The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 13 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we reveal the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October, and for the last week.  We get you caught up with Dallas and Buffalo’s injury situation, and Boston’s goalie situation.  We discuss the recent performances of our favorite teams, and we get you fired up for the NHL action upcoming this week.  We also introduce our new weekly feature, our weekly power ranking of NHL teams.  We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week.



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Opening Remarks

  • World Series Game 7
  • Gas Shortage in the South?
  • Who is your favorite team?



Upcoming games




Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances last week:

Bos:  1-0 W @ Det on 10/29, 2-1 W @ FLA on 11/1

NYR:  3-2 L @ Car on 10/28, 6-1 W vs TB on 10/30, 5-0 W vs STL on 11/1

CAR:  3-2 W vs NYR on 10/28, 4-3 L vs Phi on 10/30, 2-1 OTL @ Ott on 11/1





  • With goaltenderCraig Anderson‘s situation uncertain given his wife’s cancer diagnosis and backup Andrew Hammond out with an injury, the Ottawa Senators traded for goaltender Mike Condon on Wednesday.  The Senators acquired Condon, 26, from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Ottawa’s fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Hammond is expected to be out at least another week with a groin injury. Anderson, who could leave the Senators at any time to attend to his wife’s situation, was backed up by two inexperienced goaltenders, 22-year-old Chris Driedger and 24-year-old Matt O’Connor.  Condon made his NHL debut on Oct. 11, 2015 for the Montreal Canadiens against the Senators in Ottawa’s home opener, a 3-1 win by the Canadiens. With goaltender Carey Price injured, Condon started 51 games for the Canadiens last season and was 21-25-6 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.  Condon was undrafted and signed with the Canadiens in 2013 after completing his college eligibility at Princeton.
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  • Update on Dallas injuries:   Dallas Stars right wing Ales Hemsky could miss the rest of the regular season after having surgery to repair a torn hip labrum Monday. The injury occured while playing for Team Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.   “He will be out of the lineup for 5-6 months as he recovers and rehabilitates,” general manager Jim Nill told the Stars website. Hemsky, 33, missed the first four games of the regular season, then played 25 shifts totaling 15:32 of ice time against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 22. He appeared to lose speed as the game went along and went back on injured reserve the next day.   As for other Dallas players, Mattias Janmark could miss the entire regular season because of a knee injury. Cody Eakin is 2-3 weeks away, according to Ruff, and hasn’t practiced since injuring his knee on the first day of training camp. Patrick Sharp hasn’t skated since sustaining a concussion against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 20, but he did work out off the ice Sunday.   Forwards Jamie Benn (undisclosed) and Patrick Eaves (lower body) are playing through pain. Center Jason Spezza played against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday after missing two games because of a lower-body injury.
  • Minnesota Wild left wingZach Parise is week to week with a lower-body injury. The 32-year-old did not play in a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday after he was injured in a 4-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. The Wild moved rookie Joel Eriksson Ek from center to left wing with Parise out of the lineup. They also recalled forwards Tyler Graovac and Christoph Bertschy from Iowa of the American Hockey League.  In eight games this season, Parise has two goals and six points. He scored his 300th and 301st NHL goals in a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Oct. 23, and has 625 points in 769 career games with the Wild and New Jersey Devils.
  • Ottawa Senators goalieAndrew Hammond left the game Friday against the Calgary Flames with a lower-body injury.  He was replaced by Chris Driedger to begin the second period after allowing a goal on four shots. Ottawa led 2-1 after the first.
  • Update in Buffalo: The Buffalo Sabres got positive news regarding injuries to center Jack Eichel and left wing Evander Kane, and they may have goalie Robin Lehner back from illness on Sunday.  Eichel is out of the walking boot he’s had on since he was injured during practice on Oct. 12.  “Jack [Thursday], was at two weeks and a day and got the boot off,” Bylsma said. “I don’t know exactly what his exercise level that he moved to, but I know that he was walking in the boot for a few days before [Thursday] and got the boot off [Thursday] and we saw him walking around postgame [Thursday] with the boot off.”  Kane sustained four cracked ribs during Buffalo’s opening night 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 13. Just over two weeks after being injured, he’s nearly ready to resume workouts.  Lehner rejoined the Sabres at practice Friday after missing the past four days with a stomach illness.




  • Detroit Red Wings forwardSteve Ott has been fined $2,222.22, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara during NHL Game No. 115 in Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 29, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 0:12 of the first period.
  • Boston Bruins forwardDavid Pastrnak has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi during NHL Game No. 95 in New York on Wednesday, Oct. 26, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 10:55 of the second period. Pastrnak was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Pastrnak will forfeit $10,277.78. The money goes to the Players’

Emergency Assistance Fund.

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  • Edmonton Oilers centerConnor McDavid, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weberand Florida Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October.  McDavid paced the NHL with 5-7-12 in nine games to power the Oilers (7-2-0, 14 points) to the top of the Pacific Division and Western Conference.  Weber led all defensemen with 4-6-10 in nine contests to guide the Canadiens (8-0-1, 17 points) to first place in the League standings, highlighted by a seven-game winning streak to close the month.  Marchessault shared the League lead with six goals and tied for third overall with 11 points in nine games to lift the Panthers to a 4-4-1 October (9 points).
  • Toronto Maple Leafs centerWilliam Nylander, who led all rookies with seven assists and 11 points in nine games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October.  Nylander edged teammate Auston Matthews (6-4-10 in 9 GP), Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (6-2-8 in 9 GP), Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (1-6-7 in 10 GP) and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (5-1-6 in 9 GP) for the honor.
  • Ottawa Senators goaltenderCraig Anderson, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnykand Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 30.  Anderson stopped all 59 shots he faced to post a 2-0-0 record and guide the Senators (5-3-0, 10 points) to third place in the Atlantic Division.  Dubnyk also was flawless, denying all 94 shots against in three starts to lead the Wild (6-2-1, 13 points) to a 3-0-0 week and first place in the Central Division.  Weber registered 3-2-5, including a pair of game-winning goals, to power the Canadiens (8-0-1, 17 points) to a 4-0-0 week and the top of the NHL’s standings.
  • Louis Blues defensemanJay Bouwmeester will play his 1,000th NHL game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-MW, NHL.TV).  The 33-year-old, who was selected by the Florida Panthers with the No. 3 pick of the 2002 NHL Draft, doesn’t garner much attention off the ice. But on it, his presence has been felt since the day he made his NHL debut with the Panthers against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 10, 2002. Bouwmeester will become the 307th NHL player and 17th active player to play 1,000 games.  Bouwmeester, who has 81 goals and 296 assists in 999 regular-season games with the Panthers (471 games), Calgary Flames (279) and Blues (249). “He says the right things at the right time that need to be said when you need it to be said. He doesn’t waste any time. He has the gift that his mother [Gena] gave him.”
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forwardEvgeni Malkin scored twice against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday to reach 300 NHL goals.  Malkin scored No. 300 at 8:33 of the third period to break a 4-4 tie. Pittsburgh won 5-4.  He scored No. 299 at 9:38 of the second period to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead.  Malkin has five goals this season. The 30-year-old has played 653 NHL games after making his debut on Oct. 18, 2006.  Malkin is the sixth player to score 300 goals for the Penguins (Mario Lemieux, 690; Jaromir Jagr, 439; Sidney Crosby, 342; Jean Pronovost, 316; Rick Kehoe, 312). Of the 300, 24 have come against the Flyers.

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Other Interesting Stories:

  • The United States and Canada will play outdoors at New Era Field, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, in the preliminary round of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 29, 2017. USA Hockey and the Buffalo Sabres announced the date and matchup of the first outdoor game to be played in any IIHF world championship at KeyBank Center in Buffalo on Friday.  “It’ll be the largest crowd to ever attend a junior hockey game, and it’s terrific with our friends from the Sabres and the Bills to be able to make history again as part of the World Junior Championships 2018 in Buffalo,” USA Hockey executive director David Ogrean said.  The U.S.-Canada outdoor game highlights the return of the tournament to Buffalo for the first time since the 2011 WJC.  Since the 2011 WJC, HarborCenter was built next door to KeyBank Center, and those two venues, along with New Era Field, will host all the games.  S.-Canada will be the first hockey game played at New Era Field since the 2008 NHL Winter Classic when the Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • 2016 World Under-17 Challenge is currently going on in SSM, ONT, at Essar Centre, which has some of the top 2018 draft eligible talent (YOB 2000) playing in it. 8 team tournament, 3 teams from Canada, (Red, White, and Black), USA, CZE, RUS, SWE, FIN.  Round Robin Round just completed, and all 8 teams move to the QF round.  USA finished 2-1 and won the #2 seed in the QF.  Local kid, Tyler Weiss is playing for team USA, and has played in all 3 games, 0 pts, and 2 PIM.   USA plays SWE in QF at 12 PM on Thu, 11/3.

The Power Rankings:

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

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ TB on 11/3, vs NYR on 11/5, vs Buf on 11/7, @ MTL on 11/8

NYR:  vs EDM on 11/3, @ Bos on 11/5, vs Win on 11/6. Vs Van on 11/8

CAR:  @NSH on 11/5, vs NJD on 11/6, @ NJD on 11/8

Highlights of upcoming week

  • FLA @ WAS SAT 5
  • CHI @ DAL SAT 5
  • PIT @ SJ SAT 5
  • TB @ FLA MON 7
  • EDM @ PIT TUE 8
  • SJ @ WAS TUE 8
  • CHI @ STL WED 9


NCAA Minute:

  • Maine T, L vs Colgate, now 3-3-2. Maine has 2 games vs #5 BC (6-2-1) this weekend Friday in Portland, Sat in Orono.  First Conference games for Maine
  • USCHO No 2 UMD beat No 1 UND, 5-2 and 3-0 at UMD over the weekend. First time a #1 played #2 since NCAA tournament in 2014, when #1 Union beat #2 Minnesota on 4/12/14.
  • Interconference records:
  • Rankings


October 31, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (50) 5- 1-2 1000 2
2 Denver 6- 2-0 915 3
3 North Dakota 5- 2-0 909 1
4 Boston University 3- 2-0 829 4
5 Boston College 6- 2-1 765 8
6 Quinnipiac 4- 2-1 726 6
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 4- 2-2 685 5
8 St. Cloud State 4- 2-0 557 10
9 Notre Dame 4- 3-1 544 7
10 Minnesota State 6- 2-0 537 9
11 Ohio State 5- 0-2 509 15
12 Harvard 2- 0-0 452 13
13 Minnesota 3- 2-1 446 12
14 Penn State 5- 1-1 253 19
15 Providence 3- 3-1 247 14
16 Yale 1- 0-0 223 17
17 Michigan 3- 3-1 209 11
18 Bemidji State 6- 2-0 188 20
19 Vermont 4- 1-1 145 NR
20 Union 6- 1-1 110 NR
Others receiving votes: Northeastern 88, Lake Superior 44, Wisconsin 42, Omaha 25, St. Lawrence 19, Miami 15, Dartmouth 6, Western Michigan 5, Air Force 4, Holy Cross 3.


No votes for Maine this week.





KHL Minute:

  • KHL schedule taking a break. Called their “international break”.  No games from 11/2 until 11/6.  Only 3 games on 10/30, 2 on 10/31 and 1 game on 11/7, and no games for CSKA and SKA from 10/28-11/8.  Those two teams have majority of team Russia players.  The League devised the calendar with the interests of Team Russia in mind, and as a result, there will be three breaks in the schedule to accommodate each stage of the Eurotour (Oct. 29 – Nov. 6, Dec. 10 – 18, and Feb. 4 – 12).   Eurotour info:

Picks of the week:







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