The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 39 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the action in the NHL Playoffs.  We’ll break it down series by series.  The World Championships are also under way, and we’ll get you up to speed on what’s been going on in Europe.  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 our picks of the week, coming up next!

 

 

THN Episode 39 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 2 of the playoffs is done, and we are down to our final 4 in the NHL Playoffs. We’ll get you caught up on all 4 series in the second round.
  • Round 3 starts Friday, and we’ll preview both Conference Final series.
  • The World Championships are under way. We’ll get you caught up on what’s happened thus far.

 

 

Break:

Where we are:

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Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

NHL Playoffs!

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

 

ROUND 2 wrap up

Senators (2) vs. Rangers (WC1)

OTT 4-2, will face PIT |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

Ottawa 2 NY Rangers 1 Senators lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 29

Ottawa 6 NY Rangers 5 (2OT) Senators lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Tue, May 2

NY Rangers 4 Ottawa 1 Senators lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Thu, May 4

NY Rangers 4 Ottawa 1 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Sat, May 6

Ottawa 5 NY Rangers 4 (OT) Senators lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Tue, May 9

Ottawa 4 NY Rangers 2 OTT 4-2, will face PIT RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Capitals (1) vs. Penguins (2)

PIT 4-3, will face OTT |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

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

Sat, Apr 29

Pittsburgh 6 Washington 2 Penguins lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, May 1

Washington 3 Pittsburgh 2 (OT) Penguins lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2 Penguins lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Sat, May 6

Washington 4 Pittsburgh 2 Penguins lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Mon, May 8

Washington 5 Pittsburgh 2 Series tied 3-3 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 7

Wed, May 10

Pittsburgh 2 Washington 0 PIT 4-3, will face OTT RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH

 

Blues (3) vs. Predators (WC2)

NSH 4-2, will face ANA |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Nashville 4 St Louis 3 Predators lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

St Louis 3 Nashville 2 Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

Nashville 3 St Louis 1 Predators lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, May 2

Nashville 2 St Louis 1 Predators lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Fri, May 5

St Louis 2 Nashville 1 Predators lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sun, May 7

Nashville 3 St Louis 1 NSH 4-2, will face ANA RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Ducks (1) vs. Oilers (2)

ANA 4-3, will face NSH |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Edmonton 5 Anaheim 3 Oilers lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

Edmonton 2 Anaheim 1 Oilers lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

Anaheim 6 Edmonton 3 Oilers lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Anaheim 4 Edmonton 3 (OT) Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Fri, May 5

Anaheim 4 Edmonton 3 (2OT) Ducks lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sun, May 7

Edmonton 7 Anaheim 1 Series tied 3-3 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 7

Wed, May 10

Anaheim 2 Edmonton 1 ANA 4-3, will face NSH RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH

 

Round 3 Preview

 

Penguins (2) vs. Senators (2)  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-ottawa-eastern-conference-final-preview/c-289393826

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Sat, May 13

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Mon, May 15

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Wed, May 17

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Fri, May 19

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sun, May 21

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh 3:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Tue, May 23

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Thu, May 25

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Ducks (1) vs. Predators (WC2) https://www.nhl.com/news/western-conference-final-series-preview/c-289392820

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Fri, May 12

Nashville @ Anaheim 9:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Sun, May 14

Nashville @ Anaheim 7:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Tue, May 16

Anaheim @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Thu, May 18

Anaheim @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, May 20

Nashville @ Anaheim 7:15 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Mon, May 22

Anaheim @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, May 24

Nashville @ Anaheim 9:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

 

Other News:

 

 

 

Transactions

 

05/04/2017  Oscar Fantenberg (D) HK Sochi Los Angeles Kings
05/04/2017  Roope Hintz (F) HIFK Dallas Stars
05/05/2017  Vadim Shipachyov (F) SKA St. Petersburg Vegas Golden Knights
05/09/2017  Dawson Leedahl (F) Regina Pats New York Rangers

 

  • Forward Ilya Kovalchuk is hoping to return to the NHL next season. The New Jersey Devils, who own Kovalchuk’s rights until he turns 35 in April, recently were told by his agent, Jay Grossman, of his client’s intentions to come back to the NHL.  Kovalchuk, 34, voluntarily retired from the NHL on July 11, 2013, with 12 years and $77 million remaining on a 15-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Devils on Sept. 3, 2010. He signed a four-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia on July 15, 2013.  Grossman said Kovalchuk “has asked me to make his intentions known to Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils.”  When Kovalchuk left the NHL, his contract was terminated and he was placed on the voluntary retirement list. That allowed the Devils to maintain his NHL rights until he turns 35, which would be April 15. Prior to turning 35, if Kovalchuk wants to sign with another team, he would need approval from all 31 NHL teams. That’s unlikely to happen, but the Devils could sign Kovalchuk and either keep him or then trade him.  Kovalchuk, selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the No. 1 pick of the 2001 NHL Draft, had 816 points (417 goals, 399 assists) in 816 games with the Thrashers and Devils. He scored 52 goals twice and at least 30 goals nine times in 11 seasons.
  • GoalieScott Darling didn’t hesitate when the Carolina Hurricanes offered him a chance to become a starter.  Acquired by Carolina in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on April 28, the pending unrestricted free agent agreed to a four-year contract Friday worth $16.6 million, an average annual value of $4.15 million.  “I was super excited when the trade happened and my goal the whole time was to sign with Carolina,” Darling said Saturday. “I’m really excited about the team that’s there, and I’ve heard nothing but great things. Once we worked out the contract part, it was a no-brainer.”  Darling, 28, was 18-5-5 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 32 games (27 starts) this season as the backup to Corey Crawford. He was expected to be a sought-after free agent on July 1.  “In our mind, we wanted to push the envelope and see if we could get a deal done,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. “There’s a gamble with anything, but we think he’s earned this opportunity and we think he will be capable of delivering.”  Carolina has goaltenders Cam Ward and Eddie Lack under contract for one more season. The Hurricanes were tied for 26th in the NHL with a .901 save percentage this season. Francis said he will explore all possibilities with them.  In 75 NHL regular-season games, Darling has a 2.37 GAA and .923 save percentage. He played in five games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.  Darling played two seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League among his nine minor-league assignments.  “I did enjoy the ride. It’s been great for me,” he said. “For someone like me, it just makes me really appreciate where I’m at today. It makes me really excited.”  Darling has never played more than 35 games in a professional season but said he knows what steps to take to secure the No. 1 job.  “I’m going to do everything in my power to learn how to be the best starter I can be,” he said. “I have a good network of goalie friends. I’m going to be picking their brains and asking for help.”
  • Center Vadim Shipachyov was signed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4.5 million on Thursday by the Vegas Golden Knights and general manager George McPhee said the move was made in part because of the likelihood of a lack of scoring forwards being available in the NHL Expansion Draft. “He’s a skilled centericeman and they are very hard to find,” McPhee said Friday. “There were a lot of NHL teams involved. We made our best pitch.”  Shipachyov, 30, was third in scoring in the Kontinental Hockey League this season with 76 points (26 goals, 50 assists) in 50 games. He had 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 17 playoff games to help SKA St. Petersburg win the league title for the second time in three years. He spent the past nine seasons in the KHL.  “This is a player who is ready to play in the NHL,” said McPhee, who called Shipachyov a top-six forward who can help the power play. “It’ll be a quick adjustment, but it’s time for him to come play in this league. And we’re delighted that he picked us.”  Shipachyov is the second signing by Vegas, joining 21-year-old forward Reid Duke, who signed on March 6.  McPhee confirmed Vegas has been in talks with Shipachyov’s teammate in St. Petersburg, forward Evgeny Dadonov, who had 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists) in 53 games this season and 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 18 games in the playoffs.  “I think it’s logical for people to assume that [Dadonov] might want to come here because his teammate and friend is here,” McPhee said. “But we, the Vegas Golden Knights, have a lot to work through with other teams and players for the expansion draft before we can think about adding another big contract.”
  • GoalieBen Bishop was traded to the Dallas Stars by the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Bishop, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, was 18-15-5 this season, including 2-3-2 in seven games with the Kings. He was traded to Los Angeles by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 27.  “Ben has proven that he is one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “This offers us the opportunity to negotiate with him before the free agency period begins.”
  • Jason Botterill was hired as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Botterill, 40, was an associate GM with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the past three seasons after joining their front office in 2007. He was promoted from director of hockey administration to assistant GM in 2009.  As Pittsburgh associate GM, Botterill was general manager of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He hired Mike Sullivan as its coach prior to last season; Sullivan was promoted to Pittsburgh coach on Dec. 12, 2015 and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.  One of Botterill’s first moves with the Sabres will be to hire a coach to replace Dan Bylsma, who was fired April 20 along with GM Tim Murray. The Sabres finished 33-37-12 and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a sixth straight season. Murray had been GM since Jan. 9, 2014.  The Sabres also reportedly interviewed or considered Craig Conroy (Calgary Flames assistant GM), Paul Fenton (Nashville Predators assistant GM), Tom Fitzgerald (New Jersey Devils assistant GM), Michael Futa (Los Angeles Kings assistant GM), Bill Guerin (Penguins assistant GM) and Bill Zito (Columbus Blue Jackets assistant GM).  Martin Brodeur (St. Louis Blues assistant GM) reportedly declined an opportunity to interview, and Chris Drury (New York Rangers assistant GM) reportedly was denied permission.
  • ForwardRichard Panik agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a two-year contract Thursday.  Panik, 26, could have become a restricted free agent on July 1. No financial terms were disclosed, but TSN reported the contract is worth $5.6 million, an average annual value of $2.8 million.  “The first offer they gave me was surprising, so there wasn’t much thinking involved,” Panik said. “I was really happy to get the first offer; it was a really good one.”  Playing on the first line with center Jonathan Toews for most of this season, Panik set NHL career highs in goals (22), assists (22) and points (44). He was one of three Chicago players to play in all 82 regular-season games.  Panik, selected in the second round (No. 52) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Draft, has 91 points (47 goals, 44 assists) in 263 games with the Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Blackhawks. Chicago acquired him from Toronto in a trade on Jan. 3, 2016, and he had eight points (six goals, two assists) in 30 games for the Blackhawks.
  • Martin Brodeurwill not return as St. Louis Blues goaltending coach next season.  Brodeur, who will remain Blues assistant general manager, replaced Jim Corsi when he was fired along with coach Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 1.  Mike Yeo, who replaced Hitchcock and worked with Brodeur, made sure to add, “[Brodeur] wasn’t fired, just for the record.”
  • ForwardTanner Pearson signed a four-year, $15 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.  Pearson could have become a restricted free agent on July 1.  The contract has an average annual value of $3.75 million. He signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Kings on April 2, 2015, according to Cap Friendly.  Pearson had 44 points (24 goals, 20 assists) and set NHL career highs in goals, points and shots on goal (187) this season.  Pearson has 103 points (54 goals, 49 assists) in 226 games in four seasons with Los Angeles. He has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games and helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2014.   Los Angeles selected Pearson with the No. 30 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Injuries

  • New York Islanders center John Tavares had surgery on his right hand last month but is expected to be ready for next season, according to Newsday.  Tavares, who is the Islanders captain, had surgery a week after the regular season ended to repair an issue that had been lingering during the season. His hand is still in a cast, but that is expected to be removed next week.  Tavares, 26, led the Islanders with 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) in 77 games. He missed the final five games of the regular season because of a lower-body injury. The Islanders won all five games but failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs; they finished one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference.  The Islanders are hoping to sign Tavares to a contract extension this summer. He is entering the final season of a six-year, $33 million contract, worth an average annual value of $5.5 million, and is eligible to sign an extension on July 1.
  • Anaheim Ducks forwardsPatrick Eaves and Logan Shaw are doubtful for Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center on Wednesday.  The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3 with Game 7 in Anaheim (TBD; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).  Coach Randy Carlyle said Eaves and Shaw are highly questionable to practice Tuesday.   Eaves had 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in 20 regular-season games after being acquired from the Dallas Stars in a trade on Feb. 24, and has four points (two goals, two assists) in seven playoff games.
  • ForwardVladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues is injured and will not play for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, coach Oleg Znarok said Monday.  “We called to his agent,” Znarok said. “He said that Tarasenko played with injury and needs a surgery.”  Tarasenko played in all 11 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and was tied for third on St. Louis with six points (three goals, three assists). He averaged 20:49 of ice time, third among Blues forwards.  Louis was eliminated from the playoffs with a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Sunday in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round. General manager Doug Armstrong is expected to have a season-ending press conference Tuesday.  St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko said Tuesday he does not need surgery, contradicting comments made Monday by Russia coach Oleg Znarok when he said Tarasenko would not be participating in the 2017 IIHF World Championship.  Tarasenko, who led the Blues in goals (39) and points (75) during the regular season, said he was dealing with injuries but nothing that would require surgery.  “There is nothing to talk about,” Tarasenko said. “It’s offseason right now, so everyone has injuries. We have time to get healthy and be ready for next year.”  “This offers us the opportunity to negotiate with him before the free agency period begins.”  Bishop is 148-80-25 in 270 games with the Lightning, Kings, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues.  The 30-year-old had a .910 save percentage and 2.54 goals-against average in 39 games this season. He has a .919 save percentage, 2.32 GAA and 19 shutouts in his NHL career and twice has finished in the top three in Vezina Trophy voting (second in 2015-16; third in 2013-14).
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  • Washington Capitals forwardAlex Ovechkin will not join Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championship because of a lower-body injury, the Russian Hockey Federation said Thursday.  “During a conversation with coaches, Alexander Ovechkin stated that he is ready to join the team immediately as he always does, but doesn’t want to let the team down because he finished the NHL playoffs on pain numbing injections,” the federation said in a statement.  The Capitals have not confirmed the injury.  Ovechkin, 31, had to be helped off the ice after being flipped over on a low hip check to his left leg by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri in the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round on April 21. Ovechkin returned to play at the start of the second period and did not miss any games.  Ovechkin had eight points (five goals, three assists) in 13 playoff games but was held to one point, a goal in Washington’s 4-2 win in Game 5 against the Penguins, during the final four games.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Nashville Predators defenseman K. Subban 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. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:  Subban was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 707 against the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 22. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 5:15 of the third period during Game 4 of Nashville’s Western Conference Second Round series against the St. Louis Blues on May 2. Subban (embellishment) and Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson (roughing) received offsetting minor penalties on the play.

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Mike “Doc” Emrick, the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC’s NHL coverage, on Tuesday won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play. It is Emrick’s fifth time winning the award, fourth in a row.  The 70-year-old has been calling professional hockey games since 1973. He received the Lester Patrick Award in 2004 and the Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting in 2008.

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

NHL Awards Nominations

  • Hart Trophy – Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is a candidate to win the Hart Trophy for the third time in his NHL career.  Crosby, along with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, are the finalists for the trophy given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.
  • Lady Byng Trophy – Calgary Flames left wingJohnny Gaudreau , Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,”
  • Vezina Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,”
  • Calder Trophy – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews,Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski were named finalists for the Calder Trophy on Thursday. The award is given to the best rookie in the NHL.
  • Norris Trophy – Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2016-17 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,”
  • Bill Masterton Trophy – Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano and Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan were named finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday. The award is given to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
  • Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA best player) – DefensemanBrent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association.
  • Jack Adams Award: Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers and John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets were named Wednesday as finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the top coach in the NHL.
  • Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu were named finalists for the Selke Trophy on Wednesday, awarded annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward.
  • 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) –
  • NHL Foundation Award (an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.) – Travis Hamonicof the New York Islanders and Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Mark Messier Leadership Award: Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks have been named finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The award is given annually to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to the team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.  Messier solicited suggestions from club and League personnel and fans, but the former Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks captain makes the final selection of the three finalists and the winner.

 

 

World Championships:

 

http://www.iihfworlds2017.com/en/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_IIHF_World_Championship_rosters

 

Run Through 5/21.  Hosted in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.  Medal round in Cologne

 

(# of NHL Players)

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Preliminary Round (Games Through Tuesday)
R Team GP W OTW OTL L GF:GA PTS
Group A
1 LAT 3 3 0 0 0 8:2 9
2 RUS 3 2 1 0 0 18:5 8
3 USA 3 2 0 0 1 12:7 6
4 SWE 3 1 0 1 1 11:8 4
5 SVK 3 0 1 1 1 7:9 3
6 GER 3 1 0 0 2 7:14 3
7 DEN 3 0 1 0 2 6:13 2
8 ITA 3 0 0 1 2 4:15 1
Group B
1 CAN 3 3 0 0 0 17:3 9
2 SUI 3 1 1 1 0 11:8 6
3 NOR 3 2 0 0 1 8:6 6
4 FRA 3 1 1 0 1 11:7 5
5 CZE 3 1 1 0 1 11:8 5
6 FIN 3 1 0 1 1 7:11 4
7 SLO 3 0 0 1 2 7:17 1
8 BLR 3 0 0 0 3 3:15 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Buffalo Sabres® and New York Rangers® on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The New Year’s Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.

 

Wayne:  Blues, Predators joining forces in flood relief efforts  https://www.nhl.com/news/blues-predators-raise-money-for-flood-victims-in-st-louis-area/c-289287580

 

Honorable mention:  https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-anderson-chats-with-young-new-york-rangers-fan/c-289280222

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 5/17 6:30 PM

 

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 38 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 2 of the NHL Playoffs.  We’ll break it down series by series.  We will also get you caught up with all of the announcements on finalists for the individual awards.  The World Championships are getting going this week, and we’ll get you up to speed.  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 our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 38 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 2 of the playoffs is underway, and all the series look like they will be long. We’ll get you caught up on all 8 remaining teams in their march toward the Stanley Cup.
  • NHL individual award nominations are being announced, with one per day. We’ll get you caught up on what’s been announced so far.
  • The NHL Draft lottery was this past week. We’ll tell you who picks when.
  • The World Championships get going this weekend, we’ll have the details.

 

 

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

 

Senators (2) vs. Rangers (WC1)

Senators lead 2-0 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

Ottawa 2 NY Rangers 1 Senators lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 29

Ottawa 6 NY Rangers 5 (2OT) Senators lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Tue, May 2

Ottawa 1 @ NY Rangers 4 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Thu, May 4

Ottawa @ NY Rangers 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, May 6

NY Rangers @ Ottawa 3:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Tue, May 9

Ottawa @ NY Rangers Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Thu, May 11

NY Rangers @ Ottawa Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Capitals (1) vs. Penguins (2)

Penguins lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

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

Sat, Apr 29

Pittsburgh 6 Washington 2 Penguins lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Mon, May 1

Washington 3 Pittsburgh 2 (OT) Penguins lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Washington @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5

Sat, May 6

Pittsburgh @ Washington 7:15 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Mon, May 8

Washington @ Pittsburgh Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, May 10

Pittsburgh @ Washington Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

Blues (3) vs. Predators (WC2)

Predators lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Nashville 4 St Louis 3 Predators lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

St Louis 3 Nashville 2 Series tied 1-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

Nashville 3 St Louis 1 Predators lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Tue, May 2

St Louis 1 @ Nashville 2 9:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5

Fri, May 5

Nashville @ St Louis 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, May 7

St Louis @ Nashville Time TBD|SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Tue, May 9

Nashville @ St Louis Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Ducks (1) vs. Oilers (2)

Oilers lead 2-1 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Edmonton 5 Anaheim 3 Oilers lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

Edmonton 2 Anaheim 1 Oilers lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

Anaheim 6 Edmonton 3 Oilers lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Anaheim @ Edmonton 10:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5

Fri, May 5

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

Sun, May 7

Anaheim @ Edmonton Time TBD|SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, May 10

Edmonton @ Anaheim Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

 

 

Other News:

 

 

 

Transactions

04/26/2017  Mikhail Vorobyov (F) Salavat Yulaev Ufa Philadelphia Flyers  
04/26/2017  Emil Pettersson (F) Växjö Lakers HC Nashville Predators  
04/27/2017  Devante Stephens (D) Kelowna Rockets Buffalo Sabres  
04/28/2017  Nathan Noel (F) Saint John Sea Dogs Chicago Blackhawks  
04/28/2017  Antoine Waked (F) Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Montréal Canadiens  
04/28/2017  Carl Grundström (F) Frölunda HC Toronto Maple Leafs  
05/01/2017  Jakub Jerabek (D) Vityaz Podolsk Montréal Canadiens  
05/01/2017  Neal Pionk (D) Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth New York Rangers  
05/01/2017  Cam Dineen (D) North Bay Battalion Arizona Coyotes  
05/02/2017  David Kämpf (F) Piráti Chomutov Chicago Blackhawks  

 

 

 

 

 

  • DefensemanNikita Zaitsev signed a seven-year, $31.5 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The contract has an average annual value of $4.5 million through the 2023-24 season.  The Maple Leafs also signed forward Ben Smith to a one-year, $650,000 contract.  Zaitsev, 25, had 36 points (four goals, 32 assists) in 82 regular-season games, and averaged 22:01 per game, second on the Maple Leafs. He was one of six rookies to play at least 75 games for Toronto this season, helping them qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013.  Zaitsev could have become a restricted free agent July 1. He signed a one-year entry-level contract on May 2, 2016 that had an NHL salary-cap charge of $1.775 million, according to Cap Friendly.  Smith, 28, had four points (two goals, two assists) in 36 games with the Maple Leafs after being claimed on waivers from the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 24. Smith could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He played 2016-17 on a one-year contract with a salary-cap charge of $675,000, according to Cap Friendly.
  • The Calgary Flames signed general manager Brad Treliving to a multiyear contract Monday. Treliving has been Flames GM since April 28, 2014.
  • Michel Therrien is among the candidates to interview for the coaching job with the Florida Panthers, Sportsnet reported Monday. Therrien, 53, was fired by the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 14 even though Montreal was 31-19-8 and in first place in the Atlantic Division at the time.  He had coached the Canadiens for parts of the past five seasons and also from 2000-03, and also coached the Penguins from 2005-09. He’s 406-303-82 with 23 ties in 814 regular-season games.  “We’ve interviewed a half-dozen guys, probably going to do another half a dozen or so,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told Sportsnet on Saturday. “We’re looking for a guy that’s a good communicator, is a good teacher, a modern guy, a contemporary-type guy that can deal with these millennials and Generation Z, whatever that means. That’s what we’re looking for, somebody that has a little experience but who also is very knowledgeable about how to deal with young players because we have a young core.”  University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery also reportedly interviewing for the job.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes acquired goalieScott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in a trade for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Darling can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  “Scott had a very successful season in Chicago and was a big part of the Blackhawks finishing with the best record in the Western Conference,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “He played a critical role on Chicago’s 2015 championship team.”  Darling, 28, was 18-5-5 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 32 games (27 starts) this season as the backup to Corey Crawford. He’s 39-17-9 with a 2.37 GAA, .923 save percentage and four shutouts in 75 NHL games (64 starts), all with Chicago.  Darling played in five Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2015, helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.
  • ForwardMattias Janmark signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Dallas Stars on Thursday.  Janmark, 24, did not play this season because of a knee injury. He was in the final season of a two-year contract that had an average annual value of $800,000 and could have become a restricted free agent July 1.

Injuries

  • Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday.  Sullivan said Crosby will continue to be evaluated.  https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosby-has-concussion-out-game-4-for-penguins/c-289221268
  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella had left arthroscopic hip surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of next season, general manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday.  Scandella, 27, had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 71 regular-season games with the Wild this season and had no points in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.  The No. 55 pick in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Wild, Scandella has 89 points (27 goals, 62 assists) in 373 regular-season games.
  • Anaheim Ducks defensemanKevin Bieksa is unlikely to return from injury for Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).  “Day to day,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said Saturday. “He’s going to be out a while. I don’t know if it’s going to be later in this series; that’s the option, possible.”  Bieksa injured his lower body in a 5-3, Game 1 loss Wednesday. Defenseman Cam Fowler played 27:57 in a 2-1, Game 2 loss Friday, his second game back from a knee injury, and defenseman Brandon Montour played a season-high 22:09.  Cam Ward and Eddie Lack were the Hurricanes goalies this season, when Carolina tied for 26th in the NHL with a .901 in save percentage. Ward and Lack are signed through next season.  Ward, 33, started 61 games and went 26-22-12 with a 2.69 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. He has spent his entire 12-year NHL career with the Hurricanes and signed a two-year contract prior to the start of this season.  Lack, 29, played 20 games (18 starts) and went 8-7-3 with a 2.64 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and one shutout. He was acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks at the 2015 NHL Draft.  Darling was selected by the Arizona Coyotes (No. 153) in the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Dallas Stars centerTyler Seguin had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder but should be ready for training camp in September, general manager Jim Nill said Wednesday.  “It’s something that bothered him all season, and he could have waited to do it sometime after next season and tried to play through it,” Nill said. “But with the time we had, we decided it was best to get it fixed.”  Nill said recovery will take about four months. Seguin will spend the next 2-4 weeks in a sling and then have another month of rehab before he can resume skating.  “He can’t say when it happened; there wasn’t a hit or anything like that he can point to and say that was what caused it,” Nill said. “He never got better, and it ended up being a tear in the shoulder.”  Seguin missed all but one game during last year’s playoffs because of a calf injury and a partially cut Achilles tendon. This season he missed all of training camp but was ready for the first game of the season after injuring his ankle in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game with Team Canada.  Nill said other players are a bit banged up but that for now no one else needs surgery.  Seguin was part of a seven-player trade between the Stars and Bruins on July 4, 2013. The Bruins traded Seguin, forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Stars for forwards Loui ErikssonReilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Mike Mantenuto

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • None

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Devils, who had an 8.5 percent chance at winning the lottery, will choose No. 1 for the first time since moving to New Jersey in 1982-83. They moved up from No. 5. The Philadelphia Flyers won the No. 2 pick, moving up from No. 13, and the Dallas Stars get the No. 3 pick, up from No. 8.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-draft-first-pick-goes-to-new-jersey-devils/c-289159762
  • Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee told The Associated Press he’s spoken with most NHL teams about trades that could be made prior to the NHL Expansion Draft in June. McPhee said discussions have focused on players teams would prefer the Golden Knights either select or don’t and that he is open to acquiring NHL Draft picks.  “If they want to give us draft picks to encourage us to take a certain player or leave another player alone, we’re open-minded and we’re going to listen to everyone,” McPhee told the AP in remarks published Thursday. “You usually build your team, historically, through the entry draft, so we’d certainly be interested in acquiring picks.”

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

NHL Awards Nominations

  • Hart Trophy – Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is a candidate to win the Hart Trophy for the third time in his NHL career.  Crosby, along with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, are the finalists for the trophy given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.
  • Lady Byng Trophy – Calgary Flames left wingJohnny Gaudreau , Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,”
  • Vezina Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,”
  • Calder Trophy – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews,Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski were named finalists for the Calder Trophy on Thursday. The award is given to the best rookie in the NHL.
  • Norris Trophy – Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2016-17 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,”
  • Bill Masterton Trophy – Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano and Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan were named finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday. The award is given to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
  • Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA best player) – DefensemanBrent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association.
  • Jack Adams Award: Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers and John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets were named Wednesday as finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the top coach in the NHL.
  • Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu were named finalists for the Selke Trophy on Wednesday, awarded annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward.
  • 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) –
  • NHL Foundation Award (an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.) – Travis Hamonicof the New York Islanders and Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Mark Messier Leadership Award: Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks have been named finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The award is given annually to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to the team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.  Messier solicited suggestions from club and League personnel and fans, but the former Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks captain makes the final selection of the three finalists and the winner.

 

 

World Championships:

 

http://www.iihfworlds2017.com/en/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_IIHF_World_Championship_rosters

 

Begin on Friday.  Run Through 5/21.  Hosted in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.  Medal round in Cologne

 

(# of NHL Players)

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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:  http://en.khl.ru/

 

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

 

 

Picks of the week:

Steve:

 

Wayne:  Oilers Fans sing the AMERICAN National Anthem  https://www.nhl.com/news/todd-mclellan-proud-of-oilers-fans-for-anthem-help/c-289205662 https://www.nhl.com/news/oilers-crowd-gives-singer-brett-kissel-big-assist-after-technical-difficulties/c-289192858

 

 

 

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 5/10 6:30 PM

 

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 37 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, and we look ahead to Round 2.  We’ll break it down series by series.  We will also get you caught up with all of the announcements on finalists for the individual awards.  We’ll 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 our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 37 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 is done! And boy, were there upsets!  We’ll get you caught up on all 16 teams and 8 first round match-ups, then we will give you our predictions on how round 2 will go.
  • NHL individual award nominations are being announced, with one per day. We’ll get you caught up on what’s been announced so far.

 

 

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

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Canadiens (1) vs. Rangers (WC1)

NYR 4-2, will face OTT |  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 3 Montréal 2 (OT) Rangers lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sat, Apr 22

NY Rangers 3 Montréal 1 NYR 4-2, will face OTT RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Senators (2) vs. Bruins (3)

OTT 4-2, will face NYR |  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 1 Boston 0 Senators lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Fri, Apr 21

Boston 3 Ottawa 2 (2OT) Senators lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sun, Apr 23

Ottawa 3 Boston 2 (OT) OTT 4-2, will face NYR RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

Capitals (1) vs. Maple Leafs (WC2)

WSH 4-2, will face PIT |  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 5 Toronto 4 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Fri, Apr 21

Washington 2 Toronto 1 (OT) Capitals lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sun, Apr 23

Washington 2 Toronto 1 (OT) WSH 4-2, will face PIT RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Penguins (2) vs. Blue Jackets (3)

PIT 4-1, will face WSH |  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

Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 2 PIT 4-1, will face WSH RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

Blackhawks (1) vs. Predators (WC2)

NSH 4-0, will face STL |  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

Nashville 4 Chicago 1 NSH 4-0, will face STL RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Wild (2) vs. Blues (3)

STL 4-1, will face NSH |  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 2 St Louis 0 Blues lead 3-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Sat, Apr 22

St Louis 4 Minnesota 3 (OT) STL 4-1, will face NSH RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

Ducks (1) vs. Flames (WC1)

ANA 4-0, will face EDM |  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 3 Calgary 1 ANA 4-0, will face EDM RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 
Oilers (2) vs. Sharks (3)

EDM 4-2, will face ANA |  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

San Jose 7 Edmonton 0 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Apr 20

Edmonton 4 San Jose 3 (OT) Oilers lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sat, Apr 22

Edmonton 3 San Jose 1 EDM 4-2, will face ANA RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
 

 

 

Looking ahead to Round 2:

 

Senators (2) vs. Rangers (WC1) https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-ottawa-senators-series-preview/c-289056220

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

NY Rangers @ Ottawa 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 29

NY Rangers @ Ottawa 3:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS2 PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Tue, May 2

Ottawa @ NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Thu, May 4

Ottawa @ NY Rangers 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, May 6

NY Rangers @ Ottawa Time TBD|CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Tue, May 9

Ottawa @ NY Rangers Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Thu, May 11

NY Rangers @ Ottawa Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Capitals (1) vs. Penguins (2)  https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-pittsburgh-penguins-playoff-preview/c-289056882

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Thu, Apr 27

Pittsburgh @ Washington 7:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS2 PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Sat, Apr 29

Pittsburgh @ Washington 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Mon, May 1

Washington @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Washington @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Sat, May 6

Pittsburgh @ Washington Time TBD|CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Mon, May 8

Washington @ Pittsburgh Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, May 10

Pittsburgh @ Washington Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

Blues (3) vs. Predators (WC2)  https://www.nhl.com/news/nashville-predators-st-louis-blues-series-preview/c-289051644

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Nashville @ St Louis 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

Nashville @ St Louis 8:00 PM ET|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

St Louis @ Nashville 3:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Tue, May 2

St Louis @ Nashville 9:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Fri, May 5

Nashville @ St Louis Time TBD|, CBC, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, May 7

St Louis @ Nashville Time TBD|SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Tue, May 9

Nashville @ St Louis Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary
Ducks (1) vs. Oilers (2)  https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-edmonton-oilers-playoff-preview/c-289064396

 Series Coverage

Gm 1

Wed, Apr 26

Edmonton @ Anaheim 10:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 2

Fri, Apr 28

Edmonton @ Anaheim 10:30 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 3

Sun, Apr 30

Anaheim @ Edmonton 7:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 4

Wed, May 3

Anaheim @ Edmonton 10:00 PM ET|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 5*

Fri, May 5

Edmonton @ Anaheim Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 6*

Sun, May 7

Anaheim @ Edmonton Time TBD|SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
Gm 7*

Wed, May 10

Edmonton @ Anaheim Time TBD|, SN, TVAS PREVIEW TICKETS BUY/SELL
* If necessary

 

 

Other News:

 

 

 

Transactions

 

CONFIRMED TRANSFERSRSS 

DATE PLAYER FROM TO SOURCE
04/23/2017  Jack Kopacka (F) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Anaheim Ducks  
04/21/2017  Connor Bunnaman (F) Kitchener Rangers Philadelphia Flyers  
04/21/2017  Jonathan Dahlén (F) Timrå IK Vancouver Canucks  
04/21/2017  Boris Katchouk (F) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Tampa Bay Lightning  
04/21/2017  Steven Lorentz (F) Peterborough Petes Carolina Hurricanes  
04/21/2017  Alexei Bereglazov (D) Metallurg Magnitogorsk New York Rangers  
04/20/2017  Christoffer Ehn (F) Frölunda HC Detroit Red Wings  
04/20/2017  Yaroslav Dyblenko (D) Spartak Moskva New Jersey Devils  

 

 

  • Travis Green is finalizing a contract to be the next coach of the Vancouver Canucks, TSN reported Tuesday. The Canucks announced they will name their coach during a press conference Wednesday.  Willie Desjardins was fired as coach April 10.  Green, 46, has coached Utica, the Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate, for the past four seasons; he is 155-110-27-12 in 304 games. Utica reached the Calder Cup Playoffs twice, including the final in 2015, where it lost to Manchester, the Los Angeles Kings’ affiliate, in five games.
  • DefensemanDennis Seidenberg agreed to terms on a one-year contract to remain with the New York Islanders on Monday.  Financial terms were not released, but Newsday reported Seidenberg will receive $1.25 million, a $250,000 raise from this season.
  • The Los Angeles Kings sent the message that they believe only a short reset is needed to compete for championships again by hiring John Stevens as coach on Sunday. If newly promoted general manager Rob Blake felt a more profound change was required, the Kings would have looked outside the organization, hired a different coach and plotted a different strategy. Instead, they kept the search tightly focused on one inside candidate: Stevens, who’s been part of the Kings’ coaching staff for the past seven seasons.  Highly regarded goaltending coach Bill Ranford will return. The Kings will hire at least two other assistants; one will take Stevens’ spot and the other will replace Davis Payne, who is not returning.  Stevens has been with the organization since the 2010-11 season. This will be his second extended stint as an NHL coach — he went 2-2-0 with the Kings in December 2010 after Terry Murray was fired and before Darryl Sutter was hired. Stevens also coached the Philadelphia Flyers for parts of four seasons from 2006-09. In 2008, the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference Final before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Stevens also had success at the American Hockey League level; he guided the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers’ top affiliate, to the Calder Cup in 2005.  The Kings had a major housecleaning one day after their season ended after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They fired longtime general manager Dean Lombardi and Sutter, the architects of their Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. Blake was promoted, as was Luc Robitaille, who will oversee the business side and the hockey operations as team president. They’ve been emphatic that the roster does not need a major overhaul, that with nucleus on hand, the Kings should still be competitive.
  • Coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray were fired by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday after they finished last in the Atlantic Division. “After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have decided to relieve general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma of their duties,” owner Terry Pegula said in a statement, referring to his wife. “We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club. We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately.”  Bylsma, 46, was 68-73-23 in two seasons as Sabres coach, including 33-37-12 this season. Bylsma, who has three years remaining on his contract, took over for Ted Nolan on May 28, 2015. He coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for six seasons, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2008-09.   Murray, 53, was hired Jan. 9, 2014, after eight seasons as an assistant GM with the Ottawa Senators. Among his moves were hiring Bylsma, selecting forward Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and acquiring forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11, 2015.  Murray, whose original contract with Buffalo ran through this season, signed a multiyear extension in October before the Sabres’ first game.   The firings come a day after a Buffalo radio station reported that Eichel told the Sabres he had no desire to sign a contract extension if Bylsma remained coach.   Eichel denied that report, telling The Buffalo News his end-of-season interviews with Bylsma and Murray went well and that he wants to stay with Sabres long term. The 20-year-old center is entering the final year of his three-year entry-level contract and can sign an extension beginning July 1. He could become a restricted free agent following next season.
  • University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery will interview for the Florida Panthers coaching job, he told the Denver Post on Wednesday. Montgomery led Denver to the NCAA championship with a 3-2 victory against Minnesota-Duluth on April 8. Denver finished the season 33-7-4.  “I have spoken to Florida and I will meet with Florida over the next week to 10 days,” Montgomery told the newspaper. “The date hasn’t yet been confirmed.”  The Panthers, who did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, announced April 10 that Tom Rowe would not return as coach. Rowe took over for Gerard Gallant, who was fired Nov. 27.  Montgomery, 47, is 102-47-18 in four seasons at Denver, including Frozen Four appearances in 2016 and 2017. He played 122 NHL games with five teams from 1993-94 to 2002-03, finishing with 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists).  Montgomery wouldn’t confirm whether he spoke with the Los Angeles Kings, who fired Darryl Sutter on April 10, but said he wouldn’t leave Denver unless it was for an NHL coaching position. He interviewed with the Calgary Flames last summer before they hired Glen Gulutzan.  “In life, there are only so many opportunities, and you have to listen,” Montgomery said. “But it’s going to have to take the perfect situation for me to leave Denver. There is no indication from Florida that I’m their No. 1 guy, or No. 2 or No. 3 guy. I’m just going to sit and talk with them.”
  • Bruce Cassidy has interim tag removed…

Injuries

  • San Jose Sharks centerJoe Thornton had surgery Monday to repair a torn MCL and ACL in his left knee.  Thornton, who was injured April 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season, the Sharks said Tuesday.  Thornton, 37, missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of the injury. He returned for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers on April 16. Thornton had two assists in four games, but San Jose was eliminated with a 4-2 series loss.
  • ForwardMarian Gaborik may not be ready for Los Angeles Kings training camp next season after having his injured left knee repaired.  Gaborik had an “in-depth medical procedure for a chronic issue,” the Kings said Tuesday. Training camp would begin in mid-September.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • A quick recap of the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau: Eighteen of the 42 games required overtime (42.9 percent), a record for any round in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record of 17 overtime games, established in the 2013 opening round, was set in 47 games (36.2 percent).  Twenty-eight of the 42 games were decided by one goal (66.7 percent), while another five were decided by two goals following an empty-net score (78.6 percent combined). Only the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured an opening round with that high of a percentage of one-goal margins, with 32 of 48 games (66.7 percent).  Eighteen of the 42 games were tied in the final five minutes of the third period (42.9 percent). Three saw a go-ahead goal scored in the last three minutes of the third, while five featured a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period (including two in the last 60 seconds).  Seventeen of the 42 games saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal (40.5 percent), including nine featuring multigoal comebacks. Clubs also rallied from third-period deficits of any margin to win eight times.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Edmonton Oilers forwardLeon Draisaitl has been fined $2,569.44, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing San Jose Sharks forward Chris Tierney during Game 4 of the teams’ First Round series in San Jose on Tuesday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 13:44 of the second period. Draisaitl was assessed a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

NHL Awards Nominations

  • Hart Trophy – TBD
  • Lady Byng Trophy – Calgary Flames left wingJohnny Gaudreau , Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,”
  • Vezina Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,”
  • Calder Trophy – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews,Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski were named finalists for the Calder Trophy on Thursday. The award is given to the best rookie in the NHL.
  • Norris Trophy – Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2016-17 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,”
  • Bill Masterton Trophy – Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano and Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan were named finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday. The award is given to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
  • Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA best player) – TBD
  • Jack Adams Award: TBD
  • Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu were named finalists for the Selke Trophy on Wednesday, awarded annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward.
  • 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) –
  • NHL Foundation Award (an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.) – Travis Hamonicof the New York Islanders and Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers

 

 

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:  Oilers and Leafs Fans!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

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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.”

 

 

 

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