“The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 20 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get into a patriotic mood, as the World Junior Tournament gets going and the NHL comes out of it’s holiday break.  We’ll have all the details.  Some of the stories that we’ll have this week are: 

  • World Junior Championships get going, and watch out for Team Denmark!
  • There are lots of injuries around the league, affecting many teams.
  • 2 players and a coach get new contracts
  • Jaromir Jagr grabs the #2 spot in the all-time scoring leader board
  • We preview the upcoming outdoor games

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


THN Episode 20 Show Notes

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Opening Remarks

  • Christmas Break! Light news week
  • My game experience on 12/23
  • Opinions on NHL taking a break vs NFL and NBA not.



Upcoming games







Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  3-1 W @ FLA on 12/22, 3-2 OTL @ CAR on 12/23, 4-3 L @ CBJ on 12/27

NYR:  7-4 L vs NYR on 12/23, 4-3 W vs OTT on 12/27

CAR:  3-1 W @ BUF on 12/22, 3-2 OTW vs BOS on 12/23

Note:  Carolina is 6-1-2 in its past nine games and 13-7-5 in November and December.


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


·         Capitals 3 @ Flyers 2 SO  on 12/21

·         Wild 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 12/22

·         Penguins 1 @ Blue Jackets 7 on 12/22

·         Ducks 1 @ Senators 2 OT on 12/22

·         Oilers 2 @ Sharks 3 OT on 12/23

·         Canadiens 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 12/23 (10-0)

·         Sharks 3 @ Ducks 2 OT on 12/27


World Juniors:

·         First round, Round Robin, 2 games for each team Complete.  2 games to go.

·         Current Pool play standings Through 6PM Thursday:

  Group A
1 SWE 2 2 0 0 0   10:3 6
2 DEN 3 1 1 0 1   7:10 5
3 CZE 3 1 0 2 0   7:8 5
4 SUI 2 0 1 0 1   6:7 2
5 FIN 2 0 0 0 2   3:5 0
  Group B
1 USA 3 3 0 0 0   14:5 9
2 CAN 2 2 0 0 0   10:3 6
3 RUS 3 1 0 0 2   14:9 3
4 SVK 2 0 0 0 2   2:10 0
5 LAT 2 0 0 0 2   2:15 0



·          Top 4 in each group advance to quarter final.  QF starts on Jan 2.




  • Forward Brett Howden signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Howden, 18, was selected by the Lightning with the No. 27 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is captain of Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League and has 16 goals and 16 assists in 21 games this season.  Howden has 63 goals and 80 assists in 162 WHL games.  https://www.nhl.com/news/brett-howden-signs-three-year-contract-with-lightning/c-285103652
  • Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan signed a three-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season Monday. Sullivan, 48, took over as Penguins coach after Mike Johnston was fired on Dec. 12, 2015. The Penguins finished the season 33-16-5 and won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in their history with a six-game series win against the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final.  Sullivan became the sixth American-born coach in NHL history, and the fourth coach after taking over during a season, to win the Stanley Cup. The Penguins were 16-8 during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and are 55-24-10 in the regular season since he took over. Under Sullivan, they have won 14 of their 55 games (25 percent) when trailing by two goals or more and have played 109 straight games (including playoffs) without back-to-back regulation losses.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-sign-sullivan-to-three-year-extrension/c-285052006
  • ForwardArtemi Panarin is happy he’ll remain with the Chicago Blackhawks through the 2018-19 season after agreeing to a two-year contract. Panarin’s linemate, forward Patrick Kane, is almost as thrilled.  TSN reported that the contract is worth $12 million, an average annual value of $6 million. Panarin is in the final year of a two-year, entry-level contract he signed on April 29, 2015, and would have become a restricted free agent this offseason. Performance bonuses have made the average annual value of his contract $3.5 million, but the NHL salary-cap charge is $812,500 this season, according to Cap Friendly.
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·         Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will miss at least the next two games with an upper-body injury.  Subban, who hasn’t played since a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 15, did not practice Wednesday and remains day to day. He has seven goals and 10 assists (17 points) and is minus-11 in his first season with Nashville after he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens for Shea Weber on June 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pk-subban-out-next-two-games/c-285102492

·         New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall is day to day with a lower-body injury and will not play against the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-DC).  The Devils said Hall’s injury is unrelated to the arthroscopic knee surgery he had Nov. 16 that forced him to miss eight games.  Hall, 25, had an assist in 16:48 of ice time in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. He has eight goals and 15 assists in 27 games in his first season with New Jersey since being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29.  https://www.nhl.com/news/hall-day-to-day-with-injury/c-285102506

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Maine native Brian Dumoulin will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery for a broken jaw. Dumoulin, 25, was hit in the mouth with a slap shot by New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene in the third period of a 5-2 win Tuesday. He was placed on long-term injured reserve.  Dumoulin has seven assists and is minus-8 in 35 games. He had 16 assists and was a plus-11 in 79 regular-season games, and scored two goals and six assists in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Penguins win the Stanley Cup last season.   https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburghs-brian-dumoulin-out-with-broken-jaw/c-285098324

·         Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen will miss 4-6 weeks because of a knee injury.  Hansen, 30, was injured when he was hit by Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault in the second period of a 4-1 loss on Dec. 22. He tried to stay in the game but pulled up favoring his right leg shortly into his following shift.  https://www.nhl.com/news/vancouver-canucks-jannik-hansen-out-four-to-six-weeks/c-285069454

·         Injury has put a damper on Justin Faulk‘s long-awaited hot streak for the Carolina Hurricanes. Faulk is week to week because of a lower-body injury sustained Friday against the Boston Bruins. The 24-year-old combined for nine points (four goals, five assists) and 35 shots on goal in his past eight games after starting the season with seven points in 22 games. https://www.nhl.com/news/justin-faulk-injury-fantasy-impact/c-285065680

·         Already depleted by injuries, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost two more players when forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Braydon Coburn left in the second period of a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Friday. Lightning coach Jon Cooper provided little information on Drouin and Coburn after the game.  Victor Hedman also missed time in the 2nd period of the game, but eventually returned in the 3rd. https://www.nhl.com/news/lightnings-jonathan-drouin-leaves-game-vs-capitals/c-285022898

·         Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly will be out for at least two weeks after having an appendectomy during the three-day Christmas break.  O’Reilly, 25, has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 27 games this season. He missed six games in November with an oblique injury.  “Our understanding is that he’ll need 10-14 days of rest and recovery, plus the time that it takes him to get back into game shape,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.   https://www.nhl.com/news/buffalo-sabres-ryan-oreilly-out-after-having-appendectomy/c-285059960

·         The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Artem Anisimov on injured reserve Thursday because of an upper-body injury. The move is retroactive to Dec. 18.  Anisimov did not play in each of the Blackhawks’ past two games, a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday and a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. He ranks third on the Blackhawks in goals (14) and points (27) in 32 games. https://www.nhl.com/news/chicago-blackhawks-place-anisimov-on-ir/c-284961780

·         The St. Louis Blues placed forward Paul Stastny on injured reserve Thursday with an upper-body injury.  It’s unclear how much time Stastny will miss. He has seven goals and 17 points in 34 games this season, including an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He took a couple of shifts in the third period against Dallas before sitting out the rest of the game.  https://www.nhl.com/news/st-louis-blues-place-paul-stastny-on-ir-with-upper-body-injury/c-284961530

·         Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov will be out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury, coach Tom Rowe said Thursday.  Barkov left in the second period of a 3-2 shootout loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and did not return. He was hit in the side by a slap shot from teammate Keith Yandle, although Rowe said the injury was not to Barkov’s ribs.  Barkov leads the Panthers with 27 points in 36 games and had a five-game point streak end against Toronto.  https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-forward-aleksander-barkov-out-indefinitely/c-285137490

·         Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will be out week to week because of a lower-body injury sustained against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday.  Murray left the game Wednesday after the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury replaced him, made 19 saves and got the win when Pittsburgh scored twice in the third period for a 3-2 victory.  https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-matt-murray-week-to-week-with-lower-body-injury/c-285132354

·         Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner will be out 4-6 weeks after having abdominal surgery Dec. 21.  Stoner, 31, has not played since a 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 15 and has been on injured reserve since Nov. 17. He has one goal and two assists in 14 games this season.  Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen will miss the two-game road trip against the Calgary Flames on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SN360, PRIME, NHL.TV) and Vancouver Canucks on Friday with an illness. Defenseman Brandon Montour, 22, was called up from San Diego of the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut on Thursday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-ducks-defenseman-clayton-stoner-out-following-abdominal-surgery/c-285126616

·         Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.  The 20-year-old was injured during a 4-3 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.  Point, Tampa Bay’s third-round pick (No. 79) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 36 games this season, including a goal and three assists in his past five games.  Forward Vladislav Namestnikov , who also left the game against the Canadiens with an upper-body injury, is day to day.  https://www.nhl.com/news/tampa-bay-lightning-forward-brayden-point-has-upper-body-injury/c-285128486

·         Calgary Flames forward Troy Brouwer is out week to week after breaking his finger on Dec. 23.  Brouwer was injured when he was hit in the hand by a dump-in by teammate Kris Versteeg in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Brouwer has eight goals and nine assists (17 points) in 36 games in his first season with Calgary after signing as a free agent on July 1.  https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-brouwer-week-to-week-following-surgery-on-broken-finger/c-285111372




·         Nick Foligno scored a late power-play goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to their 13th straight win, 4-3 against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

·         Jared Spurgeon scored at 2:46 of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, extending their winning streak to 11 games.

·         Evgeny Malkin scored his 800th career point, when he scored a goal in a 4-1 win vs the Devils on Friday

·         Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr , Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 25.  Jagr led the League with five assists in three games to move into second place in all-time NHL scoring (755-1,134-1,889 in 1,664 GP) and power the Panthers (15-14-6, 36 points) to three out of a possible six standings points.  Jagr collected one helper, in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Dec. 22, to move past Messier and into sole possession of second place in all-time NHL scoring.  Carter paced the NHL with five goals in three contests to lift the Kings (17-13-4, 38 points) to four out of a possible six standings points.  Talbot went 2-0-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .926 save percentage to backstop the Oilers (18-12-6, 42 points) to five out of a possible six standings points.

·         Shane Doan scored his 400th NHL goal Friday in his 1,500th game.  The forward scored for the Arizona Coyotes with 44 seconds left in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena. He has four goals in 34 games this season.  Doan has played all of his 21 NHL seasons with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise. He is the 93rd NHL player to score 400, and the 17th to play 1,500 games.  The 40-year-old is the fifth NHL player from a current franchise to hold its records for games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and power-play goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.  The others are Ron Francis (Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes), Joe Sakic (Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche), Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Mike Modano (Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars).  https://www.nhl.com/news/shane-doan-of-coyotes-scores-400th-nhl-goal/c-285029508

·         Center David Legwand, who played 16 seasons and was the first player selected in Nashville Predators history, retired on Thursday.  Legwand was the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NHL Draft and spent parts of 14 seasons with Nashville where he had 210 goals and 356 assists (566 points) in 956 games.  The 36-year-old scored on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 2000, the first overtime penalty shot goal in NHL history.  Legwand last played in the NHL in 2015-16 when he had five goals and nine assists in 79 games with the Buffalo Sabres.  He also played for the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators and finished his NHL career with 228 goals and 390 assists (618 points) in 1,136 NHL games from 1998-2016. Legwand had 13 goals and 15 assists (28 points) in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff games.   https://www.nhl.com/news/former-predators-center-david-legwand-retires-from-nhl/c-284975696


NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         The postponed game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings, originally scheduled to be played on Dec. 19, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27, 2017 at PNC Arena, the National Hockey League announced today. The start time for the game will be 7 p.m. ET.  https://www.nhl.com/news/red-wings-hurricanes-game-rescheduled/c-284975348 That creates a college-style back-to-back games vs DET, as they play each other again on 3/28.  It also makes a very busy week for Car, as they will have 4 games in 6 nights (3/25-3/30) and 6 games in 9 nights (3/25-4/2).  Their last chance for them to have 2 off days in a row is 2/22-2/23.



The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:


Team (last week)

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



Upcoming Schedules:

Boston: @BUF on 12/29, vs BUF on 12/31, @NJD on 1/2

NYR:  @ARI on 12/29, @COL on 12/31, vs BUF on 1/3, @PHI on 1/4

CAR:  @ PIT on 12/28, vs CHI on 12/30, @TBL on 12/31, vs NJD on 1/3

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Flyers @ Sharks on 12/30
  • Canadiens @ Penguins on 12/31
  • Blue Jackets @ Wild on 12/31
  • Red Wings @ Maple Leafs on 1/1 – Centennial Classic
  • Senators @ Capitals on 1/1
  • Blackhawks @ Blues on 1/2 – Winter Classic
  • Kings @ Sharks on 1/3

NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  Off until 12/30, vs UNH (NC) @ Manchester

·         Upsets: only 4 games throughout country last week.

·         Full slate of action next week, mostly holiday tournaments.

·         Holy Cross Def USA University team, 10-1  (ACHA players)


Upcoming big games:

·         #6 BC vs #14 Quinnipiac @ Three Rivers Classic in PIT on 12/29

·         #8 N Dakota @ #10 Union

·         #17 St Lawrence @ #13 Vermont

·         Other big matchups possible depending on tournament results


·         Rankings:  No new Ranking this week due to almost everyone being away for Xmas break.


KHL Minute:

Wayne: Barys forward Nigel Dawes scored his eighth KHL hat-trick to lead Barys to a valuable 5-3 win over the defending champion Metallurg Magnitogorsk and write his name in the league’s history books.  Dawes led a first-period blitz to help his team into a 4-0 lead and become the first player to post eight trebles in KHL action. Nikita Ivanov was the other Barys goalscorer.  Dawes has 212 games in the NHL with the Rangers, Coyotes, Flames, Thrashers, and Canadiens.  He has 39 goals and 45 assists for 84 points.  His best season in the NHL was in 09-10 with the Flames when he had 14g 18a (32p) in 66 games.  He has played the last 6 seasons in the KHL, playing 314 games, and netting 153g 114a for 267 pts.




A look at the standings:  http://en.khl.ru/standings/

·         SKA leads West, 35-2-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 29-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-12-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 31-12-2



Picks of the week:


·         Boston is indeed the Hockey Capitol of the US!  6, almost 7 players from BU make Team USA roster for WJC.  How are they not #1?  Charlie McAvoy, a Boston Bruins prospect, also making the 23-man roster were goaltender Jake Oettinger (2017 draft eligible) and forwards Patrick Harper (Nashville Predators), Jordan Greenway (Minnesota Wild), Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) and Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders). Boston University defenseman Chad Krys (Chicago Blackhawks) was released from the team Friday.  The last time as many as six players from the same team played for the United States at the WJC was 1979, when the University of Minnesota sent six players to Sweden: Aaron Broten, Neal Broten, Bryan Erickson, Jim Jetland, Mike Ramsey and Steve Ulseth.  If you include the three players from Boston College (White, goalie Joseph Woll and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald), and Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox, 43.5 percent (10 of 23) of the U.S. roster is made up of players attending Boston-based colleges.  Additionally, Boston University defenseman Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators), of Coquitlam, British Columbia, will play for Canada at the 2017 WJC.

·         https://www.nhl.com/news/alex-ovechkin-delights-young-players-at-holiday-skate/c-284975224


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