The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 11 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the week around the hockey world. There have been a number of injuries in the last several days, and teams are scrambling to keep good teams on the ice.  A minor league made big news this week with how they are handling their playoff format.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week


THN Season 2, Episode 11 (Episode 56) Show Notes 10/19-10/24

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 Tease:

  • Doing the podcast early this week, as we both have tough schedules later in the week. We’ll have the details of all the news.
  • The injury bug hit the league hard this weekend. We’ll get you caught up.
  • New playoff format being tried in the minors. We’ll have details.
  • Power Rankings update
  • Stay tuned to our post-show for our new Fantasy Hockey Segment. We are putting it after the show so that those of you who are not into fantasy hockey can easily skip that segment without missing anything.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bruins:  6-3 W vs Van on 10/19, 5-4 OTL  vs Buf on 10/21

Canes:  2-1 W @ CGY on 10/19, 4-3 L @ Dal on 10/21

Rangers:  4-3 SOL vs NYI on 10/19, 4-2 W vs NSH on 10/21, 4-1 L vs SJ on 10/23

 

NHL Transactions:

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Riley Sheahanin a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.  The Penguins, who also received a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, traded forward Scott Wilsonand their fifth-round pick in 2018.  Detroit and restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou agreed to a one-year contract on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN reported the contract was worth $1.387 million.  The Red Wings were about $20,000 under the NHL salary cap of $75 million (according to CapFriendly.com) before trading Sheahan, who has this season remaining at $2.075 million before he can become a restricted free agent. Wilson’s cap charge is $625,000.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parisehad back surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.  Parise, who has not played this season, was injured during training camp. He had a herniated disk in 2015-16 and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs that season because of a back injury.  The 33-year-old had a microdiscectomy, a procedure designed to provide relief from pain caused by a herniated disk, in which the herniated portion of the lumbar disk is removed, according to spine-health.com.  Parise had declined to confirm that the injury issues were related to his back but acknowledged it was a problem he wanted to have completely cleared up before playing in a game. Parise has missed 48 regular-season games because of injury in the past four seasons.  The Wild are also without forwards Charlie Coyle (fibula) and Nino Niederreiter (ankle), who were injured against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 12 and placed on injured reserve the next day. Forward Mikael Granlund will return Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; FSN, SNV, NHL.TV) after missing five games with a groin injury.
  • Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaveswas diagnosed with what is suspected to be Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.  Eaves is resting comfortably in stable condition at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. He visited specialists last week after feeling signs of weakness, which later led to him being diagnosed and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Eaves’ condition stabilized over the weekend and he was transferred out of the ICU.  The Ducks said Eaves, who has one goal in two games this season and hasn’t played since Oct. 13, is expected to make a full recovery.  Eaves, 33, signed a three-year contract extension with the Ducks on June 23 after setting NHL career highs in goals (32) and points (51) last season with Anaheim and the Dallas Stars.   “Our sole focus at this time is on Patrick’s general health and well-being,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “We are grateful his condition was diagnosed early by Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe, and thank the staff at Hoag Hospital and our own medical personnel for their efforts. What defines Patrick Eaves is his strength of character, and that will serve him well in his recovery. Our thoughts are with Patrick and his family at this time.”
  • Calgary Flames forward Jaromir Jagrwas placed on injured reserve Monday because of a lower-body injury.  Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said Jagr is expected to miss about a week.  Jagr was injured during the first period of a 4-2 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.  He has two assists in five games since signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Flames on Oct. 4, and had been playing on the top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan at the time of the injury.  Jagr is fourth all-time in NHL games played with 1,716, and needs to play 51 more to tie Gordie Howe’s record of 1,767. He is third with 765 NHL goals, behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Howe (801), and is second in points with 1,916, behind Gretzky (2,857).
  • Vegas Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subbanis expected to miss four weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.  Subban, who made 37 saves before leaving the game with 9:10 left in the third period, appeared to be hurt extending his right leg on a save attempt. He is 2-0-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage this season.  Oscar Dansk made 10 of 11 saves in relief and got the win. He likely will start against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).  Vegas, which is without its No. 1 and No. 2 goalies after starter Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on injured reserve with a concussion on Oct. 15, is expected to recall a goalie from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League following their game on Sunday.  The Golden Knights are 6-1-0 this season, the best start in team history.
  • Forward Andre Burakovskywas placed on injured reserve by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury.  Burakovsky, 22, has four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games this season. He had 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 64 games last season, and has 99 points (39 goals, 60 assists) in 205 games since entering the NHL in 2014. Burakovsky was Washington’s first-round pick (No. 23) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonaldwill miss 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  MacDonald appeared to be injured blocking a shot in the third period of a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. He finished the game, had six blocked shots and played 22:03, second on the Flyers.  MacDonald, an alternate captain, has one goal in eight games this season and is third in the team in ice time per game (19:35).
  • New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneiderwas placed on injured reserve Friday because of a lower-body injury.  Schneider was injured in the Devils’ 5-4 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and was replaced by Keith Kinkaid to start the third period.   Schneider is 4-1-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in six games.  New Jersey recalled goaltender Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions to back up Kinkaid.
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaidbroke his right fibula against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and is expected to miss eight weeks.  McQuaid, 31, was injured blocking a shot by Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton in the third period of the Bruins’ 6-3 victory at TD Garden. He is scheduled to have surgery on Monday.  McQuaid has one assist in six games this season. A second-round pick (No. 55) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Draft, he has 63 points (12 goals, 51 assists) in 430 League games in nine seasons, all with the Bruins.
  • Bobby Ryan will be out at least a month with a fractured index finger on his right hand. Ryan has had six bone fractures in his hands during the past four seasons. The repeated injuries caused him to test new gloves in March, ones that offered more protection while still providing the flexibility he needs to grip his stick.

 

Suspensions:

Other Interesting Stories:

 

 

Honors:

  • Craig Cunningham fought to find the right words. And to hold back tears. In a year where he has overcome so many obstacles, these were two fights he actually was losing.  There he was, standing in front of Hockey Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux during the NHL Alumni Awards Gala at Scotiabank Centre in Toronto on Monday. The two men were being honored as part of the festivities, with Lemieux the recipient of the Keith Magnuson Man of the Year award, Cunningham the winner of the Ace Bailey Award of Courage.  Lemieux is 16th former player to win the award, named for the former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and NHLAA executive board director who died in a car accident in 2003.  On Nov. 19, 2016, Cunningham, a forward with Tucson of the American Hockey League, collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest. After being resuscitated back to life by medical officials on the scene, Cunningham was rushed to the hospital, where he was in a coma for nine days.  In the days that followed, Cunningham learned about how he had almost lost his life. A month later, he would lose part of his left leg after doctors told him he’d developed an infection that could impact his weakened heart if amputation was not done.  These days, Cunningham is back in the world of pro hockey, serving as a scout for the Arizona Coyotes. All the while, he’s teaming up with renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Zain Khalpey, the man who helped save his life almost a year ago, to develop a screening process to better help prevent SCA.  The loudest roar of the night came when Cunningham accepted the Ace Bailey Award of Courage, named for former NHL forward Garnet “Ace” Bailey, who was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175 when it crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.  Like Cunningham, Lemieux has endured his own personal off-ice battles over the years, including bouts with Hodgkin Lymphoma and spinal disc herniation.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-alumni-awards-gala-honors-mario-lemieux/c-292214568
  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherovand San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 22.  Stamkos posted four multi-point games, compiling a League-leading nine assists and 11 points (2-9-11) to power the Lightning (7-1-1, 15 points) to a 3-0-1 week and first place in the overall NHL standings.  Kucherov shared the League lead with five goals and ranked second with eight points (5-3-8) in four outings to help the Lightning equal their best nine-game start to a season in franchise history (also 7-1-1 in 2003-04).  Couture ranked third in the NHL with 5-2-7 in three games to lead the Sharks (3-4-0, 6 points) to a pair of wins.

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs SJ on 10/26, vs LA on 10/28, @ CBJ on 10/30

Car:  vs TBL on 10/24, @ Tor on 10/26, vs StL on 10/27, vs ANA on 10/29

NYR: vs ARI on 10/26, @ Mon on 10/28, vs VGK on 10/31

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  SPHL:  New playoff format – http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2017/10/16/sphl-gets-creative-adopts-pick-your-opponent-playoff-format/

Steve:  “Streets of Bakersfield” –

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  split w/ Miami last weekend 5-7, 6-3,   #10 Minn-Duluth @ Maine this weekend

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday:

7:07 CT(20) Air Force1@Bemidji State4
7:00 ET(19) UMass Lowell3@(12) Clarkson1
7:07 CT(6) Wisconsin4vs.Northern Michigan5
7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac6@(16) Northeastern4
7:05 ETAmerican International3@(11) Penn State2
7:37 CT(8) Minnesota2@(4) North Dakota1

Saturday:

7:07 ET(14) Minnesota State2@Bowling Green5
7:07 ETAlabama Huntsville4@(15) Michigan Tech2
7:30 ET(10) Providence0@(12) Clarkson4
7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac3@(16) Northeastern2OT
7:00 ETColorado College2@(17) New Hampshire1OT

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

Fri

7:15 ET(19) Boston College@(11) Providence  2 games
7:15 ET(20) Northeastern@(17) UMass Lowell
7:07 CT(16) Michigan Tech@(12) Minnesota State 2 games
7:30 ET(1) Denver@(6) Boston University

7:07 CT (9) Clarkson @ (7) Minnesota  2 games

 

Sat

7:00 ET(17) UMass Lowell@(20) Northeastern
7:00 ET(1) Denver@(19) Boston College
Poll:

October 23, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (33) 2- 0-2 980 1
2 St. Cloud State (16) 5- 0-0 955 3
3 Harvard ( 1) 0- 0-0 903 2
4 North Dakota 4- 1-1 840 4
5 Wisconsin 5- 2-0 719 6
6 Boston University 3- 2-1 682 7
7 Minnesota 3- 3-0 659 8
8 Notre Dame 3- 2-1 615 5
9 Clarkson 4- 1-1 532 12
10 Minnesota Duluth 2- 2-2 526 9
11 Providence 3- 2-0 493 10
12 Minnesota State 3- 2-0 404 14
13 Quinnipiac 3- 1-1 381 18
14 New Hampshire 5- 1-0 338 17
15 Penn State 3- 3-0 322 11
16 Michigan Tech 4- 2-1 240 15
17 UMass Lowell 3- 3-0 222 19
18 Air Force 4- 1-1 149 20
19 Boston College 1- 3-1 131 13
20 Northeastern 2- 2-1 105 16
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 97, Michigan 67, Cornell 65, Bemidji State 45, Colorado College 11, Omaha 10, Northern Michigan 4, Vermont 3, Army 2.

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve:
  • Wayne: Teams are beginning to face tough roster decisions regarding the future of key young players.  A player on an entry-level contract can skate in nine games before teams must decide whether to send him to the American Hockey League or junior hockey and delay the start of their contract to the following season. Teams still can send a player down after his 10th game, but it would use up the first season of his contract regardless of how many more NHL games he played.  For some, the decisions will be easy. The New Jersey Devils have reached the top of the Metropolitan Division standings in part because of the play of two rookie forwards Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt.  Hischier, 18, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, has seven points (two goals, five assists) in eight games and centers the Devils’ top line, between Taylor Hall and Drew Stafford. Bratt, 19, is tied for the Devils lead with three goals.  Other teams won’t have such easy decisions. Here is a look at a few players and their likelihood of remaining in the NHL past their ninth game:  https://www.nhl.com/news/will-top-prospects-stay-or-go-at-10-game-deadline/c-292193430   WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • Play Hockey for free day! , Nov 4  http://www.tryhockeyforfree.com/

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 10 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the week around the hockey world. There are a number of surprises so far this season in the league standings, and you’ll be surprised at some of the teams who find themselves at the top and bottom of the standings.  I know we are!  We’ll have the details of all this plus the minor league minute and our picks of the week.


THN Season 2, Episode 10 (Episode 55) Show Notes 10/10-10/19

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 Tease:

  • 9 days since last podcast, so we have a lot to catch up on. We’ll have the details
  • Vegas Golden Knights continue to surprise (5-1), as well as other teams, both good and bad (NJD 5-1, PHI 4-2, Mon 1-4-1, NYR 1-5-1, LA 4-0-1, Col 4-3, Edm 1-4)
  • Stay tuned to our post-show for our new Fantasy Hockey Segment. We are putting it after the show so that those of you who are not into fantasy hockey can easily skip that segment without missing anything.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bruins:  6-3 L @ Col on 10/11, 6-2 W @ ARI on 10/14, 3-1 L @ VGK on 10/15

Canes:  2-1 OTL vs CBJ on 10/10, 2-1 L @ WPG on 10/14, 5-3 W @ EDM on 10/17

Rangers:  3-1 L vs STL on 10/10, 3-1 L @ CBJ on 10/13, 3-2 L vs NJD on 10/14, 5-4 OTL vs PIT on 10/17

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

Injuries:

  • Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spoonerwill be out 4-6 weeks after sustaining a groin injury against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.  Spooner sustained a right groin adductor tear in the 3-1 loss. He missed six games in the prior two seasons.  The 25-year-old center has one assist in five games this season. He ranks second among Bruins forwards in power-play ice time per game (3:42), behind David Pastrnak (3:55).  Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice after rookie forward Anders Bjork collided with him during practice Wednesday.
  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Raskhas been diagnosed with a concussion.  Rask was not on the ice for the optional morning skate Thursday one day after he had to be helped off the ice following a collision with rookie forward Anders Bjork at practice.  Backup Anton Khudobin will start for the Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, NESN, NHL.TV) and Zane McIntyre was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League to serve as his backup.  Rask, 30, is 1-3-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average and.882 save percentage in four games this season.
  • Vancouver Canucks forward Loui Erikssonwill miss 4-6 weeks because of a sprained knee.  Eriksson, 32, was injured during a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday. He has one assist in four games.  Eriksson is in the second season of a six-year contract worth $36 million ($6 million average annual value) that he signed July 1, 2016.  Eriksson had 24 points (11 goals and 13 assists) in 65 games with the Canucks last season.
  • Leon Draisaitl was placed on injured reserve by the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.  The 21-year-old forward didn’t play in a 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday or a 5-3 loss vs Carolina Tuesday because of an eye injury and concussion-like symptoms sustained during the first period of a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 9.  Draisaitl has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games this season. He was eighth in the NHL with 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games in 2016-17, and signed an eight-year, $68 million contract ($8.5 million average annual value) on Aug. 16.
  • Goalie Marc-Andre Fleurywas placed on injured reserve by the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.  Fleury sustained a concussion after taking a knee to his head from Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha during a 6-3 loss on Friday. He is 3-1-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in four starts this season.  Fleury had two concussions in four months in 2015-16 while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins and lost the No. 1 job to Matt Murray. He was 18-10-7 as Murray’s backup last season and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup for a second straight season by going 9-6 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before Murray returned from a lower-injury injury in the Eastern Conference Final.  Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who has one goal in four games, also was placed on injured reserve by the Golden Knights. He has a lower-body injury.
  • Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edlerwill miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.  Edler was injured in the first period of a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. He has one assist in three games. Edler averaged 24:17 of ice time in the first two games playing on the top defense pair with Christopher Tanev, as well as playing the point on the top power-play unit and on the penalty kill.  Defenseman Derrick Pouliot will replace Edler against the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CITY, SN1, NHL.TV). Pouliot will play for the first time since being acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 3 for defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
  • The Washington Capitals placed defenseman Matt Niskanenon long-term injured reserve Saturday with an upper-body injury.  Niskanen left in the second period of Washington’s 5-2 victory at the New Jersey Devils on Friday and did not return. He is listed as week to week. Niskanen has one assist in Washington’s first five games and was averaging 23:22 of ice time through four games. He played 12:18 against the Devils.  Coach Barry Trotz said the earliest Niskanen can return is the Capitals’ game at the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 7.   Niskanen, 30, has been a durable player, missing five games in the past four seasons. He has 270 points (49 goals, 221 assists) in 738 NHL games over 11 seasons with the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Capitals.  Washington recalled defenseman Madison Bowey from Hershey of the American Hockey League. Bowey, 22, will make his NHL debut Saturday when the Capitals play at the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). Bowey will be paired with Christian Djoos, who made his NHL debut Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two were partners in Hershey last season.
  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carterwill be out indefinitely with a cut to his left leg that required surgery on Thursday.  “He cut a tendon but it was on the side of the ankle,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. “It wasn’t the Achilles tendon. We won’t (announce) a timeline, at all. … He’s out indefinitely.”  Carter, who has three assists in six games and was the leading scorer for the Kings last season with 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) in 82 games, was injured in the last minute of the first period on a hit from Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry in a 5-1 win on Wednesday. He left the game and did not return.  Los Angeles signed forward Brooks Laich to a one-year $650,000 contract shortly after announcing Carter would be out. Laich had 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 81 games with the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs last season.

 

Suspensions:

  • Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotkahas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharpduring NHL Game No. 93 in St. Louis on Wednesday, Oct. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 14:40 of the third period. Sobotka was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have teamed up to help explore the feasibility of bringing NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey to Oakland University. Using money from the industry growth fund that was negotiated as a part of the 2013 collective bargaining agreement, the League and NHLPA will fund an eight-week study to analyze one-time and annual expenses, funding opportunities, facility needs, and student and community support at Oakland.  “We don’t know what the study is going to end up suggesting, but we’re very excited at this possibility,” Oakland athletic director Jeff Konya said Monday at a press conference at Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, about 30 miles from the Rochester, Michigan, school. “This would be a chance to add a high-profile sport to our campus.”  Konya stressed that no decisions have been made and that a start date would depend on the findings of the study.  “This is something that the NHL and Red Wings definitely support,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “It would bring college hockey to Metro Detroit, and it would make my commute a lot shorter on scouting trips.”  Oakland is the second college selected for the study, after the University of Illinois in June. Three more will follow in the program.  If the school does add men’s and women’s hockey, it would be the only men’s program in the Detroit area and the only women’s program in the state.  The closest Division I men’s program to Detroit is the University of Michigan, about 45 miles away, and the nearest women’s program is Ohio State University.
  • Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subbanwas in a car with several of his teammates heading to the rink on Sunday. He was preparing to face his former team, the Boston Bruins.  There was a lot at stake. Subban was making his first start for the Golden Knights, thrust into the spotlight because of an injury to Marc-Andre Fleury, their No. 1 goaltender and face of the franchise. Also in the car was forward Alex Tuch, who, like Subban, was poised to make his Golden Knights debut.  It was a storybook finish for each of them. Subban, who had a mere 62 minutes of previous NHL experience, made 21 saves in defeating the Bruins 3-1 at T-Mobile Arena. Tuch scored his first NHL goal, at 14:38 of the second period, and assisted on Vadim Shipachyov’s first NHL goal 3:08 later.
  • The New York Islanders are committed to building an arena at Belmont Park, co-owner Jon Ledecky confirmed Tuesday. Ledecky and co-owner Scott Malkin are part of a group known as New York Arena Partners, LLC., which also includes Sterling Project Development and the Oak View Group. Sterling Project Development is controlled by the Wilpon family, which owns the New York Mets. Oak View Group has helped in the design and construction of arenas across North America.  Ledecky said he’s unsure of how long it will be before Empire State Development, which will determine what will be built at Belmont, decides on the winning bid. Most estimates appear to be in the range of 4-6 months.  Belmont Park is located in Elmont, New York, on the border of Nassau County and Queens.  Ledecky said the Islanders are contractually obligated to play this season and next at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they began play at the start of the 2015-16 season after 43 years at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. He wouldn’t comment on where the Islanders would play in the interim should they receive the go-ahead to build an arena at Belmont. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said on multiple occasions that the Coliseum is not a viable option.  https://www.nhl.com/news/islanders-committed-to-building-arena-at-belmont-park/c-291794780

 

Honors:

  • Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewsand Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 15.  Ehlers led the NHL with five goals (5-2-7), including a pair of winners, to propel the Jets (3-2-0, 6 points) to three straight victories.  Matthews recorded four goals (4-0-4), including two in overtime, to power the Maple Leafs (4-1-0, 8 points) to a pair of wins in three starts.  Backstrom paced the NHL with 3-6-9 in four games with the Capitals (3-2-1, 7 points). He posted 1-2-3, factoring on all three Washington goals in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Oct. 9.

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  https://theahl.com/bears-flyers-alumni-to-battle-at-outdoor-classic

Steve:

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

 

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  off  Miami @ Maine this weekend

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday:

7:07 CT(11) Penn State3@(7) Minnesota1

7:07 CT(5) Minnesota Duluth2@Bemidji State5

7:30 ETMinnesota State6@(2) Boston University3

7:15 ETNebraska-Omaha4@(12) UMass Lowell2

Saturday:

7:00 ETMinnesota State3@(2) Boston University0

 

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

Fri

7:00 ET(19) UMass Lowell@(12) ClarksonCheel Arena, Potsdam, N.Y.

7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac@(16) NortheasternMatthews Arena, Boston

7:37 CT(13) Boston College@(3) St. Cloud StateHerb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud, Minn.

7:37 CT(8) Minnesota@(4) North DakotaRalph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.

Sat

7:30 ET(10) Providence@(12) ClarksonCheel Arena, Potsdam, N.Y.

7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac@(16) NortheasternMatthews Arena, Boston

7:07 CT(13) Boston College@(3) St. Cloud StateHerb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud, Minn.

7:07 CT(8) Minnesota@(4) North DakotaRalph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.

 

Poll:

October 16, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (49) 1- 0-1 999 1
2 Harvard 0- 0-0 897 3
3 St. Cloud State ( 1) 3- 0-0 886 6
4 North Dakota 3- 0-1 791 8
5 Notre Dame 2- 1-1 772 4
6 Wisconsin 4- 1-0 731 10
7 Boston University 2- 2-0 621 2
8 Minnesota 2- 2-0 583 7
9 Minnesota Duluth 1- 2-1 513 5
10 Providence 2- 1-0 495 9
11 Penn State 2- 2-0 454 11
12 Clarkson 3- 0-1 436 15
13 Boston College 1- 1-1 378 13
14 Minnesota State 2- 1-0 344 NR
15 Michigan Tech 3- 1-1 316 15
16 Northeastern 2- 0-1 310 14
17 New Hampshire 4- 0-0 255 20
18 Quinnipiac 1- 1-1 184 17
19 UMass Lowell 1- 3-0 164 12
20 Air Force 3- 0-1 159 19
Others receiving votes: Cornell 126, Bemidji State 52, Ohio State 9, Michigan 8, Omaha 7, Western Michigan 5, Army 2, Vermont 2, Dartmouth 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4vvhIrf4g

 

Picks of the week:

 

Listener Feedback / Action item for the week

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

  • Results last week
  • Standings
  • Leading Scorers Season (Fantasy Points)
  • Key performers over the past week

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 9 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the week around the hockey world. The NHL Regular season is under way, and Steve and I are thrilled that there are finally actual games to talk about!  You’ll be surprised at some of the teams who find themselves at the top and bottom of the satandings.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the minor league minute and our picks of the week.


THN Season 2, Episode 9 (Episode 54) Show Notes 10/6-10/10

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 Tease:

  • Short 5 day podcast week, but more has happened on the ice in the last 5 days than the last 2 months combined. We’ll have the details
  • Are we in bizzarro world? Vegas and Vancouver are undefeated, Colorado is 2-1, and the Sharks, Preds, and Stars are winless.
  • More Hat Tricks! (Ehlers, Ovi,
  • Stay tuned to our post-show for our new Fantasy Hockey Segment. We are putting it after the show so that those of you who are not into fantasy hockey can easily skip that segment without missing anything.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bruins:  Lost to Col 4-0 on 10/9

Canes:  Won 5-4 (SO) vs Min on 10/8

Rangers:  Won 2-0 vs Mon on 10/8, Lost 8-5 vs Tor on 10/7

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Defenseman Mike Mathesonsigned an eight-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Monday.  Financial terms of the contract were not released, but TSN reported it is worth $39 million ($4.875 million average annual value). Matheson, 23, is in the final season of his three-year, entry-level contract and could have become a restricted free agent July 1, 2018.  Matheson is plus-2 with four shots on goal in two games this season. He had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 81 games last season. He was selected by the Panthers with the No. 23 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Goalie Calvin Pickardwas traded by Vegas Golden Knights to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday for forward Tobias Lindberg and a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Pickard was selected by Vegas from the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21 and was expected to be the No. 2 goalie behind Marc-Andre Fleury. But Pickard was waived Thursday after the Golden Knights clamed goalie Malcolm Subban off waivers from the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.  Subban is expected to back up Fleury. The 23-year-old is 0-2-0 and has allowed six goals on 22 shots in two NHL games.  Pickard, 25, was 15-31-2 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 50 games (48 starts) with the Avalanche last season. He could compete with Curtis McElhinney to be the backup in Toronto behind Frederik Andersen.  Lindberg, 22, has two assists in six NHL games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Defensemen Erik Karlssonand Johnny Oduya did not travel Monday with the Ottawa Senators for their three-game road trip through Western Canada.  The Senators begin the trip Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; SNV, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV), and coach Guy Boucher said it was too soon to rule them out for the rest of the trip. Ottawa plays the Calgary Flames on Friday and Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.  Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, missed the first two games recovering from foot surgery he had June 14.  Oduya sustained a lower-body injury in the season opener, a 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals last Thursday.  “They are both highly doubtful for [Tuesday] but you never know, might get a call and they are on a plane and they are here so I don’t know,” Boucher said. “They are skating and they are going hard so that’s what I am waiting to see the results of.”

 

 

Suspensions:

  • Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzohas been fined $3,091.40, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during NHL Game No. 33 in New York on Monday, Oct. 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 3:56 of the second period. Bortuzzo was assessed a pair of minor penalties for cross-checking.

 

·         Other Interesting Stories:

Honors:

  • Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleuryand Philadelphia Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 8.  Ovechkin led for the League in goals and points (7-0-7) as the Capitals opened the season with two victories.  Fleury went 2-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage as the Golden Knights opened the season with two victories.  Simmonds tied for second in the League in goals with four (4-0-4) — including two game-winners — as the Flyers began the season with two victories in three starts on the road.

Minor League Hockey Minute

·         Wayne:  After a pair of stellar outings on Friday and Saturday, forward Warren Foegele has been named CCM/AHL Player of the Week.  The 21-year-old rookie netted a pair of goals in his pro debut on Oct. 6 against the Hartford Wolf Pack, including the game winner with a minute left in regulation. Foegele then followed that up with another two goals the next night in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, including another game winner, with both coming shorthanded.  A third-round draft pick by Carolina in 2014, Foegele was named OHL Playoffs MVP last season after helping lead the Erie Otters to a league title.  Foegele is the eighth player in franchise history to earn AHL Player of the Week honors and the fourth forward, joining Aleksi Saarela last season, Brock McGinn in 2014-15 and Zach Boychuk in 2010-11.

·         Steve:  KHL Mozyakin

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Tuesday, October 10
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
St. Louis at NY Rangers 7:00 PM FSMW MSG 322 available from $53
Columbus at Carolina 7:00 PM FSOH FSS 685 available from $11
Chicago at Montreal 7:30 PM CSNC RDS NBCSN 250 available from $49
Philadelphia at Nashville 8:00 PM CSN FSSM TVA 287 available from $57
Detroit at Dallas 8:30 PM FSDT FSSW 32 available from $22
Ottawa at Vancouver 10:00 PM RDS 207 available from $26
Arizona at Vegas 10:00 PM NBCSN 67 available from $124

 

Wednesday, October 11
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
New Jersey at Toronto 7:30 PM MSG TSN 288 available from $78
Pittsburgh at Washington 7:30 PM NBCSN 1,111 available from $29
Boston at Colorado 9:30 PM NESN ALT 548 available from $40
NY Islanders at Anaheim 10:00 PM MSG+ FSW2 1,168 available from $11
Calgary at Los Angeles 10:30 PM RSNW FSWHD 805 available from $14

 

Thursday, October 12
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM ROOT SUN 1,263 available from $27
St. Louis at Florida 7:30 PM FSMW FSFL 1,885 available from $6
Dallas at Nashville 8:00 PM FSSW FSSM 464 available from $33
Minnesota at Chicago 8:30 PM FSN CSNC 903 available from $9
Winnipeg at Vancouver 10:00 PM 1,168 available from $25
Detroit at Arizona 10:00 PM FSDT FSAZ 1,390 available from $17
Buffalo at San Jose 10:30 PM MSGB CSNCAL 1,424 available from $14

 

Friday, October 13
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Washington at New Jersey 7:00 PM CSNB MSG+ 753 available from $29
NY Rangers at Columbus 7:00 PM MSG FSOH NHL 1,513 available from $19
Anaheim at Colorado 9:00 PM FSW2 ALT 791 available from $19
Ottawa at Calgary 9:00 PM 698 available from $23
Detroit at Vegas 10:30 PM FSDT ROOT 1,393 available from $53

 

Saturday, October 14
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Toronto at Montreal 7:00 PM NHL 602 available from $71
St. Louis at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM FSMW SUN 1,413 available from $18
New Jersey at NY Rangers 7:00 PM MSG+ MSG 1,144 available from $88
Washington at Philadelphia 7:00 PM CSNB CSN 1,280 available from $76
Florida at Pittsburgh 7:00 PM FSFL ROOT 983 available from $37
Carolina at Winnipeg 7:00 PM FSS 167 available from $48
Colorado at Dallas 8:00 PM ALT FSSW 885 available from $17
Columbus at Minnesota 8:00 PM FSOH FSN 541 available from $66
Nashville at Chicago 8:30 PM FSSM WGN 900 available from $24
Boston at Arizona 9:00 PM NESN FSAZ 1,677 available from $23
Ottawa at Edmonton 10:00 PM CBC 694 available from $51
Calgary at Vancouver 10:00 PM 1,392 available from $41
Buffalo at Los Angeles 10:30 PM MSGB FSWHD 957 available from $28
NY Islanders at San Jose 10:30 PM MSG+ CSNCAL 1,339 available from $40

 

Sunday, October 15
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Boston at Vegas 7:00 PM NESN ROOT SNO 1,470 available from $49
Buffalo at Anaheim 9:00 PM MSGB FSW2 1,217 available from $14
NY Islanders at Los Angeles 10:30 PM MSG+ FSWHD 1,211 available from $16
Monday, October 16
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Tampa Bay at Detroit 7:30 PM SUN FSDT SNO 1,047 available from $39

 

Tuesday, October 17
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Tampa Bay at New Jersey 7:00 PM NBCSN 954 available from $20
Pittsburgh at NY Rangers 7:00 PM ROOT MSG TVA 1,253 available from $81
Florida at Philadelphia 7:00 PM FSFL CSN 1,857 available from $22
Toronto at Washington 7:00 PM TSNT CSNB 2,200 available from $14
Vancouver at Ottawa 7:30 PM 1,407 available from $20
Colorado at Nashville 8:00 PM ALT FSSM 651 available from $23
Columbus at Winnipeg 8:00 PM FSOH 230 available from $43
Arizona at Dallas 8:30 PM FSAZ FSSW 1,288 available from $7
Carolina at Edmonton 9:00 PM FSS 803 available from $32
Buffalo at Vegas 10:00 PM MSGB ROOT 1,295 available from $30
Montreal at San Jose 10:30 PM RDS NBCSN 1,566 available from $16

 

Wednesday, October 18
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Detroit at Toronto 7:30 PM FSDE+ SNO 732 available from $79
Chicago at St. Louis 8:00 PM NBCSN 1,537 available from $45
Montreal at Los Angeles 10:30 PM RDS NBCSN 1,278 available from $25

 

Thursday, October 19
TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV TICKETS
Vancouver at Boston 7:00 PM NESN 1,859 available from $35
NY Islanders at NY Rangers 7:00 PM MSG+ MSG 1,364 available from $85
Nashville at Philadelphia 7:00 PM FSSM CSN 1,797 available from $28
Tampa Bay at Columbus 7:00 PM SUN FSOH 1,716 available from $15
New Jersey at Ottawa 7:30 PM MSG+ RDS 1,559 available from $19
Edmonton at Chicago 8:30 PM WGN SNO 1,286 available from $19
St. Louis at Colorado 9:00 PM FSMW ALT 1,207 available from $13
Carolina at Calgary 9:00 PM FSS 1,135 available from $6
Dallas at Arizona 10:00 PM FSSW FSAZ 2,108 available from $6

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

·         Maine split vs UConn, hosts Miami (OH) this weekend

·         Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday:

7:07 CT(19) Ohio State3@(12) Wisconsin2

7:15 ETNew Hampshire4@(5) UMass Lowell3

7:00 ET(10) Penn State1@Clarkson2

4:07 CT(16) Union3vs.Michigan Tech6

7:37 CT(3) Minnesota3@(6) Minnesota Duluth4OT

Saturday:

7:00 ET(5) UMass Lowell1@New Hampshire3

7:07 ET(20) Western Michigan2@Ferris State3

7:07 AT(7) North Dakota3@Alaska Anchorage2OT  (tie Fri)

7:37 CTMichigan Tech4@(6) Minnesota Duluth3

 

·         Big games this week (both teams ranked):

Fri

7:07 CT(11) Penn State@(7) Minnesota

7:00 ET(10) Wisconsin@(13) Boston College

7:35 ET(1) Denver@(4) Notre Dame Fri and Sat

Sun

3:07 CT(11) Penn State@(7) Minnesota

5:00 ET(13) Boston College@(9) Providence

 

Poll:

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (45) 0- 0-0 995 1
2 Boston University ( 5) 2- 0-0 947 2
3 Harvard 0- 0-0 849 4
4 Notre Dame 2- 0-0 743 8
5 Minnesota Duluth 1- 1-0 726 6
6 St. Cloud State 1- 0-0 723 9
7 Minnesota 1- 1-0 708 3
8 North Dakota 1- 0-1 678 7
9 Providence 2- 0-0 670 11
10 Wisconsin 2- 1-0 424 12
11 Penn State 1- 1-0 410 10
12 UMass Lowell 0- 2-0 365 5
13 Boston College 0- 0-1 346 13
14 Northeastern 2- 0-0 291 20
15 Clarkson 2- 0-0 267 NR
15 Michigan Tech 2- 1-0 267 NR
17 Quinnipiac 0- 1-1 257 14
18 Cornell 0- 0-0 226 15
19 Air Force 1- 0-1 161 17
20 New Hampshire 2- 0-0 134 NR
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 132, Minnesota State 61, Western Michigan 36, Colgate 24, Michigan 16, Union 14, Bemidji State 12, Vermont 6, Omaha 5, Army 4, Miami 2, Brown 1.

 

 

Picks of the week:

·

 

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·         Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

  • Results last week
  • Standings
  • Leading Scorers Season (Fantasy Points)
  • Key performers over the past week

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 8 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the week around the hockey world. The NHL Regular season is under way, and Steve and I are thrilled that there are finally actual games to talk about!  We also give you our picks for who will win the Stanley Cup as well as individual awards. We’ll have the details of all this plus the minor league minute and our picks of the week


THN Season 2, Episode 5 (Episode 53) Show Notes 9/28-10/6

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 Tease:

  • NHL Season has begun!! 2 days of games are already in the books!  We’ll have the details
  • Lots of goals and Hat Tricks! (4 already, Ovechkin, Simmonds, Saad, & McJesus)
  • Jaromir Jagr has finally signed, and we’ll tell you where. Here’s a hint…  We called it!
  • This week, we finish our season previews by predicting the entire playoff bracket. Yes, I know it’s pointless this early, but we’re doing it anyway
  • Stay tuned to our post-show for our new Fantasy Hockey Segment. We are putting it after the show so that those of you who are not into fantasy hockey can easily skip that segment without missing anything.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

 

NHL Transactions:

 

Current UFAs:  https://www.capfriendly.com/browse/free-agents/2018/points/all/all/ufa

Jagr finally signs!  9th team  The right wing signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.  “I’m glad I’m here,” Jagr said. “I want to say thanks to the Calgary Flames organization. They gave me a chance to play at least one more year in the NHL. I’ve been in the NHL for so many years … I don’t even know how many. I started when I was 18. I’m 45. I love this game. I love the NHL.”  Jagr, who could earn an additional $1 million in bonuses, Sportsnet reported, added it “99.9 percent might be my last season.”  It will be his first with a team from Canada.  “When I decided last minute where I wanted to go, it was a big factor also,” he said. “I wanted to get the experience so I can say I’ve played for a Canadian team. So I’m here.”  “I was waiting for such a long time,” he said. “This summer was a different summer than I was used to. I didn’t know if I was ever going to play here. I’m going to do the maximum I can do to help this team win. Give me a little bit of time. It was a different summer. When you don’t have the motivation to practice, to go in a direction … I didn’t know where I was going to play or if I was going to play.  “Now I know. I probably just need a little bit more time than usual. After that I will give everything I can to help this team.”  He added, “I said a long time ago I wanted to play until 50,” he said. “The new trend of the NHL, and I understand it, the managers and presidents and the teams have to give opportunities to the young guys. I understand it. That’s why it’s hard for so many older guys to find a job. I’m glad I did. Not that many older guys can say the same thing.          Related:  https://www.nhl.com/news/traveling-jagrs-happy-with-jaromir-jagrs-new-home/c-291613386  We are by fans for fans, and we celebrate fans!

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot was traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.  The Penguins acquired defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Vancouver.  Pouliot, 23, has one season remaining on a three-year, $4.05 million contract, according to CapFriendly.com. He can become a restricted free agent July 1.   “[Pouliot’s] a player that we watched playing junior, we liked his skill set, his talent,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “Our pro scouts have followed him the last few years and we feel like in getting him we are betting on his talent, his skill level are going to come to rise to the top, so we think it’s a gamble worth taking.   Pouliot has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 67 games for Pittsburgh the past three seasons. He appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2016, when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games to win their first of back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.   Pedan, 24, played 13 games for the Canucks in 2015-16. He was selected by the New York Islanders in the third round (No. 63) in the 2011 NHL Draft. Pedan was on loan to Utica of the American Hockey League prior to the trade.

 

Injuries:

Bruins – Center Patrice Bergeron and forward David Backes did not play for the Boston Bruins in their season opener against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on Thursday.  Bergeron (lower body) and Backes (diverticulitis) missed the morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. Coach Bruce Cassidy said then Bergeron is day to day. The Bruins later announced Backes would be out 3-4 weeks.  Bergeron has been off the ice, with the exception of a brief participation in practice Tuesday, since Monday. Backes did not skate Wednesday, and Cassidy said after practice that he was under the weather.  The Bruins were also without defenseman Torey Krug, who’s recovering from a fractured jaw sustained in a preseason game on Sept. 19

Center Ryan Getzlaf did not play for the Anaheim Ducks in their season opener against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-A, NHL.TV) because of a lower-body injury.  Thursday morning, coach Randy Carlyle said Getzlaf, Anaheim’s captain, did not take part in the morning skate and would not dress.  Getzlaf, 32, skated on his own before practice Tuesday and was able to practice Wednesday.  He led the Ducks in scoring last season with 73 points (15 goals, 58 assists) and had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Defenseman Erik Karlsson, recovering from surgery on his left foot, won’t dress for the Ottawa Senators’ season opener against the Washington Capitals on Thursday but could play Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.  The two-time Norris Trophy winner, who had surgery to repair torn tendons June 14, did not take part in the morning skate before the Senators opened their regular season at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSWA, NHL-TV).  Karlsson remains day-to-day.

 

Suspensions:

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for four games, without pay, for boarding St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais during NHL Preseason Game No. 109 in St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 17:39 of the second period. Wilson was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.  Wilson is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $97,560.96. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

 

Other Interesting Stories:

The Carolina Hurricanes named center Jordan Staal and defenseman Justin Faulk as co-captains on Thursday.  They will be the 14th and 15th players in the history of the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise to serve as captain, and will switch between home and road games, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. Staal will be home captain for the first half of the season and Faulk the road captain, then will switch roles for the second half of the season.  Forward Jeff Skinner will serve as an alternate captain for the entire season.  “There’s obviously guys who are leaders in that room who would love to wear the ‘C’ and didn’t get selected,” general manager Ron Francis said. “They’re probably disappointed. That’s a good thing. You want guys who want to be that guy.”  Jordan Staal and Faulk fill the vacancy left by Eric Staal, who was traded to the New York Rangers on Feb. 28, 2016. Jordan Staal, Faulk, Skinner and center Victor Rask were alternate captains last season.  “It’s an honor to wear it,” Staal said. “We both understand who the leaders are in the room. It’s always been a shared thing. It’s still a bit of an acknowledgment and an honor. I’m definitely very excited about it.”  Staal will wear the “C” on Saturday when the Hurricanes open the season at home against the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-N, NHL.TV). Eric is beginning his second season with the Wild.  “Being able to skate on the ice with the ‘C’ playing against Eric is going to be really cool,” Jordan Staal said. “He’s excited for me, and I’m beyond excited about that. It’s going to make that opening night even more special.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-names-jordan-staal-justin-faulk-co-captains/c-291602704

  • To commemorate tonight’s start of the 2017-18 NHL season, each of the 31 NHL teams will have an official hashtag-triggered emoji, the National Hockey League (NHL) and Twitter announced today. While hockey fans have been sharing their excitement for the new season via the official #NHLFaceOff hashtag, starting today at Noon ET and continuing throughout the entire NHL season, fans can add a new level of engagement with their favorite teams, players and fellow hockey fans on Twitter with unique team logo emojis.  Fans can add team logos to their tweets by tweeting the official team hashtags:   https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-twitter-celebrate-new-season-with-hashtag-triggered-team-emojis/c-291558516
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins will not three-peat as Stanley Cup champions, if the full-season simulation from EA Sports NHL 18 is correct. EA Sports predicted the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final. The Penguins are projected to win the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time since 1992-93, but lose to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. The game predicts the Oilers to defeat the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Final.  NHL 18 projects the Oilers to reach the Cup Final thanks to a huge season from center Connor McDavid, who will win the Hart and Art Ross trophies, and the Ted Lindsay Award for the second straight season. It also predicts Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov will win the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League’s top regular-season goal scorer, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy for MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is projected to repeat as Selke Trophy winner for best defensive forward, which would be his fifth time winning the award, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is predicted to earn his third Norris Trophy and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is projected to win the Vezina Trophy for the second time.   The simulation for NHL 17 accurately predicted the Nashville Predators to win the Western Conference. The game had the Predators defeating the Canadiens in the Cup Final; in reality, they lost to the Penguins in six games.

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Honors:

Fourteen statues of Toronto Maple Leafs immortals now stretch more than a quarter of a rink length through Maple Leaf Square outside Air Canada Centre.  Combined, these bronzed players won 38 Stanley Cup championships for this century-old franchise, the very elite among the many hundreds who have worn its jersey.  Late Thursday afternoon, under perfect October skies, the Maple Leafs unveiled statues of forward Charlie Conacher, forward Red Kelly and forwards Frank Mahovlich and Wendel Clark, adding to Legends Row.  The four joined 10 others whose statues have been installed outside the Maple Leafs’ downtown arena since September 2014. First came goaltender Johnny Bower and forwards Ted “Teeder” Kennedy and Darryl Sittler. Then, a year later, defenseman Borje Salming and forward Mats Sundin, followed two months later, in November 2015, by forwards Syl Apps and George Armstrong. Last October, the roster was brought to 10 with the addition of goalie Turk Broda, defenseman Tim Horton and forward Dave Keon, the latter chosen last fall as the Maple Leafs’ No. 1 player of all time in a vote by fans and a 31-member panel.  Each of the 14 statues has come north from the studio of renowned Chicago-area sculptor Erik Blome, who was in attendance with his wife, Charlotte. Blome’s work commemorating sports, social and political figures and events is on display throughout the United States. Among his statues is a towering Wayne Gretzky outside Staples Center in Los Angeles.  https://www.nhl.com/news/maple-leafs-add-conacher-kelly-mahovlich-clark-to-legends-row/c-291628900

The Pittsburgh Penguins raised another Stanley Cup banner Wednesday, and then raised the curtain on a new season with a 5-4 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.  To the Penguins, the moment that 2017 banner reached the rafters in PPG Paints Arena, joining those from 1991, 1992, 2009 and 2016, their celebration of winning back-to-back championships was over and the journey toward trying to win three in a row began.  In their opener, the Penguins showed they have some work to do. They were sloppy with the puck at times and in their defensive reads against the rush. But they battled back from down 4-2 in the third period to tie it on goals from Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary before Alex Pietrangelo won it for the Blues 1:15 into overtime.  Then they lost last night 5-0 in CHI.  https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-raise-another-banner-begin-three-peat-bid/c-291593082

Doc Emrick took a few minutes out of the NHL on NBC broadcast Thursday to pay tribute to his colleague Dave Strader in a touching segment.  Strader, the longtime play-by-play announcer, died Sunday at age 62 from cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer. The Hockey Hall of Fame honored Strader, known as The Voice, as the 2017 winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.  Emrick walked viewers through Strader’s career, which had humble beginnings, and talked about his journey as a broadcaster and how Strader impacted so many people with his warmth and passion for the game.   https://www.nhl.com/news/emrick-delivers-emotional-tribute-to-late-stars-broadcaster-strader/c-291591122

 

Predictions:

  • Who makes the Playoffs?
  • Who are your Conference finalists?
  • Who are your Finalists?
  • Who wins Cup?
  • Individual trophies: Hart?  Art Ross?  Richard?  Norris?  Vezina?  Calder?  Jack Adams?  Selke – No need.

Minor League Hockey Minute

KHL is pissing me off!  Blackouts…

Most leagues are up and running now.  Rest start in the next week…  http://www.hockeydb.com/scoreboard/

Steve:

Wayne:  The 82nd season of the American Hockey League begins Friday.  Player development remains the top priority for the AHL, and the numbers back up that mission. Last season, 121 AHL players made their NHL debuts, and 88 percent of NHL players last season had spent time in the AHL.  Look no further than the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins for proof. Goaltender Matt Murrayand forward Jake Guentzel, each a cog in the championship, passed through the AHL recently. Sixteen members of the 2017 Stanley Cup champions spent time with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pittsburgh’s affiliate.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ahl-notebook-rookies-to-watch/c-291534816

 

Power Ranking is back next week!

College Hockey Minute:

College is under way!    No updates to poll.  Week 1:  Canada vs US:   #19 Ohio State lost to Ryerson (CA) 7-4,  #6 MN-Duluth lost to Alberta 4-3, #2 BU tied PEI 5-5, #10 Penn State lost to Ottawa 4-3 (OT)

Maine beat Acadia 3-1 last week.  UConn @ Maine this week, Fri and Sat

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve:

Wayne:  Wayne:  Detroit’s new arena.  Beginning of a venue renaissance similar to baseball?  https://www.nhl.com/news/little-caesars-arena-raises-bar-for-future-nhl-venues/c-291634984   https://www.nhl.com/news/commissioner-bettman-says-nhl-events-coming-to-little-caesars-arena/c-291621844

 

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