The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 19 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 past week around the hockey world. We are approaching the new year, and the Winter Classic.  We’ll get you prepped for this year’s edition of this great annual event.  The World Junior Championship is under way, and we’ll get you caught up with what has gone down so far in Buffalo.    We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week


THN Season 2, Episode 19 (Episode 64) Show Notes 12/22-12/28

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:

  • Our 3 teams continue to play well
  • Winter Classic is only days away. We’ll have a full discussion about it.
  • World Juniors started this week. We’ll have details.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  3-1 W vs DET on 12/23, 5-1 W vs OTT on 12/27

Car: 4-2 W vs BUF on 12/23, 3-1 W vs MON on 12/27

NYR: 3-2 L vs TOR on 12/23, 1-0 SOW vs WSH on 12/27

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222
Saturday, 12/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171223
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171227
Thursday, 12/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171228

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • General manager Doug Armstrong has signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth year that would keep him with the St. Louis Blues through the 2022-23 NHL season. Armstrong joined the Blues as vice president of player personnel in 2008. He was named the 11th general manager in Blues history on July 1, 2010, replacing Larry Pleau, and is in the final season of a five-year contract signed in 2013.  The Blues are 337-185-56 since Armstrong was named GM, the NHL’s fourth-best record since the 2010-11 season. They’ve made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past six seasons.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Forward Chris Kreiderof the New York Rangers is out indefinitely because of a blood clot in his right arm.  Kreider left the Rangers’ 1-0 shootout victory against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday with 22 seconds remaining in the first period because of what coach Alain Vigneault said was an upper-body injury. He played seven shifts totaling 5:04 of ice time and had two shots on goal.  Vigneault said Thursday that Kreider felt swelling in his arm before the game but was cleared to play after being examined by doctors. After the first period the swelling had increased and Kreider was sent to the hospital, where testing discovered the blood clot.  “In between the first and second [the swelling] got to a point where this was out of the ordinary,” Vigneault said. “So [doctors] sent him to the hospital and found it out.”  Kreider is tied for fourth on the Rangers in scoring with 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 37 games.
  • Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifelewill miss 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.  Scheifele was injured during the second period of the Jets’ 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. He was hit by Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson and crashed into the boards.  Scheifele has 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 38 games, second on the Jets behind right wing Blake Wheeler‘s 42 (nine goals, 33 assists). He was seventh in the NHL with 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in 79 games last season.
  • Goaltender Corey Crawfordwas placed on injured reserve by the Chicago Blackhawks with an undisclosed injury Wednesday.  It is unknown how long Crawford will be out. He is eligible to return Jan. 3.  “I’m going to say indefinite now until we get him on the ice and know more,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times.  Crawford is 16-9-2 this season but was pulled 13:22 into a 4-1 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday after allowing three goals on seven shots. He is fourth in the NHL with a 2.27 goals-against average and third with a .929 save percentage in 28 games.  The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Jeff Glass from Rockford of the American Hockey League. Glass is 10-4-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .917 save percentage in 18 games with Rockford.  Glass is expected to back up Anton Forsberg in Crawford’s absence. The Blackhawks play at the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinsonwill be out 4-6 weeks and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after fracturing his right foot Saturday.  Atkinson was struck by a slap shot from teammate Seth Jones in the first period of a 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. He remained in the game and played 22:26, his fourth-highest ice time total of the season.  Atkinson signed a seven-year, $41.125 million contract on Nov. 17. He has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 32 games after leading the Blue Jackets with 35 goals last season and was a healthy scratch for the game against the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 9.  Columbus is already without defensemen Zach Werenski (upper body) and Ryan Murray (upper body), each day to day. Forward Brandon Dubinsky is out for a month with a fractured orbital bone and forward Alexander Wennberg will be out 4-6 weeks with a back injury sustained in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Penguins on Dec. 21.  Wennberg was also placed on injured reserve Tuesday, and the Blue Jackets recalled forward Tyler Motte and defenseman Dean Kukan from Cleveland of the American Hockey League and added forwards Jordan Schroeder and Sonny Milano on emergency recall.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claessonhas been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Noel Acciari during NHL Game No. 558 in Boston on Wednesday, Dec. 27, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 15:01 of the first period. Claesson was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Claesson will forfeit $6,989.24.
  • Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldohas been suspended for six games, without pay, for punching an unsuspecting opponent – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard – during NHL Game No. 554 in Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.  The incident occurred at 8:52 of the second period. Rinaldo was assessed a match penalty under Rule 46.15.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Rinaldo will forfeit $22,580.64.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

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Honors/Milestones:

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal and Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer  have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 24.  Rask started three of Boston’s four contests, going 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .954 save percentage to guide the Bruins (19-10-5, 43 points) to a perfect week.  Barzal posted six points, including a League-high four goals, in three games to power the Islanders (19-13-4, 42 points) to three out of a possible six standings points.  Reimer stopped 106 of 110 shots, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Panthers (15-16-5, 35 points) to a perfect week.
  • Goaltender Johnny Bower, who spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues before putting together a Hockey Hall of Fame career that included helping the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup four times in the 1960s, died Tuesday of pneumonia. He was 93. “There is so much to appreciate in Johnny Bower’s accomplishments on the ice — including the four Stanley Cups and membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame — and yet there was so much more to the man who served his sport, his country and his community with such distinction,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Johnny Bower enriched us all by sharing the pure joy he felt for the game he played and for the men who played it, with him and against him. It was a personal privilege to know him, a delight to be in his presence, and an honor to celebrate him as one of the 100 Greatest Players in NHL history.  Bower spent the equivalent of a full career in the minors before becoming a full-time NHL goaltender at age 34. Before retiring at 45, the “China Wall” (a nickname that had as much to do with his advanced age as it did his goaltending) won 250 games, including 37 by shutout, and had a 2.51 goals-against average.  “[He’s] the greatest athlete in the world,” his coach, Punch Imlach, once said of Bower. “By wanting to be the best so badly, he overrode the aging process.”  Born John Kiszkan in the wilderness village of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Bower grew up poor as the only boy in a family of nine children. At 15, Bower lied about his age to enlist in Canada’s army and was sent to England in 1940. He was discharged in 1943 with rheumatoid arthritis in his hands, an ailment that would plague him throughout his hockey career, and embarked on a journey through the minor leagues.  The NHL at that time was a six-team league in which full-time backup goaltenders were a rarity, so Bower (he changed his name after turning pro) played with Cleveland of the American Hockey League from 1945-53. He won the Hap Holmes Award as the AHL goalie with the lowest GAA and was named league MVP three times each.  Bower signed with the New York Rangers for the 1953-54 season and played every minute of all 70 games, finishing with a 29-31-10 record, a 2.60 GAA and five shutouts. But he lost his job to rookie Gump Worsley before the 1954-55 season and spent almost all of the next four years back in the minors, ending up with Cleveland again in 1957-58.  “I was sick of jumping around the country and I wanted to settle down with my family,” Bower would say. “Cleveland was going to be my home.”  But Imlach, the general manager and coach of the Maple Leafs, had other ideas. Imlach visited Bower during the summer of 1958, then drafted him from Cleveland. At age 34, Bower established himself as Toronto’s No. 1 goaltender, helping the Maple Leafs move from last place in 1957-58 to the Stanley Cup Final in 1959 and 1960.  In 1962, Bower and the Maple Leafs defeated the Chicago Blackhawks for their first championship since 1951.  Toronto won the Cup again in 1963 and 1964. The third championship came a few months before Bower’s 40th birthday.  Bower, who played without a mask for most of his career, became known as the inventor of the poke-check. He would aggressively leave the crease and try to poke the puck away from an onrushing attacker. The move wasn’t without risk: During his career, Bower lost nearly all of his teeth and on one occasion caught a skate to the face, knocking one of his teeth through his cheek.  After losing in the semifinals in 1965 and 1966, the Maple Leafs stumbled into the 1967 Stanley Cup Playoffs; they had finished third, 19 points behind first-place Chicago, during the regular season. But Toronto upset the Blackhawks in the thanks to the goaltending duo of Bower and 37-year-old Terry Sawchuk. The Maple Leafs’ opponent in the Final was the Canadiens, who were going for their third consecutive championship.  Bower replaced Sawchuk after a Game 1 loss and shut out Montreal 3-0 in Game 2, then made 52 saves in a 3-2 double-overtime win in Game 3. He was injured during warmups before Game 4, but Sawchuk helped Toronto finish a six-game series victory that gave the Maple Leafs their fourth championship in six years.  Bower retired in 1970 as the second-oldest goaltender to play in the NHL. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. But he continued to strap on the pads for a few years after his retirement, serving as a practice goalie when one was needed.

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  @ Wsh on 12/28, @ Ott on 12/30, @NYI on 1/2, vs FLA on 1/4

Car: vs Pit on 12/29, @ STL on 12/30, vs WSH on 1/2, @PIT on 1/4

NYR: @ Det on 12/29, @BUF on 1/1 (WC), vs CHI on 1/3

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171228
Friday, 12/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171229
Saturday, 12/30: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171230
Sunday, 12/31: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171231
Monday, 1/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180101
Tuesday, 1/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180102
Wednesday, 1/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180103
Thursday, 1/4:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180104

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  World Juniors update:  http://2018.worldjunior.hockey/en/

Steve:  Jud Ritter – http://www.mcall.com/sports/mc-spt-winter-olympics-ahl-hockey-ref-ritter-20171218-story.html

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  off last 2 weeks

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

NO Games last week

19 members of Team USA play in NCAA…  http://www.uscho.com/2017/12/23/usa-hockey-names-19-current-ncaa-players-to-2018-world-junior-team/

http://www.uscho.com/2017/12/21/arizona-state-boston-university-to-play-gila-river-arena-on-jan-26/

Friday:

Saturday:

Big games this week (both teams ranked):  none (All teams off this week)

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/

 

USCHO Poll:

December 11, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Cloud State (35) 12- 2-1 978 2
2 Denver ( 8) 9- 3-4 918 1
3 Notre Dame ( 6) 16- 3-1 907 4
4 Clarkson ( 1) 15- 3-1 893 3
5 Cornell 10- 2-0 760 6
6 North Dakota 10- 5-5 758 5
7 Minnesota State 11- 5-0 694 8
8 Northeastern 10- 5-1 617 10
9 Ohio State 10- 4-4 566 15
10 Minnesota 10- 9-1 519 7
11 Providence 10- 7-1 516 9
12 Western Michigan 10- 8-1 433 11
13 Wisconsin 10- 9-2 335 12
14 Boston College 9- 7-2 327 14
15 Penn State 11- 7-2 322 18
16 New Hampshire 9- 7-1 260 13
17 Minnesota Duluth 8- 9-2 150 17
18 Colgate 8- 6-4 129 16
19 Union 10- 8-1 74 19
20 Canisius 10- 5-1 69 NR
Others receiving votes: Bowling Green 61, Colorado College 50, Miami 37, UMass Lowell 33, Omaha 26, Boston University 20, Harvard 16, Michigan 14, Massachusetts 10, Niagara 4, Army 2, Bentley 1, Maine 1 (33rd).

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: Henrik Figure
  • Wayne:    Nate Vila scored himself an incredible Christmas present Friday.  The West Springfield, Massachuestts native shot the puck through a narrow hole from the opposite blue line, winning a new car during the second intermission of the American Hockey League game between the Springfield Thunderbirds and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  “It’s incredible,” Vila told Masslive.com. “I was so speechless, and I didn’t know what to do; I honestly didn’t even think I’d made it at first, then I saw everyone go nuts.”  Vila, who is 22 and lives with his mom and grandma, recently enlisted in the United States Army and will report for duty in Fort Benning, Georgia on Jan. 2.  “Pretty much that has been my main focus,” Vila said, “until tonight.”  After scoring, Vila was mobbed by the Thunderbirds mascot, and the team sought him out to congratulate him after its 5-4 victory.  “Merry Christmas to me,” he said. “It was incredible. I can’t believe it.”

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 18 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 past week around the hockey world. We are approaching the annual Christmas break, and the standings remain as tight as ever.  The World Junior Championship gets going this week, and we’ll have the details.    There were a couple trades to talk about this week as well.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week


 

THN Season 2, Episode 18 (Episode 63) Show Notes 12/16-12/22

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:

  • Our 3 teams are all playing well
  • There were a couple of minor trades this week.
  • 3 day Xmas break is upon us, and we’ll get into where every team stands.
  • World Juniors Start this week. We’ll have details.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 3-2 OTL vs NYR on 12/16, 7-2 W vs CBJ on 12/18, 3-0 W @ BUF on 12/19, 2-1 SOW vs WPG on 12/21

Car: 2-1 W vs CBJ on 12/16, 8-1 L @ TOR on 12/19, 4-1 W @ NSH on 12/21

NYR: 3-2 OTW @BOS on 12/16, 4-1 W vs ANA on 12/19, 4-3 SOL @ NJD on 12/21

 

Other Notable games:

Saturday, 12/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171216
Sunday, 12/17: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171217
Monday, 12/18: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171218
Tuesday, 12/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171219
Wednesday, 12/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171220
Thursday, 12/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171221
Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Oleksiak (6-foot-7, 255 pounds) was the Stars’ first-round selection (No. 14) in the 2011 NHL Draft. The 24-year-old has three points (one goal, two assists) in 21 games this season and 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 140 NHL games with Dallas.  The Stars will receive the better of Pittsburgh’s own fourth-round pick or a choice acquired from the Minnesota Wild.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired goaltender Michael Leighton on Tuesday in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes for forward Josh Archibald, goaltender Sean Maguire and a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Pittsburgh also received a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft.  Leighton, 36, is 37-43-4 with 10 ties, a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage in 110 NHL games (53 starts) with the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He was 2-2-0 with a 3.43 GAA and .870 save percentage in four games with Carolina last season. Leighton has spent this season in the American Hockey League and will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He has played seven NHL games since 2009-10, when he was 8-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Flyers advance to the Cup Final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Archibald, 25, has no points in three games for the Penguins this season. He had three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh last season and was scoreless in four games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The three goals are his only points in 14 NHL games. He was Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick (No. 174) in the 2011 NHL Draft.  Maguire, 24, was Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick (No. 113) in the 2012 NHL Draft and signed with the Penguins on April 6, 2016, after playing four seasons at Boston University. He has split the past two seasons between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling of the ECHL.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Brock Boeser does not have a fracture in his left foot, but it remains unknown when he’ll return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup. Boeser, who leads the Canucks and NHL rookies with 17 goals and 30 points, was injured blocking Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano‘s shot 14 seconds into the second period of a 6-1 home loss Sunday. The 20-year-old forward crawled off the ice, limped to the locker room without putting any weight on his left leg, and was on crutches with a walking boot Monday.  He had 16 points and was the NHL Rookie of the Month in November after leading the League with 11 goals in 15 games.  Boeser started the season on Vancouver’s new top line with center Bo Horvat and left wing Sven Baertschi, but all three are injured. Horvat fractured his foot Dec. 5 and is expected to miss another 2-4 weeks, and Baertschi broke his jaw when a Giordano clearing attempt hit him in the face Dec. 9 and is expected to miss another 3-5 weeks.
  • Defenseman Shea Weber left the Montreal Canadiens on Monday to have a foot injury re-evaluated. Coach Claude Julien wasn’t sure how long Weber will be sidelined. The Canadiens play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in the second of a season-long seven-game road trip Tuesday.  “We’re going to shut him down for a little bit,” Julien said. “His situation is not getting better. He’s got an injury in the foot area that got better and then it gets worse again, so we are going to send him home and get him reevaluated.”  Weber missed seven games at the end of November before returning to play the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2. He averaged 22:44 of ice time in his past six games, including 22:58 outdoors in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Saturday. He did not practice in Vancouver on Monday.   “He’s still playing but he’s certainly not comfortable there, so we need to get this solved, so we’re going to send him home and get our doctors to look at him again,” Julien said. “He was trying his best and at the end, I think the best thing to do is shut him down.”
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewscould be in the lineup against the New York Rangers on Saturday.  Matthews said Friday that a decision will be made after the morning skate. He’s missed the past six games because of a concussion sustained during a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 9.  Matthews was injured when he collided with Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly with 2:50 remaining in the third period against the Penguins. He returned to play two more shifts but said he was not feeling well later in the night and the next day. Matthews confirmed Friday that he did sustain a concussion in the collision.  Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 26 games. Toronto is 6-4-0 in the 10 games he’s been out this season.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for spearing New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield on Tuesday, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced. The incident occurred at 19:17 of the first period in Detroit’s 6-3 win at Barclays Center. Abdelkader was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.
  • Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov during NHL Game No. 505 in Colorado on Saturday, Dec. 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Sunday. The incident occurred at 16:57 of the second period. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing and a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Johnson will forfeit $64,516.12.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • The New York Islanders’ bid to build an arena at Belmont Park has been selected by New York state, and co-owner Jon Ledecky said he hopes to start construction quickly.  “That’s our mantra moving forward. We want to play in this facility as soon as possible,” Ledecky said after the announcement was made at Belmont Park on Wednesday.  The Islanders’ proposal includes an 18,000-seat arena, a hotel, 435,000 square feet of retail space, and a 10,000-square-foot innovation center that would be developed with input from residents.  “Our fans deserve this,” Ledecky said. “This is about a legacy for them, this is about us being community stewards of a great team, a great franchise. This building, this world-class, state-of-the-art, third-generation building, that gives them the reward that they deserve so justly for hanging with the team.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said getting a new arena was important for the Islanders.  “It’s not about relief,” Bettman said. “I’m happy for Long Island, I’m happy for Islanders fans, I’m happy for the Islanders players. I think this is a great day for the franchise and a great day for Long Island.”  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in attendance and asked Commissioner Bettman if the Islanders could at least play some games at Nassau Coliseum while the new arena is being built. The Coliseum was renovated after the Islanders moved to Barclays Center and has fewer than 14,000 seats for hockey. The Islanders are committed to playing at Barclays Center next season, but it’s unclear where they would go after that.  “We’re going to have to take a look at it,” Bettman said. “This was a recently made request, which we will respond to at the governor’s request.”  “I think it’s really, truly where the team belongs,” Tavares said. “The New York Islanders are called the Islanders for a reason. It’s exciting news. Obviously, we have some time left playing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and we’ve got to make the most of it and build off the success we’ve had there for the last couple of years.”  Tavares maintained he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Islanders before the end of this season.  The Islanders were one of two bidders seeking approval to develop the property next to the racetrack. New York City FC of Major League Soccer proposed a stadium, retail space, a community park and a 2-acre soccer facility.
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/2018-winter-classic-ice-truck-arrives-at-citi-field/c-294146690
  • At Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, where the temperature at puck drop was 12.5 degrees Fahrenheit (7 at the end), Craig Andersonmade 28 saves to help the Senators to a 3-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens.  The NHL100 Classic was played in front of a sellout crowd of 33,959. Total attendance for the League’s 23 regular-season outdoor games now stands at 1,242,276, an average of 54,012 per game.

Honors/Milestones:

  • Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock won his 800th NHL game with a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Hitchcock is the third coach in NHL history with 800 wins, joining Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (868) and Scotty Bowman (1,244).  Hitchcock, who turned 66 on Sunday, has an NHL record of 800-488-114 with 88 ties with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues. He has 296 victories in two stints with Dallas.
  • Dustin Brownscored 44 seconds into overtime in his 1,000th NHL game to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center on Thursday.  Brown beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with a wrist shot over his glove to lift the Kings to a fifth consecutive home victory, their longest streak since winning six straight Nov. 3-26, 2016.  Brown and Dave Taylor are the only Kings to play his first 1,000 games for Los Angeles.  Brown career has 245-290-535 and 608 PIMs all with LA.  He is off to his best start since 2011-2012 (54 pts) offensively, with 13-16-29 in 36 games.  He had only 36 pts in 80 games last year, and hadn’t scored more than 29 pts per season from 2012-2016 despite not missing more than a game or two during those years.  His best season was 07-08 with 33-27-60 in 78 games.
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/maple-leafs-score-franchises-20000th-goal/c-294181172
  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 17. Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 17.  Kane registered 4-1-5, including a pair of decisive goals, to help the Blackhawks (17-11-5, 39 points) go 3-0-0 and extend their overall winning streak to five games.  Elliott went 3-0-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average and .943 save percentage to guide the Flyers (14-11-7, 35 points) to their sixth straight win on the heels of a 10-game skid (0-5-5).  Bailey posted 4-4-8, including his first career hat trick, in four contests to help the Islanders (18-12-3, 39 points) pick up a pair of wins.

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs DET on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27, @ Wsh on 12/28

Car: vs BUF on 12/23, vs MON on 12/27, vs Pit on 12/29

NYR: vs TOR on 12/23, vs WSH on 12/27, @ Det on 12/29

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222
Saturday, 12/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171223
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171227
Thursday, 12/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171228
Friday, 12/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171229

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  http://2018.worldjunior.hockey/

Russia Boasts 2-0 win over Canada in 2017 Channel One Cup in Russia – https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/men/national/2017-18/channel-one-cup/stats/team-rosters?teamid=647  (USA did not have a team in the tournament)  https://www.flashscore.com/hockey/europe/channel-one-cup/

Steve:  Mozyakin

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  off last week and this week.

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday: (12/8)
none.

Saturday:
7:05 MTDartmouth5@(2) Denver4
 

Big games this week (both teams ranked):  none (All teams off this week)

 

USCHO Poll:

December 11, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Cloud State (35) 12- 2-1 978 2
2 Denver ( 8) 9- 3-4 918 1
3 Notre Dame ( 6) 16- 3-1 907 4
4 Clarkson ( 1) 15- 3-1 893 3
5 Cornell 10- 2-0 760 6
6 North Dakota 10- 5-5 758 5
7 Minnesota State 11- 5-0 694 8
8 Northeastern 10- 5-1 617 10
9 Ohio State 10- 4-4 566 15
10 Minnesota 10- 9-1 519 7
11 Providence 10- 7-1 516 9
12 Western Michigan 10- 8-1 433 11
13 Wisconsin 10- 9-2 335 12
14 Boston College 9- 7-2 327 14
15 Penn State 11- 7-2 322 18
16 New Hampshire 9- 7-1 260 13
17 Minnesota Duluth 8- 9-2 150 17
18 Colgate 8- 6-4 129 16
19 Union 10- 8-1 74 19
20 Canisius 10- 5-1 69 NR
Others receiving votes: Bowling Green 61, Colorado College 50, Miami 37, UMass Lowell 33, Omaha 26, Boston University 20, Harvard 16, Michigan 14, Massachusetts 10, Niagara 4, Army 2, Bentley 1, Maine 1 (33rd).

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 17 is live!

Coming up on this episode of The Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the hockey news of the week. We are approaching the annual Christmas break, and the standings remain as tight as ever. There have been some injuries to some big names around the league that will likely affect their teams. There were several individual milestones reached this week as well. We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, the NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week!


THN Season 2, Episode 17 (Episode 62) Show Notes 12/7-12/16

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:

  • Big News concerning the Future of our Hurricanes and NHL expansion
  • NHL Board of Governors meeting was a week+ ago, we’ll let you know the big stories
  • Big TV network transaction that affects at least 12 NHL teams
  • Brothers Subban played against each other
  • Outdoor Season begins this week (Mon @ Ott) 10 deg at game time
  • Upsets abound in College Hockey
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 6-1 W vs Ari on 12/7, 3-1 W vs NYI on 12/9, 3-2 OTW @ Det on 12/13, 5-3 L vs WSH on 12/14, vs NYR on 12/16

Car: 5-4 OTL @ SJ on 12/7, 3-2 OTL @ LA on 12/9, 3-2 L @ ANA on 12/11, 3-2 SOW @ VGK on 12/12, 5-4 OTW @ BUF on 12/15, vs CBJ on 12/16

NYR: 4-2 L @ WSH on 12/8, 5-2 W vs NJD on 12/9, 2-1 SOL vs Dal on 12/11, 3-2 L @ Ott on 12/13, 4-2 W vs LAK, @BOS on 12/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/7:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171207
Friday, 12/8:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171208
Saturday, 12/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171209
Sunday, 12/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171210
Monday, 12/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171211
Tuesday, 12/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171212
Wednesday, 12/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171213

Thursday, 12/14:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171214
Friday, 12/15:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171215
Saturday, 12/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171216
 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

Injuries:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahanis out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.  Callahan was injured during the third period of a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. With 12:59 remaining, Callahan got tangled with Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and when Callahan fell to the ice, Ekman-Larsson also fell, landing on Callahan’s arm.  Callahan has six points (one goal, five assists) in 29 games this season. The 32-year-old missed 64 games last season after having hip surgery during the offseason and in February.
  • Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnykis week to week with a lower-body injury.  Dubnyk was injured in the first period of a 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.  Dubnyk is 12-8-2 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage with three shutouts in 23 games this season. He’s started at least 65 games in each of the past two seasons with the Wild.
  • Left wing Taylor Hallis day to day for the New Jersey Devils with a contusion in his right knee and will not play against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, MSG+ 2, RDS, NHL.TV).  Hall was injured in the third period after scoring twice in a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on Tuesday when he went knee-on-knee with defenseman Kurtis MacDermid at the Kings blue line at 7:16. Hall’s final shift ended at 14:35 and he left for the locker room during a stoppage at 16:56. The contact by MacDermid appeared to hit just above Hall’s right knee.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinskywill miss 6-8 weeks with an orbital bone fracture sustained against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.  Dubinsky was injured in a fight with Oilers forward Zack Kassian with 1:35 remaining in the Blue Jackets’ 7-2 loss.   Dubinsky, 31, has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and is plus-5 in 31 games this season.  Dubinsky has 420 points (144 goals, 276 assists) in 731 games over 12 seasons with the New York Rangers and Blue Jackets.
  • Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perryis week to week with a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.  Coach Randy Carlyle said the Ducks will have a better timeline for Perry next week.  Perry left the game against the Hurricanes at 13:14 of the first period after his knee struck Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner‘s leg in a collision in the Carolina zone. Perry was face down on the ice before limping to the bench with the help of trainers.   Perry’s injury is the latest for the Ducks (13-11-7), who are in fifth place in the Pacific Division, 10 points behind the Los Angeles Kings (20-8-3). Anaheim is also missing forwards Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (Guillain-Barre syndrome), Nick Ritchie (upper body) and Joseph Blandisi (upper body). Forward Jakob Silfverberg played against Carolina after missing five games with an upper-body injury.  Perry leads the Ducks with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists). He led the NHL with 50 goals in 2010-11 and has 739 points (355 goals, 384 assists) in 13 seasons with Anaheim.
  • Defenseman Alex Pietrangelowas placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday with a lower-body injury.   Pietrangelo, the Blues captain, was injured blocking a shot in a 6-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 9. He left the game and returned.   Pietrangelo, 27, has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and ranks fifth in scoring among NHL defensemen. He is tied for second in goals among defensemen with Mikhail Sergachev of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pietrangelo has 326 points (72 goals, 254 assists) in 569 NHL games with St. Louis.
  • Forward Jaden Schwartzwas placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues on Sunday with an injury to his right ankle that will keep him out for at least six weeks.  Schwartz was injured blocking a shot by defenseman Mike Green and was helped off the ice with 2:51 left in the first period of the Blues’ 6-1 victory at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Ottawa Senators forward Alexandre Burrowshas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo during NHL Game No. 454 in San Jose on Saturday, Dec. 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 14:51 of the third period. Burrows was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for fighting.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Marion Gaborik became the 314th player in NHL history to play 1,000 games when the Kings played the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, MSG, FS-W, NHL.TV). https://www.nhl.com/news/marian-gaborik-ready-1000th-nhl-game/c-294016684
  • Henrik Lundqvistmade 27 saves in the New York Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, bringing his career total to 20,023.  Lundqvist became the 15th goalie to make 20,000 saves since the data was officially kept, beginning with the 1955-56 season.  Lundqvist joined Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Patrick Roy, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, John Vanbiesbrouck, Gump Worsley, Grant Fuhr, Gilles Meloche, Sean Burke, Jacques Plante, and Nikolai Khabibulin as the only goalies with at least 20,000 saves. Among them, they have won the Vezina Trophy 27 times and seven of the 12 eligible players are in the Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame.  In terms of goals-against average, his 2.33 ranks second to Brodeur (2.24), and it takes five decimal places to break the tie for first in save percentage, which Jacques Plante holds over Lundqvist, .91965 to .91958. This does not include Plante’s play from 1952–55, which is prior data being kept.
  • Forward Chris Neil, who turned a relentless work ethic into a 15-year career with the Ottawa Senators, retired Thursday. Neil, 38, played 1,026 NHL games, all with the Senators; only defenseman Chris Phillips (1,179) and former captain Daniel Alfredsson (1,178) played more. He had 250 points (112 goals, 138 assists), and is the Senators’ all-time penalty minutes leader with 2,522, 20th in NHL history. Neil and longtime New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko are the only NHL players to have played 1,000 games and had more than 2,500 penalty minutes while spending their entire career with one franchise.
  • Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for his 300th NHL win when the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 at Barclays Center on Wednesday.
  • Cam Ward 22 saves for his 300th NHL win when the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Phil Di Giuseppe got the winner in the shootout.
  • Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 10.  Schenn led the NHL with 6-1-7, including at least one goal in all four of his appearances, to power the Blues (21-8-2, 44 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Western Conference standings.  Allen went 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Blues to their third four-game winning streak of the season (also Oct. 4-10 and Oct. 25-30).  Elliott posted a trio of victories – along with a 1.67 goals-against average and .954 save percentage – to help the Flyers (11-11-7, 29 points) bounce back from a 10-game skid (0-5-5) and complete a perfect road trip through Western Canada.
  • Defenseman Zarley Zalapski, who played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers, has died at the age of 49, the Flames announced Tuesday.  The cause of death was not disclosed.   Zalapski, born in Edmonton, was selected by the Penguins with the No. 4 pick in the 1986 NHL Draft. He played 190 games over four seasons with Pittsburgh before being part of a trade with the Whalers that sparked the Penguins’ back-to-back Stanley Cup titles.    On March 4, 1991, Zalapski and forwards John Cullen and Jeff Parker were traded by the Penguins to the Whalers for forward Ron Francis and defensemen Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings. The Penguins won the Cup that season and the next.  Zalapski played 229 games with the Whalers, 178 with the Flames, 28 with the Canadiens and 12 with the Flyers before retiring after the 1999-2000 season. Zalapski finished his NHL career with 384 points (99 goals, 285 assists) in 637 games.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos: vs CBJ on 12/18, @ BUF on 12/19, vs WPG on 12/21, vs DET on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27

Car: @ TOR on 12/19, @ NSH on 12/21, vs BUF on 12/23, vs MON on 12/27

NYR: vs ANA on 12/19, @ NJD on 12/21, vs TOR on 12/23, vs WSH on 12/27

 

 

Other Notable games:

Sunday, 12/17: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171217
Monday, 12/18: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171218
Tuesday, 12/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171219
Wednesday, 12/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171220

 

Thursday, 12/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171221
Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222
Saturday, 12/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171223
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171227

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  https://theahl.com/pellerin-cunningham-named-all-star-honorary-captains

Steve:  Hartford Wolf Pack

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  swept Quinnipiac on road Dec 8-9, 7-4 & 5-3.  Maine is now 8-7-1, 4-4-1  heading into Xmas break.

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday: (12/8)
7:05 ETCanisius4@(20) Niagara2
6:35 ET(7) Minnesota1@(15) Ohio State2OT
7:07 CT(17) Minnesota Duluth5@Omaha7
7:05 ETMiami5@(11) Western Michigan2
7:05 ET(16) Colgate2@Connecticut4

Saturday:
7:35 ET(20) Niagara2@Canisius8
8:05 ET(7) Minnesota1@(15) Ohio State4
7:05 ETRIT4@(9) Providence0
7:00 ETArmy West Point4@(13) New Hampshire3
Sunday:
4:00 ETMerrimack4@(13) New Hampshire3
5:00 ETMassachusetts2@(19) Union1

 

Big games this week (both teams ranked):  none (only 16 games total)
This is last weekend of NCAA action until week of 12/28-1/3

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

Listener Feedback / Action item for the week

 

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Next scheduled stream:   Thursday, 12/21.

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 16 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 past week around the hockey world. Playoff races are in full swing, and we’ll get you caught up with where every team stands.  We also have the latest ownership news out of Carolina and Seattle.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week.


THN Season 2, Episode 16 (Episode 61) Show Notes 11/30-12/7

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:

  • Big Olympic news this week, leaving the hockey tournament in a very uncertain state.
  • Lots of honors this week. We’ll have details.
  • Fan voting for all stars is under way, than the NHL has made it fool proof to ensure there are no more John Scotts.
  • Of course we have the rest of the NHL news of the week.
  • 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.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 3-0 W @ Phi on 12/2, 5-3 L @ Nsh on 12/4 (last game outside the ET zone until Van/CGY/Edm Feb 17-20)

Car: 5-1 L @ NYR on 12/1, 3-2 OTW vs FLA on 12/2, 3-0 L @ Van on 12/5 (only 5 home games in Dec (15 tot))

NYR: 5-1 W vs Car on 12/1, 4-3 W @ Pit on 12/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 11/30:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171130
Friday, 12/1:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171201
Saturday, 12/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171202
Sunday, 12/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171203
Monday, 12/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171204
Tuesday, 12/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171205
Wednesday, 12/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171206

 

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Forward Scott Wilsonwas acquired by the Buffalo Sabres in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.  Wilson, 25, has no points, 13 shots on goal and a minus-3 rating in 20 games this season. He played three games with the Pittsburgh Penguins before he was traded to Detroit on Oct. 21, along with a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, for forward Riley Sheahan and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft.  Selected by the Penguins in the seventh round (No. 209) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Wilson has 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 123 regular-season games and six points (three goals, three assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.  The Sabres also placed forward Matt Moulson on waivers If Moulson, who has no points in 14 games, is unclaimed by noon ET on Tuesday; he will be assigned to Rochester of the American Hockey League.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongowill be out for several weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Bob Boughner said Wednesday.  “Whether that’s three weeks, four weeks, five weeks; we’ll see how his rehab goes,” Boughner said. “Definitely out for a while. Obviously lower body, and it’s going to be an extended period of time.”  Luongo was injured Monday against the New York Islanders when he made a pad save with his right leg on a slap shot by Ryan Pulock at 2:31 of the second period. Luongo immediately lay on his stomach and then didn’t put any weight on his right leg when he was being helped off by two trainers.  Luongo left with the score tied 1-1 after making 12 saves. James Reimer made 16 saves in relief in a 5-4 shootout loss.  Luongo had hip labrum surgery in May 2016 and missed the final six weeks of last season with hip problems, but Boughner said this injury is not related to those issues.  “It’s not the hip, I can tell you that,” he said. “When he went down, everybody was worried about that.”  Luongo was out almost eight weeks (24 games) with a groin injury during the 2008-09 season, when he was with the Vancouver Canucks.  Reimer is 4-6-3 this season with a 3.67 goals-against average and .892 save percentage. He started six consecutive games from Oct. 21-Nov. 2 when Luongo was out with a hand injury.  The Panthers recalled goaltender Harri Sateri from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, and Boughner didn’t rule out the possibility of acquiring another goaltender.
  • Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishopis day to day with a sore back and will miss their game at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-SW, NHL.TV).  It is hoped Bishop will be able to return when Dallas hosts the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said.  Backup goaltender Kari Lehtonen will start against the Blues. The Stars will recall a goaltender from Texas of the American Hockey League to back up Lehtonen, likely Landon Bow or Mike McKenna, Hitchcock said.
  • Calgary Flames forward Kris Versteegwill have hip surgery Monday and is out indefinitely.  Versteeg was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after missing two games with the injury, which occurred Nov. 24 against the Dallas Stars.  Versteeg, 31, has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 22 games this season. He was averaging 13:08 of ice time per game, including 3:15 on the power play, which ranks third among Flames forwards behind Sean Monahan (3:28) and Johnny Gaudreau (3:25).   Versteeg had hip surgery May 2, 2012 after playing that season for the Florida Panthers. He played 10 games the following season.
  • Defenseman Adam Larssonwas placed on injured reserve by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday because of an upper-body injury.  Larsson did not play in a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday because of the injury.  Larsson last played in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes last Tuesday. He can return against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.  Larsson, 25, has four points (three goals, one assist) in 25 games this season and is second on the Oilers in ice time per game at 22:52. He leads the NHL with 90 hits and has 52 blocked shots.
  • Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawfordwas placed on injured reserve Friday because of an undisclosed injury.  Crawford, who made 31 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, will miss at least the next three games and is eligible to return against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 8.  In 21 games this season, Crawford is 11-7-2. Among NHL goaltenders to play at least 10 games, he’s fourth with a .930 save percentage and sixth with a 2.29 goals-against average.  Anton Forsberg likely will start against the Stars. Forsberg is 1-2-2 with a 3.67 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in seven games this season.  Goaltender J.F. Berube was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League. In 12 AHL games, he is 6-6-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Berube has 21 games of NHL experience, including 14 games with the New York Islanders last season.
  • Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvatwill be out up to six weeks because of a fractured foot.  Horvat was injured with 11:10 remaining in the third period of a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.  The Canucks said the 22-year-old will be seen by a specialist Thursday.  Horvat has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 28 games. He is Vancouver’s second-leading scorer behind rookie right wing and linemate Brock Boeser (25 points), and leads Canucks forwards with an average ice time of 18:36 per game. He plays in front of the net on the top power play and kills penalties.  The No. 9 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Horvat has 137 points (59 goals, 78 assists) in 259 games with the Canucks. He led Vancouver with 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 81 games last season, the first time since 2005-06 someone other than Daniel Sedin or Henrik Sedin led them in scoring.
  • Defenseman Justin Schultzwas placed on injured reserve by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.  Schultz sustained a lower-body injury against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. He left the game in the first period, returned in the second but left again after playing three shifts.  Schultz has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 23 games this season. He’s averaging 18:40 of ice time.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillonhas been suspended for one game, without pay, for slashing Washington Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey during NHL Game No. 412 in Washington on Monday, Dec. 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Tuesday.  The incident occurred at 19:55 of the third period. Dillon was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Dillon will forfeit $17,580.65.
  • San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thorntonhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnsonduring NHL Game No. 399 in Tampa on Saturday, Dec. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on 12/3.  The incident occurred at 19:51 of the second period.
  • Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachukhas been suspended for one game, without pay, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 426 in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 6, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 14:07 of the first period.  Tkachuk is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $11,280.49.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • https://www.nhl.com/news/hockey-hall-of-fame-labels-phil-kessel-as-amandas-brother/c-293592160
  • Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, said he will not entertain a hometown discount when it comes time to negotiate his next contract, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Karlsson, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2019, spoke about his contract situation Thursday after practice in New York.  “When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going,” the 27-year-old said.  Karlsson is in the sixth season of a seven-year contract worth $45.5 million, an average annual value of $6.5 million. He and the Senators can begin to negotiate a new contract July 1, 2018.  If Karlsson doesn’t sign a contract before the 2018-19 season, concerns that he could leave as an unrestricted free agent could cause the Senators to entertain the idea of trading him instead of losing him for nothing.  Karlsson could earn more than $10 million per season in a long-term contract. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens is the highest-paid defenseman in the NHL at $12 million in salary and signing bonuses this season, the sixth of the 14-year contract he signed with the Predators in 2012, according to CapFriendly.com. However, his salary cap charge is $7,857,143. Predators defenseman K. Subban, who will make $11 million this season, has a $9 million salary cap charge, the highest for the position.  Karlsson said he is not looking to change teams but that he wants fair-market value for his skills.  “I like it here, I’m comfortable here, I’ve been here my whole career,” said Karlsson, who was taken by the Senators in the first round (No. 15) of the 2008 NHL Draft. “It’s something that I invested all my time in and something I would like to see all the way through. But at the end of the day, when it comes down to it, if it’s not the right fit and it’s not going to work out business-wise, then you’re going to have to look elsewhere because that’s what [owners] are going to do, as well.”
  • http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/nhl-could-be-looking-at-team-in-seattle-after-keyarena-renovation-deal Seattle City Council approved a $600-million renovation of KeyArena, and it might only be a matter of time before the NHL shows up with a team now that there’s an arena deal in place. The shine hasn’t yet worn off the NHL’s newest toy, the Vegas Golden Knights, but after overwhelming approval by Seattle City Council of a $600-million renovation to the existing KeyArena, it appears the league could be putting down roots in a new city in the near future.  On Monday, by a vote of 7-1, Seattle City Council green-lit a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Oak View Group, an organization co-founded by Tim Leiweke, who was formerly the president and chief executive officer of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Los Angeles Kings, and operated in the same roles with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment from August 2013 until October 2015. And the MOU has finally given some clarity to an arena situation that has been watched, and watched closely, by those who believe Seattle is next up on the NHL’s docket after expanding to Las Vegas ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.   Follow Link…  The NHL and board of governors aren’t under the gun when it comes to Seattle, mind you. According to Baker, Seattle’s KeyArena renovation, once approved by the mayor, isn’t expected to get underway until late next year and the project isn’t expected to be complete until October 2020, meaning any team playing at the arena likely wouldn’t begin play until the 2020-21 campaign. So, no matter which direction the NHL chooses to go — team or no team, expansion or relocation — the league will have more than enough time to figure out the right way to approach Seattle now that it seems to have its arena situation ironed out.
  • http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/21679458/russian-olympic-committee-banned-2018-winter-olympics-happens-now The International Olympic Committee’s executive board, led by president Thomas Bach, took the unprecedented step Tuesday of suspending the Russian Olympic Committee for “systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system,” but will permit individual athletes to compete in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Games if they meet standards determined by an IOC-convened panel. The ruling comes after months of investigations that uncovered voluminous evidence of corruption and sabotage leading up to and during the Sochi 2014 Games, implicating every segment of Russia’s Olympic sports industry: athletes, team officials, scientists, anti-doping administrators and government authorities.  With the Pyeongchang Winter Games less than 10 weeks away, the IOC is will now deal with the question of which Russian athletes should be eligible. It’s a partial replay of the events preceding Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Summer Games, when the IOC also faced pressure to exclude Russia. This time around, there is was far stronger and more comprehensive evidence on the table, making the last-minute nature of the IOC’s decision more glaring.  Anti-doping agencies from 37 countries, including the United States, called for a blanket ban on the Russian Olympic Committee, citing the scope and detail of the conspiracy and the odds that few prominent actors in Russian sport could have been unaware of it. That group did advocate that a path should be created for clean athletes to make their cases, and offered to help provide criteria for that process.  The news has several major consequences. The foremost one: whether a Russian team competes in the hockey tournament. If it does, it would do so under a neutral flag.  Then there’s the Kontinental Hockey League issue.  If the Russians do participate in the hockey tournament, the majority of the team’s players will be from the KHL, since the NHL decided to not participate in the Games.  The KHL already has an Olympic break (from Jan. 29 to Feb. 26) built into its season schedule. But Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport told ESPN last month that the KHL would eliminate the break in its schedule if Russia was banned. “If Russia is not admitted to the Olympics for doping reasons, the KHL will cancel the pause window in one month, which is now in the regular season,” he said.  KHL board member Alexander Medvedev told Russian news agency TASS last month that “contracted players won’t be able to go anywhere” should the IOC ban Russia from the 2018 Games. There was also talk that the Russian parliament was preparing a bill that would ban KHL players from leaving for the Games.  That decision would send ripples through several countries. There were 15 KHL players on the Team Canada roster for the Karjala Cup tournament, which is an Olympic showcase. There were seven KHL players on the Team USA roster for the upcoming Deutschland Cup tournament.  Another Article:  http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/21678949/2018-winter-olympics-russian-ban-more-chaos-2018-olympic-hockey
  • Defenseman K. Subbanmight see a familiar face in the opposing goal when the Nashville Predators host the Vegas Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena on Friday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).  Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban, P.K.’s younger brother, could start against the Predators. If so, P.K. said, it would be the first time the two have played against each other at any level.  Karl Subban, P.K. and Malcolm’s father, will be on hand as part of the Golden Knights’ fathers’ trip.  P.K., 28, has watched Malcolm’s whirlwind of a season with the Golden Knights from afar. Malcolm, 23, was in training camp with the Boston Bruins, who took him in the first round (No. 24) in the 2012 NHL Draft, when he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Golden Knights on Oct. 3.  P.K. said playing against Malcolm for the first time may present some challenges.  “I haven’t shot on him in a while, so maybe that’s part of his thing is kind of not having me shoot on him so I don’t know where to go,” he said. “But I’ll find a way.”

Honors/Milestones:

  • Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Priceand Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 3.  Wheeler led the NHL with 2-8-10, including a trio of three-point performances, in four contests to propel the Jets (17-6-4, 38 points) to a 3-0-1 week and the top of the Western Conference standings.  Price went 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to help the Canadiens (13-12-3, 29 points) post a perfect week and extend their win streak to five games overall.  Faksa registered a League-best five goals (5-2-7) and +7 rating (tied) in four games to power the Stars (16-10-1, 33 points) to a 4-0-0 week.
  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersenand St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.  MacKinnon registered 5-15-20 in 12 outings, leading the NHL with 1.67 points per game and a +11 rating to power the Avalanche (12-9-2, 26 points) to a 6-4-2 November.  Andersen went 9-2-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Maple Leafs (17-9-1, 35 points) to a 10-4-1 November.  Schenn recorded 7-12-19 in 12 contests, an average of 1.58 points per game, to propel the Blues (17-7-1, 35 points) to a 7-5-0 November and the top of the Western Conference standings.
  • Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser, who led all NHL players with 11 goals in 15 games (11-5-16), has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November. Boeser edged New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (3-14-17 in 12 GP), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Alex DeBrincat (10-4-14 in 13 GP), Colorado Avalanche center Alexander Kerfoot (5-6-11 in 12 GP) and New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (3-8-11 in 14 GP) for the honor.  Boeser became the second rookie in Canucks history to register double-digits in goals in one calendar month, joining Pavel Bure (12 in March 1992). The 20-year-old Burnsville, Minn., native also became the first rookie to score 11 goals for any NHL team in one calendar month since Nail Yakupov posted an equal number with the Edmonton Oilers in April 2013.  Boeser, the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, added goals in four straight games from Nov. 16-22 (6-0-6) and now paces all rookies with 13 goals and 25 points in 23 total appearances this season. He joins Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (October) as a Rookie of the Month winner in 2017-18.
  • Rob Blake, Chris Chelios, Daniel Alfredsson and Jere Lehtinen are among eight people voted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame for 2018. The induction ceremony will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the final weekend of the 2018 IIHF World Championship, which is scheduled for May 4-20.  Blake, the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, played 20 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. He helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 2001, won the Norris Trophy in 1998 and was a finalist for the award four times. Blake was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.  Internationally, he helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, which earned him membership in the Triple Gold Club. He had won the gold medal with Canada at the 1994 IIHF World Championship.  Chelios is sixth all-time in NHL games played with 1,651, in 26 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers. He won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986, and with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008, and won the Norris Trophy three times (1989, 1993, 1996).  Chelios played for the United States in the Winter Olympics four times, and was the captain in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He helped the U.S. win the silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and was the tournament’s best defenseman. Chelios also won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 1996 World Cup.  Alfredsson played 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators. His 444 goals and 1,157 points are second among Sweden-born NHL players to Mats Sundin (564 goals, 1,349 points). He helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2007, played in the All-Star Game six times, and won the King Clancy Trophy in 2012 and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2013.  Internationally, Alfredsson played in the Olympics for Sweden five times, winning a gold medal in 2006 and a silver medal in 2014. He also helped Sweden win the silver medal at the World Championship in 1995 and 2004, and the bronze medal in 1999 and 2001.  Lehtinen spent his 14-season NHL career with the Dallas Stars, finishing with 514 points (243 goals, 271 assists) in 875 games. He helped the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999 and return to the Final in 2000. Lehtinen also won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward three times, and was a finalist six times. He’s one of five players (Patrice Bergeron, Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau, Pavel Datsyuk) to win the Selke at least three times. The Stars retired his No. 26 on Nov. 24.  He won a silver medal with Finland at the 2006 Torino Olympics, as well as a bronze medal in 1994, 1998 and 2010. Lehtinen also helped Finland win the gold medal at the 1995 World Championship, and the silver medal in 1992, 1994 and 2007. He was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.  Also entering the IIHF Hall of Fame are France national team member and executive Philippe Lacarriere; former referee Bob Nadin; Jesper Damgaard, who played in 17 consecutive World Championships with Denmark and is the winner of the Torriani Award, given to players outside the top hockey nations; and Kirovs Lipmans of Latvia, the winner of the Paul Loicq Award for outstanding service to hockey.
  • Daniel Sedinbecame the 87th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points when he scored the tying goal for the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.  Sedin, who was two points shy of 1,000 entering the game, had one goal and two assists.  Sedin has 376 goals and 625 assists in 1,251 NHL games.  Henrik reached 1,000 points on Jan. 20. They are the only two players to score that many playing for Vancouver, and the only brothers to do so in NHL history.  Selected by Vancouver with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft, Daniel is the Canucks’ all-time leader in goals and is second in games played, points and assists. Henrik, the No. 3 pick in the 1999 draft, is first in games played (1,274), assists (796) and points (1,035).

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos: vs Ari on 12/7, vs NYI on 12/9, @ Det on 12/13

Car: @ SJ on 12/7, @ LA on 12/9, @ ANA on 12/11, @ VGK on 12/12

NYR: @ WSH on 12/8, vs NJD on 12/9, vs Dal on 12/11, @ Ott on 12/13

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/7:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171207
Friday, 12/8:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171208
Saturday, 12/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171209
Sunday, 12/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171210
Monday, 12/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171211
Tuesday, 12/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171212
Wednesday, 12/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171213

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  1:  https://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2017/11/30/16690940/2018-winter-olympics-ice-hockey-players-khl-ahl-college-hockey   2:  http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/29/portlands-new-pro-hockey-team-unveils-its-logo-team-colors/

Steve:

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  2-2 tie and a 6-2 W last week vs VT (last home games until Jan 16), @ Quinnipiac this week for 2 games.  Then no games until 12/29.  Now 6-7-1, 4-4-1 in HE

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday:
7:00 ETBoston University7@(15) Boston College4
7:35 ET(5) Cornell1@Miami2

Saturday:
4:05 ETPenn State4@(11) Ohio State0
7:07 CT(14) Wisconsin3@(7) Minnesota2
7:00 ETYale5@(19) Union3
7:00 ET(9) Providence0@(13) New Hampshire1
4:05 ET(17) Colgate1@Army West Point3

Big games this week (both teams ranked):
This is last weekend of full NCAA action until week of 12/28-1/3

6:35 ET(7) Minnesota@(15) Ohio State  (2G)
8:07 ET(4) Notre Dame@(12) Wisconsin  (2G)
7:37 CT(5) North Dakota@(2) St. Cloud State  (2G)
7:00 ET(10) Northeastern@(14) Boston College  (SAT Only)

 

Poll:

 

December 04, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (39) 9- 3-2 987 1
2 St. Cloud State ( 9) 11- 2-0 947 2
3 Clarkson ( 1) 13- 3-1 879 3
4 Notre Dame ( 1) 14- 3-1 874 4
5 North Dakota 10- 4-4 792 6
6 Cornell 10- 2-0 756 5
7 Minnesota 10- 7-1 667 7
8 Minnesota State 9- 5-0 643 8
9 Providence 9- 6-1 571 9
10 Northeastern 9- 5-1 467 12
11 Western Michigan 9- 7-1 450 10
12 Wisconsin 10- 7-2 432 14
13 New Hampshire 8- 5-1 412 13
14 Boston College 9- 6-2 396 15
15 Ohio State 8- 4-4 388 11
16 Colgate 8- 5-4 176 17
17 Minnesota Duluth 7- 8-2 160 16
18 Penn State 9- 7-2 138 NR
19 Union 9- 7-1 115 19
20 Niagara 9- 5-1 62 NR
Others receiving votes: UMass Lowell 36, Omaha 32, Bowling Green 30, Michigan 29, Boston University 28, Miami 13, Massachusetts 6, Canisius 5, Harvard 5, Army 3, Colorado College 1.

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

 

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 15 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 past 2 weeks around the hockey world. We have reached the ¼ season mark, and the unofficial Thanksgiving milestone point in the season.  We’ll tell you where every team stands at this important measuring point of the season.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week,


THN Season 2, Episode 15 (Episode 60) Show Notes 11/16-11/30

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:

  • 2 Weeks since last show thanks to the Thanksgiving Holiday, and we have a lot to catch up on.
  • The NHL officially celebrated it’s 100th Birthday on 11/26.
  • Of course we have the NHL news of the week.
  • 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.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 2-1 W @ LA on 11/16, 3-1 W @ SJ on 11/18, 3-2 SOW @ NJ on 11/22, 4-3 W vs Pit on 11/24, 4-2 L vs Edm on 11/26, 3-2 W vs TB on 11/29

Car: 6-4 L @ NYI on 11/16, 3-1 W @ Buf on 11/18, 4-2 W vs NYI on 11/19, 6-1 L vs NYR on 11/22, 5-4 L vs Tor on 11/24, 4-3 SOW vs NSH on 11/26, 3-2 SOL @ CBJ on 11/28

NYR: 2-0 L @ CBJ on 11/17, 3-0 W vs Ott on 11/19, 6-1 W @ Car on 11/22, 2-1 OTW vs Det on 11/24, 4-3 SOW vs Van on 11/26, 5-4 L vs Fla on 11/28

 

 

 

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 11/16:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171116
Friday, 11/17:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171117
Saturday, 11/18: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171118
Sunday, 11/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171119
Monday, 11/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171120
Tuesday, 11/21: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171121
Wednesday, 11/22: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171122

Thursday, 11/23:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171123
Friday, 11/24:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171124
Saturday, 11/25: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171125
Sunday, 11/26: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171126
Monday, 11/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171127
Tuesday, 11/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171128
Wednesday, 11/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171129

 

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Defenseman Brayden McNabbsigned a four-year, $10 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.  The contract runs through the 2021-22 NHL season with an average annual value of $2.5 million. The 26-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2018.  McNabb has two assists, is plus-10 and leads the Golden Knights with 56 hits and 52 blocked shots in 20 games. He is one of six players in the NHL who have more than 50 hits and 50 blocked shots this season.  McNabb has 52 points (seven goals, 45 assists) in 257 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Golden Knights.
  • Forward Torrey Mitchellwas traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday for a conditional pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  If the Kings make the playoffs, the Canadiens will receive the 2018 fourth-round pick they traded to Los Angeles for forward Dwight King in a deal that was finalized on Nov. 15. If the Kings do not make the playoffs, Montreal receives Los Angeles’ 2018 fifth-round pick.  Mitchell, 32, played in 11 games with the Canadiens this season. He was scoreless with two penalty minutes.   He has 141 points (61 goals, 80 assists) in 617 NHL games with the Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks.   The Kings (12-8-2) are in second place in the Pacific Division with 26 points. The Canadiens (8-12-3) are in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with 19 points.
  • Forward Cam Atkinsonsigned a seven-year, $41.125 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on 11/17.  The contract, which will run through the 2024-25 NHL season, has an average annual value of $5.875 million. The 28-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2018.  Atkinson has 233 points (125 goals, 108 assists) in 397 games with the Blue Jackets, who selected him in the sixth round (No. 157) of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Center Adam Henrique, forward Joseph Blandisiand a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft were acquired by the Anaheim Ducks in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round draft pick.  Henrique, 27, has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 24 games this season. He’s second among Devils forwards in average ice time at 18:15, including 2:54 per game on the penalty kill, also second among Devils forwards.  Vatanen, 26, has four points (one goal, three assists) and a minus-6 rating in 15 games this season, and was third on the Ducks in average ice time (21:06). He missed the first seven games of the season recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray is week to week with a lower-body injury. Murray was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after leaving a 5-4 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday with 4:21 remaining in the second period. He had to be helped off the ice after Flyers forward Jakub Voracek crashed into him following a breakaway.  Murray is 11-7-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 21 games (20 starts) this season.  Tristan Jarry, 22, made eight saves on 10 shots in relief of Murray. He has stopped 41 of 45 shots in two straight wins after beginning his NHL career 0-1-2.  Pittsburgh selected Jarry in the second round (No. 44) of the 2013 NHL Draft, one year after they drafted Murray in the third round (No. 83). Jarry said Murray has provided advice.  The Penguins recalled goalie Casey DeSmith, 26, from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday. He allowed three goals on 15 shots in his NHL debut, a 7-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 29, after Murray allowed four goals on nine shots and was pulled.  DeSmith is 9-2-1 with a 2.29-goals against average and .924 save percentage in 12 AHL games this season.
  • Florida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonovis expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.  Dadonov was injured in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday when he was hit by defenseman Cody Franson in front of the Chicago net 9:47 into the third period.  Dadonov ranks fourth on the Panthers with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 22 games playing mostly with center Aleksander Barkov and left wing Jonathan Huberdeau. He replaced Jaromir Jagr on the top line after the Panthers opted not to re-sign Jagr, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Oct. 4.  Dadonov, 28, signed a three-year, $12 million contract June 30. He was selected in the third round (No. 71) of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Panthers and played 55 games from 2009-12 and spent the past four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.
  • New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieriwill be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot.  Palmieri was injured blocking a shot by Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba during the Devils’ 4-3 overtime win Last Monday.  Palmieri, who finished the game, will work out off the ice and be evaluated by the Devils medical staff during that time. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 13 games and missed six games after injuring his left foot in practice on Oct. 22.
  • Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsettleft the team Tuesday and returned to Vancouver to see a specialist after experiencing stiffness in his neck and back.  Dorsett had cervical spine fusion surgery on Dec. 5 after a neck injury that left his arms numb and threatened to end his playing career.  Canucks coach Travis Green said Dorsett left practice Monday after 10 minutes.   “The symptoms just slowly came around over the last week or so, and my understanding is he’s going back to see the surgeons and our doctors, and we’ll know over the course of the next few days,” Green said.  He hasn’t played since.  Todays update:  Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett has been forced to retire from the NHL because of health reasons and risks associated with playing, general manager Jim Benning said Thursday.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkinwill not play against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday because of an upper-body injury.  After practicing Monday, Malkin didn’t skate Tuesday because of the injury sustained in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Malkin will be re-evaluated Thursday to determine his status for games against the Boston Bruins on Friday and Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.  He hasn’t played since 11/18.  Malkin is second on the Penguins with seven goals and 21 points. Linemate Phil Kessel leads them with eight goals and 24 points.
  • Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methotwill be out 4-6 weeks after he had arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee last Sunday. Methot, 32, hasn’t played since Nov. 6 against the Winnipeg Jets because of the injury.
  • `New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad is out indefinitely with a concussion, coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday. Zibanejad is going through concussion protocol and there is no timetable for his return.  Vigneault said Zibanejad was injured on a hit by Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm during New York’s 2-1 overtime win Friday. Zibanejad played in a 4-3 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday and took part in the morning skate and warmup Tuesday before being scratched for the game against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden.
  • Goaltender Cam Talbotwas placed on injured reserve by the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Coach Todd McLellan said he will be out for at least two weeks.  Talbot was injured during a 6-2 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 22, McLellan said. Talbot finished that game and then played in consecutive wins, 4-2 at the Boston Bruins on Nov. 26 and 3-2 in overtime against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Place on Tuesday.  Talbot is 10-10-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 22 starts. He finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting last season after leading the NHL with 44 wins and 73 games, finishing with a 2.39 GAA.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumbahas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 365 in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 27, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wed.  The incident occurred at 20:00 of the first period. Dumba was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kanehas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie during NHL Game No. 366 in Chicago on Monday, Nov. 27, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wed.  The incident occurred at 15:47 of the third period. Kane was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.
  • Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskoghas been suspended for four games, without pay, for cross-checking Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk during NHL Game No. 356 in Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced tues.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Landeskog will forfeit $119,815.68.  The incident occurred at 15:18 of the first period. Landeskog was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.
  • Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarothas been fined $3,763.44, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for butt-ending Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry during NHL Game No. 337 in Anaheim on Friday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Sat.  The incident occurred at 14:22 of the second period.
  • Chicago Blackhawks forward John Haydenhas been fined $2,486.56, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Tampa Bay Lightning forward T. Brown during NHL Game No. 328 in Tampa on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced last Thurs.  The incident occurred at 5:49 of the first period. Hayden was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.
  • Nashville Predators forward Austin Watsonhas been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Colorado Avalanche forward Dominic Toninato during NHL Game No. 302 in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on 11/19.  The incident occurred at 11:47 of the first period. Watson was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Watson will forfeit $11,827.96.
  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudashas been suspended for 10 games, without pay, for slashing Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault during NHL Game No. 284 in Winnipeg on Thursday, Nov. 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on 11/19.  The incident occurred at 9:50 of the first period. Gudas was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing.  Gudas is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $408,536.60.
  • Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowskiwas suspended for 10 games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on 11/16.  Witkowski was automatically suspended under rule 70.6 for actions during a game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. He returned to the ice to take part in an altercation after being escorted off by an official.   Rule 70.6 states in part, “Any player who has been ordered to the dressing room by the officials and returns to his bench or to the ice surface for any reason before the appropriate time shall be assessed a game misconduct and shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next ten (10) regular League and/or Play-off games.”  Witkowski has no points in eight games this season. He would be eligible to return on Dec. 11.  Mathew Tkachuk was suspended 1 game for his role in the same incident.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquettewill have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for boarding against Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.  The incident occurred at 2:26 of the second period at TD Garden on Wednesday. Paquette received a minor penalty for boarding, and he and Bruins forward Frank Vatrano each received a minor penalty for roughing. Vatrano also received a minor penalty for tripping.  The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

 

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Connor McDavidapparently has been wearing the wrong sized skates this whole time, at least according to a well-intentioned rink worker in Boston. The Edmonton Oilers captain skates tried to rent skates with his brother Cam and a friend at Boston Common Frog Pond on Saturday, only to be told that he was asking for the wrong size.  “The lady was trying to give me some advice on what size I should go with,” McDavid said Tuesday. “I went with it. I wasn’t going to argue with her.”  McDavid was the winner of the fastest skater competition last season with a time of 13.02, but imagine how fast he’d gone if he’d been wearing the proper sized skates?  Even though the fit was unnatural, McDavid said his rented boots were fine.  “The skates were a little big, but they did the trick,” he said.
  • The National Hockey League (NHL®) announced on 11/19 that the Philadelphia Flyers® will play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins® outdoors at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, as part of the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. This will be part two in the outdoor “Battle for Pennsylvania.” The Penguins took round one in 2017, playing to a crowd of more than 67,000 at Heinz Field when they edged out the Flyers in a 4-2 win. The game will be the Flyers fourth regular-season appearance outdoors, and the Penguins fifth such game. The 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will mark the sixth consecutive year that Coors Light has been the title partner.
  • Last Saturday, the Calgary Flames were traveling to Washington D.C but also back in time. With the team opting for a chartered train over flying, they decided their threads would also have to match the style of transportation.  Hours after they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime, the Flames donned their finest old school attire to ride the rails to the nation’s capital.  Each player wore a fedora or newsboy cap, and many of the Flames carried canes and pretended to smoke cigars. There were even a few pairs of saddle shoes in the mix.   Forward Kris Versteeg went all out with a red satin jacket and matching shoes. Troy Brouwer had a pocket watch attached to his vest, and goalie Mike Smith even used a prop pipe. Mark Giordano and Travis Hamonic also had winning looks.  The Flames fully committed to this one. There was no iPad or cell phone games on the train. The team instead opted for a card game.
  • The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Chicago Blackhawks® and Boston Bruins® outdoors on Jan. 1, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced on 11/18. The New Year’s Day matchup will be Chicago’s fourth NHL Winter Classic appearance and Boston’s third. The Chicago Blackhawks previous appearances in the NHL Winter Classic include the 2009 NHL Winter Classic against the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field (6-4 loss); a road trip to play the Washington Capitals in 2015 at Nationals Park (3-2 loss); and a matchup against the St. Louis Blues in 2017 at Busch Stadium (4-1 loss). The Boston Bruins were the home club in their two NHL Winter Classic games; a 2-1 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in 2016 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.  “The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman “Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/2019-winter-classic-bruins-blackhawks-announced/c-293098132
  • An absent-minded moment for Jonathan Drouinresulted in a splatter onto the ice and a roasting from his captain.  The Montreal Canadiens forward forgot that he’d gotten new skates fitted with his old blades, so when he laced up for practice Tuesday, he put on the old skates, which had no blades in them.  And when he stepped out onto the ice, well, he went splat.  A dumbfounded and giggling Drouin had to be dragged off the ice, and his teammates got a good laugh out of it, including forward Max Pacioretty, who roasted him for his silly mistake.
  • The NHL is being cautious about further expansion and wants to keep current franchises where they are, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday. https://www.nhl.com/news/gary-bettman-cautious-about-nhl-expansion-relocation/c-293103190
  • http://www.wralsportsfan.com/-multiple-groups-still-pursuing-hurricanes-franchise/17149140/ http://www.wralsportsfan.com/greenberg-on-the-record-about-potential-hurricanes-sale/17150194/

Honors/Milestones:

  • Roberto Luongo won his 200th game for Florida by making 23 saves in a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devilsat Prudential Center. The 200 wins are significant because they put Luongo in the company of Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy as the only goalies in NHL history to win 200 games with two teams.  Luongo had 252 wins for the Vancouver Canucks from 2006-14. Roy had 289 victories for the Montreal Canadiens and 262 for the Colorado Avalanche.  Luongo averaged 37 wins per season with the Canucks from 2006-12. He brought Vancouver to the brink of a Stanley Cup championship in 2011, only to lose 4-0 against the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.  He doesn’t have a Stanley Cup ring, but he’s up to 459 wins in his NHL career, fourth all time, 25 behind Hall of Famer Ed Belfour for third and 92 behind Roy for second. He has 56 more wins than his childhood idol, Hall of Famer Grant FuhrMartin Brodeur, who grew up a few blocks away from Luongo in St. Leonard, Quebec, is the NHL all-time leader with 691 wins.
  • If it seems like the Vegas Golden Knights are setting some sort of record almost every day, it’s because they are. Their 4-2 win at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday was their fifth in a row, the second time they’ve won five consecutive games in their first season. That matches the total of five-game winning streaks by first-year teams during the NHL’s first 99 seasons; the 1926-27 New York Rangers and 1979-80 Edmonton Oilers each did it.  The win at Arizona was the 15th in 22 games for the Golden Knights, making them the fastest first-year team in NHL history to reach 15 wins; the 1926-27 Rangers had been the fastest by doing it in 25 (15-7-3). The Golden Knights have already won more games in less than two months than the first-year Washington Capitals (8-67-5, in 1974-75), Ottawa Senators (10-70-4, in 1992-93), New York Islanders (12-60-6, in 1972-73) and Atlanta Thrashers (14-57-4-7 in 1999-2000) managed in their first full seasons.
  • Carolina Hurricanes left wing Teuvo Teravainen, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersenand Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 19.  Teravainen led the NHL with five goals and 10 points in four games (5-5-10) to propel the Hurricanes (9-6-4, 22 points) to a trio of victories.  Andersen was perfect in two starts, stopping all 75 shots he faced to help the Maple Leafs (14-7-0, 28 points) extend their winning streak to six games.  MacKinnon collected 2-5-7 in three games to power the Avalanche (10-8-1, 21 points) to a pair of wins.

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos: @ Phi on 12/2, @ Nsh on 12/4 (last game outside the ET zone until Van/CGY/Edm Feb 17-20)

Car: @ NYR on 12/1, vs FLA on 12/2, @ Van on 12/5 (only 5 home games in Dec (15 tot))

NYR: vs Car on 12/1, @ Pit on 12/5

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 11/30:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171130
Friday, 12/1:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171201
Saturday, 12/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171202
Sunday, 12/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171203
Monday, 12/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171204
Tuesday, 12/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171205
Wednesday, 12/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171206

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  Champions Hockey League:  Quarterfinal is set to come up 12/5-12/12.  https://www.championshockeyleague.com/en/standings#tab_standings=group-stage&select_standings=0 https://www.championshockeyleague.com/en/news   Games on NHL Network!

Steve:

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  Maine in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the Friendship 4 Tournament.  Maine/Providence and RPI/Clarkson. Maine lost 3-0 then won vs RPI, 4-2.  #5 Clarkson beat #10 Providence in championship, 4-2.

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday:
7:37 CTUnion4@(3) North Dakota1

Saturday:
7:07 CT(8) Minnesota State1@(16) Minnesota Duluth3
7:05 ETMercyhurst3@(9) Wisconsin2
7:05 ET(18) Colgate5@(11) Western Michigan1
 

 

Tuesday:

7:05 ET(12) Northeastern1@Connecticut4

 

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

Fri:

7:07 CT (14) Wisconsin @ (7) Minnesota

7:15 ET(13) New Hampshire@(9) Providence
7:07 CT(1) Denver@(16) Minnesota Duluth (2g)
7:37 CT(10) Western Michigan@(6) North Dakota (2g)
7:07 CT(2) St. Cloud State@(20) Nebraska-Omaha (2g)

Sat:

7:07 CT (14) Wisconsin @ (7) Minnesota

7:00 ET(9) Providence@(13) New Hampshire

 

Poll:

November 27, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (39) 7- 3-2 984 1
2 St. Cloud State ( 9) 9- 2-0 946 2
3 Clarkson ( 1) 12- 3-1 862 5
4 Notre Dame ( 1) 12- 3-1 860 4
5 Cornell 9- 1-0 793 7
6 North Dakota 8- 4-4 714 3
7 Minnesota 9- 6-1 676 6
8 Minnesota State 9- 5-0 568 8
9 Providence 8- 5-1 512 10
10 Western Michigan 9- 5-1 501 11
11 Ohio State 8- 3-3 465 15
12 Northeastern 7- 4-1 425 12
13 New Hampshire 7- 4-1 386 13
14 Wisconsin 9- 6-2 382 9
15 Boston College 8- 5-2 375 14
16 Minnesota Duluth 7- 6-2 300 16
17 Colgate 8- 4-4 260 18
18 UMass Lowell 8- 6-0 142 19
19 Union 8- 6-1 130 NR
20 Omaha 6- 5-1 65 NR
Others receiving votes: Michigan 48, Boston University 22, Niagara 19, Michigan State 14, Canisius 11, Penn State 11, Bemidji State 3, Bowling Green 3, Harvard 3, Holy Cross 3, Miami 3, Colorado College 2, Massachusetts 1.

 

Pairwise Rankings:  http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/ 1st look of the year!

 

 

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Next scheduled stream:   Thursday, 12/7.

 

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  • Covering all of the game action and news of the 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, subscribe 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.

 

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