The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 12 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we take you back to the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between Wayne’s Boston Bruins and Steve’s New York Rangers.  We also get you caught up with all of the news, notes, and injury reports around the NHL, and we get you fired up for the NHL action upcoming this week.  We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week.


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Week’s Headlines



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Our teams performances last week:

Bos:  2-1 W vs NJD on 10/20, 4-2 L vs Mon on 10/22 (9), 5-0 L vs Min on 10/25, 5-2 L @ NYR on 10/26

NYR:  4-2 W @ Was on 10/22, 3-2 W vs Ari, 5-2 W vs Bos on 10/26

CAR:  4-2 W @ Cgy on 10/20, 6-3 L @ Phi on 10/22, 4-2 L @ Det on 10/25



  • Restricted free agent defensemanHampus Lindholm signed a six-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday that runs through the 2021-22 season.  Financial terms were not released but TSN reported it has an average annual value of $5.25 million.  Lindholm, 22, had 10 goals and 18 assists in 80 games last season, his third with Anaheim. Lindholm was named to Team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 as a replacement for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, but did not play during the tournament. The No. 6 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Lindholm has 23 goals and 92 points in 236 games since making his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2013.
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  • Boston Bruins forwardDavid Backes had elbow surgery Monday and will miss at least the next two games, general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday.  “David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, Oct. 24,” Sweeney said. “His condition will be updated after the weekend.”  Backes, signed as a free agent on July 1, has two goals and four points in five games.  The Bruins recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence of the American Hockey League. Czarnik was minus-3 with one shot on goal in two games with the Bruins earlier this season.
  • Boston Bruins goaltenderAnton Khudobin is expected to miss approximately three weeks with an upper-body injury.  Khudobin, 30, is 0-2-0 with a 4.10 goals-against average and .849 save percentage this season.  Malcolm Subban, 22, was recalled on an emergency basis from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday after the Bruins No. 1 goaltender, Tuukka Rask, missed Boston’s 4-2 loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday with an undisclosed injury.  On Tuesday, the Bruins recalled goaltender Zane McIntyre on an emergency basis from Providence to back up Khudobin.
  • Anaheim Ducks goalieJonathan Bernier was replaced by John Gibson at the beginning of the second period against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday after sustaining an upper-body injury.  Bernier, making his second start of the season, allowed one goal on 11 shots in the first period. The Ducks trailed 1-0.
  • Los Angeles Kings goalieJeff Zatkoff is expected to miss no more than a week after he injured his groin during practice Saturday. Zatkoff was helped off the ice and later placed on injured reserve, meaning he cannot play for at least seven days from the date of the injury.  “I think a week is pretty much normal for that [injury],” Kings coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider on Monday. “…It’s not extended or anything like that.”  Goalie Peter Budaj made 22 saves in a 4-3 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Budaj has started the past two games for the Kings, who are also without starter Jonathan Quick, who could miss three months with a lower-body injury. Zatkoff is 0-3-0 with a 4.38 goals-against average and .839 save percentage in three games this season. He signed with the Kings as a free agent on July 1 after playing parts of three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Kings called up Jack Campbell from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Saturday to back up Budaj.
  • Dallas CenterJason Spezza left practice Monday because of an undisclosed injury.  Ruff said Spezza was injured during a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. “I don’t know [how long Spezza could be out],” Ruff said. “That was a surprise for me.”
  • Dallas Right wingAles Hemsky didn’t play Tuesday because of a groin injury.  Hemsky made his season debut against the Blue Jackets after coming off injured reserve Saturday because of a groin injury. He had one shot on goal in 25 shifts on a line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Spezza and Hemsky join an injured list that includes left wing Patrick Sharp, who is on injured reserve because of a concussion, and right wing Patrick Eaves, who is questionable after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 20. He skated by himself Saturday but didn’t practice Monday. Jiri Hudler, who has been battling an illness since Oct. 15, skated on his own Monday but Ruff said he needs three or four days of practice before playing a game. The Stars also are missing centers Cody Eakin (knee) and Mattias Janmark (knee) who began the season on injured reserve.  With Hemsky out and Spezza questionable, the Stars likely will call up another player from Texas of the American Hockey League. They’ve used 25 players in their first five games, with the latest, center Gemel Smith, making his debut Saturday.
  • Carolina Hurricanes left wingJeff Skinner is day to day because of an upper-body injury.  Skinner, tied with Lee Stempniak for the team scoring lead with six points (two goals), missed practice on Monday. He will join the Hurricanes on their trip to play the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.  “He’s OK,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters told the Hurricanes website. “He’s just waiting on some results. He’ll come on the trip to Detroit and play and, if not, we’ll shuffle the deck a little bit.” Skinner had one assist in a 6-3 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. He was assessed a roughing penalty in the third period but did not appear to be injured in the altercation with Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds
  • Arizona Coyotes goaltenderMike Smith is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Dave Tippett said following the morning skate at Madison Square Garden in advance of a game against the New York Rangers on Sunday.  Tippett said Smith, who was injured in the third period of a 7-4 loss at the Ottawa Senators last Tuesday, is home in Arizona and will not be rejoining the Coyotes on their season-high six-game road trip, which concludes at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.  However, Tippett said the severity of Smith’s injury isn’t as significant as the Coyotes first thought. Tippett couldn’t give a timeline for when Smith could return, but he doesn’t think it’ll be long before he gets back on the ice. Goalie Louis Domingue has been filling in for Smith.
  • New York Islanders defensemanRyan Pulock will miss 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Pulock left a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday during the first period. It was his first game of the season; he had five shifts and played 3:57.
  • Other injuries:
    • Chris Tanev, Van – Lower Body
    • Conor Sheary, Pit – Eye Injury – day-to-day
    • Michael Raffl, Phi – Abdominal – week to week
    • Derek Dorsett, Van – Shoulder
    • Alex Burrows, Van – Neck
    • Pavel Buchnevich, NYR – Back Spasms
    • Zach Redmond, Mon – Foot
    • Cody Bass, Nsh – Upper Body




  • Boston Bruins forwardDavid Pastrnak will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for a hit on New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi during a game at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.  The incident occurred at 10:55 of the second period. Pastrnak received a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi left the game briefly, but returned.  The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
  • Philadelphia Flyers forwardDale Weise has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during NHL Game No. 52 in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on Friday.  The incident occurred at 7:35 of the second period.



  • Minnesota Wild forwardZach Parise scored his 300th NHL goal on Sunday against the New York Islanders.  Parise scored off a 4-on-2 rush 1:15 into the second period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead. He took a pass from defenseman Matt Dumba and beat Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss with a wrist shot from the left circle.  The 32-year-old scored 194 goals in seven seasons with the New Jersey Devils. He has played 767 NHL games and is the 196th player to score 300.
  • Florida Panthers forwardJaromir Jagr scored his 750th NHL goal Thursday, becoming the third player in history to do so.  Jagr, who scored his first goal of the season 14:10 into the second period of a 4-2 the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center, trails Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801) on the all-time list.  “That’s nice, but I’d rather win,” Jagr said. “So it’s kind of tough.”  In 1,633 games, with the Panthers, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, Jagr has 1,870 points.  Jagr, 44, who is playing his 23rd NHL season, is 17 points behind Mark Messier (1,887) for second all-time. Gretzky is first with 2,857. Jagr is sixth in assists (1,120), 15 behind Paul Coffey for fifth.

NHL Debuts:



Other Interesting Stories:

  • Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative founded by the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), begins today with programming and Club participation from October 24 to November 18. The initiative is a program of the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations which, along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer™ representing all cancers, will be featured prominently throughout the campaign. This season, the NHLPA and NHL, along with the National Hockey League Foundation, are partnering with five national cancer organizations – including two new organizations – to help raise awareness around several forms of cancer including pediatric, blood, prostate, and pancreatic. The National Hockey League Foundation will make a donation to each of these five national partners:  Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Movember Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  All 30 NHL Member Clubs are supporting the initiative by designating one home game as the official Hockey Fights Cancer™ in-arena awareness night, featuring unique programming and partnerships with local cancer organizations. The NHL and NHLPA are also supporting local cancer organizations in all 30 NHL markets, and $250,000 will be distributed by the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations locally and nationally in conjunction with this year’s initiative.
  • Teemu Selanne had a five-point afternoon – he had two goals, opening and closing the scoring on penalty shots, the second the game-winner in the final seconds, and three assists in between – lifted the Winnipeg Jets alumni to a delightful 6-5 victory against a team of former Edmonton Oilers before an elated crowd of 31,317 at the 2016 Rogers NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game atInvestors Group Field in Winnipeg.  Jets roster:  Dave Ellett; Mike Ford; Jim Kyte; Tim Watters; Dale Hawerchuk (Captain); Morris Lukowich; Doug Smail; Teemu Selanne; Laurie Boschman; Eddie Olczyk; Kris King; Brian Mullen; Andrew McBain; Moe Mantha; Mario Marois; Ron Wilson; Thomas Steen; Teppo Numminen; Daniel Berthiaume; Darrin Shannon; Bob Essensa; Mike Eagles; Dave Babych.   Oilers Roster: Wayne Gretzky (Captain), Paul Coffey; Glen Anderson; Esa Tikkanen; Mark Messier; Ken Linseman; BJ MacDonald; Craig MacTavish; Kelly Buchberger; Jari Kurri; Craig Simpson; Dave Lumley*; Randy Gregg; Charlie Huddy; Steve Staios; Mike Krushelnyski; Dave Semenko; Craig Muni; Bill Ranford; Curtis Joseph; Dwayne Roloson; Willy Lindstrom*; Ryan Smyth.
  • General Fanager dies, takes over.


Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ Det on 10/29, @ Fla on 11/1, @ TB on 11/3

NYR:  @ Car on 10/28, vs TB on 10/30, vs StL on 11/1, vs Edm on 11/3

CAR:  vs NYR on 10/28, vs Phi on 10/30, @ Ott on 11/1

Highlights of upcoming week

  • No games Monday 10/31??
  • Carolina Season home opener vs NYR on Friday, 10/28
  • Pit vs Phi Sat night
  • Tor vs Mon Sat
  • Nsh/SJ Sat
  • Oilers/Leafs Tue
  • Ducks/Kings Tue
  • Det/Phi Wed



NCAA Minute:

  • On the night the University of Michigan celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1996 NCAA national championship, three former Wolverines, including longtime NHL players Marty Turco and Brendan Morrison, scored consecutively in a Score-O promotion during the second intermission of a game against Michigan Tech on Friday.  Turco, who had 275 wins, a 2.36 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 11 NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins from 2000-12, scored first from between the hash marks on the opposite side of the ice. Morrison, a forward who scored 200 goals in 934 NHL games with seven teams, followed Turco by scoring from the same spot. Former Michigan forward Mike Legg, best known for his famous lacrosse-style shot against the University of Minnesota in the 1996 NCAA tournament, when he picked up the puck on his stick blade and carried it into the net, then completed the hat trick by picking the puck up off the ice with the blade of the stick and shooting it lacrosse-style into the roughly 8”-12” wide hole in the plywood some 120 feet away, further exciting the Wolverines student section.
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota (50) 5- 0-0 1000 1
2 Minnesota-Duluth 3- 1-2 905 2
3 Denver 4- 2-0 845 6
4 Boston University 3- 2-0 785 8
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 3- 1-2 746 5
6 Quinnipiac 3- 2-1 725 4
7 Notre Dame 3- 2-1 686 3
8 Boston College 4- 2-0 641 10
9 Minnesota State 5- 1-0 605 9
10 St. Cloud State 2- 2-0 499 14
11 Michigan 3- 1-1 484 11
12 Minnesota 2- 2-0 412 7
13 Harvard 0- 0-0 374 13
14 Providence 2- 2-1 320 15
15 Ohio State 3- 0-2 302 19
16 Northeastern 3- 1-2 254 17
17 Yale 0- 0-0 207 16
18 St. Lawrence 3- 3-0 173 12
19 Penn State 3- 1-1 129 NR
20 Bemidji State 4- 2-0 122 18
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan 73, Miami 69, Lake Superior 44, Clarkson 33, Cornell 15, Air Force 12, Maine 9, Omaha 9, Union 8, Wisconsin 6, Connecticut 3, Vermont 3, Dartmouth 1, Michigan Tech 1.








KHL Minute:

  • Steve: SKA St. Petersburgh 10 straight wins (22-1-4).  118 GF – 43 GA
  • Zach Yuen got first KHL goal on 10/27 . First Chinese National to score in KHL.
  • Former Carolina Hurricane Zach Boychuk got his first KHL goal on 10/26. It was his first game playing for Sibir hockey club.


Picks of the week:



  • With the injuries to the LA Kings goalies, that left their AHL affiliate, the Ontario (CA) Reign short in the goaltending department. Apparently, the Reign took it as an opportunity to make hockey history.  When Johnathan Quick went down and Peter Budaj got called up, the Reign signed 22 yr old Jonah Imoo to a PTO contract to back up remaining goalie Jack Campbell.  When Jeff Zatkoff went down in LA, Campbell got called up, leaving Imoo as the only goalie in Ontario.  In a pinch, the Reign brought in Jonah’s 46 yr old dad, Dusty to back him up in a game vs the Jan Jose Barracuda this past Saturday , making them the first father-son goalie tandem in pro hockey history.  Dusty is employed by the kings as a goaltending development coach.  Dusty’s most known moment is being a member of team Japan in the 1998 olympics in Nagano. In the game, Jonah finished with 26 saves in a 5-4 defeat that ended with a breakaway goal.


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