The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 23 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. We are heading into the All Star Break this weekend, and teams are scrambling for all the points they can get.  There were some injuries and a suspension this week to some very key players for their respective teams.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week.


THN Season 2, Episode 23 (Episode 68) Show Notes 1/19-1/25

 

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • All Star Weekend!
  • 5 Game suspension!
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:   4-1 W @ Mon on 1/19, 3-2 W vs NJD on 1/23  Now 17 games with no regulation loss, 10 regulation losses fewest in NHL.

Car:  3-1 W @ Det on 1/20, 5-1 L vs VGK on 1/21, 3-1 L @ Pit on 1/23

NYR:  3-1 L @ Col on 1/20, 4-2 L @ LA on 1/21, 6-3 L @ Ana on 1/23

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180119
Saturday, 1/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180120
Sunday, 1/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180121
Monday, 1/22: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180122
Tuesday, 1/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180123
Wednesday, 1/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180124
Thursday, 1/25:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180125
Friday, 1/26: No Games (All Star Break)

 

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • The Edmonton Oilers tapped a resource from their storied past when they added Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey as skills development coach Sunday. Coffey, 56, was on the ice for practice at Rogers Place and will be asked to mentor defensemen in particular, including prospects in the Oilers system.  Coffey is the second-highest scoring defenseman in NHL history with 1,531 points (396 goals, 1,135 assists) in 1,409 regular-season games, behind Ray Bourque (1,579 points). He won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the League three times, was an NHL First-Team All-Star four times and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian during the League’s centennial season.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets acquire goaltender Jeff Zatkofffrom Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations.
  • Arizona Coyotes acquire defenseman John Ramage from Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for future considerations.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quickwill not attend 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend because of a nagging injury, Kings general manager Rob Blake said Wednesday.  “It’s day to day,” Blake said. “With his history of injuries, we’re not risking that in this 3-on-3 format. He is not 100 percent healthy and he needs time to heal.”  If he does not play in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday after being selected to the Pacific Division team, he must sit out one regular-season game. That could either be against the Flames or the first game after the All-Star break, at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.  If Quick is the Kings backup to Darcy Kuemper against the Flames, he would have to sit out against the Stars.  He is 20-17-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 39 games this season.  Quick, 32, played 17 games last season, when he injured his groin in the first game at the San Jose Sharks.  All Star Notes:  Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith has been added to the roster for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, the National Hockey League announced today. Smith replaces Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick on the Pacific Division roster.
  • San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thorntonis expected to miss several weeks because of an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.  Thornton was injured when teammate Mikkel Boedker fell on him with less than one minute remaining in the third period of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.  Thornton will have an MRI on Wednesday, Wilson said. The Sharks recalled forward Marcus Sorensen from San Jose of the American Hockey League and placed Thornton on injured reserve.  Thornton, 38, has 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games this season. He had surgery on the MCL and anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the offseason.  That injury was sustained April 2, 2017 and caused Thornton to miss the first two games of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers.  Thornton returned to the lineup for Games 3 through 6, and the Sharks lost in six games.  Thornton, in his 20th NHL season, is 16th in scoring with 1,427 points in 1,493 games with the Sharks and Boston Bruins. He’s 12th with 1,030 assists, three behind Mario Lemieux for 11th.
  • Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy is expected to be out at least two weeks after having a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm on Monday. He was out of the hospital and resting comfortably Tuesday after having a procedure Monday to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.  “Everything went well,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “My concern and our concern as an organization is obviously his health going forward, whatever time he needs to recover. His health is our No. 1 priority. He’s doing terrific, and we’ll see how he recovers from there.”  Cassidy said McAvoy would be out through the All-Star break this weekend and would be evaluated next week, although the anticipated recovery time of two weeks would have him out until Feb. 6, when the Bruins visit the Detroit Red Wings.  McAvoy, 20, experienced heart palpitations during the Bruins game Nov. 26. After being evaluated by doctors, he was diagnosed with a supraventricular tachycardia, which, in his case, was not considered to be dangerous to his health but could recur at any time and causes significant symptoms, according to a statement by Bruins internist Dr. David Finn.   To correct the issue, McAvoy opted for an ablation because of the high likelihood of recurrence.   McAvoy, playing on a pair with captain Zdeno Chara, has 25 points (five goals, 20 assists) and is plus-18. McAvoy is averaging 22:49 of ice time and played 23:56 in a 4-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.  With defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller recently back from injury and illness, respectively, the Bruins can revert to the pairs they have used in the past, with Brandon Carlo playing with Chara, Torey Krug with McQuaid, and Grzelcyk with Miller.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palatwill be out 6-8 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Palat was injured during the third period of a 5-2 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.  n 46 games, Palat has 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) and a plus-17 rating. He has 248 points (82 goals, 166 assists) in six NHL seasons, all with the Lightning.
  • New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid(groin) and forward Brian Gibbons (broken thumb) were placed on injured reserve Sunday.  Kinkaid was injured in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at 12:15 of the first period after trying to make a save on Ivan Provorov‘s goal. He made four saves on seven shots before leaving and was replaced by Ken Appleby.  Gibbons, who has not missed a game this season, was injured when he blocked a shot during the second period Saturday; he will be re-evaluated on Monday. Gibbons has 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) and is tied for second on the Devils in goals.
  • Florida Panthers goalie James Reimerwill be out at least two weeks with a groin injury, coach Bob Boughner said Thursday.  Reimer was injured extending his right leg while attempting to make a save at 3:48 of the first period against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Harri Sateri  finished the game for the Panthers, who lost 6-1 at American Airlines Arena.  Reimer started 17 consecutive games and 18 of 19 after Roberto Luongo sustained a lower-body injury Dec. 4, going 9-6-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. But he allowed at least three goals in four of his past five starts before Tuesday.  Sateri is expected to make his second NHL start against the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). The Panthers recalled goaltender Samuel Montembeault from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchandhas been suspended for five games, without pay, for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson during NHL Game No. 732 in Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.  The incident occurred at 18:01 of the third period.  Marchand is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $373,475.60. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkinhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement via Section 18.7(c), for spearing Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown during NHL Game No. 704 in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.  The incident occurred at 6:57 of the first period.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, former NHL player Ryan Smyth, and women’s Olympic champion Danielle Goyette will be honored with the 2018 Order of Hockey in Canada. They will receive the honor at the Hockey Canada Foundation Gala and Golf in London, Ontario on June 18.  Babcock, 54, has an NHL record of 622-372-150 with 19 ties in 15 seasons as coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Detroit Red Wings and Maple Leafs. He coached the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup and they reached the Final in 2009. He’s the only coach in the IIHF Triple Gold Club, having led Canada to Olympic gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014, and the World Championship in 2004. He coached Canada to the championship at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.  Smyth, 41, played 19 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. He retired after the 2013-14 season with 842 points (386 goals, 456 assists) in 1,270 games. He helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and played in the 2006 Torino Olympics, and in the World Championship eight times, winning gold in 2003 and 2004, and silver in 2005. Smyth also won gold at the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.  Goyette, 51, played for Canada at the Olympics three times, winning gold in 2002 and 2006, and won the gold medal eight times at the Women’s World Championship; she had 219 points in 172 games with Canada’s national women’s team during a 15-season playing career. Currently the coach for the University of Calgary women’s hockey team, she was enshrined in the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.  The Order of Hockey in Canada was established in 2012 by Hockey Canada and has recognized 21 honorees including Jean Beliveau, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux, Pat Quinn and Scotty Bowman.
  • Marc Savard hopes to get into coaching after announcing his retirement Monday. Savard, 40, had 706 points (207 goals, 499 assists) in 807 NHL games as a center with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins. He played his final game with the Bruins on Jan. 22, 2011, because of concussion-related symptoms, and his last contract expired after the 2016-17 season.  “This is not an easy thing for me to put down into words, but I feel as though I’m ready now for the next chapter in my life to begin,” Savard wrote in a message on his Twitter account. “Also, last but not least, my health is the best it’s been in a very long time, and I’m grateful for that.”  “I think the biggest thing is that I’m happy where I am in my life,” Savard told NHLPA.com. “I’m the healthiest I’ve been in a long time. I didn’t want it to linger on any more. My contract is up and I wanted to get it out there and head off in a different direction to pursue a coaching career.”  The Rangers selected Savard in the fourth round (No. 91) of the 1995 NHL Draft. He debuted with the Rangers on Oct. 3, 1997, playing with his idol, Wayne Gretzky. His best season came with the Thrashers in 2005-06, when he set NHL career highs for goals (28) and points (97). From that season through 2008-09, he ranked 11th in the NHL in points per game (1.12). His name is on the Stanley Cup with the 2010-11 Bruins.
  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 21.  MacKinnon registered 4-2-6, including a pair of game-winning goals, in three contests to power the Avalanche (26-16-3, 55 points) to a perfect week and their ninth straight victory, the longest such streak in the NHL this season.  Hellebuyck stopped 59 of 60 shots against, compiling a 2-0-0 record with a 0.48 goals-against average, .983 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Jets (28-13-7, 63 points) back atop the Central Division standings.  Marchand led the NHL with 2-5-7 in four games to guide the Bruins (27-10-8, 62 points) to a 3-0-1 week, helping the team extend its point streak to 16 contests dating to Dec. 16 (12-0-4).
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/rasmus-dahlin-tops-midterm-ranking-of-international-skaters-for-2018-nhl-draft/c-295170566 Tyler Weiss is #71 on the list for North American skaters.
  • Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations with USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 United States Olympic men’s team, died Sunday. He was 53. Johannson, a two-time Olympian during his playing career (1988, 1992), was a stalwart with USA Hockey since joining the organization in 2000 as manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee relations.  As a USA Hockey executive, Johannson was part of the management team for every Olympics since 2002, when the U.S. won a silver medal in Salt Lake City. He also was part of the 2010 team in Vancouver that won silver.  Among the most significant accomplishments during Johannson’s tenure at USA Hockey were winning 64 medals (34 gold, 19 silver, 11 bronze) in major international competition, as well as helping launch and implement the highly acclaimed American Development Model and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams.  Johannson, from Rochester, Minnesota, was a seventh-round pick (No. 130) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1982 NHL Draft. A center, he played in the International Hockey League with Salt Lake City, Indianapolis and Milwaukee from 1987-94 after spending four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, where he won a national championship in 1983.

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:  ASG Weekend 1/26-1/29

Bos:   @ Ott on 1/25, vs Ana on 1/30

Car: @ Mon on 1/25, vs Ott on 1/30

NYR:  @ SJ on 1/25, off until 2/1

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 1/25:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180125 (15 games!)
Friday, 1/26: No games (All Star Weekend)
Saturday, 1/27: NHL Skills Challenge
Sunday, 1/28:  NHL All Star Tournament
Monday, 1/29: No games (All Star Weekend)
Tuesday, 1/30: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180130 (12 Games)
Wednesday, 1/31: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180131 (3 games)
Thursday, 2/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180201 (12 games)

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://www.nhl.com/news/andrei-svechnikov-filip-zadina-looking-to-impress-at-chl-nhl-top-prospects-game/c-295215268

Steve:  outdoor game in Latvia…

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –
Last Week: 2 ties vs UNH (2-2, 3-3)  now 6-6-3 in HE (6th), and 12-9-4 overall.  25th in pairwise
Upcoming:  2 games @ UMASS (must wins)

Upsets of ranked teams:

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-17/

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

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

 

USCHO Poll:

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

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

Listener Feedback / Action item for the week

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 22 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. Bye weeks are over, so the schedule is getting busy again on the ice.  There were some injuries this week to some very key players for their respective teams.  And, an iron man streak came to an end in a controversial manner.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week.


THN Season 2, Episode 22 (Episode 67) Show Notes 1/12-1/19

 

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • It’s been another quiet week around the league, as many teams are enjoying their bye weeks.
  • Vegas!
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  @ MON on 1/13 1st meeting of year, 3 times in 8 days, vs DAL on 1/15, vs MON on 1/17, @ NYI on 1/18 Now 15 straight games without a regulation loss

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

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

 

 

Other Notable games:

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

 

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Defenseman Deryk Engellandsigned a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.  Engelland could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He was selected from the Calgary Flames at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21 and has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 41 games.  Engelland, 35, has 99 points (25 goals, 74 assists) in 510 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Flames and Golden Knights.  He is the third Golden Knights player who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1 to sign a contract with Vegas. Defenseman Brayden McNabb signed a four-year, $10 million contract Nov. 30, and forward Jonathan Marchessault signed a six-year, $30 million contract Jan. 3.  Forwards David Perron and James Neal each can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  The Golden Knights (29-10-3) lead the Western Conference with 61 points and are four behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the best record in the League.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Goaltender Matt Murraywill be away from the Pittsburgh Penguins indefinitely following the death of his father, James Murray, on Tuesday.  Murray, 23, returned home to Ontario. He missed the Penguins’ past two games but was at practice Tuesday.  Murray is 15-12-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 31 games this season.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed forward Jussi Jokinenoff waivers Wednesday after putting forward Sonny Milano on injured reserve with a torn oblique muscle sustained against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 8.  Milano, the No. 16 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, will be out 4-6 weeks. He has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 35 games this season.  Jokinen was waived by the Los Angeles Kings. He has six points (one goal, five assists) in 32 games with the Kings and Edmonton Oilers.
  • Sebastian Ahois out indefinitely for the Carolina Hurricanes with a concussion and lower-body injury.  The forward was injured in a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames at PNC Arena on Sunday when he was hit by defenseman Mark Giordano, who was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.  Selected by the Hurricanes in the second round (No. 35) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Aho leads Carolina in goals (16) and points (37).  The Hurricanes (20-17-8) are on a six-day break and play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-CR, NHL.TV).
  • Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkinswill miss 5-6 weeks with cracked ribs.  Nugent-Hopkins, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, leads the Oilers with 16 goals and is third with 31 points in 46 games. He was injured late in the second period of Edmonton’s most recent game, a 3-2 overtime win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 13 that preceded a six-day break.
  • New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirkwill be sidelined indefinitely because of a meniscus tear in his left knee and will have surgery Monday.  Shattenkirk, 28, who has played in all 46 of New York’s games, said at practice Friday that he has been playing with knee pain since training camp and it didn’t make sense to continue without having the surgery. He said he is planning to rehab in time to be back with the Rangers before the end of the season; their final regular-season game is against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 7.  Shattenkirk, who signed a four-year contract with the Rangers on July 1, has 23 points (five goals, 18 assists). He has no goals and eight assists in 30 games since Nov. 6, and has one point in 13 games Dec. 19. He played 17:17 and did not have a point in New York’s 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Coglianowas suspended on Sunday for two games, which will end his consecutive games played streak at 830.  Cogliano was disciplined for interference against Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe. The incident occurred at 3:41 of the first period at Staples Center on Saturday. Cogliano received a two-minute penalty for interference.  Cogliano will not play against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Monday (3 p.m. ET; ALT, PRIME, NHL.TV), ending the fourth-longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history after Doug Jarvis (964 games), Garry Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884). He has not missed a game in 11 NHL seasons since his debut with the Edmonton Oilers against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 4, 2007.  The 30-year old, who signed a three-year contract with the Ducks on Friday, has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 44 games this season.  New iron man leader?  Keith Yandle (675), Patrick Marleau (669), Phil Kessel (654), Karl Alzner (582)
  • Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brownhas been fined $10,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement via Section 18.7(d), for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz during NHL Game No. 704 in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 6:36 of the third period. Brown was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smithand Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 14.  Gaudreau led the NHL with six assists and eight points in four games (2-6-8) to propel the Flames (25-16-4, 54 points) to a perfect week, helping the team extend its overall winning streak to seven contests.  Smith stopped 104 of 108 shots against, going 3-0-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .963 save percentage to help the Flames sweep a road trip of at least four games for the first time since Dec. 9-18, 2007 (6-0-0).  Kessel registered 2-3-5 in two games, scoring the winning goal in each contest to lift the Penguins (24-19-3, 51 points) into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • Eric Lindros, who spent eight of his 14 seasons with the Flyers, became the sixth player to have his jersey number retired by the organization on Thursday. Lindros, the 1994-95 Hart Memorial Trophy winner, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016. Though he spent time with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, it was his 659 points in 486 games with the Flyers for which he will be remembered.  A banner with Lindros name and number was raised to the rafters at Wells Fargo Center. There it will join Bernie Parent, Mark Howe, Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke.  Career:  760 GP, 372-493-865, 1398 PIMs 6-4, 230

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:   @ Mon on 1/19, vs NJD on 1/23, @ Ott on 1/25

Car: bye 1/15-1/19, @ Det on 1/20, vs VGK on 1/21, @ Pit on 1/23, @ Mon on 1/25

NYR:  @ Col on 1/20, @ LA on 1/21, @ Ana on 1/23, @ SJ on 1/25

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180119
Saturday, 1/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180120
Sunday, 1/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180121
Monday, 1/22: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180122
Tuesday, 1/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180123
Wednesday, 1/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180124
Thursday, 1/25:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180125
Friday, 1/26: No Games (All Star Break)

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://www.nhl.com/news/checkers-sound-tigers-play-in-empty-arena/c-295037770?tid=281396148

Steve:  Boo Nieves’ return to the Hartford Wolf Pack this week after a 28 game stint with the Rangers…

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –
Last Week: 5-3 loss twice @ Northeastern, 3-1 W vs UMass.  Dropped to 22nd in pairwise, now unranked again.
Upcoming:  Home vs UNH (twice)

Upsets of ranked teams:

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-16/

 

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

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

 

USCHO Poll:

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

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

Listener Feedback / Action item for the week

 

  • We want to know what you would like us to cover! Email us at…

 

 

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Covering all of the game action and news of the week

Where we are:

How to support the show:

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

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

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

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

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 21 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. NHL teams have begun their bye weeks, so action on the ice is light, but off the ice is as busy as ever. There are trades, signings, ownership changes, injuries and more to discuss.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week.


THN Season 2, Episode 21 (Episode 66) Show Notes 1/5-1/12

 

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • It’s been a quiet week around the league, as many teams are enjoying their bye weeks.
  • Big news out of Raleigh this week
  • More Olympic News – Team Canada
  • World Juniors finished last Friday. We’ll wrap it up in a bow for you.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  7-1 W vs CAR on 1/6, 6-5 OTL @ PIT on 1/7, Bye 1/8-1/12 Bruins now tied with SJ for fewest games played at 40.  StL most @46.

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

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

 

 

Other Notable games:

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

 

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

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

 

 

Injuries:

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

Suspensions/Fines:

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

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

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

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

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

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

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

 

 

Other Notable games:

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

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

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

Steve:  Colin D’Elia

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

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

 

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

Upsets of ranked teams:

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

 

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

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

 

USCHO Poll:

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

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

Listener Feedback / Action item for the week

 

  • We want to know what you would like us to cover! Email us at…

 

 

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Covering all of the game action and news of the week

Where we are:

How to support the show:

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

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

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

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

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 20 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world.  The NHL standings are continuing to be very compact.  We’ll let you know where your team stands.  The World Junior Championship is winding down.  We’ll get you caught up with what has gone down so far in Buffalo.    We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week.

 

THN Season 2, Episode 20 (Episode 65) Show Notes 12/28-1/5

 

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • Don’t look now, but the Carolina Hurricanes are in a playoff spot!!!!
  • Winter Classic happened this past week. We’ll have our reaction.
  • World Juniors are down to the final 2 teams. We’ll get you caught up.
  • We have some Olympic News this week.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  4-3 SOL @ Wsh on 12/28, 5-0 W @ Ott on 12/30, 5-1 W @NYI on 1/2, PPD vs FLA on 1/4 (possible dates: 1/21, 2/4-2/5)

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

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

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171228
Friday, 12/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171229
Saturday, 12/30: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171230
Sunday, 12/31: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171231
Monday, 1/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180101
Tuesday, 1/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180102
Wednesday, 1/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180103
Thursday, 1/4:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180104

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

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

 

 

Injuries:

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

Suspensions/Fines:

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

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

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

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

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

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

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

 

 

Other Notable games:

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

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

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

Steve:  Dominic Turgeon of the Grand Rapids Griffins

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

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

 

Upcoming:  @BU on 1/6, @Brown on 1/8

Upsets of ranked teams:

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

 

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

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

 

USCHO Poll:

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

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 19 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. We are approaching the new year, and the Winter Classic.  We’ll get you prepped for this year’s edition of this great annual event.  The World Junior Championship is under way, and we’ll get you caught up with what has gone down so far in Buffalo.    We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week


THN Season 2, Episode 19 (Episode 64) Show Notes 12/22-12/28

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • Our 3 teams continue to play well
  • Winter Classic is only days away. We’ll have a full discussion about it.
  • World Juniors started this week. We’ll have details.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  3-1 W vs DET on 12/23, 5-1 W vs OTT on 12/27

Car: 4-2 W vs BUF on 12/23, 3-1 W vs MON on 12/27

NYR: 3-2 L vs TOR on 12/23, 1-0 SOW vs WSH on 12/27

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222
Saturday, 12/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171223
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171227
Thursday, 12/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171228

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • General manager Doug Armstrong has signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth year that would keep him with the St. Louis Blues through the 2022-23 NHL season. Armstrong joined the Blues as vice president of player personnel in 2008. He was named the 11th general manager in Blues history on July 1, 2010, replacing Larry Pleau, and is in the final season of a five-year contract signed in 2013.  The Blues are 337-185-56 since Armstrong was named GM, the NHL’s fourth-best record since the 2010-11 season. They’ve made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past six seasons.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Forward Chris Kreiderof the New York Rangers is out indefinitely because of a blood clot in his right arm.  Kreider left the Rangers’ 1-0 shootout victory against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday with 22 seconds remaining in the first period because of what coach Alain Vigneault said was an upper-body injury. He played seven shifts totaling 5:04 of ice time and had two shots on goal.  Vigneault said Thursday that Kreider felt swelling in his arm before the game but was cleared to play after being examined by doctors. After the first period the swelling had increased and Kreider was sent to the hospital, where testing discovered the blood clot.  “In between the first and second [the swelling] got to a point where this was out of the ordinary,” Vigneault said. “So [doctors] sent him to the hospital and found it out.”  Kreider is tied for fourth on the Rangers in scoring with 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 37 games.
  • Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifelewill miss 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.  Scheifele was injured during the second period of the Jets’ 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. He was hit by Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson and crashed into the boards.  Scheifele has 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 38 games, second on the Jets behind right wing Blake Wheeler‘s 42 (nine goals, 33 assists). He was seventh in the NHL with 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in 79 games last season.
  • Goaltender Corey Crawfordwas placed on injured reserve by the Chicago Blackhawks with an undisclosed injury Wednesday.  It is unknown how long Crawford will be out. He is eligible to return Jan. 3.  “I’m going to say indefinite now until we get him on the ice and know more,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times.  Crawford is 16-9-2 this season but was pulled 13:22 into a 4-1 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday after allowing three goals on seven shots. He is fourth in the NHL with a 2.27 goals-against average and third with a .929 save percentage in 28 games.  The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Jeff Glass from Rockford of the American Hockey League. Glass is 10-4-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .917 save percentage in 18 games with Rockford.  Glass is expected to back up Anton Forsberg in Crawford’s absence. The Blackhawks play at the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinsonwill be out 4-6 weeks and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after fracturing his right foot Saturday.  Atkinson was struck by a slap shot from teammate Seth Jones in the first period of a 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. He remained in the game and played 22:26, his fourth-highest ice time total of the season.  Atkinson signed a seven-year, $41.125 million contract on Nov. 17. He has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 32 games after leading the Blue Jackets with 35 goals last season and was a healthy scratch for the game against the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 9.  Columbus is already without defensemen Zach Werenski (upper body) and Ryan Murray (upper body), each day to day. Forward Brandon Dubinsky is out for a month with a fractured orbital bone and forward Alexander Wennberg will be out 4-6 weeks with a back injury sustained in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Penguins on Dec. 21.  Wennberg was also placed on injured reserve Tuesday, and the Blue Jackets recalled forward Tyler Motte and defenseman Dean Kukan from Cleveland of the American Hockey League and added forwards Jordan Schroeder and Sonny Milano on emergency recall.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claessonhas been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Noel Acciari during NHL Game No. 558 in Boston on Wednesday, Dec. 27, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 15:01 of the first period. Claesson was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Claesson will forfeit $6,989.24.
  • Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldohas been suspended for six games, without pay, for punching an unsuspecting opponent – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard – during NHL Game No. 554 in Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.  The incident occurred at 8:52 of the second period. Rinaldo was assessed a match penalty under Rule 46.15.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Rinaldo will forfeit $22,580.64.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • None

Honors/Milestones:

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal and Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer  have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 24.  Rask started three of Boston’s four contests, going 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .954 save percentage to guide the Bruins (19-10-5, 43 points) to a perfect week.  Barzal posted six points, including a League-high four goals, in three games to power the Islanders (19-13-4, 42 points) to three out of a possible six standings points.  Reimer stopped 106 of 110 shots, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Panthers (15-16-5, 35 points) to a perfect week.
  • Goaltender Johnny Bower, who spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues before putting together a Hockey Hall of Fame career that included helping the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup four times in the 1960s, died Tuesday of pneumonia. He was 93. “There is so much to appreciate in Johnny Bower’s accomplishments on the ice — including the four Stanley Cups and membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame — and yet there was so much more to the man who served his sport, his country and his community with such distinction,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Johnny Bower enriched us all by sharing the pure joy he felt for the game he played and for the men who played it, with him and against him. It was a personal privilege to know him, a delight to be in his presence, and an honor to celebrate him as one of the 100 Greatest Players in NHL history.  Bower spent the equivalent of a full career in the minors before becoming a full-time NHL goaltender at age 34. Before retiring at 45, the “China Wall” (a nickname that had as much to do with his advanced age as it did his goaltending) won 250 games, including 37 by shutout, and had a 2.51 goals-against average.  “[He’s] the greatest athlete in the world,” his coach, Punch Imlach, once said of Bower. “By wanting to be the best so badly, he overrode the aging process.”  Born John Kiszkan in the wilderness village of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Bower grew up poor as the only boy in a family of nine children. At 15, Bower lied about his age to enlist in Canada’s army and was sent to England in 1940. He was discharged in 1943 with rheumatoid arthritis in his hands, an ailment that would plague him throughout his hockey career, and embarked on a journey through the minor leagues.  The NHL at that time was a six-team league in which full-time backup goaltenders were a rarity, so Bower (he changed his name after turning pro) played with Cleveland of the American Hockey League from 1945-53. He won the Hap Holmes Award as the AHL goalie with the lowest GAA and was named league MVP three times each.  Bower signed with the New York Rangers for the 1953-54 season and played every minute of all 70 games, finishing with a 29-31-10 record, a 2.60 GAA and five shutouts. But he lost his job to rookie Gump Worsley before the 1954-55 season and spent almost all of the next four years back in the minors, ending up with Cleveland again in 1957-58.  “I was sick of jumping around the country and I wanted to settle down with my family,” Bower would say. “Cleveland was going to be my home.”  But Imlach, the general manager and coach of the Maple Leafs, had other ideas. Imlach visited Bower during the summer of 1958, then drafted him from Cleveland. At age 34, Bower established himself as Toronto’s No. 1 goaltender, helping the Maple Leafs move from last place in 1957-58 to the Stanley Cup Final in 1959 and 1960.  In 1962, Bower and the Maple Leafs defeated the Chicago Blackhawks for their first championship since 1951.  Toronto won the Cup again in 1963 and 1964. The third championship came a few months before Bower’s 40th birthday.  Bower, who played without a mask for most of his career, became known as the inventor of the poke-check. He would aggressively leave the crease and try to poke the puck away from an onrushing attacker. The move wasn’t without risk: During his career, Bower lost nearly all of his teeth and on one occasion caught a skate to the face, knocking one of his teeth through his cheek.  After losing in the semifinals in 1965 and 1966, the Maple Leafs stumbled into the 1967 Stanley Cup Playoffs; they had finished third, 19 points behind first-place Chicago, during the regular season. But Toronto upset the Blackhawks in the thanks to the goaltending duo of Bower and 37-year-old Terry Sawchuk. The Maple Leafs’ opponent in the Final was the Canadiens, who were going for their third consecutive championship.  Bower replaced Sawchuk after a Game 1 loss and shut out Montreal 3-0 in Game 2, then made 52 saves in a 3-2 double-overtime win in Game 3. He was injured during warmups before Game 4, but Sawchuk helped Toronto finish a six-game series victory that gave the Maple Leafs their fourth championship in six years.  Bower retired in 1970 as the second-oldest goaltender to play in the NHL. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. But he continued to strap on the pads for a few years after his retirement, serving as a practice goalie when one was needed.

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  @ Wsh on 12/28, @ Ott on 12/30, @NYI on 1/2, vs FLA on 1/4

Car: vs Pit on 12/29, @ STL on 12/30, vs WSH on 1/2, @PIT on 1/4

NYR: @ Det on 12/29, @BUF on 1/1 (WC), vs CHI on 1/3

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171228
Friday, 12/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171229
Saturday, 12/30: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171230
Sunday, 12/31: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171231
Monday, 1/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180101
Tuesday, 1/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180102
Wednesday, 1/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180103
Thursday, 1/4:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180104

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  World Juniors update:  http://2018.worldjunior.hockey/en/

Steve:  Jud Ritter – http://www.mcall.com/sports/mc-spt-winter-olympics-ahl-hockey-ref-ritter-20171218-story.html

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  off last 2 weeks

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

NO Games last week

19 members of Team USA play in NCAA…  http://www.uscho.com/2017/12/23/usa-hockey-names-19-current-ncaa-players-to-2018-world-junior-team/

http://www.uscho.com/2017/12/21/arizona-state-boston-university-to-play-gila-river-arena-on-jan-26/

Friday:

Saturday:

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

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

 

USCHO Poll:

December 11, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Cloud State (35) 12- 2-1 978 2
2 Denver ( 8) 9- 3-4 918 1
3 Notre Dame ( 6) 16- 3-1 907 4
4 Clarkson ( 1) 15- 3-1 893 3
5 Cornell 10- 2-0 760 6
6 North Dakota 10- 5-5 758 5
7 Minnesota State 11- 5-0 694 8
8 Northeastern 10- 5-1 617 10
9 Ohio State 10- 4-4 566 15
10 Minnesota 10- 9-1 519 7
11 Providence 10- 7-1 516 9
12 Western Michigan 10- 8-1 433 11
13 Wisconsin 10- 9-2 335 12
14 Boston College 9- 7-2 327 14
15 Penn State 11- 7-2 322 18
16 New Hampshire 9- 7-1 260 13
17 Minnesota Duluth 8- 9-2 150 17
18 Colgate 8- 6-4 129 16
19 Union 10- 8-1 74 19
20 Canisius 10- 5-1 69 NR
Others receiving votes: Bowling Green 61, Colorado College 50, Miami 37, UMass Lowell 33, Omaha 26, Boston University 20, Harvard 16, Michigan 14, Massachusetts 10, Niagara 4, Army 2, Bentley 1, Maine 1 (33rd).

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: Henrik Figure
  • Wayne:    Nate Vila scored himself an incredible Christmas present Friday.  The West Springfield, Massachuestts native shot the puck through a narrow hole from the opposite blue line, winning a new car during the second intermission of the American Hockey League game between the Springfield Thunderbirds and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  “It’s incredible,” Vila told Masslive.com. “I was so speechless, and I didn’t know what to do; I honestly didn’t even think I’d made it at first, then I saw everyone go nuts.”  Vila, who is 22 and lives with his mom and grandma, recently enlisted in the United States Army and will report for duty in Fort Benning, Georgia on Jan. 2.  “Pretty much that has been my main focus,” Vila said, “until tonight.”  After scoring, Vila was mobbed by the Thunderbirds mascot, and the team sought him out to congratulate him after its 5-4 victory.  “Merry Christmas to me,” he said. “It was incredible. I can’t believe it.”

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 18 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the past week around the hockey world. We are approaching the annual Christmas break, and the standings remain as tight as ever.  The World Junior Championship gets going this week, and we’ll have the details.    There were a couple trades to talk about this week as well.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week


 

THN Season 2, Episode 18 (Episode 63) Show Notes 12/16-12/22

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • Our 3 teams are all playing well
  • There were a couple of minor trades this week.
  • 3 day Xmas break is upon us, and we’ll get into where every team stands.
  • World Juniors Start this week. We’ll have details.
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 3-2 OTL vs NYR on 12/16, 7-2 W vs CBJ on 12/18, 3-0 W @ BUF on 12/19, 2-1 SOW vs WPG on 12/21

Car: 2-1 W vs CBJ on 12/16, 8-1 L @ TOR on 12/19, 4-1 W @ NSH on 12/21

NYR: 3-2 OTW @BOS on 12/16, 4-1 W vs ANA on 12/19, 4-3 SOL @ NJD on 12/21

 

Other Notable games:

Saturday, 12/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171216
Sunday, 12/17: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171217
Monday, 12/18: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171218
Tuesday, 12/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171219
Wednesday, 12/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171220
Thursday, 12/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171221
Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Oleksiak (6-foot-7, 255 pounds) was the Stars’ first-round selection (No. 14) in the 2011 NHL Draft. The 24-year-old has three points (one goal, two assists) in 21 games this season and 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 140 NHL games with Dallas.  The Stars will receive the better of Pittsburgh’s own fourth-round pick or a choice acquired from the Minnesota Wild.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired goaltender Michael Leighton on Tuesday in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes for forward Josh Archibald, goaltender Sean Maguire and a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Pittsburgh also received a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft.  Leighton, 36, is 37-43-4 with 10 ties, a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage in 110 NHL games (53 starts) with the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He was 2-2-0 with a 3.43 GAA and .870 save percentage in four games with Carolina last season. Leighton has spent this season in the American Hockey League and will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He has played seven NHL games since 2009-10, when he was 8-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Flyers advance to the Cup Final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Archibald, 25, has no points in three games for the Penguins this season. He had three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh last season and was scoreless in four games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The three goals are his only points in 14 NHL games. He was Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick (No. 174) in the 2011 NHL Draft.  Maguire, 24, was Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick (No. 113) in the 2012 NHL Draft and signed with the Penguins on April 6, 2016, after playing four seasons at Boston University. He has split the past two seasons between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling of the ECHL.
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Brock Boeser does not have a fracture in his left foot, but it remains unknown when he’ll return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup. Boeser, who leads the Canucks and NHL rookies with 17 goals and 30 points, was injured blocking Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano‘s shot 14 seconds into the second period of a 6-1 home loss Sunday. The 20-year-old forward crawled off the ice, limped to the locker room without putting any weight on his left leg, and was on crutches with a walking boot Monday.  He had 16 points and was the NHL Rookie of the Month in November after leading the League with 11 goals in 15 games.  Boeser started the season on Vancouver’s new top line with center Bo Horvat and left wing Sven Baertschi, but all three are injured. Horvat fractured his foot Dec. 5 and is expected to miss another 2-4 weeks, and Baertschi broke his jaw when a Giordano clearing attempt hit him in the face Dec. 9 and is expected to miss another 3-5 weeks.
  • Defenseman Shea Weber left the Montreal Canadiens on Monday to have a foot injury re-evaluated. Coach Claude Julien wasn’t sure how long Weber will be sidelined. The Canadiens play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in the second of a season-long seven-game road trip Tuesday.  “We’re going to shut him down for a little bit,” Julien said. “His situation is not getting better. He’s got an injury in the foot area that got better and then it gets worse again, so we are going to send him home and get him reevaluated.”  Weber missed seven games at the end of November before returning to play the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2. He averaged 22:44 of ice time in his past six games, including 22:58 outdoors in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Saturday. He did not practice in Vancouver on Monday.   “He’s still playing but he’s certainly not comfortable there, so we need to get this solved, so we’re going to send him home and get our doctors to look at him again,” Julien said. “He was trying his best and at the end, I think the best thing to do is shut him down.”
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewscould be in the lineup against the New York Rangers on Saturday.  Matthews said Friday that a decision will be made after the morning skate. He’s missed the past six games because of a concussion sustained during a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 9.  Matthews was injured when he collided with Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly with 2:50 remaining in the third period against the Penguins. He returned to play two more shifts but said he was not feeling well later in the night and the next day. Matthews confirmed Friday that he did sustain a concussion in the collision.  Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 26 games. Toronto is 6-4-0 in the 10 games he’s been out this season.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for spearing New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield on Tuesday, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced. The incident occurred at 19:17 of the first period in Detroit’s 6-3 win at Barclays Center. Abdelkader was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.
  • Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov during NHL Game No. 505 in Colorado on Saturday, Dec. 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Sunday. The incident occurred at 16:57 of the second period. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing and a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Johnson will forfeit $64,516.12.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • The New York Islanders’ bid to build an arena at Belmont Park has been selected by New York state, and co-owner Jon Ledecky said he hopes to start construction quickly.  “That’s our mantra moving forward. We want to play in this facility as soon as possible,” Ledecky said after the announcement was made at Belmont Park on Wednesday.  The Islanders’ proposal includes an 18,000-seat arena, a hotel, 435,000 square feet of retail space, and a 10,000-square-foot innovation center that would be developed with input from residents.  “Our fans deserve this,” Ledecky said. “This is about a legacy for them, this is about us being community stewards of a great team, a great franchise. This building, this world-class, state-of-the-art, third-generation building, that gives them the reward that they deserve so justly for hanging with the team.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said getting a new arena was important for the Islanders.  “It’s not about relief,” Bettman said. “I’m happy for Long Island, I’m happy for Islanders fans, I’m happy for the Islanders players. I think this is a great day for the franchise and a great day for Long Island.”  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in attendance and asked Commissioner Bettman if the Islanders could at least play some games at Nassau Coliseum while the new arena is being built. The Coliseum was renovated after the Islanders moved to Barclays Center and has fewer than 14,000 seats for hockey. The Islanders are committed to playing at Barclays Center next season, but it’s unclear where they would go after that.  “We’re going to have to take a look at it,” Bettman said. “This was a recently made request, which we will respond to at the governor’s request.”  “I think it’s really, truly where the team belongs,” Tavares said. “The New York Islanders are called the Islanders for a reason. It’s exciting news. Obviously, we have some time left playing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and we’ve got to make the most of it and build off the success we’ve had there for the last couple of years.”  Tavares maintained he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Islanders before the end of this season.  The Islanders were one of two bidders seeking approval to develop the property next to the racetrack. New York City FC of Major League Soccer proposed a stadium, retail space, a community park and a 2-acre soccer facility.
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/2018-winter-classic-ice-truck-arrives-at-citi-field/c-294146690
  • At Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, where the temperature at puck drop was 12.5 degrees Fahrenheit (7 at the end), Craig Andersonmade 28 saves to help the Senators to a 3-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens.  The NHL100 Classic was played in front of a sellout crowd of 33,959. Total attendance for the League’s 23 regular-season outdoor games now stands at 1,242,276, an average of 54,012 per game.

Honors/Milestones:

  • Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock won his 800th NHL game with a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Hitchcock is the third coach in NHL history with 800 wins, joining Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (868) and Scotty Bowman (1,244).  Hitchcock, who turned 66 on Sunday, has an NHL record of 800-488-114 with 88 ties with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues. He has 296 victories in two stints with Dallas.
  • Dustin Brownscored 44 seconds into overtime in his 1,000th NHL game to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center on Thursday.  Brown beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with a wrist shot over his glove to lift the Kings to a fifth consecutive home victory, their longest streak since winning six straight Nov. 3-26, 2016.  Brown and Dave Taylor are the only Kings to play his first 1,000 games for Los Angeles.  Brown career has 245-290-535 and 608 PIMs all with LA.  He is off to his best start since 2011-2012 (54 pts) offensively, with 13-16-29 in 36 games.  He had only 36 pts in 80 games last year, and hadn’t scored more than 29 pts per season from 2012-2016 despite not missing more than a game or two during those years.  His best season was 07-08 with 33-27-60 in 78 games.
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/maple-leafs-score-franchises-20000th-goal/c-294181172
  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 17. Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 17.  Kane registered 4-1-5, including a pair of decisive goals, to help the Blackhawks (17-11-5, 39 points) go 3-0-0 and extend their overall winning streak to five games.  Elliott went 3-0-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average and .943 save percentage to guide the Flyers (14-11-7, 35 points) to their sixth straight win on the heels of a 10-game skid (0-5-5).  Bailey posted 4-4-8, including his first career hat trick, in four contests to help the Islanders (18-12-3, 39 points) pick up a pair of wins.

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs DET on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27, @ Wsh on 12/28

Car: vs BUF on 12/23, vs MON on 12/27, vs Pit on 12/29

NYR: vs TOR on 12/23, vs WSH on 12/27, @ Det on 12/29

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222
Saturday, 12/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171223
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171227
Thursday, 12/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171228
Friday, 12/29: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171229

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  http://2018.worldjunior.hockey/

Russia Boasts 2-0 win over Canada in 2017 Channel One Cup in Russia – https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/men/national/2017-18/channel-one-cup/stats/team-rosters?teamid=647  (USA did not have a team in the tournament)  https://www.flashscore.com/hockey/europe/channel-one-cup/

Steve:  Mozyakin

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  off last week and this week.

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday: (12/8)
none.

Saturday:
7:05 MTDartmouth5@(2) Denver4
 

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

 

USCHO Poll:

December 11, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Cloud State (35) 12- 2-1 978 2
2 Denver ( 8) 9- 3-4 918 1
3 Notre Dame ( 6) 16- 3-1 907 4
4 Clarkson ( 1) 15- 3-1 893 3
5 Cornell 10- 2-0 760 6
6 North Dakota 10- 5-5 758 5
7 Minnesota State 11- 5-0 694 8
8 Northeastern 10- 5-1 617 10
9 Ohio State 10- 4-4 566 15
10 Minnesota 10- 9-1 519 7
11 Providence 10- 7-1 516 9
12 Western Michigan 10- 8-1 433 11
13 Wisconsin 10- 9-2 335 12
14 Boston College 9- 7-2 327 14
15 Penn State 11- 7-2 322 18
16 New Hampshire 9- 7-1 260 13
17 Minnesota Duluth 8- 9-2 150 17
18 Colgate 8- 6-4 129 16
19 Union 10- 8-1 74 19
20 Canisius 10- 5-1 69 NR
Others receiving votes: Bowling Green 61, Colorado College 50, Miami 37, UMass Lowell 33, Omaha 26, Boston University 20, Harvard 16, Michigan 14, Massachusetts 10, Niagara 4, Army 2, Bentley 1, Maine 1 (33rd).

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 17 is live!

Coming up on this episode of The Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the hockey news of the week. We are approaching the annual Christmas break, and the standings remain as tight as ever. There have been some injuries to some big names around the league that will likely affect their teams. There were several individual milestones reached this week as well. We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, the NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week!


THN Season 2, Episode 17 (Episode 62) Show Notes 12/7-12/16

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • Big News concerning the Future of our Hurricanes and NHL expansion
  • NHL Board of Governors meeting was a week+ ago, we’ll let you know the big stories
  • Big TV network transaction that affects at least 12 NHL teams
  • Brothers Subban played against each other
  • Outdoor Season begins this week (Mon @ Ott) 10 deg at game time
  • Upsets abound in College Hockey
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 6-1 W vs Ari on 12/7, 3-1 W vs NYI on 12/9, 3-2 OTW @ Det on 12/13, 5-3 L vs WSH on 12/14, vs NYR on 12/16

Car: 5-4 OTL @ SJ on 12/7, 3-2 OTL @ LA on 12/9, 3-2 L @ ANA on 12/11, 3-2 SOW @ VGK on 12/12, 5-4 OTW @ BUF on 12/15, vs CBJ on 12/16

NYR: 4-2 L @ WSH on 12/8, 5-2 W vs NJD on 12/9, 2-1 SOL vs Dal on 12/11, 3-2 L @ Ott on 12/13, 4-2 W vs LAK, @BOS on 12/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/7:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171207
Friday, 12/8:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171208
Saturday, 12/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171209
Sunday, 12/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171210
Monday, 12/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171211
Tuesday, 12/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171212
Wednesday, 12/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171213

Thursday, 12/14:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171214
Friday, 12/15:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171215
Saturday, 12/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171216
 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

Injuries:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahanis out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.  Callahan was injured during the third period of a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. With 12:59 remaining, Callahan got tangled with Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and when Callahan fell to the ice, Ekman-Larsson also fell, landing on Callahan’s arm.  Callahan has six points (one goal, five assists) in 29 games this season. The 32-year-old missed 64 games last season after having hip surgery during the offseason and in February.
  • Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnykis week to week with a lower-body injury.  Dubnyk was injured in the first period of a 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.  Dubnyk is 12-8-2 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage with three shutouts in 23 games this season. He’s started at least 65 games in each of the past two seasons with the Wild.
  • Left wing Taylor Hallis day to day for the New Jersey Devils with a contusion in his right knee and will not play against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, MSG+ 2, RDS, NHL.TV).  Hall was injured in the third period after scoring twice in a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on Tuesday when he went knee-on-knee with defenseman Kurtis MacDermid at the Kings blue line at 7:16. Hall’s final shift ended at 14:35 and he left for the locker room during a stoppage at 16:56. The contact by MacDermid appeared to hit just above Hall’s right knee.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinskywill miss 6-8 weeks with an orbital bone fracture sustained against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.  Dubinsky was injured in a fight with Oilers forward Zack Kassian with 1:35 remaining in the Blue Jackets’ 7-2 loss.   Dubinsky, 31, has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and is plus-5 in 31 games this season.  Dubinsky has 420 points (144 goals, 276 assists) in 731 games over 12 seasons with the New York Rangers and Blue Jackets.
  • Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perryis week to week with a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.  Coach Randy Carlyle said the Ducks will have a better timeline for Perry next week.  Perry left the game against the Hurricanes at 13:14 of the first period after his knee struck Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner‘s leg in a collision in the Carolina zone. Perry was face down on the ice before limping to the bench with the help of trainers.   Perry’s injury is the latest for the Ducks (13-11-7), who are in fifth place in the Pacific Division, 10 points behind the Los Angeles Kings (20-8-3). Anaheim is also missing forwards Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (Guillain-Barre syndrome), Nick Ritchie (upper body) and Joseph Blandisi (upper body). Forward Jakob Silfverberg played against Carolina after missing five games with an upper-body injury.  Perry leads the Ducks with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists). He led the NHL with 50 goals in 2010-11 and has 739 points (355 goals, 384 assists) in 13 seasons with Anaheim.
  • Defenseman Alex Pietrangelowas placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday with a lower-body injury.   Pietrangelo, the Blues captain, was injured blocking a shot in a 6-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 9. He left the game and returned.   Pietrangelo, 27, has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and ranks fifth in scoring among NHL defensemen. He is tied for second in goals among defensemen with Mikhail Sergachev of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pietrangelo has 326 points (72 goals, 254 assists) in 569 NHL games with St. Louis.
  • Forward Jaden Schwartzwas placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues on Sunday with an injury to his right ankle that will keep him out for at least six weeks.  Schwartz was injured blocking a shot by defenseman Mike Green and was helped off the ice with 2:51 left in the first period of the Blues’ 6-1 victory at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Ottawa Senators forward Alexandre Burrowshas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo during NHL Game No. 454 in San Jose on Saturday, Dec. 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 14:51 of the third period. Burrows was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for fighting.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Marion Gaborik became the 314th player in NHL history to play 1,000 games when the Kings played the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, MSG, FS-W, NHL.TV). https://www.nhl.com/news/marian-gaborik-ready-1000th-nhl-game/c-294016684
  • Henrik Lundqvistmade 27 saves in the New York Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, bringing his career total to 20,023.  Lundqvist became the 15th goalie to make 20,000 saves since the data was officially kept, beginning with the 1955-56 season.  Lundqvist joined Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Patrick Roy, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, John Vanbiesbrouck, Gump Worsley, Grant Fuhr, Gilles Meloche, Sean Burke, Jacques Plante, and Nikolai Khabibulin as the only goalies with at least 20,000 saves. Among them, they have won the Vezina Trophy 27 times and seven of the 12 eligible players are in the Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame.  In terms of goals-against average, his 2.33 ranks second to Brodeur (2.24), and it takes five decimal places to break the tie for first in save percentage, which Jacques Plante holds over Lundqvist, .91965 to .91958. This does not include Plante’s play from 1952–55, which is prior data being kept.
  • Forward Chris Neil, who turned a relentless work ethic into a 15-year career with the Ottawa Senators, retired Thursday. Neil, 38, played 1,026 NHL games, all with the Senators; only defenseman Chris Phillips (1,179) and former captain Daniel Alfredsson (1,178) played more. He had 250 points (112 goals, 138 assists), and is the Senators’ all-time penalty minutes leader with 2,522, 20th in NHL history. Neil and longtime New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko are the only NHL players to have played 1,000 games and had more than 2,500 penalty minutes while spending their entire career with one franchise.
  • Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for his 300th NHL win when the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 at Barclays Center on Wednesday.
  • Cam Ward 22 saves for his 300th NHL win when the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Phil Di Giuseppe got the winner in the shootout.
  • Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 10.  Schenn led the NHL with 6-1-7, including at least one goal in all four of his appearances, to power the Blues (21-8-2, 44 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Western Conference standings.  Allen went 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Blues to their third four-game winning streak of the season (also Oct. 4-10 and Oct. 25-30).  Elliott posted a trio of victories – along with a 1.67 goals-against average and .954 save percentage – to help the Flyers (11-11-7, 29 points) bounce back from a 10-game skid (0-5-5) and complete a perfect road trip through Western Canada.
  • Defenseman Zarley Zalapski, who played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers, has died at the age of 49, the Flames announced Tuesday.  The cause of death was not disclosed.   Zalapski, born in Edmonton, was selected by the Penguins with the No. 4 pick in the 1986 NHL Draft. He played 190 games over four seasons with Pittsburgh before being part of a trade with the Whalers that sparked the Penguins’ back-to-back Stanley Cup titles.    On March 4, 1991, Zalapski and forwards John Cullen and Jeff Parker were traded by the Penguins to the Whalers for forward Ron Francis and defensemen Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings. The Penguins won the Cup that season and the next.  Zalapski played 229 games with the Whalers, 178 with the Flames, 28 with the Canadiens and 12 with the Flyers before retiring after the 1999-2000 season. Zalapski finished his NHL career with 384 points (99 goals, 285 assists) in 637 games.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos: vs CBJ on 12/18, @ BUF on 12/19, vs WPG on 12/21, vs DET on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27

Car: @ TOR on 12/19, @ NSH on 12/21, vs BUF on 12/23, vs MON on 12/27

NYR: vs ANA on 12/19, @ NJD on 12/21, vs TOR on 12/23, vs WSH on 12/27

 

 

Other Notable games:

Sunday, 12/17: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171217
Monday, 12/18: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171218
Tuesday, 12/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171219
Wednesday, 12/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171220

 

Thursday, 12/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171221
Friday, 12/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171222
Saturday, 12/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171223
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20171227

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  https://theahl.com/pellerin-cunningham-named-all-star-honorary-captains

Steve:  Hartford Wolf Pack

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –  swept Quinnipiac on road Dec 8-9, 7-4 & 5-3.  Maine is now 8-7-1, 4-4-1  heading into Xmas break.

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday: (12/8)
7:05 ETCanisius4@(20) Niagara2
6:35 ET(7) Minnesota1@(15) Ohio State2OT
7:07 CT(17) Minnesota Duluth5@Omaha7
7:05 ETMiami5@(11) Western Michigan2
7:05 ET(16) Colgate2@Connecticut4

Saturday:
7:35 ET(20) Niagara2@Canisius8
8:05 ET(7) Minnesota1@(15) Ohio State4
7:05 ETRIT4@(9) Providence0
7:00 ETArmy West Point4@(13) New Hampshire3
Sunday:
4:00 ETMerrimack4@(13) New Hampshire3
5:00 ETMassachusetts2@(19) Union1

 

Big games this week (both teams ranked):  none (only 16 games total)
This is last weekend of NCAA action until week of 12/28-1/3

Pairwise Rankings:

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

 

 

 

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