The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 28 is live!

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 28 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I take a look at the upcoming trade deadline, and try to figure out who the buyers and sellers will be with less than a week to go before the deadline.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs, but the contenders and pretenders are beginning to separate themselves.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

 
 
THN Episode 28 Show Notes

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

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

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Opening Headlines

  • Big news! (Amazon & Hockey Monkey)
  • Bruins White hot, Canes ice cold, Rangers luke warm.
  • Standings tight at this point in the season
  • Everyone waiting for trades to start happening
  • How did we miss Hockey Day in Canada/America? (Sat/Sun)
  • Stadium Series this weekend
  • 37 years ago today…

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-1 OTW @ SJ on 2/19  (4th win since firing Julien)

NYR:  4-2 L @ NYI on 2/16, 2-1 W vs WSH on 2/19, 3-2 SOL vs MON on 2/21

CAR:  2-1 OTL vs Col on 2/17, 4-0 L vs TOR on 2/19, 3-1 L vs Pit on 2/21 (4 goals in 5 games since last win on 2/4.

 

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

 

  • Flyers 3 @ Oilers 6 on 2/16
  • Penguins 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 2/17
  • Panthers 4 @ Ducks 1 on 2/17
  • Oilers 3 @ Blackhawks 1 on 2/18
  • Senators 6 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 2/18
  • Predators 2 @ Wild 5 on 2/18
  • Panthers 3 @ Kings 2 on 2/18
  • Predators 4 @ Blue Jackets 3 on 2/19
  • Kings 0 @ Ducks 1 on 2/19
  • Flames 6 @ Predators 5 (OT) on 2/21
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Wild 3 on 2/21

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Points Pace

NHL Conf Div GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL GF GA DIFF STRK Pace
Ottawa East Atlantic 58 32 20 6 70 28 4 1 158 153 5 Won 1 99
Montreal East Atlantic 60 32 20 8 72 30 2 2 169 155 14 Won 1 98
Florida East Atlantic 58 28 20 10 66 25 3 5 149 162 -13 Won 5 93
Toronto East Atlantic 59 28 20 11 67 27 1 6 186 177 9 Won 2 93
Boston East Atlantic 59 30 23 6 66 28 2 2 159 156 3 Won 4 92
Tampa Bay East Atlantic 59 27 24 8 62 24 3 3 164 167 -3 Won 2 86
Buffalo East Atlantic 60 26 24 10 62 25 1 5 147 168 -21 Lost 1 85
Detroit East Atlantic 60 24 26 10 58 17 7 0 150 178 -28 Lost 1 79
Washington East Metro 58 39 12 7 85 38 1 5 195 126 69 Lost 2 120
Pittsburgh East Metro 59 37 14 8 82 35 2 2 207 166 41 Won 1 114
Columbus East Metro 58 37 16 5 79 35 2 1 187 143 44 Lost 1 112
NY Rangers East Metro 59 38 19 2 78 36 2 2 198 155 43 Lost 1 108
NY Islanders East Metro 59 28 21 10 66 27 1 3 177 175 2 Won 2 92
Philadelphia East Metro 59 28 24 7 63 23 5 4 154 179 -25 Won 1 88
New Jersey East Metro 60 25 25 10 60 22 3 2 139 172 -33 Lost 2 82
Carolina East Metro 56 24 24 8 56 22 2 4 142 165 -23 Lost 5 82
Minnesota West Central 59 39 14 6 84 36 3 2 198 138 60 Lost 1 117
Chicago West Central 60 37 18 5 79 35 2 1 177 154 23 Won 2 108
St. Louis West Central 60 31 24 5 67 30 1 1 170 173 -3 Lost 2 92
Nashville West Central 59 28 22 9 65 26 2 3 169 165 4 Lost 1 90
Winnipeg West Central 63 28 29 6 62 26 2 1 184 199 -15 Lost 1 81
Dallas West Central 60 23 27 10 56 23 0 1 165 193 -28 Won 1 77
Colorado West Central 58 16 39 3 35 16 0 1 114 192 -78 Lost 2 49
San Jose West Pacific 60 35 18 7 77 33 2 1 166 144 22 Lost 1 105
Edmonton West Pacific 60 32 20 8 72 28 4 4 172 156 16 Lost 1 98
Anaheim West Pacific 61 31 20 10 72 29 2 2 156 154 2 Lost 1 97
Calgary West Pacific 60 30 26 4 64 27 3 2 159 172 -13 Won 1 87
Los Angeles West Pacific 59 29 26 4 62 28 1 3 145 146 -1 Won 1 86
Vancouver West Pacific 60 26 28 6 58 22 4 2 142 172 -30 Lost 1 79
Arizona West Pacific 58 21 30 7 49 16 5 1 140 183 -43 Won 1 69

 

Trade Deadline

  • Who are Sellers?
  • Who are Buyers?

 

 

Transactions

  • FEBRUARY 21: Carolina Hurricanes trade D Keegan Lowe to Montreal Canadiens for D Philip Samuelsson. | Canes acquire Philip Samuelsson from Canadiens
  • FEBRUARY 20:Arizona Coyotes trade D Michael Stone to Calgary Flames for third-round pick in 2017 Draft, conditional fifth-round pick in 2018 | Michael Stone traded to Flames by Coyotes
  • FEBRUARY 18:New Jersey Devils trade F Sergey Kalinin to Toronto Maple Leafs for D Viktor Loov | Maple Leafs acquire Sergey Kalinin from Devils
  • Defenseman Matt Bartkowski signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Financial terms were not announced.  Bartkowski, 28, had two goals and 10 points in 34 games with Providence, the Boston Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate. He had joined the Flames on a professional tryout Wednesday.  Bartkowski had 18 points in 80 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks, where he played for Flames coach Glen Gulutzan, who was an assistant.  In 211 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and Canucks, he has six goals and 42 points.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Expansion Draft

Injuries

  • Ottawa Senators forwardBobby Ryan will be out 4-6 weeks because of a broken finger.  Ryan was injured in the third period of a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday when he was hit on the hand by a puck. He has 12 goals and 12 assists in 50 games this season.  Forward Mark Stone, who was injured after a check to the head from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba on Sunday, is out with a neck injury. Forward Mike Hoffman, who left the game Sunday, took part in the morning skate Tuesday but is out with a groin injury.  The Senators recalled forwards Casey Bailey and Max McCormick from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Each is expected to play.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forwardMitchell Marner on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Feb. 15.  Marner missed Toronto’s past two games with an upper-body injury and won’t play Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, TSN3, NHL.TV). He was injured when he crashed into the boards during a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 15.  The 19-year-old is second on the Maple Leafs with 48 points (15 goals, 33 assists). He ranks third among NHL rookies in scoring, trailing Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets (52 points) and Toronto teammate Auston Matthews (49).
  • Colorado Avalanche defensemanNikita Zadorov fractured his ankle during practice Monday and will miss the rest of the season.  Zadorov was injured when he collided with forward Mikko Rantanen. Zadorov, a 21-year-old rookie, has 10 assists in 56 games this season.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins defensemanOlli Maatta is expected to miss six weeks after surgery to repair a hand injury.  Maatta, 22, was injured during the second period of a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 54 games this season.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Winnipeg Jets right wingPatrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 19.  Laine led the NHL with five goals and eight points in four games to propel the Jets (28-29-5, 61 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points.  Kadri picked up points in each of his four games, totaling 4-2-6 to lift the Maple Leafs (27-20-11, 65 points) to a split of their four contests.  McDavid continued his quest for the Art Ross Trophy, racking up 2-4-6 in three games to guide the Oilers (32-19-8, 72 points) to three straight wins.
  • Don’t expect another addition to Legends Row in Toronto in the near future. As far as Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan is concerned, the bench is full. The four members added Saturday — Charlie Conacher, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich and Wendel Clark — will suffice until someone from a new generation distinguishes himself.  The Maple Leafs welcomed the four players to Legends Row at a ceremony before they lost to the Ottawa Senators 6-3 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Started in August 2014 to honor past greats, the Legends Row monument will have 14 members once the statues of these four inductees are unveiled in the fall.  They join Ted Kennedy, Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower, Borje Salming, George Armstrong, Syl Apps, Mats Sundin, Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton.
  • Sidney Crosbycollected one goal and two assists to become the 86th NHL player with 1,000 points, capping the night with an overtime goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 defeat of the Winnipeg Jets. The Penguins extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).  Crosby (369-633-1,002) got his 1,000th NHL point while playing in his 757th game to become the fastest active player to reach the milestone. He got there six games fewer than Jaromir Jagr (763 games), and is the 12th-fastest in League history.  Crosby became the eighth active player with 1,000 career points and the third to hit the mark this season, following Alex Ovechkin on Jan. 11 and Henrik Sedin on Jan. 20. He also became the third player with 1,000 career points with the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (690-1,033-1,723) and Jagr (439-640-1,079).  Crosby, who had at least three points for the 118th time in his career, has averaged 1.32 points per game since beginning his career in 2005-06. Four players in NHL history scored at a higher rate (min. 500 GP): Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.  Elias notes that Crosby (29 years, 193 days) became the second-youngest active player at the time of his 1,000th career point, behind Jagr (28 years, 319 days) on Dec. 30, 2000.
  • Florida Panthers forwardJaromir Jagr had an assist while celebrating his 45th birthday to become the second player with 1,900 NHL points (759-1,141-1,900), joining Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963-2,857).  Jagr, who has two goals and five assists in eight games on his birthday, became the third skater to play an NHL game after turning 45, joining Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios. Goaltenders Johnny Bower and Moe Roberts also played in the NHL past age 45.
  • Winnipeg Jetswinger Patrik Laine tallied two goals in Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, setting the franchise record for most goals as a rookie, per Sportsnet Stats. Ilya Kovalchuk previously held the record of 29 from when the club was the Atlanta Thrashers in his rookie 2001-02 season.  Laine also became just the ninth player in NHL history to total 30 goals before turning 19 years old, per Sportsnet Stats. Laine, who turns 19 on April 19, sits behind just superstar Sidney Crosby (33) for the league lead in that category, but his 24 assists don’t measure up to Crosby’s 33 thus far.
  • Thanks to a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game against theNashville PredatorsMinnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu now owns 600 career points, per com.  The veteran winger has heated up recently, notching six points in his last four games after going without one in the three previous contests. Koivu now possesses 44 points through 57 games this season, a huge scoring rate increase from the previous two campaigns—when he finished with 56 and 48.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Winnipeg Jets defensemanJacob Trouba has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone during NHL Game No. 871 in Ottawa on Sunday, Feb. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 6:42 of the third period. Trouba was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Trouba will forfeit $33,333.34.
  • Anaheim Ducks forwardAntoine Vermette has been automatically suspended for 10 games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the National Hockey League announced today.  The incident occurred at 7:33 of the third period. Vermette was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ ANA on 2/22, @ LA on 2/23, @ DAL on 2/26, vs ARI on 2/28

NYR:  @ TOR on 2/23, @ NJD on 2/25, vs CBJ on 2/26, vs WSH on 2/28

CAR:  vs OTT on 2/24, vs CGY on 2/26, @ FLA on 2/28

Highlights of upcoming week

 

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  OTL  4-3 and 4-4 tie @ Merrimack last weekend, now 10-18-4.  Home vs Northeastern this weekend.

Upsets:

Friday:

7:35 ET(10) Providence1@(15) Notre Dame4

Sat:

None.

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked) (Final weekend of regular season play for 4 largest conferences: Atlantic Hockey, ECAC, Hockey East, WCHA):

Thu:

7:00 ET(5) Massachusetts-Lowell@(14) Boston College
Fri:

7:00 CT (19) Wisconsin @ (4) Minnesota

6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame@(6) Boston University
8:30 ET(14) Boston College@(5) Massachusetts-Lowell
8:05 MT(18) St. Cloud State@(1) Denver

Sat:

7:00 CT (19) Wisconsin @ (4) Minnesota
7:00 ET (7) Union @ (9) Cornell

7:00 ET(20) St. Lawrence@(3) Harvard
7:05 ET(13) Notre Dame@(6) Boston University
7:05 MT(18) St. Cloud State@(1) Denver

 

Rankings:

February 20, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (33) 22- 6-4 981 2
2 Minnesota-Duluth (14) 19- 5-6 954 1
3 Harvard ( 3) 20- 5-2 913 3
4 Minnesota 20- 8-2 831 5
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 20- 9-3 734 6
6 Boston University 20- 9-3 733 4
7 Union 22- 8-2 709 7
8 Western Michigan 18- 8-4 695 8
9 Cornell 17- 6-4 555 12
10 Providence 18- 9-5 498 10
11 Penn State 18- 8-2 454 9
12 Ohio State 16- 8-6 447 14
13 Notre Dame 18- 9-5 412 15
14 Boston College 18-12-4 388 11
15 Vermont 17-10-5 289 16
16 North Dakota 15-13-3 262 13
17 Air Force 21- 8-5 170 19
18 St. Cloud State 15-14-1 154 18
19 Wisconsin 17-10-1 136 20
20 St. Lawrence 15-10-7 74 17
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 34, Omaha 33, Quinnipiac 17, Canisius 16, Michigan Tech 7, Minnesota State 3, Northeastern 1.

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

Pairwise:

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

Bracketology:

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

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  CSKA Moscow 4 Jokerit Helsinki 2

(CSKA leads the series 1-0)

A fast start from CSKA left Jokerit with too much to do, but the final outcome was overshadowed by a series of brawls late in the game.

For Jokerit, which was criticized for not being tough enough after last season’s first-round loss against Torpedo, the evident willingness to mix it might offer some consolation. But the truth is that the Finns’ hopes of getting something from this game were all but over inside seven minutes.

A combative start from the visitor spilled over into an early penalty against Brian O’Neill, and from the power play Bogdan Kiselevich exchange passes with Stephane Da Costa before firing home the opening goal. Despite the game starting half an hour later than Lokomotiv’s meeting with Dinamo Minsk, Kiselevich also claimed the first goal of this year’s post-season.

Things quickly got even better for the home team, with Greg Scott making it 2-0 on 6:05. Jan Mursak tidied up a loose puck behind the net and brought play back out in front where Scott glided into the danger zone to shoot past Ryan Zapolski.

Jokerit improved, but could not find a way back into the game until midway through the second period when Antti Pihlstrom scored against his former club. But Kiselevich quickly responded to make it 3-1 with his second of the night.

Only in the third did the visitor start to really stretch CSKA. Mika Niemi rattled the post after 45 minutes, then a desperate challenge by Grigory Panin resulted in a penalty shot for Tommi Huhtala. But Huhtala could not beat Ilya Sorokin as the young goalie calmly dropped his blocker on the puck, and the two-goal advantage remained.

The importance of Sorokin’s save was underlined two minutes later when a powerful Ville Lajunen shot made it 2-3, but Vladimir Zharkov had the final say with an empty net goal to seal the win. That wasn’t the end of the action, though. Two separate rumbles in the last 20 seconds left both penalty boxes full to overflowing. Both teams finished with five players in the bin, while Oliver Lauridsen and Pavel Karnaukhov got an early look at the showers. Game two on Thursday promises to be a bruising encounter.

 

Steve: Admiral cruises into playoffs  beating Vityaz 3-1 earning 7th place in the
Eastern Conference playoffs…This sets up their first round match against
#2 seed Avangard Omsk…

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:

Hockey Week Across America began Sunday (Feb. 19) and runs through Feb. 26. Typically a weekend celebration, USA Hockey expanded the initiative to a week this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America.

Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, HWAA is an effort to celebrate the game of hockey and those involved at all levels and also expose the game to new audiences.

This year’s week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday), but this year also includes individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday).

NBC Sports also hosted it’s annual Hockey Day in America This past Sunday, which featured an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

Steve:  Las Vegas Golden Knights 24 hour Open House

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 2/15 6:30 PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 27 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the changing of the coaching guard in Montreal.  We also take a moment to remember Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch who passed away this week, and discuss the suspension of one of the red wings players.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 27 Show Notes

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

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

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Opening Headlines

  • Snow!!!
  • More Big news out of Boston
  • Bye weeks happening for Canes, Bruins

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  6-3 W vs SJ on 2/9, 4-3 W vs VAN on 2/11, 4-0 W vs MON on 2/12

NYR:  4-3 W vs NSH on 2/9, 4-2 W vs COL on 2/11, 3-2 W @ CBJ on 2/13

CAR:  1 game between 2/8 and 2/16 inclusive, 5-2 L @ DAL on 2/11

 

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

 

  • Blackhawks 4 @ Wild 3 OT on 2/8
  • Islanders 3 @ Flyers 1 on 2/9
  • Blues 2 @ Maple Leafs 1 on 2/9
  • Blues 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 2/11
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Oilers 1 on 2/11
  • Islanders 0 @ Senators 3 on 2/11
  • Sharks 1 @ Flyers 2 on 2/11
  • Ducks 4 @ Capitals 6 on 2/11
  • Penguins 3 @ Coyotes 4 OT on 2/11
  • Islanders 1 @ Maple Leafs 7 on 2/14
  • Ducks 1 @ Wild 0 on 2/14

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • The Montreal Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien and replaced him with Claude Julien on Tuesday. Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. He coached the Canadiens from 2003-06 and also replaced Therrien to begin his previous stint as Montreal coach.  Therrien was in the fifth season of his second tenure as coach of the Canadiens (31-19-8), who lead the Atlantic Division with 70 points but are 1-5-1 in their past seven games. Since starting the season 13-1-1, they are 18-18-7.  The Canadiens are in the middle of a five-day break. Their next game is against the Winnipeg Jets at home Saturday (2 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV). Their first practice under Julien is scheduled for Friday.  Montreal required permission from Boston to speak with Julien because he had one year remaining on his contract with the Bruins prior to being fired Tuesday.   This is the second straight season the Canadiens have gotten off to a hot start only to cool off. Montreal won its first nine games and was 17-4-2 on Nov. 25, 2015, when goaltender Carey Price was lost for the season because of a knee injury. The Canadiens went 21-34-4 the rest of the season and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-fire-michel-therrien-hire-claude-julien/c-286756908
  • Los Angeles Kings trade D Tom Gilbert to Washington Capitals for future considerations. This is a small move that makes sense for the Capitals, who didn’t have a defenseman in Hershey they felt comfortable recalling if necessary. Now they do and it cost them basically nothing.  The Capitals are set on defense with seven healthy players, but Gilbert gives them the insurance they need should one of those players get injured. He had five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games with the Kings this season, and has 223 points in 655 career NHL regular-season games. He has also played in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

 

Injuries

  • Louis Blues centerPaul Stastny was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury.  Stastny was injured during a 2-1 overtime win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9 when he appeared to collide with Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri following the faceoff that started the second period. Stastny remained on the bench for several minutes before leaving for the locker room and did not return.  Stastny’s 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) are fourth on the Blues, who are also missing forwards Robby Fabbri (torn ACL) and Kyle Brodziak (foot).  https://www.nhl.com/news/st-louis-blues-place-paul-stastny-on-injured-reserve/c-286747574
  • The Winnipeg Jets place goaltenderOndrej Pavelec on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Feb. 7, because of a lower-body injury.  Pavelec is 4-4-0 with a 3.55 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in eight games since being recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. He was injured during Winnipeg’s 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild one week ago.  The Jets also have goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson on the roster.
  • Detroit Red Wings defensemanJonathan Ericsson will require surgery next week to repair his fractured right wrist and is expected to miss 12 weeks, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Friday.  The Red Wings placed Ericsson on long-term injured reserve.  Ericsson was injured when he was hit from behind into the boards by Nicklas Backstrom in the first period of a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday. After the game, coach Jeff Blashill estimated Ericsson would miss 6-8 weeks but warned that “I don’t have a total timetable.”
  • Washington Capitals forwardAndre Burakovsky will be out until at least mid-March with a right hand injury, coach Barry Trotz said Friday.  Burakovsky was injured blocking a shot from Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith in the first period of a 6-3 win Thursday. Burakovsky, who turned 22 Thursday, left Verizon Center with his right hand and wrist wrapped.  Trotz would not say if Burakovsky broke any bones in his hand but said the injury, which will keep him out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks, would not require surgery and he should return in time for the final push before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The Capitals have lost an NHL-low 19 games because of injury or illness this season. Burakovsky has 11 goals and 18 assists in 51 game and was playing well since returning to the lineup following three games as a healthy scratch from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17, getting nine goals and 10 assists in 25 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-andre-burakovsky-out-until-march-with-injury/c-286629280

 

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·         Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 12.  Pominville paced the NHL with six assists and eight points in four games to power the Western Conference-leading Wild (37-12-6, 80 points) to a 3-0-1 week.  Allen went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Blues (29-22-5, 63 points) to a perfect week and third place in the Central Division.  Arvidsson shared the League lead in goals (5) and ranked second in points (7) to guide the Predators (27-21-8, 62 points) to a split of their four games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/jason-pominville-jake-allen-viktor-arvidsson-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-286713352

·         Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26 will be retired by the Dallas Stars during the 2017-18 season to help celebrate their 25th anniversary.   The Stars on Saturday unveiled plans to celebrate their 25th year in Dallas, and the marquee event is being planned around the retired right wing’s number being raised to the rafters at American Airlines Center.  Lehtinen played 14 seasons in Dallas and was one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL for more than a decade. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League’s top defensive forward three times, had 514 points in 875 NHL games and won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.   Lehtinen will be the third player to have his number retired since the franchise moved from Minnesota to Dallas before the 1993-94 season.   Neal Broten played two seasons in Dallas and had his No. 7 retired in 1998. Mike Modano’s No. 9 was raised to the rafters at American Airlines Center in 2014. Bill Masterton, No. 19, and Bill Goldsworth, No. 8, each had his number retired before the franchise moved to Texas.   https://www.nhl.com/news/jere-lehtinen-number-to-be-retired-by-stars/c-286692028

·         Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at the age of 87.  Ilitch, a Detroit native, was the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers.  Ilitch, a Detroit native, was the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers.  “With the passing of Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend, and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Mike’s commitment to excellence and to winning were unparalleled, and his commitment to the community was unrivaled, as was his boundless support of youth hockey. He was a prolific philanthropist, and, above all, a devoted partner and husband to his wife of 62 years, Marian. At this moment of heartbreaking sorrow, we send deepest condolences to the entire Ilitch family and to all who were privileged to know him, play for him or work for him.”  Ilitch bought the Red Wings in 1982 and they won the Stanley Cup four times under his ownership (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame in 2016.  “Mike Ilitch and his family made every player that had the good fortune of playing for him feel like a new member of his family,” said former Red Wings player Brendan Shanahan, now president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “We saw the joyful tears in his eyes when [Steve Yzerman] first handed him the Cup in 1997. We watched him sit bedside with Vladimir Konstantinov after his tragic accident a week later. He was more than a team owner. It was personal. We were all his adopted ‘boys’ and he helped us all become men. His passing is extremely painful to all those who knew him and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marian, and the rest of his family. His legacy in hockey will live on. Thank you Mr. I. Rest in peace.”  The Red Wings have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs 25 consecutive seasons — tied for the third-longest streak in NHL history — and won 16 division championships and the Presidents’ Trophy six times.  Ilitch, who was born July 20, 1929, served in the U.S. Marines from 1948-52 and played minor league baseball in the Tigers organization from 1952-55 until a knee injury ended his career. He bought the Tigers in 1992.  Ilitch established the the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Program; the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, restaurants on wheels that have served more than 3 million people; and the Little Caesars Veterans Program, which provides support to help veterans open a franchise.  Ilitch is survived by his wife, Marian, seven children, 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  https://www.nhl.com/news/mike-ilitch-detroit-red-wings-dead/c-286642640

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Suspensions/Fines:

·         Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for high sticking against Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in a 6-3 loss Sunday.  Nyquist was offered an in-person hearing by the League but waived his right to one.  Nyquist received a double minor at 14:13 of the first period when he struck Spurgeon in the face with his stick blade. The forward has seven goals in 56 games, and his 29 points are tied for third on the Red Wings.  https://www.nhl.com/news/red-wings-gustav-nyquist-and-player-safety-to-have-phone-hearing/c-286704662 Suspended 6 games.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Nyquist will forfeit $158,333.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.  https://www.nhl.com/news/detroit-red-wings-gustav-nyquist-suspended/c-286800262

·         Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today (#2).  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.

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NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·         Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc released a statement Thursday in response to a published report that the Coyotes are looking at arenas in Portland and Seattle.  The report, published in the Glendale Star, came five days after Arizona State University pulled out of a potential arena deal with the Coyotes that would have given them a new home in Tempe.  “Recent reports by the Glendale Star that the Coyotes ownership group has explored arena options outside the Arizona market are completely false,” LeBlanc said. “The Star referenced an anonymous arena source and an anonymous Coyotes source, and these are a fabrication.  “The Coyotes are focused on creating one of the most taxpayer friendly facilities in the country here in the Valley. This new arena will pay for itself, create jobs and generate millions of dollars of revenue for the state, county and municipality where it’s built. We are fully committed to Arizona.”  After Arizona State’s withdrawal, LeBlanc said the Coyotes would “continue to explore other options that will ensure a successful future for our teams and our fans.”

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ SJ on 2/19, @ ANA on 2/22, @ LA on 2/23, @ Dal on 2/26

NYR:  @ NYI on 2/16, vs WSH on 2/19, vs MON on 2/21

CAR:  vs Col on 2/17, vs TOR on 2/19, vs Pit on 2/21

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Flyers @ Oilers on 2/16
  • Penguins @ Blue Jackets on 2/17
  • Panthers @ Ducks on 2/17
  • Oilers @ Blackhawks on 2/18
  • Senators @ Maple Leafs on 2/18
  • Predators @ Wild on 2/18
  • Panthers @ Kings on 2/18
  • Predators @ Blue Jackets on 2/19
  • Kings @ Ducks on 2/19
  • Flames @ Predators on 2/21
  • Blackhawks @ Wild on 2/21
  • Capitals @ Flyers on 2/22

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  swept by Notre Dame at home, 3-2, 4-2  now 10-17-3, 4-13-1 in HE

@ Merrimack this weekend for 2

Upsets:

Friday:

·         8:05 ET(5) Minnesota4@(12) Ohio State5
7:00 ET(18) St. Lawrence1@Princeton3
6:00 ETMerrimack6@(7) Boston College3
7:15 ET(3) Boston University2@(9) Massachusetts-Lowell3
7:00 ETNew Hampshire4@(15) Vermont2

Sat:

·         7:07 CT(8) Western Michigan3@Omaha6

Beanpot (65th) Finished Monday:

4:30 ETNortheastern4vs.(11) Boston College2
7:30 ET(3) Harvard6vs.(4) Boston University3

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri:

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-21/

Sat:

 

Rankings:

February 13, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (44) 18- 5-5 993 1
2 Denver ( 6) 20- 6-4 955 2
3 Harvard 17- 5-2 885 4
4 Boston University 19- 8-2 850 3
5 Minnesota 18- 8-2 773 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 19- 9-3 698 9
7 Union 20- 8-2 665 6
8 Western Michigan 16- 8-4 615 8
9 Penn State 18- 6-2 614 10
10 Providence 18- 8-4 566 11
11 Boston College 18-11-2 496 7
12 Cornell 16- 6-3 472 12
13 North Dakota 15-11-3 395 14
14 Ohio State 14- 8-6 369 12
15 Notre Dame 17- 9-4 310 16
16 Vermont 17-10-3 252 15
17 St. Lawrence 15- 9-6 127 18
18 St. Cloud State 15-14-1 125 NR
19 Air Force 19- 8-5 111 20
20 Wisconsin 15-10-1 88 17
Others receiving votes: Omaha 51, Quinnipiac 40, Bemidji State 36, Michigan Tech 7, Clarkson 4, Canisius 3.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4Yne7uBq0

Pairwise:

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

 

 

KHL Minute:

·         Wayne:

·         Steve:

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  The Vegas Golden Knights have their highest profile fan: Bryce Harper.  The Washington Nationals superstar and Las Vegas native went public to voice his excitement for the hometown NHL team that will begin play in October 2017.   “When we were able to get the Golden Knights into Vegas, my first thought was ‘I can’t wait,'” Harper told the Golden Knights website at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. “To be able to support a team from the Las Vegas area, what better place to have a hockey team?”  Harper also became the latest fan of the Golden Knights logo and color scheme.   “[The team logo] is mean-looking,” Harper said. “That’s something that goes along with the working class of Vegas. We’re a blue-collar city that works for what we have.”  Harper, a four-time National League All-Star, 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player, has delighted fans in Washington and rooted for the Washington Capitals in the past. But Harper couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pledge his allegiance to the Golden Knights, even though that didn’t endear him with fans in Washington.  “To be able to have a major-league team in town, I think everybody is super excited,” Harper said. “Everybody I’ve talked to is excited to start rooting for a team, to be able to go to a professional game and watch professional athletes play.”

·         Steve: Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves to earn his 400th NHL victory and help the New York Rangers extend their winning streak to five games, including a sweep of their four-game homestand.  * Lundqvist (Are, Sweden) became the first European-born goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games. He sits alone in 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list, one back of Chris Osgood (401) for 11th place.  * Elias notes that Lundqvist, who has played each of his 727 NHL games with the Rangers, required the fewest appearances to win 400 games to best the mark previously held by Martin Brodeur (735 GP). Lundqvist also became the third goaltender to earn 400 wins with one team, joining Brodeur (688 w/ NJD) and Tony Esposito (418 w/ CHI).

 

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 26 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the changing of the coaching guard in Boston.  We have a couple arena issues brewing around the league, and for a change, it doesn’t involve the Carolina Hurricanes.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 26 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  5-3 L @ Was on 2/1, 6-5 L vs Tor on 2/4

NYR:  2-1 OTW @ Buf on 2/2, 4-3 W vs CGY on 2/5, 4-1 W vs ANA on 2/7

CAR:  2-1 W vs EDM on 2/3, 5-4 OTW @ NYI on 2/4, 5-0 L @ WAS on 2/7

 

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

 

  • Flames 5, Wild 1 on 2/1
  • Flyers 3, Canadiens 1 on 2/2
  • Predators 2, Oilers 0 on 2/2
  • Blues 5, Maple Leafs 1 on 2/2
  • Panthers 2, Ducks 1 on 2/3
  • Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT) on 2/3
  • Capitals 3, Canadiens 2 on 2/4 (HS Buddy at game)
  • Kings 1, Flyers 0 (OT) on 2/4
  • Sabres 4, Senators 0 on 2/4
  • Devils 5, Blue Jackets 1 on 2/4
  • Penguins 4, Blues 1 on 2/4
  • Oilers 1, Canadiens 0 (SO) on 2/5
  • Capitals 5, Kings 0 on 2/5
  • Islanders 6, Maple Leafs 5 (OT) on 2/6
  • Avalanche 4, Canadiens 0 on 2/7
  • Sabres 5, Sharks 4 OT on 2/7 (3 g in under 4 min)
  • Blues 6, Senators 0 on 2/7
  • Flames 3, Penguins 2 (SO) on 2/7

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • Claude Julien was fired as coach of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday and replaced by assistant Bruce Cassidy. Julien, 56, was in his 10th season with the Bruins and was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and reached the Cup Final in 2013. The Bruins made the playoffs in each of Julien’s first seven seasons, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2008-09, and they won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2013-14.  Julien was 419-246-94 with the Bruins and is Boston’s all-time leader in wins. But the Bruins missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past two seasons and entered Tuesday 26-23-6, tied for third place in the Atlantic Division with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto has four games in hand; Boston has played the most games of any team in the Eastern Conference.  The Bruins lost their past two games, including a 6-5 home loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday when they trailed 4-1, rallied to tie, but gave up the winning goal with 1:36 remaining in the third period.  “I wasn’t ready to commit on a longer-term basis with Claude,” general manager Don Sweeney said after practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “I felt that there was a level of frustration on a wins-and-loss [basis], what he would be subjected to on a nightly basis, and [I] felt that we would be in a better position going forward to allow our players to be assessed on an individual level, and for me as a general manager to be assessed on a personnel level, to make the decisions going forward as to who’s part of our group.”  Sweeney said he has a list of candidates for a full-time replacement and Cassidy will be among that group. Prior to joining Julien’s staff this season, Cassidy spent eight seasons with Providence of the American Hockey League, the past five as coach. Many Bruins played for Cassidy in Providence, including forwards Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano, and defenseman Colin Miller.  Sweeney said he expects Cassidy, who coached the Washington Capitals for 110 games from 2002-03, to increase the tempo at practice and make other changes that will help Boston in its final 27 games.  The Bruins have been inconsistent. Before losing their past two games they had a three-game winning streak, which included a 4-3 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 26. After a strong start, the Bruins dropped to 13th in goals allowed per game (2.67), although their offense is up to 22nd in goals per game (2.56). Boston’s power play has risen to 15th (19.2 percent); the penalty kill ranks second (86.0 percent). The Bruins have integrated nine players who made their NHL debut this season.   https://www.nhl.com/news/claude-julien-fired-by-boston-bruins/c-286509024
  • Bruce Cassidy was named coach of the Boston Bruinsafter Claude Julien was fired Tuesday. His first game will be against the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNW, TVA Sports, NESN, CSN-CA, NHL.TV).  Cassidy, 51, coached the Washington Capitals (2002-03) and was in his first season as an assistant under Julien after spending five seasons as coach of Providence, the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate.  Cassidy led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his only full season as coach in 2002-03, when Washington finished 39-29-8-6 and lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in six games. Cassidy was fired by the Capitals on Dec. 10, 2003, 28 games into the season, after an 8-18-1-1 start. He was replaced by Glen Hanlon.  Cassidy coached Providence for five seasons, from 2011-16. He went 207-128-45 and had a winning record and qualified for the AHL playoffs in each of those five seasons. Cassidy has coached several players with NHL experience during his time in Providence, including Boston forwards Brian Ferlin, Ryan SpoonerDavid Pastrnak and Frank Vatrano, defensemen Krug, Colin MillerJoe Morrow and Kevan Miller, and goaltender Malcolm Subban.
  • Forward Martin Havlat announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. Nicknamed “Mach 9” in recognition of his skating skills and jersey number, Havlat had 594 points (242 goals, 352 assists) in 790 games during 14 seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues. He also scored 21 goals and 52 points, including three overtime goals, in 75 Stanley Cup Playoff games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/martin-havlat-announced-retirement-from-nhl/c-286556344
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

 

Injuries

  • Philadelphia Flyers rookie forwardTravis Konecny will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.  Konecny, 19, missed the third period of a 2-0 home loss to the St. Louis Blues on Monday.  He has seven goals, 22 points and 105 shots on goal in 51 games. Konecny was selected in the first round (No. 24) of the 2015 NHL Draft.  https://www.nhl.com/news/philadelphia-flyers-travis-konecny-has-lower-body-injury/c-286517992
  • Winnipeg Jets defensemanTyler Myers will be out another 6-8 weeks after having surgery for a lower-body injury.  Myers, who had surgery Monday, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice, has missed 39 games.  “The expectation is that by the time he hits the six weeks, if it’s the normal rehab, that we don’t have to take another two weeks after that and condition him back into shape,” Maurice said. “Part of his rehab means is that if he gets to that window and all goes well then he’ll be back in the lineup at that time.”  Myers has two goals and five points in 11 games this season, and has 59 goals and 198 points in 473 NHL games. The Jets acquired Myers, forward Drew Stafford, two prospects and a first-round pick in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian on Feb. 11, 2015.  He hasn’t played since Nov. 11.  https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-jets-defenseman-tyler-myers-out-6-8-weeks/c-286514214
  • Louis Blues forwardRobby Fabbri will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season because of an ACL injury in his left knee.  Fabbri, 21, will be back on the ice when training camp begins in September. He was injured following a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Carter Rowney with 11:18 remaining in the first period of a 4-1 loss at Scottrade Center on Saturday. Fabbri was helped to the locker room and did not return.  Fabbri has 11 goals and 29 points in 51 games this season, his second in the NHL. He scored 18 goals and 37 points last season, and four goals and 15 points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Blues reach the Western Conference Final, where they lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games. Forwards Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi were recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Sunday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/robby-fabbri-out-for-season-with-acl-injury/c-286471120
  • Dallas Stars forwardJason Spezza will be out at least a week and maybe longer with an upper-body injury.  Spezza was injured in the third period of a 4-3 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday when he was hit by Jets forward Adam Lowry.  “Right now we really don’t have a time frame on it,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Friday, “but it’s more than days.”  “It’s an upper-body injury that doesn’t have anything to do with anything old. It’s not a concussion. It’s going to take a week or two, maybe longer.”  Spezza, 33, has 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 45 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/dallas-stars-jason-spezza-out-at-least-one-week/c-286405674

 

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Carolina Hurricanes right wingSebastian Aho, Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlundand Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 5.  Aho tied for the League lead with four goals (4-1-5) including two game-winning tallies as the Hurricanes (24-20-7, 55 points) won all three of their games.  Granlund finished the week tied for first in points with 3-3-6 as the Western Conference-leading Wild (34-12-5, 73 points) won two of three contests.  Budaj went 3-1-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts as the Kings, who hold the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, improved to 27-22-4 (58 points).  https://www.nhl.com/news/sebastian-aho-mikael-granlund-peter-budaj-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-286482672
  • Six numbers have been retired to the rafters of Scottrade Center by the St. Louis Blues. On Thursday, they will be joined by a seventh. Prior to hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs (9 p.m. ET; FS-MW, TSN4, NHL.TV), the Blues will retire the No. 5 of defenseman Bob Plager, who joined St. Louis for its expansion season in 1967-68 after a trade with the New York Rangers. The Blues acquired Plager, Tim Ecclestone, Gord Kannegiesser and Gary Sabourin for defenseman Rod Seiling, who had been selected by the Blues in the expansion draft but was traded back to New York.  Plager, who spent 11 seasons with the Blues, finished his 14-year NHL career with 146 points (20 goals, 126 assists) and 802 penalty minutes in 644 games, 615 with St. Louis. He also had 19 points (two goals, 17 points) and 195 penalty minutes in 74 Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Blues.  His No. 5 will join Al MacInnis’ No. 2, Bob Gassoff’s No. 3, Barclay Plager’s No. 8, Brian Sutter’s No. 11, Brett Hull’s No. 16 and Bernie Federko’s No. 24. Plager, 73, will slide between Gassoff and older brother Barclay, who died of a brain hemorrhage in 1988 at age 46.  If there’s an ultimate member of the Blues, Plager is it. Since retiring as a player in 1978, he has handled a variety of roles in the organization, serving as an ambassador, team spokesman, broadcaster and scout. He also coached the Blues briefly in 1992-93, going 4-6-1 in 11 games.  All Plager did was help the Blues advance to the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three seasons in the NHL. They haven’t returned to the Final since then.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bob-plager-will-have-no-5-jersey-retired-by-st-louis-blues/c-286364544
  • Alain Vigneault got his 600th NHL career win andHenrik Lundqvist made 43 saves in the New York Rangers’ 4-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.  Michael Grabner scored twice, including his 25th goal of the season, and Oscar Lindberg and Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York (34-18-1).  https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-new-york-rangers-game-recap/c-286536368
  • Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was named to the 2017 Order of Hockey in Canada on Wednesday. Also named were Fran Rider, president and CEO of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, and former International Ice Hockey Federation vice president and Hockey Hall of Famer Murray Costello. All three will be honored as part of the 2017 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf on June 19-20 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “This year’s class has worked endlessly in their numerous roles as coaches, directors, executives, and committee members to the benefit of others in the game,” said Tom Renney, Hockey Canada’s president and chief executive officer. “To be selected as a Distinguished Honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada is one of the most prestigious accomplishments one can receive in hockey in Canada, and on behalf of my colleagues at Hockey Canada, the Order of Hockey in Canada selection committee, as well as our board members, I would like to congratulate Fran, Scotty, and Murray on their well-deserved recognition.”  Bowman has his name on the Stanley Cup 14 times with four teams (Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks). He is the NHL’s all-time winningest coach (1,244 victories). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1991 and is the only coach to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year twice (1977, 1996), and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and serves as a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks; his son Stan is their general manager.  https://www.nhl.com/news/order-of-hockey-in-canada-honors-scotty-bowman/c-286558050

 

Suspensions/Fines:

None this week

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Clint Malarchuk: https://www.nhl.com/news/clint-malarchuk-spends-time-with-usa-warriors/c-286444608
  • The Arizona Coyotes are committed to staying in the area for the long term despite Arizona State University pulling out of a potential arena deal, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said Friday. “While a new Coyotes arena built with ASU would have been a big winner for our fans, taxpayers, the university and our team, the Coyotes had and continue to have a number of options for a new arena. Unfortunately, it appears the ASU deal will not be moving forward,” LeBlanc said. “Nevertheless, the Coyotes are committed to the Valley for the long term, and we will continue to explore other options that will ensure a successful future for the team and our fans. We’re a determined bunch, on the ice and off the ice. We intend to do everything we can to keep NHL hockey here in Arizona.”  In November, the Coyotes announced they were in plans with Catellus Development Corp., the master developer for the Arizona State University Athletic Facilities District, to work toward building a 16,000-seat arena with an attached 4,000-seat multisport facility in Tempe, Arizona.  The agreement between the Coyotes and the developer gave them until June 30 to create a budget, design and operational plan for the development.  But on Friday, Arizona State said in an email to The Arizona Republic that the school “has no intention of proceeding to sign a development agreement or an option to lease or any other agreement with the Coyotes.”  The Coyotes have played in Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, since December 2003. Prior to that, they played at America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in Phoenix after moving to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.  According to The Arizona Republic, the Coyotes’ lease allows them to continue playing at Gila River Arena through the 2017-18 NHL season.  Earlier this week, legislation was introduced by state Sen. Bob Worsley that would have created a 28-acre community engagement district with ice rinks for the Coyotes and ASU’s hockey teams, within the confines of ASU’s Athletic Facilities District. But according to the newspaper, opposition to the plan was growing in the state legislature and a news conference is scheduled Monday with leaders who oppose the plan.  After the Arizona State announcement, Worsley said he will continue with his bill but will amend it so it’s not tied to the Tempe area.  “There will be something to help the Coyotes,” Worsley said. “And it will be a little more location-agnostic.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/arizona-coyotes-exploring-arena-options/c-286438644
  • Discussions about the participation of NHL players in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics continued Friday with the inclusion of Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. Bach joined NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr, and IIHF president Rene Fasel for an hour-long meeting at the NHL offices here.  No negotiations about Olympic participation took place during the meeting, according to several participants.  “We were honored by [Bach’s] presence, that he took the time to come and visit with us, but as the president said, this was a courtesy call,” Commissioner Bettman said. “We had a good, open discussion. But I think if anybody was speculating that decisions were going to be made today, that was premature and that was not the purpose of the meeting.”  “This was a courtesy meeting and it was a very good one and I can tell you that the atmosphere inside the meeting room was much warmer than the weather outside here,” Bach said standing on the sidewalk on a 34-degree afternoon. “We had a really fruitful and good meeting.  No deadline has been set for a decision to be made.  “We would like to have [a decision] as soon as possible so that we can make all the preparations to accommodate the NHL and the players in the most appropriate way,” Bach said. “But again, this was not a round of negotiations. The last thing you would do in a courtesy call is speak about deadlines.”  Last week at the NHL All-Star Game, Deputy Commissioner Daly said the League could decide not to participate in the 2018 Games in South Korea.  “If the status quo remains, I don’t expect us to be in the Olympics,” he said in Los Angeles.  On Friday, Commissioner Bettman said the impact the 2018 Olympics will have on the 2017-18 NHL schedule remains the primary stumbling block.  “I think people are focused on the Olympics and whether or not we like the Olympics,” Commissioner Bettman said. “The focus from the club standpoint is, what does the disruption to our season mean and how do we deal with it and how problematic has it become? https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-olympics-talks-progress-but-no-decision-made/c-286411762
  • The passion Dallas Stars rookie forwardDevin Shore brings to the ice is infectious, even to 35-year-old right wing Patrick Sharp.  “I find myself hanging around him all the time because the attitude he brings is contagious,” Sharp said. “Even at his age (22) and this being his first full year in the League, I look at him and see a leader.”  “If you don’t have a belief that we will make the playoffs, you’re in trouble,” Shore said. “We have a lineup that can definitely do some damage when on our game. There’s a lot of hockey left to be played. We just have to make sure we’re consistently giving ourselves the best chance to win, collect points.”  Shore was kept off the scoresheet in a 4-3 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, but has one goal and two assists in the past three games. He has eight points (two goals, six assists) in the past 12 games and is tied for ninth among NHL rookies with 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 52 games.  Shore is no stranger to a leadership role and producing for his team in big moments. He served as captain during his final season at the University of Maine in 2014-15, and was the captain for Dallas at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.  https://www.nhl.com/news/rookie-devin-shore-helping-dallas-stars-in-playoff-push/c-286403140
  • The new tighter, rounder, form-fitting goalie pants are here. By Saturday, every NHL goalie will have to wear the new pants, the latest step in streamlining equipment worn by goaltenders. Opinions on the new pants are as varied as the sizes and shapes of the League’s 60-plus goaltenders.  Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby doesn’t care that he is being forced to change his pants midseason. He was involved in the discussions about streamlining goalie equipment and knew changes were coming.  San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has been wearing the new pants in games for several weeks. He says his peers shouldn’t find too much of a difference with the new pants.  The new pants are the latest alteration in a suite of rules designed to streamline equipment used by goaltenders, approved by the Board of Governors in June.  Jones, Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, Peter Budaj of the Los Angeles Kings, Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are among the many who have been wearing them in games. Many others, like Holtby, have been trying to break them in in practice.  “I think to have an equipment change midseason, it’s crazy, especially in the goaltending position,” Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith  “It’s nuts that it can’t wait until the beginning of next season.”  Whitmore said the League originally intended to implement the change prior to the start of the season, but there were safety concerns with the new pants that had to be addressed with the manufacturing companies, causing a delay. Nearly a quarter of the League’s goalies already are wearing the new pants.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-goalie-pants-rule-begins-saturday/c-286402244
  • Slap shot airs on nhl network on 2/8 @ 8:30
  • Goalies around the world must be shuddering at the thought: Merriam-Webster has made five-hole an official word in the dictionary. The hockey term was added to the dictionary along with more than 1,000 other words on Tuesday.  The noun, officially defined by Merriam-Webster as “the space between the legs of a goaltender,” has been commonly used by hockey players, fans, broadcasters and everyone else involved with the game for a long time. The first four holes, of course, are high and low on a goalie’s stick side and high and low on the goalie’s glove side.  It will now live forever in the dictionary with other hockey phrases like deke, dangle and hat trick.  Binge-watch, photobomb, humblebrag and the political term FLOTUS (first lady of the United States) were also among the words added.
  • Headlines around league from other sites: https://feedly.com/i/saved
  • Champions Hockey League crowns first Champion of the 16-17 season: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016%E2%80%9317_Champions_Hockey_League   http://sports.yahoo.com/news/watch-frolundas-wild-champions-hockey-league-victory-celebration-video-001227633.html

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs SJ on 2/9, vs VAN on 2/11, vs MON on 2/12

NYR:  vs NSH on 2/9, vs COL on 2/11, @ CBJ on 2/13

CAR:  1 game between 2/8 and 2/16 inclusive, @ DAL on 2/11

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Islanders @ Flyers on 2/9
  • Blues @ Maple Leafs on 2/9
  • Blues @ Canadiens on 2/11
  • Blackhawks @ Oilers on 2/11
  • Islanders @ Senators on 2/11
  • Sharks @ Flyers on 2/11
  • Ducks @ Capitals on 2/11
  • Islanders @ Maple Leafs on 2/14
  • Ducks @ Wild on 2/14

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  swept @ #15 Providence 3-2, 5-3

#16 Notre Dame @ Maine for 2 this weekend for the final time as conference opponent

Upsets:

Friday:

8:05 ET(11) Ohio State4@Michigan5
7:00 CT(6) Penn State1@(7) Minnesota5
8:30 ET(16) Cornell5@(4) Union3
7:37 CTSt. Cloud State3@(13) North Dakota1
7:07 CT(20) Michigan Tech2@Bemidji State4
Saturday:

7:00 CT(6) Penn State2@(7) Minnesota5
7:00 ET(14) St. Lawrence1@Clarkson3
6:30 ET(12) Vermont1@(17) Notre Dame4
7:07 CT(20) Michigan Tech0@Bemidji State3
7:05 ETArizona State2@(9) Western Michigan2

 

Beanpot (65th) Started Monday:

8:00 ET(3) Boston University3vs.(7) Boston College1
5:00 ETNortheastern3vs.(4) Harvard4
Championship is next Monday
BU: 30, BC: 20, Har: 10, NE: 4

 

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

8:05 ET(5) Minnesota@(12) Ohio State
7:07 CT(10) Penn State@(17) Wisconsin
7:00 ET               (6) Union                            @            (4) Harvard

7:15 ET(3) Boston University@(9) Massachusetts-Lowell
Sat:

8:05 ET(5) Minnesota@(12) Ohio State
7:07 CT(10) Penn State@(17) Wisconsin

Rankings:

February 06, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (46) 18- 5-5 996 1
2 Denver ( 4) 18- 6-4 950 2
3 Boston University 18- 7-2 879 3
4 Harvard 15- 5-2 814 5
5 Minnesota 17- 7-2 796 7
6 Union 19- 7-2 723 4
7 Boston College 18- 9-2 721 8
8 Western Michigan 15- 7-4 618 9
9 Massachusetts-Lowell 17- 9-3 610 10
10 Penn State 16- 6-2 533 6
11 Providence 16- 8-4 435 15
12 Cornell 14- 6-2 380 16
12 Ohio State 13- 7-6 380 11
14 North Dakota 15-11-3 368 13
15 Vermont 16- 9-3 316 12
16 Notre Dame 15- 9-4 259 17
17 Wisconsin 15- 8-1 232 18
18 St. Lawrence 15- 8-6 221 14
19 Quinnipiac 16-11-2 84 19
20 Air Force 18- 8-4 60 NR
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 46, St. Cloud State 45, Omaha 18, Michigan Tech 12, Yale 3, Robert Morris 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4Y4AZiUo1

 

Pairwise:

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

 

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  http://thehockeywriters.com/former-edmonton-oilers-thriving-in-khl/

 

 

Steve:

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  Greg Devorski details life as NHL linesman:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-linesman-greg-devorski-talks-life-of-a-referee/c-286431142

Steve: The Calgary Flames’ practice Saturday was nothing like a routine off-day skate.  The Flames practiced at Lasker Rink in Central Park, with players and coaches getting dressed at the team hotel before shuttling to the rink in full equipment.  “It was a different experience, for sure,” goalie Chad Johnson said. “I had my pads on and everything sitting on the bus so I didn’t do much moving. When I got up my legs were jelly but it was fun. To be able to do it at this level, in Central Park and see all these Flames fans and sort or do it for them as well, it’s pretty special. It recharges the batteries.”  Hundreds of fans, many in Flames jerseys, lined the outside of the rink on a perfect winter Saturday.  “I thought the atmosphere was great,” coach Glen Gulutzan said. “Obviously the rink isn’t regulation size but we did get some 3-on-3 and a little skate in at the end and I think that’s good.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-practiced-at-lasker-rink-in-central-park/c-286434892

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 2/15 6:30 PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 25 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the historic events during All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a very light week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 25 Show Notes

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

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

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Opening Remarks

 

Scores

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  4-3 W @ TBL on 1/31

NYR:  6-4 L vs CLB on 1/31

CAR:  5-1 W vs PHI on 1/31

 

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

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • Ken Hitchcock was fired as coach of the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and replaced by associate coach Mike Yeo. “Obviously it’s a difficult day for myself,” general manager Doug Armstrong said. “I made a … hard decision to change coaches. Mike will take over. I’m excited about that. It’s a great day for Mike, a rebirth now for this group of players. … We’re excited.” Goaltending coach Jim Corsi also was fired. Assistant general manager Martin Brodeur and goalie development coach Ty Conklin would fill that role for the remainder of the season. Hitchcock was 248-124-41 in six seasons with the Blues, and 20-27 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues finished first or second in the Central Division in each of Hitchcock’s four full seasons. They lost 5-3 to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and are fourth in the division with 53 points (24-21-5) this season. https://www.nhl.com/news/ken-hitchcock-lost-coaching-job-due-to-st-louis-mistakes/c-286344352
  • The New York Islanders agreed to terms with goaltenderThomas Greiss on a three-year contract Monday. The contract is worth $10 million, Newsday reported.   Greiss, who turned 31 on Sunday, is 14-7-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 25 games this season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.  Greiss signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Islanders on July 1, 2015. He is 73-48-18 with a 2.41 GAA, a .919 save percentage and six shutouts in 155 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Islanders.  https://www.nhl.com/news/thomas-greiss-signs-contract-with-islanders/c-286271710
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

 

Injuries

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of January.   Kuznetsov ranked second in the NHL with 7-13-20 in 15 games to power the League-leading Capitals (33-11-6, 72 points) to a 12-2-1 January. Marchand led the NHL with 11-9-20 in 14 games (and 2 slew foots) to guide the Bruins (26-21-6, 58 points) to a 6-6-2 January. Burns (Chewbacca) paced NHL defensemen with six goals, 12 assists and 18 points in 14 games to lift the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (32-17-2, 66 points) to a 9-4-1 January. https://www.nhl.com/news/evgeny-kuznetsov-named-nhl-player-of-month/c-286338302
  • Toronto Maple Leafs centerMitchell Marner, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 15 points in 13 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January. Marner edged Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (8-2-10 in 13 GP), Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (4-6-10 in 14 GP) and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (4-6-10 in 6 GP) for the honor. https://www.nhl.com/news/mitchell-marner-named-nhl-top-rookie-for-january-2017/c-286333170
  • Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds, San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 29. Simmonds earned MVP honors at Sunday’s 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game and also registered two goals in two contests earlier in the week with the Flyers (25-19-6, 56 points).  Marleau led the NHL with five goals and six points in three games to power the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (31-17-2, 64 points) to a pair of wins.  Andersen earned two shutouts in as many appearances, stopping all 48 shots he faced, to propel the Maple Leafs (23-15-9, 55 points) to two victories in three contests.

Suspensions/Fines:

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) for live streaming rights to New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres games. In the coming weeks, MSG Networks’ unmatched lineup of exclusive local live NHL hockey games will be made available to customers of participating operators on MSG GO — MSG Networks’ live streaming and on demand product. “As the outlet for more live local NHL games than any other RSN in the country, we are pleased to partner with the NHL and our teams to provide hockey fans with additional ways to view our games,” said Andrea Greenberg, president and chief executive officer, MSG Networks. “With the addition of the NHL, MSG GO will certainly be a premiere mobile destination for hockey fans in the region.” “With this agreement, MSG Networks once again demonstrates what it means to be an excellent partner for our clubs,” said David Proper, executive vice president, media and international strategy, NHL. “Together we share a vision for serving our fans, who are extremely passionate about their teams. This agreement for live streaming on MSG GO is all about fulfilling demand and providing our fans with the type of access they want in the way that is most convenient to them.” In addition to MSG Networks’ live, professional game coverage, MSG GO includes pre- and postgame shows, as well as episodes of MSG Networks’ award-winning programming. With MSG GO, fans are able to access upcoming schedules, and set reminders on their personal devices for games on MSG Networks.  MSG GO is currently available at no charge to subscribers of participating television providers who receive MSG Networks as part of their pay television subscription. Subscribers with a supported smartphone or tablet can download the free MSG GO app by visiting the App Store or the Google Play store. On computers, customers may visit MSGGo.com.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-madison-square-garden-reach-digital-rights-deal/c-286332994
  • Nolan Patrick, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, had two assists to help Team Don Cherry to a 7-5 win against Team Bobby Orr in the 22nd CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Videotron Centre on Monday. Patrick, who plays for Brandon of the Western Hockey League, has eight goals and nine assists in 11 games this season.  Halifax center Nico Hischier, who is ranked No. 2, had a goal, two assists and finished 8-for-14 on faceoffs for Team Orr. Hischier was named MVP for his team.  Patrick won 12 of 16 faceoffs. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph), Antoine Marand (Acadie-Bathurst), MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton), Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville), Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor), Owen Tippett (Mississauga) and Jake Leschyshyn (Regina) scored, and defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Portland) had three assists for Team Cherry.  https://www.nhl.com/news/top-prospects-game-recap/c-286276428
  • You’ve heard ofthe emergency backup goalie. Courtney Daniels was the emergency backup singer.  The Los Angeles Kings ice crew member made the save of the day.  Pop group Fifth Harmony was supposed to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, but a group member fell ill so they canceled.  With roughly 10 minutes notice, Daniels was told she would go on.  No rehearsal. No warmup.  In front of a packed house at the Staples Center, Daniels absolutely crushed.  “I felt so honored and was so excited and I really wanted to help any way that I could,” Daniels told the Los Angeles Kings website. “I kinda looked around at everyone. I wanted to take in every moment. I was happy the fans cheered with support.”  Daniels also got to present the $1 million check to the Metropolitan Division team and the MVP award to Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.  “It was such an incredible weekend to just be in the arena this weekend let alone be a part of it in such an amazing way. So, so honored. And to give away the MVP away was just unforgettable,” Daniels said.  https://www.nhl.com/news/courtney-daniels-gets-late-call-for-anthem/c-286254016
  • Bettman Conference: https://www.nhl.com/news/gary-bettman-on-las-vegas-all-star-game/c-286215228
  • Top 100: https://www.nhl.com/news/100-greatest-nhl-players-of-all-time/c-286030052 by the numbers:  https://www.nhl.com/news/100-greatest-nhl-players-statistics/c-286194940

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

(SKIP) Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:

NYR:

CAR:

Highlights of upcoming week

NCAA Minute:

Maine:

Upsets:

 

Friday, 1/20 (lots of ties)
Sat, 1/21
Tue, 1/24

 

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

 

Sat

Rankings:

 

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Mozyakin record, KHL Standings

 

Steve:

 

http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/01/11/335502.html

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  The National Hockey League (NHL®) will launch its weekly Twitter game of the week tonight, with out-of-market live streaming of the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins game at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out Twitter users on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected devices in the United States via nhl.twitter.com.  While the NHL celebrates its 100-year history, it is continuously embracing innovative digital engagement tools to keep hockey fans connected to the game on and off the ice, including streaming live hockey games for fans on Twitter.   Tonight’s game is the first of weekly, live streams of out-of-market NHL games Twitter will make available free as part of its partnership with MLBAM. Each game will be geo-restricted for U.S. Twitter users only for out-of-market NHL games. Each broadcast will be a simulcast of the home team’s television broadcast.   Click link for full schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-debuts-game-of-the-week-on-twitter/c-286292584

 

 

Steve: Coach Alain Vigneault signed a contract extension with the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 2/8 6:30 PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 24 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the state of all teams as we head into the All Star Break.  The trade market is beginning to heat up, as we have had 2 trades this week.   We have a new member of the 1000 point club and we will look at all the other news around the hockey world over the past week. We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 24 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, and the National Hockey League.

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Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  6-5 SOL @ Det on 1/18, 1-0 L vs Chi on 1/20, 5-1 L @ Pit on 1/22, 4-3 OTW vs Det on 1/24, 4-3 W vs PIT on 1/26

NYR:  5-2 W @ Tor on 1/19, 1-0 OTW @ Det on 1/22, 3-2 W vs LA on 1/23, 2-0 L vs PHI on 1/25

CAR:  7-1 L vs Pit on 1/20, 3-2 L vs CLB on 1/21, 6-1 L @ Was on 1/23, 3-0 L vs LA on 1/26

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

  • Senators 2 @ Blue Jackets 0 on 1/19
  • Capitals 7 @ Blues 3 on 1/19
  • Oilers 7 @ Flames 3 on 1/21
  • Senators 3 @ Maple Leafs 2 on 1/21 (HNIC)
  • Ducks 3 @ Wild 5 on 1/21
  • Blue Jackets 7 @ Senators 6 on 1/22
  • Blues 3 @ Penguins 0 on 1/24
  • Capitals 0 @ Senators 3 on 1/24
  • Oilers 4, @ Ducks 0 on 1/25
  • Oilers 4, @ Sharks 1 on 1/26
  • Wild 5, vs Blues 1 on 1/26

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Transactions

  • ForwardTommy Wingels was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday for forwards Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini, and a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Wingels, 28, has five goals, three assists and 15 penalty minutes in 37 games. Chosen by the Sharks in the sixth round (No. 177) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Wingels has 51 goals, 122 points and 197 penalty minutes in 337 NHL games, all with the Sharks.  Wingels has a NHL salary-cap charge of $2.45 million in the final season of a three-year contract, according to Capfriendly.com. He can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Senators said he will join them in Ottawa on Wednesday.  Wilson said Robinson and Stortini will join the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.  Robinson (6-foot-6, 232 pounds), 25, has no points, two penalty minutes and four shots on goal in four games with Ottawa this season, and seven goals and five assists in 33 games with Binghamton in the AHL affiliate. He made his NHL debut with Ottawa last season and had a goal and an assist in three games.  Stortini (6-2, 219), 31, has two goals and one assist in 22 games with Binghamton. He has 257 games of NHL experience, most recently with the Nashville Predators in 2011-12.  https://www.nhl.com/news/tommy-wingels-traded-by-san-jose-to-ottawa/c-286064398
  • ForwardZack Smith signed a four-year, $13 million contract with the Ottawa Senators on Monday. It has an average annual value of $3.25 million and runs through the 2020-21 season.  Smith, 28, is in the final year of a four-year, $7.55 million contract, according to CapFriendly.  Smith, who was selected by the Senators in the third round (No. 79) of the 2008 NHL Draft, has 11 goals and 11 assists in 43 games this season. He set NHL career highs in goals (25), points (36) and shooting percentage (20.7) in 81 games last season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/senators-sign-zack-smith-to-four-year-contract/c-286033184
  • The Montreal Canadiens acquired defensemanNikita Nesterov in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.  The Lightning receive defenseman prospect Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Nesterov, 23, has three goals and nine assists in 35 games this season, and eight goals and 20 assists in 119 NHL games, all with the Lightning, who selected him with the No. 148 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.  Racine, 23, was selected by the Florida Panthers with the No. 87 pick in the 2011 draft. He played one game for the Panthers during the 2013-14 season before being traded to Montreal on Oct. 8, 2016. He has three assists and 58 penalty minutes in 26 games for St. John’s of the American Hockey League this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/tampa-bay-lightning-trade-nikita-nesterov-to-montreal-canadiens/c-286147854
  • Owner Eugene Melnyk appointed Tom Anselmi, the former chief operating officer and president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, as president and CEO of the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, replacing Cyril Leeder. Melnyk said Anslemi, who led the development of Air Canada Centre in Toronto, is the man to spearhead the development of a new arena in downtown Ottawa as part of the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats.  Melnyk was granted “preferred proponent” status by the National Capital Commission, which oversees the 53-acre LeBreton Flats area just west of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, in November. Melnyk said that’s when he started thinking he needed an executive like Anselmi to oversee the development.  Melnyk recognized Leeder’s role in bringing the NHL back to Ottawa and thanked him for 25 years of service. Leeder, Senators founder and former owner Bruce Firestone, and Randy Sexton led the effort to bring back the Senators and win an expansion franchise in 1990.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ottawa-senators-name-tom-anselmi-president-ceo/c-286098614
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Injuries

  • Los Angeles Kings goaltenderJonathan Quick likely won’t start playing again until early March at the earliest, general manager Dean Lombardi told LAKingsInsider.com on Tuesday.  Quick hasn’t played since injuring his groin in the first period of the season opener against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12. Lombardi said Quick has yet to resume skating.  https://www.nhl.com/news/kings-goalie-jonathan-quick-reportedly-out-until-march/c-286063432
  • The Detroit Red Wings will be without forwardsThomas Vanek and Dylan Larkin against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, FS-D, NHL.TV).  Vanek is day to day because of a lower-body injury sustained when he appeared to be hit by a shot from forward Andreas Athanasiou at the end of the first period of the Red Wings’ 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. He left the ice on his own and did not return.  Vanek’s 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) are tied with captain Henrik Zetterberg for the Red Wings lead despite Vanek missing 11 games from Oct. 27 to Nov. 18 because of a hip injury. He signed a one-year contract, reportedly worth $2.6 million, with Detroit on July 1 after the Minnesota Wild bought out the final year of his contract on June 24.  Larkin was placed on seven-day injured reserve because of an upper-body injury. He played 17:57 against the Rangers and has 12 goals and 18 points in 47 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/detroit-red-wings-to-be-without-thomas-vanek-dylan-larkin-against-bruins/c-286011480
  • GoalieJake Allen is not with the St. Louis Blues to start a road trip that begins Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets (3 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-MW; NHL.TV).  The decision was made by general manager Doug Armstrong after Allen’s recent struggles, which include being pulled from a 7-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday, the third straight start and fourth time in six games he was pulled.  Allen has allowed 10 goals on 36 shots the past three starts (.722 save percentage).  “Jake’s struggling right now and I made a decision [Thursday] night that I think taking a day away and getting a total reset … he could get a reset traveling with the team, but I wanted a complete reset and when we come back on Sunday, he’s back in the net and he’s ready to go,” Armstrong said. “To me, he’s going to take a day to get a reset with his family, just had a young baby, but the play needs to improve and I want to give him a fresh start. … He practiced today and now he can go home and when we practice on Sunday, be ready to go.”  Allen, who was unavailable for comment, is 17-12-3 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. Hutton is 6-6-2 with a 2.80 GAA and .892 save percentage.  The Blues (23-18-5) are tied for third place in the Central Division with the Nashville Predators.  https://www.nhl.com/news/allen-wont-travel-as-blues-begin-road-trip/c-285919968
  • Anaheim Ducks forwardJakob Silfverberg has an upper-body injury and won’t travel on their upcoming road trip.  The Ducks visit the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; FS-N, PRIME, NHL.TV) and the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.  Silfverberg, who hasn’t missed a game this season, was injured in the third period of a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. He has 13 goals and 29 points in 48 games. The Ducks said he’s day to day.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ducks-forward-jakob-silfverberg-upper-body-injury/c-285912818
  • Dallas Stars defensemanJohnny Oduya was placed on injured reserve on Friday after re-aggravating an ankle injury. The move is retroactive to Tuesday.  Oduya left in the second period of the Stars 7-6 victory against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. He missed 10 games from Nov. 21-Dec.10 with the same injury.  Oduya has one goal and six assists in 36 games this season and leads the Stars in blocked shots (80).  Defenseman Julius Honka was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League. Honka has 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 30 games with Texas, and has three points in eight games with Dallas this season.   https://www.nhl.com/news/dallas-stars-place-johnny-oduya-on-ir/c-285908326
  • Ottawa Senators forwardClarke MacArthur will not play this season.  MacArthur, 31, sustained a concussion during training camp but was able to participate in full practices in December. He has not played since Oct. 4, 2015, limited to four games last season.  MacArthur, who is on Long Term Injured Reserve, has had post-concussion symptoms for nearly two years but had been steadfast in his desire to return to the lineup this season. He is under contract through 2019-20.  MacArthur has 304 points (133 goals, 171 assists) in 548 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators.  https://www.nhl.com/news/ottawa-senators-clarke-macarthur-out-rest-of-season/c-285902928
  • Jonathan Huberdeauand Aleksander Barkov are recovering from injury, but Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe said Thursday there’s a possibility one or both might not return this season.  Huberdeau has yet to play this season because of an Achilles injury sustained Oct. 8 in the Panthers’ final preseason game. Barkov has been sidelined since Dec. 28, when he left a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of an upper-body injury.  https://www.nhl.com/news/florida-panthers-aleksander-barkov-and-jonathan-huberdeau-could-miss-rest-of-season/c-285868158
  • Colorado Avalanche goaltenderSemyon Varlamov is scheduled to have hip surgery and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.  Varlamov has been in and out of the Avalanche lineup. He has missed 12 of the past 18 games because of a groin injury.   “After further evaluation from our team doctors, it was determined that the best road to recovery was surgery,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic told the Denver Post. “Doing this procedure at this time ensures that Semyon will be fully healthy for the start of training camp.”  Acquired by the Avalanche in a trade with the Washington Capitals for a first- and second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft on July 1, 2011, Varlamov was the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy in 2013-14 after going 41-14-6 with a 2.41 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and two shutouts to help Colorado win the Central Division with 112 points.  This season, Varlamov is 6-17-0, with a 3.38 GAA, .898 save percentage and one shutout. He last appeared in a game on Jan. 17, a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche will move forward with goalies Calvin Pickard and Spencer Martin. They resume their schedule at the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, PRIME, ALT, NHL.TV) 30th in the NHL at 13-31-2 (28 points).

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • When Bryan Murray made the decision to leave California and move close to home to coach the Ottawa Senators in 2004, he figured he would do that for four years and wind down his distinguished NHL career. A dozen years later, Murray is still working and his important contributions to the Senators will be recognized when he becomes the first member of the Senators Ring of Honour on Tuesday. He will be honored before a home game against the Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, CSN-DC+, NHL.TV), the team that gave Murray his chance to break into the League in 1981.  Murray, 74, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in June 2014 (he continues chemotherapy and alternative treatments and has been encouraged by the results) and stepped down as GM in May to focus on his health and to spend time with his family. He stayed on as senior hockey adviser to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.  Murray said being recognized as the first member of the Ring of Honour takes on special significance after former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had his No. 11 retired Dec. 29.  The Ring of Honour, established in August by the Senators player honoring committee, will be located on the 300 level of Canadian Tire Centre.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bryan-murray-set-to-be-inducted-into-senators-ring-of-honour/c-286027630
  • Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary, New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss and Washington Capitals right wing J. Oshie have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 22.  Sheary led the NHL with six goals and nine points in four games, highlighted by a trio of multi-goal performances, to lift the Penguins (30-11-5, 65 points) to a perfect 4-0-0 week.  Greiss went 2-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Islanders (19-17-9, 47 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points.  Oshie collected 3-3-6 in three outings to power the League-leading Capitals (31‑9‑6, 68 points) to five out a possible six standings points.  https://www.nhl.com/news/conor-sheary-thomas-greiss-tj-oshie-nhl-3-stars-of-week/c-286012298
  • Vancouver Canucks captainHenrik Sedin scored a second-period goal during the Canucks’ 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers to become the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000 points (233 goals, 767 assists).  * Sedin became the fourth Sweden-born player in NHL history to register 1,000 career points, joining Mats Sundin (564-785-1,349), Daniel Alfredsson (444-713-1,157) and Nicklas Lidstrom (264-878-1,142).  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-news-and-notes-for-jan-21/c-285942282  Sedin is the 85th player to score 1,000 NHL points, the 38th to do it with one franchise, and the fourth who was born in Sweden. Sedin has 233 goals and 767 assists in 1,213 games in 16 seasons in the NHL, all with Vancouver. The 36-year-old center has 11 goals and 19 assists this season. He didn’t get an assist on Luca Sbisa‘s winning goal early in the third period but he started the play that led to it.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forwardCam Atkinson was added to the roster Thursday for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). He will replace injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin for the Metropolitan Division.  Atkinson, 27, was tied for second in the NHL with 24 goals and tied for seventh with 46 points. He has five game-winning goals for the Blue Jackets (32-12-4), who are second in the division, four points behind the Washington Capitals.  He joins Columbus teammates, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and defenseman Seth Jones, on the Metropolitan Division team.  https://www.nhl.com/news/cam-atkinson-added-to-nhl-all-star-game-roster/c-286128574

Suspensions/Fines:

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights could hire their first coach “before the end of the season,” owner Bill Foley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “At this point, I’d say it’s 50-50 we have our head coach in place before the season’s over,” Foley said Monday.  The expansion team reportedly was going to name its coach after the NHL regular season in April or perhaps after the NHL Expansion Draft and 2017 NHL Draft in late June.  But the newspaper speculates the timetable has been accelerated because of possible interest in former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant.  Gallant was fired by Florida on Nov. 27. The New York Islanders reportedly requested permission to interview Gallant after they fired Jack Capuano on Jan. 17.  Asked by the Review-Journal if Gallant is the Golden Knights’ No. 1 candidate, Foley said, “No comment. But I believe we’re going to get a very good coach.”  Gallant was 96-64-25 with the Panthers since 2014-15, and was 56-76-6 (4 ties) with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2003-07. He was signed by Florida through 2018-19.  https://www.nhl.com/news/las-vegas-golden-knights-could-speed-up-coaching-hire/c-286079008
  • The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the details of the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Prior to the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™, NHL legends will face celebrities from the worlds of movies, television and music in the2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout™, a friendly hockey game at 2:15 p.m. PT at STAPLES Center.  Fan-elected captains, Carey Price of the Atlantic Division, and K. Subban of the Central Division, Sidney Crosby of the Metropolitan Division and Connor McDavid of the Pacific Division, will guide the team selection process to determine which players will participate in the six Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ events. Each of the 44 All-Stars will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests.
    • Honda NHL Four Line Challenge
    • DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting
    • Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
    • Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot
    • Discover NHL Shootout
  • Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-all-star-skills-competition-format/c-285872686

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ TBL on 1/31, @ WAS on 2/1

NYR:  vs CLB on 1/31

CAR:  vs PHI on 1/31

Highlights of upcoming week

  • All Star Skills Competition on 1/28
  • All Star Tournament on 1/29
  • Wild @ Oilers on 1/31
  • Blackhawks @ Sharks on 1/31  

NCAA Minute:

Maine: 2 losses to BU, 4-1 @ BU, 3-1 @ Maine

UMass @ Maine Friday and Saturday

Upsets:

 

Friday, 1/20 (lots of ties)

7:15 ETProvidence4@(5) Massachusetts-Lowell3
7:37 CT(2) Denver2@St. Cloud State3OT
7:07 CTFerris State5@(18) Bemidji State2

Sat, 1/21

7:00 ET(11) Ohio State6@(1) Penn State3
5:07 CT(7) Minnesota3@Wisconsin5
7:05 ET(5) Massachusetts-Lowell2@Providence3
7:07 ET(20) Minnesota State0@Michigan Tech4

Tue, 1/24

7:05 ET(1) Boston University1@Merrimack3

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

7:00 ET (9) Harvard @ (14) Cornell
7:35 MT (18) Omaha @ (3) Denver
7:00 CT (2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (6) Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat

7:00 ET(5) Union@(16) St. Lawrence
7:00 ET(15) Notre Dame@(13) Boston College
7:05 ET(7) Massachusetts-Lowell@(1) Boston University
7:05 MT       (18) Omaha                        @            (3) Denver

Rankings:

January 23, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University (22) 16- 5-2 962 3
2 Minnesota-Duluth (25) 15- 5-4 959 4
3 Denver ( 2) 16- 6-4 893 2
4 Penn State ( 1) 16- 3-2 851 1
5 Union 17- 5-2 722 9
6 Minnesota 14- 6-2 657 7
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 15- 7-3 655 5
8 Ohio State 12- 4-6 646 11
9 Harvard 12- 5-2 622 6
10 Western Michigan 13- 6-3 534 13
11 Vermont 16- 7-2 502 12
12 North Dakota 13- 9-3 500 8
13 Boston College 15- 9-2 490 10
14 Cornell 12- 4-2 363 15
15 Notre Dame 14- 8-3 307 14
16 St. Lawrence 13- 7-6 234 16
17 Quinnipiac 13-10-2 152 17
18 Omaha 14- 8-4 142 19
19 Providence 12- 8-4 117 NR
20 Bemidji State 16- 9-3 78 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 54, St. Cloud State 34, Air Force 11, Minnesota State 9, Army 2, Wisconsin 2, Miami 1, Robert Morris 1.

 

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Mozyakin sets another record

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4 Avangard Omsk 2

Magnitka gained swift revenge for yesterday’s 3-5 defeat at home to Avangard … and star forward Sergei Mozyakin scored his 37th goal of the season to set a new KHL record for scoring in the regular season.

Mozyakin opened the scoring in the 15th minute to beat the previous best, set by Steve Moses for Jokerit in 2014-15, then got an assist on Danis Zaripov’s first goal of the night to re-establish Metallurg’s lead after Ilya Mikheyev tied it up early in the second period.

Story # 2:

On a weekend dominated by established stars, youngster Andrei Altybarmakyan put his own name up in lights with a brilliant game-winning goal for team Chernyshov in the Grand Final.

The 2017 All-Star Game took on a new format: four teams representing the league’s four divisions and contesting semi-finals and the final over two 10-minute periods of four-on-four action. A further innovation saw the four top players from the MHL youth league’s Challenge Cup (Russian version of Memorial Cup in CHL)  get an invite to Sunday’s big event. Altybarmakyan, who plays for SKA Silver Lions, produced a match-winning performance for Team West in the youth game and followed it up in some style playing with the league’s biggest stars.

His big moment came four minutes from the end of the final when he collected Maxim Shalunov’s pass, backed across the slot and bedazzled CSKA goalie Ilya Sorokin with some neat stick-handling before applying the backhand finish to make it 3-2.

Little wonder the youngster, who also claimed an assist as Sibir’s Shalunov opened the scoring in the final, described the day as a great occasion. “I never dreamed the day would go so well,” he said. “I’d like to thank everyone who organized such a festival for me personally and for all the guys here. The fans were terrific, even if some of them struggled to pronounce my surname!”

Altybarmakyan’s winner overshadowed the performance of Lokomotiv forward Brandon Kozun, who plunder four goals in two games for Team Tarasov. He blasted a hat-trick in the 6-2 semi-final win over Team Bobrov, and put Tarasov 2-1 up in the final. But an equalizer from Nigel Dawes(Barys) – just moments after he promised to go out and score on his next shift during an interview on KHL.TV – and Altybarmakyan’s winner saw Kozun finish on the losing side.

 

 

 

 

Steve:

 

http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/01/11/335502.html

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  A couple fan stories:

https://www.nhl.com/news/this-date-in-nhl-history-jan-22/c-285903214

https://www.nhl.com/news/jaromir-jagr-fan-group-from-calgary-gaining-popularity/c-285862330

 

Steve:

Patrick Marleau scored four times in the third period, including his first three in a span of 7:42, to tie the NHL record for goals in a period and propel the San Jose Sharks to their fifth consecutive victory, a 5-2 defeat of the Colorado Avalanche.  * Marleau became the 12th player to score four times in a single period and the first to do so since the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux at the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 26, 1997.

 

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Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I Discuss the Jack Capuano firing, Chris Kreider’s fining, and another week of key injuries to key players. A Canadian hockey legend retired this week, and the Central Scouting Dept announces their mid season ranking of 2017 draft eligible players.  We will also look at all the other news around the hockey world over the past week. We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Boston:  2-1 L @NSH on 1/12, 6-3 W vs PHI on 1/14, 4-0 L vs NYI on 1/16

NYR:  4-2 L vs TOR on 1/13, 5-4 L @ MON on 1/14, 7-6 L vs DAL on 1/17

CAR:  5-2 W vs BUF on 1/13, 7-4 W vs NYI on 1/14, 4-1 @CBJ on 1/17

 

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

  • Canadiens 1 @ Wild 7 on 1/12
  • Penguins 1 @ Senators 4 on 1/12
  • Blackhawks 0 @ Capitals 6 on 1/13
  • Flames 1 @ Oilers 2 on 1/14
  • Blues 4 @ Sharks 0 on 1/14
  • Flyers 0 @ Capitals 5 on 1/15
  • Wild 3 @ Blackhawks 2 on 1/15
  • Blues 2 @ Ducks 1 on 1/15
  • Capitals 7 @ Penguins 8 on 1/16
  • Senators 6 @ Blues 4 on 1/17

 

 

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  • The New York Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday and replaced him with assistant general manager Doug Weight. The Islanders, who advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, are 17-17-8, last in the Eastern Conference. They defeated the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Monday.  “Obviously, we’re not in a position where we want to be standing-wise,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “I think everyone’s disappointed where we’re at. At the end of the day, organizationally, I don’t think Jack was probably going to be a coach that we were gonna bring back. At this point in time to name Dougie Weight interim coach, we can start a coaching search now and not have to worry about the ramifications of trying to do that when Jack was head coach.”  Assistant coach Bob Corkum, who had been watching games from the press box, will join Weight and assistant Greg Cronin behind the bench starting Thursday. Weight, a 19-season NHL forward who has never been a head coach, was an Islanders assistant coach, in addition to assistant GM, since 2011.  “We owe a ton of gratitude for the work that Jack did,” Snow said. “A lot of these players on our team came up through our system through Bridgeport and [Capuano] coached some of those players as well. From where we went, going from a rebuild to making the playoffs three of the last four years, getting to the second round last year, he was a big contributor to that. We thank him and wish him all the best. I know he’s going to have success wherever he ends up.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/jack-capuano-fired-by-new-york-islanders/c-285782016 Corkum, Cronin, Dunham
  • January 13:Colorado Avalanche trade F Cody McLeaod to Nashville Predators for F Felix Girard  Predators acquire Cody McLeod from Avalanche
  • January 11:Toronto Maple Leafs trade G Jhonas Enroth to Anaheim Ducks for 2018 7th-round pick  Ducks acquire Jhonas Enroth from Maple Leafs
  • ForwardDerek Grant was claimed on waivers by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.  Grant, 26, had three assists and 19 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Buffalo Sabres, who had placed him on waivers Tuesday.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

·          Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen will be out 3-4 weeks with a foot injury.  Cullen was injured Monday during an 8-7 overtime win against the Washington Capitals, coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday.  Eric Fehr replaced Cullen as the fourth-line center at practice Tuesday, with left wing Chris Kunitz, and Scott Wilson and Tom Kuhnhackl splitting rushes at right wing.  Cullen has eight goals and 17 points in 43 games. He averages 13:16 of ice time per game, with 2:30 on the penalty kill, most among Penguins forwards.  https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-matt-cullen-out-with-foot-injury/c-285791476

·         New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta is expected to miss 7-to-10 days because of a lower-body injury.  Raanta, who did not practice Monday, was injured in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. He was replaced by Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed five goals on 22 shots in a 5-4 loss.  Raanta is 10-4-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 games (15 starts) for the Rangers this season.  Magnus Hellberg was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League, where he’s 10-9-1 with a 2.91 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 25 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-antti-raanta-has-lower-body-injury/c-285736148

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is week to week with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said Monday.  Letang was injured three minutes into the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. Letang got tangled up with Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek, spun around and fell down, and went to the locker room. He returned a few minutes later but left the game for good after one shift.  Letang was placed on injured reserve Monday. His average ice time of 25:12 leads the Penguins but he’s missed seven games with a lower-body injury and five games with an upper-body injury.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-places-kris-letang-on-injured-reserve/c-285730830

·         Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is expected to miss approximately four weeks with a lower-body injury.  Callahan was injured in a 4-2 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 7 and has missed the past three games. He previously missed 15 games with a lower-body injury before returning against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 3.   The 31-year-old has two goals and two assists in 18 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/lightnings-callahan-to-miss-four-weeks-with-lower-body-injury/c-285725190

·         Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be out at least two weeks because of a groin injury.  “We’re going to shut [Varlamov] down until after the All-Star break (Jan. 27-30),” coach Jared Bednar told the Avalanche website Wednesday. “This is no longer a day-to-day thing.”  Varlamov was injured during a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, when he allowed five goals on 26 shots. He is 6-17-0 with a 3.38 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 24 games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/semyon-varlamov-wont-play-until-after-all-star-break/c-285839062

·         Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi was placed on injured reserve Friday.  Josi was injured in a 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday after a hit by Bruins forward Anton Blidh at 15:31 of the first period. Josi left the game, and Blidh received a major for interference.  Josi, 26, has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 42 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/roman-josi-placed-on-injured-reserve-by-predators/c-285641240

·         Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss at least one month because of a fractured finger.  Brodin left at 4:52 of the second period during the Wild’s 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.  Brodin, 23, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 43 games this season. The No. 10 pick of the 2011 NHL Draft has 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) in 306 NHL games, all with the Wild.  https://www.nhl.com/news/minnesotas-jonas-brodin-out-with-fractured-finger/c-285840582

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·          Teemu Selanne and Joe Sakic were among those named to the International Ice

·         Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.  Selanne, 46, had 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 NHL games. He played for his native Finland at the Olympics six times, winning the silver medal in at the 2006 Torino Olympics and the bronze medal three times (1998, 2010, 2014). In 37 games at the Olympics, he had 24 goals and 43 points. He closed his international career with six points in six games as Finland’s captain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and being named the tournament’s most valuable player.  Sakic, 47, captained the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup twice during his 20 NHL seasons with the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise. He’s ninth in NHL history with 1,641 points in 1,378 games. Sakic is also a member of the IIHF Triple Gold Club, winning a gold medal for Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 1994 IIHF World Championship to go with his Stanley Cup championships.  Also named was Saku Koivu, 42, who had 832 points in 1,124 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks. He spent 10 seasons as captain of the Canadiens, the first Europe-born player to hold that role, and is the second-longest tenured Canadiens captain after Jean Beliveau. He also was the captain for Finland at numerous international events, including the Olympics in 1998, 2006 and 2010. Koivu also helped Finland win its first gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in 1995 and was captain when Finland advanced to the championship game at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.  In addition, the Class of 2017 includes former NHL defenseman Uwe Krupp and former women’s hockey star Angela Ruggiero. Dieter Kalt, former president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation, will be inducted as a builder.  The induction ceremony will be held in Cologne, Germany, on May 21, the final day of the 2017 IIHF World Championship.  https://www.nhl.com/news/teemu-selanne-joe-sakic-named-to-iihf-hall-of-fame/c-285767766

·         Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 15.  Backstrom led the League in assists and points with 3-7-10 in four contests as the Capitals won all four games to extend their overall winning streak to nine contests and propel Washington to the top of the NHL standings (29-9-5, 63 points).  Marchand finished the week second in League scoring with eight points (4-4-8 in 3 GP) as the Bruins won two of three starts to improve to 23-18-5 (51 points), second in the Atlantic Division.  McGinn finished the week tied for third in League scoring with seven points (4-3-7 in 3 GP) as the Hurricanes recorded three victories, improving their record to 21-15-7 (49 points)  https://www.nhl.com/news/nicklas-backstrom-brad-marchand-brock-mcginn-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285731780

·         Four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, a trail-blazer in women’s hockey who announced her retirement on Friday, was honored by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames prior to their game at Rogers Place on Saturday.  Wickenheiser, 38, is the all-time leader in points for Canada’s national women’s team with 379 in 276 games (168 goals).  Wickenheiser scored 18 goals and 51 points in 26 games for Canada at the Winter Olympics. The center scored 37 goals and 86 points in 61 games at the Women’s World Championship.  NHL all-time scoring leader Wayne Gretzky, a partner and vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, hosted the pre-game ceremony at center ice.  “You’ve touched so many lives and opened so many doors for young girls who one day may win a gold medal,” Gretzky said.  Gretzky capped off his salute to Wickenheiser by calling her, “the female Gordie Howe.”  “There were lot of colliding factors, the biggest one probably going to medical school,” she said. “I didn’t want to wait too much longer to do that. And I’ve had a few opportunities in the game that have come up.  Wickenheiser competed in six Olympics, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics when she played softball for Canada.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hayley-wickenheiser-gets-tribute-from-oilers-after-retirement/c-285703924  https://www.nhl.com/news/gold-medalist-hayley-wickenheiser-retires-from-hockey/c-285604978

·         The Tampa Bay Lightning retired Martin St. Louis’ No. 26 in a pregame ceremony at Amalie Arena, the first Lightning player to receive such an honor.  * St. Louis played 972 regular-season games with the Lightning and was a key member of their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2004. Throughout his 13 seasons with the Lightning, St. Louis won the Art Ross Trophy twice (2003-04 and 2012-13) and the Hart Memorial Trophy once (2003-04).  * He is the Lightning leader in assists (588), points (953), game-winning goals (64) and shorthanded goals (28). He also holds Lightning Stanley Cup Playoff records for goals (33), assists (35), points (68) and game-winning goals (8).  https://www.nhl.com/news/lightning-honor-martin-st-louis-news-and-notes/c-285672948

·         Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the opening goal 35 seconds into the game, to become the first player in Washington Capitals history to reach 1,000 NHL points (546-455-1,001) and help them to their seventh consecutive victory.  * Ovechkin became the 84th NHL player (sixth active) to reach the milestone, doing so in his 880th game. Elias notes that 23 players have hit the mark in fewer games, the last being Jaromir Jagr (763 GP).  * Ovechkin, a six-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, scored his 545th and 546th NHL goals to move past the legendary Canadiens scorer, who scored 544 goals in 978 GP, into sole possession of 29th place on the League’s all-time list.  * Ovechkin (21-14-35) also became the 16th player in League history to reach 20 goals in each of his first 12 seasons. His 21 goals share third in the NHL this season behind Sidney Crosby (26) and Jeff Carter (22).

 

Suspensions/Fines:

·         New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for hitting Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight during NHL Game No. 663 in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 1:52 of the second period.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-chris-kreider-fined-by-player-safety/c-285825704

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon in the Western Hockey League and center Nico Hischier of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were named captains for their respective teams at the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Canadian Hockey League/NHL Top Prospects Game. The 22nd annual showcase of the top 40 players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft will be played at Videotron Centre in Quebec City on Jan. 30.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nolan-patrick-set-to-captain-prospects-game/c-285791484
  • Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon in the Western Hockey League is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings of the top North American skaters eligible for the2017 NHL Draft.  Central Scouting revealed its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and goaltenders Wednesday. The 2017 draft will be held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24.  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-nhl-draft-nolan-patrick-tops-midterm-rankings/c-285771514

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ Det on 1/18, vs Chi on 1/20, @ Pit on 1/22, vs Det on 1/24

NYR:  @ Tor on 1/19, @ Det on 1/22, vs LA on 1/23, vs Phi on 1/25

CAR:  vs Pit on 1/20, vs CLB on 1/21, @ Was on 1/23

All Star Weekend in LA 1/27-1/30

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Senators @ Blue Jackets on 1/19
  • Capitals @ Blues on 1/19
  • Oilers @ Flames on 1/21
  • Senators @ Maple Leafs on 1/21 (HNIC)
  • Ducks @ Wild on 1/21
  • Blue Jackets @ Senators on 1/22
  • Blues @ Penguins on 1/24
  • Capitals @ Senators on 1/24
  • Oilers @ Ducks on 1/25

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine: Split w/ U-Conn.  L 6-3 Thu (Bridgeport), W 4-0 on Sat. (Fenway) (now 3-0 at Fenway)

·         Maine home and Home vs BU this weekend

·         Upsets:

 

 

Friday, 1/13

7:00 ET(2) Harvard0@Rensselaer4

7:35 ET(8) Boston College1@(5) Boston University2

7:07 CTSt. Cloud State2@(3) Minnesota-Duluth1

7:37 CTMiami6@(7) North Dakota3

6:35 ET(1) Denver0@(14) Western Michigan3

7:07 CTBowling Green3@(18) Minnesota State2

 

Sat, 1/14

7:00 ET(19) Cornell2@(15) Quinnipiac1

7:00 ET(2) Harvard1@(11) Union2

6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame2@Merrimack4

5:05 ET(12) Vermont1@Providence4

 

Mon, 1/16

7:00 ET(3) Boston University3@(10) Boston College0

 

·         Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):

Fri

7:00 ET(11) Ohio State@(1) Penn State Fri and Sat

7:37 CT(4) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) North Dakota Fri and Sat

 

Sat

7:00 ET(16) St. Lawrence@(15) Cornell

·         Rankings:

 

·         January 16, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Penn State (30) 16- 2-1 964 4
2 Denver (16) 15- 5-4 941 1
3 Boston University ( 1) 13- 5-2 880 5
4 Minnesota-Duluth ( 1) 13- 5-4 866 3
5 Massachusetts-Lowell ( 2) 15- 5-3 811 6
6 Harvard 11- 4-1 704 2
7 Minnesota 13- 5-2 672 9
8 North Dakota 13- 7-3 654 7
9 Union 16- 5-2 619 11
10 Boston College 14- 8-2 535 8
11 Ohio State 11- 4-5 489 10
12 Vermont 15- 7-2 441 12
13 Western Michigan 11- 6-3 406 14
14 Notre Dame 13- 8-2 325 13
15 Cornell 11- 4-1 280 19
16 St. Lawrence 12- 6-6 264 16
17 Quinnipiac 13-10-2 199 15
18 Bemidji State 15- 8-3 157 17
19 Omaha 13- 8-3 93 NR
20 Minnesota State 14- 8-2 77 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 36, St. Cloud State 31, Providence 22, Robert Morris 20, Air Force 8, Miami 5, Wisconsin 1.

Pairwise Rankings (More important than polls for NCAA tournament selection)

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

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Sergei Mozyakin became the first player in KHL history to score 700 points, thanks to his assist on Chris Lee’s overtime winner (3-2) at home to Torpedo.
But another experienced KHL player, Evgeny Artyukhin, hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after his ejection from Sibir’s 6-2 defeat at SKA.  Controversial forward Evgeny Artyukhin found himself in trouble once again after a flare-up against one of his former clubs.  The Sibir enforcer, who played in Petersburg from 2010-2013 and again last season, was ejected from the game after an incident at the end of the second period. Handed a minor penalty for interference after bundling into home goalie Mikko Koskinen, Artyukhin, 33, seemed to jab his stick into Viktor Tikhonov’s groin. The officials duly handed down a 5+game penalty, giving SKA a seven-minute power play.  That verdict also determined the outcome of the game. Ilya Kablukov and Vadim Shipachyov scored two goals in two minutes on that power play, extending SKA’s advantage to 5-2 and ending Sibir’s hopes. Small wonder the visiting head coach, Andrei Skabelka, described that long PP as a belated Christmas gift for the league leader, while Tikhonov also labelled it the turning point of the game.

SKA now 40-5-5, Sibir 22-24-5

 

Steve:

 

http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/01/11/335502.html

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

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Listener Feedback

 

 

 

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Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I celebrate Team USA’s gold medal in the World Juniors.  We also unveil the players heading to the NHL All Star tournament, And we look at all the news around the hockey world over the past week. We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Opening Remarks

  • Snowstorm causes editing delays last week
  • Snow melting…
  • USA! USA!
  • Columbus Streak ends at 16, now have lost 3 of 4?
  • Canes fans tweeting about concessions Sunday

Scores

Tuesday, 1/10:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20170110

Upcoming games

 

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Boston:  4-3 L vs EDM on 1/5, 4-0 W @ FLA on 1/7, 4-3 OTL @ CAR on 1/8, 5-3 W @ StL on 1/10

NYR:  5-2 W @ PHI on 1/4, 5-4 W @CBJ on 1/7, off until 1/13

CAR:  4-2 W @ STL on 1/5, 2-1 L @ CHI on 1/6, 4-3 OTW vs BOS on 1/8, 5-3 W vs CBJ on 1/10

 

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

  • Blue Jackets 0 @ Capitals 5 on 1/5
  • Wild 5 @ Sharks 4 on 1/5
  • Canadiens 5 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 1/7 (HNIC)
  • Capitals 1 @ Senators 0 on 1/7
  • Flyers 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 (OT) on 1/8
  • Wild 2 @ Ducks 1 on 1/8
  • Capitals 4 @ Canadiens 1 on 1/9
  • Penguins @ Capitals on 1/11 (Rivalry Night)

 

World Juniors:

 

 

Semi Final

·         Scoreboard<04.01.2017>

Faceoff 15:00 GMT-5

USA4 – 3RUS (SO)

Semifinals – Game 27Centre Bell

Faceoff 19:30 GMT-5

SWE2 – 5CAN

Semifinals – Game 28Centre Bell

Bronze Medal game:  3:30 PM on 1/5  Russia beat Sweden 2-1 (OT)

Gold Medal Game: 8PM on 1/5 USA beat Canada 5-4 in SO.  http://www.worldjunior2017.com/en/games/2017-01-05/USA-vs-CAN/#game-actions-tab

 

Transactions

Injuries

·          Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine has a concussion and there is no timetable for his return, coach Paul Maurice said on Sunday.  Laine, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, missed practice Sunday when the Jets were preparing for their home game against the Calgary Flames on Monday (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN3, SNW, NHL.TV).  He was hit in the neutral zone by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe with 14:12 remaining in the third period of a 4-3 loss on Saturday. Laine left the game and did not return.  Laine’s 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) lead NHL rookies and are tied with linemate Mark Scheifele for the Jets lead.  https://www.nhl.com/news/patrik-laine-leaves-game-for-jets/c-285433666

·         Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad was placed on injured reserve on Saturday after sustaining a lower-body injury on Friday.  Bjugstad left a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators in the first period and did not return. He has a goal and an assist in 21 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-nick-bjugstad-placed-on-injured-reserve/c-285427644

·         Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will be out at least eight weeks after having surgery Thursday to repair a fractured left hand.  Gallagher, 24, was injured when he was hit by a shot by Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber during the third period of a 4-3 overtime win at the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.  He missed 29 games last season after two fingers on his left hand were fractured when he blocked a shot by New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Nov. 22, 2015. Gallagher had surgery the following day.  Gallagher has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 39 games this season, and 174 points (83 goals, 91 assists) in 299 NHL games, all with the Canadiens.  https://www.nhl.com/news/montreals-brendan-gallagher-to-miss-eight-weeks/c-285394012

·         Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a foot injury.  It is retroactive to Dec. 31. Benn was scratched from the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, and forward Antoine Roussel was activated by Dallas.  Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he went awkwardly into the boards. The Dallas captain finished the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/stars-jamie-benn-placed-on-injured-reserve/c-285339066

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Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·          2017 NHL All-Star Game rosters revealed:  Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, tied for the lead among rookies with 21 goals each, were among the 40 players named Tuesday to the four divisional rosters for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, who has 19 goals and is the reigning Rocket Richard Memorial Trophy holder, was also named.  The 40 players selected by the NHL join the four captains, who were voted in by fans earlier this month, to take part in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition is Jan. 28 at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Jan. 29 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). Each division is represented by six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. The divisional teams will compete head-to-head in the Skills Competition on Saturday and then will face off in semifinal games Sunday. The winners of the semifinal games will play for the championship. Each game is played in a 3-on-3 format with two 10-minute halves.  The four coaches for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will be Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic), Bruce Boudreau of the Minnesota Wild (Central), John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Metropolitan) and Peter DeBoer of the San Jose Sharks (Pacific).  The Pacific Division won the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville, defeating the Central Division 9-6 in the semifinal and the Atlantic Division 1-0 in the final.    https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-all-star-game-rosters/c-285394072

·         New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner, Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroonand Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 8.  Grabner led the League with 5-2-7, including two game-winning goals, in three contests to propel the Rangers (28-13-1, 57 points) to a pair of victories.  Maroon (5-1-6 in 4 GP) matched Grabner for the League lead in goals to power the Oilers (21-14-7, 49 points) to a 2-2-0 week.  Holtby went 2-0-0 in three games, compiling a 1.29 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Capitals (25-9-5, 55 points) to a perfect 3-0-0 week  https://www.nhl.com/news/michael-grabner-patrick-maroon-braden-holtby-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285487362

·         Nashville Predators forward Colton Sissons made NHL history with his first hat trick in the League during a 6-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.  He became the first player in NHL history to score at least three goals in a game with the second goal coming on an empty net and the third being scored on a goalie. Sissons’ unique accomplishment was worthy of celebration. Fortunately for him, a generous Predators fan at Amalie Arena was willing to share in the moment by parting with his hat.  https://www.nhl.com/news/colton-sissons-of-nashville-makes-nhl-history/c-285394872

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·         Steven McDonald passing: https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-mourn-nypd-officer-steven-mcdonald/c-285531610  https://www.nhl.com/news/steven-mcdonald-true-hero-to-rangers-new-york-city/c-285542846

 

Suspensions/Fines:

·         Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.  Kuznetsov was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 56 at Florida on Oct. 20. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 18:32 of the second period during NHL Game No. 533 against New Jersey on Dec. 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/evgeny-kuznetsov-diving-fine/c-285357178

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·          NHL Unveils All Star Jerseys –

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @NSH on 1/12, vs PHI on 1/14, vs NYI on 1/16, @DET on 1/18

NYR:  vs TOR on 1/13, @ MON on 1/14, vs DAL on 1/17

CAR:  vs BUF on 1/13, vs NYI on 1/14, @CBJ on 1/17

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Canadiens @ Wild on 1/12
  • Penguins @ Senators on 1/12
  • Blackhawks @ Capitals on 1/13
  • Flames @ Oilers on 1/14
  • Blues @ Sharks on 1/14
  • Flyers @ Capitals on 1/15
  • Wild @ Blackhawks on 1/15
  • Blues @ Ducks on 1/15
  • Capitals @ Penguins on 1/16
  • Senators @ Blues on 1/17
  • Penguins @ Canadiens on 1/18

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  6-2 L vs Team USA U-18 team.  Plays U-Conn Thu (Bridgeport), Sat. (Fenway)

·         Fenway games sat:

1:30 ET(5) Boston University5vs.Massachusetts3
5:00 ET(8) Boston College3vs.Providence1

next week:

1:30 ET Maine vs. Connecticut
5:00 ET New Hampshire vs. Northeastern

·         Upsets:

Friday, 1/6

7:05 ET(2) Penn State0@(11) Ohio State3
7:35 ET(20) St. Cloud State2@Miami3OT
8:37 ET(17) Bemidji State2@Bowling Green4
Sat, 1/7

7:05 ET(20) St. Cloud State1@Miami4
7:07 CTColorado College2@(1) Minnesota-Duluth1
7:05 ETMichigan Tech4@(12) Notre Dame2

·         Upcoming big games:

Fri

7:35 ET(8) Boston College@(5) Boston University Home & Home Fri and Mon (NESN has Mon game)
6:35 ET(1) Denver@(14) Western Michigan (FRI & SAT)
Sat

7:00 ET (19) Cornell @ (15) Quinnipiac
7:00 ET (2) Harvard @ (11) Union

 
Read more: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-16/#ixzz4VQlh5nHf
Read more: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20162017/list-16/#ixzz4VQlbiUhl

·         Rankings:

·        January 09, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (27) 14- 4-4 952 3
2 Harvard (11) 11- 2-1 918 4
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 6) 12- 4-4 888 1
4 Penn State ( 6) 14- 2-1 883 2
5 Boston University 12- 5-2 812 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 14- 5-3 754 6
7 North Dakota 12- 6-3 723 7
8 Boston College 14- 7-2 633 8
9 Minnesota 11- 5-2 592 9
10 Ohio State 10- 4-4 517 11
11 Union 14- 5-2 479 10
12 Vermont 14- 6-2 464 13
13 Notre Dame 12- 7-2 388 12
14 Western Michigan 10- 5-3 379 14
15 Quinnipiac 12- 9-2 270 15
16 St. Lawrence 11- 6-5 240 16
17 Bemidji State 15- 8-3 171 17
18 Minnesota State 13- 7-2 148 19
19 Cornell 9- 4-1 86 NR
20 Michigan Tech 14- 9-3 75 NR
Others receiving votes: Air Force 48, Omaha 26, Robert Morris 22, St. Cloud State 12, Wisconsin 11, Providence 9.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4VQmhopCp

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  As Russia celebrates Christmas according to the Orthodox calendar, there was a festive bonus for CSKA, SKA and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. All three teams confirmed their playoff spots with wins on 1/7.

 

Steve:

 

http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/01/11/335502.html

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:  Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves has pulled on pads; others around League taking notice

https://www.nhl.com/news/unmasked-carolina-hurricanes-situation-could-prove-importance-of-practice-goalies/c-285359464

 

Steve:

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

 

Close the show

 

·         Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 1/18 6PM.

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 21 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and are excited for the upcoming World Junior Tournament Championship game will feature our Team USA.  The heart of the outdoor hockey season has finally arrived, and one equipment manager makes his NHL Debut as a player.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Opening Remarks

  • Battling cough tonight
  • Outdoor games
  • 16 game winning streak
  • Equipment manager makes NHL Debut
  • Canes goalie prospect scores a goal!
  • Milt Schmidt, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who spent more than 80 years at all levels of the sport, almost all of them with the Boston Bruins, died Wednesday at the age 98. Schmidt was the oldest living former NHL player. On Sunday in Toronto, he was named one the 100 Greatest NHL Players as part of the League’s Centennial Celebration.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bruins-legend-milt-schmidt-obituary/c-285331360

Scores

 

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  4-2 W @ BUF on 12/29, 3-1 W vs BUF on 12/31, 3-0 L @ NJ on 1/2

NYR:  6-3 W @ ARI on 12/29, 6-2 W @ COL on 12/31, 4-1 L vs BUF on 1/3

CAR:  3-2 L @ PIT on 12/28, 3-2 W vs CHI on 12/30, 3-1 L @ TB on 12/31, 3-1 L vs NJD on 1/3

 

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

  • Flyers 0 @ Sharks 2 on 12/30
  • Canadiens 3 @ Penguins 4 on 12/31
  • Blue Jackets 4 @ Wild 2 on 12/31 (winning streak game)
  • Red Wings 4 @ Maple Leafs 5 (OT) on 1/1 – Centennial Classic
  • Senators 1 @ Capitals 2 on 1/1
  • Blackhawks 1 @ Blues 4 on 1/2 – Winter Classic
  • Kings @ Sharks on 1/3

 

World Juniors:

 

·         Standings

Preliminary Round
R Team GP W OTW OTL L GF:GA PTS
Group A
1 SWE 4 4 0 0 0 18:6 12
2 DEN 4 1 1 1 1 11:15 6
3 CZE 4 1 0 2 1 9:13 5
4 SUI 4 0 2 0 2 11:13 4
5 FIN 4 1 0 0 3 6:8 3
Group B
1 USA 4 4 0 0 0 17:6 12
2 CAN 4 3 0 0 1 21:8 9
3 RUS 4 2 0 0 2 16:9 6
4 SVK 4 1 0 0 3 6:14 3
5 LAT 4 0 0 0 4 6:29 0

 

Quarter Finals

Game Completed

DEN0 – 4RUS

Quarterfinals – Game 22Air Canada Centre

Game Completed

SWE8 – 3SVK

Quarterfinals – Game 23Centre Bell

Game Completed

USA3 – 2SUI

Quarterfinals – Game 24Air Canada Centre

Game Completed

CAN5 – 3CZE

Quarterfinals – Game 25Centre Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi Final

·         Scoreboard<04.01.2017>

Faceoff 15:00 GMT-5

USA0 – 0RUS

Semifinals – Game 27Centre Bell

Faceoff 19:30 GMT-5

SWE0 – 0CAN

Semifinals – Game 28Centre Bell

Bronze Medal game:  3:30 PM on 1/5

Gold Medal Game: 8PM on 1/5

 

Transactions

  • CenterAlexander Burmistrov was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.  Burmistrov, 25, has two assists in 23 games.  Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the No. 8 pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, Burmistrov had 30 goals and 81 points in 298 NHL games with the Jets/Thrashers franchise.  https://www.nhl.com/news/alexander-burmistrov-claimed-by-arizona/c-285264968
  • GoalieAl Montoya signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.  Financial terms were not released, but ESPN.com reported an average annual value of $1.0625 million.  Montoya, 31, is 4-4-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 11 games (10 starts). He signed a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and could have become an unrestricted free agent again at the end of the season. In his most recent start, Montoya made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 29.  Selected by the New York Rangers with the No. 6 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Montoya is 59-44-20 with a 2.61 GAA and .909 save percentage in 147 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and Canadiens.  https://www.nhl.com/news/al-montoya-signs-two-year-contract-with-montreal/c-285256868
  • GoaltenderJaroslav Halak was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Friday in hope of generating the spark general manager Garth Snow said his team desperately needs. Snow said the Islanders need wins and feel that going forward with goalies Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube will give them the best chance. New York (14-15-6) is last in the Metropolitan Division and 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.  Halak was pulled in the second period of the Islanders’ 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday after allowing four goals on 24 shots, including three goals in a span of 1:20.  “Jaro wasn’t sharp at all,” coach Jack Capuano said afterward. “He gave up some soft goals and we had to battle back. We did against a real good team. We needed a better effort from Jaro, quite honestly. … Four goals on 24 shots isn’t going to get it done.”  Halak, 31, is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 21 games. He has a career record of 206-123-42 with a 2.42 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 388 games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and the Islanders.  The Islanders announced on Saturdaythat Halak had cleared waivers and has been assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.  New York acquired Halak from Washington in a trade May 1, 2014. Three weeks later, the Islanders signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-islanders-place-jaroslav-halak-on-waivers/c-285170160
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

·         Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson is out for the season after having surgery on his wrist and elbow, according to Gotland Newspapers in Sweden.  Larsson was injured during a 3-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday and had surgery in Boston over the weekend. He was on his way back to Buffalo on Monday, according to the Sabres website.  Larsson, 24, has six goals and five assists in 36 games this season. Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said after practice Monday that Larsson is out indefinitely.  https://www.nhl.com/news/sabres-center-johan-larsson-out-for-season/c-285273388

·         San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was placed on injured reserve Monday.  Vlasic was hit in the face by a puck with 30 seconds remaining in the third period of a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. He did not play in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.  The 29-year-old is second on the Sharks in average ice time per game (21:06) behind defenseman Brent Burns (24:36). He has three goals and six assists in 35 games.  The Sharks recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He has eight assists in 25 AHL games this season, and a goal and three assists in 50 NHL games the past two seasons.  https://www.nhl.com/news/san-jose-sharks-put-marc-edouard-vlasic-on-injured-reserve/c-285264714

·         Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not play in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues on Monday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV), coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday.  Quenneville previously said he was hopeful that Hossa, who is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, could play in the Winter Classic. Hossa last played on Dec. 20 and has missed the past four games. He did not practice Sunday and skated in Chicago.  https://www.nhl.com/news/chicago-blackhawks-marian-hossa-to-miss-winter-classic-with-upper-body-injury/c-285239810

·         New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore has a concussion and was placed on injured reserve Sunday. The Devils recalled defenseman Steven Santini from Albany of the American Hockey League.  Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period of New Jersey’s 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Moore fell awkwardly into the boards after a hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson 3:10 into the game and remained on the ice for several minutes until he was strapped to a board. Some teammates helped to steady the stretcher as Moore was lowered onto it.  He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released.  Moore, 26, has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 37 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/devils-moore-placed-on-injured-reserve-after-suffering-concussion/c-285238752

·         Defenseman P.K. Subban was placed on injured reserve by the Nashville Predators on Sunday with an upper-body injury and his status will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.  Subban, acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on June 29 in a trade for longtime Nashville captain Shea Weber, hasn’t played since Dec. 15. He will miss his eighth consecutive game when the Canadiens come to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, RDS, SNE, NHL.TV).  https://www.nhl.com/news/nashville-predators-put-defenseman-pk-subban-on-injured-reserve/c-285236834

·         Boston Bruins forward David Backes will be out indefinitely with a concussion.  Backes, 32, was injured on a hit by Buffalo Sabres forward William Carrier in the first period of the Bruins’ 4-2 win on Thursday.  Backes has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with the Bruins this season, his first in Boston after spending the first 10 seasons of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues.  Backes, who has 479 points (215 goals, 264 assists) in 760 NHL games, had missed 16 games in his previous eight seasons.  https://www.nhl.com/news/bostons-david-backes-out-with-concussion/c-285205618

·         Winnipeg Jets forward Marko Dano will miss about eight weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Paul Maurice said Saturday.  The Jets placed the 22-year-old forward on injured reserve Friday, one day after he was injured when he crashed into the end boards during the second period of Winnipeg’s 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Dano has three goals and 10 points in 28 games this season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/winnipeg-jets-marko-dano-has-lower-body-injury/c-285196166

·         Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will not play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens because of a foot injury.  Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he went awkwardly into the boards. The Dallas captain finished the game but didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday.  Benn hasn’t missed a game with an injury since March 14, 2013 (wrist). He’s played in every regular-season game since the 2014-15 season; Benn last missed a game April 11, 2014, the last game of the regular season when he was a healthy scratch to rest for the Stanely Cup Playoffs. https://www.nhl.com/news/jamie-benn-wont-play-for-dallas-on-wednesday/c-285287180

·         Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was diagnosed with a concussion Tuesday.  Lack, 28, hasn’t appeared in a game since Nov. 10 and was placed on injured reserve with a concussion Nov. 21. He was activated from IR on Dec. 21 but the Hurricanes said he was sick before their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Dec. 31.  In five games (four starts), Lack is 1-2-1 with a 3.79 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-hurricanes-goalie-eddie-lack-diagnosed-with-concussion/c-285280848

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Suspensions/Fines

·         Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 556 in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 31, the National Hockey League announced today.  The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. DeAngelo was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.  https://www.nhl.com/news/coyotes-anthony-deangelo-suspended-three-games/c-285246956

·

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·         The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday with a historic ceremony revealing the names of the first 33 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.  The 33 legends, who played predominantly during the League’s first 50 years (1917-66), were honored before the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.  The players were selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game.  The remaining 67 players will be named on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles as part of a special event at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.  https://www.nhl.com/news/33-of-100-greatest-nhl-players-revealed/c-284889326

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews , New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreiderand Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 1.  Matthews led the NHL with 4-2-6 in three outings, all multi-point performances, to help the Maple Leafs (17-12-7, 41 points) complete a perfect week, capped by a victory in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic.  Kreider shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1-5) to power the Rangers (26-12-1, 53 points) to a trio of victories.  Fleury turned aside 77 of the 82 shots he faced (2.13 GAA, .939 SV%) to guide the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to three wins.  https://www.nhl.com/news/auston-matthews-chris-kreider-marc-andre-fleury-named-3-stars-of-the-week/c-285254990

·         Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of December.  Bobrovsky went 12-0-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .939 save percentage to guide the Blue Jackets (26-5-4, 56 points) to a perfect 14-0-0 December and the top of the League standings.  Malkin paced the League with 7-14-21 in 15 contests to power the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to a 12-1-2 December and second place in the overall NHL standings.  Dubnyk went 10-1-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Wild (23-9-4, 50 points) to a 12-1-1 December, including a franchise-record 12-game winning streak. https://www.nhl.com/news/sergei-bobrovsky-three-stars-of-the-month-december-2016/c-285279012

·         Forwards Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, defenseman P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and goalie Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens topped their respective divisions in fan votes in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote to earn the first spots and captaincy in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29.  Price and Crosby captured the most votes in the Atlantic Division and Metropolitan Division, respectively, while Subban led the Central Division and McDavid topped the Pacific Division.  The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will once again feature the 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament, showcasing the NHL’s most talented star players from each division. Introduced at last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, the All-Star Tournament will feature three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Each team will be made up of 11 players from each Division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.  The Los Angeles Kings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary season, and the city of Los Angeles will host the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 27-29. The festivities begin with THE NHL100 on Friday, Jan. 27, continue with the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and conclude with the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) at STAPLES Center. https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosby-among-nhl-all-star-fan-vote-captains/c-285292558

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, who led all rookies with 8-4-12 in 12 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December.  Matthews edged Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (6-6-12 in 14 GP), Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (1-11-12 in 13 GP), Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (4-5-9 in 14 GP) and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (6-1-1, 2.34 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.  The 19-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., native joins teammate William Nylander (October) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (November) as Rookie of the Month winners in 2016-17.  https://www.nhl.com/news/auston-matthews-named-nhl-top-rookie-for-december-2016/c-285279352

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NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman echoed the statements deputy commissioner Bill Daly gave Friday regarding the negative sentiment that exists from the Board of Governors toward participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.  “Absent some compelling reason, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of sentiment on the part of the clubs to go through the disruption of taking almost three weeks off during the season,” Commissioner Bettman said Sunday during a joint press conference with Wayne Gretzky prior to the start of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium.  Commissioner Bettman said that while the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics were different because they were played in North America, participating in Olympics that are “halfway around the world” is not ideal from a business or player safety aspect.  “Not just for the risk of injury, because I see it discussed and reported during the Olympics, but the compression to the regular season is something that concerns us,” Commissioner Bettman said. “We’re hearing complaints now about the five-day break [built into the schedule this season]. While players say they like the five-day break they’re also saying they don’t like the compression that goes along with it, and that’s something that is of great concern to us as well.”  Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, had a different tone when he spoke about the Olympics and how the players feel about where they are in the process of resolving it.  “I’m more optimistic now than I ever have been,” Fehr said.  Fehr said he is convinced an agreement can be reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation on covering the finances associated with participating in the Olympics, including paying for the travel, insurance and accommodations for the players and their guests.  https://www.nhl.com/news/gary-bettman-says-nhl-looking-for-reasons-to-go-to-2018-olympics/c-285241438

·         Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic lived the dream of every goalie Friday.  Nedeljkovic, a second-round pick (No. 37) in the 2014 NHL Draft, was playing for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL when he scored into an empty net in the waning seconds of a 5-3 win against the Atlanta Gladiators.  Nedeljkovic became the 12th ECHL goalie to score, and the first since Brian Foster of Cincinnati in 2013. And Nedeljkovic’s offensive prowess did not come at the expense of his regular job as he made 39 saves.  https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-prospect-scores-in-echl-game/c-285194134

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  vs EDM on 1/5, @ FLA on 1/7, @ CAR on 1/8, @ StL on 1/10

NYR:  @ PHI on 1/4, @CBJ on 1/7, off until 1/13

CAR:  @ STL on 1/5, @ CHI on 1/6, vs BOS on 1/8, vs CBJ on 1/10

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Blue Jackets @ Capitals on 1/5
  • Wild @ Sharks on 1/5
  • Canadiens @ Maple Leafs on 1/7 (HNIC)
  • Capitals @ Senators on 1/7
  • Flyers @ Blue Jackets on 1/8
  • Wild @ Ducks on 1/8
  • Capitals @ Canadiens on 1/9
  • Penguins @ Capitals on 1/11 (Rivalry Night)

 

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  6-4 L vs UNH @ Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.  1 game this week, vs USA U-18 team.  Meat of conference schedule starts next weekend.

·         Upsets:

Thu, 12/29:

·         #6 BC 1 @ #14 Quinnipiac 4

Fri, 12/30:

·              (15) Bemidji State      1           @        Alaska-Anchorage     4

·         (2) Denver           2          @        Providence     2          OT

·              (6) Boston College    1           vs.       Ferris State    1           OT

·         (14) Quinnipiac   2          vs.       Robert Morris            5

·         (18) St. Cloud State        3          vs.       Connecticut   4

Sat, 12/31:

·              Miami 6          @        (9) Ohio State            3

·              (2) Denver      1           @        Providence     3

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·         Upcoming big games:

·         Frozen Fenway Begins This weekend, with Army vs Bentley Thursday night, BC vs Providence and BU vs UMass on Saturday.  More games next weekend.

·              (10) Union                  @        (5) Boston University  Thu, 1/5

·              (2) Penn State                        @        (11) Ohio State,  Friday & Saturday

·              (15) Quinnipiac                      @        (4) Harvard , Friday

·         (7) North Dakota                        @        (18) Omaha,  Friday & Saturday

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·         Rankings:

 

·        January 02, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (47) 12- 3-3 997 1
2 Penn State ( 3) 13- 1-1 918 3
3 Denver 12- 4-4 881 2
4 Harvard 9- 2-1 868 4
5 Boston University 10- 5-2 779 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 12- 5-3 752 7
7 North Dakota 10- 6-3 676 8
8 Boston College 13- 7-2 623 6
9 Minnesota 11- 5-2 572 11
10 Union 14- 4-2 516 10
11 Ohio State 9- 3-4 493 9
12 Notre Dame 11- 6-2 479 12
13 Vermont 12- 6-2 429 13
14 Western Michigan 10- 5-3 342 16
15 Quinnipiac 11- 8-2 320 14
16 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 230 17
17 Bemidji State 14- 7-3 195 15
18 Omaha 11- 6-3 157 20
19 Minnesota State 11- 7-2 88 19
20 St. Cloud State 9- 8-1 76 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 30, Cornell 25, Providence 21, Army 15, Robert Morris 8, Northeastern 4, Air Force 3, Clarkson 2, Wisconsin 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4UlMLhOIS

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  goaltender of the week for week 17 (2 weeks ago was Ben Scrivens (Dinamo Minsk), with three wins in three road matches, shutting out the opposition twice and allowing just a single goal all week. The 30-year-old Canadian recorded a save percentage of 98.97 and a goals against average of 0.33 –the best individual figures in both categories;

Defenseman Matt Gilroy, (BU, Hobey) is #2 among D’s in scoring this season, with 36 pts in 44 GP.  He has 225 NHL games with Rangers, Lightning, Senators, and Panthers.  He has 11G and 37A for 48 pts in the NHL.  He has spent last 3 seasons in KHL

 

Steve:

My KHL minute deals with Andrei Karayev, the goalie for Neftekmik Nizhnakomsk and his shutout a couple of days ago of Salavat Yulaev 1-0… In the game notes, you can see where several Russian players actually had 2 attempts in the shootout which should promote an interesting discussion for us…

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

·         SKA leads West, 35-4-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 31-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-13-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 33-12-2

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Picks of the week:

·         Wayne:  Hurricanes equipment manager makes NHL debut in goal.  Jorge Alves, one of the Carolina Hurricanes equipment managers, played goalie in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.  Signed to a professional tryout contract as an emergency backup goalie (EBUG) when Eddie Lack got sick earlier in the day, Alves dressed behind starter Cam Ward but didn’t expect to play.  “It’s unbelievable,” the 37-year-old said. “I was actually heading back down the tunnel when I heard coach call my name. I couldn’t believe it. I think it was (7.6) seconds or something. I just looking down the ice and seeing the puck in the corner and just hoping it would stay in the corner.  Before the game, Alves got choked up talking about the support he’s received from his wife Amanda throughout his career.  But he didn’t let all of the excitement take him away from his regular job.  Alves painted his own mask, (a tribute to fellow equipment managers Skip Cunningham, Bob Gorman and Dave Paul drawn by Erik Huffine, the brother of Hurricanes video coach Chris Huffine) and sharpened skates during the game, just as he would if he weren’t wearing full goalie gear.  A native of Massachusetts, Alves has worked with the Hurricanes since the 2003-04 season. A U.S. Marines veteran, he played for the North Carolina State club team and in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-equipment-manager-jorge-alves-makes-nhl-debut/c-285212858

 

Steve: My pick of the week is Alex Pietrangelo and his awesome support for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital… He really promoted the Hospital and raised money with the help of some teammates during the buildup to this year’s Winter Classic…

 

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“The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 20 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get into a patriotic mood, as the World Junior Tournament gets going and the NHL comes out of it’s holiday break.  We’ll have all the details.  Some of the stories that we’ll have this week are: 

  • World Junior Championships get going, and watch out for Team Denmark!
  • There are lots of injuries around the league, affecting many teams.
  • 2 players and a coach get new contracts
  • Jaromir Jagr grabs the #2 spot in the all-time scoring leader board
  • We preview the upcoming outdoor games

We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

 

THN Episode 20 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

  • Christmas Break! Light news week
  • My game experience on 12/23
  • Opinions on NHL taking a break vs NFL and NBA not.

 

Scores

Upcoming games

 

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  3-1 W @ FLA on 12/22, 3-2 OTL @ CAR on 12/23, 4-3 L @ CBJ on 12/27

NYR:  7-4 L vs NYR on 12/23, 4-3 W vs OTT on 12/27

CAR:  3-1 W @ BUF on 12/22, 3-2 OTW vs BOS on 12/23

Note:  Carolina is 6-1-2 in its past nine games and 13-7-5 in November and December.

 

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

 

·         Capitals 3 @ Flyers 2 SO  on 12/21

·         Wild 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 12/22

·         Penguins 1 @ Blue Jackets 7 on 12/22

·         Ducks 1 @ Senators 2 OT on 12/22

·         Oilers 2 @ Sharks 3 OT on 12/23

·         Canadiens 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 12/23 (10-0)

·         Sharks 3 @ Ducks 2 OT on 12/27

 

World Juniors:

·         First round, Round Robin, 2 games for each team Complete.  2 games to go.

·         Current Pool play standings Through 6PM Thursday:

R Team GP W OTW OTL L   GF:GA PTS
  Group A
1 SWE 2 2 0 0 0   10:3 6
2 DEN 3 1 1 0 1   7:10 5
3 CZE 3 1 0 2 0   7:8 5
4 SUI 2 0 1 0 1   6:7 2
5 FIN 2 0 0 0 2   3:5 0
  Group B
1 USA 3 3 0 0 0   14:5 9
2 CAN 2 2 0 0 0   10:3 6
3 RUS 3 1 0 0 2   14:9 3
4 SVK 2 0 0 0 2   2:10 0
5 LAT 2 0 0 0 2   2:15 0

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·          Top 4 in each group advance to quarter final.  QF starts on Jan 2.

 

 

Transactions

  • Forward Brett Howden signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Howden, 18, was selected by the Lightning with the No. 27 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is captain of Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League and has 16 goals and 16 assists in 21 games this season.  Howden has 63 goals and 80 assists in 162 WHL games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/brett-howden-signs-three-year-contract-with-lightning/c-285103652
  • Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan signed a three-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season Monday. Sullivan, 48, took over as Penguins coach after Mike Johnston was fired on Dec. 12, 2015. The Penguins finished the season 33-16-5 and won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in their history with a six-game series win against the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final.  Sullivan became the sixth American-born coach in NHL history, and the fourth coach after taking over during a season, to win the Stanley Cup. The Penguins were 16-8 during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and are 55-24-10 in the regular season since he took over. Under Sullivan, they have won 14 of their 55 games (25 percent) when trailing by two goals or more and have played 109 straight games (including playoffs) without back-to-back regulation losses.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-sign-sullivan-to-three-year-extrension/c-285052006
  • ForwardArtemi Panarin is happy he’ll remain with the Chicago Blackhawks through the 2018-19 season after agreeing to a two-year contract. Panarin’s linemate, forward Patrick Kane, is almost as thrilled.  TSN reported that the contract is worth $12 million, an average annual value of $6 million. Panarin is in the final year of a two-year, entry-level contract he signed on April 29, 2015, and would have become a restricted free agent this offseason. Performance bonuses have made the average annual value of his contract $3.5 million, but the NHL salary-cap charge is $812,500 this season, according to Cap Friendly.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Injuries

·         Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will miss at least the next two games with an upper-body injury.  Subban, who hasn’t played since a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 15, did not practice Wednesday and remains day to day. He has seven goals and 10 assists (17 points) and is minus-11 in his first season with Nashville after he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens for Shea Weber on June 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pk-subban-out-next-two-games/c-285102492

·         New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall is day to day with a lower-body injury and will not play against the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-DC).  The Devils said Hall’s injury is unrelated to the arthroscopic knee surgery he had Nov. 16 that forced him to miss eight games.  Hall, 25, had an assist in 16:48 of ice time in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. He has eight goals and 15 assists in 27 games in his first season with New Jersey since being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hall-day-to-day-with-injury/c-285102506

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Maine native Brian Dumoulin will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery for a broken jaw. Dumoulin, 25, was hit in the mouth with a slap shot by New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene in the third period of a 5-2 win Tuesday. He was placed on long-term injured reserve.  Dumoulin has seven assists and is minus-8 in 35 games. He had 16 assists and was a plus-11 in 79 regular-season games, and scored two goals and six assists in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Penguins win the Stanley Cup last season.   https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburghs-brian-dumoulin-out-with-broken-jaw/c-285098324

·         Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen will miss 4-6 weeks because of a knee injury.  Hansen, 30, was injured when he was hit by Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault in the second period of a 4-1 loss on Dec. 22. He tried to stay in the game but pulled up favoring his right leg shortly into his following shift.  https://www.nhl.com/news/vancouver-canucks-jannik-hansen-out-four-to-six-weeks/c-285069454

·         Injury has put a damper on Justin Faulk‘s long-awaited hot streak for the Carolina Hurricanes. Faulk is week to week because of a lower-body injury sustained Friday against the Boston Bruins. The 24-year-old combined for nine points (four goals, five assists) and 35 shots on goal in his past eight games after starting the season with seven points in 22 games. https://www.nhl.com/news/justin-faulk-injury-fantasy-impact/c-285065680

·         Already depleted by injuries, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost two more players when forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Braydon Coburn left in the second period of a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Friday. Lightning coach Jon Cooper provided little information on Drouin and Coburn after the game.  Victor Hedman also missed time in the 2nd period of the game, but eventually returned in the 3rd. https://www.nhl.com/news/lightnings-jonathan-drouin-leaves-game-vs-capitals/c-285022898

·         Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly will be out for at least two weeks after having an appendectomy during the three-day Christmas break.  O’Reilly, 25, has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 27 games this season. He missed six games in November with an oblique injury.  “Our understanding is that he’ll need 10-14 days of rest and recovery, plus the time that it takes him to get back into game shape,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.   https://www.nhl.com/news/buffalo-sabres-ryan-oreilly-out-after-having-appendectomy/c-285059960

·         The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Artem Anisimov on injured reserve Thursday because of an upper-body injury. The move is retroactive to Dec. 18.  Anisimov did not play in each of the Blackhawks’ past two games, a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday and a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. He ranks third on the Blackhawks in goals (14) and points (27) in 32 games. https://www.nhl.com/news/chicago-blackhawks-place-anisimov-on-ir/c-284961780

·         The St. Louis Blues placed forward Paul Stastny on injured reserve Thursday with an upper-body injury.  It’s unclear how much time Stastny will miss. He has seven goals and 17 points in 34 games this season, including an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He took a couple of shifts in the third period against Dallas before sitting out the rest of the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/st-louis-blues-place-paul-stastny-on-ir-with-upper-body-injury/c-284961530

·         Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov will be out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury, coach Tom Rowe said Thursday.  Barkov left in the second period of a 3-2 shootout loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and did not return. He was hit in the side by a slap shot from teammate Keith Yandle, although Rowe said the injury was not to Barkov’s ribs.  Barkov leads the Panthers with 27 points in 36 games and had a five-game point streak end against Toronto.  https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-forward-aleksander-barkov-out-indefinitely/c-285137490

·         Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will be out week to week because of a lower-body injury sustained against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday.  Murray left the game Wednesday after the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury replaced him, made 19 saves and got the win when Pittsburgh scored twice in the third period for a 3-2 victory.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-matt-murray-week-to-week-with-lower-body-injury/c-285132354

·         Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner will be out 4-6 weeks after having abdominal surgery Dec. 21.  Stoner, 31, has not played since a 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 15 and has been on injured reserve since Nov. 17. He has one goal and two assists in 14 games this season.  Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen will miss the two-game road trip against the Calgary Flames on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SN360, PRIME, NHL.TV) and Vancouver Canucks on Friday with an illness. Defenseman Brandon Montour, 22, was called up from San Diego of the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut on Thursday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-defenseman-clayton-stoner-out-following-abdominal-surgery/c-285126616

·         Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.  The 20-year-old was injured during a 4-3 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.  Point, Tampa Bay’s third-round pick (No. 79) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 36 games this season, including a goal and three assists in his past five games.  Forward Vladislav Namestnikov , who also left the game against the Canadiens with an upper-body injury, is day to day.  https://www.nhl.com/news/tampa-bay-lightning-forward-brayden-point-has-upper-body-injury/c-285128486

·         Calgary Flames forward Troy Brouwer is out week to week after breaking his finger on Dec. 23.  Brouwer was injured when he was hit in the hand by a dump-in by teammate Kris Versteeg in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Brouwer has eight goals and nine assists (17 points) in 36 games in his first season with Calgary after signing as a free agent on July 1.  https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-brouwer-week-to-week-following-surgery-on-broken-finger/c-285111372

 

Suspensions/Fines

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

·         Nick Foligno scored a late power-play goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to their 13th straight win, 4-3 against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

·         Jared Spurgeon scored at 2:46 of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, extending their winning streak to 11 games.

·         Evgeny Malkin scored his 800th career point, when he scored a goal in a 4-1 win vs the Devils on Friday

·         Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr , Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 25.  Jagr led the League with five assists in three games to move into second place in all-time NHL scoring (755-1,134-1,889 in 1,664 GP) and power the Panthers (15-14-6, 36 points) to three out of a possible six standings points.  Jagr collected one helper, in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Dec. 22, to move past Messier and into sole possession of second place in all-time NHL scoring.  Carter paced the NHL with five goals in three contests to lift the Kings (17-13-4, 38 points) to four out of a possible six standings points.  Talbot went 2-0-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .926 save percentage to backstop the Oilers (18-12-6, 42 points) to five out of a possible six standings points.

·         Shane Doan scored his 400th NHL goal Friday in his 1,500th game.  The forward scored for the Arizona Coyotes with 44 seconds left in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena. He has four goals in 34 games this season.  Doan has played all of his 21 NHL seasons with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise. He is the 93rd NHL player to score 400, and the 17th to play 1,500 games.  The 40-year-old is the fifth NHL player from a current franchise to hold its records for games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and power-play goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.  The others are Ron Francis (Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes), Joe Sakic (Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche), Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Mike Modano (Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars).  https://www.nhl.com/news/shane-doan-of-coyotes-scores-400th-nhl-goal/c-285029508

·         Center David Legwand, who played 16 seasons and was the first player selected in Nashville Predators history, retired on Thursday.  Legwand was the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NHL Draft and spent parts of 14 seasons with Nashville where he had 210 goals and 356 assists (566 points) in 956 games.  The 36-year-old scored on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 2000, the first overtime penalty shot goal in NHL history.  Legwand last played in the NHL in 2015-16 when he had five goals and nine assists in 79 games with the Buffalo Sabres.  He also played for the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators and finished his NHL career with 228 goals and 390 assists (618 points) in 1,136 NHL games from 1998-2016. Legwand had 13 goals and 15 assists (28 points) in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff games.   https://www.nhl.com/news/former-predators-center-david-legwand-retires-from-nhl/c-284975696

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NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         The postponed game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings, originally scheduled to be played on Dec. 19, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27, 2017 at PNC Arena, the National Hockey League announced today. The start time for the game will be 7 p.m. ET.  https://www.nhl.com/news/red-wings-hurricanes-game-rescheduled/c-284975348 That creates a college-style back-to-back games vs DET, as they play each other again on 3/28.  It also makes a very busy week for Car, as they will have 4 games in 6 nights (3/25-3/30) and 6 games in 9 nights (3/25-4/2).  Their last chance for them to have 2 off days in a row is 2/22-2/23.

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The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston: @BUF on 12/29, vs BUF on 12/31, @NJD on 1/2

NYR:  @ARI on 12/29, @COL on 12/31, vs BUF on 1/3, @PHI on 1/4

CAR:  @ PIT on 12/28, vs CHI on 12/30, @TBL on 12/31, vs NJD on 1/3

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Flyers @ Sharks on 12/30
  • Canadiens @ Penguins on 12/31
  • Blue Jackets @ Wild on 12/31
  • Red Wings @ Maple Leafs on 1/1 – Centennial Classic
  • Senators @ Capitals on 1/1
  • Blackhawks @ Blues on 1/2 – Winter Classic
  • Kings @ Sharks on 1/3

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Off until 12/30, vs UNH (NC) @ Manchester

·         Upsets: only 4 games throughout country last week.

·         Full slate of action next week, mostly holiday tournaments.

·         Holy Cross Def USA University team, 10-1  (ACHA players)

 

Upcoming big games:

·         #6 BC vs #14 Quinnipiac @ Three Rivers Classic in PIT on 12/29

·         #8 N Dakota @ #10 Union

·         #17 St Lawrence @ #13 Vermont

·         Other big matchups possible depending on tournament results

 

·         Rankings:  No new Ranking this week due to almost everyone being away for Xmas break.

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne: Barys forward Nigel Dawes scored his eighth KHL hat-trick to lead Barys to a valuable 5-3 win over the defending champion Metallurg Magnitogorsk and write his name in the league’s history books.  Dawes led a first-period blitz to help his team into a 4-0 lead and become the first player to post eight trebles in KHL action. Nikita Ivanov was the other Barys goalscorer.  Dawes has 212 games in the NHL with the Rangers, Coyotes, Flames, Thrashers, and Canadiens.  He has 39 goals and 45 assists for 84 points.  His best season in the NHL was in 09-10 with the Flames when he had 14g 18a (32p) in 66 games.  He has played the last 6 seasons in the KHL, playing 314 games, and netting 153g 114a for 267 pts.

 

Steve:

 

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

·         SKA leads West, 35-2-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 29-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-12-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 31-12-2

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Picks of the week:

Wayne:

·         Boston is indeed the Hockey Capitol of the US!  6, almost 7 players from BU make Team USA roster for WJC.  How are they not #1?  Charlie McAvoy, a Boston Bruins prospect, also making the 23-man roster were goaltender Jake Oettinger (2017 draft eligible) and forwards Patrick Harper (Nashville Predators), Jordan Greenway (Minnesota Wild), Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) and Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders). Boston University defenseman Chad Krys (Chicago Blackhawks) was released from the team Friday.  The last time as many as six players from the same team played for the United States at the WJC was 1979, when the University of Minnesota sent six players to Sweden: Aaron Broten, Neal Broten, Bryan Erickson, Jim Jetland, Mike Ramsey and Steve Ulseth.  If you include the three players from Boston College (White, goalie Joseph Woll and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald), and Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox, 43.5 percent (10 of 23) of the U.S. roster is made up of players attending Boston-based colleges.  Additionally, Boston University defenseman Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators), of Coquitlam, British Columbia, will play for Canada at the 2017 WJC.

·         https://www.nhl.com/news/alex-ovechkin-delights-young-players-at-holiday-skate/c-284975224

 

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