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

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

THN Episode 36 Show Notes

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

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

 

Opening Headlines:

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

 

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

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

 

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

NHL Playoffs!

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

 

Canadiens (1) vs. Rangers (WC1)

Series tied 2-2 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

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

Fri, Apr 14

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

Sun, Apr 16

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

Tue, Apr 18

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

Thu, Apr 20

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

Sat, Apr 22

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

Mon, Apr 24

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

Senators lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

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

Sat, Apr 15

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

Mon, Apr 17

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

Wed, Apr 19

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

Fri, Apr 21

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

Sun, Apr 23

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

Wed, Apr 26

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

 

Capitals (1) vs. Maple Leafs (WC2)

Maple Leafs lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

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

Sat, Apr 15

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

Mon, Apr 17

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

Wed, Apr 19

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

Fri, Apr 21

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

Sun, Apr 23

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

Tue, Apr 25

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

Penguins lead 3-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

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

Fri, Apr 14

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

Sun, Apr 16

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

Tue, Apr 18

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

Thu, Apr 20

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

Sun, Apr 23

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

Tue, Apr 25

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

 

Blackhawks (1) vs. Predators (WC2)

Predators lead 3-0 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

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

Sat, Apr 15

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

Mon, Apr 17

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

Thu, Apr 20

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

Sat, Apr 22

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

Mon, Apr 24

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

Wed, Apr 26

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

Blues lead 3-0 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

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

Fri, Apr 14

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

Sun, Apr 16

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

Wed, Apr 19

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

Sat, Apr 22

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

Mon, Apr 24

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

Wed, Apr 26

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

 

Ducks (1) vs. Flames (WC1)

Ducks lead 3-0 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 13

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

Sat, Apr 15

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

Mon, Apr 17

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

Wed, Apr 19

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

Fri, Apr 21

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

Sun, Apr 23

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

Tue, Apr 25

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

Oilers lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 12

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

Fri, Apr 14

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

Sun, Apr 16

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

Tue, Apr 18

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

Thu, Apr 20

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

Sat, Apr 22

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

Mon, Apr 24

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

 

 

 

 

Transactions

 

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

 

 

Injuries

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

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

Suspensions/Fines: 

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

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

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

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

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

 

NHL Awards Predictions (if there is time)

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

 

 

CHL Playoffs:

 

All European Leagues are in their playoffs or are just starting their playoffs.  We’ll get you league winners as they come in.  We’ll be covering the following:

Other Minor Pro Leagues in North America

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

 

 

Picks of the week:

Steve:

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

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

 

Topics for Next Week:

 

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

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

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get all wound up in a Playoff frenzy!  We will tell you who made it, and who plays who in the first round.  We will also make our prediction of who will win the first round.  There have been even more signings around the league.  We’ll tell you who signed, and where.  We’ll also discuss all of the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some NCAA hockey tournament talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 35 Show Notes

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

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

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Playoffs! Playoffs are here!  This show will be mostly about the upcoming playoffs.  We’ll get you caught up on all 16 teams and 8 match-ups, then We will give you our predictions.
  • The NCAA crowned their D1 Champion this past weekend. We’ll tell you what went down at the Frozen 4
  • If we have time, we will also give our predictions on the major NHL awards.

 

 

 

Scores

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

NHL Playoffs!

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

Eastern Conference:

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

Season series: Ottawa 4-0-0

Last playoff meeting: None

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

 

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

Season series: Each was 2-1-1

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

All-time playoff series: Penguins lead 1-0

 

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

 

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

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

Season series: Washington 2-1-0

Last playoff meeting: None

 

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

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

Season series: Canadiens 3-0-0

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

All-time playoff series: Rangers lead 8-7

 

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

 

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

 

 

Western Conference:

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

Season series: Edmonton 3-1-1

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

All-time playoff series: Oilers lead 1-0

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

 

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

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

Season series: Anaheim 4-1-0

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

All-time playoff series: Ducks lead 2-0

 

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

 

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

Season series: Chicago 4-1-0

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

All-time playoff series: Blackhawks lead 2-0

 

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

 

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

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

Season series: St. Louis 3-2-0

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

All-time playoff series: Wild lead 1-0

 

5 storylines

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

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

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

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

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

Keys to victory

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

Injuries

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

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

Suspensions/Fines: 

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

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

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

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

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

 

NHL Awards Predictions (if there is time)

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

 

NCAA Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament Down to Frozen Four – Discuss tournament http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/icehockey-men/d1

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/   #14 is the cut line.

 

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

 

CHL Playoffs:

 

All European Leagues are in their playoffs or are just starting their playoffs.  We’ll get you league winners as they come in.  We’ll be covering the following:

Other Minor Pro Leagues in North America

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

Steve:

 

Picks of the week:

Steve:  Bryan Bickell’s final week of his career

 

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

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 34 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including the Hurricanes falling out of the Playoff race, and the Bruins and Rangers clinching playoff berths.  Only 2 playoff spots remain to be determined, and we will tell you who’s in, who’s out, and who is on the bubble.  We’ll also get you up to date with all of the signings of college and junior players turning pro.  We’ll tell you all of the stories from our weekend at the NHL Fan Arena, and we’ll also discuss all of the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some NCAA hockey tournament talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 34 Show Notes

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

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

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are almost over, as almost all 16 playoff teams have been determined. We’ll get you caught up with the latest.
  • Bryan Bickell made his long awaited return to the ice for the Hurricanes. We’ll tell you why that is big news.
  • NHL made a big announcement concerning the Olympics. We’ll have the details.
  • More Junior and College players are signing contracts.  We’ll tell you about this and all of the college and junior signings around the league.
  • NCAA Hockey is down to the Frozen 4. We’ll have all the details.
  • I attended the Dallas-Carolina game on Saturday, and I’ll give my thoughts.
  • We had our day at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, and we had a blast! We’ll tell you the stories!

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
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  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
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Transactions

 

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

 

 

Injuries

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

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

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

Suspensions/Fines: 

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

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Women’s Worlds – http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/games/
  • The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, ending a run of five consecutive Winter Olympics with NHL players. “We have previously made clear that while the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA, etc.) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject,” the NHL said in a statement. “A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018. And the NHLPA has now publicly confirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the clubs. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 regular season schedule without any break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matter officially closed.” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly said in the past several months that the owners were against Olympic participation for a variety of reasons. Chief among them was the 17-day break in the schedule required in February, a time when the National Football League’s season has ended and Major League Baseball’s season has yet to begin.  The NHLPA, in a statement released Monday night, said “the players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL’s shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the Olympics.  “Any sort of inconvenience the Olympics may cause to next season’s schedule is a small price to pay compared to the opportunity to showcase our game and our greatest players on this enormous international stage.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-will-not-participate-in-2018-winter-olympics/c-288385598
  • After playing for more than seven and a half periods and nearly six hours Sunday, Cal Babych evidently had enough. Babych, the son of former NHL player Dave Babych, ended the longest Canadian Hockey League game ever by scoring at 11:36 of the fifth overtime to lift Everett past Victoria 3-2 in Game 6 of the Western Hockey League first round series.  The goal was Babych’s second of the game. He also opened the scoring with a goal at 6:31 of the second period.  Everett goalie and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart made 64 saves and was named the game’s first star. Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse, a 2017 NHL Draft prospect, made 72 saves but could not stop Babych’s breakaway attempt in the eighth period, five hours and 49 minutes after the game started.  At 151 minutes, 36 seconds, the game was about five minutes longer than the previous CHL record, between Victoriaville and Hull of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1999 (146:31). Everett and Victoria also set the record for longest game in Western Hockey League history, which previously was 136:56 in a game between Kamloops and Kootenay on March 25, 2003.  The WHL marathon didn’t go quite as long as the eight-overtime playoff epic in Norway, or even the longest NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons in 1936, but it was the second straight OT game of the series.  Everett won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play Seattle in the second round.
  • Former NHL forward Craig Cunningham put on his skates and returned to the ice Friday for the first time since going into cardiac arrest before an American Hockey League game Nov. 19. Cunningham was aided by physical therapists and Conor Garland, his teammate with Tucson of the AHL, before a morning skate at Tucson Arena.  Cunningham, 26, was Tucson captain when he collapsed before a game against Manitoba. He had part of his left leg amputated and is walking with help of a prosthetic. He has become a source of inspiration for the Arizona Coyotes and NHL communities.  Cunningham participated in a ceremonial puck drop before the Roadrunners game against San Jose on March 25 and will drop the ceremonial first puck as part of Fan Appreciation Night before the Coyotes play the Minnesota Wild on April 8.  A fourth-round pick (No. 97) of the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham had three goals and five assists in 65 games with the Bruins and Coyotes
  • Tickets for the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23-24 will go on sale April 7, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday. The Blackhawks will also host an outdoor festival at United Center throughout the weekend that will feature the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, an interactive traveling fan experience which honors the past 100 years of hockey. It includes a museum truck, entertainment truck, a ball hockey rink, a virtual-reality Zamboni experience and the Stanley Cup.
  • At the invitation of Bloomage International and as a piece of the National Hockey League’s long-term business strategy in China, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning. The preseason games between the Kings and Canucks will be played on Sept. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong’s Le Sports Center in Beijing, where Last Wednesday’s announcement was made.  In addition to the NHL and NHLPA, representatives from the Chinese Government, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Bloomage International and O.R.G. Packaging were on hand for this historic announcement, which advances the NHL’s commitment to grow the game globally, while furthering the League’s international strategy.  “The 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging represent the formal launch of what we hope will be a long and successful collaboration between our League, our teams and our partners in accelerating the development of hockey in China,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, “We look forward to our first games in China and to a variety of initiatives that will inspire generations of Chinese players and fans to enjoy our sport. We recognize the importance of helping China build a strong national hockey program and are committed to supporting that priority in every way possible.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-nhl-china-games/c-288214650

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs OTT on 4/6, vs WSH on 4/8
NYR:  @ WAS on 4/5, @ OTT on 4/8, vs PIT on 4/9
CAR:  vs NYI on 4/6, vs STL on 4/8, @ PHI on 4/9
OTT:  @BOS on 4/6, vs NYR on 4/8, @NYI on 4/9
TOR: vs TBL on 4/6, vs PIT on 4/8, vs CBJ on 4/9

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

 

Highlights of upcoming week (games with playoff implications)

 

 

NCAA Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament Down to Frozen Four – Discuss tournament http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/icehockey-men/d1

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/   #14 is the cut line.

 

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

 

CHL Playoffs:

 

All European Leagues are in their playoffs or are just starting their playoffs.  We’ll get you league winners as they come in.  We’ll be covering the following:

Other Minor Pro Leagues in North America

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

Steve:

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne & Steve:  Our weekend at the NHL Centennial Arena

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

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

 

Topics for Next Week:

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

 

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

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 33 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including the Hurricanes hot streak, and the Bruins and Rangers march toward playoff contention. Several teams have already clinched playoff spots, and we will tell you who’s in, who’s out, and who is on the bubble.  We’ll also get you up to date with all of the signings of college and junior players turning pro.  And, we’ll also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some NCAA hockey tournament talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!  

THN Episode 33 Show Notes

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

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

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are dwindling down to the last few teams, as more teams are clinching spots seemingly every day. We’ll get you caught up with the latest.  (Hint:  in the west, the fat lady is warming up!)  There are now less than 100 games left in the NHL regular season.  Sad Face…
  • Detroit’s playoff streak is officially over, and I couldn’t be happier about it. We’ll have interesting facts about the streak.
  • The Bruins have signed their next franchise defenseman. We’ll tell you about this and all of the college and junior signings around the league.
  • NCAA Hockey is down to the Frozen 4. We’ll have all the details.
  • It’s almost our turn to have the NHL Centennial Fan Arena! We’ll reveal our plans!

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  6-3 L vs TBL on 3/23, 2-1 W @NYI on 3/25, 4-1 W vs NSH on 3/28

NYR:  3-0 W @ LA on 3/25, 6-3 L @ ANA on 3/26, 5-4 OTL @ SJ on 3/28

CAR:  4-1 W @ MTL on 3/23, 3-1 W @ NJD on 3/25, 4-3 OTL vs DET on 3/27 & 4-1 W 3/28 (make up)

 

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

 

  • Islanders 4 @ Penguins 3 SO on 3/24
  • Senators 1 @ Canadiens 3 on 3/25
  • Flames 3 @ Blues 2 OT on 3/25
  • Sharks 2 @ Predators 7 on 3/25
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Sabres 5 on 3/25
  • Flyers 6 @ Penguins 2 on 3/26
  • Predators 3 @ Islanders 1 on 3/27
  • Blackhawks 4 @ Lightning 5 OT on 3/27
  • Kings 1 @ Oilers 2 on 3/28
  • Senators 2 @ Flyers 3 SO on 3/28
  • Panthers 2 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 3/28
  • Capitals 5 @ Wild 4 OT  on 3/28

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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

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  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
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Transactions

03/24/2017  Ryan Fitzgerald (F) Boston College Boston Bruins  
03/24/2017  Emil Johansson (D) Djurgårdens IF Boston Bruins  
03/24/2017  Jeremiah Addison (F) Windsor Spitfires Montréal Canadiens  
03/24/2017  Dillon Dubé (F) Kelowna Rockets Calgary Flames  
03/25/2017  Noah Rod (F) Genève-Servette San Jose Sharks  
03/25/2017  Brock Boeser (F) Univ. of North Dakota Vancouver Canucks  
03/25/2017  Josh Healey (D) Ohio State Univ. Calgary Flames  
03/26/2017  Clayton Keller (F) Boston Univ. Arizona Coyotes  
03/26/2017  Evan Fitzpatrick (G) Sherbrooke Phoenix St. Louis Blues  
03/27/2017  Jeff Taylor (D) Union College Pittsburgh Penguins  
03/27/2017  Victor Mete (D) London Knights Montréal Canadiens  
03/27/2017  John Stevens (F) Northeastern Univ. New York Islanders  
03/27/2017  Vinni Lettieri (F) Univ. of Minnesota New York Rangers  
03/27/2017  Matt Roy (D) Michigan Tech Los Angeles Kings  
03/28/2017  Vince Pedrie (D) Penn State Univ. New York Rangers  
03/28/2017  Michael Kapla (D) UMass-Lowell New Jersey Devils  
03/28/2017  Jake Bischoff (D) Univ. of Minnesota New York Islanders  
03/28/2017  Matt Iacopelli (F) Western Michigan Univ. Chicago Blackhawks  
03/28/2017  Joe Gambardella (F) UMass-Lowell Edmonton Oilers  
03/28/2017  Griffen Molino (F) Western Michigan Univ. Vancouver Canucks  
03/28/2017  Jake Walman (D) Providence College St. Louis Blues  
03/29/2017  Justin Kloos (F) Univ. of Minnesota Minnesota Wild  
03/29/2017  Tanner Fritz (F) Bridgeport Sound Tigers New York Islanders  

 

  • Matt Gaudreau, the younger brother of Calgary Flames forwardJohnny Gaudreau, on Tuesday signed an amateur tryout contract with Bridgeport, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders.  Matt Gaudreau had 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 40 games with Boston College this season, leading them in assists and finishing second in scoring. The 22-year-old forward had 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) in four seasons at Boston College.  Johnny Gaudreau, 23, who played at Boston College from 2011-14 and was selected with the No. 104 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, has 58 points (17 goals, 41 assists) for the Flames this season.  “Just have fun with it right now,” Gaudreau said. “Not many players get to sign a professional contract and play in a professional league like he’s getting the chance to do. Just enjoy it and make the most of it because there aren’t many games left in the season and have a good summer. I’ll be pushing him to hopefully make a spot and have a good spot next fall.”
  • Defenseman Charlie McAvoy will forgo his remaining eligibility at Boston University and sign an amateur tryout contract with the Boston Bruins, general manager Don Sweeney announced Wednesday. The Bruins selected McAvoy, who completed his sophomore season at BU, with the No. 14 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He will report to Providence of the American Hockey League for practice Thursday and should play in games this weekend.  “His development’s been very good,” Sweeney said. “He’s been relied upon heavily as a younger player there. Grew into a leadership role this year. Obviously had a tremendous World Junior and a gold-medal effort. Their team overall was very, very talented but very young. You go through some growing pains as a result of that but he played in a lot of different situations and we’re excited about his trajectory.”  There is a chance McAvoy could join the Bruins before the end of the season. Boston (40-30-6) is three points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with six games remaining.  “That is still to be determined,” said Sweeney, who is continuing negotiations with McAvoy’s representatives while the 19-year-old gets his pro career started in the AHL. “You have to have a contract first, and again this is just a good first step for everybody,”  McAvoy had 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 38 games and was named a Hockey East All-Star for the Terriers, who lost 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA West Regional final Saturday.  The Bruins will have to weigh the value of working a rookie into their lineup while they attempt to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, and completing a year on McAvoy’s entry-level contract, against what McAvoy could add to the lineup.  Sweeney said that BU sophomore forward Jakob Forsbaka-Karlsson, a second-round pick (No. 45) in the 2015 draft, has not made a decision about leaving school yet.

Injuries

  • Florida Panthers goalieJames Reimer left the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period Tuesday after colliding with Brian Boyle.  Reimer was attempting to cover the puck at the side of the net when Boyle skated in and made contact with his head.  Reimer was treated by Panthers trainers before skating off the ice with 8:53 remaining and Florida trailing 2-1. He was replaced by Reto Berra.
  • Carolina Hurricanes goaltenderEddie Lack was released from the hospital Monday night and was diagnosed with a neck strain.  Lack was stretchered off the ice at the end of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on Monday. He was injured on a goal by Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou at 1:59 of overtime.  Athanasiou skated through the neutral zone to get the puck along the right-side wall before cutting to the net. He was checked by Hurricanes forward Victor Rask before colliding with Lack and putting the puck between the right pad and the left post. Lack slumped back in the net and was quickly attended to by the Hurricanes medical staff.  Moments after the collision, Hurricanes and Red Wings players gathered near the net. Lack was taken off the ice 10 minutes later and gave a thumbs-up when he left the ice.  Lack is 7-5-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 17 games (15 starts) this season. He took to Twitter on Monday to address his condition, writing, “everything looks alright (sic).”  Lack’s playing status has yet to be announced but the Hurricanes recalled goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from Florida of the ECHL on an emergency basis.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs goaltenderFrederik Andersen will not start against the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-F, NHL.TV) because of an upper-body injury.  Andersen practiced Monday but coach Mike Babcock said goaltender Curtis McElhinney will start.  The Maple Leafs said Andersen is day to day. He was removed after the first period of a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.  Babcock said he doesn’t think Andersen will be out long-term. The Maple Leafs have eight regular-season games remaining; after Tuesday, they play at the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
  • Patrick Sharpof the Dallas Stars will have hip surgery Tuesday, ending a difficult season for the 35-year-old forward.  “It’s tough to make that decision to sit out and get healthy, but I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said.  Sharp has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 48 games this season. He’s dealt with two concussions and constant hip pain, and his father, Ian Sharp, has leukemia.  Ian Sharp was diagnosed with leukemia seven years ago, and the disease worsened this year. He received stem-cell treatments that have worked and he is home in Ontario. Sharp is the Stars candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy, given each season by the NHL to a player who displays the attributes of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.  Sharp can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but said he’s not thinking about next season at this point. Nill didn’t rule out bringing him back.  “We’re going to get the surgery done, let him heal. He’s going to train, and then let’s take a look at him,” Nill said. “We’ve had conversations. If he comes back, he wants to be in Dallas. He thinks he’s a Dallas Star.”
  • Tampa Bay Lightning centerSteven Stamkos participated in every practice drill, including the power play, Wednesday and said he’s very close to returning to the lineup.  Stamkos, who had arthroscopic surgery for a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on Nov. 17, practiced on a line with Yanni Gourde and Adam Erne. Stamkos also participated with the Lightning’s second power-play unit for the first time since his return to practice.  The Lightning expected Stamkos to miss 4-6 months after the surgery; March 17 was the four-month mark. Stamkos said he was unlikely to play against the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D, NHL.TV) “unless something drastically changes.”  Stamkos can now be considered day to day, coach Jon Cooper said. The Lightning host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and Dallas Stars on Sunday to close a four-game homestand.
  • Detroit Red Wings forwardLuke Glendening will miss the final six games of the regular season after fracturing his ankle and foot, according to MLive.com.  Glendening sustained the injury during a 4-3 overtime win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. He played 1:35 before leaving the game in the first period and did not play in a 4-1 loss at the Hurricanes on Tuesday.  Detroit general manager Ken Holland told the website it is unknown whether Glendening, who has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 74 games this season, will need surgery.
  • Minnesota Wild forwardZach Parise is likely to miss at least one game with an eye injury but will not be out long-term, coach Bruce Boudreau said Wednesday.  “His eye looks pretty black and blue, but he can see and he’s fine as far as that goes,” Boudreau told the Wild website. “A little sore in his upper body, but I don’t think he’s going to be out for a long period of time.”  Parise was injured when he was high-sticked by Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals during their game Tuesday. The stick blade went under Parise’s visor and he then collided with Washington’s Jay Beaglewhile falling to the ice.  The Wild said the eye is swollen and Parise was to have tests performed Wednesday.  Parise has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 64 games this season, with six points (one goal, five assists) in his past seven games.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Brian Gionta – On a milestone night where the Buffalo Sabres captain was celebrated for playing his 1,000th career game, he scored a second period goal to give his team a 3-0 in what would become a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 26. Kucherov posted 5-2-7 in three games, all multi-point performances, to lead the Lightning (36-29-9, 81 points) to a pair of victories and help the team remain within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.  Lehtonen went 3-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Stars (31-33-11, 73 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points.  Getzlaf shared the League lead with seven assists in three games – all wins – to propel the Ducks (41-23-11, 93 points) into first place in the Pacific Division.
  • Gary Doak Passing – Gary Doak, who was a defenseman with the Boston Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1970, died on Saturday at the age of 71. Doak played eight Stanley Cup Playoff games in 1970 when the Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues in four games to win their first championship since 1941.  He had 130 points (23 goals, 107 assists) and 908 penalty minutes in 789 games with the Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers from 1965-1981.  Doak played with the Bruins from 1965-70 and 1972-81. In 14 seasons with Boston, he had 101 points (20 goals, 81 assists) and 656 penalty minutes in 609 regular-season games.  Doak was an assistant coach for the Bruins from 1981-85 and coach for the University of Massachusetts-Boston from 1985-87.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • San Jose Sharks forwardMicheal Haley has been suspended for one game, without pay, for roughing Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok during NHL Game No. 1114 in Nashville on Saturday, March 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday.  The incident occurred at 12:56 of the third period. Haley was assessed a match penalty.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Haley will forfeit $3,472.22.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Detroit Red Wings’ 25-season streak of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended after a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday. The loss, combined with wins by the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, eliminated Detroit from postseason contention for the first time since 1990-91.  Boston defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1. Toronto defeated the Florida Panthers 3-1.  Detroit was playing its third game in three days; it won the prior two in overtime (3-2 against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday and 4-3 at Carolina on Monday).  Cam Ward made 21 saves for the Hurricanes (34-27-14), are four points behind Boston for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.  The Hurricanes have a 12-game point streak (8-0-4). Nine players had a point for Carolina on Tuesday.  They won the Stanley Cup four times, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for most in that span, and came within a game of winning it a fifth when they lost Game 7 of the Final to the Penguins in 2009. They went to the Final six times.  They won the Presidents’ Trophy six times, three times more than any other team in that span. They won 1,133 regular-season games, 104 more than any other team, and earned 2,536 points, 209 more than any other team.  They set records for wins in a season (62 in 1995-96), road wins in a season (31 in 2005-06), consecutive road wins (12 in 2005-06) and consecutive home wins (23 in 2011-12), and they tied the record for home wins in a season (36 in 1995-96).  For 21 seasons, they didn’t come close to missing the playoffs. They finished in the top four in their conference 18 times and had a cushion of at least a dozen points the other three times. It wasn’t until the past few seasons that they had to fight to make the playoffs.  The Red Wings streak was not the longest in NHL history. The Boston Bruins made the playoffs 29 straight seasons from 1967-68 through 1995-96. The Chicago Blackhawks made the playoffs for 28 straight from 1969-70 through 1996-97. The St. Louis Blues also made the playoffs for 25 straight from 1979-80 through 2003-04.  The Penguins now have the longest streak at 11 seasons, including this one. The Blackhawks are next at nine.  Can the Penguins surpass the Red Wings streak? Fifteen years from now, Sidney Crosby will be 44. Evgeni Malkin will be 45.  Seventeen years from now, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each will be 45.  This feels like the end of an era in Detroit, and it is. The great Gordie Howe died June 10. Ilitch died Feb. 10. Now the streak is over, and Joe Louis Arena is closing.  1991 — Last time the Red Wings picked in the top 10 of the NHL Draft; they took forward Martin Lapointe with the No. 10 selection. From 1992 through 2013, they picked no higher than 19th.
  • Craig Cunningham, the former NHL forward who collapsed on the ice before an American Hockey League game in November, will drop the ceremonial first puck during Arizona Coyotes Fan Appreciation Night at Gila River Arena on April 8, when the Coyotes host the Minnesota Wild. Cunningham, 26, was the captain for Arizona’s AHL affilate in Tucson when he went into cardiac arrest on the ice before a game against Manitoba on Nov. 19.   Cunningham, who had to have his left leg amputated and is walking with help of a prosthetic, returned to Tuscon with his mother, Heather, for a ceremonial puck drop before a Roadrunners game against the San Jose Barracuda on March 25. The Coyotes are giving fans the opportunity to congratulate Cunningham on his courage, willpower and perseverance through his rehabilitation.  A fourth-round pick (No. 97) of the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham had three goals and five assists in 65 games with the Bruins and Coyotes.
  • Preview of what we will see – https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-centennial-fan-arena-comes-to-newark/c-288084178
  • The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the League announced on Friday. The Avalanche and Senators will play back-to-back games at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. The 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will mark the sixth time the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games and the first such time since the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, which took place in Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. These games reward the legion of loyal and passionate international fans by featuring some of the NHL’s biggest stars and generating interest in the League worldwide. The games between Colorado and Ottawa on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 will be the 21st and 22nd NHL regular-season games played in Europe. They also will be the seventh and eighth NHL regular-season games played in Sweden.  The game on Nov. 10 will start at 8 p.m. CET (2 p.m. ET / Noon MT), with Colorado serving as the home team. The game on Nov. 11 will start at 7 p.m. CET (1 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. MT) with Ottawa serving as the home team. Both games will be broadcast on TV3, Viasat Hockey and Viaplay. Additional broadcast details will be released at a later time.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-global-series-to-feature-two-games-in-sweden/c-288012726
  • The NHL will make a special announcement at the LeSports Center in Beijing, China Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. A press conference including NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider, Bloomage Chairman & Executive Director Madame Zhao Yan and O.R.G. Packaging Charirman Mr. Zhou Yunjie is scheduled.  The event will be streamed live here through a simulcast from NHL Network.

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

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

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

CAR:  vs CBJ on 3/30, vs DAL on 4/1, @ PIT on 4/2, @ Min on 4/4

All games involving TOR, TB, NYI, CAR are important!

Highlights of upcoming week (games with playoff implications)

NCAA Minute:

 

NCAA Tournament Down to Frozen Four – Discuss tournament http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/icehockey-men/d1

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/   #14 is the cut line.

 

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

 

CHL Playoffs:

 

All European Leagues are in their playoffs or are just starting their playoffs.  We’ll get you league winners as they come in.  We’ll be covering the following:

Other Minor Pro Leagues in North America

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

Steve:

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  Jonas Gustavsson lived the dream of every goaltender Friday.  Not only did the goalie for the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League earn a win, he was credited with a shorthanded empty-net goal in the third period of a 5-1 win against the San Diego Gulls.  The Condors were two men short, and San Diego had a 6-on-3 advantage after pulling goalie Dustin Tokarski. Gustavsson redirected a pass through the goal mouth, then was credited with the goal as the last Bakersfield player to touch the puck before an errant Gulls pass went into the San Diego net at 16:56 of the third.  It was the first goal of Gustavsson’s pro career. He became the 12th goalie to score in the AHL’s 81-year history and the first since Reto Berra of Lake Erie did it against Chicago on Jan. 16, 2015.   Gustavsson also did his regular job well, making 30 saves for the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate. The 32-year-old, who has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins, is 1-3-1 in seven games (five starts) for the Oilers this season.

 

Honorable mention:  https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-invite-fan-onto-team-bus-in-montreal/c-288065866

 

 

  • Steve:

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 4/5 6:30 PM.

 

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

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.

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Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 32 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including the Hurricanes hot streak, and the Bruins and Rangers cold streaks. We’ll get you up to date with all of the signings of college and junior players turning pro.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is continuing to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 32 Show Notes

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

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

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are starting to become more clear, and several teams have already clinched playoff spots
  • Bruins are making things interesting (if you are not a Bruins fan) or scary (if you are) in the East
  • Teams are continuing to sign players out of college and junior ranks. We’ll get you caught up.
  • The NCAA Tournament field has been set, and the tournament gets under way Friday night. We’ll have all the details.
  • Lundqvist and Stamkos close to returning?
  • It’s almost our turn to have the NHL Centennial Fan Arena! We’ll reveal our plans!

 

A personal note:  You occasionally hear of folks dying while playing hockey.  Well, it happened this week, and it was local.  Michael Twiss:  https://www.gofundme.com/in-loving-memory-of-michael-twiss :  On March 20th 2017, in Wake Forest NC, Michael Twiss passed away from injuries sustained while playing hockey. While we know that Michael loved playing hockey, especially with his three sons Kyle, Ryan, and Tyler, it’s nearly impossible to make sense of why or how something like this could happen.   Michael was a beloved husband and father and, for those of us who played with him, a hell of a teammate. While most of us know him because of hockey, his influence stretches beyond just that community. He was always outspoken and fiercely competitive and most of us will choose to remember him as a fighter, a leader, and a friend.  All of our thoughts and prayers are with his family now. There is little that can be done to ease the pain of those whom he loved and that loved him. As a community of acquaintances, associates, teammates, friends and family we’d like you to consider helping however you can. Any money raised here will be given to the family for their needs in the coming days, weeks, and months. We hope you will all use this fund as an outlet to express your sympathies and share your condolences. There will be expenses associated with this sad event and as our show of support we hope to ease that burden for the family.  (Raised $16,115 as of 3 PM Thursday) Skipping our regular Amazon shpeal, and instead ask for your donation to this GoFundMe.

 

Another Personal Note:  Thank Mark Allred for the birthday wishes

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  5-2 W @ CGY on 3/15, 7-4 L @ EDM on 3/16, 4-2 L @ TOR on 3/20, 3-2 L vs OTT on 3/21

NYR:  4-3 SOL vs FLA on 3/17, 3-2 W @ MIN on 3/18, 3-2 OTL @ NJD on 3/21, 3-2 L vs NYI on 3/22

CAR:  3-1 W vs MIN on 3/16, 4-2 W vs NSH on 3/18, 4-3 SOL @ PHI on 3/19, 4-3 W @ FLA on 3/21

 

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

 

  • Predators 2 @ Capitals 1 (OT) on 3/16
  • Panthers 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 3/16
  • Blackhawks 2 @ Senators 1 on 3/16
  • Maple Leafs 5 @ Lightning 0 on 3/16
  • Blues 4 @ Sharks 1 on 3/16
  • Canadiens 4 @ Senators 3 (SO) on 3/18
  • Blue Jackets 3 @ Islanders 2 (OT) on 3/18
  • Blackhawks 2 @ Maple Leafs 1 (OT) on 3/18
  • Capitals 5 @ Lightning 3 on 3/18
  • Ducks 2 @ Sharks 1 on 3/18
  • Senators 1 @ Canadiens 4 on 3/19
  • Panthers 0 @ Penguins 4 on 3/19
  • Kings 2 @ Flames 5 on 3/19
  • Kings 0 @ Oilers 2 on 3/20
  • Flames 2 @ Capitals 4 on 3/21
  • Sharks 2 @ Wild 3 on 3/21
  • Oilers 4 @ Ducks 3 on 3/22
  • Maple Leafs 5 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 3/22

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  We haven’t set anything up just yet, so stay tuned for that.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

 

03/15/2017  Tim Gettinger (F) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds New York Rangers  
03/16/2017  Sam Vigneault (F) Clarkson Univ. Columbus Blue Jackets  
03/16/2017  Callum Booth (G) Saint John Sea Dogs Carolina Hurricanes  
03/17/2017  Miro Aaltonen (F) Vityaz Podolsk Toronto Maple Leafs  
03/20/2017  Tyler Parsons (G) London Knights Calgary Flames  
03/20/2017  Ryan Lomberg (F) Stockton Heat Calgary Flames  
03/20/2017  Tim Clifton (F) Quinnipiac Univ. San Jose Sharks  
03/20/2017  Mitch Hults (F) Lake Superior State Univ. Anaheim Ducks  
03/21/2017  Libor Hájek (D) Saskatoon Blades Tampa Bay Lightning  
03/21/2017  Jeremy Bracco (F) Windsor Spitfires Toronto Maple Leafs  
03/21/2017  Mark Friedman (D) Bowling Green State Univ. Philadelphia Flyers  
03/23/2017  Luke Kunin (F) Univ. of Wisconsin Minnesota Wild  
03/23/2017  Janne Kuokkanen (F) London Knights Carolina Hurricanes  

 

 

 

  • GoaltenderJaroslav Halak was recalled by the New York Islanders from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Thursday.  Thomas Greiss has started all but five games since Halak’s demotion. Jean-Francois Berube, who has served as Greiss’ backup, is 3-2-2 with a 3.42 goals-against average and a save percentage of .889. His last start was against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 13; he was removed 8:02 into the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots.  Halak was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Dec. 30; he cleared the following day and was sent to Bridgeport, where he was 17-7-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 27 games.  Halak’s last NHL game was a 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 29. He was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 24 shots, including three in a span of 1:20.  The 31-year-old is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 21 games for the Islanders this season. He is 206-123-42 with a 2.42 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 388 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and the Islanders.  New York acquired Halak from Washington in a trade May 1, 2014. Three weeks later, the Islanders signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.
  • The Blueshirts added to their goaltending depth on Thursday,signing Bowling Green junior Chris Nell to an entry-level contract.  Nell, 22, just wrapped his junior campaign at Bowling Green, going 17-14-2 with a 2.15 GAA and .916 save percentage. This year, he became the school’s all-time leader in career shutouts, this after a terrific sophomore campaign in which he finished with a sparking 1.31 GAA and .930 save percentage.  An undrafted free agent, Nell now joins an organization with several young netminders in the mix. Mackenzie Skapski, a 2013 draftee, made his NHL debut two years ago but has struggled this season, splitting time between AHL Hartford and ECHL Greenville. Brandon Halverson, a second-rounder in ’14, has also split time between Hartford and Greenville, and was recently recalled to New York on an emergency basis.  New York has also drafted Russian netminder Igor Shesterkin (fourth round, ’14), Slovak Adam Huska (seventh round, ’15) and UMass-Lowell product Tyler Wall (sixth round, ’16).

 

Injuries

  • Vancouver Canucks centerMarkus Granlund will have wrist surgery, after which a timetable for his return will be provided.  “Markus has had an ongoing wrist injury which we’ve treated through regular maintenance and rehabilitation,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Monday. “Our Canucks medical team and Markus believe that surgery is the best course of action for his long-term health and by having the procedure now it will allow him to have more time to rehabilitate and work out in preparation for next season. Markus is an important part of our team and we are confident he’ll have a full recovery.”  Granlund, 23, was acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames for forward Hunter Shinkaruk on Feb. 22, 2016. In 69 games, he has 19 goals, 13 assists and 32 points, all NHL career highs, and ranks second on the Canucks in goals behind Bo Horvat (20).
  • Winnipeg Jets centerShawn Matthias will have shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the season.  “He had a pre-existing labral tear that he’s been trying to deal with and it just got to the point where he can’t,” coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s a full-on rehab, we’re talking about months.”  Matthias, 29, had 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 45 games this season. He last played in a 5-4 overtime loss at the Nashville Predators on Monday. The Jets entered Saturday 10 points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.  Matthias, a second-round pick by the Detroit Red Wings (No. 47) in the 2006 NHL Draft, has 97 points (48 goals, 49 assists) in 312 NHL games through 10 seasons with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and Jets.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins centerEvgeni Malkin will not play against the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, ROOT, MSG+, NHL.TV) because of an upper-body injury.  Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said the issue is something that has been bothering Malkin for a while. Sullivan said he expects to have more information on Malkin’s status Saturday.  Malkin is fifth in the NHL with 72 points and tied for fourth with 33 goals. He missed seven games from Jan. 26-Feb. 11 with a lower-body injury.
  • Louis Blues forwardPaul Stastny is week to week with a lower-body injury.  Stastny did not play the final two periods of a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny was not injured when hit by a shot taken by teammate Vladimir Tarasenko but that the center tweaked something.  Stastny missed four games with a lower-body injury sustained Feb. 10. He has 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 66 games.
  • According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the Islanders’ third-line center suffered a broken wrist in the second period of his team’s 3-2 in over theNew York Rangers. Per Staple, Strome will miss the rest of the regular season and the team would have to go deep in the playoffs for him to return.  The 23-year-old Strome has 13 goals and 30 points while averaging 14:36 of ice-time per-game.
  • Toronto Maple Leafsforward Eric Fehr may be done for the rest of the regular season after injuring his hand on Wednesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Fehr was acquired by the Maple Leafs from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline. Wednesday was his first game with Toronto.  The 31-year-old has six goals and 11 points in 53 games this season.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 19. Marchand led the NHL with 5-4-9 in three games – all multi-point performances – to power the Bruins (38-27-6, 82 points) to a pair of victories.  Crosby paced the League with six goals and ranked second with eight points in four starts to guide the Penguins (45-17-9, 99 points) to a 2-1-1 week.  Elliott went 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .926 save percentage to help the Flames (41-27-4, 86 points) maintain third place in the Pacific Division.
  • Eric Staal played in his 1000th game on Sunday
  • Jaromir Jagr had two assists Friday to pass Gordie Howe with his 269th NHL point after turning 40, most in history.  “I’m going to pass him for the most points after 50,” Jagr said. “That’s what I’m looking for.”  Jagr, who turned 45 on Feb. 15, assisted on goals by Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov in a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  Jagr has 1,907 NHL points, second behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857). Howe played until he was 42 then had 41 points in one season as a 51-year-old to finish with 1,850, fourth behind Mark Messier (1,887).  “It’s a big honor, no question about it,” Jagr said. “It’s no accident they call him Mr. Hockey, so it’s a big honor to me.”  Jagr would become the fourth player in NHL history to play 1,700 games Sunday in Pittsburgh, where he began his NHL career at age 18 in 1990-91.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Buffalo Sabres defensemanRasmus Ristolainen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.  The incident occurred at 8:46 of the first period of the game at KeyBank Center. Ristolainen received a five-minute major for interference and a 10-minute misconduct. Guentzel did not return to the game.  The Penguins defeated the Sabres 3-1.  The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: interference. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
  • Calgary Flames forwardMatthew Tkachuk has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during NHL Game No. 1069 in Calgary on Sunday, March 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday.  The incident occurred at 19:35 of the first period.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Tkachuk will forfeit $10,277.78.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs defensemanRoman Polak has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand during NHL Game No. 1086 in Columbus on Wednesday, March 22, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 1:00 of the third period. Polak was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Polak will forfeit $25,000.00.  https://www.nhl.com/news/toronto-maple-leafs-roman-polak-suspended-for-boarding/c-288006256
  • Buffalo Sabres defensemanRasmus Ristolainen has been suspended for three games, without pay, for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel during NHL Game No. 1076 in Buffalo on Tuesday, March 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 8:46 of the first period. Ristolainen was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Ristolainen will forfeit $90,000.00.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights plan to be very active when NHL free agency begins, general manager George McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Money’s not a problem,” McPhee said Monday in a Q&A with season-ticket holders. “Our owner, Bill Foley, is not afraid to spend to get the right player, and it’s our job to identify who those players are.”  Some players who can become unrestricted free agents are San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, Washington Capitals forward J. Oshie, and Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.  From June 18-20, Vegas will have a chance to sign any restricted or unrestricted free agent left unprotected by his team for the NHL Expansion Draft, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. These free agents would not otherwise be allowed to sign with a team different than the one they played for this season until July 1.  That 72-hour free-agent window coincides with the Expansion Draft process. If a free agent does sign with the Golden Knights, he would be Vegas’ one selection from that player’s team (Vegas is required to select or sign one player off each existing team’s list of unprotected players, with a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies).  This does not preclude Vegas from claiming an unprotected free agent during the Expansion Draft and gaining an exclusive window to sign the player before July 1, but the NHL is giving the Golden Knights the window to reduce the chance they will claim a player who has no intention of signing with them.  https://www.nhl.com/news/golden-knights-gm-says-team-plans-to-spend-in-free-agency/c-287943336 The Vegas Golden Knights plan to unveil their jerseys prior to the NHL Expansion Draft in June, general manager George McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.  They are expected to be available for purchase in September.  The Golden Knights unveiled their logo and colors (steel grey, gold, red and black) on Nov. 22. The logo is a helmet that includes a V to represent Las Vegas, and secondary logos include swords that create the star from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
  • The2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.  The outdoor game will pay tribute to a century of NHL contests, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the League’s first games played on Dec. 19, 1917.  The announcement of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic was made in Ottawa, continuing the year-long NHL Centennial festivities while Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, and the Stanley Cup — the most revered trophy in all sports — celebrates its 125th anniversary.
  • http://chl.ca/article/playoffs-get-underway-across-the-chl

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs TBL on 3/23, @NYI on 3/25, vs NSH on 3/28

NYR:  @ LA on 3/25, @ ANA on 3/26, @ SJ on 3/28

CAR:  @ MTL on 3/23, @ NJD on 3/25, vs DET on 3/27 & 3/28 (make up)

All games involving TOR, TB, NYI are important!

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Islanders @ Penguins on 3/24
  • Senators @ Canadiens on 3/25
  • Flames @ Blues on 3/25
  • Sharks @ Predators on 3/25
  • Flyers @ Penguins on 3/26
  • Predators @ Islanders on 3/27
  • Blackhawks @ Lightning on 3/27
  • Kings @ Oilers on 3/28
  • Senators @ Flyers on 3/28
  • Panthers @ Maple Leafs on 3/28
  • Capitals @ Wild on 3/28
  • Blackhawks @ Penguins on 3/29
  • Kings @ Flames on 3/29

NCAA Minute:

 

College conference Playoffs now underway for all teams outside of Big 10:

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/   #14 is the cut line.

Bracketology:   Correctly predicted the exact brackets 5 of last 6 years, and have correctly chosen field every season that USCHO has posted pairwise rankings.

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/03/19/final-predictions-at-the-ncaa-field-of-16-and-where-each-team-will-start/

NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday, 3/19

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

http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/icehockey-men/d1

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

Steve:

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  did at beginning of the show.

 

 

  • Steve:

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 3/29 6:30 PM.

 

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

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.

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Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 31 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including the Flames hot streak, the Devils cold streak, and all of the signings of college and junior players turning pro.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is continuing to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 31 Show Notes

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

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

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are starting to become more clear
  • Lots of signings as teams in college and CHL end their seasons
  • Flames latest team to have a winning streak of 10 or more games.
  • We are not the only ones doing mock expansion drafts
  • New York to get next year’s Winter Classic?
  • Finally, playoffs are already underway in the NCAA and the KHL. We’ll get you up-to-date.

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-1 W vs PHI on 3/11, 6-3 W @ VAN on 3/13

NYR:  4-1 W @ DET on 3/12, 3-2 L vs TBL on 3/13

CAR:  3-2 OTL vs TOR on 3/11, 8-4 W @ NYI on 3/13, 3-2 OTL vs NYI on 3/14

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

 

  • Canadiens 4 @ Oilers 1 on 3/12
  • Wild 2 @ Blackhawks 4 on 3/12
  • Capitals 2 @ Ducks 5 on 3/12
  • Penguins 3 @ Flames 4 SO on 3/13
  • Blues 3 @ Kings 1 on 3/13
  • Blackhawks 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 3/14
  • Jets @ Devils PPD on 3/14
  • Wild 2 @ Capitals 4 on 3/14 Ovechkin ends goal drought (2/19)
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Panthers 7 on 3/14
  • Penguins @ Flyers  on 3/15 (Rivalry)

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  We haven’t set anything up just yet, so stay tuned for that.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

 

Transactions

         
03/15/2017  Luc Snuggerud (D) Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha Chicago Blackhawks  
03/15/2017  Gavin Bayreuther (D) St. Lawrence Univ. Dallas Stars  
03/14/2017  Zach Aston-Reese (F) Northeastern Univ. Pittsburgh Penguins  
03/13/2017  Jalen Chatfield (D) Windsor Spitfires Vancouver Canucks  
03/13/2017  Anthony Louis (F) Miami Univ. (Ohio) Chicago Blackhawks  
03/12/2017  John Hayden (F) Yale Univ. Chicago Blackhawks  
03/12/2017  Drew Shore (F) Kloten Vancouver Canucks  
03/10/2017  Landon Bow (G) Texas Stars Dallas Stars  
03/09/2017  Simon Bourque (D) Saint John Sea Dogs Montréal Canadiens  
03/08/2017  Sean Day (D) Windsor Spitfires New York Rangers  

 

 

 

Injuries

  • Florida Panthers defensemanAaron Ekblad and forward Denis Malgin each will be out of the lineup 7-10 days because of a concussion, coach Tom Rowe said Monday.  Ekblad was injured on a hit to the head from Tampa Bay Lightning forward Gabriel Dumont in the second period of a 3-2 loss Saturday.  Ekblad has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 67 games. He missed four games because of a concussion last season.  Malgin, who left the game against Tampa Bay in the second period after he was hit by defenseman Anton Stralman, has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 42 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/aaron-ekblad-of-florida-diagnosed-with-concussion/c-287669330
  • Ottawa Senators forwardMark Stone likely will miss a three-game homestand that begins Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2 TSN5, SUN, NHL.TV), general manager Pierre Dorion said Monday.  Stone missed a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday with a lower-body injury and is week to week, Dorion told TSN 1200.  Dorion said he is hopeful Stone will accompany the Senators for the second game of a home-and-home set against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. The Senators, who host Montreal on Saturday to conclude the homestand, trail the Canadiens by two points for first place in the Atlantic Division but have two games in hand.  Stone is second in scoring on the Senators with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 63 games.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets defensemanRyan Murray had surgery to repair a broken hand Monday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.  The injury occurred when Murray blocked a shot in the first period of a 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.   Tortorella thinks Murray can skate on his own without a stick during his recovery.  Murray, 23, has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 60 games this season. Chosen by the Blue Jackets with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray has 60 points (11 goals, 49 assists) in 220 NHL games, and was one of three Columbus players (Boone Jenner, Gregory Campbell) to appear in all 82 games last season.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forwardCarl Hagelin is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made the announcement after Pittsburgh extended its win streak to five games with a 3-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday.  The Penguins are also without forwards Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Matt Cullen (undisclosed) and Bryan Rust (upper body), and defensemen Kris Letang (upper body), Trevor Daley (knee) and Olli Maatta (hand).  Hagelin has six goals and 16 assists in 61 games this season. He played 17:32 in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 shootout win at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
  • Reports out of Chicago today say that Center Artem Anisimov will miss 3-4 weeks with a lower body injury.  Anisimov was closing out the final seconds of the first period by battling for a puck in his own zone. His tussle with Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov didn’t end well: Radulov lost his footing and fell on the back of Anisimov’s legs.  In 63 games this season, Anisimov has 22 goals and 44 points.
  • GoaltenderBrian Elliott will not play because of illness when the Calgary Flames go for a franchise-record 11th straight victory on Wednesday.  Elliott has won nine games with a 1.74 goals-against average and .943 save percentage during Calgary’s 10-game winning streak, which matched the Atlanta Flames’ run during the 1978-79 season.  Chad Johnson, who last played on Feb. 24 in a 4-2 win at the Florida Panthers, will start against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Saddledome (9 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, NHL.TV).  Johnson is 18-13-1 with a 2.54 GAA and .913 save percentage in 33 games this season.  Johnson played for the Bruins in 13-14.  In 27 GP, was 17-4-3, 2.10, .925

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • San Jose Sharks centerJoe Pavelski , Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernierand Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 12.  Pavelski recorded six points in four games, including a League-best five goals, to power the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (41-20-7, 89 points) to three victories.  Bernier went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Ducks (36-23-10, 82 points) into second place in the Pacific Division.  Karlsson paced defensemen with 2-4-6 in four contests to help the Senators (39-22-6, 84 points) extend their winning streak to six games.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Washington Capitals defensemanKevin Shattenkirk has been suspended for two games, without pay, for charging Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel during NHL Game No. 1010 in Los Angeles on Saturday, Mar. 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 15:57 of the third period. Shattenkirk was assessed a minor penalty for charging.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Shattenkirk will forfeit $47,222.22.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ CGY on 3/15, @ EDM on 3/16, @ TOR on 3/20, vs OTT on 3/21

NYR:  vs FLA on 3/17, @ MIN on 3/18, @ NJD on 3/21, vs NYI on 3/22

CAR:  vs MIN on 3/16, vs NSH on 3/18, @ NSH on 3/19, @ FLA on 3/21

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Predators @ Capitals on 3/16
  • Panthers @ Blue Jackets on 3/16
  • Blackhawks @ Senators on 3/16
  • Maple Leafs @ Lighning on 3/16
  • Blues @ Sharks on 3/16
  • Canadiens @ Senators on 3/18
  • Blue Jackets @ Islanders on 3/18
  • Blackhawks @ Maple Leafs on 3/18
  • Capitals @ Lightning on 3/18
  • Ducks @ Sharks on 3/18
  • Senators @ Canadiens on 3/19
  • Panthers @ Penguins on 3/19
  • Kings @ Flames on 3/19
  • Kings @ Oilers on 3/20
  • Flames @ Capitals on 3/21
  • Sharks @ Wild on 3/21
  • Oilers @ Ducks on 3/22
  • Maple Leafs @ Blue Jackets on 3/22

NCAA Minute:

 

College conference Playoffs now underway for all teams outside of Big 10:

 

 

Rankings:

 

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/   #14 is the cut line.

Bracketology:   Correctly predicted the exact brackets 5 of last 6 years, and have correctly chosen field every season that USCHO has posted pairwise rankings.

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/03/15/one-more-look-at-ncaa-tournament-predictions-heading-into-conference-tournament-finals/

NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday, 3/19

 

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

Steve:  Pavel Datsuyk fighting?

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  https://www.nhl.com/news/incredible-hockey-game-in-norway-goes-8-overtimes/c-287656214

 

 

 

  • Steve: NHL – Flames have won 10 in a row.  4th team to do it this season.  First time ever in NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets (16 games), Minnesota Wild (12) and Philadelphia Flyers (10) are the three teams with a double-digit winning streak this season.  The 2015-16 season was the first time three teams had double-digit winning streaks, according to Elias. The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers each won 12 in a row, and the Anaheim Ducks had an 11-game streak. That season, four teams (Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals) had a winning streak that ended at nine.

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 3/22 6:30 PM.

 

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

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.

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  We haven’t set anything up just yet, so stay tuned for that.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

 

 

Live Streaming Rookie Mistake…

Well, I made a booboo.  Back on March 1, I did a 7 hour live stream showing my reaction and analysis of all transactions that took place on NHL Trade Deadline Day.  At one point during the stream, I left to go down the street to get lunch.  I left the stream running because I wanted it to be one video, not broken up. While I was gone, I left the view of my monitor up.  Well, on that monitor, I was watching ESPN, and it ended up a part of the stream. Sometime in the last week or two, the Disney anti-copyright bot found the video, and put a take down notice on that video.  As a result, The Hockey Nuts Youtube Channel is banned from live streaming for 90 days.  I didn’t know it at the time, and didn’t have time to research the porblem, but we couldn’t live stream our last recording of the podcast.  Now, we know why.  I guess I need to be more careful what gets streamed in the future!  That 7 hour stream was also simulcasted on Twitch and Facebook, and so far, those are unaffected.  However, I also learned that day that Facebook live streams are limited to 4 hours because that stream stopped right at the 4 hour mark, but I didn’t notice until later that night.  Additionally, Twitch streams have a finite shelf life, and the 7 hour stream will also disappear soon.

So, what do we do about it?  Well, I’m not about to pick a fight with the Disney Machine, so, we will just chalk it up as a rookie mistake and move on.  I do still plan on live streaming the recording of The Hockey Nuts Podcast, but for the next 3 months (Which takes us through the end of the season, unfortunately), we will only be able to stream to Facebook and Twitch.  I will continue to upload the video to Youtube, but it will have to be after we are done recording.  So, if you still want to watch us live, you will have to watch us on Facebook Live or Twitch.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Our links to our Facebook page Youtube Channel and Twitch Channel are below:

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Twitch Channel (My personal channel.  We don’t have a Channel set up for The Hockey Nuts):  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

Youtube Channel:  http://thehockeynuts.com/youtube

 

Thanks!

Wayne

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 30 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the news from the past week including what happened this week at the GM meetings and Las Vegas signing their first ever player.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is continuing to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 30 Show Notes

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

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

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Playoffs races are starting to become more clear
  • Vegas Golden Knights have their first ever player
  • Lightning lose 3 centers to injury in one night
  • GM meetings were held this week, and we have the details
  • We’ll also take a look at the upcoming expansion draft
  • Finally, playoffs are already underway in the NCAA and the KHL. We’ll get you up-to-date.

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-1 L vs NYR on 3/2, 3-2 W vs NJD on 3/4, 4-2 L @ Ott on 3/6, 6-1 W vs Det on 3/8, 2-1 W on 3/11

NYR:  2-1 W @ BOS on 3/2, 4-1 L vs MTL on 3/4, 1-0 OTW @ TBL on 3/6, 5-2 W @ FLA on 3/7, 4-3 L @ CAR on 3/9

CAR:  4-3 OTL @ TBL on 3/1, 4-2 L vs ARI on 3/3, 2-1 W @ ARI on 3/5, 3-1 L @ COL on 3/7, 4-3 W vs NYR on 3/9

 

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

 

  • Penguins 1 @ Blackhawks 4 on 3/1
  • Predators 1 @ Canadiens 2 on 3/2 (Subban returns)
  • Wild 0 @ Blue Jackets 1 on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Kings 3 (SO) on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs 2 @ Ducks 5 on 3/3
  • Blue Jackets 2 @ Senators 3 on 3/4
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Predators 3 on 3/4
  • Sharks 1 @ Wild 3 on 3/5
  • Predators 3 @ Ducks 4 SO on 3/7
  • Blues 2 @ Wild 1 on 3/7
  • Canadiens 0 @ Flames 5 on 3/9
  • Wild 1 @ Lightning 4 on 3/9
  • Ducks 1 @ Blackhawks 0 on 3/9
  • Predators 2 @ Kings 3 OT on 3/9
  • Capitals 2 @ Sharks 4 on 3/9
  • Penguins 3 @ Oilers 2 SO on 3/10
  • Wild 7 @ Panthers 4 on 3/10
  • Ducks 3 @ Blues 4 on 3/10

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

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Transactions

  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions
  • ForwardCurtis McKenzie signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Dallas Stars on Friday.  McKenzie, 26, was in the second season of a two-year, $1.35 million contract with an average annual value of $675,000 and could have become a restricted free agent July 1.  McKenzie has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 43 games this season. Selected by the Stars in the sixth round (No. 159) of the 2009 NHL Draft, he has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 82 NHL games.  The Stars also signed goaltender Landon Bow to a two-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released.  Bow, 21, is 7-7-0 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 16 games with Texas of the American Hockey League. He’s also played 21 games with Idaho in the ECHL, and is second in that league with a 2.15 GAA and .933 save percentage.
  • The Dallas Stars signed forwardAdam Cracknell to a one-year, $675,000 contract Wednesday that runs through next season.  Cracknell, 31, has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) and 32 blocked shots in 53 games with the Stars this season and would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The seven goals and 53 games played are NHL career highs. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Stars on July 3.  Cracknell (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) has 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) in 187 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Stars during seven NHL seasons.
  • Forward Tage Thompson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Thompson, 19, was selected by the Blues with the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. His contract will begin next season, when he will report to Chicago of the American Hockey League.  Thompson (6-foot-5, 201 pounds) led the University of Connecticut with 19 goals and had 13 assists for 32 points in 34 games in his sophomore season. He had a goal and four assists in seven games to help the United States win the 2017 World Junior Championship.
  • Reid Dukehas waited patiently for an opportunity to play in the NHL. After making history Monday, he now may have a chance to make that happen.  The Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play next season, made the right wing from Brandon of the Western Hockey League the first player in their history when they signed the 21-year-old to a three-year, entry-level contract.  Duke (6-foot, 192 pounds) was a sixth-round pick (No. 169) of the Minnesota Wild in the 2014 NHL Draft but never signed with them. He skated with the New York Rangers at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Michigan in September, and also attended development camp with the Montreal Canadiens.  He has 250 points (113 goals, 137 assists) in 306 WHL games with Lethbridge and Brandon.

 

Injuries

  • Tampa Bay Lightning centersTyler JohnsonVladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette are day to day after each was injured in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.  “They all looked bad. Only time will tell. We’ll see how that goes,” associate coach Rick Bowness told the Lightning website Friday.  Namestnikov, 24, was helped off the ice at 3:18 of the second period after Wild forward Zach Parisefell on his leg going for a loose puck.  Johnson, 26, was helped off the ice at 8:04 of the second after a knee-to-knee hit from Minnesota forward Nino Niederreiter.  Paquette, 23, got tangled with Niederreiter and exited in the third period.  https://www.nhl.com/news/three-tampa-bay-lightning-centers-day-to-day-after-injuries/c-287589822
  • DefensemanToby Enstrom will be out indefinitely because of a concussion, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said on Friday.  Enstrom was hit from behind by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito at 13:10 of the first period in a 7-4 loss on Wednesday. Enstrom left the game and was taken to a hospital.  Enstrom was hit from behind by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito at 13:10 of the first period in a 7-4 loss on Wednesday. Enstrom left the game and was taken to a hospital.  Sestito was ejected from the game for an illegal check from behind and was suspended for four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-jets-toby-enstrom-out-indefinitely/c-287581536
  • Boston Bruins forwardRyan Spooner is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion.  Spooner was injured in the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday. He had 13:32 of ice time prior to leaving the game.  The 25-year-old has 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 65 games this season. Spooner has 112 points (32 goals, 80 assists) in 201 NHL games in five seasons, all with the Bruins.
  • Dallas Stars forwardAntoine Roussel will miss the rest of the season after injuring his hand in a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.  Roussel left the game during the first period after blocking a shot by Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Coach Lindy Ruff said Friday that Roussel would miss 6-8 weeks and would not play again this season.  Roussel had 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 60 games and five points (four goals, one assist) in the five games before the injury.  Over the past three-plus seasons, Roussel, 27, missed nine games and played in 80 games or more in each of the past three seasons.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Forward Olli Jokinen will sign an honorary contract with the Florida Panthers and announce his retirement from professional hockey Tuesday. The Panthers will honor Jokinen’s accomplishments during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG, NHL.TV).  Jokinen, 38, played seven seasons for Florida (2000-08) and was captain from 2003-08. He is first in Panthers history in points (419), goals (188), game-winning goals (36), overtime goals (10), power-play points (153) and shots (1,837).  Selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the No. 3 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, Jokinen retires with 750 points (321 goals, 429 assists) in 1,231 NHL games with 10 teams. He last played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues in 2014-15.  Jokinen lives in Florida, and formed the South Florida Hockey Academy in 2016, along with former Panthers teammates Tomas Vokoun and Radek Dvorak.
  • Joe Thorntonbecame the 13th NHL player to reach 1,000 assists with one on Monday.  The San Jose Sharks forward assisted on Joe Pavelski‘s empty-net goal with 26 seconds left in the third period of a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets.  Thornton has 36 assists in 65 games this season. He got No. 999 on Feb. 28 in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but then went two games without one.  The 37-year-old has played 1,432 NHL games and has 715 assists in 900 games with San Jose. He had 285 in 532 games with the Boston Bruins.  Thornton had an NHL career-high 96 assists in 2005-06, the season when he was traded to the Sharks by the Bruins. He had 63 last season, his eighth season with at least 60, and has had at least 49 in every full NHL season since 2002-03.  Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record with 1,963 assists; Ron Francis is second with 1,249. Jaromir Jagr leads active players with 1,142, fifth in NHL history. Joe Sakic ranks 12th with 1,016.  Thornton has 382 goals to give him 1,382 points, ranking 23rd in NHL history. He was the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft by Boston.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 5. Kucherov led the NHL with 5-4-9 in four games to power the Lightning (30-26-8, 68 points) to three wins.  Bobrovsky turned aside 87-of-88 shots, going 2-0-1 with a 0.33 goals-against average, .989 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Blue Jackets (41-17-6, 88 points) to five out of a possible eight standings points.  Price went 3-0-0 with a 0.66 goals-against average, .974 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Canadiens (37-21-8, 82 points) to a perfect 4-0-0 week.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Calgary Flames forwardJohnny Gaudreau has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.  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.  Gaudreau was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 514 against Vancouver on Dec. 23. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 8:06 of the second period during NHL Game No. 962 against NY Islanders on March 5. Offsetting minor penalties were assessed on the play, to Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang for holding and to Gaudreau for embellishment.
  • Los Angeles Kings defensemanJake Muzzin has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.  Muzzin was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 16 against Philadelphia on Oct. 14. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 17:41 of the first period during NHL Game No. 961 against Vancouver on March 4. Vancouver forward Michael Chaput received a minor penalty for high-sticking, nullifying a Canucks power play.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito has been suspended for four games, without pay, for boarding Winnipeg Jets defensemanToby Enstrom during NHL Game No. 984 in Winnipeg on Wednesday, March 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wed.  The incident occurred at 13:10 of the first period. Sestito was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Sestito will forfeit $12,777.76.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The NHL is focused on a 2017-18 schedule that does not include the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday. That could change “if something dramatic happened at some point in time,” Commissioner Bettman said. But no meetings are scheduled between the NHL and the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation or the NHL Players’ Association.  “There’s absolutely nothing new,” Commissioner Bettman said after the NHL general managers met here. “I think the overwhelming sentiment of the teams is that it’s very disruptive on the season, and there’s somewhere between fatigue and negativity on the subject.”  NHL players have participated in the past five Winter Olympics. But over time, the owners have found little to no benefit to shutting down their league and sending their players to someone else’s tournament, particularly when the Olympics are overseas.  Commissioner Bettman said the NHL would not set a deadline. Asked how the process could move forward, he said, “You have to talk to the other people involved. As things stand now, there’s really nothing for us to focus on. … We don’t have an agreement to go. We’re focusing on things in that regard.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-focused-on-2017-18-schedule-without-olympics/c-287506900
  • NHL general managers agreed Wednesday to recommend a change to the timeout rule (Rule 87) to the NHL Competition Committee for further review and vetting. The GMs will recommend that coaches should not be able to call a timeout after their team ices the puck with the idea that it potentially could force tired players to remain on the ice, which in turn could create an advantage for the opposing team in the offensive zone.  The change needs approval from the Competition Committee and the NHL Board of Governors to become official.  The GMs understand there could be a player safety issue with forcing tired players to stay on the ice. It’s possible that becomes a point of contention with the NHL Players’ Association, which has representation on the Competition Committee.  Cheveldayoff agreed that coaches tend to preserve their timeout in case they want to issue a coach’s challenge. They must be in possession of their timeout to challenge a goal scored on a potential offside or goaltender interference play.
  • The GMs will recommend to the Competition Committee an adjustment on the location of a faceoff when a team on the power play is guilty of touching the puck with a high stick.  The current rule calls for the faceoff to be in the defensive zone. The GMs are recommending to move the faceoff to just outside the attacking blue line.
  • In response to concerns from the GMs, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the League will try to schedule the five-day extended breaks for each team, commonly referred to as bye weeks, in two segments next season so half the teams are off one week and the other half are off the next. Teams were 10-16-4 in their first game back from their extended breaks in the schedule this season. Four teams (Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks) played the first game back from their break against a team also coming off its break.  “This way teams that were in the break can play each other the first couple of games,” Commissioner Bettman said. “If this doesn’t work any better and we still get the negative feedback that we got then I think we’re going to have to consider getting rid of it.”  The NHL and the NHLPA negotiated the extended breaks in the schedule into the collective bargaining agreement in return for the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format. The result was a condensed schedule.  With the break built in and the World Cup of Hockey 2016 pushing back the start of this season by five days, teams were limited to 175 days to play 82 games. They had 187 days to play 82 games last season.  Commissioner Bettman said the extended breaks would not be built into the schedule next season if the League chooses to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He said the NHL is focused on building a schedule that does not include Olympic participation.
  • Cheveldayoff said the GMs are under the impression that the NHL salary cap for next season could be at or close to the same $73 million it is this season. “Before the decisions really start in June you get a better idea, and as the numbers start rolling out you’ll get a better idea, but I think again there is the possibility that it could stay flat,” Cheveldayoff said.  NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the cap could rise as much as $3 million if the NHLPA chooses to include its 5 percent inflator. Daly said concerns expressed from the NHLPA about the amount of escrow taken out of player contracts, which is tied to the cap figure, could have an effect on that decision.  “It’s all a discussion and a negotiation with the Players’ Association,” Deputy Commissioner Daly said.
  • NHL general managers on Tuesday discussed the merits of changing the offside rule to potentially allow for fewer overturned goals. But when they dug into the specifics and analyzed the numbers, the consensus was to keep everything status quo. “We think offside is working,” Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said.  Before reaching that conclusion, the GMs discussed changing the offside rule (Rule 83.1) to allow for a player to be considered onside as long as one of his skates has broken the vertical plane of the blue line regardless if it is in contact with the ice.  The basis of the offside rule, which dates to 1929-30, dictates that a player is judged to be onside when either of his skates is in contact with or on his own side of the blue line at the instant the puck completely crosses the leading edge of the blue line.  The skate-off-the-ice offside play typically shows up in video review conducted through the coach’s challenge. The GMs learned Tuesday that it rarely happens and even fewer times does it result in a goal being overturned.  Through 972 games this season, 29 goals have been challenged because the coach felt a player had his skate off the ice and was offside, according to NHL Hockey Operations. Of those 29 goals, nine were overturned.  There have been approximately 5,700 offside calls this season.  “I really don’t think it’s a big deal,” Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. “We have the rule. We’ve had it forever. In my mind you don’t have to change anything.  https://www.nhl.com/news/gm-meetings-no-change-to-nhl-offside-rule/c-287474800
  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday reaffirmed the League’s commitment to keep the Arizona Coyotes in the greater Phoenix area. Commissioner Bettman spoke following the general managers meetings, one day after he sent a letter to the Arizona Legislature saying the Coyotes can’t be profitable at Gila River Arena in Glendale and lobbied for the state to pass a partnership bill known as Senate Bill 1149, which would help finance an arena for the Coyotes closer to downtown Phoenix.  The Coyotes have been playing in Glendale for 15 seasons and Commissioner Bettman wrote in his letter that throughout that time the team has sustained a “consistent economic loss.”  “We are not giving up on the Coyotes in the greater Phoenix area,” Commissioner Bettman said Wednesday. “The fact that the Coyotes are even having discussions about moving out of Glendale is because the city of Glendale chose to terminate the long-term agreement they had with the team. Had they not terminated that agreement, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. The Coyotes are looking at the numerous options they have in the Valley, and we expect one of them to go to fruition. The purpose of the letter was: There is a bill pending, and I believe the city of Glendale was lobbying, saying if the other municipalities, the senators from those municipalities, don’t approve it, then the team will have to stay in Glendale. That’s not going to be the case. The team has got a number of options and is going to pursue them, so nobody should think that the team is moving other than out of Glendale. But short-term they’re going to stay in Glendale, while they’re pursuing the options.”  Commissioner Bettman said it could take a few years for the Coyotes to pursue all of their options for a new home in the greater Phoenix area but stressed that he believes in the long-term viability of the Coyotes in Arizona.  “I’m very confident,” Commissioner Bettman said. “I want to repeat we have not given up on that market, but we wanted to make clear that the long-term future and viability of that team, the Coyotes, isn’t going to be in Glendale.”  Commissioner Bettman stressed in his letter to the Legislature that the construction of a new arena for the Coyotes would not create any financial risk or debt for the state or make use of any existing state tax dollars. He also wrote that a new building would create 300 jobs and $75 million in annual payroll the Coyotes currently provide for the state.  In addition, Commissioner Bettman wrote that the construction of the new arena would create 2,500 jobs for two years and more than 3,600 jobs associated with the arena operations. He wrote the economic impact would be more than $600 million, nearly double the economic impact the Coyotes already bring the state.  “I think when the Coyotes get a new arena better situated, I think the team will do very, very well there, better than they have in terms of the attendance and business side,” Commissioner Bettman said.  Arizona general manager John Chayka said there is a lot of evidence that shows the Coyotes are important to the market and that it’s necessary for them to find a long-term solution to stay there.  “You see Auston Matthews, that type of story,” Chayka said, referencing the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center who is from Scottsdale, Arizona. “You just go to the youth hockey rinks in Arizona, you know it would be a terrible thing if we left at this point. They’ve invested a lot of time and effort in that market. I think moving on now wouldn’t make any sense at all.”
  • When hockey came in from the cold https://www.nhl.com/news/first-indoor-hockey-game-played-142-years-ago/c-287304824

Expansion Draft

  • See Web Page
  • Assumptions: Vegas will not pick UFAs and RFAs in this scenario.  Aim to keep cap as low as possible to leave room to sign a couple UFAs.  Picks are “Bang for the Buck” picks.
  • See youtube channel for a soon coming video on how I came up with the picks.

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs PHI on 3/11, @ VAN on 3/13, @ CGY on 3/15, @ EDM on 3/16

NYR:  @ DET on 3/12, vs TBL on 3/13,

CAR:  vs TOR on 3/11, @ NYI on 3/13, vs NYI on 3/14, vs MIN on 3/16

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Canadiens @ Oilers on 3/12
  • Wild @ Blackhawks on 3/12
  • Capitals @ Ducks on 3/12
  • Penguins @ Flames on 3/13
  • Blues @ Kings on 3/13
  • Blackhawks @ Canadiens on 3/14
  • Wild @ Capitals on 3/14
  • Maple Leafs @ Panthers on 3/14
  • Penguins @ Flyers on 3/15 (Rivalry)
  • Blues @ Ducks on 3/15

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  Season over.  Swept by Vermont in opening round of the HE playoffs:

 

College conference Playoffs now underway for all teams outside of Big 10:

 

 

Rankings:

March 06, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (48) 26- 6-4 997 1
2 Harvard ( 1) 22- 5-2 937 2
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 1) 21- 6-7 902 3
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 22- 9-3 841 4
5 Minnesota 22-10-2 753 5
6 Union 23- 8-3 739 6
7 Western Michigan 20- 9-5 702 8
8 Boston University 21-10-3 697 7
9 Cornell 18- 6-5 593 9
10 Providence 22- 9-5 559 10
11 Penn State 21- 9-2 478 11
12 Notre Dame 19-10-5 462 12
13 Vermont 20-11-5 374 14
14 North Dakota 18-14-3 336 15
15 Ohio State 18-10-6 291 13
16 Wisconsin 19-12-1 282 16
17 Boston College 18-14-4 174 17
18 Air Force 22- 9-5 133 18
19 St. Lawrence 16-11-7 66 20
20 St. Cloud State 16-17-1 55 19
Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac 37, Canisius 26, Bemidji State 22, Omaha 18, Michigan Tech 10, Minnesota State 9, Northeastern 7.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4azu4NOgX

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/02/22/if-ncaa-tournament-started-today-whos-in-and-whos-out/

 

Potential Free Agents:  https://www.nhl.com/news/best-college-nhl-free-agents/c-287429252

 

 

KHL Minute:

KHL Playoffs!  http://en.khl.ru/

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-fan-gives-extra-ticket-to-homeless-man/c-287563774

 

Steve:  Alex Ovechkin delivers pizza

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 29 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the transactions from the past week, including transactions involving our favorite teams.  Spoiler alert, all 3 teams were active this week.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is starting to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 29 Show Notes

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

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

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Opening Headlines

  • Trades, Trades, Trades! All 3 of our teams active.
  • Bruins White hot, Canes and Rangers luke warm
  • Standings still tight at this point in the season, but buyers and sellers are now clear. We’ll update our playoff predictions.
  • Montreal getting beefy! (Andreas Martinsen, Dwight King, Steve Ott, Brandon Davidson, Jordie Benn, all added in last couple days, and all 6-2 and up.

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  5-3 L @ ANA on 2/22, 4-1 W @ LA on 2/23, 6-3 W @ DAL on 2/26, 4-1 W vs ARI on 2/28

NYR:  2-1 SOW @ TOR on 2/23, 4-3 OTW @ NJD on 2/25, 5-2 L vs CBJ on 2/26, 4-1 L vs WSH on 2/28

CAR:  3-0 W vs OTT on 2/24, 3-1 L vs CGY on 2/26, 3-2 SOL @ FLA on 2/28

 

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

 

  • Penguins 4 @ Flyers 2 (Stadium Series)
  • Skip this week for more trade coverage

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

 

Transactions

  • Trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2016-17-nhl-trades/c-281003458?tid=278542340   https://www.capfriendly.com/trades
  • GoaltenderMichal Neuvirth and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare agreed to multiyear contracts with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.  Financial details were not released but Sportsnet reported Neuvirth signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.5 million and Bellemare signed a two-year contract with a $1.45 million average annual value.  Neuvirth, 28, said earlier Wednesday that he was hoping to remain with the Flyers.  He is in the final season of a two-year, $3.25 million contract with an average annual value of $1.625 million according to CapFriendly.com.  In 24 games this season he’s 10-9-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .887 save percentage.  In nine seasons with the Flyers, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals, Neuvirth is 94-80-22 with a 2.68 GAA, .911 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 224 games.  Bellemare, 31, has six points (three goals, thee assists) in 62 games, and leads the Flyers in average shorthanded ice time per game at 2:54.  He was signed by the Flyers June 11, 2014, and in three NHL seasons he has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 217 games.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday signed defensemanMichal Rozsival and forward Jordin Tootooto one-year contracts that run through the 2017-18 season.  Financial terms were not disclosed. Each could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
  • Winners? Pit (Streit, Hainsey), Was (Shattenkirk), LA (Iginla, Bishop), FLA (Vanek), Ott (Stalberg, Burrows), Min (Hanzal, White)
  • Losers? Montreal (Change of team identity?), All teams selling (Dal, TB, Van, Win, Ari, Col, Car)
  • Non movers – Duchene, Landeskog, Vrbada, Doan, Kulikov, Halak, Kane, Fleury, Pirri, Franson, Hudler, Del Zotto, Ryan Miller

Player Recall restrictions going forward:

Expansion Draft

Injuries

  • Arizona Coyotes forwardAlexander Burmistrov left the ice on a stretcher after being hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller at TD Garden on Tuesday.  Burmistrov was skating out of his zone when Miller hit Burmistrov with 16:11 left in the second period of a 4-1 loss. Miller was given a five-minute charging penalty and a game misconduct.  Burmistrov, who gave a thumbs-up sign as he left the ice, was taken to a hospital. The Coyotes said he was treated and released. Arizona next plays at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.  Burmistrov, 25, has one goal and eight assists in 19 games with the Coyotes after being claimed off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 2. He had two assists in 23 games with Winnipeg.
  • ForwardJesper Fast of the New York Rangers will miss 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury sustained during a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.  Fast played 14:08 against Washington but left the ice after a hit by Alex Ovechkin in the third period.
  • Minnesota Wild forwardsZach Parise and Jason Pominville were diagnosed with the mumps on Monday and are expected to miss at least five days.  Parise, 32, and Pominville, 34, missed the Wild’s 5-4 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota has three games in the next four days, including at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, NHL.TV).  Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said assistant Scott Stevens is also showing symptoms.  Parise has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 50 games, and Pominville has 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 59 games this season. Pominville has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past nine games.  The Vancouver Canucks announced last week that several players (Troy Stecher, Christ Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput, Markus GranlundAnton Rodin and Ben Hutton) were showing signs of the virus. The Wild played at Vancouver on Feb. 4. It usually takes 16-18 days for symptoms to first appear after initial infection.  The Wild said that players who have symptoms are being tested and isolated for a five-day period. Team doctors also provided players with vaccinations.  Several Wild players were diagnosed in 2014, including current defensemen Ryan SuterMarco ScandellaJonas Brodin and Christian Folin. All players received vaccines at that time, including Parise and Pominville.  Mumps is highly contagious and is spread by mucus and saliva, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces.  (Shake Hands?)

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Winnipeg Jets right wingPatrik Laine, who recorded 8-7-15 in 11 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February. Laine edged Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Auston Matthews (8-8-16 in 14 GP) and William Nylander (7-6-13 in 14 GP) as well as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (5-2-2, 1.97 GAA, .936 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrik-laine-named-nhl-top-rookie-for-february/c-287255888
  • Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 26. Forsberg led all skaters in goals and points (8-2-10 in 4 GP), including back-to-back hat tricks, as the Predators gained seven of a possible eight standings points to improve their record to 31-22-9 (71 points), third in the Central Division.  Toews recorded multi-point efforts in each of the Blackhawks three games (4-5-9) as Chicago won all three contests to improve their overall record to 39-18-5 (83 points), second in the Central Division.   Gaudreau recorded eight points (2-6-8) in four road victories to propel the Flames (33-26-4, 70 points) to the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference.  https://www.nhl.com/news/filip-forsberg-jonathan-toews-johnny-gaudreau-named-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-287171826
  • Claude Julien didn’t want to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game prior to his Montreal Canadiens facing the New York Islanders on Thursday at Bell Centre, the same building where he coached his first game 14 years earlier. Julien would have preferred to celebrate afterwards.  “To be honest with you, it’s more my personality,” said Julien, who asked the Canadiens not to have a pregame ceremony to commemorate the milestone as they had planned to do. “It’s great that I’ve had 1,000 games, but I didn’t want to be, I guess before a game, be the center of attention.  “I wanted to just win that game more than I wanted to celebrate it. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”  The Canadiens didn’t allow it to happen by displaying many of the same traits that led general manager Marc Bergevin to fire Michel Therrien and replace him with Julien on Feb. 14.  Montreal lost 3-0 to New York, shut out for the fourth time in eight games, committing sloppy turnovers all game and spending very little time in the Islanders zone.  The Canadiens showed a video on the scoreboard during the first television timeout of the first period showing Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson handing Julien and his family a gift to mark the milestone prior to the game. The fans rose and gave Julien a standing ovation, and he gave them a quick wave of the hand before getting back to work, visibly uncomfortable with the situation.  It was a show of support for someone who got his first NHL coaching job with the Canadiens on Jan. 17, 2003, and lost his first game one night later at Bell Centre, 3-2 in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  By the end of the night, however, those same fans were booing the performance put forth by Julien’s team, which ran its record to 2-7-1 in February.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-claude-julien-moves-on-from-1000th-game/c-287077290

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Philadelphia Flyers defensemanBrandon Manning has been suspended for two games, without pay, for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel during NHL Game No. 908 in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday. The incident occurred at 3:26 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Manning will forfeit $10,833.34.
  • Statement from Anaheim Ducks forwardAntoine Vermette, whose 10-game suspension for violating rule Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14 was upheld on Saturday by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Vermette had appealed the suspension.  “First and foremost, I have great respect for the officials and the integrity of the game. Also, I agree that I deserve a suspension. I should never make contact with an official. At the earliest possible opportunity, I apologized to Mr. Shandor Alphonso. I was trying to get his attention and was not trying to hurt him. However, using my stick was a mistake, and I accept full responsibility for my actions. I certainly hope my track record in the NHL will earn me the benefit of the doubt regarding this incident. I feel a 10-game suspension is excessive and will be reviewing my options. I look forward to returning to the lineup as soon as possible.”

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights today completed the acquisition of their team and officially joined the National Hockey League. “On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to officially welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the NHL,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Congratulations to Bill Foley, the Foley family, the Maloof family, the city of Las Vegas and the Golden Knights’ fans as the team embarks on its exciting journey.”

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs NYR on 3/2, vs NJD on 3/4, @ Ott on 3/6, vs Det on 3/8

NYR:  @ BOS on 3/2, vs MTL on 3/4, @ TBL on 3/6, @ FLA on 3/7

CAR:  @ TBL on 3/1, vs ARI on 3/3, @ ARI on 3/5, @ COL on 3/7

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Penguins @ Blackhawks on 3/1
  • Predators @ Canadiens on 3/2 (Subban)
  • Wild @ Blue Jackets on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs @ Kings on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs @ Ducks on 3/3
  • Blue Jackets @ Senators on 3/4
  • Sharks @ Wild on 3/4
  • Predators @ Ducks on 3/7

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  OTL 5-4 and 5-4 W vs Northeastern.  Finished Reg season 11-19-4, 5-15-2 in HE, 11th in HE.

Will face #14 Vermont 6v11 seeds FRI-SUN

Upsets:

Friday:

7:00 CT(19) Wisconsin3@(4) Minnesota2
6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame3@(6) Boston University1

Sat:

5:05 MTSacred Heart3@(17) Air Force
5:05 ETMichigan1@(12) Ohio State
7:05 ETMerrimack3@(15) Vermont2
7:07 CTNebraska-Omaha3@(16) North Dakota0

Upcoming Big Games/Series

Thu:

 

Fri:

7:00 ET(16) Wisconsin@(11) Penn State
7:05 ET(3) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) Western Michigan

Sat:

8:00 ET(16) Wisconsin@(11) Penn State
7:05 ET(3) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) Western Michigan
AHA, ECAC, WCHA, and HE tournament starts this weekend, and all 4 conferences have top teams in standings idle/first round byes.
 

 

 

 

Rankings:

February 27, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (43) 24- 6-4 990 1
2 Harvard ( 3) 22- 5-2 928 3
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 4) 20- 5-7 924 2
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 22- 9-3 835 5
5 Minnesota 21- 9-2 788 4
6 Union 23- 8-3 707 7
7 Boston University 21-10-3 703 6
8 Western Michigan 19- 8-5 680 8
9 Cornell 18- 6-5 587 9
10 Providence 20- 9-5 532 10
11 Penn State 20- 8-2 506 11
12 Notre Dame 19-10-5 461 13
13 Ohio State 17- 9-6 393 12
14 Vermont 18-11-5 294 15
15 North Dakota 16-14-3 252 16
16 Wisconsin 18-11-1 238 19
17 Boston College 18-14-4 223 14
18 Air Force 22- 9-5 125 17
19 St. Cloud State 15-16-1 80 18
20 St. Lawrence 16-11-7 66 20
Others receiving votes: Omaha 57, Bemidji State 45, Canisius 36, Quinnipiac 32, Minnesota State 8, Michigan Tech 7, Northeastern 3.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4a76TOexh

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4ZSHysHhm

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/02/22/if-ncaa-tournament-started-today-whos-in-and-whos-out/

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  First Round already finished in West, East heading to game 5s in all rounds:  http://en.khl.ru

 

On the morning of the 28th of February, the hockey world heard the sad news that Vladimir Petrov, one of the greatest forwards in the history of the game, had passed away, a mere four months short of his seventieth birthday.  Vladimir Vladimirovich Petrov achieved sporting immortality as part of a legendary offensive line. He was a man who made history and helped shape an entire era.  It was no secret that Vladimir Petrov was ill, but even from his hospital bed he keenly followed the fortunes of his beloved CSKA. I made a call to him on the eve of the Army Men’s 70th anniversary. A faint, but nonetheless firm voice reminded me that he was born only a few months after the founding of his former club, and was looking forward to marking his own significant milestone.  http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/02/28/341123.html http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=19161

 

Steve: Admiral Update

 

A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne: 

Rich Peverley helping others after health scare

https://www.nhl.com/news/rich-peverley-helps-others-after-health-scare/c-287126912

 

Steve:  Mario Lemieux takes fan, cancer survivor, for skate

https://www.nhl.com/news/mario-lemieux-takes-cancer-survivor-ice-skating/c-287192672

 

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