The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 21 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. NHL teams have begun their bye weeks, so action on the ice is light, but off the ice is as busy as ever. There are trades, signings, ownership changes, injuries and more to discuss.  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 21 (Episode 66) Show Notes 1/5-1/12

 

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:

  • It’s been a quiet week around the league, as many teams are enjoying their bye weeks.
  • Big news out of Raleigh this week
  • More Olympic News – Team Canada
  • World Juniors finished last Friday. We’ll wrap it up in a bow for you.
  • 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:  7-1 W vs CAR on 1/6, 6-5 OTL @ PIT on 1/7, Bye 1/8-1/12 Bruins now tied with SJ for fewest games played at 40.  StL most @46.

Car: 7-1 L @ BOS on 1/6, 5-4 L @ TB on 1/9, 3-1 W @ WSH on 1/11, vs WSH on 1/12  (Bye 1/15-1/19)

NYR: 2-1 SOW @ ARI on 1/6, 2-1 L @ VGK on 1/7, Bye 1/8-1/12

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180105
Saturday, 1/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180106
Sunday, 1/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180107
Monday, 1/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180108
Tuesday, 1/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180109
Wednesday, 1/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180110
Thursday, 1/11:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180111
Friday, 1/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180112

 

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Forward Anthony Duclairwas traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.  Chicago also gets defenseman Adam Clendening, with Arizona receiving forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin.  Duclair, 22, has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 33 games this season, his fourth in the NHL, third with the Coyotes. He was traded from the New York Rangers to Arizona for defenseman Keith Yandle on March 1, 2015, and had 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) in 81 games in 2015-16, his first full season with Arizona, then 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) last season.  Panik, 26, who signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks on May 11, has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 37 games. He had 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) with Chicago last season.  He was a healthy scratch for five games this season, and his goal against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday was his first since Oct. 21, when he scored against the Coyotes.  Clendening, 25, has two assists in five NHL games this season, and five points (one goal, four assists) in 21 games with Tucson of the American Hockey League. Dauphin, 22, has played 32 NHL games, including 24 with the Coyotes last season (two goals, one assist). He has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with Rockford of the AHL.
  • Defensemen Yannick WeberMatt Irwinand Anthony Bitetto each signed a contract with the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.  Each could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Weber, 29, signed a two-year, $1.35 million contract ($675,000 average annual value). He has three points (one goal, two assists) and 22 blocked shots in 25 games this season, his second with Nashville. Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round (No. 73) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Weber has 81 points (24 goals, 57 assists) in 372 games with the Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Predators.  Irwin, 30, signed a two-year, $1.35 million contract ($675,000 average annual value). He has seven points (two goals, five assists) and 34 blocked shots in 31 games this season, his second with Nashville, and has 71 points (21 goals, 50 assists) in 260 games with the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Predators.  Bitetto, 27, signed a one-year, $650,000 contract. He has three points (one goal, two assists) and 23 blocked shots in 22 games this season. Selected by Nashville in the sixth round (No. 168) of the 2010 NHL Draft, he has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 86 NHL games.  Roman Josi (2020-21), Mattias Ekholm (2021-22) and K. Subban (2021-22) are signed for at least the next three seasons. Ryan Ellis is signed through the 2019-20 season.
  • Forward Andrew Coglianosigned a three-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.  The 30-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Financial terms were not announced.  Cogliano has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 43 games this season. He has 351 points (149 goals, 202 assists) in 829 NHL games with the Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, and has not missed a game since his debut with the Oilers against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 4, 2007. Cogliano’s streak of 829 consecutive games is the longest current streak in the NHL and the fourth-longest in League history, after Doug Jarvis (964 games), Garry Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884).
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosianwill be out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury sustained at practice Wednesday.  Bogosian was injured when he got tangled up in a battle for a loose puck with forward Evander Kane in the corner and went down. Bogosian needed help leaving the ice and was unable to put any weight on his left leg.  Bogosian missed the first 25 games of the season with a lower-body injury sustained Sept. 29 in the Sabres’ final preseason game against the New York Islanders. He had one assist and averaged 19:09 of ice time in 18 games this season.
  • “NHL on NBC” analyst Pierre McGuire is in good spirits, upbeat and focused on rehabilitating from surgery for prostate cancer in time to fly to South Korea on Feb. 8 to begin work at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. McGuire, 56, had surgery for prostate cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Jan. 4, approximately three months after an irregularity showed up during his regular annual physical with his family doctor at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nbc-analyst-mcguire-undergoes-surgery-for-prostate-cancer/c-294852436
  • New York Rangers forward Chris Kreiderwill be re-evaluated in six weeks after having rib resection surgery Sunday. He remains out indefinitely.  Six weeks from the date of surgery is Feb. 18.  Rib resection involves the surgical removal of a segment of the first rib, which is the rib closest to the head, under the collarbone, according to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority (uwhealth.org).
  • Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardiis day to day after he was hit in the back of the helmet by a slap shot from Detroit Red Wings forward Martin Frk on Sunday.  The Lightning said all tests came back negative.  Girardi left at 13:29 of the second period during the Lightning’s 5-2 win against the Red Wings at Little Caesar’s Arena.
  • Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who has not played since Dec. 4 because of a lower-body injury, likely won’t return until February. Luongo, who was injured during a 5-4 shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Dec. 4, is 6-6-1 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 15 games.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedmanwill be out 3-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Hedman was injured when he banged knees with Calgary Flames forward Garnet Hathaway during the Lightning’s 5-1 loss Thursday. Hedman was helped off the ice at 6:13 of the second period.  Hedman, 27, has 33 points (six goals, 27 assists) with a plus-24 rating in 44 games this season. The No. 2 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, he has 334 points (71 goals, 263 assists) in 593 games through nine seasons, all with the Lightning.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murrayhas gone home to Ontario because of a personal family matter, the Penguins announced Friday.  Murray, 23, is 15-12-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 31 games this season.  The Penguins recalled goaltender Casey DeSmith from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Friday. DeSmith, 26, is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .833 save percentage in two games with the Penguins this season.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savardhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during NHL Game No. 647 in Columbus on Sunday, Jan. 7, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday.  The incident occurred at 16:02 of the third period.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosbyhave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 7.  Bergeron shared the League lead with five goals in three games (5-2-7) to power the Bruins (23-10-7, 53 points) to a 2-0-1 week, extending their overall point streak to 11 contests (8-0-3).  Bernier went 3-0-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Avalanche (22-16-3, 47 points) to a perfect week and help extend the team’s overall winning streak to five games, their longest such run since Dec. 12-19, 2015 (5-0-0).  Crosby collected a League-high seven assists and eight points (tied) in four games to lead the Penguins (22-19-3, 47 points) to a trio of wins.

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  @ MON on 1/13 1st meeting of year, 3 times in 8 days, vs DAL on 1/15, vs MON on 1/17, @ NYI on 1/18

Car: vs WAS on 1/12, vs CGY on 1/14, bye 1/15-1/19

NYR: vs NYI on 1/13, @ PIT on 1/14,

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180112
Saturday, 1/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180113
Sunday, 1/14: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180114
Monday, 1/15: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180115
Tuesday, 1/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180116
Wednesday, 1/17: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180117
Thursday, 1/18:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180118
Friday, 1/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180119

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://www.nhl.com/news/rockford-icehogs-to-don-peaches-inspired-jerseys-on-pink-in-the-rink-night/c-294816536

Steve:  Colin D’Elia

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

#20 Maine! –     3-0 Win @ BU on 1/6, 4-4 T @ Brown on 1/8.  Now 11-7-2,  18th in Pairwise, #19 in USA Today Poll

 

Upcoming:  @ #10 Northeastern 1/12-1/13

Upsets of ranked teams:

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-14/

 

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

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

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 20 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.  The NHL standings are continuing to be very compact.  We’ll let you know where your team stands.  The World Junior Championship is winding down.  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 20 (Episode 65) Show Notes 12/28-1/5

 

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:

  • Don’t look now, but the Carolina Hurricanes are in a playoff spot!!!!
  • Winter Classic happened this past week. We’ll have our reaction.
  • World Juniors are down to the final 2 teams. We’ll get you caught up.
  • We have some Olympic News this week.
  • 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:  4-3 SOL @ Wsh on 12/28, 5-0 W @ Ott on 12/30, 5-1 W @NYI on 1/2, PPD vs FLA on 1/4 (possible dates: 1/21, 2/4-2/5)

Car: 2-1 W vs Pit on 12/29, 3-2 L @ STL on 12/30, 5-4 OTL vs WSH on 1/2, 4-0 W @PIT on 1/4

NYR: 3-2 SOL @ Det on 12/29, 3-2 OTW @BUF on 1/1 (WC), 5-2 L 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

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Goaltender Al Montoyawas traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Montoya has not played since Nov. 4 because of a concussion. He practiced with the Canadiens on Monday.  “He’ll join us, make the trip to [the Dallas Stars on Saturday], and I expect him to join our team there if everything goes well border-wise and weather-wise,” McLellan said. “Obviously he’s on [injured reserve], hasn’t played for a little while, but he has been skating and we’ve been told he’s healthy and awfully close to coming off (IR). So we’ll make that call when we get down there, we’ll introduce him to his new teammates.”  The 32-year-old was 2-1-0 with a 3.77 goals-against average and .863 save percentage this season. He is 65-47-22 with a 2.63 GAA and .908 save percentage in 159 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and Canadiens after he was the No. 6 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.  Laurent Brossoit has been the backup to Cam Talbot for the Oilers the past two seasons. Brossoit is 3-7-1 with a 3.22 GAA and .886 save percentage this season.  The Canadiens claimed Antti Niemi off waivers Nov. 14 and he has been the backup to Carey Price, who has played 17 of 18 games since returning from injury Nov. 25.
  • Defenseman Scott Mayfieldagreed to terms on a five-year contract with the New York Islanders on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Cap Friendly has it at 5 yr, $7.25M, $1.45M per year.  Mayfield could have become a restricted free agent July 1. He has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and has averaged 17:34 of ice time in an NHL career-high 29 games this season.  The Islanders selected Mayfield in the second round (No. 34) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 65 games since making his NHL debut on April 6, 2014.
  • Forward Jonathan Marchessaultsigned a six-year, $30 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.  The 27-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The contract has an average annual value of $5 million.  Chosen from the Florida Panthers in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, Marchessault leads Vegas with 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 35 games playing on a line with William Karlsson and Reilly Smith.  Marchessault had NHL career highs of 30 goals and 51 points for the Panthers last season.  An undrafted free agent, Marchessault has 107 points (53 goals, 54 assists) in 159 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Panthers and Golden Knights.
  • Goaltender Eddie Lackwas acquired by the New Jersey Devils in a trade with the Calgary Flames for defenseman Dalton Prout on Saturday.  The Devils will be Lack’s fourth team since the 2014-15 season. The 29-year-old was 1-2-0 with a 5.29 goals-against average and .813 save percentage in four games for the Flames this season and is 55-53-18 with a 2.60 GAA and .909 save percentage in 140 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes and Flames.  Prout, 27, had no points in four games for the Devils this season. He played his first five NHL seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who traded him to New Jersey on March 1.  Goaltender Cory Schneider has played 29 of New Jersey’s 37 games this season, with backup Keith Kinkaid playing in 10.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsbergwill be out 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.  Forsberg was injured during a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 29. He missed Nashville’s next game, which ended his consecutive games streak at 325 (including the Stanley Cup Playoffs) and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 30.  The 23-year-old leads the Predators in goals (15) and points (34) in 37 games, and was one of nine players to play in all of his team’s regular-season games since the start of the 2014-15 NHL season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his right arm, will have surgery to have his rib resected. Rib resection involves the surgical removal of a segment of the first rib, which is the rib closest to the head, under the collarbone, according to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority (uwhealth.org).  On April 4, 2016, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos had similar surgery to remove a rib in order to treat a blood clot near his right collarbone. Stamkos was expected to miss 1-3 months; he returned May 26, when he played in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Kreider left New York’s 1-0 victory against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 27 in the first period. The clot was diagnosed later that night.  Kreider, 26, has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 37 games this season, his sixth with the Rangers. He had NHL highs of 28 goals and 53 points in 2016-17.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersenhas been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced Jan 4.  NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale.  This is #2. Andersen was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 343 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 24. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 7:30 of the second period during NHL Game No. 593 against the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 31.
  • Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Maroonhas been suspended for two games, without pay, for interference against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during NHL Game No. 611 in Edmonton on Tuesday, Jan. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Jan 3.  The incident occurred at 19:44 of the second period. Maroon 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, Maroon will forfeit $21,505.38.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, New York Islanders right wing Josh Baileyand Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of December.  Rask stopped 277 of the 290 shots he faced, going 9-0-1 with a 1.22 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Bruins (21-10-6, 48 points) to a 10-2-2 December and second place in the Atlantic Division.  Bailey led the League with 7-15-22 to help the Islanders (20-15-4, 44 points) collect points in seven of their 15 December contests (5-8-2).  Kucherov posted an NHL-best 1.54 points per game, totaling 8-12-20 in 13 outings to power the League-leading Lightning (28-8-2, 58 points) to an 11-2-0 month.
  • Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser, who led all rookies with eight goals and ranked second with 13 points in 13 games (8-5-13), has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December. Boeser edged Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (5-9-14 in 14 GP), New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (7-5-12 in 14 GP), Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (4-8-12 in 14 GP) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (5-4-9 in 12 GP) for the honor.
  • Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlssonand Boston Bruins right wing David Backes have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 31.  Hellebuyck went 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Jets (23-11-6, 52 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Central Division standings.  Karlsson registered 4-1-5 in three contests to help the Golden Knights (26-9-2, 54 points) extend their win and point streaks to seven and 12 games (11-0-1), respectively – the longest such runs by any NHL team in its inaugural season.  Backes paced the NHL with 3-3-6 in three games to guide the Bruins (21-10-6, 48 points) to a 2-0-1 week, extending the club’s point streak to eight contests (6-0-2).

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs CAR on 1/6, @ PIT on 1/7, Bye 1/8-1/12

Car: @ BOS on 1/6, @ TB on 1/9, @ WSH on 1/11, vs WSH on 1/12

NYR: @ ARI on 1/6, @ VGK on 1/7, Bye 1/8-1/12

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180105
Saturday, 1/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180106
Sunday, 1/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180107
Monday, 1/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180108
Tuesday, 1/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180109
Wednesday, 1/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180110
Thursday, 1/11:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180111
Friday, 1/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180112

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  Between a bevy of injuries to the Bruins, players called-up and others sent down, consistency has been difficult to find for Jay Leach (AKA former Mr. Kathryn Tappan) and his Atlantic Division-leading Providence Bruins. Despite the circumstances, forward Austin Czarnik has been able to make the most of his time in Providence and was named an AHL All-Star on Thursday. The fourth-year pro leads the P-Bruins in assists (19) and points (28).  Czarnik, who made the Bruins NHL roster out of camp last season, has appeared in 55 NHL games, recording 5 goals and 9 assists. The 5-foot-9 center will head to Utica, New York, from January 28-29 to represent the P-Bruins at the AHL All-Star Classic.  Goaltender Jordan Binnington will also represent the P-Bruins at the AHL All-Star Classic. Binnington is on loan from the St. Louis Blues.  Bruins 2016 sixth-round pick Oskar Steen has been a key cog during Sweden’s WJC run to the gold medal game. Steen scored the game-winning goal in the shootout against Russia earlier in the tournament, and he again found the back of the net in Thursday’s semi-final win against the United States.    Bruins prospect Ryan Donato is having quite the week. Just two days after being selected to the United States Olympic team, the 21-year-old Harvard star was named the ECAC Player of the Week and Player of the Month. Donato was also named the Hockey Commissioner’s Association National Player of the Month.

Steve:  Dominic Turgeon of the Grand Rapids Griffins

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –     Sweep @ RPI on 12/29-30.  Now 10-7-1  24th in Pairwise

 

Upcoming:  @BU on 1/6, @Brown on 1/8

Upsets of ranked teams:

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-14/

 

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

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

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

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