The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 37 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the action in Round 1 of the NHL Playoffs, and we look ahead to Round 2.  We’ll break it down series by series.  We will also get you caught up with all of the announcements on finalists for the individual awards.  We’ll discuss all of the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 37 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:

  • Round 1 of the playoffs is done! And boy, were there upsets!  We’ll get you caught up on all 16 teams and 8 first round match-ups, then we will give you our predictions on how round 2 will go.
  • NHL individual award nominations are being announced, with one per day. We’ll get you caught up on what’s been announced so far.

 

 

Break:

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Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

NHL Playoffs!

https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs

 

Canadiens (1) vs. Rangers (WC1)

NYR 4-2, will face OTT |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

NY Rangers 2 Montréal 0 Rangers lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

Montréal 4 NY Rangers 3 (OT) Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

Montréal 3 NY Rangers 1 Canadiens lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, Apr 18

NY Rangers 2 Montréal 1 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Apr 20

NY Rangers 3 Montréal 2 (OT) Rangers lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sat, Apr 22

NY Rangers 3 Montréal 1 NYR 4-2, will face OTT RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Senators (2) vs. Bruins (3)

OTT 4-2, will face NYR |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

Boston 2 Ottawa 1 Bruins lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Ottawa 4 Boston 3 (OT) Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Ottawa 4 Boston 3 (OT) Senators lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Ottawa 1 Boston 0 Senators lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Fri, Apr 21

Boston 3 Ottawa 2 (2OT) Senators lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sun, Apr 23

Ottawa 3 Boston 2 (OT) OTT 4-2, will face NYR RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

Capitals (1) vs. Maple Leafs (WC2)

WSH 4-2, will face PIT |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

Washington 3 Toronto 2 (OT) Capitals lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Toronto 4 Washington 3 (2OT) Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Toronto 4 Washington 3 (OT) Maple Leafs lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Washington 5 Toronto 4 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Fri, Apr 21

Washington 2 Toronto 1 (OT) Capitals lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sun, Apr 23

Washington 2 Toronto 1 (OT) WSH 4-2, will face PIT RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Penguins (2) vs. Blue Jackets (3)

PIT 4-1, will face WSH |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

Pittsburgh 3 Columbus 1 Penguins lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

Pittsburgh 4 Columbus 1 Penguins lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 4 (OT) Penguins lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, Apr 18

Columbus 5 Pittsburgh 4 Penguins lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Apr 20

Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 2 PIT 4-1, will face WSH RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

Blackhawks (1) vs. Predators (WC2)

NSH 4-0, will face STL |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

Nashville 1 Chicago 0 Predators lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Nashville 5 Chicago 0 Predators lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Nashville 3 Chicago 2 (OT) Predators lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Thu, Apr 20

Nashville 4 Chicago 1 NSH 4-0, will face STL RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Wild (2) vs. Blues (3)

STL 4-1, will face NSH |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

St Louis 2 Minnesota 1 (OT) Blues lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

St Louis 2 Minnesota 1 Blues lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

St Louis 3 Minnesota 1 Blues lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Minnesota 2 St Louis 0 Blues lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Sat, Apr 22

St Louis 4 Minnesota 3 (OT) STL 4-1, will face NSH RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

Ducks (1) vs. Flames (WC1)

ANA 4-0, will face EDM |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

Anaheim 3 Calgary 2 Ducks lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Anaheim 3 Calgary 2 Ducks lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Anaheim 5 Calgary 4 (OT) Ducks lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Anaheim 3 Calgary 1 ANA 4-0, will face EDM RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Oilers (2) vs. Sharks (3)

EDM 4-2, will face ANA |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

San Jose 3 Edmonton 2 (OT) Sharks lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

Edmonton 2 San Jose 0 Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

Edmonton 1 San Jose 0 Oilers lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, Apr 18

San Jose 7 Edmonton 0 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Apr 20

Edmonton 4 San Jose 3 (OT) Oilers lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sat, Apr 22

Edmonton 3 San Jose 1 EDM 4-2, will face ANA RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

 

Looking ahead to Round 2:

 

Senators (2) vs. Rangers (WC1) https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-ottawa-senators-series-preview/c-289056220

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

NY Rangers @ Ottawa 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 29

NY Rangers @ Ottawa 3:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS2 PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Tue, May 2

Ottawa @ NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Thu, May 4

Ottawa @ NY Rangers 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, May 6

NY Rangers @ Ottawa Time TBD|CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Tue, May 9

Ottawa @ NY Rangers Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Thu, May 11

NY Rangers @ Ottawa Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Capitals (1) vs. Penguins (2)  https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-pittsburgh-penguins-playoff-preview/c-289056882

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

Pittsburgh @ Washington 7:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS2 PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 29

Pittsburgh @ Washington 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Mon, May 1

Washington @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Washington @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, May 6

Pittsburgh @ Washington Time TBD|CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Mon, May 8

Washington @ Pittsburgh Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, May 10

Pittsburgh @ Washington Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

Blues (3) vs. Predators (WC2)  https://www.nhl.com/news/nashville-predators-st-louis-blues-series-preview/c-289051644

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Nashville @ St Louis 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

Nashville @ St Louis 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

St Louis @ Nashville 3:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Tue, May 2

St Louis @ Nashville 9:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Fri, May 5

Nashville @ St Louis Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, May 7

St Louis @ Nashville Time TBD|SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Tue, May 9

Nashville @ St Louis Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Ducks (1) vs. Oilers (2)  https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-edmonton-oilers-playoff-preview/c-289064396

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Edmonton @ Anaheim 10:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

Edmonton @ Anaheim 10:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

Anaheim @ Edmonton 7:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Anaheim @ Edmonton 10:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Fri, May 5

Edmonton @ Anaheim Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, May 7

Anaheim @ Edmonton Time TBD|SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, May 10

Edmonton @ Anaheim Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

 

Other News:

 

 

 

Transactions

 

CONFIRMED TRANSFERSRSS 

DATE PLAYER FROM TO SOURCE
04/23/2017  Jack Kopacka (F) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Anaheim Ducks  
04/21/2017  Connor Bunnaman (F) Kitchener Rangers Philadelphia Flyers  
04/21/2017  Jonathan Dahlén (F) Timrå IK Vancouver Canucks  
04/21/2017  Boris Katchouk (F) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Tampa Bay Lightning  
04/21/2017  Steven Lorentz (F) Peterborough Petes Carolina Hurricanes  
04/21/2017  Alexei Bereglazov (D) Metallurg Magnitogorsk New York Rangers  
04/20/2017  Christoffer Ehn (F) Frölunda HC Detroit Red Wings  
04/20/2017  Yaroslav Dyblenko (D) Spartak Moskva New Jersey Devils  

 

 

  • Travis Green is finalizing a contract to be the next coach of the Vancouver Canucks, TSN reported Tuesday. The Canucks announced they will name their coach during a press conference Wednesday.  Willie Desjardins was fired as coach April 10.  Green, 46, has coached Utica, the Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate, for the past four seasons; he is 155-110-27-12 in 304 games. Utica reached the Calder Cup Playoffs twice, including the final in 2015, where it lost to Manchester, the Los Angeles Kings’ affiliate, in five games.
  • DefensemanDennis Seidenberg agreed to terms on a one-year contract to remain with the New York Islanders on Monday.  Financial terms were not released, but Newsday reported Seidenberg will receive $1.25 million, a $250,000 raise from this season.
  • The Los Angeles Kings sent the message that they believe only a short reset is needed to compete for championships again by hiring John Stevens as coach on Sunday. If newly promoted general manager Rob Blake felt a more profound change was required, the Kings would have looked outside the organization, hired a different coach and plotted a different strategy. Instead, they kept the search tightly focused on one inside candidate: Stevens, who’s been part of the Kings’ coaching staff for the past seven seasons.  Highly regarded goaltending coach Bill Ranford will return. The Kings will hire at least two other assistants; one will take Stevens’ spot and the other will replace Davis Payne, who is not returning.  Stevens has been with the organization since the 2010-11 season. This will be his second extended stint as an NHL coach — he went 2-2-0 with the Kings in December 2010 after Terry Murray was fired and before Darryl Sutter was hired. Stevens also coached the Philadelphia Flyers for parts of four seasons from 2006-09. In 2008, the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference Final before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Stevens also had success at the American Hockey League level; he guided the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers’ top affiliate, to the Calder Cup in 2005.  The Kings had a major housecleaning one day after their season ended after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They fired longtime general manager Dean Lombardi and Sutter, the architects of their Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. Blake was promoted, as was Luc Robitaille, who will oversee the business side and the hockey operations as team president. They’ve been emphatic that the roster does not need a major overhaul, that with nucleus on hand, the Kings should still be competitive.
  • Coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray were fired by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday after they finished last in the Atlantic Division. “After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have decided to relieve general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma of their duties,” owner Terry Pegula said in a statement, referring to his wife. “We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club. We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately.”  Bylsma, 46, was 68-73-23 in two seasons as Sabres coach, including 33-37-12 this season. Bylsma, who has three years remaining on his contract, took over for Ted Nolan on May 28, 2015. He coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for six seasons, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2008-09.   Murray, 53, was hired Jan. 9, 2014, after eight seasons as an assistant GM with the Ottawa Senators. Among his moves were hiring Bylsma, selecting forward Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and acquiring forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11, 2015.  Murray, whose original contract with Buffalo ran through this season, signed a multiyear extension in October before the Sabres’ first game.   The firings come a day after a Buffalo radio station reported that Eichel told the Sabres he had no desire to sign a contract extension if Bylsma remained coach.   Eichel denied that report, telling The Buffalo News his end-of-season interviews with Bylsma and Murray went well and that he wants to stay with Sabres long term. The 20-year-old center is entering the final year of his three-year entry-level contract and can sign an extension beginning July 1. He could become a restricted free agent following next season.
  • University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery will interview for the Florida Panthers coaching job, he told the Denver Post on Wednesday. Montgomery led Denver to the NCAA championship with a 3-2 victory against Minnesota-Duluth on April 8. Denver finished the season 33-7-4.  “I have spoken to Florida and I will meet with Florida over the next week to 10 days,” Montgomery told the newspaper. “The date hasn’t yet been confirmed.”  The Panthers, who did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, announced April 10 that Tom Rowe would not return as coach. Rowe took over for Gerard Gallant, who was fired Nov. 27.  Montgomery, 47, is 102-47-18 in four seasons at Denver, including Frozen Four appearances in 2016 and 2017. He played 122 NHL games with five teams from 1993-94 to 2002-03, finishing with 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists).  Montgomery wouldn’t confirm whether he spoke with the Los Angeles Kings, who fired Darryl Sutter on April 10, but said he wouldn’t leave Denver unless it was for an NHL coaching position. He interviewed with the Calgary Flames last summer before they hired Glen Gulutzan.  “In life, there are only so many opportunities, and you have to listen,” Montgomery said. “But it’s going to have to take the perfect situation for me to leave Denver. There is no indication from Florida that I’m their No. 1 guy, or No. 2 or No. 3 guy. I’m just going to sit and talk with them.”
  • Bruce Cassidy has interim tag removed…

Injuries

  • San Jose Sharks centerJoe Thornton had surgery Monday to repair a torn MCL and ACL in his left knee.  Thornton, who was injured April 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season, the Sharks said Tuesday.  Thornton, 37, missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of the injury. He returned for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers on April 16. Thornton had two assists in four games, but San Jose was eliminated with a 4-2 series loss.
  • ForwardMarian Gaborik may not be ready for Los Angeles Kings training camp next season after having his injured left knee repaired.  Gaborik had an “in-depth medical procedure for a chronic issue,” the Kings said Tuesday. Training camp would begin in mid-September.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • A quick recap of the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau: Eighteen of the 42 games required overtime (42.9 percent), a record for any round in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record of 17 overtime games, established in the 2013 opening round, was set in 47 games (36.2 percent).  Twenty-eight of the 42 games were decided by one goal (66.7 percent), while another five were decided by two goals following an empty-net score (78.6 percent combined). Only the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured an opening round with that high of a percentage of one-goal margins, with 32 of 48 games (66.7 percent).  Eighteen of the 42 games were tied in the final five minutes of the third period (42.9 percent). Three saw a go-ahead goal scored in the last three minutes of the third, while five featured a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period (including two in the last 60 seconds).  Seventeen of the 42 games saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal (40.5 percent), including nine featuring multigoal comebacks. Clubs also rallied from third-period deficits of any margin to win eight times.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Edmonton Oilers forwardLeon Draisaitl has been fined $2,569.44, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing San Jose Sharks forward Chris Tierney during Game 4 of the teams’ First Round series in San Jose on Tuesday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 13:44 of the second period. Draisaitl was assessed a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

NHL Awards Nominations

  • Hart Trophy – TBD
  • Lady Byng Trophy – Calgary Flames left wingJohnny Gaudreau , Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,”
  • Vezina Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,”
  • Calder Trophy – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews,Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski were named finalists for the Calder Trophy on Thursday. The award is given to the best rookie in the NHL.
  • Norris Trophy – Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2016-17 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,”
  • Bill Masterton Trophy – Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano and Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan were named finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday. The award is given to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
  • Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA best player) – TBD
  • Jack Adams Award: TBD
  • Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu were named finalists for the Selke Trophy on Wednesday, awarded annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward.
  • King Clancy Trophy (player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community Each team nominated 1 player) –
  • NHL Foundation Award (an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.) – Travis Hamonicof the New York Islanders and Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers

 

 

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/

 

 

Picks of the week:

Steve:

 

Wayne:  Oilers and Leafs Fans!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 4/26 6:30 PM, but if Boston plays a game 7, we will record on 4/27.

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 36 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the action in Round 1 of the NHL Playoffs.  We’ll break it down series by series.  We will also make our predictions of who will win the individual awards before the finalists are named in the next several days.  We’ll also discuss all of the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 36 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:

  • Round 1 of the playoffs are well underway. Although no teams have been eliminated yet, there are some BIG upsets brewing around the league  We’ll get you caught up on all 16 teams and 8 match-ups, then We will give you our predictions.
  • We will also give our predictions on the major NHL awards.
  • Newest playoff celebrity – Dart Guy
  • I have a couple new rants this week. Stay tuned.

 

 

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.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

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:

Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

 

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

NHL Playoffs!

https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs

 

Canadiens (1) vs. Rangers (WC1)

Series tied 2-2 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

NY Rangers 2 Montréal 0 Rangers lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

Montréal 4 NY Rangers 3 (OT) Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

Montréal 3 NY Rangers 1 Canadiens lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, Apr 18

NY Rangers 2 Montréal 1 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Apr 20

NY Rangers @ Montréal 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS, MSG PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6

Sat, Apr 22

Montréal @ NY Rangers Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Mon, Apr 24

NY Rangers @ Montréal Time TBD|MSG PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Senators (2) vs. Bruins (3)

Senators lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

Boston 2 Ottawa 1 Bruins lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Ottawa 4 Boston 3 (OT) Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Ottawa 4 Boston 3 (OT) Senators lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Ottawa @ Boston 7:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS, NESN PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5

Fri, Apr 21

Boston @ Ottawa 7:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS, NESN PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, Apr 23

Ottawa @ Boston Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, Apr 26

Boston @ Ottawa Time TBD|NESN PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

Capitals (1) vs. Maple Leafs (WC2)

Maple Leafs lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

Washington 3 Toronto 2 (OT) Capitals lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Toronto 4 Washington 3 (2OT) Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Toronto 4 Washington 3 (OT) Maple Leafs lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Washington @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS2, CSN-DC PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5

Fri, Apr 21

Toronto @ Washington 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS2, CSN-DC PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, Apr 23

Washington @ Toronto Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Tue, Apr 25

Toronto @ Washington Time TBD|CSN-DC PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Penguins (2) vs. Blue Jackets (3)

Penguins lead 3-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

Pittsburgh 3 Columbus 1 Penguins lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

Pittsburgh 4 Columbus 1 Penguins lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 4 (OT) Penguins lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, Apr 18

Columbus 5 Pittsburgh 4 Penguins lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Apr 20

Columbus @ Pittsburgh 7:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS2, ROOT, FS-O PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, Apr 23

Pittsburgh @ Columbus Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Tue, Apr 25

Columbus @ Pittsburgh Time TBD|ROOT, FS-O PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

Blackhawks (1) vs. Predators (WC2)

Predators lead 3-0 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

Nashville 1 Chicago 0 Predators lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Nashville 5 Chicago 0 Predators lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Nashville 3 Chicago 2 (OT) Predators lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Thu, Apr 20

Chicago @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET|, SN360, TVAS3, FS-TN, CSN-CH PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, Apr 22

Nashville @ Chicago Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Mon, Apr 24

Chicago @ Nashville Time TBD|FS-TN, CSN-CH PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, Apr 26

Nashville @ Chicago Time TBD|CSN-CH, FS-TN PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Wild (2) vs. Blues (3)

Blues lead 3-0 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

St Louis 2 Minnesota 1 (OT) Blues lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

St Louis 2 Minnesota 1 Blues lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

St Louis 3 Minnesota 1 Blues lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Minnesota @ St Louis 9:30 PM ET|, SN360, TVAS2, FS-MW, FS-N PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, Apr 22

St Louis @ Minnesota Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Mon, Apr 24

Minnesota @ St Louis Time TBD|FS-MW, FS-N PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, Apr 26

St Louis @ Minnesota Time TBD|FS-N, FS-MW PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

Ducks (1) vs. Flames (WC1)

Ducks lead 3-0 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

Anaheim 3 Calgary 2 Ducks lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 15

Anaheim 3 Calgary 2 Ducks lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, Apr 17

Anaheim 5 Calgary 4 (OT) Ducks lead 3-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, Apr 19

Anaheim @ Calgary 10:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS, PRIME PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Fri, Apr 21

Calgary @ Anaheim 10:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS, KCOP-13 PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, Apr 23

Anaheim @ Calgary Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Tue, Apr 25

Calgary @ Anaheim Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Oilers (2) vs. Sharks (3)

Oilers lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

San Jose 3 Edmonton 2 (OT) Sharks lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 14

Edmonton 2 San Jose 0 Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 16

Edmonton 1 San Jose 0 Oilers lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, Apr 18

Edmonton 0 @ San Jose 7 , SN, TVAS, NBCSCA GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Apr 20

San Jose @ Edmonton 10:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS, NBCSCA PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sat, Apr 22

Edmonton @ San Jose Time TBD PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Mon, Apr 24

San Jose @ Edmonton Time TBD|NBCSCA PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

 

 

 

Transactions

 

04/12/2017  Jens Lööke (F) Timrå IK Arizona Coyotes  
04/14/2017  Joona Koppanen (F) Ilves U20 Boston Bruins  
04/14/2017  Chaz Reddekopp (D) Victoria Royals Los Angeles Kings  
04/15/2017  Hunter Miska (G) Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth Arizona Coyotes  
04/18/2017  Alex Iafallo (F) Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth Los Angeles Kings  
04/19/2017  Giovanni Fiore (F) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Anaheim Ducks  

 

 

Injuries

  • Toronto Maple Leafs defensemanRoman Polak will have surgery on his right leg Tuesday. The exact injury has not been disclosed and a timeline for his recovery has not been announced.  Polak was injured in the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals on Saturday when he collided with Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik. The Maple Leafs announced after the game Polak would be out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Polak’s right knee made contact with Orpik’s right knee, causing him to spin as he fell to the ice. As Polak landed on the ice, his right knee twisted awkwardly and his full weight came down on his right ankle. Polak stayed down for several minutes before being helped off the ice by teammates and members of the Maple Leafs training staff.  In 75 regular-season games, Polak, 30, had 11 points (four goals, seven assists), a plus-10 rating and 65 penalty minutes averaging 17:55 per game. He played 23:52 in Game 1 against the Capitals.
  • Washington Capitals defensemanKarl Alzner will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC).  Alzner did not participate in an optional practice Tuesday and has not been on the ice since a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Game 2 at Verizon Center on Saturday.
  • The status of the Bruins’ four injured defensemen hasn’t changed much. Colin Miller, out since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 1, was the only one to participate in practice, and Cassidy said he is the closest to returning to the lineup. Brandon Carlo (upper body) skated on his own before practice and is doubtful for Game 4. Torey Krug (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (upper body) remained off the ice.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after he cracked his right cheekbone in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Werenski, 19, was injured with 6:45 left in the second period when he was struck under his shield by a shot from Penguins forward Phil Kessel. Werenski immediately went down, was bleeding from his face, and went to the locker room.  He returned for the third period with a full face shield, but his eye had swollen so much he couldn’t see and was unable to play in overtime.  The Penguins won 5-4 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.  “It makes you sick just because you see him try to come back out and his eye’s swollen up between the third and overtime and you know he wants to come back out, and what guy comes back out in that situation?” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno  “I said to him, ‘I’m proud to be your teammate.’  “He’s a kid who exemplifies what we’re trying to build here, and it’s pretty impressive from a young guy. There’s lots of respect for that kid around the room, always has been. He’s such a big part of this team and it’s hard not to have him out there.”

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Four Stanley Cup Playoff games were decided in overtime Monday, something that hadn’t happened since April 10, 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks all won in overtime in the only four games on the schedule. It’s the third time in NHL history four playoff games went to overtime on the same day. The first time was April 11, 1980.  On April 10, 1985, eight games — all Game 1 of division semifinal series — were played, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Calgary Flames in overtime.
  • Dave Strader, who is calling games again after missing time while fighting cancer earlier in the season, has been named the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. Strader was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in May but returned as television play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Stars and NBC Sports in February.  His 38-year career began in 1979 with the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League. He’s also worked for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes, as well as at ESPN, ABC and NBC.  It also was announced that long-time hockey writer Cam Cole has been named the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism.  Cole retired in 2016 after a 41-year career that saw him cover the Edmonton Oilers dynasty as the columnist at the Edmonton Journal, as well work at the National Post in Toronto and the Vancouver Sun. He covered more than 30 Stanley Cup Final series and 16 Olympics.  Strader and Cole will be recognized at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto as Media Honorees. They will be honored during the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend Nov. 10-13.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Edmonton Oilers forwardLeon Draisaitl will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for spearing San Jose Sharks forward Chris Tierney.  The incident occurred at 13:44 of the second period in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Tuesday. Draisaitl received a five-minute major for spearing and a game misconduct.  The Sharks defeated the Oilers 7-0.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The National Hockey League Tuesday announced that the 2017 NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas to celebrate the League’s top talent from the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, June 21 at T-Mobile Arena. In addition, it was announced that the NHL Expansion Draft™, a special event revealing the initial roster of the League’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights™, will be incorporated into the 2017 NHL Awards™. Televised live in the United States on NBCSN and in Canada on Sportsnet at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT, the 2017 NHL Awards™ will showcase hockey and Hollywood’s biggest stars with the excitement and energy that only Las Vegas can provide. As part of the program, the Golden Knights’ 30 selections in the NHL Expansion Draft™ will be revealed, providing the home fans – and national viewing audience – the opportunity to learn the initial composition of the team’s roster. The show will highlight team Majority Owner Bill Foley, General Manager George McPhee, Head Coach Gerard Gallant, as well as select players chosen by the Golden Knights, who begin NHL play in 2017-18.  The 2017 NHL Awards™ will again honor the top individual regular-season performances in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). The Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Washington (1)
  2. Chicago (2)
  3. NY Rangers (3)
  4. Anaheim (4)
  5. Pittsburgh (5)
  6. Minnesota (6)
  7. San Jose (7)
  8. Boston (8)
  9. Columbus (9)
  10. Montreal (10)
  11. Edmonton (11)
  12. St Louis (12)
  13. Calgary (13)
  14. Ottawa (14)
  15. Nashville (15)
  16. Toronto (16)

 

  1. NY Islanders (17)
  2. Tampa Bay (18)
  3. Philadelphia (19)
  4. Winnipeg (20)
  5. Carolina (21)
  6. Los Angeles (22)
  7. Florida (23)
  8. Dallas (24)
  9. Detroit (25)
  10. Buffalo (26)
  11. New Jersey (27)
  12. Arizona (28)
  13. Vancouver (29)
  14. Colorado (30)
  15. Las Vegas (31)

 

NHL Awards Predictions (if there is time)

  • Hart Trophy – Wayne: Connor McDavid,  Steve:
  • Lady Byng Trophy – Wayne: Brad Marchand (JK) Vladimir Tarasenko (12 PIM, 75 pts)
  • Vezina Trophy – Wayne: Sergei Bobrovsky, Steve:
  • Calder Trophy – Wayne: Auston Matthews, Steve:
  • Norris Trophy – Wayne: Brent Burns, Steve:
  • Bill Masterton Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Each team nominated 1 player) – Wayne:  Shawn Thornton, Steve:
  • Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA best player) – Wayne: Sidney Crosby, Steve:
  • Jack Adams Award: Wayne:  Todd McLelland, Steve:
  • Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Wayne:  Patrice Bergeron, Steve:
  • King Clancy Trophy (player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community Each team nominated 1 player) Wayne:  Jordan Staal (Staal Family Foundation), Steve:

 

 

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/

 

 

Picks of the week:

Steve:

 

Wayne:  https://www.nhl.com/news/dart-guy-meets-auston-matthews-parents/c-288906326 https://www.nhl.com/news/dart-guy-becomes-online-hero-for-maple-leafs-fans/c-288841784

 

https://www.nhl.com/news/denna-laing-has-incredible-time-at-boston-marathon/c-288878886

 

 

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 4/26 6:30 PM, but if Boston plays a game 7, we will record on 4/27.

 

Topics for Next Week:

 

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.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

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:

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 35 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get all wound up in a Playoff frenzy!  We will tell you who made it, and who plays who in the first round.  We will also make our prediction of who will win the first round.  There have been even more signings around the league.  We’ll tell you who signed, and where.  We’ll also discuss all of 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 35 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! Playoffs are here!  This show will be mostly about the upcoming playoffs.  We’ll get you caught up on all 16 teams and 8 match-ups, then We will give you our predictions.
  • The NCAA crowned their D1 Champion this past weekend. We’ll tell you what went down at the Frozen 4
  • If we have time, we will also give our predictions on the major NHL awards.

 

 

 

Scores

 

Final 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.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

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:

 

NHL Playoffs!

https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs

Eastern Conference:

Ottawa Senators (A2) vs. Boston Bruins (A3)

Season series: Ottawa 4-0-0

Last playoff meeting: None

5 storylines

Overcoming adversity: That has been the tagline for the Senators, whether it was the post-concussion syndrome of forward Clarke MacArthur, the cancer goaltender Craig Anderson‘s wife faced, or the many, many injuries that kept players out during the regular season, most recently the foot injuries to defenseman Erik Karlsson. Once the playoffs arrive, the question is whether going through all of that this season, and staying together, will bear fruit for the Senators, who might be the healthiest they’ve been all season heading into this series.

Can Brad Marchand bounce back?: It was a disappointing end to what had been the best season of the left wing’s NHL career. Marchand soared to the top of the NHL scoring race, at one point late in the season tying Sidney Crosby in goals, on his way to being mentioned in the Hart Trophy conversation. But Marchand finished the season in the press box, suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety for the final two games of the season after spearing defenseman Jake Dotchin of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It left a bad taste for the Bruins, and it left Marchand one goal shy of the 40 he had told general manager Don Sweeney he would score this season after signing an eight-year contract in September.

Keeping it close: The Senators’ success this season was all about the system, all about slowing down the game and slowing down the opposition. They weren’t exactly a team that won by blowing out opponents, but rather by adhering to their defensive-minded approach. The question in the playoffs will be whether that system works for them in a best-of-7 series like it did in the regular season. It appeared that the Bruins figured out a key to playing the Senators in their final regular-season matchup, even though Boston lost 2-1 in a shootout, so that will be key to watch as well.

Enough defense: The question all season was whether the Bruins defense would be good enough. Now, after defensemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo each was injured in the final two games of the regular season, the question is whether they’ll be healthy enough. There’s no way to win the Stanley Cup, or even a round, without a good defense, and integrating inexperienced defensemen or moving players from the press box into the rotation is far from optimal at this time of year.

Coach vs. coach: The coaching matchup is an interesting sidenote to this series. Neither coach was in the NHL at this point last season, and yet each has led his team to the postseason. Boucher, who is in his fourth season as an NHL coach, is 11-7 in his career in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, having guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Eastern Conference Final in 2011. He has not been back since. For Cassidy, it’s been even longer. The Bruins coach was 2-4 with the Washington Capitals in the 2003 playoffs, when his charges bowed out in the first round to the Lightning. That’s not a lot of playoff experience on either side.

Charlie McAvoy:  With injuries to Brandon Carlo and Torrey Krug, the Bruins were almost forced to sign McAvoy, who is the best defenseman in their system not currently with the Bruins.

 

Keys to victory

Senators: Keeping it close. As multiple Senators mentioned after they clinched a playoff berth in a 2-1 shootout win against the Bruins on Thursday, the reason they defeated Boston that night and the reason they had succeeded all season was their ability to play a tight-checking, close game. They defeated the Bruins just that way all season, winning three one-goal games and one two-goal game.

Bruins: Breaking out. The Bruins have played a puck-possession game all season, one that can break out offensively at any time, especially when led by Marchand and Pastrnak. To win the series, Boston will have to break through the Ottawa defensive morass and use the firepower that they have to overpower the Senators’ system.

https://www.nhl.com/news/boston-bruins-ottawa-senators-playoff-preview/c-288636496

 

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (M2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (M3)

Season series: Each was 2-1-1

Last playoff meeting: 2014 Eastern Conference First Round; Penguins won series 4-2

All-time playoff series: Penguins lead 1-0

 

5 storylines

Sidney Crosby vs. Brandon Dubinsky: If Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the superhero, Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky is the villain. That’s the way it’s always been for Crosby and Dubinsky. The plot won’t change now. They have fought each other. Dubinsky has been suspended for cross-checking Crosby in the head. In many ways, this matchup could define the series because the Blue Jackets will want to play physical and grind away at the Penguins, whereas Pittsburgh will want to negate that physicality with its speed. Columbus has speed too, but trying to go speed-for-speed against Pittsburgh isn’t smart. Dubinsky will try to grind away at Crosby, who will try to be elusive and beat him in transition or with plays below the dots.

Friends turned adversaries: There’s a good chance that nobody in the NHL knows Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan better than Columbus coach John Tortorella. The same is true the other way. Tortorella and Sullivan worked together for six seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks from 2007-14. Tortorella was the coach, and Sullivan was his assistant. It was the same dynamic at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 last fall, when Tortorella was coach for Team USA and had Sullivan on his staff. They remain close friends, except for this series. “There’ll be no discussion,” Sullivan said. Maybe not, but it will be interesting to see their dynamic play out in a playoff series. It might negate any coaching advantage, or it might lead to an enticing mental game of matching wits and trying to stay ahead of what they know for sure the other is thinking.

Filling Kris Letang‘s role: The Penguins have a big hole to fill with the loss of Letang, who will miss the playoffs and potentially the start of next season because of surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. It’s impossible to replace Letang, who can play 30 minutes per game and get better with each passing minute. But the Penguins will try to cope without their top defenseman by using their depth. Sullivan said they have hard decisions to make, especially with the recent returns of Trevor Daley and Olli Maatta from injury. Pittsburgh went 13-7-3 without Letang after Feb. 25.

Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Matt Murray: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a favorite to win the Vezina Trophy and a potential Hart Trophy candidate. Penguins goalie Matt Murray should be a candidate for the Calder Trophy. He’d be the first goalie to win it after winning the Stanley Cup since Ken Dryden in 1971-72. Bobrovsky has appeared in 13 NHL playoff games and is 2-6 with a 3.50 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. Murray was 15-6 with a 2.08 GAA and .923 save percentage for the Penguins in the playoffs last season. On paper, it looks like the Blue Jackets have the edge in goal because they have the Vezina Trophy contender, but it’s thin if it exists at all because of what Murray has already proven he’s capable of doing.

Doctor, doctor: The good news for Pittsburgh is center Evgeni Malkin should be back for Game 1. Malkin (upper body) has been out since March 17, but Sullivan said Sunday he is encouraged with his progress. Maatta returned Sunday after missing 25 games following hand surgery. In addition, Daley played two of the final three games of the regular season after missing 20 games because of knee surgery. However, the statuses of left wings Carl Hagelin (lower body) and Chris Kunitz (lower body) are unclear. Neither is likely to play in Game 1. Columbus rookie defenseman Zach Werenski (upper body) missed the final four games of the regular season but is expected to be ready for Game 1. If Werenski were to miss any time, it would throw the Blue Jackets’ defense pairs for a loop and prevent them from being able to match up against Crosby and Malkin the way they would like. The Blue Jackets also might not have defenseman Ryan Murray (hand), which means it’s possible rookie Markus Nutivaara will play in his place. Scott Harrington is the other option.

 

Keys to victory

Penguins: Nick Bonino’s line. The Penguins will try to come at the Blue Jackets in waves by spreading out their scoring depth. Bonino’s third line, just like last season, makes that happen. The Blue Jackets might not have enough depth on defense to keep up. It’s possible Patric Hornqvist and Scott Wilson could be on Bonino’s line for Game 1.

Blue Jackets: Belief. The Blue Jackets have size, depth, talent, speed, skill and goaltending. They need to have some swagger against the defending champs. They need to believe they belong, that they’re good enough, because there’s no doubt the Penguins do.

https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-columbus-blue-jackets-playoff-preview/c-288633648

 

Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (WC2) 

Season series: Washington 2-1-0

Last playoff meeting: None

 

5 storylines

Rookie sensation: Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, 19, established himself as a Calder Trophy favorite in his NHL debut by scoring four goals against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 12. He went on to become the fourth rookie in League history to score 40 goals in a season before his 20th birthday, joining Dale Hawerchuk, Sylvain Turgeon and Mario Lemieux. The spotlight will be brighter in the playoffs, but he has responded to every challenge so far.

Alex Ovechkin peaking: Although Ovechkin’s 33 goals were his fewest in a full season since 2010-11, when he had 32, the Capitals forward has elevated his play down the stretch. He had 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the final 15 regular-season games and averaged 4.6 shots on goal per game over the past 18 games after averaging 3.6 in the first 64. To keep Ovechkin fresh for the playoffs, coach Barry Trotz trimmed his ice time from 20:18 per game last season to 18:21 per game this season.

Going deep: One of the Capitals’ objectives after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round last season was to become more of a four-line team so they could match the Penguins’ depth. They have succeeded; they have five forwards who scored at least 20 goals, including T.J. Oshie and Ovechkin, who shared the Washington lead with 33 goals, and 11 who scored at least 12. The offseason additions of Lars Eller (12 goals) and Brett Connolly (15) paid off in filling out the third line with Andre Burakovsky (12). The Maple Leafs also have five forwards with at least 20 goals, including Matthews and Nazem Kadri (32), and nine who have reached 10.

Man-advantage: The series will feature two of the top four power plays in the League. The Maple Leafs were second (23.8 percent), and the Capitals were tied for third with the Penguins (23.1 percent). The Capitals acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 27 to strengthen their depth on defense and because of his skill on the power-play point with his right-handed shot. After taking some time to adjust, Shattenkirk has taken the Capitals power play to another level. They went 12-for-34 (35.3 percent) over the last 12 games of the regular season.

On a roll: The Capitals finished the regular season strong, going 11-2-1 in their final 14 games. That’s in sharp contrast to a year ago when they coasted over the final month of the season, going 7-5-4 in their final 16 games, and never were able to flip the switch and find their top level when the playoffs began. In clinching a playoff berth, the Maple Leafs went 12-5-1 in their final 18.

Keys to victory

Capitals: Focus. Although the Capitals can’t win the Stanley Cup in this series, they can lose their chance to win it if they get distracted by the big picture or by talk of past early-round exits. They have tried in vain in the past to say their history has no impact. The first step toward proving that is taking care of business in this series, and then moving on to the next one.

Maple Leafs: Youth. The Maple Leafs’ inexperience can be a negative, but they can use it to their advantage if they play with the same youthful enthusiasm they’ve had all season. They might be young enough not to realize they’re big underdogs in the series and the playoffs are a bigger stage.

https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-and-toronto-maple-leafs-series-preview/c-288634214

 

Montreal Canadiens (A1) vs New York Rangers (WC1)

Season series: Canadiens 3-0-0

Last playoff meeting: 2014 Eastern Conference Final; Rangers won series 4-2

All-time playoff series: Rangers lead 8-7

 

5 storylines

The King vs. the Savior: The marquee matchup is in goal, one that did not occur in 2014. New York’s Henrik Lundqvist and Montreal’s Carey Price are two of the best in the world, and whoever plays better likely will move on to the second round. This showdown in the Eastern Conference Final three years ago was cut short when Price was injured in Game 1 in a collision with Rangers forward Chris Kreider. Lundqvist is 14-17-3 in the regular season against the Canadiens, one of three NHL teams he has a losing record against (Ottawa Senators, 15-17-3; St. Louis Blues, 4-5-0).

The speedy game-breakers: The Canadiens and Rangers each possess a player who can be the difference at any moment thanks to his blazing speed. Montreal forward Paul Byron and New York forward Michael Grabner were two of the most surprising players in the League during the regular season, and each did it turning seemingly innocuous loose pucks in the neutral zone into breakaways. Grabner scored 27 goals, and Byron had 22, but what is remarkable is that neither of them scored a power-play goal and each of them has scored once shorthanded.

Rangers’ scoring depth vs. Canadiens’ shutdown players: Under Julien, the defense pairing of Shea Weber with Andrei Markov and the forward line of Tomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher and Byron consistently was used against the opposing team’s top lines. The problem the Rangers present is that they make it difficult for opposing teams to identify what the top line is. New York coach Alain Vigneault spreads his offense across three balanced lines, and whoever doesn’t have to face Montreal’s top shutdown unit should have an easier time producing.

Rangers’ lack of depth on defense: As deep as they are up front, the Rangers defense represents their biggest question mark heading into the playoffs. After Ryan McDonagh, it gets very thin with a combination of Dan GirardiMarc StaalNick HoldenBrendan SmithKevin Klein and rookie Brady Skjei filling out the top six. The Canadiens have a clear advantage in this area, and that could be what makes the difference in the goaltending showdown.

The Kreider factor: Canadiens fans definitely have not forgotten what happened to Price in 2014. There is no doubt Kreider will be a target of the Bell Centre crowd throughout the series, and the fact that Kreider’s 28 goals led the Rangers this season should accentuate his villain role on the road.

 

Keys to victory

Canadiens: Secondary scoring. New York will focus its attention defensively on the top line of Max PaciorettyPhillip Danault and Alexander Radulov, so it is vital that Montreal’s second and third lines contribute offensively, particularly the line of Alex GalchenyukAndrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen. With the Plekanec line drawing most of the difficult assignments, providing offensive support for the top line will fall largely on the Shaw line. They’ve been good since they were put together March 23, particularly the rookie Lehkonen, but that needs to continue.

Rangers: Relentless pressure. New York’s primary advantage is up front and their ability to come at you in waves, with very little drop-off from their first forward line to their third. The Rangers need to accentuate that and force the Canadiens to defend for long stretches, something Montreal hasn’t done much under Julien, in order to wear Price down over time.

https://www.nhl.com/news/montreal-canadiens-new-york-rangers-playoff-preview/c-288628298

 

 

 

Western Conference:

Edmonton Oilers (P2) vs. San Jose Sharks (P3)

Season series: Edmonton 3-1-1

Last playoff meeting: 2006 Western Conference Semifinal; Oilers won series 4-2

All-time playoff series: Oilers lead 1-0

5 storylines

Sharks’ health: The statuses of San Jose centers Joe Thornton and Logan Couture are unknown. Couture took a puck to face March 25 against the Nashville Predators and missed the final seven games of the regular season. Thornton sustained a knee injury against the Vancouver Canucks on April 2 and missed the final three games. Couture, who had 52 points (25 goals, 27 assists), and Thornton, who had 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists), finished third and fourth on the Sharks in scoring, so it will be a big loss if either misses any more time.

Connor McDavid: The Oilers captain has an unmatched combination of pure speed and ability to make plays at that speed. Having never played a game in the NHL playoffs, McDavid has stayed away from claiming to know how the postseason goes. The focus surely will be on whether he can continue to create the same opportunities for himself and regular linemates Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon once the playoffs begin.

Brent Burns: The Sharks defenseman is a unique talent, incorporating size (6-foot-5, 230 pounds), mobility, physicality and offensive instincts. Burns’ 76 points led the Sharks, and his 29 goals were tied with Joe Pavelski for most on San Jose. Will the Oilers hound him, pressure him and try to hit him? Or will they go more for the containment strategy?

Todd McLellan vs. his former team: McLellan guided the Oilers to the playoffs in his second season as their coach. Prior to being hired by Edmonton, McLellan coached the San Jose for seven seasons, qualifying for the playoffs in the first six. Will his extensive knowledge of the Sharks, especially their veteran players like Thornton, Burns and Pavelski, be an advantage?

Experience factor: Much of the discussion about this series will center around the Sharks’ big advantage in postseason experience. San Jose’s roster has combined for 1,169 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs compared to 342 for Edmonton. Almost one-third of the Oilers’ total is from left wing Milan Lucic, who has played in 101 NHL playoff games, including winning the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011. Beyond that, 16 Oilers have played 10 or fewer NHL postseason games, and 11 of 23 have no NHL playoff experience.

 

Keys to victory

Oilers: Handling the pressure. Edmonton had the best record against the Western Conference (33-11-6) and the Pacific Division (20-6-3), and was the only Western Conference team to win 20 games in its own division. But the playoffs are a different animal, and maintaining structure and discipline when postseason emotions get ramped up will be a new challenge for a young team.

Sharks: Health. San Jose is a savvy, experienced team that knows all about the price required to win in the playoffs. The heartbreak it experienced last season losing in the Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games is sure to be an additional motivating factor this spring. Given that the Sharks know how to get the job done and were able to handle adversity in the 2016 playoffs, having Thornton and Couture available to give them a complete roster may be the most important thing in the first round.

https://www.nhl.com/news/edmonton-oilers-san-jose-sharks-series-preview/c-288637270

 

Anaheim Ducks (P1) vs. Calgary Flames (WC1)

Season series: Anaheim 4-1-0

Last playoff meeting: 2015 Western Conference Second Round; Ducks won series 4-1

All-time playoff series: Ducks lead 2-0

 

5 storylines

Impact of April 4: Will there be any repercussions from the final regular-season game between the Ducks and Flames? Emotions erupted after Flames defenseman Mark Giordano‘s knee-on-knee hit knocked Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler out of the game in Anaheim. Fowler sprained his right knee and will be out for 2-6 weeks.

Epic home streak: Almost lost in the controversy of the April 4 game between the Ducks and Flames was that the Anaheim’s regular-season winning streak against Calgary at Honda Center was extended to 25 games. The Flames (0-20-5) haven’t won in the regular season in Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004. Calgary is going to have to find a way to break the curse. The Flames dropped all three games in Anaheim against the Ducks in the playoffs two years ago in the second round. In 2006, the Flames defeated the Ducks 5-2 in Game 3, at Anaheim on April 25 in the first round.

Depth perception: The Ducks hold the edge in terms of scoring at the top end. Four players scored more than 20 goals this season: Rickard Rakell (33), Patrick Eaves (32; 11 with Ducks, 21 with Stars), Jakob Silfverberg (23) and Ryan Kesler (22). Sean Monahan (27) and Mikael Backlund (22) were the only Flames with more than 20 goals. However, 12 Flames scored 10 or more goals compared to nine for the Ducks.

Matthew Tkachuk ready for prime time: The son of former NHL player Keith Tkachuk doesn’t act like a rookie or play like one. After sparking London of the Ontario Hockey League to the 2016 Memorial Cup, the 19-year-old never looked out of place at the NHL level and never hit the rookie wall. Tkachuk’s 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) were fifth on the Flames.  “This is going to be a new experience for him,” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said on “Hockey Night in Canada” on Saturday. “The one thing we know is the lights won’t be too bright for him. This is a guy who rises in big game and big moments. He’s not shy to be on the big stage.”

Coaching contrast: One of the advantages held by the Ducks is in playoff coaching experience. It’s vast. Gulutzan will be coaching in his first NHL playoff game — the Stars did not qualify for the postseason in his two seasons in Dallas. For the Ducks, Randy Carlyle has coached in 69 NHL playoff games — 62 with the Ducks and seven with the Toronto Maple Leafs — and won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007. Few coaches are better at the matchup game than Carlyle.

Keys to victory

Ducks: Anaheim, which finished the season with a 14-game point streak (11-0-3), needs prompt success. A long, tough series works against the Ducks, who have been eliminated from the postseason each of the past four seasons at home in Game 7. The Ducks have been able to retool their roster in a subtle manner, but their defense will be tested with the absence of Fowler.

Flames: Calgary is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, but its stay will be short-lived if it can’t get past the demons of Honda Center. With the Ducks holding home-ice advantage, the questions about the Flames’ inability to win in Anaheim will begin immediately. Calgary will need to win at least one game on the road in order to advance.

https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-calgary-flames-series-preview/c-288636912

 

 

Chicago Blackhawks (C1) vs. Nashville Predators (WC2) <

Season series: Chicago 4-1-0

Last playoff meeting: 2015 Western Conference First Round; Blackhawks won series 4-2

All-time playoff series: Blackhawks lead 2-0

 

5 storylines

Blackhawks chasing dynasty status: Chicago is attempting to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, third in five. If successful, the Blackhawks will have won four championships since 2010. Six players on the current roster have won each of the previous three: Toews, Kane, Keith, Marian HossaBrent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson. The last team to win the Cup three times in a five-year span was the 1990 Edmonton Oilers (who also won it in 1987 and 1988).

Subban in the spotlight: Subban was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade for franchise defenseman Shea Weber by general manager David Poile to give the Predators a more dynamic presence in the attacking end. The Predators played 14 playoff games last season. In eight of them, they scored two or fewer goals. Nashville averaged 2.90 goals per game this season, up from 2.73 in 2015-16.

Depth charges: The Predators may have the deeper offensive lineup in this series, at least on paper. Nashville had 12 players score at least 25 points; Chicago had 10. The Predators also had a dozen players score at least 10 goals; the Blackhawks had seven. However, Nashville will have to prove this advantage on the ice.

No substitute for experience: The Blackhawks have played in so many big games that almost nothing fazes them. Toews and Hjalmarsson each has played in 124 playoff games for Chicago, followed by Kane (123), Keith (122), Seabrook (119), Hossa (103) and Crawford (83). Nobody has played more playoff games with the Predators than Rinne, who has 48 appearances. Subban has played in 55 NHL playoff games, all with the Canadiens.

Not very special: Neither team was very good on the power play or the penalty kill in the regular season. Nashville finished 16th in the NHL on the power play (18.9 percent), and Chicago was 19th (18.0 percent). However, the Blackhawks went 6-for-15 on the power play against the Predators, who scored on five of 16 man-advantage opportunities in the season series. Nashville was 15th on the penalty kill (80.9 percent), and Chicago was 24th (77.7 percent).

 

Keys to victory

Blackhawks: Consistency. The Blackhawks are the better team. They are the top seed in the West, they finished 15 points ahead of the Predators, and they have a much finer playoff pedigree. If Chicago can stay focused and play the game that it has played for much of the second half of the season, there is no reason it can’t win this series.

Predators: Good goaltending. Rinne, 34, has said he does not know how many more opportunities he will get in the playoffs as Nashville’s No. 1 goalie. If he wants this to be a long run, he is going to have to be spectacular and improve upon his 2.51 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 48 NHL playoff games.

https://www.nhl.com/news/blackhawks-predators-playoff-preview/c-288628080

 

Minnesota Wild (C2) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3) 

Season series: St. Louis 3-2-0

Last playoff meeting: 2015 Western Conference First Round; Wild won series 4-2

All-time playoff series: Wild lead 1-0

 

5 storylines

Devan Dubnyk does it again: His first half was better than his second, but Dubnyk had another solid season, becoming the first goalie in Wild history to win 40 games in a season, posting a 2.25 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. It could be enough to earn him some votes for the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goalie, but Dubnyk surely is more interested in helping the Wild win the Stanley Cup for the first time.

Vladimir Tarasenko‘s explosiveness: Tarasenko is a threat to score every time he’s on the ice. The 25-year-old nearly scored 40 goals for a second straight season, falling two shy. He played a huge role in helping the Blues reach the conference final last spring, when he had 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 20 playoff games.

Eric Staal‘s resurgence: Some may have thought Staal’s best days were behind him, but the three-year, $10.5 million contract he signed with the Wild on July 1 has proved to be a bargain; the 32-year-old center had 65 points (28 goals, 37 assists) in his first season with the Wild. Staal, who helped the Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup in 2006, brings a winning pedigree and likely will play in all situations for the Wild this postseason.

Jake Allen shines in second half: It’s been an up-and-down season for Allen, who struggled at times during the first half and was left behind for a three-game road trip to help get him out of his mental funk. But the 26-year-old goalie bounced back in a big way in the second half, winning 16 games from Feb. 2 until the end of the regular season.

Ryan Suter‘s always out there: If you’re a Blues fan and don’t know much about the Wild’s No. 1 defenseman, you’ll know plenty by the end of this series. Suter is a workhorse for the Wild and has no issues in playing in excess of 30 minutes per game. With the playoffs upon us, expect his workload to only increase.

Keys to victory

Wild: Veteran leadership. The Wild aren’t short on players who have been involved in long playoff runs, particularly Staal and Parise, who helped the New Jersey Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. Those two will need to lead the way for Minnesota, which never has reached the Cup Final.

Blues: Shoot the puck, early and often. There is going to be an enormous amount of pressure on Dubnyk to perform after he faltered a bit in the second half, and an early goal in Game 1 could go a long way. That’s where someone such as Tarasenko could really set the tone.

https://www.nhl.com/news/minnesota-wild-st-louis-blues-playoff-preview/c-288619676

 

 

 

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  • Doug Weight will remain as coach of the New York Islanders. The Islanders went 24-12-4 after Weight replaced Jack Capuano on Jan. 18, the NHL’s second-best record from Jan. 19 until the end of the season. Although the Islanders ended the season with a six-game winning streak, they finished one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.  Weight, who admitted Wednesday that when he first got the job he wasn’t sure if being a coach was something we wanted to do long-term, will also continue to serve as assistant GM.  Weight said he’ll probably make changes to the coaching staff. Assistant Bob Corkum joined Weight on the bench after Capuano was fired; Greg Cronin has been an assistant since the 2014-15 season.
  • Ken Hitchcock will be named coach of the Dallas Stars on Thursday, the Dallas Morning News and Sportsnet reported. Hitchcock, who was fired as coach of the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 1, coached the Stars for seven seasons and won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.  He has a 781-474-88 record in 20 NHL seasons with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues. Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2011-12, his first season with St. Louis.  The Stars announced Sunday that Lindy Ruff’s contract would not be renewed.  At a press conference Monday, general manager Jim Nill said he was looking to hire a veteran coach and had already spoken to three candidates. He told NHL Network Radio on Tuesday that he was moving quickly and said he was hoping to have his new coach in “three to four days.”  Hitchcock coached Dallas from 1996-2002 and is the Stars’ all-time leader in victories with a 277-154-60-12 record.
  • Willie Desjardins was fired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks on Monday along with assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Peary Pearn one day after Vancouver finished the season with 69 points (30-43-9), second-fewest in the NHL. In three seasons with Vancouver, Desjardins had a record of 109-110-27. After making the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first season, the Canucks have missed the past two.  Vancouver finished the season on an eight-game losing streak and also had a nine-game losing streak earlier in the season.
  • The Florida Panthers are putting Dale Tallon back in charge of their hockey operation. Tallon was named general manager in place of Tom Rowe, who will no longer serve as coach, the Panthers announced Monday. Tallon, who will retain his title as president of hockey operations, was GM from 2010-16.  Rowe will remain with the Panthers as a special adviser to Tallon. Eric Joyce and Steve Werier will continue as assistant general managers.  Rowe replaced Tallon as GM on May 16. He took over as coach after Gerard Gallant was fired Nov. 28. Rowe went 24-27-10 in 61 games, and the Panthers finished 14 points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.  President/CEO Matt Caldwell said the lack of a clear decision-maker hurt the Panthers.  Still need a coach…

Injuries

  • The Buffalo Sabres are hoping forwardKyle Okposo will be able to return next season after an illness caused him to miss the final six games of this season.  Okposo, 28, reportedly was hospitalized at Buffalo General Hospital because of an undisclosed ailment on April 2.
  • Playoff bound teams suddenly have players healthy just in time for game 1!

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbomand Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 9.  Anderson went 3-0-1 with a 1.44 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Senators (44-28-10, 98 points) to seven out of a possible 10 standings points and a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division.  Klefbom led the NHL with seven assists/points in four games to propel the Oilers (47-26-9, 103 points) to three victories and a second-place finish in the Pacific Division.  Point shared second place in the NHL with 4-2-6 in four games as the Lightning (42-30-10, 94 points) wrapped up their season with three victories in four starts.
  • The 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Sunday with Edmonton Oilers centerConnor McDavid capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby claiming his second career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals winning his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals. McDavid finished the season with a League-leading 100 points (and 70 assists) in 82 games, besting Crosby (44-45-89 in 75 GP) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (34-55-89 in 82 GP) for his first career Art Ross Trophy.  Crosby scored a League-high 44 goals in 75 games to capture his second career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, adding to the one he shared with Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos in 2009-10. Crosby – who finished ahead of Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (40 G in 74 GP) and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (40 G in 82 GP) for the award – recorded eight multi-goal performances, highlighted by his 10th career hat trick March 19 vs. FLA.  Holtby saw the most action on a Capitals team that allowed a League-low 182 goals, 13 fewer than the Columbus Blue Jackets. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner claimed his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the second in franchise history, following the tandem of Al Jensen and Pat Riggin in 1983-84.
  • Defenseman Will Butcher (COL) of the University of Denver won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday, given annually to the player voted to be the best in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey. Union College forward Mike Vecchione and Northeastern forward Zach Aston-Reese were the other finalists.  Butcher, whose NHL rights are held by the Colorado Avalanche, is the first defenseman to win the award since Matt Gilroy of Boston University in 2009, and sixth in history.  Butcher had 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists) in 42 games this season, and his plus-27 rating ranks ninth in the nation.  The 22-year-old was named National Collegiate Hockey Conference player of the year and offensive defenseman of the year, helping Denver win the NCHC regular-season championship. Butcher and defenseman Matt Carle (2006) are the only players from Denver to win the award.  Butcher was a fifth-round pick (No. 123) by Colorado in the 2013 NHL Draft.  Vecchione, 24, who signed with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 31 and made his NHL debut April 4, tied for the NCAA lead with 63 points (29 goals, 34 assists) in 38 games.  Aston-Reese, 22, tied with Vecchione for the scoring lead with (31 goals, 32 assists) in 38 games and signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 14.  Jimmy Vesey (Harvard) of the New York Rangers won the award last year. Jack Eichel (Boston University) of the Buffalo Sabres won it in 2015, and Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College) of the Calgary Flames won it in 2014.
  • Announced retirements this week – Patrik Elias, Shawn Thornton, Bryan Bickell.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Anaheim Ducks forwardNick Ritchie has been suspended for two games, without pay, for roughing Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival during NHL Game No. 1203 in Anaheim on Thursday, April 6, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.  The suspension includes the Ducks’ final regular-season game as well as their first game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The incident occurred at 6:00 of the third period. Ritchie was assessed a match penalty.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Ritchie will forfeit $4,967.59.
  • Boston Bruins forwardBrad Marchand has been suspended for two games, without pay, for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin during NHL Game No. 1179 in Boston on Tuesday, April 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.  The incident occurred at 19:20 of the first period. Marchand was assessed a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct.  Marchand is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $109,756.10.  Finished w/39 goals.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The National Hockey League announced today the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 8 p.m. ET, during live coverage of the event on NBC, CBC and TVA. Coverage on CBC begins at 7:30 p.m., ET. The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.  Participants in the Draft Lottery include the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play in the 2017-18 season, and all other Clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs (or Clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-Playoff Clubs).  The Golden Knights will be afforded the exact same lottery odds as the team finishing the regular season in 28th place — or with the third-worst regular-season record. They will be guaranteed no lower than the sixth overall selection.  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-nhl-draft-lottery-to-be-held-april-29/c-288660422
  • Brandon center Nolan Patrick is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters for the 2017 NHL Draft. NHL Central Scouting revealed its final list of the top North American skaters and goaltenders, and top international skaters and goaltenders Tuesday.  Patrick (6-foot-2, 198 pounds), the son of former NHL player Steve Patrick and nephew of former NHL player James Patrick, is No. 1 despite missing 35 regular-season games because of an upper-body injury and all four WHL playoff games because of a lower-body injury.  The No. 1 skater on Central Scouting’s international list is forward Klim Kostin (6-3, 196) of Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. Kostin had shoulder surgery performed in January and hasn’t played since. Like Patrick, Kostin proved in earlier viewings that he has the necessary tools to excel at the next level.  Center Nico Hischier of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is No. 2 among North American skaters, followed by center Casey Mittelstadt of Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota, center Gabriel Vilardi of Windsor in the Ontario Hockey League and center Michael Rasmussen of Tri-City (WHL).  The top North American goalie is Boston University freshman Jake Oettinger (6-4, 212), who was No. 3 in the midterm rankings. He led Hockey East with a 2.09 goals-against average in league games and became the ninth BU goaltender named to a Hockey East All-Star Team.  Keith Petruzzelli (6-5, 180) of Muskegon, who was No. 1 in the midterm ranking, is No. 2, followed by Ian Scott (6-3, 172) of Prince Albert (WHL).  Center Elias Pettersson (6-1, 165) of Timra in Sweden is No. 2 on Central Scouting’s final ranking of international skaters, followed by center Lias Andersson (5-11, 198) of HV 71 (SWE), defenseman Miro Heiskanen (6-0, 183) of HIFK in Finland, and center Martin Necas (6-1, 180) of Brno in Czech Republic.  Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (6-4, 196) of HPK in Finland is the No. 1 international goaltender, followed by Olle Eriksson-Ek (6-2, 196) of Farjestad (SWE) and Adam Ahman (6-0, 165) of HV 71 (SWE).
  • Hilary Knight scored in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win against Canada in the gold-medal game at the IIHF Women’s World Championship at USA Hockey Arena 1 in Plymouth, Michigan on Friday. Knight blocked a shot in the defensive zone and trailed Kendall Coyne up the ice. Coyne then made a drop pass to Knight, who shot past Canada goalie Shannon Szabados.  The United States won a world championship on home ice for the first time.  Meghan Acosta gave Canada a 1-0 lead one minute into the game, but Kacey Bellamy tied it 1-1 a little more than three minutes later.  Bellamy’s goal 42 seconds into the third period gave the United States a 2-1 lead. Canada tied it 2-2 on Brianne Jenner’s power-play goal with a little more than 10 minutes left.  The United States outshot Canada 40-30. U.S. goalie Nicole Hensley made 28 saves; Szabados made 37.  The United States and Canada have a history of overtime games in this tournament. Each had won three times, including a 1-0 win by the U.S. team last year. Knight scored an overtime winner to defeat Canada in 2011.  Finland defeated Germany 8-0 to win the bronze medal.

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Washington (1)
  2. Chicago (2)
  3. NY Rangers (6)
  4. Anaheim (8)
  5. Pittsburgh (3)
  6. Minnesota (7)
  7. San Jose (10)
  8. Boston (14)
  9. Columbus (4)
  10. Montreal (5)
  11. Edmonton (9)
  12. St Louis (12)
  13. Calgary (13)
  14. Ottawa (15)
  15. Nashville (16)
  16. Toronto (11)

 

  1. NY Islanders (17)
  2. Tampa Bay (18)
  3. Philadelphia (19)
  4. Winnipeg (22)
  5. Carolina (20)
  6. Los Angeles (21)
  7. Florida (24)
  8. Dallas (23)
  9. Detroit (26)
  10. Buffalo (25)
  11. New Jersey (28)
  12. Arizona (29)
  13. Vancouver (27)
  14. Colorado (30)
  15. Las Vegas (31)

 

NHL Awards Predictions (if there is time)

  • Hart Trophy – Wayne: Connor McDavid,  Steve:
  • Lady Byng Trophy – Wayne: Brad Marchand (JK) Vladimir Tarasenko (12 PIM, 75 pts)
  • Vezina Trophy – Wayne: Sergei Bobrovsky, Steve:
  • Calder Trophy – Wayne: Auston Matthews, Steve:
  • Norris Trophy – Wayne: Brent Burns, Steve:
  • Bill Masterton Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Each team nominated 1 player) – Wayne:  Shawn Thornton, Steve:
  • Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA best player) – Wayne: Sidney Crosby, Steve:
  • Jack Adams Award: Wayne:  Todd McLelland, Steve:
  • Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Wayne:  Patrice Bergeron, Steve:
  • King Clancy Trophy (player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community Each team nominated 1 player) Wayne:  Jordan Staal (Staal Family Foundation), Steve:

 

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:

Steve:  Bryan Bickell’s final week of his career

 

Wayne:  Talk about perfect timing.  The game that would close Joe Louis Arena forever after 37 years also happened to be the 1,000th career game of beloved Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg.  It was a celebration on top of a celebration and of course Zetterberg gave the fans a thrill, scoring a second period goal and sending the crowd into a frenzy.  Before their game against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, the Red Wings held a ceremony for Zetterberg, where he was given gifts and pre-recorded messages from teammate Niklas Kronwall, Swedish hockey legends Henrik LundqvistErik Karlsson and Nicklas Backstrom and former Red Wings greats Pavel Datsyuk and Steve Yzerman.  Flanked by his wife Emma, son Love and father Goran, and Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland and Detroit legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, Zetterberg received a Tiffany crystal from the NHL, and the Red Wings gave him a Rolex watch.  Zetterberg also received a golf-lover’s dream from his teammates. Kronwall and Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader handed Zetterberg the itinerary for an all-inclusive golf trip that includes five rounds at Merion Golf Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania, which has hosted the U.S. Open golf tournament five times, and Pine Valley in New Jersey, which was ranked as the world’s top golf course for 2017 by Golf Digest.  Zetterberg became the seventh player in Red Wings history to play 1,000 games, and he ranks seventh in franchise history in points. He boosted his career point total to 904 with the goal and an assist of Tomas Tatar‘s first-period goal.  He was named the game’s first star after the 4-1 victory.  ALSO…  Detroit Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan couldn’t have picked a better time to end a scoring slump.  Sheahan scored his first two goals of the season, including the final goal in Joe Louis Arena history, in a 4-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.  Sheahan flicked a wrist shot over Devils goaltender Cory Schneider at 7:09 of the first period. He was playing in his 80th game and was on pace to become the first NHL forward to finish a season with more than 100 shots and no goals.  He scored on Frans Nielsen‘s pass with his 107th shot, getting cheers from the Detroit fans and a celebration from his teammates. The goal came one year after he scored his previous goal against the New York Rangers on April 9, 2016.  “There are a lot of things I will remember about my career, and scoring the last goal here will definitely be one of them,” he said. “I’ll have that for the rest of my life.”  “I can’t remember the last time I’ve been that happy to see a guy get a goal,” veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “Maybe when Nick (Lidstrom) finally got a hat trick. That’s the only thing I can think of that is close.”  Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was just as pleased at Sheahan’s second goal.  “He’s gone through so much this year and had so much bad luck, but he’s out there helping us every game,” Zetterberg said. “We were all so happy to see him get one, and then he gets the last one ever in this building.  “That was perfect.”

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 34 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 falling out of the Playoff race, and the Bruins and Rangers clinching playoff berths.  Only 2 playoff spots remain to be determined, 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.  We’ll tell you all of the stories from our weekend at the NHL Fan Arena, and we’ll also discuss all of 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 34 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 almost over, as almost all 16 playoff teams have been determined. We’ll get you caught up with the latest.
  • Bryan Bickell made his long awaited return to the ice for the Hurricanes. We’ll tell you why that is big news.
  • NHL made a big announcement concerning the Olympics. We’ll have the details.
  • More Junior and College players are signing contracts.  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.
  • I attended the Dallas-Carolina game on Saturday, and I’ll give my thoughts.
  • We had our day at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, and we had a blast! We’ll tell you the stories!

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-0 W vs DAL on 3/30, 5-2 W vs FLA on 4/1, 3-2 W @CHI on 4/2 (last road game), 4-0 W vs TBL on 4/4

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

CAR:  2-1 OTW vs CBJ on 3/30, 3-0 L vs DAL on 4/1, 3-2 L @ PIT on 4/2, 5-3 L @ Min on 4/4

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

 

 

 

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.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

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.
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  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
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Transactions

 

03/30/2017  Tyson Jost (F) Univ. of North Dakota Colorado Avalanche  
03/30/2017  C.J. Smith (F) UMass-Lowell Buffalo Sabres  
03/30/2017  Tucker Poolman (D) Univ. of North Dakota Winnipeg Jets  
03/30/2017  Garrett Pilon (F) Kamloops Blazers Washington Capitals  
03/30/2017  Marcus Högberg (G) Linköping HC Ottawa Senators  
03/30/2017  Nick DeSimone (D) Union College San Jose Sharks  
03/31/2017  Mike Vecchione (F)  (HOBEY) Union College Philadelphia Flyers  
03/31/2017  Warren Foegele (F) Erie Otters Carolina Hurricanes  
03/31/2017  Spencer Smallman (F) Saint John Sea Dogs Carolina Hurricanes  
04/01/2017  Angus Redmond (G) Michigan Tech Anaheim Ducks  
04/02/2017  Colin White (F) Boston College Ottawa Senators  
04/02/2017  Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (F) Boston Univ. Boston Bruins  
04/04/2017  Connor Ingram (G) Kamloops Blazers Tampa Bay Lightning  

 

 

Injuries

  • Pittsburgh Penguins defensemanKris Letang will have surgery for a herniated disk in his neck and miss the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs.  “Right now it’s hard to swallow,” Letang said. “It was not expected. Like I’ve done in the past, I’m going to put my energy into getting better.”  Letang is expected to be sidelined 4-6 months.  “Kris had been making progress and was hopeful of returning for the playoffs until about a week ago, when the progress plateaued. He underwent another MRI, and, at that point it was determined that surgery was needed.”  The Penguins will have to attempt to repeat as Stanley Cup champions without Letang, 29, who has not played since Feb. 21 and has 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) in 41 games. Pittsburgh (49-19-11, 109 points) is five points behind the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference and NHL.  In addition to Letang, the Penguins are without forwards Evgeni Malkin (upper body), Carl Hagelin (lower body), Chris Kunitz (lower body), Bryan Rust (lower body) and Tom Sestito (upper body), and defensemen Olli Maatta (hand) and Trevor Daley (knee). Sullivan said Malkin has been skating the past couple of days and is optimistic he’ll be ready for the playoffs.
  • Clarke MacArthurhadn’t played alongside his teammates in 16 months, so being back brought some tears to his eyes.  Once thought lost for the season, MacArthur made his big comeback in the Ottawa Senators’ 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and played 9:44. It was a long road back for MacArthur, who had not played in a game since October 14, 2015, because of post-concussion syndrome.  MacArthur was named Third Star for the game.
  • Carolina Hurricanes forwardBryan Bickell played his first NHL game Tuesday since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November.  Bickell, 31, said he appreciates the support he’s received since his diagnosis.  Bickell, who had not played for the Hurricanes since Oct. 30, said his return didn’t go how he drew it up in his head. He had a minus-2 rating in 12:35 of ice time in a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. His line, with wings Andrew Poturalski, who was making his NHL debut, and Brock McGinn, was on the ice for two of three Wild goals in the first period.  His three hits helped quell concerns about his ability to play in the NHL, though.  To help him prepare for what lies ahead, Bickell turned to former Wild goaltender Josh Harding, who was diagnosed with MS in September 2012, and retired from the League in 2015.  Harding was at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday and talked with Bickell after the game.  Bickell has 66 goals and 70 assists in 392 NHL games with the Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks. He played 384 games with Chicago from 2007-16, winning the Stanley Cup three times.
  • CenterJoe Thornton will not play for the San Jose Sharks against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CA+, SNP, NHL.TV) because of an apparent left-knee injury.  Thornton had an MRI on Monday, but coach Peter DeBoer did not reveal the results. Thornton declined interview requests but said he would talk to reporters Wednesday.  Thornton, 37, has appeared in 201 consecutive regular-season games, a streak that began on Jan. 10, 2015. He’s missed nine games, seven because of injuries and two while suspended, since coming to San Jose from the Boston Bruins in a trade on Nov. 30, 2005.  Thornton was injured late in the first period of a 3-1 win at Vancouver on Sunday when he collided with Canucks forward Michael Chaput along the boards. Thornton’s left knee appeared to buckle, and he struggled to skate off the ice before hobbling toward the locker room.  Thornton is fourth on the Sharks with 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists) in 79 games.  The Sharks are also without center Logan Couture, who will miss his fifth straight game since being hit in the mouth by the puck after a deflection of a shot by defenseman Brent Burns against the Nashville Predators on March 25.  “I expect both of them will be back at some point,” DeBoer said. “Until then, I’m going to call it day to day. I don’t have a time frame on it.”
  • Montreal Canadiens defensemanShea Weber will miss at least the next two games because of a lower-body injury, coach Claude Julien said Monday.  Weber was sent back to Montreal to be evaluated and won’t play at the Florida Panthers on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV) or at the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.  The Canadiens, who have four games left, can clinch first place in the Atlantic Division with a win against the Panthers in any fashion Monday. They also can clinch if they get one point against the Panthers and the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Sabres (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, MSG-B, NHL.TV) in any fashion and the Ottawa Senators lose to the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV) in any fashion, or if the Maple Leafs and Senators each lose in regulation.  Weber is tied for second among NHL defensemen with 17 goals, and has 42 points and is plus-20 in 78 games. This will be the first game Weber has missed this season.
  • Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Michal Neuvirth collapsed prior to a neutral-zone faceoff 7:37 into the first period of the Flyers’ 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. He was removed from the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. All of Neuvirth’s diagnostic testing came back normal and he will be re-evaluated Monday.  “My understanding is that his sinus was clogged up and that has something to do with it,” Hextall said prior to the Flyers game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).  Hextall added that dehydration might have played a role.  Neuvirth is expected to make a full recovery.  The Flyers medical staff was aware of Neuvirth’s sinus issue, but Hextall said there were no indications before the game that he was susceptible to losing consciousness and passing out.  “He was feeling fine, but he felt this way for I don’t know how long,” Hextall said. “It wasn’t the first day.”  Anthony Stolarz replaced Neuvirth and made 26 saves. Stolarz had been recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League earlier Saturday after Steve Mason was too ill to play because of a stomach illness.
  • New York Islanders centerJohn Tavares is week to week with a lower-body injury sustained in a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.  The New York captain was battling for control of the puck behind the Devils net late in the third period and tried to avoid New Jersey defenseman Steven Santini but fell to the ice holding the back of his left leg. He needed two teammates to help him get to the locker room.  Tavares leads New York with 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) in 77 games. If the Islanders don’t make the playoffs, his season may be over.  “It’s a big blow,” coach Doug Weight said Friday. “Anytime you see your best player go down, and obviously he was in some distress … but these guys have been around. Injuries happen. It’s not fun, but it gives somebody a chance, right? It’s going to give some more minutes to throw around, some big challenges at a good time of the year.”
  • Dallas Stars forwardCurtis McKenzie returned to Texas on Friday after he was hospitalized because of an eye injury.  McKenzie was injured when he was hit by the stick of Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller in the third period of a 2-0 loss at TD Garden on Thursday.  McKenzie had 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 53 games this season, his third with the Stars.
  • Philadelphia Flyers forwardMatt Read will miss the final five games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.  Read, 30, was injured blocking a shot by New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy in a 6-3 win Thursday. CSN Philly reported Read may have broken his arm.  He had 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 63 games this season.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Toronto Maple Leafs rookie centerAuston Matthews set two more records during a 4-2 victory at the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.  Matthews, 19, scored his 39th goal in his 78th game during the first period. That moved him past Neal Broten for most goals by a United States-born NHL rookie. Broten was 22 when he scored 38 goals in 73 games for the MIneesota North Stars during the 1981-82 season.  It’s also the most goals by a NHL rookie since Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who was 20 at the time, scored 52 goals in 2005-06. The rookie record is 76, set by Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93.  The goal gave Matthews 67 points (39 goals, 28 assists), setting a Maple Leafs rookie record. The previous high was 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) in 80 games by Peter Ihnacak in 1982-83.
  • Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 2. Panarin led the League with five goals in four games (5-1-6) to help the Blackhawks (50-22-7, 107 points) clinch first place in the Western Conference.  Johansson led the League in assists and points with 1-7-8 as the Capitals (52-18-8, 112 points) won three of four games to maintain their hold on first place in the overall NHL standings.  Talbot went 3-0-0 with a 1.66 goals-against average and .946 save percentage to help the Oilers (44-25-9, 97 points) earn victories against three Pacific Division rivals and clinch a postseason berth for the first time since 2005-06.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs centerWilliam Nylander, who led all rookies with 4-10-14 in 14 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March.  Nylander edged Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (5-8-13 in 17 GP), Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Jake Guentzel (5-6-11 in 12 GP) and Matt Murray (6-2-1, 2.85 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO), and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (2-8-10 in 16 GP) for the honor.  Nylander accumulated all of his points during a 12-game streak from March 3-28, setting a record for the longest point streak by a rookie in the Maple Leafs’ 100-year history. His 12-game run also tied the longest point streak by any player in the NHL this season.  Nylander, the eighth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, ranks third among rookies with 58 points in 75 games in 2016-17. He also places in the top five among rookies in power-play points (1st; 25), power-play goals (t-1st; 9), assists (2nd; 37), power-play assists (t-2nd; 16), goals (4th; 21) and shots on goal (4th; 187).  The 20-year-old Calgary native also won Rookie of the Month honors in October (4-7-11 in 9 GP).  (Nylander, Marner, Matthews)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning right wingNikita Kucherov, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of March.  Kucherov paced the NHL with 12-10-22 in 14 games, and also led the League with six power-play goals, to power the Lightning (38-29-9, 85 points) to a 10-4-1 March.  Bobrovsky went 9-1-1 with a 1.09 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and four shutouts to guide the Blue Jackets (49-20-8, 106 points) to a 10-4-2 March, helping the team clinch its third all-time playoff appearance.  Kane ranked second in the NHL with 10-12-22 in 16 games as the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks (50-21-7, 107 points) posted an 11-3-2 March to clinch their ninth consecutive playoff berth.
  • Patrik Elias announced Friday he is retiring as an NHL player after 20 seasons, all with the New Jersey Devils. The forward will skate with the Devils in warmups prior to their final home game of the season, April 8 against the New York Islanders.  Elias, who will turn 41 on April 13, retires as the Devils leader in goals (408), assists (617), points (1,025), power-play goals (113), power-play points (333) and game-winning goals (80). The two-time Stanley Cup winner (2000, 2003) is first in Devils history in playoff goals (45), assists (80), points (125), power-play goals (21) and power-play points (52), and is tied for the most game-winning goals (six) with Scott Stevens, Petr Sykora, Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner.  The Devils announced that Elias’ No. 26 will be retired prior to a home game next season. It will join Stevens’ No. 4, Daneyko’s No. 3, Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 and Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 in the Prudential Center rafters.  Elias has not played since April 9, when he had a goal and two assists in last season’s finale, a 5-1 win against the Maple Leafs. He hoped to return for another season but needed to have cartilage replacement surgery on his right knee May 11. It was the second surgery on the knee in four months.   Although he was not under contract, Elias resumed skating in September. He took a short break to go home to the Czech Republic for Christmas and resumed skating in January. He was making progress but stopped in early February.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrik-elias-of-new-jersey-announces-retirement/c-288284386

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Boston Bruins forwardBrad Marchand will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for spearing against Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin.  The incident occurred at 19:20 of the first period of the game at TD Garden. Marchand received a five-minute major for spearing and a 10-minute misconduct.  The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: spearing. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
  • New Jersey Devils defensemanDalton Prout has been suspended for two games, without pay, for interference against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas during NHL Game No. 1161 in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday.  The incident occurred at 7:59 of the second period. Prout was assessed a major penalty for interference and game misconduct.  Prout is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $38,414.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Women’s Worlds – http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/games/
  • The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, ending a run of five consecutive Winter Olympics with NHL players. “We have previously made clear that while the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA, etc.) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject,” the NHL said in a statement. “A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018. And the NHLPA has now publicly confirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the clubs. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 regular season schedule without any break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matter officially closed.” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly said in the past several months that the owners were against Olympic participation for a variety of reasons. Chief among them was the 17-day break in the schedule required in February, a time when the National Football League’s season has ended and Major League Baseball’s season has yet to begin.  The NHLPA, in a statement released Monday night, said “the players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL’s shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the Olympics.  “Any sort of inconvenience the Olympics may cause to next season’s schedule is a small price to pay compared to the opportunity to showcase our game and our greatest players on this enormous international stage.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-will-not-participate-in-2018-winter-olympics/c-288385598
  • After playing for more than seven and a half periods and nearly six hours Sunday, Cal Babych evidently had enough. Babych, the son of former NHL player Dave Babych, ended the longest Canadian Hockey League game ever by scoring at 11:36 of the fifth overtime to lift Everett past Victoria 3-2 in Game 6 of the Western Hockey League first round series.  The goal was Babych’s second of the game. He also opened the scoring with a goal at 6:31 of the second period.  Everett goalie and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart made 64 saves and was named the game’s first star. Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse, a 2017 NHL Draft prospect, made 72 saves but could not stop Babych’s breakaway attempt in the eighth period, five hours and 49 minutes after the game started.  At 151 minutes, 36 seconds, the game was about five minutes longer than the previous CHL record, between Victoriaville and Hull of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1999 (146:31). Everett and Victoria also set the record for longest game in Western Hockey League history, which previously was 136:56 in a game between Kamloops and Kootenay on March 25, 2003.  The WHL marathon didn’t go quite as long as the eight-overtime playoff epic in Norway, or even the longest NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons in 1936, but it was the second straight OT game of the series.  Everett won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play Seattle in the second round.
  • Former NHL forward Craig Cunningham put on his skates and returned to the ice Friday for the first time since going into cardiac arrest before an American Hockey League game Nov. 19. Cunningham was aided by physical therapists and Conor Garland, his teammate with Tucson of the AHL, before a morning skate at Tucson Arena.  Cunningham, 26, was Tucson captain when he collapsed before a game against Manitoba. He had part of his left leg amputated and is walking with help of a prosthetic. He has become a source of inspiration for the Arizona Coyotes and NHL communities.  Cunningham participated in a ceremonial puck drop before the Roadrunners game against San Jose on March 25 and will drop the ceremonial first puck as part of Fan Appreciation Night before the Coyotes play the Minnesota Wild on April 8.  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
  • Tickets for the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23-24 will go on sale April 7, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday. The Blackhawks will also host an outdoor festival at United Center throughout the weekend that will feature the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, an interactive traveling fan experience which honors the past 100 years of hockey. It includes a museum truck, entertainment truck, a ball hockey rink, a virtual-reality Zamboni experience and the Stanley Cup.
  • At the invitation of Bloomage International and as a piece of the National Hockey League’s long-term business strategy in China, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning. The preseason games between the Kings and Canucks will be played on Sept. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong’s Le Sports Center in Beijing, where Last Wednesday’s announcement was made.  In addition to the NHL and NHLPA, representatives from the Chinese Government, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Bloomage International and O.R.G. Packaging were on hand for this historic announcement, which advances the NHL’s commitment to grow the game globally, while furthering the League’s international strategy.  “The 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging represent the formal launch of what we hope will be a long and successful collaboration between our League, our teams and our partners in accelerating the development of hockey in China,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, “We look forward to our first games in China and to a variety of initiatives that will inspire generations of Chinese players and fans to enjoy our sport. We recognize the importance of helping China build a strong national hockey program and are committed to supporting that priority in every way possible.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-nhl-china-games/c-288214650

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

  1. Washington (1) x
  2. Chicago (3) x
  3. Pittsburgh (4) x
  4. Columbus (2) x
  5. Montreal (8) x
  6. NY Rangers (5)
  7. Minnesota (6) x
  8. Anaheim (7) x
  9. Edmonton (9) x
  10. San Jose (12) x
  11. Toronto (15)
  12. St Louis (14) x
  13. Calgary (11) x
  14. Boston (16) x
  15. Ottawa (10)
  16. Nashville (13) x
  17. NY Islanders (19)
  18. Tampa Bay (17)
  19. Philadelphia (20) e
  20. Carolina (18) e
  21. Los Angeles (21) e
  22. Winnipeg (23) e
  23. Dallas (26) e
  24. Florida (22) e
  25. Buffalo (24) e
  26. Detroit (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 OTT on 4/6, vs WSH on 4/8
NYR:  @ WAS on 4/5, @ OTT on 4/8, vs PIT on 4/9
CAR:  vs NYI on 4/6, vs STL on 4/8, @ PHI on 4/9
OTT:  @BOS on 4/6, vs NYR on 4/8, @NYI on 4/9
TOR: vs TBL on 4/6, vs PIT on 4/8, vs CBJ on 4/9

(Islanders and Lightning are eliminated when Toronto AND Ottawa win their next game)

 

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 & Steve:  Our weekend at the NHL Centennial Arena

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 4/12 6:30 PM.

 

Topics for Next Week:

  • Playoff Preview Show. We will preview all 16 teams and 8 playoff series.
  • Our Picks for the NHL Awards (regular season)

 

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