The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 33 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 playoffs are now under way. Two teams have already been eliminated, while the rest of the series are rushing toward a conclusion.  Steve and I get you caught up with everything that has happened in each series.   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 33 (Episode 78) Show Notes 4/11-4/19

 

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • Playoffs!!!
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  3-2 L @ FLA on 4/5, 5-2 W vs Ott on 4/7, 4-2 L vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season

Car:  end of season

NYR: end of season

PLAYOFFS:

Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064

Roster Resource:  https://www.rosterresource.com/nhl-depth-charts/

 

FINAL NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Glen Gulutzan was fired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Flames were 37-35-10, fifth in the Pacific Division, and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs by 11 points after making it in Gulutzan’s first season.  Calgary’s home record of 17-20-4 was the fourth-worst in the NHL, and their power play, at 16.0 percent, was tied for 28th. The Flames also scored an NHL-low 61 third-period goals.  The 46-year-old was 82-68-14 in two seasons with Calgary and in four NHL seasons (Dallas Stars, 2011-13) is 146-125-23.  Assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard were also fired.  “Ultimately, you are what your record says you are, but I felt in order to get our team to the level it needs to get to, and each individual to the level he needs to get to, that we had to make this decision,” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said.  “We underperformed,” Treliving said. “When you go through the process of underperforming, you pull everything. It starts with myself, player decisions, personnel decisions. You go into the players’ performance, who played well, who didn’t and why?”
  • Peter Chiarelli will remain president and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers next season and will be evaluating coach Todd McLellan and his staff, CEO and vice chair Bob Nicholson said Thursday. “We will have a plan coming out in the near future about how we’re going forward,” Nicholson said. “We have one goal, and that is to make sure we’re back in the playoffs next year.”  The Oilers (36-40-6) finished sixth in the Pacific Division, 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. In 2017, Edmonton advanced to the Western Conference Second Round, where it lost to the Anaheim Ducks in seven games. It’s the only appearance by the Oilers in the playoffs since 2006, when they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Final.  Chiarelli, who was hired by the Oilers on April 24, 2015, and won the Stanley Cup as GM of the Boston Bruins in 2011, said Wednesday there was no guarantee that McLellan and his staff would be back next season. The Oilers are 114-109-23 in McLellan’s three seasons as coach.
  • Guy Boucher may not return as coach of the Ottawa Senators next season but there is no timeline for a decision, general manager Pierre Dorion said Thursday. Dorion said an evaluation of Boucher and his staff is underway after the Senators went 28-43-11 and finished next-to-last in the NHL one season after reaching Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins before losing in double overtime. Dorion said changes will be made even if Boucher returns.  “Two things that will change, if he’s back, is the implementation of younger players in our lineup, but he will decide who gets what ice time,” Dorion said. “And we’re going to practice more. ‘Rest is a weapon,’ if I have to hear that one more time, I’ll go crazy.”  Boucher is 72-71-21 in two seasons with Ottawa and 169-150-41 in five seasons in the NHL; he coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010-11 through 2012-13.  Dorion said there is a 99.9 percent chance the Senators will use their first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and instead surrender their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Colorado Avalanche. The Senators sent that first-round pick in 2018 to the Avalanche in the trade for forward Matt Duchene on Nov. 5, but because it will be a pick in the top 10, Ottawa can keep it and send its first-round pick in 2019 to Colorado.  Because the Senators finished next-to-last in the standings, they have a 13.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and can select no lower than No. 5. The NHL Draft Lottery will be held April 28, and the 2018 NHL Draft begins June 22..  The Senators also own the Penguins’ first-round pick from the trade that sent center Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh on Feb. 23.
  • College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
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Injuries:

  • Sean Couturierdid not play when the Philadelphia Flyers played the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT). The Flyers’ No. 1 center left practice early Tuesday because of an apparent injury. He collided with defenseman Radko Gudas and left the ice.
  • Patric Hornqvist did not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT).  The 31-year-old forward is considered day to day with an upper-body injury that kept him out of practice Tuesday. Defenseman Kris Letang, who missed practice because of a maintenance day, is expected to play.  Sullivan would not say when the injury to Hornqvist occurred. It’s unclear how the Penguins will compensate for his absence on the top power-play unit, where he is the net-front presence. Guentzel could move from the second unit to take his place.  He will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NBCSP)
  • Andre Burakovskywill miss at least the games 3&4 for the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Burakovsky sustained an upper-body injury at 14:47 of the first period of Game 2 on Sunday when Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner checked him into the boards.  Burakovsky, 23, played left wing on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and J. Oshie. He had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 55 games during the regular season. Against the Blue Jackets, he has no points and three shots on goal. Burakovsky skated 2:12 in Game 2 before departing.
  • NHL linesman Steve Barton will require surgery for a dislocated left kneecap and a torn quadriceps muscle sustained during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Sunday. Barton was injured when his skate clipped the skate of Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson. The game was delayed with 48.1 seconds remaining in the second period and Barton was helped off the ice by trainers from the Blue Jackets and Capitals.  The period concluded with one linesman. Referee Garrett Rank, the backup official, replaced Barton for the third period.  The Blue Jackets defeated the Capitals 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA).
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Josh Morrisseyhas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  The Winnipeg Jets defenseman was disciplined for cross-checking Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal in the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.  Morrissey will not be eligible for Game 5 at Winnipeg on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N). The Jets lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.  The incident occurred at 16:38 of the first period. There was no penalty assessed on the play; Staal returned to the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/josh-morrissey-banned-one-game-will-miss-game-5-for-winnipeg/c-298101248
  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadrihas been suspended for three games for boarding Boston Bruins forward Tommy Wingels during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round series in Boston on Thursday, April 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced  Friday.  The incident occurred at 8:14 of the third period. Kadri was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.
  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughtyhas been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round series in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.  The incident occurred at 9:58 of the third period.
  • Ryan Hartmanhas been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.  The Nashville Predators forward was disciplined for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.  Hartman, 23, will not be eligible for Game 5 at Nashville on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-TN, ALT). The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.  The incident occurred 4:42 into the third period. Hartman was penalized for charging at 4:52, and Soderberg left the game.  Hartman has one goal in the series, averaging 11:11 of ice time. He had 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 78 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Predators during the regular season.  Hartman was acquired by Nashville in a trade with Chicago on Feb. 26.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • https://www.nhl.com/news/las-vegas-statue-of-liberty-wears-golden-knights-jersey/c-297958192
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/short-shifts-golden-knights-excite-crowd-with-memorable-pregame-introduction/c-297914864
  • John Amirante, the anthem singer who performed before New York Rangers games at Madison Square Garden for 35 years, died Tuesday. He was 83. Born in the Bronx, Amirante began performing for the Rangers in 1980 until retiring in 2015, though he made occasional guest appearances. He also sang the anthem for the New York Knicks and New York Yankees. In a 2009 interview with New York Magazine, Amirante said his favorite performance came before Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when the Garden was so loud he couldn’t hear himself sing.  The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 and won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1940.
  • Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in Sweden is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of International skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. Central Scouting revealed its final list of the top International skaters and goaltenders, and top North American skaters and goaltenders, on Monday.  Dahlin, who turned 18 on Friday, had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists), a plus-4 rating, 30 hits, 36 blocked shots and 84 shots on goal while averaging 19:02 of ice time in 41 games in the Swedish Hockey League. He had three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-3 rating in six SHL playoff games.  Rounding out the top five among European skaters are No. 2 defenseman Adam Boqvist (5-11, 168) of Brynas’ team in Sweden’s junior league; No. 3 right wing Vitali Kravtsov (6-2, 170) of Chelyabinsk in Russia; No. 4 right wing Martin Kaut (6-1, 176) of Pardubice in the Czech Republic; and No. 5 defenseman Adam Ginning (6-3, 196) of Linkoping in Sweden.  Lukas Dostal (6-1, 158) of Treibic in the Czech Republic’s second division, is the No. 1 on Central Scouting’s final list of International goaltenders. Dostal, 17, had a 2.43 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 20 games.
  • Center Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. Svechnikov (6-foot-2, 188 pounds), who was No. 1 on Central Scouting’s midterm list in January, had 72 points (40 goals, 32 assists), 174 shots on goal and a plus-26 rating in 44 regular-season games as a rookie for Barrie this season.  Left wing Brady Tkachuk (6-3, 196) of Boston University in Hockey East moved to No. 2 from No. 3; right wing Filip Zadina (6-0, 195) of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League moved to No. 3 from No. 2; defenseman Evan Bouchard (6-2, 193) of London (OHL) moved to No. 4 from No. 5; defenseman Noah Dobson (6-3, 180) of Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) moved to No. 5 from No. 8; and defenseman Quintin Hughes (5-9, 170) of the University of Michigan in the Big 10 moved to No. 6 from No. 4.  Tyler Weiss #90 (Round 3) The top North American goaltender is Olivier Rodrigue (6-1, 159) of Drummondville (QMJHL). Rodrigue, who was No. 2 on Central Scouting’s midterm list of North American goalies, was 31-16-3 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 53 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/andrei-svechnikov-stays-no-1-in-central-scouting-final-2018-nhl-draft-rankings/c-297962744
  • Las Vegas will host the NHL Awards for the next three years and could host more NHL events in the future. The 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu will be at 8 p.m. ET on June 20 at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada.  It will mark the 10th year of a partnership between the NHL and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which has been extended for three years, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.  “Obviously Las Vegas can hold and host major events, as evidenced by the fact that we’re here and that the Awards are here for the 10th season,” Commissioner Bettman said. “And my guess is, with all the things that are going on, at some point in the not-too-distant future, the club will start requesting being included in other events, whether it’s an All-Star Game or whether it’s an outdoor game.”  “This is a community of 2 million people, and while visitors tend to focus on the Strip, this is a city that has people who have interests in the same things that people in all other major cities have,” Commissioner Bettman said. “And we were comfortable after we went through our thorough process that this was going to be a successful franchise for us. …
  • Tod Leiweke was named CEO and president of the potential Seattle expansion NHL franchise Wednesday. Leiweke is the younger brother of Tim Leiweke, the head of Oak View Group, which is renovating KeyArena, where the Seattle team would play.  “I’ve always believed in the fans in Seattle,” Tod Leiweke said. “One of the great things about Seattle is the community, and the community of teams is fantastic.”  Tod Leiweke previously was COO of the NFL, a job he left in March. Before going to the NFL, he was CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  A group headed by Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and private equity CEO David Bonderman has submitted an application to become the 32nd NHL team. The group said it received 10,000 deposits for season tickets in the first 12 minutes of a ticket drive held March 1, and 25,000 in total.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the cost of an expansion team would be $650 million. The Vegas Golden Knights, who began play this season, paid a $500 million expansion fee to become the 31st team.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Patrice Bergeronis a finalist to win his fifth Selke Trophy, which would pass Bob Gainey for the most since the award was first presented in 1978.    The Boston Bruins center, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar were named as the three finalists for the award, which is given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.  The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.  Bergeron, 32, is a Selke finalist for a record seventh consecutive year, passing Pavel Datsyuk‘s six-year run from 2008 to 2013. Bergeron was sixth in face-off percentage (57.3 percent, minimum 750 attempts) and won a League-high 58.3 percent (minimum 50 attempts) while shorthanded. He was also first among NHL forwards in SAT percentage, with the Bruins getting 57.56 percent of all shot attempts when he was on the ice at 5-on-5.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrice-bergeron-sean-couturier-anze-kopitar-named-selke-trophy-finalists/c-298094454
  • Pekka Rinnewill try again to win the Vezina Trophy for the first time after finishing second in 2010-11 and 2014-15, and third in 2011-12.  The Nashville Predators goalie joins first-time finalists Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the trophy awarded to the goalie voted the best at this position.  The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.  https://www.nhl.com/news/connor-hellebuyck-pekka-rinne-andrei-vasilevskiy-named-vezina-trophy-finalists/c-298062362
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins tied a Stanley Cup Playoff record for fastest two goals by one team when they scored twice in five seconds against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. Evgeni Malkin scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from defenseman Kris Letang on a 4-on-3 power play at 6:48 to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead. Brian Dumoulin scored to extend the lead to 4-0 at 6:53, scoring five-hole on Flyers goalie Brian Elliott after Sidney Crosby won the face-off and sent him a backhand pass.  The Penguins tied the record set by the Detroit Red Wings, who did it against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 11, 1965. Detroit’s Norm Ullman scored at 17:35 and 17:40 of the second period in a 4-2 win at Chicago Stadium.
  • David Pastrnak‘s six-point night not only powered the Boston Bruins to a 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Saturday, it broke a record held by Wayne Gretzky. At 21 years, 324 days old, Pastrnak became the youngest player in NHL history to have at least six points in a playoff game when he scored three goals and had three assists. That eclipsed the mark set by Gretzky, who was 22 years, 81 days old when he had seven points for the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the 1983 Smythe Division Final. Gretzky scored four goals and had three assists in a 10-2 win against the Calgary Flames.  Pastrnak, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Boston’s 5-1 victory in Game 1, also matched a mark held by Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito. Pastrnak has nine points (four goals, five assists) through the first two games against Toronto, tying Esposito for the most points by a player in the first two games of a playoff series. Esposito had nine points (five goals, four assists) for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs in the first two games of their 1969 quarterfinal series.  The fourth-year forward is also the first Bruins player to get six points in a playoff game since Rick Middleton scored two goals and had four assists against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 of the 1983 Adams Division Final. Pastrnak is the first to do it in a playoff game since Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux scored three goals and had three assists against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  In addition, Pastrnak became the first to score three goals for the Bruins in a postseason game since David Krejci against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the 2013 conference quarterfinals.
  • Kraft Heinz is thrilled to announce Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York (Just outside of Utica)  is the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2018. After weeks of rallying and online voting, Clinton rallied together to prove exactly why they are the most spirited hockey community in America. The Kraft Hockeyville USA contest, now in its fourth year and in partnership with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), is proud to award Clinton Arena in Clinton, N.Y., an opportunity to host an NHL preseason Game and $150,000 in rink upgrades.  Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville USA will go toward improvements to a number of features, including the arena’s roof, locker room and seating. (I smell Rangers/Sabres, possibly Canucks (Comets)) https://www.nhl.com/news/clinton-ny-kraft-hockeyville-usa-2018/c-297994172
  • Ken Hitchcock retired as Dallas Stars coach Friday. “I have contemplated this since our last game, and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over,” the 66-year-old said in a letter on the Stars website.  He will remain with the Stars as a consultant. No replacement has been named.  “I’m in no rush,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said of hiring a replacement. “I want to make sure we get the right guy. I want to make sure we’re not leaving somebody out of the equation that deserves a chance to be heard.”  The Stars were 42-32-8 in Hitchcock’s second stint with Dallas and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Dallas finished three points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card from the Western Conference.  Hitchcock is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with 823, behind Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (884). Hitchcock has coached the fourth-most games (1,536), behind Bowman (2,141), Quenneville (1,621) and Al Arbour (1,607).  Hitchcock was 823-506-119 with 88 ties in 21 seasons with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, and won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999. He reached the Cup Final with Dallas in 2000, when it lost to the New Jersey Devils.  Hitchcock, from Edmonton, was part of coaching staffs that led Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

PLAYOFF PREVIEW:

Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064

 

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

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#1:  http://u18worlds2018.iihf.hockey/

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 32 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. Tragedy struck the hockey world this week as the NHL regular season drew to a close.  The playoffs are now under way, and Steve and I discuss each series and make our round 1 predictions.   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 32 (Episode 77) Show Notes 4/3-4/11

 

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:

  • Playoff Previews!!!
  • Devastated Humboldt.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

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Sad, Sad week in the hockey world…

  • 29 On board, 15 die, 14 hospitalized. 11 still in hospital tonight.  At least one player paralyzed.
  • I’ve been on that bus…
  • 15 yr old team statistician connection
  • GoFundMe – $8.6M donated so far – https://www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos
  • Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan and Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan spending Sunday with the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan that was involved in a deadly bus crash. McLellan and Gulutzan, who each have ties to the province, met with survivors and family members of the victims. They also attended a vigil for the 15 people who were killed when the team bus collided with a tractor-trailer Friday. There were 29 people on the Broncos bus; the other 14 were injured.
  • Tributes and fundraisers from around the NHL.
  • Sheldon Kennedy offering support – 1986 Bus Crash (4 killed) –
  • Put your sticks out for Humboldt!

 

 

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  3-2 L @ FLA on 4/5, 5-2 W vs Ott on 4/7, 4-2 L vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season

Car:  4-3 L @ PHI on 4/5, 3-2 OTW vs TBL on 4/7, end of season

NYR: 2-1 L @ NYI on 4/5, 5-0 L @ PHI on 4/7, end of season

Other Notable games:

Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games)
Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games)
Friday, 4/6:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180406   (4 games)
Saturday, 4/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180407  (15 games)
Sunday, 4/1:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180408   (1 game)
END OF REGULAR SEASON

 

FINAL NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Alain Vigneault was fired as coach of the New York Rangers on Saturday after five seasons. The Rangers finished last in the Metropolitan Division (34-39-9) this season and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.  The Rangers were 226-147-37 under Vigneault, who is third in wins and fourth in games in New York history. They were 31-30 in the playoffs; he is third all-time in playoff wins and games coached in Rangers history.  New York reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, his first season, and got to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final in 2015. The Rangers lost in the Eastern Conference First Round in 2016 and in the second round last season.
  • Ken Holland has signed a two-year contract to return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. Holland said he would address the future of coach Jeff Blashill on Tuesday. Blashill is 104-105-36 in his three seasons.  In 21 seasons with Holland as GM, the Red Wings have won the Stanley Cup three times (1998, 2002, 2008) and the Presidents’ Trophy four times (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), with 10 division titles.  Last season, Detroit’s run of 25 consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended, and this season is the first time the Red Wings have not qualified for the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1982 and 1983.
  • Antti Raantasigned a three-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. No financial terms were disclosed.  Cap Friendly:  $4.25M/yr.  The 28-year-old goaltender, in his first season with Arizona, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers with center Derek Stepan for defenseman Tony DeAngeloand the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (center Lias Andersson) on June 23, Raanta is 21-16-6 this season in 46 games; his wins and games played are personal NHL highs. He missed 22 games because of injury.  Raanta is tied for second in the NHL in save percentage (.930) and third in goals-against average (2.24) among goaltenders with at least 20 games this season. He has won six straight starts and is 9-1-0 in his past 10 games, allowing two or fewer goals in nine of them.
  • Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman will remain coach and general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, respectively, next season, president John McDonough said Thursday. The Blackhawks (33-37-10) are last in the Central Division and will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.  McDonough said he thinks Bowman and Quenneville are the right people to put the Blackhawks back on track after their worst season in a decade.  Quenneville has won the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks since he was named coach Oct. 16, 2008. His 884 NHL wins with the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Blackhawks are second all-time behind Scotty Bowman (1,244).  Stan Bowman replaced Dale Tallon to become the ninth GM in Blackhawks history July 14, 2009.
  • Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 10, that the team has signed University of Minnesota-Duluth forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year NHL contract worth an average annual value of $750,000. Kuhlman will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
  • College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Vladimir Tarasenkohad reconstructive surgery Wednesday to repair a dislocated left shoulder.  The 26-year-old St. Louis Blues forward will be re-evaluated at training camp in September, general manager Doug Armstrong said.  Tarasenko scored 33 goals in 80 games, leading the Blues in goals for the fourth straight season, and was second with 66 points, four behind forward Brayden Schenn, who had 70 (28 goals, 42 assists).  He was injured in a collision with Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog during the first period of St. Louis’ season-ending 5-2 loss on Saturday.
  • Marian Gaborikof the Ottawa Senators had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back Thursday.  Gaborik, who has missed the past seven games, is expected to resume training in approximately eight weeks.  Gaborik, who has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 46 games this season, has 815 points (407 goals, 408 assists) in 1,035 NHL games.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Mathesonhas been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced Friday.  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.  Matheson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 647 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 7. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 15:53 of the third period during NHL Game No. 1193 against the Ottawa Senators on March 29.
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Other Interesting Stories:

 

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • The 2017-18 National Hockey League regular season concluded Sunday with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavidcapturing his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings winning his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.  McDavid finished the season with a League-leading 108 points (41-67-108) in 82 games, besting Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (34-68-102 in 82 GP) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (39-61-100 in 80 GP) for his second straight Art Ross Trophy.  Ovechkin scored a League-high 49 goals in 82 games, finishing ahead of Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (44 in 82 GP) and Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (43 in 82 GP) for his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (also 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16).  Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 203 goals, eight fewer than the Nashville Predators (211) and 11 clear of the Boston Bruins (214).
  • Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongoand Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 8.  Benn led the NHL with seven goals, including a pair of hat tricks, and eight points in three games to power the Stars (42-32-8, 92 points) to a 2-1-0 week.  Luongo went 3-0-0 with a 1.59 goals-against average and .955 save percentage in four appearances to help the Panthers (44-30-8, 96 points) become the 13th team in NHL history to earn five wins in seven days.  Giroux ranked second in the NHL with 5-2-7 in three games to propel the Flyers (42-26-14, 98 points) to their eighth playoff berth in the past 11 seasons.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs set a team record for points in a season at 105 with a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Toronto’s previous record was 103 points during the 2003-04 season.  Frederik Andersen made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs (49-26-7) to win a team-record 38th game in a single season. Andersen had shared the record at 37 wins with Ed Belfour (2002-03) and Andrew Raycroft (2006-07).
  • Connor Hellebuyckgot his 44th win, setting an NHL record for most in a season by a United States-born goalie, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at Bell MTS Place on Saturday.  Hellebuyck passed Tom Barrasso (Pittsburgh Penguins, 1992-93), who played before shootouts were introduced in the NHL. Hellebuyck had four shootout wins this season.
  • Adam Gaudettewon the Hobey Baker Award on Friday, given annually to the player voted to be the best in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey.  Gaudette, a 21-year-old junior, led the NCAA with 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists) in 38 games this season. He was named Hockey East Player of the Year, Hockey East Player of the Month for January and February, and MVP of the Beanpot tournament. He is the first player from Northeastern to win the award.  Selected No. 149 in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Canucks, Gaudette signed a three-year, entry-level contract March 26. He has no points in four NHL games, including playing 13:04 in a 5-4 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes in Vancouver on Thursday.  Harvard University center Ryan Donato, who has five goals in 10 games with the Boston Bruins, and University of Denver center Henrik Borgstrom, who made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers on March 29, were the other finalists.
  • The NHL announced the creation of the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, which will recognize the commitment of those improving lives and strengthening communities through hockey. The award, unveiled Friday, will be presented at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The award will be presented to a person (not affiliated with the NHL or any of its clubs), team, league, rink or association who best utilizes hockey as a platform for participants to build character and develop important life skills for a more positive family experience.  Starting May 1, nominees will be accepted on social media or via an online form (LINK: www.nhl.com/OReeAward ). A committee including O’Ree will choose six finalists before voting is opened to the public from May 15-30. The winner will be invited to take part in the NHL Awards.
  • The names on the list joined by Roberto Luongoon Thursday say it all:  Patrick RoyMartin Brodeur.  And now Luongo, who became the third goalie to play 1,000 NHL games when he helped the Florida Panthers get a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.  That’s it. The short list is a testament to how difficult and significant an achievement the milestone is.  http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=26791
  • One more. One more for Vancouver, for the Canucks. One more for the parents who raised them, Tommy and Tora; for the older brothers they idolized growing up, Peter and Stefan; for their wives and children and friends in the stands. One more for the fans, for the kids at BC Children’s Hospital, for everyone they had wanted to thank when they announced their retirement Monday. One more for Daniel and Henrik Sedin in their final home game. In overtime, on the power play, fans on their feet, Rogers Arena buzzing, Henrik sent a saucer pass from the right-wing corner to the point. At the end of a one-minute, 16-second shift, Daniel settled the puck on his blade and took a slap shot.  The puck whizzed past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper at 2:33, the horn sounded, the arena roared and wow, what a moment. The Canucks won 4-3. For the second time Thursday night, Daniel scored a goal assisted by Henrik.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  Round 1 vs Toronto

Car:  end of season

NYR: end of season

 

PLAYOFF PREVIEW:

Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064

 

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:

https://theahl.com/2018-calder-cup-playoff-primer

 

 

Steve:

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament field announced on Sunday:

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

 

Go to Bracket Page…

 

 

USCHO Poll:

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

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

Bracketology

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/

 

 

NCAA Division III Bracket:  http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-iii-ncaa-tournament/

 

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 31 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. Only 19 teams are left alive in this season’s playoff push entering the final week of the regular season.  16 will ultimately get into the playoffs, while 3 will get knocked out.  It will go down to the final full day of action for sure.  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 31 (Episode 76) Show Notes 3/29-4/3

 

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:

  • Playoff Races!!!
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  4-2 W vs TBL on 3/29, 5-1 W vs FLA on 3/31, 4-3 OTL @ PHI on 4/1, 4-0 L @ TBL on 4/3 (4 gp in 6 nights)

Car:  4-1 W @ WSH on 3/30, 2-1 L vs NYR (eliminated) on 3/31, 3-2 L @ FLA on 4/2

NYR: 7-3 L vs TBL on 3/30, 2-1 W @ CAR on 3/31, 5-2 L @ NJD on 4/3

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 3/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180329  (10 games)
Friday, 3/30: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180330  (6 games)
Saturday, 3/31: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180331  (12 games)
Sunday, 4/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180401 (5 games)
Monday, 4/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180402 (6 games)
Tuesday, 4/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180403 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games)
Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games)
Only 20 more NHL games after 4/5…
NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Brandon Carlois out for the rest of the season for the Boston Bruins.  The 21-year-old defenseman will need 3-4 months to recover from surgery on his left ankle, which he fractured Saturday against the Florida Panthers.  Carlo was removed from the ice on a stretcher during the third period of the 5-1 win after falling awkwardly along the boards.  Carlo had six assists and was plus-10 with an average of 19:14 of ice time in 76 games. He played 82 games last season, his first in the NHL.
  • Cam Fowlerwill be out 2-6 weeks for the Anaheim Ducks because of a shoulder injury.  The 26-year-old defenseman was injured during the third period of a 4-3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday and is likely to miss at least the Western Conference First Round should Anaheim qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Fowler has 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 67 games and leads the Ducks in average ice time per game at 24:51. He’s the only Ducks defenseman to average more than two minutes per game on the power play and on the penalty kill.
  • Steven Stamkosdid not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, SN1, NESN, NHL.TV) because of a lower-body injury.  The 28-year-old center left a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Sunday at 3:25 of the second period after getting tangled with Predators forward Austin Watson. Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Monday said Stamkos was day to day.  Stamkos is second on the Lightning with 86 points (27 goals, 59 assists), behind linemate Nikita Kucherov, who has 97 points (38 goals, 59 assists).
  • Ryan Suteris out the rest of the season for the Minnesota Wild with a fractured right ankle.   The 33-year-old defenseman was injured during a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. He will have surgery at a date to be determined.  Defenseman Carson Soucy made his NHL debut Monday. The 23-year-old was a fifth-round pick by the Wild (No. 137) in the 2013 NHL Draft. Minnesota is also without defensemen Jared Spurgeon (hamstring) and Gustav Olofsson (concussion).
  • Jesper Fast is out for the remainder of the regular season for the New York Rangers, coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. Fast, a forward, has a groin injury. Mats Zuccarello, also a forward, is having an MRI for an undisclosed injury and did not play Tuesday. He leads the Rangers with 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) and will enter the final season of a four-year contract in 2018-19.  “He blocked a couple of shots the last couple of games,” Vigneault said about Zuccarello, 30. “He’s having a tough time walking right now.”   Fast, 26, has 33 points (13 points, 20 assists) in 71 games, including 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past 12.
  • Scottie Upshallis out indefinitely for the St. Louis Blues with a left kidney laceration.  The 34-year-old forward was injured in a 6-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. He played the past two games after missing 10 with an MCL sprain.
  • Victor Antipinis out indefinitely for the Buffalo Sabres after sustaining a concussion, facial lacerations, a broken nose and dental injuries against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.  The 25-year-old defenseman left on a stretcher at 14:09 of the second period after being hit by Predators forward Scott Hartnell. He was released from the hospital and traveled with the Sabres on Sunday for their game at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.  Antipin has 10 assists in 47 games this season.
  • Michal Neuvirthis day to day for the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury.  The 30-year-old goaltender was injured in the second period of a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. He made 10 saves before he was replaced by Petr Mrazek.  Neuvirth is 9-7-3 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .915 save percentage this season.  Alex Lyon (4-2-1, 2.75 GAA, .905 save percentage) was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Saturday under emergency conditions.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchandhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald during NHL Game No. 1218 in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 18:55 of the second period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ian Cole has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip against Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter  during NHL Game No. 1208 in Vancouver on Saturday, March 31, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 8:10 of the second period. Cole was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Erik Karlssonwill not travel with the Ottawa Senators for their season-ending three-game road trip so he can be with his wife, Melinda, and their family following the loss of their son, Axel.  Karlsson had three assists in a 6-5 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday, Ottawa’s final home game this season, and picked up the puck after the game ended.  Karlsson can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season and is eligible to sign a new contract July 1. There were rumors surrounding Karlsson’s future with the Senators before the NHL Trade Deadline passed Feb. 26, and he remained with Ottawa.
  • Danieland Henrik Sedin announced their retirement from the NHL on Monday the way they carried themselves for 17 seasons as forwards with the Vancouver Canucks.  They posted a letter to Canucks fans on the team website. They spoke from the heart, together.  After discussions with their families, it became clear this would be their last season. It was time for the 37-year-old twins to focus on homework and birthday parties and kids’ activities and family dinners, on life after hockey.  They decided to break the news now because the Canucks did not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will finish the season at home against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV) and Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, then at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.  “We want to share these final three games with you,” they wrote. “We also want to share these games with our families, friends, teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and everyone at the Canucks who have supported us. You’ve all been with us every step of the way, and we want to thank you.”  The Canucks selected Daniel No. 2 and Henrik No. 3 in the 1999 NHL Draft after deft maneuvering by Brian Burke, then the general manager. They came to North America from Sweden together in 2000-01.  Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in 2009-10. Daniel won the Art Ross and was runner-up for the Hart the next season.  Henrik reached 1,000 points last season; Daniel did it this season. Never before had two brothers reached 1,000 points each, let alone two on the same team at the same time, let alone identical twins on the same line most of the time.  The differences were subtle — Henrik more of a playmaker at center, Daniel more of a finisher on the wing. In the Canucks record book, Henrik is No. 1 in games played (1,327), assists (828) and points (1,068). Daniel is No. 2 in games played (1,303), assists (647) and points (1,038). Daniel is No. 1 in goals (391); Henrik is seventh (240).  No, they never won the Stanley Cup, coming oh-so-close when the Canucks lost Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 Final to the Boston Bruins. But it says everything about them and their connection to the community that, when it became clear the Canucks were no longer contenders late in their careers, they didn’t leave to chase it elsewhere.
  • Hockey communities across the nation have rallied together to share inspiring stories about their local ice rinks and teams, and now four of them are one step closer to the coveted title of “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018.” In partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®), Kraft Heinz is searching for America’s most spirited and passionate hockey community. With nominations narrowed to four finalists, top contenders are now encouraging their fans to show support and take part in public voting, which begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on April 13 and extends through April 14 at 11 a.m. ET. The winner will be announced live on NBCSN later that day.  Each of the four finalists will receive funds for rink upgrades from Kraft Heinz, with the grand prize winner awarded the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season Game and receive $150,000 in rink upgrades. Finalists were selected based on story content and their communities’ total digital Rally Points, which were awarded for activities such as uploading photos and videos, tweeting from the community page and interacting with the community content gallery on KraftHockeyville.com.  The four communities advancing to the public voting round are:  Brandon Valley – Brandon, S.D., Clinton Arena – Clinton, N.Y., George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum – Shreveport, La., Memorial Sports Center – Middlebury, Vt.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 1. Karlsson led the NHL with 3-6-9, including a pair of shorthanded goals, in four games as the Pacific Division champion Golden Knights (50-22-7, 107 points) became the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and finish first in its division (excluding mergers and all-expansion divisions). Raanta went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout as the Coyotes (28-40-11, 67 points) won three of their four games for the week to improve to 16-8-2 dating to Feb. 8.  Eichel placed second in the NHL with 3-5-8 in three games to help the Sabres (25-41-12, 62 points) pick up a pair of victories.
  • Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkinplayed his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday, a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Ovechkin leads the NHL with 45 goals this season. For his career, Ovechkin has scored 603 goals and 1,118 points and is the first Capitals player to reach 1,000 games with the team.
  • Before their final home game of their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights honored the victims of the tragic Harvest Music Festival shooting back on Oct. 1. The team raised a banner to the rafters with the names of each victim and 58 stars to represent the lives lost. The top of the banner reads “Vegas Strong.”  The team also announced that no Golden Knights player will ever wear No. 58 in honor of the victims.  It is officially retired.
  • Seabrook, 32, played in his 1,000th NHL game when Chicago hosted the Winnipeg Jets at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, TSN3, NHL.TV). It’s been quite a career for Seabrook, who has won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015), won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and been an important leader for the Blackhawks. He is the fifth player in Chicago franchise history to reach that milestone. He ranks third all-time for franchise defensemen in goals (94), and sixth in assists (336) and points (440). His three career overtime goals in the playoffs are the most among Chicago blue liners in franchise history.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  @ FLA on 4/5, vs Ott on 4/7, vs FLA on 4/8, end of regular season

Car:  @ PHI on 4/5, vs TBL on 4/7, end of season

NYR: @ NYI on 4/5, @ PHI on 4/7, end of season

Other Notable games:

Wednesday, 4/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180404 (3 games)
Thursday, 4/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180405 (10 games)
Friday, 4/6:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180406   (4 games)
Saturday, 4/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180407  (15 games)
Sunday, 4/1:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180408   (1 game)
END OF REGULAR SEASON

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://theahl.com/2017-18-ahl-all-rookie-team

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Steve:  2 KHL stories…

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament field announced on Sunday:

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

 

Go to Bracket Page…

 

 

USCHO Poll:

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

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

Bracketology

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/

 

 

NCAA Division III Bracket:  http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-iii-ncaa-tournament/

 

 

 

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