The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 33 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including the Hurricanes hot streak, and the Bruins and Rangers march toward playoff contention. Several teams have already clinched playoff spots, and we will tell you who’s in, who’s out, and who is on the bubble.  We’ll also get you up to date with all of the signings of college and junior players turning pro.  And, we’ll also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some NCAA hockey tournament talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!  

THN Episode 33 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are dwindling down to the last few teams, as more teams are clinching spots seemingly every day. We’ll get you caught up with the latest.  (Hint:  in the west, the fat lady is warming up!)  There are now less than 100 games left in the NHL regular season.  Sad Face…
  • Detroit’s playoff streak is officially over, and I couldn’t be happier about it. We’ll have interesting facts about the streak.
  • The Bruins have signed their next franchise defenseman. We’ll tell you about this and all of the college and junior signings around the league.
  • NCAA Hockey is down to the Frozen 4. We’ll have all the details.
  • It’s almost our turn to have the NHL Centennial Fan Arena! We’ll reveal our plans!

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  6-3 L vs TBL on 3/23, 2-1 W @NYI on 3/25, 4-1 W vs NSH on 3/28

NYR:  3-0 W @ LA on 3/25, 6-3 L @ ANA on 3/26, 5-4 OTL @ SJ on 3/28

CAR:  4-1 W @ MTL on 3/23, 3-1 W @ NJD on 3/25, 4-3 OTL vs DET on 3/27 & 4-1 W 3/28 (make up)

 

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

 

  • Islanders 4 @ Penguins 3 SO on 3/24
  • Senators 1 @ Canadiens 3 on 3/25
  • Flames 3 @ Blues 2 OT on 3/25
  • Sharks 2 @ Predators 7 on 3/25
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Sabres 5 on 3/25
  • Flyers 6 @ Penguins 2 on 3/26
  • Predators 3 @ Islanders 1 on 3/27
  • Blackhawks 4 @ Lightning 5 OT on 3/27
  • Kings 1 @ Oilers 2 on 3/28
  • Senators 2 @ Flyers 3 SO on 3/28
  • Panthers 2 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 3/28
  • Capitals 5 @ Wild 4 OT  on 3/28

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Break:

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Transactions

03/24/2017  Ryan Fitzgerald (F) Boston College Boston Bruins  
03/24/2017  Emil Johansson (D) Djurgårdens IF Boston Bruins  
03/24/2017  Jeremiah Addison (F) Windsor Spitfires Montréal Canadiens  
03/24/2017  Dillon Dubé (F) Kelowna Rockets Calgary Flames  
03/25/2017  Noah Rod (F) Genève-Servette San Jose Sharks  
03/25/2017  Brock Boeser (F) Univ. of North Dakota Vancouver Canucks  
03/25/2017  Josh Healey (D) Ohio State Univ. Calgary Flames  
03/26/2017  Clayton Keller (F) Boston Univ. Arizona Coyotes  
03/26/2017  Evan Fitzpatrick (G) Sherbrooke Phoenix St. Louis Blues  
03/27/2017  Jeff Taylor (D) Union College Pittsburgh Penguins  
03/27/2017  Victor Mete (D) London Knights Montréal Canadiens  
03/27/2017  John Stevens (F) Northeastern Univ. New York Islanders  
03/27/2017  Vinni Lettieri (F) Univ. of Minnesota New York Rangers  
03/27/2017  Matt Roy (D) Michigan Tech Los Angeles Kings  
03/28/2017  Vince Pedrie (D) Penn State Univ. New York Rangers  
03/28/2017  Michael Kapla (D) UMass-Lowell New Jersey Devils  
03/28/2017  Jake Bischoff (D) Univ. of Minnesota New York Islanders  
03/28/2017  Matt Iacopelli (F) Western Michigan Univ. Chicago Blackhawks  
03/28/2017  Joe Gambardella (F) UMass-Lowell Edmonton Oilers  
03/28/2017  Griffen Molino (F) Western Michigan Univ. Vancouver Canucks  
03/28/2017  Jake Walman (D) Providence College St. Louis Blues  
03/29/2017  Justin Kloos (F) Univ. of Minnesota Minnesota Wild  
03/29/2017  Tanner Fritz (F) Bridgeport Sound Tigers New York Islanders  

 

  • Matt Gaudreau, the younger brother of Calgary Flames forwardJohnny Gaudreau, on Tuesday signed an amateur tryout contract with Bridgeport, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders.  Matt Gaudreau had 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 40 games with Boston College this season, leading them in assists and finishing second in scoring. The 22-year-old forward had 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) in four seasons at Boston College.  Johnny Gaudreau, 23, who played at Boston College from 2011-14 and was selected with the No. 104 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, has 58 points (17 goals, 41 assists) for the Flames this season.  “Just have fun with it right now,” Gaudreau said. “Not many players get to sign a professional contract and play in a professional league like he’s getting the chance to do. Just enjoy it and make the most of it because there aren’t many games left in the season and have a good summer. I’ll be pushing him to hopefully make a spot and have a good spot next fall.”
  • Defenseman Charlie McAvoy will forgo his remaining eligibility at Boston University and sign an amateur tryout contract with the Boston Bruins, general manager Don Sweeney announced Wednesday. The Bruins selected McAvoy, who completed his sophomore season at BU, with the No. 14 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He will report to Providence of the American Hockey League for practice Thursday and should play in games this weekend.  “His development’s been very good,” Sweeney said. “He’s been relied upon heavily as a younger player there. Grew into a leadership role this year. Obviously had a tremendous World Junior and a gold-medal effort. Their team overall was very, very talented but very young. You go through some growing pains as a result of that but he played in a lot of different situations and we’re excited about his trajectory.”  There is a chance McAvoy could join the Bruins before the end of the season. Boston (40-30-6) is three points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with six games remaining.  “That is still to be determined,” said Sweeney, who is continuing negotiations with McAvoy’s representatives while the 19-year-old gets his pro career started in the AHL. “You have to have a contract first, and again this is just a good first step for everybody,”  McAvoy had 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 38 games and was named a Hockey East All-Star for the Terriers, who lost 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA West Regional final Saturday.  The Bruins will have to weigh the value of working a rookie into their lineup while they attempt to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, and completing a year on McAvoy’s entry-level contract, against what McAvoy could add to the lineup.  Sweeney said that BU sophomore forward Jakob Forsbaka-Karlsson, a second-round pick (No. 45) in the 2015 draft, has not made a decision about leaving school yet.

Injuries

  • Florida Panthers goalieJames Reimer left the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period Tuesday after colliding with Brian Boyle.  Reimer was attempting to cover the puck at the side of the net when Boyle skated in and made contact with his head.  Reimer was treated by Panthers trainers before skating off the ice with 8:53 remaining and Florida trailing 2-1. He was replaced by Reto Berra.
  • Carolina Hurricanes goaltenderEddie Lack was released from the hospital Monday night and was diagnosed with a neck strain.  Lack was stretchered off the ice at the end of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on Monday. He was injured on a goal by Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou at 1:59 of overtime.  Athanasiou skated through the neutral zone to get the puck along the right-side wall before cutting to the net. He was checked by Hurricanes forward Victor Rask before colliding with Lack and putting the puck between the right pad and the left post. Lack slumped back in the net and was quickly attended to by the Hurricanes medical staff.  Moments after the collision, Hurricanes and Red Wings players gathered near the net. Lack was taken off the ice 10 minutes later and gave a thumbs-up when he left the ice.  Lack is 7-5-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 17 games (15 starts) this season. He took to Twitter on Monday to address his condition, writing, “everything looks alright (sic).”  Lack’s playing status has yet to be announced but the Hurricanes recalled goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from Florida of the ECHL on an emergency basis.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs goaltenderFrederik Andersen will not start against the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-F, NHL.TV) because of an upper-body injury.  Andersen practiced Monday but coach Mike Babcock said goaltender Curtis McElhinney will start.  The Maple Leafs said Andersen is day to day. He was removed after the first period of a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.  Babcock said he doesn’t think Andersen will be out long-term. The Maple Leafs have eight regular-season games remaining; after Tuesday, they play at the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
  • Patrick Sharpof the Dallas Stars will have hip surgery Tuesday, ending a difficult season for the 35-year-old forward.  “It’s tough to make that decision to sit out and get healthy, but I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said.  Sharp has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 48 games this season. He’s dealt with two concussions and constant hip pain, and his father, Ian Sharp, has leukemia.  Ian Sharp was diagnosed with leukemia seven years ago, and the disease worsened this year. He received stem-cell treatments that have worked and he is home in Ontario. Sharp is the Stars candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy, given each season by the NHL to a player who displays the attributes of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.  Sharp can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but said he’s not thinking about next season at this point. Nill didn’t rule out bringing him back.  “We’re going to get the surgery done, let him heal. He’s going to train, and then let’s take a look at him,” Nill said. “We’ve had conversations. If he comes back, he wants to be in Dallas. He thinks he’s a Dallas Star.”
  • Tampa Bay Lightning centerSteven Stamkos participated in every practice drill, including the power play, Wednesday and said he’s very close to returning to the lineup.  Stamkos, who had arthroscopic surgery for a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on Nov. 17, practiced on a line with Yanni Gourde and Adam Erne. Stamkos also participated with the Lightning’s second power-play unit for the first time since his return to practice.  The Lightning expected Stamkos to miss 4-6 months after the surgery; March 17 was the four-month mark. Stamkos said he was unlikely to play against the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D, NHL.TV) “unless something drastically changes.”  Stamkos can now be considered day to day, coach Jon Cooper said. The Lightning host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and Dallas Stars on Sunday to close a four-game homestand.
  • Detroit Red Wings forwardLuke Glendening will miss the final six games of the regular season after fracturing his ankle and foot, according to MLive.com.  Glendening sustained the injury during a 4-3 overtime win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. He played 1:35 before leaving the game in the first period and did not play in a 4-1 loss at the Hurricanes on Tuesday.  Detroit general manager Ken Holland told the website it is unknown whether Glendening, who has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 74 games this season, will need surgery.
  • Minnesota Wild forwardZach Parise is likely to miss at least one game with an eye injury but will not be out long-term, coach Bruce Boudreau said Wednesday.  “His eye looks pretty black and blue, but he can see and he’s fine as far as that goes,” Boudreau told the Wild website. “A little sore in his upper body, but I don’t think he’s going to be out for a long period of time.”  Parise was injured when he was high-sticked by Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals during their game Tuesday. The stick blade went under Parise’s visor and he then collided with Washington’s Jay Beaglewhile falling to the ice.  The Wild said the eye is swollen and Parise was to have tests performed Wednesday.  Parise has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 64 games this season, with six points (one goal, five assists) in his past seven games.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Brian Gionta – On a milestone night where the Buffalo Sabres captain was celebrated for playing his 1,000th career game, he scored a second period goal to give his team a 3-0 in what would become a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 26. Kucherov posted 5-2-7 in three games, all multi-point performances, to lead the Lightning (36-29-9, 81 points) to a pair of victories and help the team remain within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.  Lehtonen went 3-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Stars (31-33-11, 73 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points.  Getzlaf shared the League lead with seven assists in three games – all wins – to propel the Ducks (41-23-11, 93 points) into first place in the Pacific Division.
  • Gary Doak Passing – Gary Doak, who was a defenseman with the Boston Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1970, died on Saturday at the age of 71. Doak played eight Stanley Cup Playoff games in 1970 when the Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues in four games to win their first championship since 1941.  He had 130 points (23 goals, 107 assists) and 908 penalty minutes in 789 games with the Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers from 1965-1981.  Doak played with the Bruins from 1965-70 and 1972-81. In 14 seasons with Boston, he had 101 points (20 goals, 81 assists) and 656 penalty minutes in 609 regular-season games.  Doak was an assistant coach for the Bruins from 1981-85 and coach for the University of Massachusetts-Boston from 1985-87.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • San Jose Sharks forwardMicheal Haley has been suspended for one game, without pay, for roughing Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok during NHL Game No. 1114 in Nashville on Saturday, March 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday.  The incident occurred at 12:56 of the third period. Haley was assessed a match penalty.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Haley will forfeit $3,472.22.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Detroit Red Wings’ 25-season streak of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended after a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday. The loss, combined with wins by the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, eliminated Detroit from postseason contention for the first time since 1990-91.  Boston defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1. Toronto defeated the Florida Panthers 3-1.  Detroit was playing its third game in three days; it won the prior two in overtime (3-2 against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday and 4-3 at Carolina on Monday).  Cam Ward made 21 saves for the Hurricanes (34-27-14), are four points behind Boston for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.  The Hurricanes have a 12-game point streak (8-0-4). Nine players had a point for Carolina on Tuesday.  They won the Stanley Cup four times, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for most in that span, and came within a game of winning it a fifth when they lost Game 7 of the Final to the Penguins in 2009. They went to the Final six times.  They won the Presidents’ Trophy six times, three times more than any other team in that span. They won 1,133 regular-season games, 104 more than any other team, and earned 2,536 points, 209 more than any other team.  They set records for wins in a season (62 in 1995-96), road wins in a season (31 in 2005-06), consecutive road wins (12 in 2005-06) and consecutive home wins (23 in 2011-12), and they tied the record for home wins in a season (36 in 1995-96).  For 21 seasons, they didn’t come close to missing the playoffs. They finished in the top four in their conference 18 times and had a cushion of at least a dozen points the other three times. It wasn’t until the past few seasons that they had to fight to make the playoffs.  The Red Wings streak was not the longest in NHL history. The Boston Bruins made the playoffs 29 straight seasons from 1967-68 through 1995-96. The Chicago Blackhawks made the playoffs for 28 straight from 1969-70 through 1996-97. The St. Louis Blues also made the playoffs for 25 straight from 1979-80 through 2003-04.  The Penguins now have the longest streak at 11 seasons, including this one. The Blackhawks are next at nine.  Can the Penguins surpass the Red Wings streak? Fifteen years from now, Sidney Crosby will be 44. Evgeni Malkin will be 45.  Seventeen years from now, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each will be 45.  This feels like the end of an era in Detroit, and it is. The great Gordie Howe died June 10. Ilitch died Feb. 10. Now the streak is over, and Joe Louis Arena is closing.  1991 — Last time the Red Wings picked in the top 10 of the NHL Draft; they took forward Martin Lapointe with the No. 10 selection. From 1992 through 2013, they picked no higher than 19th.
  • Craig Cunningham, the former NHL forward who collapsed on the ice before an American Hockey League game in November, will drop the ceremonial first puck during Arizona Coyotes Fan Appreciation Night at Gila River Arena on April 8, when the Coyotes host the Minnesota Wild. Cunningham, 26, was the captain for Arizona’s AHL affilate in Tucson when he went into cardiac arrest on the ice before a game against Manitoba on Nov. 19.   Cunningham, who had to have his left leg amputated and is walking with help of a prosthetic, returned to Tuscon with his mother, Heather, for a ceremonial puck drop before a Roadrunners game against the San Jose Barracuda on March 25. The Coyotes are giving fans the opportunity to congratulate Cunningham on his courage, willpower and perseverance through his rehabilitation.  A fourth-round pick (No. 97) of the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham had three goals and five assists in 65 games with the Bruins and Coyotes.
  • Preview of what we will see – https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-centennial-fan-arena-comes-to-newark/c-288084178
  • The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the League announced on Friday. The Avalanche and Senators will play back-to-back games at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. The 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will mark the sixth time the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games and the first such time since the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, which took place in Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. These games reward the legion of loyal and passionate international fans by featuring some of the NHL’s biggest stars and generating interest in the League worldwide. The games between Colorado and Ottawa on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 will be the 21st and 22nd NHL regular-season games played in Europe. They also will be the seventh and eighth NHL regular-season games played in Sweden.  The game on Nov. 10 will start at 8 p.m. CET (2 p.m. ET / Noon MT), with Colorado serving as the home team. The game on Nov. 11 will start at 7 p.m. CET (1 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. MT) with Ottawa serving as the home team. Both games will be broadcast on TV3, Viasat Hockey and Viaplay. Additional broadcast details will be released at a later time.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-global-series-to-feature-two-games-in-sweden/c-288012726
  • The NHL will make a special announcement at the LeSports Center in Beijing, China Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. A press conference including NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider, Bloomage Chairman & Executive Director Madame Zhao Yan and O.R.G. Packaging Charirman Mr. Zhou Yunjie is scheduled.  The event will be streamed live here through a simulcast from NHL Network.

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs DAL on 3/30, vs FLA on 4/1, @CHI on 4/2 (last road game), vs TBL on 4/4

NYR:  vs PIT on 3/31, vs PHI on 4/2, @ WAS on 4/5

CAR:  vs CBJ on 3/30, vs DAL on 4/1, @ PIT on 4/2, @ Min on 4/4

All games involving TOR, TB, NYI, CAR are important!

Highlights of upcoming week (games with playoff implications)

NCAA Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament Down to Frozen Four – Discuss tournament http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/icehockey-men/d1

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

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

 

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

 

CHL Playoffs:

 

All European Leagues are in their playoffs or are just starting their playoffs.  We’ll get you league winners as they come in.  We’ll be covering the following:

Other Minor Pro Leagues in North America

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

Steve:

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  Jonas Gustavsson lived the dream of every goaltender Friday.  Not only did the goalie for the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League earn a win, he was credited with a shorthanded empty-net goal in the third period of a 5-1 win against the San Diego Gulls.  The Condors were two men short, and San Diego had a 6-on-3 advantage after pulling goalie Dustin Tokarski. Gustavsson redirected a pass through the goal mouth, then was credited with the goal as the last Bakersfield player to touch the puck before an errant Gulls pass went into the San Diego net at 16:56 of the third.  It was the first goal of Gustavsson’s pro career. He became the 12th goalie to score in the AHL’s 81-year history and the first since Reto Berra of Lake Erie did it against Chicago on Jan. 16, 2015.   Gustavsson also did his regular job well, making 30 saves for the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate. The 32-year-old, who has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins, is 1-3-1 in seven games (five starts) for the Oilers this season.

 

Honorable mention:  https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-invite-fan-onto-team-bus-in-montreal/c-288065866

 

 

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Listener Feedback

 

 

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Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 4/5 6:30 PM.

 

 

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

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

THN Episode 32 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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

 

Opening Headlines:

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

 

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

 

Another Personal Note:  Thank Mark Allred for the birthday wishes

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Injuries

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

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

Suspensions/Fines: 

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

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

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

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

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

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

All games involving TOR, TB, NYI are important!

Highlights of upcoming week

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

NCAA Minute:

 

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

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

Steve:

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  did at beginning of the show.

 

 

  • Steve:

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

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

 

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

 

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

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

THN Episode 31 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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

 

Opening Headlines:

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

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

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

 

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

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

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

 

 

 

Injuries

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

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

Suspensions/Fines: 

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

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

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

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

Highlights of upcoming week

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

NCAA Minute:

 

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

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

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

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

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

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

 

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

Steve:  Pavel Datsuyk fighting?

 

Picks of the week:

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

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

 

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.

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Live Streaming Rookie Mistake…

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

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

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Twitch Channel (My personal channel.  We don’t have a Channel set up for The Hockey Nuts):  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

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

 

Thanks!

Wayne

 

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

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

THN Episode 30 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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

 

Opening Headlines:

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

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

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

 

Injuries

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

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

Suspensions/Fines: 

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

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

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

Expansion Draft

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

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

NYR:  @ DET on 3/12, vs TBL on 3/13,

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

Highlights of upcoming week

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

NCAA Minute:

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

 

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

 

 

Rankings:

March 06, 2017

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

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

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

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

 

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

 

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

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

 

Steve:  Alex Ovechkin delivers pizza

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

THN Episode 29 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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

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Opening Headlines

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

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

 

Transactions

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

Player Recall restrictions going forward:

Expansion Draft

Injuries

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

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

Suspensions/Fines: 

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

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

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

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

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

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

Highlights of upcoming week

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

NCAA Minute:

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

Will face #14 Vermont 6v11 seeds FRI-SUN

Upsets:

Friday:

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

Sat:

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

Upcoming Big Games/Series

Thu:

 

Fri:

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

Sat:

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

 

 

 

Rankings:

February 27, 2017

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

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

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

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

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

 

KHL Minute:

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

 

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

 

Steve: Admiral Update

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne: 

Rich Peverley helping others after health scare

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

 

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

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

 

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