The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 15 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts, we review the Rangers and Bruins great performances over the past week.  Then, we discuss all of the hockey headlines over the past week, including injuries to Steven Stamkos and Johnny Gaudreau, the GM meetings, and the HOF induction ceremonies.  We also discuss 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

  • Links to all stories in the show notes
  • Hell week at work
  • I am Canadian




Upcoming games




Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances last week (Through Tue):

Bos:  5-2 win vs CBJ on 11/10, 2-1 win @ Ari on 11/12, 2-0 win @ Col on 11/13

NYR:  4-1 Win @ CGY on 11/12, 3-1 win @ EDM on 11/13, 7-2 win @ Van on 11/15

CAR:  4-2 L vs ANA on 11/10, 5-1 Win vs WSH on 11/12, 1-0 W vs SJ on 11/15

Notable Games (Other than Rangers, Bruins, and Canes)




  • Tampa Bay Lightning captainSteven Stamkos will be out indefinitely after tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee during a 4-3 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.  “We are in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday.  Stamkos left the game in the first period after he fell awkwardly against the boards while killing a penalty. He was unable to put pressure on his right leg as he skated to the bench. He played four shifts and had in 2:07 of ice time.
  • New Jersey Devils left wingTaylor Hall will miss 3-4 weeks after having successful arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee Wednesday.  Hall did not play in a 2-1 overtime victory at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday after practicing with the Devils on Monday. He flew with the Devils to Dallas but on Tuesday morning informed trainers something was bothering him, and he flew back to New Jersey for an MRI.
  • Calgary Flames forwardJohnny Gaudreau will have surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured finger sustained against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.  There is no timetable for Gaudreau’s return.  “It can be four [weeks], it can be six … you don’t know,” Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said Wednesday. “For me, I’m just preparing for the worst-case scenario. That’s how it goes. We won’t know anything on this injury until we hear from the doctors. We won’t know the timeframe. It could be less. It could be more. As a coach when you’re going through it you think, ‘OK, what are we going to put in place here to make sure we can get through this time.'”  Gaudreau left the game at 7:22 of the third period and didn’t return after taking a slash to his hand. He scored the goal in the Flames’ 1-0 win.
  • Detroit Red Wings forwardDarren Helm is out at least six weeks with a dislocated shoulder, coach Jeff Blashill said Wednesday.  Blashill said Helm doesn’t need surgery, he will be re-evaluated.  Helm was injured during a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday when he tumbled over Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov
  • DefensemanTravis Hamonic will be in the New York Islanders lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.  Hamonic sustained an upper-body injury blocking a shot during a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 5 and was expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
  • New York Islanders defensemanDennis Seidenberg is out indefinitely and was placed on injured reserve Monday because of an upper-body injury.   Seidenberg was injured in the third period of the Islanders’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he was hit in the chin by a shot.
  • Philadelphia Flyers goalieMichal Neuvirth will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.  Neuvirth was injured during the Flyers’ 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.  He stopped six of seven shots during the first period but did not return for the second period. Steve Mason replaced him and made 19 saves to earn the victory.
  • Carolina Hurricanes forwardBryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and will be out indefinitely.  “Since the 2015 playoffs, I’ve been struggling to understand what was going on with my body,” Bickell said in a statement released Friday. “Again during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn’t right. Obviously this is a bit of shock for my family and me, but I am hopeful I will be able to return to the ice and continue playing the game that I love.”  Bickell, 30, has one goal in seven games this season. He was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 15 and won the Stanley Cup three times with Chicago (2010, 2013, 2015).  “First and foremost, the most important thing is for Bryan to take care of himself, and our thoughts are with him and his family,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. “He will need to take some time to rest in the immediate future, and we will support him as he takes the necessary steps for his health. We ask that his privacy be respected during the process.”  “Our thoughts are with Bryan, his family and the Carolina Hurricanes during this challenging time,” Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said. “He has built so many lasting relationships in Chicago both inside and outside of the Blackhawks organization based on his play on the ice and character off of it. Together, we will keep him in our thoughts during his fight against the disease.”  “It’s pretty shocking,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews  “What can you say? I think everyone in this room, in this organization, as close as we all are to [Bickell], our hearts go out to him and wish him the best health possible. Hopefully he can hang in there and find ways to stay strong despite his condition. Obviously it’s kind of crazy for him. He probably has a lot of people reaching out to him. I’m sure all the guys in this locker room that know him really well will reach out and send him a message and offer their support. It’s pretty shocking, but we’re all thinking about him right now.”  Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, “Tough news today on [Bickell]. He’s a special guy. It’s tough to hear something like that. We’re thinking about him and our thoughts and prayers are with him. He has a tough road ahead of him, but we’re thinking of [Bickell] as he was special for us, and instrumental in us having a lot of success here. We wish him well.”
  • Los Angeles Kings goalieJeff Zatkoff did not return to start the third period against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.  Zatkoff made 18 saves in his first game back since being injured during practice on Oct. 23. He was replaced by Peter Budaj with Los Angeles leading 1-0.
  • Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou was placed on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury. Athanasiou, 22, was injured in the first period of a 3-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena, on a hit by Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin. reports the injury is a sprained knee.  The Red Wings recalled forward Anthony Mantha from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to take Athanasiou’s place on the roster.



  • None this week


  • Rask, Scheifele and Rinne named 3 Stars of the Week. Rask went 4-0-0 with a 0.75 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts to lead the Bruins (10-6-0, 20 points) to four wins in five games as well as second place in the Atlantic Division. Scheifele shared second place in the NHL with 3-3-6 in four games to propel the Jets (8-7-2, 18 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points as well as second place in the Central Division.  Rinne compiled a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Predators (6-5-3, 15 points) to three wins in three starts.


NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Brendan Shanahan, Mats Sundin, Nicklas Lidstrom and Darryl Sittler are among retired NHL greats who will play for the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2017 Rogers NHL Centennial Classic Alumni Game at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto on Dec. 31. More than 40 retired players are scheduled to participate in the game, which precedes the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs on Jan. 1. The Centennial Classic is a rematch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, where a record crowd of 105,491 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, watched the Maple Leafs win 3-2 in a shootout.  Red Wings:  Doug Brown, F; Chris Chelios, D; Dino Ciccarelli F; Paul Coffey, D; Mathieu Dandenault, D; Kris Draper, F; Sergei Fedorov, F; Jiri Fischer, D; Kevin Hodson, G; Tomas Holmstrom, F; Joe Kocur, F; Slava Kozlov, F; Martin Lapointe, F; Igor Larionov, F; Manny Legace, G; Nicklas Lidstrom, D; Kirk Maltby, F; Darren McCarty, F; Larry Murphy, D; Mickey Redmond, F; Brendan Shanahan, F  Leafs:  Dave Andreychuk, F; Wendel Clark, F; Tie Domi, F; Dave Ellett, D; Doug Gilmour, F; Al Iafrate, D; Curtis Joseph, G; Tomas Kaberle, D; Gary Leeman, F; Bryan McCabe, D; Lanny McDonald, F; Bob McGill, D; Mike Palmateer, G; Felix Potvin, G; Gary Roberts, F; Borje Salming, F; Darryl Sittler, F; Mats Sundin, F; Steve Thomas, F; Darcy Tucker, F; Rick Vaive, F; Tiger Williams, F, Dmitri Yushkevich, D
  • Blindside hitting, the concussion spotter program, and the shootout were three topics that generated discussion and debate at the NHL general managers meeting Tuesday. The GMs aren’t eyeing any rule change recommendations now but left the meeting with the intent to monitor those three aspects of the game, along with many others, as a way to prepare for more in-depth discussions when they meet again for three days in Boca Raton, Florida, in March.  “This isn’t a meeting where you make fundamental changes,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “It’s really more of an update.”  The GMs specifically looked at hitting from the blindside and discussed the safety element of it, a reaction to the hit delivered by Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri on Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin on Nov. 5.  Blindside hits are legal unless the main point of contact is the head and contact with the head was avoidable.  The general managers were split evenly between those who thought Kadri’s hit was OK and those who felt that type of hit should be removed from the game.  The GMs went through a review of the new policy of using unaffiliated concussion spotters to monitor each game from the Player Safety Room in the New York office. They are trying to determine if goalies who have to relieve a goalie being pulled by the concussion spotter should be allowed time to warm up.  Most recently, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist came in for Antti Raanta in the third period of a 2-2 game against the Canucks on Nov. 8. He did not get any warmup time and allowed two goals on six shots before Raanta returned. The Rangers lost 5-3.  “The notion that you need to have a warmup when you replace the goaltender, in most of the cases it doesn’t happen anyway, but again it’s something to keep an eye on,” Commissioner Bettman said. “You don’t make changes in the middle of the season anyway so we’ll keep an eye on it, we’ll see how many times it happens and whether or not it needs to be addressed.”  The managers also discussed the legality of shootout goals, paying particularly close attention to the one scored by Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck on Oct. 18, a goal that led to a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Trocheck lost control of the puck as he got in close, but the puck never stopped moving, he regained control of it and scored. The question is whether the puck kept moving forward, which is part of the rule.  There appears to be a movement among the GMs to look at amending the shootout rules to the international hockey rules, which allow for the same shooter to continue taking attempts after the third round.  Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong brought up the idea as a way to make the shootout more exciting with the best shooters getting the opportunity for multiple attempts.  “I’ve got to admit, it’s entertaining,” Fletcher said. “We all remember [at the 2014 Sochi Olympics] with T.J. Oshie and I remember going back even further in the [2007] World Juniors, I think it was Peter Mueller versus Jonathan Toews. That was a lot of drama and they kept scoring. It was great. It’s certainly something to consider. It’s a good idea.”
  • HOF induction Ceremonies inducted Rogie Vachon, Sergei Makarov, Eric Lindros, and Pat Quinn (Builder).
  • A new home for the Arizona Coyotes in Tempe, Arizona, will be a game-changer for the franchise, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday. The Coyotes announced they are in plans with Catellus Development Corp., the master developer for the Arizona State University Athletic Facilities District, to work toward building a 16,000-plus seat arena with an attached 4,000 seat multisport facility in Tempe, Arizona.  “I think first and foremost it’ll stop all the speculation as to what may or may not happen to the franchise,” Commissioner Bettman said. “Secondly, it will, I believe, based on the locations I’m hearing about, ensure that from an attendance standpoint this franchise can thrive and I think it will assure the long-term future of this franchise beyond doubt.”  The plan is for the Coyotes to play in the main arena, with the attached second facility being used for Coyotes practices, Arizona State athletics, youth hockey practices and games, and community events.  A second phase of the project is expected to include a hotel in the area.  The Coyotes have played in Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, since December 2003. Prior to that, they played at America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in Phoenix after moving to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996. They are expected to work toward finalizing an agreement with the city of Glendale to remain in Gila River Arena until their new arena is built.
  • A decision on NHL participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics likely won’t drag past January, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday. “Whether it’s Jan. 1 or 15th or 20th, that’s not the issue,” Commissioner Bettman said. “This isn’t drifting into the spring.”  Commissioner Bettman, speaking during a 1-on-1 session with Gord Miller of TSN at the PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment Conference, said the timetable is dictated by the League’s need to put together its schedule for the 2017-18 season, and the fact that the International Ice Hockey Federation and International Olympic Committee need time to come up with a contingency plan for the men’s ice hockey tournament should the NHL not attend.
  • Longtime NHL defensemen Adrian Aucoin and Gary Suter are among more than 20 former Chicago Blackhawks on the current roster for the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, to be played against a team of former St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium on Dec. 31. The roster also includes forward Grant Mulvey, the only Blackhawks player to score five goals in a game, against the Blues on Feb. 3, 1982; defenseman Jack O’Callahan, a member of the 1980 United States “Miracle on Ice” Olympic team; and three players-turned-broadcasters: goaltender Darren Pang, defenseman Steve Konroyd and forward Troy Murray.  Roster:  Adrian Aucoin, D; Murray Bannerman, G; Adam Burish, F; Kyle Calder, F; Daniel Carcillo, F; Jim Cummins, F; Eric Daze, F; Ben Eager, F; Reggie Kerr, D; Steve Konroyd, D; Dave Mackey, F; Jamal Mayers, F, Grant Mulvey, F; Troy Murray, F; Brian Noonan, F; Jack O’Callahan, D; Darren Pang, G; Steve Poapst, D; Reid Simpson, F; Brent Sopel, D; Gary Suter, D; Jimmy Waite, G

The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

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


Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @Min on 11/17, vs WPG on 11/19, vs StL on 11/22

NYR:  @ CBJ on 11/18, vs FLA on 11/20, @ Pit on 11/21, vs Pit on 11/23

CAR:  vs Mon on 11/18, vs Wpg on 11/20, @ Tor on 11/22, @ Mon on 11/24

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Edm @ Dal on 11/19
  • Tor @ Mon on 11/19
  • CBJ @ Was on 11/20
  • Chi @ Edm on 11/21
  • TB @ NSH on 11/21
  • NJD @ SJ on 11/21
  • STL @ WAS on 11/23
  • Chi @ SJ on 11/23

NCAA Minute:

  • Maine split weekend series with #5 UMass Lowell, 5-2 win, 4-1 loss. Still no love in national rankings, but they did move from 40th to 33rd in Pairwise rankings
  • Notre Dame and Northeastern skated to a 0-0 tie through two periods of play before a Zamboni breakdown and subsequent problems with ice conditions forced the game to be suspended on Sunday afternoon at Matthews Arena. When one of Northeastern Zamboni’s broke down in the left corner of the ice, that portion of the ice was unable to freeze. After a delay, the ice was eventually deemed unplayable.  The teams will attempt to make up the third period later in the season at a date to be determined if scheduling allows.

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  • Weekly Upsets of top 20 teams:
    • #6 North Dakota tied #2 Denver 1-1 on Friday
    • St Lawrence tied #16 Union on Friday
    • Colgate beat #19 Yale 4-1 on Friday
    • Western Michigan beat #1 Minn-Duluth 4-3 on Friday
    • Michigan Tech beat #20 Lake Superior 6-1 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday
    • #18 Michigan beat #4 BU 4-0 on Friday
    • Clarkson beat #16 Union 3-1 on Saturday
    • Cornell beat #19 Yale 6-3 on Saturday
    • #15 Bemidji State beat #11 Minnesota State 2-1 on Saturday
    • Arizona State beat UNH 5-4 on Saturday, and only lost 3-1 to #3 BC


November 14, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (26) 7- 2-1 970 2
2 Minnesota-Duluth (18) 8- 2-2 949 1
3 Boston College ( 6) 10- 2-1 938 3
4 Quinnipiac 7- 3-1 774 7
5 Boston University 5- 3-1 769 4
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 7- 3-2 740 5
7 Minnesota 4- 2-2 657 8
8 North Dakota 5- 4-2 636 6
9 Notre Dame 5- 3-1 572 9
10 Penn State 9- 1-1 515 12
11 Harvard 4- 1-1 491 10
12 St. Cloud State 6- 4-0 436 13
13 Bemidji State 9- 2-1 431 15
14 Ohio State 6- 1-4 409 14
15 Minnesota State 7- 4-1 322 11
16 Michigan 5- 4-1 215 18
17 Union 8- 3-2 182 16
18 Western Michigan 6- 3-1 153 NR
19 Providence 3- 3-2 140 17
20 St. Lawrence 6- 4-2 70 NR
Others receiving votes: Omaha 43, Vermont 36, Lake Superior 14, Air Force 11, Wisconsin 8, Clarkson 6, Michigan Tech 4, Yale 4, Northeastern 3, Army 1, Robert Morris 1.


KHL Minute:

  • Wayne: CSKA boss Dmitry Kvartalnov had never seen his Army Men lose against Lokomotiv in six previous encounters – but a freakish blunder from defenseman Mikhail Naumenkov and a late from Denis Mosalyov shattered that streak.  They condemned CSKA to a second consecutive loss since the international break and, just as in Podolsk on Wednesday, the Red-and-Blues gave up a lead on the way to defeat.  True, it was a less comfortable position than the 2-0 advantage Kvartalnov’s team held after 40 minutes in the Moscow suburbs, but with the head coach lamenting his players’ inability to see out winning positions as readily as earlier in the season the loss represents another blow.  Igor Ozhiganov gave CSKA a 13th-minute lead on the power play but Lokomotiv soon profited from a catalogue of errors. First a faulty line-change led to a penalty, then Mikhail Naumenkov flipped a lovely backhand shot over the shoulder of his own goalie, Ilya Sorokin. Petri Kontiola was credited with the goal, Naumenkov stormed back to the sidelines slamming his stick into the bench.  The game remained evenly-poised from then on until Mosalyov grabbed the winner with 10 minutes to play. Alexander Kadeikin’s backhand pass to the slot caused confusion; Mosalyov reacted fastest to snaffle up the chance. An empty-net goal from Kontiola sealed the win.
  • Steve: I’ll Kovalchuk recorded his 250th career point in the KHL in a 9-0 win, 15th KHL record is 18.  75-11 goals.
    The video of the security guard at the Amana game who danced to Billie Jean…
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  • Peter Bondra scored 503 goals and had 892 points during his 16-season NHL career, yet the world-class offensive talent may have met his offensive match while teaching hockey in the United Arab Emirates. Bondra, who scored 472 of those goals for the Washington Capitals, met Fatima while representing the Capitals and coaching at the Pavlikovsky Hockey School program at the Zayed Sports Ice Rink in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and Monday. The school is designed to help youth players with their skills.   “I’m excited to help grow the game in the UAE and use my experience to teach young hockey players in the region,” Bondra told the Capitals website Tuesday. “The opportunities to host these types of clinics around the globe will promote the growth of hockey and the Capitals.”  Fellow Slovakians and former NHL players Richard Lintner and Miroslav Satan are in Abu Dhabi with Bondra for the clinic.



  • Vernon Fiddler of NJ Devils reunites with his biggest fan…
    Stick Tricks with Sonny Milano if you already picked that one..


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