The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 28 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. More teams are falling out of the playoff race, and a couple have already been mathematically eliminated.  This past week, there were milestones, injuries, transactions, hockey hair contests, and even a goalie scoring a goal.  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 28 (Episode 73) Show Notes 3/6-3/14

 

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

  • Playoff Races!!!
  • I attended the Huge comeback in Carolina
  • Disturbing story coming from the KHL
  • Eliminations have begun in the NHL
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:   6-5 OTW vs Det on 3/6, 3-2 W vs Phi on 3/8, 7-4 W vs Chi on 3/10, 3-1 L @ Chi on 3/11, 6-4 W @Car on 3/13

Car:  6-2 L @ Min on 3/6, 3-2 W @ Chi on 3/8, 6-3 L@ NYR on 3/12, 6-4 L vs Bos on 3/13

NYR: 3-0 L vs Wpg on 3/6, 5-3 L @ TBL on 3/8, 4-3 SOL @ Fla on 3/10, 6-3 W vs Car on 3/12, 4-3 OTW vs Pit on 3/14

 

Other Notable games:

Tuesday, 3/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180306  (9 Games)
Wednesday, 3/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180307  (3 games)
Thursday, 3/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180308 (12 games)
Friday, 3/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180302 (9 games)
Saturday, 3/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180310 (11 games)
Sunday, 3/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180311 (4 games)
Monday, 3/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180312 (8 games)
Tuesday, 3/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180313 (7 Games)
Wednesday, 3/14: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180314 (5 games)

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Brian MacLellan has signed a contract to remain general manager of the Washington Capitals, the team confirmed Friday. MacLellan, 59, is in the final season of his contract. He was promoted to GM on May 26, 2014, after serving as assistant GM for seven seasons under George McPhee, who was fired after the Capitals failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013-14.  Washington has qualified for the playoffs in each of three seasons under MacLellan, winning the Presidents’ Trophy in 2015-16 and 2016-17, but the Capitals have not advanced past the second round of the playoffs since making their lone Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1997-98.  Coach Barry Trotz’s future remains unclear. He was hired May 26, 2014, to replace Adam Oates and his contract is due to expire after this season. Trotz, 55, is fifth in NHL history with 750 wins and 1,509 games coached. He is 750-565-134 with 60 ties in 19 NHL seasons, including 193-86-34 in four seasons with the Capitals.
  • Ron Francis is no longer general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. Francis will become Hurricanes president of hockey operations, and Carolina will immediately begin a search for a new GM who will report directly to Tom Dundon, who became majority owner Jan. 11. “Since I took control of the team, I’ve had a good chance to be around and assess the operations,” Dundon said. “There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions.  “Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role.”  Francis has been Hurricanes GM since 2014, when he was promoted to replace Jim Rutherford. He has been in Carolina management for 12 seasons.  Carolina has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once (2008-09) since winning the Cup in 2005-06. The Hurricanes (29-27-11) trail the Columbus Blue Jackets by four points for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining.  “We’re just trying to break up the hockey stuff,” he said. “We’re undermanned there. We could stand to continue to evolve, in a good way, to get more throughput.”  The following day, Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon fielded a host of phone calls from media in the aftermath of the announcement Wednesday that the Hurricanes will begin searching for a new general manager after shifting Ron Francis from GM into a new role as president of hockey operations.  Dundon, who became Carolina’s majority owner Jan. 11, was aware before those phone calls of the outside perception he wants to be hands-on in all decisions, including those involving hockey operations, and said, “I think short term, it’s probably accurate.”  But he said that’s not his long-term plan.  “I think it’s appropriate right now that I challenge and question everything we do, so we can get a process that everyone buys into and we’re comfortable with,” Dundon said. “Once we do, I would be less likely to be involved with things that I think are working properly.”  Less than two months after taking over, Dundon is far from satisfied with how things are working.  “This wasn’t strategic that, ‘Oh, we need to do something.’ This was not that,” Dundon said. “I really hope we start winning. I know the players care. They’re trying. I’m actually happiest about that. They’re frustrated. You’ve got to realize that they work harder than we do and they sacrifice a lot. They care. They’re trying hard. I’m not upset with anybody.”  But as far as the long-term structure Dundon is trying to establish, he said he didn’t believe he and Francis, who was in his fourth season as GM, were on the same page.  “Over time, he and I just kind of agreed that our styles were such that [team president] would be a better role for him and the organization probably could use more throughout,” Dundon said. “There’s so much to do, it was just a better fit for everybody.”  Francis was methodical in rebuilding the Hurricanes through the NHL Draft and smaller trades but wasn’t able to get them into the playoffs. Though Dundon said he and Francis agreed on most things, they didn’t agree on the approach.  “I want someone collaborative, someone aggressive, a good fit for how we’re going to go about making decisions,” Dundon said listing the qualities he’d like in the Hurricanes GM. “Someone comfortable with the decision-making process where we take lots of input, and, ultimately, hopefully the decisions are organizational. I think that’s probably what happens in most organizations.   “Just someone who’s comfortable acquiring information, whether it’s from scouts and other GMs and other people in the League and their own eye, and putting together a process that we can use to continue to improve the team.”  Though Dundon has talked about expanding the Hurricanes analytics staff, he said doesn’t need the GM to be an “analytics guy.”  “Because I don’t think that works,” he said. “I think you need a hockey guy that can work with the analytics people to challenge their thoughts. ‘Hey, I think this. Can you show me something that proves or disproves or makes me or less comfortable with what I’ve done?'”  Don Waddell, president of Gale Force Sports and Entertainment and in charge of business operations for the Hurricanes and PNC Arena, will lead the GM search, Dundon said, with input from him and Francis.  Dundon said he values Francis’ opinion and knowledge and will continue to utilize him as an asset.   “I know I want his opinions, and this isn’t about whether I think he’s smart and has good judgment,” he said. “It’s just about the right fit on a day-to-day basis. If you think about it, you’ve got a guy that’s been doing it a certain way and then I show up and I’ve got a different way. That’s harder than someone new coming in knowing, ‘Here’s how it’s going to be. Are you comfortable with that?’ It’s that simple.”  As for coach Bill Peters, Dundon said, “I think he’s doing a fine job. We’re just not getting the results.” But Dundon acknowledged the new GM will have a say in whether Peters returns next season.  “I’d be lying if I said the new GM wouldn’t have a vote,” Dundon said. “That wouldn’t be fair to bring in a new GM and not give him a vote. By the way, Bill gets a vote too. Bill gets to decide if he wants to be here. But I like him.”
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Winnipeg Jets goaltender Steve Masonhad arthroscopic surgery on his knee Monday and is expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks, coach Paul Maurice said.  Mason missed 21 games with an upper-body injury before returning to play against the New York Rangers on March 6. Despite injuring his knee during that game, Mason made 31 saves to post his 34th career shutout in a 3-0 victory.
  • Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposowill be out indefinitely because of a concussion.  Okposo was injured in a collision with Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan during the second period of the Sabres’ 4-3 shootout win Thursday.  Okposo, 29, was hospitalized in March 2017 with what he later described as complications from medication used after being treated for a concussion.   Okposo, in the second season of a seven-year contract he signed with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent, has 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 65 games this season.
  • Bryan Rusthas a concussion and is out indefinitely for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The forward was injured on a hit into the end boards by Robert Hagg of the Philadelphia Flyers at 8:28 of the first period of a 5-2 win Wednesday.  Rust has 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) in 57 games this season, including 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 17 games since the All-Star break.
  • Martin Hanzalwill have spinal fusion surgery in the coming days and could miss the start of next season for the Dallas Stars.  The recovery time for the surgery is 6-7 months, Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday.  Hanzal had 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 38 games this season. The 31-year-old center has missed 29 games because of injury.  Nill said Hanzal’s initial injury occurred in late November. He had three injection treatments to try to play through the pain.  “It was just something that slowly came upon and it kind of got worse and worse,” Nill said. “He was getting these injections to try to manage it and it finally got the point where the injections didn’t help anymore.”  Hanzal has a history of back injuries. He had surgery to repair a herniated disk in July 2008 and another back surgery in February 2015.
  • Carter Huttonwill not play for the St. Louis Blues against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday after the goaltender injured his neck.  Jake Allen will start with Ben Wexler as an emergency backup at SAP Center.  Hutton was 1-2-2 in his past six starts, allowing 16 goals. Allen has not won since Feb. 9 (0-4-0 in five games).  Wexler, 23, played 26 games over three seasons at the University of Illinois from 2014-17.  The Blues recalled goaltender Ville Husso from San Antonio of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions. He will join St. Louis for their game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Jared Spurgeonis out four weeks with a partial tear of his right hamstring.  The Minnesota Wild defenseman was injured in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. He appeared to lose an edge playing the puck and his legs split before he fell into the boards.  Spurgeon has 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) in 61 games this season. The 28-year-old ranks second on the Wild at 24:33 per game, behind defenseman Ryan Suter (26:46). Spurgeon’s 13 power-play points (three goals, 10 assists) are second among Wild defensemen behind Suter’s 21 (one goal, 20 assists).
  • Erik Gudbransonhas been removed from the Vancouver Canucks’ active roster to have shoulder surgery and is expected to be out for the season.   The defenseman injured his left shoulder during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 22 and missed 12 games before returning Dec. 19 and playing 31 more.  The Canucks said in a statement that treatment and rehabilitation allowed Gudbranson to play, but that the 26-year-old decided to have surgery after consulting with the Vancouver medical staff.  Gudbranson had two goals, three assists and a minus-7 rating in 52 games this season. He had been part of the Canucks’ top defense pair with Alexander Edler off and on since early February after starting the season playing mostly on the third pair.
  • Oscar Klefbomwill have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder but the defenseman will continue to play for the Edmonton Oilers until the procedure is scheduled.   Klefbom will return to the lineup against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Place on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, SNW, NBCSCA, NHL.TV) after missing the past two games assessing the injury. He had exploratory surgery last week to determine the extent of the damage to his shoulder, which has been problematic all season.  “The procedure he had allowed him to digest some information and make a decision about what he’ll do moving forward,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “He will have a cleanup done. It will happen as early as next week. All the details have to be sorted out. Once he gets the procedure done he will not finish the year. But he’s come to us and said he wants to play between now and then, and we’re all for it.”  Klefbom, 24, has played the past five seasons with Edmonton. He has 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 63 games this season.
  • Calle Jarnkrokwill miss the rest of the regular season for the Nashville Predators with an upper-body injury.  The 26-year-old center was injured after a hit from Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp in the third period of the Predators’ 3-1 win Tuesday and did not return.  Jarnkrok has 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 68 games this season.
  • Chara, Krug, DeBrusk are day to day
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larssonhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto during NHL Game No. 1052 on 3/10 in Denver, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced.  The incident occurred at 13:54 of the third period. Ekman-Larsson was assessed minor penalties for slashing and cross-checking on the play.
  • Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Cousinshas been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced 3/9.  Cousins was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 627 against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 4. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 13:42 of the second period during NHL Game No. 988 against the Minnesota Wild on March 1. Cousins (embellishment) and Minnesota defenseman Nick Seeler(interference) received offsetting minor penalties on the play.
  • Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchandhas been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced 3/9.  Marchand was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 377 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 29. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 5:38 of the second period during NHL Game No. 983 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1.  Marchand (embellishment) and Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta(tripping) received offsetting minor penalties on the play.
  • Boston Bruins forward David Backeshas been suspended for three games, without pay, for interference against Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen during NHL Game No. 1020 in Boston on Tuesday, March 6, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Thu.  The incident occurred at 19:44 of the first period. Backes was assessed a minor penalty for roughing.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Backes will forfeit $96,774.18.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet is taking a leave of absence to deal with a family illness. “Family comes first,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with [Tocchet] as he deals with this personal matter. It’s important that he takes the time to be there with his family.”  John MacLean, named a Coyotes assistant on July 26, will serve as coach until Tocchet returns.  The Coyotes, who have a 22-35-11 record in Tocchet’s first season, are 4-1-1 in their past six games and 10-3-2 in their past 15, including a 1-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.  Goaltender Michael Hutchinson was called up from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on March 8 and will back up Connor Hellebuyck when the Jets face the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Monday.
  • Alex Nedeljkovic just won’t stop scoring goals. The Carolina Hurricanes prospect scored his second goal in as many seasons, this time shooting the puck into an empty net for Charlotte of the American Hockey League in its 7-3 win against Hartford.  With Charlotte ahead 6-3 and about two minutes remaining, Nedeljkovic fielded a dump-in and shot the puck down the ice and into an empty net, whipping the crowd at Bojangles’ Coliseum into a frenzy. He skated to the bench to celebrate, where his teammates and coaches mobbed him.  “I was ecstatic,” Nedeljkovic told the Checkers website. “The only thing I wanted to take from [scoring last season] was just to go to the bench and celebrate with those guys, because I didn’t do that last year. When I saw [the puck] was going in, I jumped and I was throwing my hands in the air. I was like a little kid again.”  It was Nedeljkovic’s first goal in the AHL, but he scored for Florida of the ECHL last season and became the 12th goalie to score in that league’s history. Nedeljkovic joined Ron Hextall, Martin Brodeur, Chris Mason and Mike Smith as goalies with multiple goals in a North American professional hockey game.
  • It all began with a promise. Not long before Terry Saik died of colon cancer in 1991, he made a request of his son, Dr. Brent Saik.  “He told me to keep kids out of the Cross,” said Brent Saik, the 49-year-old optometrist for the Edmonton Oilers, referring to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. “He knew his time was up but he wanted me to try to keep them out of hospital.”  Saik promised to do so, and it has tested his resolve more than he or anyone close to him could have ever expected.  After organizing a few baseball and golf tournaments to begin fulfilling that promise, Saik got the idea to raise funds by breaking the record for the world’s longest hockey game.  That was 15 years ago, and in that time he has organized and played in six versions of an event — the most recent having been held Feb. 9-19 — that is glorious and grueling, a celebration of hockey, charity and the human spirit. An outdoor event that tests the will of the 40 players who lace up their skates and take the ice for 11 days, practically playing 24/7, all to help others.   This year, $1.2 million has been raised with a goal to reach $2 million to help the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cross Cancer Institute establish the PROFYLE program in Alberta (it is already in place in other provinces). PROFYLE, started by the Terry Fox Foundation, aims to give children, adolescents and young adults who are out of conventional treatment options another chance to beat cancer by documenting and sharing a molecular profile of their tumors.  This year, the 40 participants played for 251 hours, 9 minutes on Saik’s property, known as Saiker’s Acres, east of the Edmonton suburb of Sherwood Park, where the game has been held since 2008. That is longer than the total of 250 hours, 37 minutes, 7 seconds achieved indoors by a cancer fundraising group in Buffalo from June 22-July 3.  A real game with regular hockey rules and four on-ice officials must be played with two teams of 20 players. Five skaters and a goalie must be in play at all times for each team, and a video feed must be provided to Guinness officials. Once the game starts, no participant may leave the property until it’s finished. If someone is injured and can’t continue, no substitutes are allowed. Each player must be photographed on the ice at the beginning and end of the game.  The ice may be cleaned and resurfaced for 10 minutes after every hour of continuous play.  All of that dictates a schedule for the players that involves four-, five-, or six-hour shifts on duty, alternating with rest and sleeping periods. Most days, each player will play between 14 and 16 hours.  For the record, the red team to a 1,830-1,691 win against the white/yellow team.    https://www.nhl.com/news/worlds-longest-hockey-game-record-setting-cancer-fundraiser/c-296746420
  • We’re on a mission and looking for the best EA SPORTS NHL 18 gamers. Bragging rights, a $100K cash prize pool, tickets to the 2018 NHL Awards and capturing the Championship Trophy in Las Vegas are all up for grabs when the National Hockey League crowns its first-ever esports champion in June. Today, the NHL announced that registration for the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, an esports bracket-style tournament, is now open. Players can register here.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 60th NHL goal for the Washington Capitals on Monday.  The 32-year-old forward scored twice in a 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets to become the 20th player and the only active player in the NHL to score 600.  Ovechkin is the fourth player to do it in fewer than 1,000 games (990), joining Wayne Gretzky (718), Mario Lemieux (719) and Brett Hull (900).
  • Marc-Andre Fleurymade 38 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights to earn his 400th NHL victory, 3-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.  Fleury is the 13th goaltender with 400 wins, and third active, joining Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers (467) and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (430).
  • Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 11. Laine led the NHL with five goals in three games to propel the Jets (41-18-9, 91 points) to a 2-1-0 week.   Marchand paced the NHL with 4-4-8 in three games as the Bruins (43-16-8, 94 points) earned three wins in four contests.  Malkin ranked second in the NHL with 3-5-8 in four games to lift the Penguins (40-26-4, 84 points) to a 3-1-0 week and back into first place in the Metropolitan Division.
  • The Vegas Golden Knights broke the NHL record for most road wins by a first-season team with a 2-1 shootout victory against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday. Deryk Engelland scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the Golden Knights (44-19-5), who passed the 1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim with their 20th road win. Vegas leads the San Jose Sharks by 12 points for first place in the Pacific Division.
  • Add award-winning comedian to K. Subban‘s growing list of accomplishments. The Nashville Predators defenseman took home a Canadian Screen Award for his hosting performance in “P.K. Subban: Shots Fired” at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal last year.  Subban was victorious in the best variety or entertainment special category at the sixth-annual show. He was part comedian and part emcee, telling jokes and introducing comedians during the one-hour show that took place Aug. 1, 2016, less than five weeks after the Predators acquired him from the Montreal Canadiens for Shea Weber. The show originally aired on CBC on Jan. 2, 2017.

 

 

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:   @ Fla on 3/15, @ TBL on 3/17, vs CBJ on 3/19, @ STL on 3/21, @ Dal on 3/23

Car:  vs PHI on 3/17, @ NYI on 3/18, vs Edm on 3/20, vs ARI on 3/22

NYR: vs PIT on 3/14, @ Stl on3/17, vs CBJ on 3/20, @ PHI on 3/22

GM Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla Next Week.

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 3/15: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180315 (9 games)
Friday, 3/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180316 (6 games)
Saturday, 3/17:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180317  (10 games)
Sunday, 3/18:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180318  (8 games)
Monday, 3/19:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180319 (5 games)
Tuesday, 3/20:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180320 (11 Games)
Wednesday, 3/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180321  (4 games)
Thursday, 3/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180322  (10 games)
Friday, 3/23:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180323  (5 games)
 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/03/putins-yankees-the-russian-hockey-season-was-rigge.html

 

Steve:  Notre Dame’s Post season run

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –
Last Week: Swept by Providence College 4-3, 3-2 in the second round of the HE playoffs, finish 12-13-3 in HE, and 18-16-4 overall.  28th in pairwise
Upcoming:  season over

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

 

Go to Bracket Page…

 

 

Fri:

 

Sat:

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

Conference tournaments!!!  (fluid schedules)

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/

 

Bracketology

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 27 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. It has been almost 2 weeks since our last podcast, so we have a lot to get to.  We’ll review all of the major trades that lead up to the deadline, plus the injuries, honors, and milestones of the past couple weeks.  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 27 (Episode 72) Show Notes 2/23-3/7

 

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

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

 

Opening Tease:

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

 

Break:

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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  4-3 L @ Tor on 2/24 (goalie interference?), 4-1 L @ Buf on 2/25, 4-3 OTW vs Car on 2/27, 8-4 W vs Pit on 3/1, 2-1 OTW vs Mon on 3/3

Car:  6-1 L vs Pit on 2/23, 3-1 L @ Det on 2/24, 4-3 OTL @ Bos on 2/27, 4-1 W @ Phi on 3/1 (ends 0-4-2 skid), 3-1 W vs NJD  on 3/2, 3-2 L vs WPG on 3/4

NYR: 4-1 L vs Min on 2/23, 3-2 OTL vs Det on 2/25, 6-5 OTW @ Van on 2/28, 3-1 W @ Cgy on 3/2, 3-2 W @ Edm on 3/3

 

Other Notable games:

Stadium Series game (curling and lights)

Friday, 2/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180223 (5 games)
Saturday, 2/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180224 (12 games)
Sunday, 2/25: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180225 (6 games)
Monday, 2/26: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180226 (5 games)
Tuesday, 2/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180227 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 2/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180228 (5 games)
Thursday, 3/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180301 (8 games)
Friday, 3/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180302 (9 games)
Saturday, 3/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180303  (8 games)
Sunday, 3/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180304  (7 games)
Monday, 3/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180305  (5 games)
 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • All Trade Deadline Trades!!! https://www.capfriendly.com/trades (cover 2/23-3/2)
  • Aaron Dellsigned a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.  The 28-year-old goalie could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He is 14-5-3 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 25 games (20 starts) this season.  Dell is 25-11-4 with a 2.39 GAA and .920 save percentage in 45 games for the Sharks, who signed him as a free agent March 4, 2015.
  • Patric Hornqvistsigned a five-year, $26.5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. The contract has an average annual value of $5.3 million.  Hornqvist could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 51 games this season.
  • Johnny Oduyawas claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Ottawa Senators on Monday.  The 36-year-old defenseman had eight points (four goals, four assists) in 51 games with Ottawa this season. He was plus-2 in 17:12 of ice time per game.  Oduya has 190 points (41 goals, 149 assists) in 849 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and Senators. He has 28 points (six goals, 26 assists) in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff games and was part of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship teams in 2013 and 2015.
  • Chris Stewartwas claimed on waivers from the Calgary Flames from the Minnesota Wild. The 30-year-old forward has 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in 47 games this season.   Selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the No. 18 pick of the 2006 NHL Draft, Stewart has 318 points (159 goals, 159 assists) in 645 NHL games with the Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks and Wild.
  • Mike Fishersigned a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators for the remainder of the season Monday.   The 37-year-old forward announced Jan. 31 he was coming out of retirement to join the Predators. He has been practicing with the team since Feb. 12.
  • Cody Goloubef signed with the Calgary Flames on Sunday for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The one-year contract is worth $650,000. The 28-year-old defenseman was placed on waivers after signing the contract and, if he clears, will be sent to Stockton of the American Hockey League. However he would be eligible to be called up by the Flames at any point and could play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Goloubef recently played for Canada in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics He had two assists in six games as the Canadians won a bronze medal. Selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (No. 37) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Goloubef has played 129 NHL regular-season games for the Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche, and has 23 points (two goals, 21 assists). This season with Stockton, Goloubef had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 34 games.
  • Brian Gionta signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins on Sunday, making him eligible to participate in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 39-year-old forward signed for $700,000.  Gionta had not been playing in the NHL this season, but did serve as captain for the United States men’s hockey team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He played in all five games for the United States, which was eliminated by the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.  Gionta last played in the NHL in 2016-17 with the Buffalo Sabres, when he had 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 82 games. He has 588 points (289 goals, 299 assists) in 1,006 regular-season games in 15 seasons with the Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils. He has 68 points (32 goals, 36 assists) in 112 Stanley Cup Playoff games.  He was selected by the Devils in the third round (No. 82) of the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Loui Erikssonof the Vancouver Canucks will miss the rest of the season with a fractured rib.  The forward left late in the third period of a 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday after a hit from Coyotes center Max Domi. He has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 50 games this season and 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 115 games with the Canucks. Eriksson, 32, signed a six-year contract July 1, 2016.
  • Patrice Bergeron, the top-line center for the Boston Bruins and a candidate for the 2018 Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player, is out indefinitely with a fractured right foot. Bergeron, who was injured blocking a shot during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
  • Josh Andersonwill be out four weeks for the Columbus Blue Jackets because of a sprained knee.  The forward was injured during a 5-1 home win against the Washington Capitals on Monday. He was able to finish the game and was plus-1 in 17:41.  The 23-year-old is tied with Artemi Panarin for the Blue Jackets lead with 18 goals in 61 games. Anderson has 29 points.
  • Matt Murraywill be out indefinitely with a concussion, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday.  The goalie was diagnosed Tuesday morning after first being evaluated following practice Monday, which the 23-year-old left early after taking a puck to the head on a shot by defenseman Olli Maatta.  Rookie goalie Casey DeSmith is expected to start Tuesday with Tristan Jarry backing up. Sullivan said he’s comfortable moving forward with DeSmith, 26, and Jarry, 22, for the time being.  Jarry is 10-4-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .916 save percentage in 20 games this season. He allowed four goals on 16 shots in a 6-5 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday.  DeSmith is 3-3-0 with a 2.23 GAA and .926 save percentage in seven games (five starts) this season.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewsis expected to be out at least 10 days because of a shoulder injury.  “We always tell you day to day, and that usually means 10 and we go from there,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Saturday. “As fast as we can get him back and ready to play and healthy, that’s what we’ll do.”  Matthews left with 1:06 remaining in the third period of a 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders at Air Canada Centre on Thursday. He scored with 3:29 remaining to tie the game 3-3.  Matthews led the Maple Leafs with 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games before he was injured. He missed 10 games earlier this season because of injuries. On Nov. 8, he sustained an upper-body injury and missed four games. On Dec. 9, Matthews collided with teammate Morgan Rielly in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and missed the next six games with a concussion.  Matthews won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year last season with 69 points (40 goals, 29 assists) after the Maple Leafs selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
  • Charlie McAvoywill miss at least four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, the Boston Bruins said Tuesday.  The rookie defenseman was injured during the first period of the Bruins’ 2-1 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. McAvoy left 37 seconds into the game after a hit by Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher. He hobbled off the ice and didn’t return.  The Bruins had Brandon Carlo in McAvoy’s spot alongside Chara at the morning skate Tuesday. The other pairs were Torey Krug and Nick Holden, and Kevan Miller with Matt Grzelcyk.  The Bruins also are missing forward Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask. Bergeron has a fractured right foot sustained against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 24 and is scheduled to be re-evaluated next week. Rask has a lower-body injury and won’t play against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NESN, NHL.TV).
  • Brock Boesercould miss the remainder of the regular season after injuring his back against the New York Islanders, the Vancouver Canucks said Tuesday.  Boeser left Rogers Arena on a stretcher and was sent to a hospital after a collision with 27 seconds left in the third period of the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime win on Monday. The Canucks said his recovery is expected to take 4-6 weeks.  Boeser, a 21-year-old forward who leads all NHL rookies with 29 goals, had to be helped off the ice after he fell into an open gate at the players bench after trying to make a hit on Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. Boeser appeared to hit his lower back on the edge of the gate just above his left hip; he was down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off. He was not putting any weight on his left leg.  The Canucks said he was diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury and a nonstructural, non-displaced fracture of the transverse process in his lower back. He was allowed to go home a few hours after the game.
  • Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishopwill miss at least two games because of a lower-body injury.  Bishop left after the first period of a 3-2 overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators at American Airlines Center on Monday. Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell into Bishop midway through the first after getting his legs tangled in the stick of Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
  • Max Paciorettycould miss the rest of the regular season for the Montreal Canadiens because of a knee injury.  The forward was injured in a 6-3 win against the New York Islanders on Friday and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. If he returns four weeks from Monday, he could play in Montreal’s final three regular-season games.  Pacioretty, 29, has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 64 games this season. The Montreal captain has 448 points (226 goals, 222 assists) in 626 NHL games, including at least 30 goals in each of the past four seasons (2013-17).
  • Jay Bouwmeesterwill miss the remainder of the season for the St. Louis Blues because of an injury to his left hip.  The defenseman will have surgery and is expected to need 4-6 months to recover. Bouwmeester missed nine games after he injured his hip Dec. 10 against the Buffalo Sabres, but the 34-year-old returned to play after receiving an injection rather than opting for surgery at the time.  Bouwmeester missed the first 21 games of the season with a fractured ankle after blocking a shot in training camp. He returned Nov. 21 against the Edmonton Oilers. Bouwmeester has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 35 games this season.
  • Luke Kuninof the Minnesota Wild will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.  The 20-year-old forward was injured during a 4-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. He is expected to have surgery in the coming weeks and could miss training camp next season; the expected recovery time is approximately seven months.  Selected by Minnesota in the first round (No. 15) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Kunin has four points (two goals, two assists) in 19 games this season.
  • Vancouver Canucks forward Sven Baertschihas a separated shoulder and is likely to miss the rest of the season, coach Travis Green said Sunday.  Baertschi was injured when he collided with Nashville Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin in the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss at Rogers Arena on Friday.  The 25-year-old forward has 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 53 games this season. He missed 11 games with a broken jaw when he was hit by a clearing attempt from Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on Dec. 9.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • None

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Well, Seattle fans have spoken loud and clear as to whether they want NHL hockey in their city. Seattle, which began a season ticket drive Thursday in its effort to become an NHL expansion team, received 10,000 deposits in 12 minutes and about 25,000 in total.  The ownership group applied to the NHL for an expansion team on Feb. 13. If Seattle is awarded an NHL team, its owners expect to announce final ticket prices in 2019.  The group, led by Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, David Bonderman, a private equity CEO, and Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, was authorized Dec. 7 to file an application for expansion by the NHL Board of Governors. It paid a $10 million application fee, Sportsnet reported.  “Shell-shocked is best way to put it,” Leiweke told TSN about the amount of deposits. “We sold 10,000 season tickets in 12 minutes and we’re just short of 25,000 so I guess the fans have spoken. The fans in Seattle have made it a resounding vote which is they are ready for the National Hockey League. They are counting on us to bring the NHL here.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-to-seattle-ticket-drive-for-possible-expansion-team/c-296507418
  • The Vancouver Canucks will host the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena, the National Hockey League, Canucks and City of Vancouver announced today. The 2019 NHL Draft will help the Canucks launch their 50th season in the NHL in 2019-20, which will include other special events to commemorate their historic milestone. Vancouver also will play host to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, where some of the top draft-eligible prospects will get a chance to play in Rogers Arena, where they hope to hear their name called on stage in June of 2019.   The 2019 NHL Draft will be held over two days: Friday, June 21 (Round 1) and Saturday, June 22 (Rounds 2-7). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of media are expected to attend.
  • The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils will play their 2018-19 season-opening game at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6 (7 p.m. CET / 1 p.m. ET) as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series. https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-announces-2018-global-series-dates/c-296651754

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkinand Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.  Staal paced the NHL with 13-8-21 in 13 games to propel the Wild (36-20-7, 79 points) to a 9-2-2 February and into third place in the Central Division.  Malkin placed third in the NHL in both goals (10) and points (21) to power the Penguins (36-24-4, 76 points) to an 8-3-1 February.  Smith ranked fourth in the NHL with 8-12-20 in 14 games as the Golden Knights (41-17-5, 87 points) went 8-5-1 in February to maintain first place in the Pacific Division.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde, who led all rookies with 5-11-16 in 14 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February. Gourde edged New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (2-14-16 in 12 GP), Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (6-5-11 in 12 GP), New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (5-6-11 in 14 GP) and Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (5 5-10 in 13 GP) for the honor.
  • Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne  and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 25.  Staal paced the NHL with 4-3-7 in four games to propel the Wild (35-20-7, 77 points) to a perfect week and into third place in the Central Division.  Rinne went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Predators (38-14-9, 85 points) back atop the Central Division standings.  Getzlaf placed second in the NHL with 2-5-7 in four outings as the Ducks (31‑21-12, 74 points) earned five of a possible eight standings points to maintain third place in the Pacific Division.
  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 4. MacKinnon led the NHL in goals (t-5), assists (6) and points (11) to propel the Avalanche (35-24-6, 76 points) to a 3-0-1 week and within one point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Laine recorded multiple points in all three of his appearances, ranking third in the NHL with 4-3-7 to lift the Jets (39-17-9, 87 points) to a pair of victories.  Barkov shared the League lead with five goals in four games (5-1-6) as the Panthers (32-25-6, 70 points) extended their winning streak to six contests and moved within one point of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • David Poile set the record for wins by an NHL general manager when the Nashville Predators defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Thursday. Poile, who has been Predators GM since their inaugural season in 1998-99, got his 1,320th win, passing Glen Sather for the most in NHL history. He tied Sather’s record of 1,319 wins when the Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Tuesday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/poile-sets-wins-re cord-for-gm/c-296520710 Open!!  The first trade David Poile made as an NHL general manager came 10 days after he was hired by the Washington Capitals on Aug. 30, 1982. It instantly transformed the Capitals from a struggling team trying to gain a foothold in Washington into one that qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons.  In 1982, Poile was 32 and the League’s youngest GM when he acquired Langway, fellow defenseman Brian Engblom, and forwards Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Rick Green and forward Ryan Walter.  https://www.nhl.com/news/david-poile-trade-for-rod-langway-set-him-on-course-to-nhl-history/c-296511384
  • Ovechkin

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:   vs Det on 3/6, vs Phi on 3/8, vs Chi on 3/10, @ Chi on 3/11, @Car on 3/13, @ Fla on 3/15 (16 games in March)

Car:  @ Min on 3/6, @ Chi on 3/8, @ NYR on 3/12, vs Bos on 3/13, vs Phi on 3/17, (15 games in March)

NYR: vs Wpg on 3/6, @ TBL on 3/8, @ Fla on 3/10, vs Car on 3/12, vs Pit on 3/14

 

Other Notable games:

Tuesday, 3/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180306  (9 Games)
Wednesday, 3/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180307  (3 games)
Thursday, 3/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180308 (12 games)
Friday, 3/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180302 (9 games)
Saturday, 3/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180310 (11 games)
Sunday, 3/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180311 (4 games)
Monday, 3/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180312 (8 games)
Tuesday, 3/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180313 (7 Games)
Wednesday, 3/14: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180314 (5 games)
Thursday, 3/15: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180315 (9 games)
Friday, 3/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180316 (6 games)
 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: Olympics wrap up  https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/ice-hockey/groups-men.htm

 

https://en.khl.ru/ Playoffs have begun!

Steve:  NHL Trade deadline reshapes AHL Landscape

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –
Last Week: Swept UNH in the first round of HE playoffs.  now 10-11-3 in HE (6th), and 18-14-4 overall.  24th in pairwise
Upcoming:  Quarterfinal of HE tournament, travelling to #9 Providence for best-of-3, Fri-Sun.

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

 

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-22/

 

Fri:

#18 Penn State def #8 Minnesota 5-1 and 5-2 (Sat)
Miami def #12 North Dakota 4-3 OT
Alabama Huntsville def #15 Bowling Green 3-2

Sat:

Michigan State def #5 Notre Dame 4-3
#19 Union def #2 Cornell 4-3
UMass def #7 Providence 1-0
Michigan Tech def #16 Northern Michigan 3-2

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

Conference tournaments!!!  (fluid schedules)

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-23/

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/

 

Bracketology

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

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve:
  • Wayne:  Try hockey for free day was last Saturday!!  http://www.tryhockeyforfree.com/    The hockey team from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School practiced at BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers, and it even included a special surprise guest: The Stanley Cup.  The Stoneman Douglas team recently won the Florida state title just 11 days after a tragic mass shooting at their school in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people. Since the horrible event, there’s been an outpouring of kindness toward the students. The Florida Panthers, who play in nearby Sunrise, Florida, invited the hockey team to practice at their home arena. The players were told a special surprise was coming and during the end of practice, out came the Cup.  https://www.nhl.com/news/marjory-stoneman-douglas-hockey-team-gets-day-with-stanley-cup/c-296665926

 

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