Dakota3

6:35 ET(1) Denver0@(14) Western Michigan3

7:07 CTBowling Green3@(18) Minnesota State2

 

Sat, 1/14

7:00 ET(19) Cornell2@(15) Quinnipiac1

7:00 ET(2) Harvard1@(11) Union2

6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame2@Merrimack4

5:05 ET(12) Vermont1@Providence4

 

Mon, 1/16

7:00 ET(3) Boston University3@(10) Boston College0

 

·         Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

7:00 ET(11) Ohio State@(1) Penn State Fri and Sat

7:37 CT(4) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) North Dakota Fri and Sat

 

Sat

7:00 ET(16) St. Lawrence@(15) Cornell

·         Rankings:

 

·         January 16, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Penn State (30) 16- 2-1 964 4
2 Denver (16) 15- 5-4 941 1
3 Boston University ( 1) 13- 5-2 880 5
4 Minnesota-Duluth ( 1) 13- 5-4 866 3
5 Massachusetts-Lowell ( 2) 15- 5-3 811 6
6 Harvard 11- 4-1 704 2
7 Minnesota 13- 5-2 672 9
8 North Dakota 13- 7-3 654 7
9 Union 16- 5-2 619 11
10 Boston College 14- 8-2 535 8
11 Ohio State 11- 4-5 489 10
12 Vermont 15- 7-2 441 12
13 Western Michigan 11- 6-3 406 14
14 Notre Dame 13- 8-2 325 13
15 Cornell 11- 4-1 280 19
16 St. Lawrence 12- 6-6 264 16
17 Quinnipiac 13-10-2 199 15
18 Bemidji State 15- 8-3 157 17
19 Omaha 13- 8-3 93 NR
20 Minnesota State 14- 8-2 77 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 36, St. Cloud State 31, Providence 22, Robert Morris 20, Air Force 8, Miami 5, Wisconsin 1.

Pairwise Rankings (More important than polls for NCAA tournament selection)

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

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Sergei Mozyakin became the first player in KHL history to score 700 points, thanks to his assist on Chris Lee’s overtime winner (3-2) at home to Torpedo.
But another experienced KHL player, Evgeny Artyukhin, hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after his ejection from Sibir’s 6-2 defeat at SKA.  Controversial forward Evgeny Artyukhin found himself in trouble once again after a flare-up against one of his former clubs.  The Sibir enforcer, who played in Petersburg from 2010-2013 and again last season, was ejected from the game after an incident at the end of the second period. Handed a minor penalty for interference after bundling into home goalie Mikko Koskinen, Artyukhin, 33, seemed to jab his stick into Viktor Tikhonov’s groin. The officials duly handed down a 5+game penalty, giving SKA a seven-minute power play.  That verdict also determined the outcome of the game. Ilya Kablukov and Vadim Shipachyov scored two goals in two minutes on that power play, extending SKA’s advantage to 5-2 and ending Sibir’s hopes. Small wonder the visiting head coach, Andrei Skabelka, described that long PP as a belated Christmas gift for the league leader, while Tikhonov also labelled it the turning point of the game.

SKA now 40-5-5, Sibir 22-24-5

 

Steve:

 

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

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

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Listener Feedback

 

 

 

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Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I celebrate Team USA’s gold medal in the World Juniors.  We also unveil the players heading to the NHL All Star tournament, And we look at all the news around the hockey world over the past week. We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Opening Remarks

  • Snowstorm causes editing delays last week
  • Snow melting…
  • USA! USA!
  • Columbus Streak ends at 16, now have lost 3 of 4?
  • Canes fans tweeting about concessions Sunday

Scores

Tuesday, 1/10:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20170110

Upcoming games

 

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Boston:  4-3 L vs EDM on 1/5, 4-0 W @ FLA on 1/7, 4-3 OTL @ CAR on 1/8, 5-3 W @ StL on 1/10

NYR:  5-2 W @ PHI on 1/4, 5-4 W @CBJ on 1/7, off until 1/13

CAR:  4-2 W @ STL on 1/5, 2-1 L @ CHI on 1/6, 4-3 OTW vs BOS on 1/8, 5-3 W vs CBJ on 1/10

 

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

  • Blue Jackets 0 @ Capitals 5 on 1/5
  • Wild 5 @ Sharks 4 on 1/5
  • Canadiens 5 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 1/7 (HNIC)
  • Capitals 1 @ Senators 0 on 1/7
  • Flyers 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 (OT) on 1/8
  • Wild 2 @ Ducks 1 on 1/8
  • Capitals 4 @ Canadiens 1 on 1/9
  • Penguins @ Capitals on 1/11 (Rivalry Night)

 

World Juniors:

 

 

Semi Final

·         Scoreboard<04.01.2017>

Faceoff 15:00 GMT-5

USA4 – 3RUS (SO)

Semifinals – Game 27Centre Bell

Faceoff 19:30 GMT-5

SWE2 – 5CAN

Semifinals – Game 28Centre Bell

Bronze Medal game:  3:30 PM on 1/5  Russia beat Sweden 2-1 (OT)

Gold Medal Game: 8PM on 1/5 USA beat Canada 5-4 in SO.  http://www.worldjunior2017.com/en/games/2017-01-05/USA-vs-CAN/#game-actions-tab

 

Transactions

Injuries

·          Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine has a concussion and there is no timetable for his return, coach Paul Maurice said on Sunday.  Laine, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, missed practice Sunday when the Jets were preparing for their home game against the Calgary Flames on Monday (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN3, SNW, NHL.TV).  He was hit in the neutral zone by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe with 14:12 remaining in the third period of a 4-3 loss on Saturday. Laine left the game and did not return.  Laine’s 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) lead NHL rookies and are tied with linemate Mark Scheifele for the Jets lead.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrik-laine-leaves-game-for-jets/c-285433666

·         Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad was placed on injured reserve on Saturday after sustaining a lower-body injury on Friday.  Bjugstad left a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators in the first period and did not return. He has a goal and an assist in 21 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-nick-bjugstad-placed-on-injured-reserve/c-285427644

·         Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will be out at least eight weeks after having surgery Thursday to repair a fractured left hand.  Gallagher, 24, was injured when he was hit by a shot by Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber during the third period of a 4-3 overtime win at the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.  He missed 29 games last season after two fingers on his left hand were fractured when he blocked a shot by New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Nov. 22, 2015. Gallagher had surgery the following day.  Gallagher has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 39 games this season, and 174 points (83 goals, 91 assists) in 299 NHL games, all with the Canadiens.  https://www.nhl.com/news/montreals-brendan-gallagher-to-miss-eight-weeks/c-285394012

·         Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a foot injury.  It is retroactive to Dec. 31. Benn was scratched from the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, and forward Antoine Roussel was activated by Dallas.  Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he went awkwardly into the boards. The Dallas captain finished the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/stars-jamie-benn-placed-on-injured-reserve/c-285339066

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Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·          2017 NHL All-Star Game rosters revealed:  Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, tied for the lead among rookies with 21 goals each, were among the 40 players named Tuesday to the four divisional rosters for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, who has 19 goals and is the reigning Rocket Richard Memorial Trophy holder, was also named.  The 40 players selected by the NHL join the four captains, who were voted in by fans earlier this month, to take part in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition is Jan. 28 at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Jan. 29 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). Each division is represented by six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. The divisional teams will compete head-to-head in the Skills Competition on Saturday and then will face off in semifinal games Sunday. The winners of the semifinal games will play for the championship. Each game is played in a 3-on-3 format with two 10-minute halves.  The four coaches for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will be Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic), Bruce Boudreau of the Minnesota Wild (Central), John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Metropolitan) and Peter DeBoer of the San Jose Sharks (Pacific).  The Pacific Division won the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville, defeating the Central Division 9-6 in the semifinal and the Atlantic Division 1-0 in the final.    https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-all-star-game-rosters/c-285394072

·         New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner, Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroonand Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 8.  Grabner led the League with 5-2-7, including two game-winning goals, in three contests to propel the Rangers (28-13-1, 57 points) to a pair of victories.  Maroon (5-1-6 in 4 GP) matched Grabner for the League lead in goals to power the Oilers (21-14-7, 49 points) to a 2-2-0 week.  Holtby went 2-0-0 in three games, compiling a 1.29 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Capitals (25-9-5, 55 points) to a perfect 3-0-0 week  https://www.nhl.com/news/michael-grabner-patrick-maroon-braden-holtby-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285487362

·         Nashville Predators forward Colton Sissons made NHL history with his first hat trick in the League during a 6-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.  He became the first player in NHL history to score at least three goals in a game with the second goal coming on an empty net and the third being scored on a goalie. Sissons’ unique accomplishment was worthy of celebration. Fortunately for him, a generous Predators fan at Amalie Arena was willing to share in the moment by parting with his hat.  https://www.nhl.com/news/colton-sissons-of-nashville-makes-nhl-history/c-285394872

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·         Steven McDonald passing: https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-mourn-nypd-officer-steven-mcdonald/c-285531610  https://www.nhl.com/news/steven-mcdonald-true-hero-to-rangers-new-york-city/c-285542846

 

Suspensions/Fines:

·         Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.  Kuznetsov was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 56 at Florida on Oct. 20. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 18:32 of the second period during NHL Game No. 533 against New Jersey on Dec. 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/evgeny-kuznetsov-diving-fine/c-285357178

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·          NHL Unveils All Star Jerseys –

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @NSH on 1/12, vs PHI on 1/14, vs NYI on 1/16, @DET on 1/18

NYR:  vs TOR on 1/13, @ MON on 1/14, vs DAL on 1/17

CAR:  vs BUF on 1/13, vs NYI on 1/14, @CBJ on 1/17

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Canadiens @ Wild on 1/12
  • Penguins @ Senators on 1/12
  • Blackhawks @ Capitals on 1/13
  • Flames @ Oilers on 1/14
  • Blues @ Sharks on 1/14
  • Flyers @ Capitals on 1/15
  • Wild @ Blackhawks on 1/15
  • Blues @ Ducks on 1/15
  • Capitals @ Penguins on 1/16
  • Senators @ Blues on 1/17
  • Penguins @ Canadiens on 1/18

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  6-2 L vs Team USA U-18 team.  Plays U-Conn Thu (Bridgeport), Sat. (Fenway)

·         Fenway games sat:

1:30 ET(5) Boston University5vs.Massachusetts3
5:00 ET(8) Boston College3vs.Providence1

next week:

1:30 ET Maine vs. Connecticut
5:00 ET New Hampshire vs. Northeastern

·         Upsets:

Friday, 1/6

7:05 ET(2) Penn State0@(11) Ohio State3
7:35 ET(20) St. Cloud State2@Miami3OT
8:37 ET(17) Bemidji State2@Bowling Green4
Sat, 1/7

7:05 ET(20) St. Cloud State1@Miami4
7:07 CTColorado College2@(1) Minnesota-Duluth1
7:05 ETMichigan Tech4@(12) Notre Dame2

·         Upcoming big games:

Fri

7:35 ET(8) Boston College@(5) Boston University Home & Home Fri and Mon (NESN has Mon game)
6:35 ET(1) Denver@(14) Western Michigan (FRI & SAT)
Sat

7:00 ET (19) Cornell @ (15) Quinnipiac
7:00 ET (2) Harvard @ (11) Union

 
Read more: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-16/#ixzz4VQlh5nHf
Read more: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-16/#ixzz4VQlbiUhl

·         Rankings:

·        January 09, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (27) 14- 4-4 952 3
2 Harvard (11) 11- 2-1 918 4
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 6) 12- 4-4 888 1
4 Penn State ( 6) 14- 2-1 883 2
5 Boston University 12- 5-2 812 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 14- 5-3 754 6
7 North Dakota 12- 6-3 723 7
8 Boston College 14- 7-2 633 8
9 Minnesota 11- 5-2 592 9
10 Ohio State 10- 4-4 517 11
11 Union 14- 5-2 479 10
12 Vermont 14- 6-2 464 13
13 Notre Dame 12- 7-2 388 12
14 Western Michigan 10- 5-3 379 14
15 Quinnipiac 12- 9-2 270 15
16 St. Lawrence 11- 6-5 240 16
17 Bemidji State 15- 8-3 171 17
18 Minnesota State 13- 7-2 148 19
19 Cornell 9- 4-1 86 NR
20 Michigan Tech 14- 9-3 75 NR
Others receiving votes: Air Force 48, Omaha 26, Robert Morris 22, St. Cloud State 12, Wisconsin 11, Providence 9.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4VQmhopCp

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  As Russia celebrates Christmas according to the Orthodox calendar, there was a festive bonus for CSKA, SKA and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. All three teams confirmed their playoff spots with wins on 1/7.

 

Steve:

 

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

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves has pulled on pads; others around League taking notice

https://www.nhl.com/news/unmasked-carolina-hurricanes-situation-could-prove-importance-of-practice-goalies/c-285359464

 

Steve:

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

·         Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 1/18 6PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 21 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and are excited for the upcoming World Junior Tournament Championship game will feature our Team USA.  The heart of the outdoor hockey season has finally arrived, and one equipment manager makes his NHL Debut as a player.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Opening Remarks

  • Battling cough tonight
  • Outdoor games
  • 16 game winning streak
  • Equipment manager makes NHL Debut
  • Canes goalie prospect scores a goal!
  • Milt Schmidt, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who spent more than 80 years at all levels of the sport, almost all of them with the Boston Bruins, died Wednesday at the age 98. Schmidt was the oldest living former NHL player. On Sunday in Toronto, he was named one the 100 Greatest NHL Players as part of the League’s Centennial Celebration.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-legend-milt-schmidt-obituary/c-285331360

Scores

 

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  4-2 W @ BUF on 12/29, 3-1 W vs BUF on 12/31, 3-0 L @ NJ on 1/2

NYR:  6-3 W @ ARI on 12/29, 6-2 W @ COL on 12/31, 4-1 L vs BUF on 1/3

CAR:  3-2 L @ PIT on 12/28, 3-2 W vs CHI on 12/30, 3-1 L @ TB on 12/31, 3-1 L vs NJD on 1/3

 

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

  • Flyers 0 @ Sharks 2 on 12/30
  • Canadiens 3 @ Penguins 4 on 12/31
  • Blue Jackets 4 @ Wild 2 on 12/31 (winning streak game)
  • Red Wings 4 @ Maple Leafs 5 (OT) on 1/1 – Centennial Classic
  • Senators 1 @ Capitals 2 on 1/1
  • Blackhawks 1 @ Blues 4 on 1/2 – Winter Classic
  • Kings @ Sharks on 1/3

 

World Juniors:

 

·         Standings

Preliminary Round
R Team GP W OTW OTL L GF:GA PTS
Group A
1 SWE 4 4 0 0 0 18:6 12
2 DEN 4 1 1 1 1 11:15 6
3 CZE 4 1 0 2 1 9:13 5
4 SUI 4 0 2 0 2 11:13 4
5 FIN 4 1 0 0 3 6:8 3
Group B
1 USA 4 4 0 0 0 17:6 12
2 CAN 4 3 0 0 1 21:8 9
3 RUS 4 2 0 0 2 16:9 6
4 SVK 4 1 0 0 3 6:14 3
5 LAT 4 0 0 0 4 6:29 0

 

Quarter Finals

Game Completed

DEN0 – 4RUS

Quarterfinals – Game 22Air Canada Centre

Game Completed

SWE8 – 3SVK

Quarterfinals – Game 23Centre Bell

Game Completed

USA3 – 2SUI

Quarterfinals – Game 24Air Canada Centre

Game Completed

CAN5 – 3CZE

Quarterfinals – Game 25Centre Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi Final

·         Scoreboard<04.01.2017>

Faceoff 15:00 GMT-5

USA0 – 0RUS

Semifinals – Game 27Centre Bell

Faceoff 19:30 GMT-5

SWE0 – 0CAN

Semifinals – Game 28Centre Bell

Bronze Medal game:  3:30 PM on 1/5

Gold Medal Game: 8PM on 1/5

 

Transactions

  • CenterAlexander Burmistrov was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.  Burmistrov, 25, has two assists in 23 games.  Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the No. 8 pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, Burmistrov had 30 goals and 81 points in 298 NHL games with the Jets/Thrashers franchise.  https://www.nhl.com/news/alexander-burmistrov-claimed-by-arizona/c-285264968
  • GoalieAl Montoya signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.  Financial terms were not released, but ESPN.com reported an average annual value of $1.0625 million.  Montoya, 31, is 4-4-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 11 games (10 starts). He signed a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and could have become an unrestricted free agent again at the end of the season. In his most recent start, Montoya made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 29.  Selected by the New York Rangers with the No. 6 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Montoya is 59-44-20 with a 2.61 GAA and .909 save percentage in 147 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and Canadiens.  https://www.nhl.com/news/al-montoya-signs-two-year-contract-with-montreal/c-285256868
  • GoaltenderJaroslav Halak was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Friday in hope of generating the spark general manager Garth Snow said his team desperately needs. Snow said the Islanders need wins and feel that going forward with goalies Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube will give them the best chance. New York (14-15-6) is last in the Metropolitan Division and 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.  Halak was pulled in the second period of the Islanders’ 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday after allowing four goals on 24 shots, including three goals in a span of 1:20.  “Jaro wasn’t sharp at all,” coach Jack Capuano said afterward. “He gave up some soft goals and we had to battle back. We did against a real good team. We needed a better effort from Jaro, quite honestly. … Four goals on 24 shots isn’t going to get it done.”  Halak, 31, is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 21 games. He has a career record of 206-123-42 with a 2.42 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 388 games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and the Islanders.  The Islanders announced on Saturdaythat Halak had cleared waivers and has been assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.  New York acquired Halak from Washington in a trade May 1, 2014. Three weeks later, the Islanders signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-islanders-place-jaroslav-halak-on-waivers/c-285170160
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

·         Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson is out for the season after having surgery on his wrist and elbow, according to Gotland Newspapers in Sweden.  Larsson was injured during a 3-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday and had surgery in Boston over the weekend. He was on his way back to Buffalo on Monday, according to the Sabres website.  Larsson, 24, has six goals and five assists in 36 games this season. Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said after practice Monday that Larsson is out indefinitely.  https://www.nhl.com/news/sabres-center-johan-larsson-out-for-season/c-285273388

·         San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was placed on injured reserve Monday.  Vlasic was hit in the face by a puck with 30 seconds remaining in the third period of a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. He did not play in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.  The 29-year-old is second on the Sharks in average ice time per game (21:06) behind defenseman Brent Burns (24:36). He has three goals and six assists in 35 games.  The Sharks recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He has eight assists in 25 AHL games this season, and a goal and three assists in 50 NHL games the past two seasons.  https://www.nhl.com/news/san-jose-sharks-put-marc-edouard-vlasic-on-injured-reserve/c-285264714

·         Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not play in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues on Monday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV), coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday.  Quenneville previously said he was hopeful that Hossa, who is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, could play in the Winter Classic. Hossa last played on Dec. 20 and has missed the past four games. He did not practice Sunday and skated in Chicago.  https://www.nhl.com/news/chicago-blackhawks-marian-hossa-to-miss-winter-classic-with-upper-body-injury/c-285239810

·         New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore has a concussion and was placed on injured reserve Sunday. The Devils recalled defenseman Steven Santini from Albany of the American Hockey League.  Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period of New Jersey’s 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Moore fell awkwardly into the boards after a hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson 3:10 into the game and remained on the ice for several minutes until he was strapped to a board. Some teammates helped to steady the stretcher as Moore was lowered onto it.  He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released.  Moore, 26, has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 37 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/devils-moore-placed-on-injured-reserve-after-suffering-concussion/c-285238752

·         Defenseman P.K. Subban was placed on injured reserve by the Nashville Predators on Sunday with an upper-body injury and his status will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.  Subban, acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on June 29 in a trade for longtime Nashville captain Shea Weber, hasn’t played since Dec. 15. He will miss his eighth consecutive game when the Canadiens come to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, RDS, SNE, NHL.TV).  https://www.nhl.com/news/nashville-predators-put-defenseman-pk-subban-on-injured-reserve/c-285236834

·         Boston Bruins forward David Backes will be out indefinitely with a concussion.  Backes, 32, was injured on a hit by Buffalo Sabres forward William Carrier in the first period of the Bruins’ 4-2 win on Thursday.  Backes has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with the Bruins this season, his first in Boston after spending the first 10 seasons of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues.  Backes, who has 479 points (215 goals, 264 assists) in 760 NHL games, had missed 16 games in his previous eight seasons.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bostons-david-backes-out-with-concussion/c-285205618

·         Winnipeg Jets forward Marko Dano will miss about eight weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Paul Maurice said Saturday.  The Jets placed the 22-year-old forward on injured reserve Friday, one day after he was injured when he crashed into the end boards during the second period of Winnipeg’s 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Dano has three goals and 10 points in 28 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-jets-marko-dano-has-lower-body-injury/c-285196166

·         Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will not play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens because of a foot injury.  Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he went awkwardly into the boards. The Dallas captain finished the game but didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday.  Benn hasn’t missed a game with an injury since March 14, 2013 (wrist). He’s played in every regular-season game since the 2014-15 season; Benn last missed a game April 11, 2014, the last game of the regular season when he was a healthy scratch to rest for the Stanely Cup Playoffs. https://www.nhl.com/news/jamie-benn-wont-play-for-dallas-on-wednesday/c-285287180

·         Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was diagnosed with a concussion Tuesday.  Lack, 28, hasn’t appeared in a game since Nov. 10 and was placed on injured reserve with a concussion Nov. 21. He was activated from IR on Dec. 21 but the Hurricanes said he was sick before their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Dec. 31.  In five games (four starts), Lack is 1-2-1 with a 3.79 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-hurricanes-goalie-eddie-lack-diagnosed-with-concussion/c-285280848

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Suspensions/Fines

·         Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 556 in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 31, the National Hockey League announced today.  The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. DeAngelo was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.  https://www.nhl.com/news/coyotes-anthony-deangelo-suspended-three-games/c-285246956

·

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·         The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday with a historic ceremony revealing the names of the first 33 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.  The 33 legends, who played predominantly during the League’s first 50 years (1917-66), were honored before the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.  The players were selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game.  The remaining 67 players will be named on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles as part of a special event at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.  https://www.nhl.com/news/33-of-100-greatest-nhl-players-revealed/c-284889326

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews , New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreiderand Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 1.  Matthews led the NHL with 4-2-6 in three outings, all multi-point performances, to help the Maple Leafs (17-12-7, 41 points) complete a perfect week, capped by a victory in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic.  Kreider shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1-5) to power the Rangers (26-12-1, 53 points) to a trio of victories.  Fleury turned aside 77 of the 82 shots he faced (2.13 GAA, .939 SV%) to guide the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to three wins.  https://www.nhl.com/news/auston-matthews-chris-kreider-marc-andre-fleury-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285254990

·         Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of December.  Bobrovsky went 12-0-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .939 save percentage to guide the Blue Jackets (26-5-4, 56 points) to a perfect 14-0-0 December and the top of the League standings.  Malkin paced the League with 7-14-21 in 15 contests to power the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to a 12-1-2 December and second place in the overall NHL standings.  Dubnyk went 10-1-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Wild (23-9-4, 50 points) to a 12-1-1 December, including a franchise-record 12-game winning streak. https://www.nhl.com/news/sergei-bobrovsky-three-stars-of-the-month-december-2016/c-285279012

·         Forwards Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, defenseman P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and goalie Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens topped their respective divisions in fan votes in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote to earn the first spots and captaincy in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29.  Price and Crosby captured the most votes in the Atlantic Division and Metropolitan Division, respectively, while Subban led the Central Division and McDavid topped the Pacific Division.  The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will once again feature the 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament, showcasing the NHL’s most talented star players from each division. Introduced at last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, the All-Star Tournament will feature three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Each team will be made up of 11 players from each Division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.  The Los Angeles Kings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary season, and the city of Los Angeles will host the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 27-29. The festivities begin with THE NHL100 on Friday, Jan. 27, continue with the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and conclude with the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) at STAPLES Center. https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosby-among-nhl-all-star-fan-vote-captains/c-285292558

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, who led all rookies with 8-4-12 in 12 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December.  Matthews edged Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (6-6-12 in 14 GP), Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (1-11-12 in 13 GP), Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (4-5-9 in 14 GP) and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (6-1-1, 2.34 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.  The 19-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., native joins teammate William Nylander (October) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (November) as Rookie of the Month winners in 2016-17.  https://www.nhl.com/news/auston-matthews-named-nhl-top-rookie-for-december-2016/c-285279352

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NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman echoed the statements deputy commissioner Bill Daly gave Friday regarding the negative sentiment that exists from the Board of Governors toward participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.  “Absent some compelling reason, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of sentiment on the part of the clubs to go through the disruption of taking almost three weeks off during the season,” Commissioner Bettman said Sunday during a joint press conference with Wayne Gretzky prior to the start of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium.  Commissioner Bettman said that while the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics were different because they were played in North America, participating in Olympics that are “halfway around the world” is not ideal from a business or player safety aspect.  “Not just for the risk of injury, because I see it discussed and reported during the Olympics, but the compression to the regular season is something that concerns us,” Commissioner Bettman said. “We’re hearing complaints now about the five-day break [built into the schedule this season]. While players say they like the five-day break they’re also saying they don’t like the compression that goes along with it, and that’s something that is of great concern to us as well.”  Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, had a different tone when he spoke about the Olympics and how the players feel about where they are in the process of resolving it.  “I’m more optimistic now than I ever have been,” Fehr said.  Fehr said he is convinced an agreement can be reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation on covering the finances associated with participating in the Olympics, including paying for the travel, insurance and accommodations for the players and their guests.  https://www.nhl.com/news/gary-bettman-says-nhl-looking-for-reasons-to-go-to-2018-olympics/c-285241438

·         Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic lived the dream of every goalie Friday.  Nedeljkovic, a second-round pick (No. 37) in the 2014 NHL Draft, was playing for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL when he scored into an empty net in the waning seconds of a 5-3 win against the Atlanta Gladiators.  Nedeljkovic became the 12th ECHL goalie to score, and the first since Brian Foster of Cincinnati in 2013. And Nedeljkovic’s offensive prowess did not come at the expense of his regular job as he made 39 saves.  https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-prospect-scores-in-echl-game/c-285194134

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  vs EDM on 1/5, @ FLA on 1/7, @ CAR on 1/8, @ StL on 1/10

NYR:  @ PHI on 1/4, @CBJ on 1/7, off until 1/13

CAR:  @ STL on 1/5, @ CHI on 1/6, vs BOS on 1/8, vs CBJ on 1/10

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Blue Jackets @ Capitals on 1/5
  • Wild @ Sharks on 1/5
  • Canadiens @ Maple Leafs on 1/7 (HNIC)
  • Capitals @ Senators on 1/7
  • Flyers @ Blue Jackets on 1/8
  • Wild @ Ducks on 1/8
  • Capitals @ Canadiens on 1/9
  • Penguins @ Capitals on 1/11 (Rivalry Night)

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  6-4 L vs UNH @ Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.  1 game this week, vs USA U-18 team.  Meat of conference schedule starts next weekend.

·         Upsets:

Thu, 12/29:

·         #6 BC 1 @ #14 Quinnipiac 4

Fri, 12/30:

·              (15) Bemidji State      1           @        Alaska-Anchorage     4

·         (2) Denver           2          @        Providence     2          OT

·              (6) Boston College    1           vs.       Ferris State    1           OT

·         (14) Quinnipiac   2          vs.       Robert Morris            5

·         (18) St. Cloud State        3          vs.       Connecticut   4

Sat, 12/31:

·              Miami 6          @        (9) Ohio State            3

·              (2) Denver      1           @        Providence     3

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·         Upcoming big games:

·         Frozen Fenway Begins This weekend, with Army vs Bentley Thursday night, BC vs Providence and BU vs UMass on Saturday.  More games next weekend.

·              (10) Union                  @        (5) Boston University  Thu, 1/5

·              (2) Penn State                        @        (11) Ohio State,  Friday & Saturday

·              (15) Quinnipiac                      @        (4) Harvard , Friday

·         (7) North Dakota                        @        (18) Omaha,  Friday & Saturday

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·         Rankings:

 

·        January 02, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (47) 12- 3-3 997 1
2 Penn State ( 3) 13- 1-1 918 3
3 Denver 12- 4-4 881 2
4 Harvard 9- 2-1 868 4
5 Boston University 10- 5-2 779 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 12- 5-3 752 7
7 North Dakota 10- 6-3 676 8
8 Boston College 13- 7-2 623 6
9 Minnesota 11- 5-2 572 11
10 Union 14- 4-2 516 10
11 Ohio State 9- 3-4 493 9
12 Notre Dame 11- 6-2 479 12
13 Vermont 12- 6-2 429 13
14 Western Michigan 10- 5-3 342 16
15 Quinnipiac 11- 8-2 320 14
16 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 230 17
17 Bemidji State 14- 7-3 195 15
18 Omaha 11- 6-3 157 20
19 Minnesota State 11- 7-2 88 19
20 St. Cloud State 9- 8-1 76 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 30, Cornell 25, Providence 21, Army 15, Robert Morris 8, Northeastern 4, Air Force 3, Clarkson 2, Wisconsin 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4UlMLhOIS

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  goaltender of the week for week 17 (2 weeks ago was Ben Scrivens (Dinamo Minsk), with three wins in three road matches, shutting out the opposition twice and allowing just a single goal all week. The 30-year-old Canadian recorded a save percentage of 98.97 and a goals against average of 0.33 –the best individual figures in both categories;

Defenseman Matt Gilroy, (BU, Hobey) is #2 among D’s in scoring this season, with 36 pts in 44 GP.  He has 225 NHL games with Rangers, Lightning, Senators, and Panthers.  He has 11G and 37A for 48 pts in the NHL.  He has spent last 3 seasons in KHL

 

Steve:

My KHL minute deals with Andrei Karayev, the goalie for Neftekmik Nizhnakomsk and his shutout a couple of days ago of Salavat Yulaev 1-0… In the game notes, you can see where several Russian players actually had 2 attempts in the shootout which should promote an interesting discussion for us…

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

·         SKA leads West, 35-4-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 31-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-13-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 33-12-2

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Picks of the week:

·         Wayne:  Hurricanes equipment manager makes NHL debut in goal.  Jorge Alves, one of the Carolina Hurricanes equipment managers, played goalie in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.  Signed to a professional tryout contract as an emergency backup goalie (EBUG) when Eddie Lack got sick earlier in the day, Alves dressed behind starter Cam Ward but didn’t expect to play.  “It’s unbelievable,” the 37-year-old said. “I was actually heading back down the tunnel when I heard coach call my name. I couldn’t believe it. I think it was (7.6) seconds or something. I just looking down the ice and seeing the puck in the corner and just hoping it would stay in the corner.  Before the game, Alves got choked up talking about the support he’s received from his wife Amanda throughout his career.  But he didn’t let all of the excitement take him away from his regular job.  Alves painted his own mask, (a tribute to fellow equipment managers Skip Cunningham, Bob Gorman and Dave Paul drawn by Erik Huffine, the brother of Hurricanes video coach Chris Huffine) and sharpened skates during the game, just as he would if he weren’t wearing full goalie gear.  A native of Massachusetts, Alves has worked with the Hurricanes since the 2003-04 season. A U.S. Marines veteran, he played for the North Carolina State club team and in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-equipment-manager-jorge-alves-makes-nhl-debut/c-285212858

 

Steve: My pick of the week is Alex Pietrangelo and his awesome support for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital… He really promoted the Hospital and raised money with the help of some teammates during the buildup to this year’s Winter Classic…

 

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