The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 18 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I return from an unexpected 2 week hiatus.  While we were away, the NHL season rolled on.  We’ll have all the details.  Some of the stories that we’ll have this week are: 

  • The Coyotes make some roster moves to fill holes caused by injuries
  • An Islanders team leader signs an extension
  • The Flyers, Oilers, Rangers, Canadiens, Bruins, and Canucks all have players that got injured over the past couple weeks.
  • We have a couple suspensions to talk about, and we get you caught up with the NHL’s 3 stars of the week from the past couple weeks

We’ll have all this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!



THN Episode 18 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

  • 12 days since last recording…
  • Our personal issues over the past week.
  • Stanley Cup Coming to Raleigh in 2017!!!



Upcoming games





Turned upside down in last 2 weeks!


Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  (3-2-1) 2-1 W vs BUF on 12/3, 4-3 OTW vs FLA on 12/5, 4-3 OTL @ WAS on 12/7, 4-2 L vs COL on 12/8, 4-1 L vs TOR on 12/10, 2-1 OTW @ MON on 12/12  Now 16-12-2 on season, 3rd in Atlantic

NYR:  (4-2-0) 4-2 W vs CAR on 12/3, 4-2 L @ NYI on 12/6, 2-1 W @ WIN on 12/8, 1-0 OTW @ CHI on 12/9, 5-0 W vs NJD on 12/11, 2-1 L on vs CHI on 12/13  Now 20-10-1 on season, 2nd in Metro

CAR:  (3-2-1) 4-2 L @ NYR on 12/3, 1-0 W vs TBL on 12/4, 6-5 SOL @ ANA on 12/7, 3-1 W @ LA on 12/8, 4-3 L @ SJ on 12/10, 8-6 W vs VAN on 12/13 Now 12-11-6 on season, 7th in Metro, 11th in East, 8 pts out of a playoff spot.

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

·         Oilers 3, Ducks 2 OT on 12/3

·         Flyers 3, Black Hawks 1 on 12/3

·         Devils 5, Nashville, 4 OT on 12/3

·         Lightning 2, Washington 1 SO on 12/3

·         Wild 2, Oilers 1 on 12/4

·         Canadiens 5, Kings 4 on 12/4

·         Penguins 8, Senators 5 on 12/5

·         Blues 3, Canadiens 2 on 12/6

·         Senators 4, Sharks 2 on 12/7

·         Flyers 6, Oilers 5 on 12/8

·         Rangers 1, Blackhawks 0 OT on 12/9

·         Blues 4, Devils 1 on 12/9

·         Ducks 3, Sharks 2 on 12/9

·         Kings 4, Senators 1 on 12/10

·         Ducks 5, Senators 1 on 12/11

·         Wild 3, Blues 1 on 12/11

·         BlueJackets 3, Oilers 1 on 12/13






·         Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit has an upper-body injury and is expected to be out two weeks.  Streit played 19:04 in a 1-0 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday but sat out the final 2:26 of the third period and did not play in overtime.  In 31 games this season, Streit, 39, has five goals and 11 assists, and is fourth on the Flyers with an average ice time of 19:52 per game.

·         Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse is expected to be out up to 12 weeks after having surgery to repair ligament and bone damage to his ankle.  Nurse, 21, had three goals and two assists in 25 games. He last played Dec. 1 against the Winnipeg Jets and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 3 because of a lower-body injury.

·         Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi was placed on injured reserve on Saturday with an upper-body injury and is considered week to week. He was injured Thursday in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.  Domi has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 26 games this season.  The Coyotes recalled forward Laurent Dauphin and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Saturday and they will be in the lineup Saturday against the Nashville Predators (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-TN, NHL.TV).

·         New York Rangers forward Rick Nash will be out one week with a groin injury that forced him to leave a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.  Nash had an MRI exam Wednesday.

·         Montreal Canadiens centers Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais each will be out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.  Galchenyuk was injured during a 5-4 shootout win at the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday when he collided with Kings center Anze Kopitar in the offensive zone past the midway point of the second period. Galchenyuk appeared to be favoring his right leg after it was clipped by Kopitar’s leg.  Galchenyuk leads the Canadiens with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 25 games this season. His position as the top-line center between Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov was filled the next game by Desharnais, who did not make it through that 3-2 overtime loss at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, leaving the game in the third period. Desharnais has three goals and nine points in 25 games.

·         Boston Bruins forward Matt Beleskey will miss six weeks because of a right knee injury.  Beleskey injured his knee in the first period of a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.  The 28-year-old has two goals and three assists in 24 games for Boston this season.

·         Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon of the Western Hockey League, projected to be the first player picked at the 2017 NHL Draft, will not play for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Monday.  Patrick, 18, has not played since Oct. 11 because of an upper-body injury, and he was not medically cleared to attend Canada’s World Junior selection camp, which will be held Dec. 11-14 at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau in Blainville, Quebec.

·         Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read will miss four weeks with an upper-body injury.  Read, who has six goals and four assists in 27 games, left the Flyers’ 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Sunday 1:57 into the game.

·         Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett needs cervical fusion surgery and is out indefinitely.  Dorsett is expected to resume his NHL career but there is no timeframe for his recovery, the Canucks said Monday.  Dorsett, 29, has one goal and four points in 14 games. He’s missed the past seven.




  • Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek, New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raantaand Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 11.  Voracek led the NHL with six assists and nine points in four outings to help the Flyers (18-10-3, 39 points) complete a perfect week and extend their overall winning streak to nine games, their longest such run since April 2-22, 1995 (also 9-0-0).  Raanta went 3-0-0 with a 0.33 goals-against average, .984 save percentage and two shutouts in three games to lead the Rangers (20-9-1, 41 points) to six of a possible eight standings points.  Gagner collected 3-3-6 in three contests to help the Blue Jackets (17-5-4, 38 points) pick up three wins and extend their overall point streak to eight games (7-0-1), including six straight victories.
  • Chris Neil 1000 games – The Ottawa Senators forward played in his 1,000th career NHL game, becoming the 307th player to reach that milestone and 46th player in League history to complete the feat with one team. The 37-year-old fan favorite, who Ottawa selected in the sixth round (No. 161) at the 1998 NHL Draft, has more penalty minutes (2,492) than any active NHL player.
  • Bill Dineen, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings who later coached the Philadelphia Flyers and had three sons play in the NHL, died Saturday in Lake George, New York. He was 84.
  • Philadelphia Flyers goaltenderSteve Mason, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 4.  Mason led the NHL with four wins in four outings, compiling a 1.71 goals-against average and .945 save percentage to propel the Flyers (14-10-3, 31 points) into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.  Tarasenko shared the League lead with four goals in three outings (4-1-5), and also paced the NHL with two game-winning tallies, as the Blues (14-7-4, 32 points) earned five of a possible six standings points to maintain second place in the Central Division and Western Conference.  Jones went 3-0-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average and .962 save percentage, yielding only one goal in each of his three appearances, to guide the Sharks (15-9-1, 31 points) into first place in the Pacific Division.

NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         The National Hockey League today announced the details surrounding the special events that will launch its Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments.  The NHL’s Centennial celebration will commence officially on January 1, 2017 in Toronto with the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ outdoor game featuring an Original Six™ showdown between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Exhibition Stadium. This marquee event will also feature the first phase in the announcement of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, as well as the launch of the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, a traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017.

·         The World Cup of Hockey 2016 met expectations and should be a fixture on the League’s international calendar, according to one of the presentations made Friday at the NHL Board of Governors meeting.  “The final take is I think everybody in the room believes, as do we, that we were able to re-establish this event in a very big major way,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday at the conclusion of two days of meetings. “It was very successful. There are a variety of things that we’re focused on to do it even better the next time we do it, whenever that might be. I think people were pleased with it, understanding that it’s a very small part of our business, but we think it’s important when we can to focus on events like that.”  Commissioner Bettman said it was too early to discuss potential changes to the format of the tournament, which was played in Toronto in September for the first time in 12 years.

·         The NHL did not conduct a vote or reach a decision on player participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics during the Board of Governors meeting here Thursday. Commissioner Gary Bettman did say that the governors have expressed concerns about NHL players participating in the Olympics for a sixth straight time.  “If there is something at some point to take to the Board, it will need an affirmative vote of the Board of Governors,” Commissioner Bettman said Thursday. “I think it’s fair to say that there is some strong negative sentiment in the room, but nothing was decided today.”

·         The NHL Board of Governors on Thursday was given a projection on what the salary cap could be for the 2017-18 season, but Commissioner Gary Bettman declined to give out details during his press conference following the meeting.  The salary cap for this season is $73 million, up from $71.4 million last season.

·         National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding the office actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on the applications to register the name Vegas Golden Knights:  “We are currently reviewing the Trademark Office’s letter and will prepare a detailed response demonstrating why we continue strongly to believe the Vegas Golden Knights mark should be registered in co-existence with the college registration, just as a number of other nicknames currently co-exist in professional and college sports (particularly where there is no overlap as to the sport for which the nickname is being used). That response is not due until June 7, 2017.

·         This Date in History:  12/3/1987:  Bruins Retire #7




The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

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



Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ PIT on 12/14, vs ANA on 12/15, vs LA on 12/15, vs NYI on 12/20

NYR:  @ DAL on 12/15, @ NSH on 12/17, vs NJD on 12/18, @ PIT on 12/20

CAR:  vs WSH on 12/16, vs Buf on 12/17, vs Det on 12/19

Highlights of upcoming week

·         Sharks @ Senators on 12/14

·         Sharks @ Canadiens on 12/16

·         Kings @ Penguins on 12/16

·         Canadiens @ Capitals on 12/17

·         Blackhawks @ Blues on 12/17

·         Sharks @ Blackhawks on 12/18

·         Ducks @ Canadiens on 12/20

·         Kings @ BlueJackets on 12/20

·         Senators @ Blackhawks on 12/20

·         Capitals @ Flyers on 12/21


NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Swept by UNH, Swept American Int’L.  Off until 12/30.  Now 7-9-3.  40th in Pairwise

·         Upsets:



·         7 Quinnipiac 3, Princeton 5,

·         #5 BU 2, #12 Vermont 4

·         #1 UMD 3, #2 Denver 4

·         #16 Minnesota State 0, Ferris State 3


·         Princeton 4, #7 Quinnipiac 1

·         #4 BC 2, #14 ND 3

·         #18 W Michigan, 3, #8 ND 1

·         Upcoming big games:

o   12/16, 12/17:  #15 Bemidji State @ #1 UMD (home and home)

  • 12/17, 12/18: #13 Union @ #11 Vermont

·         Rankings:


·        December 12, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (42) 11- 3-2 991 1
2 Denver ( 4) 12- 3-3 948 2
3 Penn State ( 4) 13- 1-1 886 3
4 Harvard 8- 2-1 790 6
5 Boston College 13- 6-1 767 4
6 Boston University 9- 5-2 745 5
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 10- 5-3 712 9
8 North Dakota 9- 6-3 600 8
9 Ohio State 9- 2-4 582 10
10 Minnesota 9- 5-2 532 11
11 Vermont 10- 4-2 494 12
12 Notre Dame 9- 6-2 403 14
13 Union 12- 3-2 393 15
14 Quinnipiac 10- 7-2 384 7
15 Bemidji State 13- 5-2 326 13
16 Western Michigan 8- 5-3 225 18
17 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 202 19
18 St. Cloud State 8- 7-1 168 17
19 Minnesota State 10- 6-2 162 16
20 Omaha 9- 6-3 75 20
Others receiving votes: Cornell 49, Michigan Tech 29, Army 10, Clarkson 6, Providence 4, Michigan 1, Wisconsin 1.

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Picks of the week:

·         Wayne – Whether you are chasing a puck or just trying to get to a game, perseverance pays off. And for Anaheim Ducks fan Nick Pasillas, his perseverance paid off quite literally.  In a story told to the Ducks website, it was a tough day for Pasillas, his girlfriend Elizabeth and their two young daughters. They tried to make a day of the two-hour trip from their home to the Honda Center by visiting Downtown Disney hours before the puck dropped Friday.  Then? Car trouble, of course.  They called several repair shops until they found one to take the car. But even after they found one, the car was still unusable. They got to a nearby hotel and still planned on going to the game, until he realized the tickets were left in the car back at the repair shop.  So, with 10 minutes left until the Honda Center box office closed, Pasillas went on an all-out, half-mile sprint from the hotel to the stadium. He made it and got his tickets reprinted and the family still got to see the game.  But that’s not what saved the day.  Pasillas, as is his custom, bought some 50-50 raffle tickets at the game. In a 50-50, the winner gets half the pot and the other half goes to charity, in this case the Anaheim Ducks Foundation.  His ticket was the winner and he walked out with a little over $11,000.  “I feel blessed by the Ducks, honestly,” Pasillas said. “It’s always a long drive, but I love being there. It’s my favorite sporting event to go to and just a great place to be. And this was truly a blessing, especially around the holidays.”

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