The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 16 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts, we discuss the Carolina Hurricanes red hot play of late.  Then, we discuss all of the hockey headlines over the past week, including  Mika Zabinejad’s injury and more relocation rumors out of Raleigh.  We also discuss our weekly power ranking of NHL teams and we reveal the team name of the new Vegas franchise .  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

  • Tired, Hell week almost over.
  • Black Friday plans?
  • Vegas Name unveiling coming up tonight!!!
  • Forgive background noise…



Upcoming games




Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances last week (Through Tue):

Bos:  1-0 Loss @ Min on 11/17, 4-1 win vs Win on 11/19

NYR:  4-2 loss @CBJ, 3-2 SO loss vs FLA, 5-2 win @ PIT

CAR:  1-0 win vs SJ, 3-2 win vs Mon, 3-1 win vs wpg

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

  • Stl 3, SJ 2 on 11/17
  • Mon 2, Tor 1 on 11/19
  • Stl 3, Nsh 1 on 11/19
  • Chi 4, Van 3 (ot) on 11/19
  • Sunday 3-2 games
  • Edm 5, Chi 0 on 11/21
  • SJ 4, NJ 0 on 11/21



  • The Anaheim Ducks traded forwardMichael Sgarbossa to the Florida Panthers for forward Logan Shaw on Wednesday.  Sgarbossa, 24, had two assists in nine games with the Ducks this season, and has three points in 19 games with them and the Colorado Avalanche over four seasons. Shaw, 24, has not played in the NHL this season. He had seven points (five goals) in 53 games with Florida last season, his first.
  • DefensemanBrent Burns signed an eight-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.  Financial terms were not released, but the contract is worth $64 million, an average annual value of $8 million, according to Burns, 31, would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.  Burns was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the League’s best defenseman last season, when he had 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists), all NHL career highs.  The Sharks lost a six-game series to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final. Burns has 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 58 playoff games.
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  • Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham is in critical but stable condition after collapsing prior to an American Hockey League game against Manitoba at Tucson Convention Center on Saturday, Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Monday. Cunningham, a forward who played 10 games for the Coyotes last season, collapsed and was on his back while medical personnel cut away his jersey before moving him off the ice, according to He was taken to a hospital and received treatment.  The game was postponed. Cunningham, 26, was a fourth-round pick (No. 97) by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft. He has three goals and five assists in 63 NHL games with the Bruins and Coyotes. Roadrunners home games against the San Diego Gulls on Tuesday and Wednesday will be rescheduled.
  • Carolina Hurricanes goaltenderEddie Lack was placed on injured reserve Monday with a concussion.  The Hurricanes recalled goalie Michael Leighton from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis after Lack sustained the concussion at practice Monday.  Lack, 28, is 1-2-1 with a 3.78 goals-against average and .856 save percentage in five games this season, and is 13-16-7 with a 2.92 GAA and .896 save percentage in 39 games with Carolina since being acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on June 27, 2015.
  • New York Rangers centerMika Zibanejad sustained a broken fibula during overtime Sunday and will miss the next 6-8 weeks, coach Alain Vigneault said following a 3-2 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. Zibanejad was injured 41 seconds into overtime when his feet got tangled with Panthers forward Reilly Smith‘s feet and he fell awkwardly into the boards. His left foot jammed into the boards and it caused his leg to buckle. Zibanejad scored his fifth goal of the season in the second period. He has 15 points in 19 games.
  • Washington Capitals forwardJ. Oshie will be out week to week with an upper-body injury sustained in the first period of a 1-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center on Friday.  Washington played with nine forwards for most of the game against Detroit. Oshie was injured after he checked Red Wings center Riley Sheahan 8:10 into the game.
  • Arizona Coyotes forwardBrad Richardson is expected to make a full recovery after having surgery on his broken leg Friday.  “After consultation with our athletic trainers, medical staff and doctors in Vancouver, it was determined that Brad would require surgery to repair his fractured tibia and fibula bones in his (right) leg,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. “Brad’s surgery went very well today, and we are confident that he will make a full recovery. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely.” The 31-year-old fell awkwardly after a hit by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin with 8:37 left in the second period of Arizona’s 3-2 overtime loss. Richardson remained on the ice for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and to the hospital. Richardson had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 16 games this season, his second with the Coyotes.
  • Forward Thomas Hertl has left the San Jose Sharks road trip and returned to California for an MRI, CSN Bay Area reported Friday. Hertl seemed to injure his right knee in the second period of a 3-2 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.  Hertl had four goals and five assists (nine points) in 17 games this season. Last season ended in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins when he injured the same knee.



  • None this week


  • Los Angeles Kings centerJeff Carter, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 20.  Carter paced the NHL with three game-winning tallies – and also tied for the League lead with four total goals (4-2-6) – in four outings to propel the Kings (10-9-1, 21 points) into a share of first place, in terms of points, in the Pacific Division. Ward went 3-0-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout to help the Hurricanes (7-6-4, 18 points) complete a perfect week and extend his, as well as the team’s, overall winning streak to four games. Backstrom led the NHL with 4-4-8 in four games to power the Capitals (11-5-2, 24 points) to five out of a possible eight standings points.
  • Jeff Carter(2-1-3) scored his 599th, 600th and 601st NHL points, including an NHL-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season, and the Los Angeles Kings held off a surging Anaheim Ducks team in the third period for the 3-2 win.


NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

  • The 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will once again feature the NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ and the 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament, showcasing the NHL’s most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. Hockey fans again will determine the four All-Star captains in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™, with the top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – named All-Stars and captains. The remaining 40 NHL All-Stars will be named by NHL Hockey Operations.
  • 11/18 According toa report by 98.5 Sports in Montreal, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos wants to get his money out of the team, even if it means the ‘Canes are sold and relocated.  Today’s report comes on the heels of an apparent settlement in the lawsuit involving Karmanos and his three sons — a settlement that could make a sale more likely. The question all along has been whether Karmanos can find a new owner that’s willing to keep the team in Raleigh. Karmanos, who moved the franchise from Hartford in 1997, has guaranteed that “the Hurricanes will not become the Nordiques.”  But the 73-year-old has also been trying to sell the team for quite some time.  “I’m looking for the proper way to make sure the team has continuity, hopefully with people in North Carolina,” he said in 2014.  Like Karmanos, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has insisted that the ‘Canes are not going anywhere.  The relocation speculation is only natural, however, when Quebec City has a brand new arena with no team, while at the same time Carolina is sitting dead last in NHL attendance (11,189).
  • Followup: Thanks to a report out of Montreal on Friday afternoon the Carolina Hurricanes relocation rumors have started to surface once again.  It has not taken long for the Hurricanes to respond and do their part to silence them, at least for now.  Hurricanes president Don Waddell said on Friday night, via Chip Alexander of the News & Observer, that “any relocation rumor is false and that nothing has changed from a year ago.”  He also added that team owner Peter Karmanos has not turned down an offer for the team and that the financial health of the team is in its best shape ever.  This response was prompted after 98.5 sports in Montreal reported earlier in the day that Karmanos is looking to get his money out of the team and sell it, even if that means the team relocates.
  • Over 2.2M people live within 50 mi of PNC arena. Smaller cities than Raleigh-Durham with pro teams:  Nashville, Milwaukee, Jacksonville, OKC, Memphis, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Hartford, Buffalo  6% growth L5 years.  Of the top 100, Only Austin TX, has faster growth.

The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

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


Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  vs STL on 11/22, @ Ott on 11/24,  vs CGY on 11/25, vs TB on 11/27, @ Phi on 11/29  (B+G shoutout)

NYR:  vs Pit on 11/23, @ Phi on 11/25, vs Ott on 11/27, vs Car on 11/29

CAR:  @ Tor on 11/22, @ Mon on 11/24, @ Ott on 11/26, vs FLA on 11/27, @ NTR on 11/29

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Pit @ Min on 11/25
  • Chi @ Ana on 11/25
  • CBJ @ TB on 11/25
  • CBJ @ FLA on 11/26
  • Min @ STL on 11/26
  • Chi @ LA on 11/26
  • Ana @ SJ on 11/26
  • Dal @ StL on 11/28
  • Tor @ Edm on 11/29
  • TB @ CBJ on 11/29
  • Fla @ Chi on 11/29


NCAA Minute:

  • Maine lost, tied @ Vermont
  • Upsets this week
    • #9 Notre Dame beat #6 UML on Sat (split)
    • #19 Providence lost to Northeastern Friday (split)
    • #1 Denver tied Miami on Fri and Sat 1-1, 2-2 (Den wins SO both nights)
    • #11 Harvard beat #3 BC on Fri
    • #15 Minn St beat #7 Minn on Fri (split)
    • UConn beat #5 BU (split)
  • Few games tonight and tomorrow with break coming up.
  • Maine getting back to Thanksgiving game at Portland vs Brown.
  • Rankings

November 21, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (48) 10- 2-2 996 2
2 Denver ( 2) 7- 2-3 950 1
3 Quinnipiac 9- 3-1 859 4
4 Boston College 10- 3-1 818 3
5 North Dakota 7- 4-2 731 8
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 8- 4-2 692 6
7 Boston University 6- 4-1 655 5
8 Penn State 11- 1-1 615 10
9 Harvard 5- 1-1 610 11
10 Bemidji State 11- 2-1 543 13
11 Minnesota 5- 3-2 537 7
12 Notre Dame 6- 4-2 507 9
13 Ohio State 8- 1-4 466 14
14 Minnesota State 8- 5-1 336 15
15 St. Cloud State 6- 6-0 234 12
16 Michigan 5- 4-1 218 16
17 Union 8- 3-2 207 17
18 Western Michigan 7- 3-2 201 18
19 St. Lawrence 8- 4-2 176 20
20 Vermont 7- 3-2 88 NR
Others receiving votes: Providence 25, Omaha 15, Air Force 5, Clarkson 5, Wisconsin 4, Connecticut 2, Michigan Tech 2, Robert Morris 2, Lake Superior 1.

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KHL Minute:

  • The eagerly-awaited third instalment of the Army Derby produced a blistering game full of rapid changes in fortune. Goals came in groups as both sides saw their fortunes ebb and flow before SKA skated to victory 6-3.
  • The 2017 Week of Hockey Stars enjoys its grand finale on Sunday,the 22nd, with a tournament contested by four teams of the finest stars of the KHL. Each team will represent one of the League’s divisions and will have a roster of 11 players – one goaltender, nine skaters, plus one of the four best youngsters from the MHL Challenge Cup. The tournament comprises two semi-finals followed by a final, with games played to a 4-on-4 format, switching to 3-on-3 if the match progresses to overtime.
  • KHL minute involves SKA St. Petersburg finally losing to Automobilist Yekaterinburg snapping their 15 game winning streak…
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Picks of the week:


  • Matt Calvert who was hit in the forehead with a slapshot by Nick Holden of the NY Rangers
  • What sorcery is this? Or maybe it’s camera tricks? Either way the San Jose Sharks won the mannequin challenge Friday, posting a video of numerous bobbleheads remaining perfectly still (HOW???).  The video included (completely still) bobbleheads of Sharks players, mascots and even featured Dwight Schrute of “The Office,” a minion from “Despicable Me” and a Chia head. But it ends with a shot of a Joe Pavelski “Starting Lineup” action figure straight out of the 1990s. So good creativity by the Sharks using a brand new trend to promote a throwback idea.



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