The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 24 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. Jaromir Jagr’s days in the NHL appear to be over.  The Vegas Golden Knights set an NHL record this past week.  Also Gary Bettman held a presser at the All Star Game to discuss various topics.  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 24 (Episode 69) Show Notes 1/25-2/2

 

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!
  • End of one era, return of another…
  • Trade Deadline Month!…
  • More injuries…
  • Vegas Breaks an NHL Record this week…
  • NHL’s 32nd team is on the way…
  • 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 W @ Ott on 1/25, 3-1 L vs Ana on 1/30 (streak ends at 18), 3-1 W vs StL on 2/1

Car: 6-5 W @ Mon on 1/25, 2-1 W vs Ott on 1/30, 2-0 W vs Mon on 2/1 (only 3 road games in Feb, 10H)

NYR:  6-5 W @ SJ on 1/25, off until 2/1, 4-0L vs Tor on 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 https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-all-star-skills-competition-results-2018/c-295251020
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)
Friday, 2/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180202 (4 games)

 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Edward Pasquale from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Wednesday. Pasquale, 27, has appeared in 16 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League this season, compiling a record of 6-5-4 to go along with a 2.60 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He leads the Condors for goals-against average and save percentage.  The 6-foot-2, 215-pound goaltender has played in 211 career AHL games over seven seasons with the Condors, Grand Rapids Griffins, St. John’s IceCaps and Chicago Wolves, posting a record of 100-83-10 to go along with a 2.60 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and 15 shutouts. Pasquale set a career high for wins with 23 while with the IceCaps during the 2011-12 season.
  • Forward Jaromir Jagrcleared NHL waivers and was assigned by the Calgary Flames to Kladno in the Czech Republic on Monday.  Jagr, 45, had seven points (one goal, six assists) with the Flames but missed 27 games with a lower-body injury; he last played Dec. 31.  “I want to thank [general manager] Brad Treliving and the Calgary Flames for giving me the immense opportunity to be a part of their team and continue my NHL career this season,” Jagr said. “Although I am very disappointed that things did not turn out as we had hoped due to a number of circumstances, I am deeply grateful to the Flames, the fans and the city of Calgary for having welcomed me so generously. I now look forward to continuing the season in Kladno.”  Jagr played 1,733 NHL games, including 22 this season, his first with the Flames. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract Oct. 4 as an unrestricted free agent.   Kladno is Jagr’s hometown, and he has been the majority owner of the team since 2011.  Jagr trails Gordie Howe (1,767) by 34 games for first in NHL history; Mark Messier is second (1,756). Jagr passed Ron Francis (1,731) for third Dec. 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/jaromir-jagr-to-play-in-europe-for-hc-kladno-czech-republic/c-295407588 Last player in the NHL older than me!  https://www.nhl.com/news/jaromir-jagr-facts-and-figures/c-295413644
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnonis expected to be out 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, coach Jared Bednar said Thursday.  MacKinnon was injured during the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. He grabbed his shoulder and exited to the locker room with 6:04 remaining after colliding with Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler. MacKinnon had an assist and was plus-2 before leaving.  The 22-year-old is second in the NHL with 61 points (24 goals, 37 assists) in 49 games, trailing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, who has 64 points (27 goals, 37 assists) in 50 games.  MacKinnon represented the Avalanche at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Shearyis week to week with a lower-body injury.  The 25-year-old, who has been on Pittsburgh’s top line with Sidney Crosby and Dominik Simon, played 12:06 before leaving a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.  Sheary has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 51 games this season after getting 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 61 games last season.
  • Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Troubais expected to miss 6-8 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Trouba, 23, was injured near the end of a 4-3 overtime loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. He had an assist and played a team-high 27:05.  In 50 games, Trouba has 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) and a plus-6 rating. He is second on the Jets in average ice time (22:09) and the Jets have controlled 51.05 percent of all 5-on-5 shots attempted with Trouba on the ice. He has 125 points (34 goals, 91 assists) in five NHL seasons, all with the Jets.
  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosianwill have hip surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.  The procedure has a recovery time of 4-6 months. Bogosian, 27, will remain on injured reserve and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next season.
  • Bobby Ryanwill not play for the Ottawa Senators against the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens this weekend after injuring his hand in a 2-1 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.  Ryan has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 39 games this season. The 30-year-old has missed 10 games this season because of hand injuries: eight games from Oct. 24 to Nov. 11 because of a broken right index finger, and games on Dec. 21 and Jan. 9 after that injury was aggravated.
  • New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevichis out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.  Buchnevich was injured on a hit by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner during the second period of a 4-0 loss at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Buchnevich did not practice Friday.  Buchnevich, 22, has 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 50 games this season with the Rangers, who selected him in the third round (No. 75) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson will be out indefinitely after his father died Friday. Robert Larsson, 50, was in Edmonton visiting from Sweden and had a heart attack Jan. 25.  Adam Larsson left the morning skate prior to a 4-3 shootout win against the Calgary Flames that day. He missed that game and did not play in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.  Robert Larsson was a defenseman for Skelleftea AIK in Sweden from 1985-96. He was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (No. 112) of the 1988 NHL Draft but never played in the NHL.
  • Victor Hedman is back? Expected out 3-6 weeks, comes back in less than 3, missed only 5 games with a lower body injury.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hallhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo during NHL Game No. 762 in Buffalo on Tuesday, Jan. 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.  The incident occurred at 7:40 of the first period. Hall was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.
  • Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for cross-checking Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during NHL Game No. 777 in Buffalo on Thursday, Feb. 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 19:25 of the third period. Larsson was assessed a major and match penalty for cross-checking.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Larsson will forfeit $15,860.22.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • With 27 seconds remaning in the Carolina Hurricanes victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, they struck up the old band. The public address system blared a favorite from the franchise’s past: “Brass Bonanza.” The iconic team song from the days of the Hartford Whalers, the Hurricanes idendity before their 1997 move, delighted the crowd and announcers John Forslund and Tripp Tracy.  The move to blare “Brass Bonanza” comes on the heels of new owner Tom Dundon talking about how he wanted to embrace the legacy of the Whalers. As usual, there were some classic Whalers jerseys on the backs of some of the fans in attendance.  Dundon officially became the Hurricanes majority owner back on Jan. 11.
  • More Fake news out of Canada… This week, the Montreal media asked Hurricanes coach Bill Peters about the “trade rumors” surrounding goaltender Cam Ward.   Peters said he knew nothing about them and laughed them off.  “He’s here, he’s been here his whole career,” Peters said after the morning skate prior to the Hurricanes hosting the Canadiens at PNC Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-SE, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV). “He’s played well for us. He’s 14-6-2. I think that’s a bad rumor. That makes me laugh a little. We’re trying to make a push. I want to add [players]. Start that rumor. Let’s add to our mix, not detract.”
  • https://www.nhl.com/lightning/news/steven-stamkos-pk-subban-share-childhood-bond/c-295341992
  • Mike Fisher coming back??? Mike Fishertook the first step to returning as an active NHL player Wednesday when the center was on the ice at Bridgestone Arena with the intent of signing a contract and returning to the Nashville Predators before the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26.  Fisher, 37, played the past seven seasons with the Predators and was Nashville’s captain last season, when they made their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.  After Fisher skated, he appeared at a news conference to announce his plans, along with Predators general manager David Poile and coach Peter Laviolette.  “I’m all in,” Fisher said. “I believe this team is built to win. We have a very good chance. So that is part of the reason why I want to come back and compete and be a part of it. We didn’t win last year and it was the best time of my career.  The final decision to return apparently was made over the weekend. Fisher has been skating on his own but there is no timetable for his return to the lineup. Fisher’s most recent NHL game was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 11, and he realizes it is going to take time to get in game shape.  “I met with the players this morning for a few minutes and they’re all over the top about Mike coming back,” Poile said. “This is a huge day.”  Fisher has 585 points (276 goals, 309 assists) in 1,088 games in 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, who selected him in the second round (No. 44) of the 1998 NHL Draft, and the Predators.   https://www.nhl.com/news/mike-fisher-ready-for-grind-of-one-more-run-at-stanley-cup-with-nashville-predators/c-295481600
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-islanders-to-play-12-games-at-nassau-coliseum-in-2018-19/c-295409152
  • Two storylines from this NHL season come together All Star weekend in a funny sequence during the All Star Game: https://www.nhl.com/news/mccauleys-dramatic-call-sparks-funny-sequence-at-all-star-game/c-295393894
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/lightning-mascot-thunderbug-leads-east-in-mascot-showdown/c-295384334
  • The ownership group interested in bringing an NHL expansion team to Seattle is expected to file its application for expansion shortly. “The good people in Seattle who are in pursuit potentially of an expansion franchise have told us that they are working on an expansion application and anticipate being ready to file in the not too distant future,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said during his press conference prior to the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on Saturday.  A group led by Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, and David Bonderman, a private equity CEO, were authorized to file an application for expansion by the NHL Board of Governors on Dec. 7.  The cost of the team would be $650 million, and Commissioner Bettman said the NHL is looking at only Seattle for possible expansion. The earliest the team could begin playing is the 2020-21 NHL season, when it’s expected the renovated arena in Seattle would be ready.  “The timetable in terms of filing an expansion application, doing a season-ticket drive, is largely up to them,” Commissioner Bettman said. “We can respond to the extent that we’re getting the information on a timely basis, whatever that timetable is, so we can go through the processes that we have to.  https://www.nhl.com/news/seattle-ownership-group-expected-to-file-expansion-application-soon/c-295358106
  • Commissioner Bettman said a group, featuring members of NHL Hockey Operations, officials, coaches and general managers who are here, met Saturday to discuss the goaltender interference rule and reviews in an effort to crystalize the process. He said the goalie interference rule and review has created a bit of confusion and added that he thinks it’s gotten to the point where everybody is overthinking the review. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who was in the meeting about goalie interference, said the people in the room were given a refresher on the language of the rule and its intention. That refresher will be given to every NHL official.
  • The NHL will play regular-season games in Sweden and Finland, and preseason games in China next season, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils will open their 2018-19 NHL regular season in Sweden. Each team also will play a preseason game in Europe.  The Devils will play in Switzerland, the home country of center Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The Oilers will play in Germany, the home country of center Leon Draisaitl. The cities and dates for the preseason games have yet to be finalized.  The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will play two regular-season games in Finland in early November, in a continuation of the NHL Global Series. Florida forward Aleksander Barkov and Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine are two of the most well-known Finland-born players in the NHL.  The 2017 SAP NHL Global Series games were played in Stockholm on Nov. 10 and 11. The Ottawa Senators won each game, defeating the Colorado Avalanche.  The NHL will return to China for preseason games, repeating the trip made this September for the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. The teams, dates and cities have yet to be finalized for the 2018 games.  The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played two preseason games, one in Beijing and one in Shanghai, last September. The Kings won each game.
  • The National Hockey League Saturday announced the selection of the San Jose Sharks, SAP Center and the city of San Jose as hosts of the 2019 National Hockey League All-Star Weekend. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Jan. 25-27, 2019, and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27.

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights set a record for most wins by an NHL team in its inaugural season with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Thursday. David Perron scored with 1:03 remaining to give Vegas its 34th win, eclipsing the previous mark set by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (33-46-5) and the Florida Panthers (33-34-17) in 1993-94, when NHL games still could end in a tie.  Nine of Vegas’ wins have come in overtime or the shootout.  Kyle Connor scored for the Jets with 2:36 remaining in the third period to tie the game 2-2.
  • Gary Bettman has now been commissioner of the NHL for 25 years. https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-growth-in-bettmans-25-years-as-commissioner/c-295493542
  • Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of January.  Malkin led the NHL with 12 goals and ranked second with 19 points in 12 games (12-7-19) to lift the Penguins (28-21-3, 59 points) to a 9-3-0 January and second place in the Metropolitan Division.  Bergeron ranked second in the NHL with nine goals and fourth with 17 points in 11 games (9-8-17) to guide the Bruins (29-11-8, 66 points) to an 8-1-2 January and within five points of first place in the overall League standings.  Bernier posted a League-high eight wins, compiling a 2.10 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout in 11 games to propel the Avalanche (27-18-4, 58 points) to an 8-2-1 January.
  • New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, who led all rookies with 12 assists and 15 points in 13 games (3-12-15), has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January. Barzal edged Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (6-2-8 in 12 GP), Islanders teammate Ryan Pulock (2-6-8 in 13 GP), Pittsburgh Penguins center Dominik Simon (4-3-7 in 11 GP) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Alex DeBrincat (4-3-7 in 12 GP) for the honor.  Barzal registered at least one point in eight of his 13 January appearances, highlighted by 2-3-5 Jan. 13 at NYR – his second five-point performance of the season (also Nov. 5 vs. COL: 0-5-5).
  • Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser, Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 28. Boeser earned MVP honors at Sunday’s 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, won Saturday’s Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting competition and also scored two goals in two contests earlier in the week with the Canucks (19-24-6, 44 points).  Eichel led the NHL with 2-3-5 in three outings to power the Sabres (14-26-9, 37 points) to a perfect week.   Lehner registered shutouts in each of his two appearances, stopping all 63 shots he faced to help the Sabres complete their first three-game winning streak since Feb. 14-18, 2017 (3-0-0).
  • Alex Ovechkingot his 500th NHL assist Last Thursday. 588 goals.

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:   vs Tor on 2/3, @ Det on 2/6, @ NYR on 2/7

Car: vs Det on 2/2, vs SJ on 2/4, vs Phi on 2/6, vs Van on 2/9

NYR:  @ Nsh on 2/3, @ Dal on 2/5, vs Bos on 2/7, vs Cgy on 2/9

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 2/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180202 (4 games)
Saturday, 2/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180203 (13 games)
Sunday, 2/4:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180204 (3 games)
Monday, 2/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180205 (4 games)
Tuesday, 2/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180206 (11 Games)
Wednesday, 2/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180207  (3 games)
Thursday, 2/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180208  (9 games)
Friday, 2/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180209 (8 games)

Also, Olympic tournament starts 2/14

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: https://theahl.com/north-rallies-for-thrilling-all-star-challenge-title   And in the ECHL: https://www.echl.com/mountain-division-wins-2018-ccm-echl-star-classic

Steve:  NHL Reaping benefits of AHL relationship.

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –
Last Week: 2 wins @ UMass (3-2, 3-2)  now 8-6-3 in HE (6th), and 14-9-4 overall.  21st in pairwise
Upcoming:  2 games vs Merrimack (47th pwr) (must wins)

Upsets of ranked teams:

 

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-18/

 

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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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:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

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/

 

 

 

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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:

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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.

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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

 

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

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

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

 

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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:

 

 

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