The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 19 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get into the holiday spirit, as the NHL rolls on toward the Christmas break.  We’ll have all the details.  Some of the stories that we’ll have this week are: 

  • We talk about the big hit on Henrik Lundqvist, and the aftermath that followed
  • We marvel at the longevity of Jaromir Jagr’s remarkable career
  • We discuss the ice conditions that led to a postponed game in Raleigh
  • The Anaheim Ducks sign one of their top prospects
  • The Red Wings, Senators, Bruins, and Penguins all have key 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
  • Finally, we have a Christmas performance by Boston Garden Legend, Rene Rancourt

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

THN Episode 19 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks



Upcoming games






Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  4-3 OTL @ PIT on 12/14, 4-3 L vs ANA on 12/15, 1-0 W vs LA on 12/18, 4-2 L vs NYI on 12/20

NYR:  2-0 W @ Dal on 12/15, 2-1 SOW @ NSH on 12/17, 3-2 SOW vs NJD on 12/18, 7-2 L @ PIT on 12/20

CAR:  4-3 SOL vs WSH on 12/16, 2-1 SOW vs Buf on 12/17, Home game vs Det on 12/19 PPD

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

·         Sharks 4 @ Senators 3 SO on 12/14

·         Sharks 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 12/16

·         Kings 1 @ Penguins 0 OT on 12/16

·         Canadiens 2 @ Capitals 1 on 12/17

·         Blackhawks 6 @ Blues 4 on 12/17

·         Sharks 1 @ Blackhawks 4 on 12/18

·         Ducks 1 @ Canadiens 5 on 12/20

·         Kings 2 @ BlueJackets 3 SO on 12/20

·         Senators 4 @ Blackhawks 3 on 12/20






·         The Detroit Red Wings placed goaltender Jimmy Howard on seven-day injured reserve Wednesday. Howard sustained a lower-body injury at 5:39 of the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Tuesday when Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen and Lightning forward Erik Condra fell on top of him during a scrum in the crease. Howard was unable to put weight on his right leg and had to be helped off the ice.

·         Craig Cunningham, captain of Tucson of the American Hockey League, will likely be discharged from Banner University Medical Center Tucson before Dec. 25.  Cunningham, 26, has been hospitalized since collapsing on the ice before a game against Manitoba on Nov. 19. Medical personnel performed chest compressions before transporting him to Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, where CPR was continued. Two days later, Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Cunningham was in critical but stable condition. Tucson is the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate.  Cunningham was soon transferred to Banner, where he received advanced life-saving therapy using ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a specialized procedure for patients so critically ill that no other support for the heart and lungs is adequate.  “A pump circulates blood through a circuit of tubing supporting heart function and through an oxygenator, which functions as an artificial lung,” Banner said in a statement released Tuesday. “It is used to help patients of all ages with life-threatening conditions that impair heart and/or lung function. Most patients who need ECMO are almost certain to die without this level of support.”  Though Cunningham’s condition continued to worsen, a procedure developed by Dr. Zain Khalpey using a left ventricular assist device, Oxy-LVAD, allowed his heart to recover.  Selected by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (No. 97) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Cunningham was claimed off waivers by the Coyotes on March 2, 2015. The forward has three goals and eight points in 65 NHL games with the Bruins and Coyotes, and four goals and 13 points in 11 games with Tucson, including the first goal in Roadrunners history on Oct. 14.

·         Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond left with 3:15 remaining in the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday because of what appeared to be a lower-body injury.  Hammond contorted his body after a shot by Islanders forward Shane Prince went behind him and was favoring his left leg while being helped off the ice.  Hammond, who was making his first start since Oct. 28, made seven saves. He was replaced by Mike Condon. Hammond returned to the Senators bench in the second period.

·         Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson will have surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist and is out indefinitely.  “Erik suffered ligament damage to his wrist this season that has affected his wrist function,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. “Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition, and Erik and our Canucks medical team believe surgery offers the best long-term outcome and are confident in a full recovery.”  Gudbranson, 24, has a goal and six points in 30 games this season. He did not play in a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

·         Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak likely will miss at least the next two games after having a procedure on his right elbow on Friday.  “David underwent a successful removal of the olecranon bursa from his right elbow on Friday, December 16 at Newton Wellesley Hospital by Dr. Matthew Liebman,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “He will likely be unavailable for the games on Sunday and Tuesday. His condition will be re-assessed on a day-to-day basis.”  Pastrnak has 19 goals in 27 games this season, which rank him second in the League behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (21).

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve on Saturday. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan on Friday said Letang likely would miss a few weeks because of a lower-body injury. Letang leads the Penguins in ice time per game (26:04) this season, and has two goals and 19 points in 25 games. In their first game without him on Friday, the Penguins lost 1-0 in overtime to the Los Angele Kings to end their seven-game winning streak.





  • Jaromir Jagrhad three assists to tie Mark Messier for second place on the NHL’s all-time points list when the Florida Panthers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout at BB&T Center on Tuesday. Jagr has 1,887 points in his NHL career. He reached the milestone by assisting on Nick Bjugstad‘s first goal of the season at 16:09 of the third period to tie it 3-3.
  • Chicago Blackhawks left wingArtemi Panarin, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 18.  Panarin paced the NHL with seven assists and 10 points in four games – all multi-point performances – to help the League-leading Blackhawks (22-8-4, 48 points) stretch their overall winning streak to five contests.  Lundqvist went 3-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average and .967 save percentage to backstop the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers (23-10-1, 47 points) to six out of a possible eight standings points.   Staal shared the League lead with four goals (4-1-5) in three outings as the Wild (18-8-4, 40 points) extended their winning streak to seven games, their longest such run since March 14-27, 2013 (also 7-0-0).
  • New York Rangers goalieHenrik Lundqvist was inspired by Dominik Hasek when he was a young goalie growing up in Sweden. Now Lundqvist shares a place in the NHL record book with the Hockey Hall of Famer.  Lundqvist tied Hasek for the most wins by a Europe-born goalie in NHL history by making 29 saves in a 3-2 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Each has 389 wins.
  • Price made 20 saves in theMontreal Canadiens’ 2-1 victoryagainst the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Saturday, earning his 250th career win. Price is the 52nd goalie in NHL history to win 250 games and second goalie this month; Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators reached the milestone on Dec. 13.  He is the 4th in Montreal’s history, Joining Jaques Plante, Ken Dryden, and Patrick Roy.

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Other Interesting Stories:

·         The game scheduled for Monday between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes was postponed after a nearly two-hour delay because of issues with the ice at PNC Arena.  The Hurricanes discovered a broken seal on the main compressor that runs the ice chiller at 6 p.m. ET, resulting in the ice temperature rising from the game-time standard of 21 degrees to about 30 degrees, president Don Waddell said. They initially postponed warmups by 30 minutes to fix the seal, which was leaking Freon, but the temperature did not drop quickly enough to allow the game to be played.

·         Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola will be nominated as secretary of the Army, President-elect Donald Trump said Monday. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  Viola, a 1977 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, is a former U.S. Army infantry officer who served in the 101st Airborne Division before beginning a successful business career. Viola has remained engaged with national security issues after his military service.  Viola, the founder and executive chairman of Virtu Financial, purchased the Panthers on Sept. 27, 2013. The team set franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) during the 2015-16 season, qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in the team’s 23-year history.  Subject to NHL approval, Viola has designated Douglas Cifu, now the team’s vice chairman and alternate governor, to step into his role as chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment.




The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

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



Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ FLA on 12/22, @ CAR on 12/23, @CBJ on 12/27

NYR:  vs MIN on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27

CAR:  @Buf on 12/22, vs Bos on 12/23, @ PIT on 12/28

Highlights of upcoming week

·         Capitals  @ Flyers  on 12/21

·         Wild @ Canadiens on 12/22

·         Penguins @ Blue Jackets on 12/22

·         Ducks @ Senators on 12/22

·         Oilers @ Sharks on 12/23

·         Canadiens @ Blue Jackets on 12/23 (10-0)

·         Sharks @ Ducks on 12/27

·         Flyers @ Blues on 12/28

·         World Junior Championships start on 12/26!  USA opens with Latvia @ 3:30 ET, and Canada opens with Russia @ 8 PM ET.  Both games at Air Canada Center in Toronto  all games either at ACC or Bell Centre in Montreal



NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Off until 12/30

·         Upsets: only 13 games throughout country last week


12/16 :

·         Princeton beat #19 Minnesota State 6-1


·         #13 Union beat #11 Vermont 7-3


·         #13 Union beat #11 Vermont 2-1


Upcoming big games:

·         Only 4 NCAA games this week, none involving ranked teams.


·         Rankings:

·         December 19, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (35) 12- 3-3 982 1
2 Denver (11) 12- 3-3 958 2
3 Penn State ( 4) 13- 1-1 886 3
4 Harvard 8- 2-1 818 4
5 Boston University 10- 5-2 765 6
6 Boston College 13- 6-1 760 5
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 10- 5-3 689 7
8 North Dakota 9- 6-3 626 8
9 Ohio State 9- 2-4 591 9
10 Union 14- 3-2 560 13
11 Minnesota 9- 5-2 531 10
12 Notre Dame 9- 6-2 415 12
13 Vermont 10- 6-2 348 11
14 Quinnipiac 10- 7-2 340 14
15 Bemidji State 13- 6-3 296 15
16 Western Michigan 8- 5-3 257 16
17 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 237 17
18 St. Cloud State 8- 7-1 164 18
19 Minnesota State 11- 7-2 84 19
20 Omaha 9- 6-3 77 20
Others receiving votes: Cornell 65, Michigan Tech 27, Army 10, Michigan 5, Clarkson 4, Providence 3, Princeton 2.

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KHL Minute: 

·         Wayne:  League adopts 3v3 OT:  The League has announced that from Thursday, the 15th of December, regular season matches in the Kontinental Hockey League, Youth Hockey League and Women’s Hockey League which are tied at the end of regulation time will progress to an overtime period contested by teams of three skaters and one goaltender. The new 3-on-3 format echoes that which will be used in the IIHF World Hockey Championship, May of 2017.  Under the new rules, tied games which finish with the teams at even strength – be it 5-on-5, 4-on-4, 3-on-3 – will start the overtime period in the 3-on-3 format. Games which finish with the teams at 5-on-3 will begin overtime at 5-on-3, but in the event of the final hooter sounding when the teams are 5-on-4, then overtime shall commence with a 4-on-3 arrangement. If a player earns a penalty during the overtime period, the opposing team will have a 4-on-3 advantage.  The changes were agreed upon at a KHL board meeting held in Moscow on Wednesday, the 14th of December.

Steve:  My KHL minute deals with a game between Admiral Vladivostok and Neftekmik Nizhnekamsk which Admiral won 7-5 maintaining its hold on 7th place in the Eastern Conference of the KHL…







A look at the standings:

·         SKA leads West, 33-2-4

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 30-6-6

·         Torpedo 3rd, 26-11-4

·         Metallurg leads east 28-8-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 29-10-3

·         AK Bars 3rd ease 30-12-2



Picks of the week:


·         Famed Boston Bruins singer Rene Rancourt sang “Blue Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock” during intermission of Tuesday’s game against the Islanders.  Rancourt was decked out in a red vest and tie weaing a Santa hat.  There was also a giant bear there.  The bear was also wearing a Santa hat.


  • Steve: My pick of the week was Mason, the youngster at the Detroit Red Wings game the other night who was given the honorary 1st star of the game…


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·         Next Week’s scheduled stream: Wed., 12/28 6PM.



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