The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 21 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and are excited for the upcoming World Junior Tournament Championship game will feature our Team USA.  The heart of the outdoor hockey season has finally arrived, and one equipment manager makes his NHL Debut as a player.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

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Opening Remarks

  • Battling cough tonight
  • Outdoor games
  • 16 game winning streak
  • Equipment manager makes NHL Debut
  • Canes goalie prospect scores a goal!
  • Milt Schmidt, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who spent more than 80 years at all levels of the sport, almost all of them with the Boston Bruins, died Wednesday at the age 98. Schmidt was the oldest living former NHL player. On Sunday in Toronto, he was named one the 100 Greatest NHL Players as part of the League’s Centennial Celebration.



Upcoming games






Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances since last recording:

Bos:  4-2 W @ BUF on 12/29, 3-1 W vs BUF on 12/31, 3-0 L @ NJ on 1/2

NYR:  6-3 W @ ARI on 12/29, 6-2 W @ COL on 12/31, 4-1 L vs BUF on 1/3

CAR:  3-2 L @ PIT on 12/28, 3-2 W vs CHI on 12/30, 3-1 L @ TB on 12/31, 3-1 L vs NJD on 1/3


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

  • Flyers 0 @ Sharks 2 on 12/30
  • Canadiens 3 @ Penguins 4 on 12/31
  • Blue Jackets 4 @ Wild 2 on 12/31 (winning streak game)
  • Red Wings 4 @ Maple Leafs 5 (OT) on 1/1 – Centennial Classic
  • Senators 1 @ Capitals 2 on 1/1
  • Blackhawks 1 @ Blues 4 on 1/2 – Winter Classic
  • Kings @ Sharks on 1/3


World Juniors:


·         Standings

Preliminary Round
Group A
1 SWE 4 4 0 0 0 18:6 12
2 DEN 4 1 1 1 1 11:15 6
3 CZE 4 1 0 2 1 9:13 5
4 SUI 4 0 2 0 2 11:13 4
5 FIN 4 1 0 0 3 6:8 3
Group B
1 USA 4 4 0 0 0 17:6 12
2 CAN 4 3 0 0 1 21:8 9
3 RUS 4 2 0 0 2 16:9 6
4 SVK 4 1 0 0 3 6:14 3
5 LAT 4 0 0 0 4 6:29 0


Quarter Finals

Game Completed


Quarterfinals – Game 22Air Canada Centre

Game Completed


Quarterfinals – Game 23Centre Bell

Game Completed


Quarterfinals – Game 24Air Canada Centre

Game Completed


Quarterfinals – Game 25Centre Bell









Semi Final

·         Scoreboard<04.01.2017>

Faceoff 15:00 GMT-5


Semifinals – Game 27Centre Bell

Faceoff 19:30 GMT-5


Semifinals – Game 28Centre Bell

Bronze Medal game:  3:30 PM on 1/5

Gold Medal Game: 8PM on 1/5



  • CenterAlexander Burmistrov was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.  Burmistrov, 25, has two assists in 23 games.  Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the No. 8 pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, Burmistrov had 30 goals and 81 points in 298 NHL games with the Jets/Thrashers franchise.
  • GoalieAl Montoya signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.  Financial terms were not released, but reported an average annual value of $1.0625 million.  Montoya, 31, is 4-4-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 11 games (10 starts). He signed a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and could have become an unrestricted free agent again at the end of the season. In his most recent start, Montoya made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 29.  Selected by the New York Rangers with the No. 6 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Montoya is 59-44-20 with a 2.61 GAA and .909 save percentage in 147 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and Canadiens.
  • GoaltenderJaroslav Halak was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Friday in hope of generating the spark general manager Garth Snow said his team desperately needs. Snow said the Islanders need wins and feel that going forward with goalies Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube will give them the best chance. New York (14-15-6) is last in the Metropolitan Division and 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.  Halak was pulled in the second period of the Islanders’ 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday after allowing four goals on 24 shots, including three goals in a span of 1:20.  “Jaro wasn’t sharp at all,” coach Jack Capuano said afterward. “He gave up some soft goals and we had to battle back. We did against a real good team. We needed a better effort from Jaro, quite honestly. … Four goals on 24 shots isn’t going to get it done.”  Halak, 31, is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 21 games. He has a career record of 206-123-42 with a 2.42 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 388 games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and the Islanders.  The Islanders announced on Saturdaythat Halak had cleared waivers and has been assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.  New York acquired Halak from Washington in a trade May 1, 2014. Three weeks later, the Islanders signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.
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·         Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson is out for the season after having surgery on his wrist and elbow, according to Gotland Newspapers in Sweden.  Larsson was injured during a 3-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday and had surgery in Boston over the weekend. He was on his way back to Buffalo on Monday, according to the Sabres website.  Larsson, 24, has six goals and five assists in 36 games this season. Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said after practice Monday that Larsson is out indefinitely.

·         San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was placed on injured reserve Monday.  Vlasic was hit in the face by a puck with 30 seconds remaining in the third period of a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. He did not play in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.  The 29-year-old is second on the Sharks in average ice time per game (21:06) behind defenseman Brent Burns (24:36). He has three goals and six assists in 35 games.  The Sharks recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He has eight assists in 25 AHL games this season, and a goal and three assists in 50 NHL games the past two seasons.

·         Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not play in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues on Monday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV), coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday.  Quenneville previously said he was hopeful that Hossa, who is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, could play in the Winter Classic. Hossa last played on Dec. 20 and has missed the past four games. He did not practice Sunday and skated in Chicago.

·         New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore has a concussion and was placed on injured reserve Sunday. The Devils recalled defenseman Steven Santini from Albany of the American Hockey League.  Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period of New Jersey’s 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Moore fell awkwardly into the boards after a hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson 3:10 into the game and remained on the ice for several minutes until he was strapped to a board. Some teammates helped to steady the stretcher as Moore was lowered onto it.  He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released.  Moore, 26, has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 37 games this season.

·         Defenseman P.K. Subban was placed on injured reserve by the Nashville Predators on Sunday with an upper-body injury and his status will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.  Subban, acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on June 29 in a trade for longtime Nashville captain Shea Weber, hasn’t played since Dec. 15. He will miss his eighth consecutive game when the Canadiens come to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, RDS, SNE, NHL.TV).

·         Boston Bruins forward David Backes will be out indefinitely with a concussion.  Backes, 32, was injured on a hit by Buffalo Sabres forward William Carrier in the first period of the Bruins’ 4-2 win on Thursday.  Backes has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with the Bruins this season, his first in Boston after spending the first 10 seasons of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues.  Backes, who has 479 points (215 goals, 264 assists) in 760 NHL games, had missed 16 games in his previous eight seasons.

·         Winnipeg Jets forward Marko Dano will miss about eight weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Paul Maurice said Saturday.  The Jets placed the 22-year-old forward on injured reserve Friday, one day after he was injured when he crashed into the end boards during the second period of Winnipeg’s 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Dano has three goals and 10 points in 28 games this season.

·         Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will not play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens because of a foot injury.  Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday when he went awkwardly into the boards. The Dallas captain finished the game but didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday.  Benn hasn’t missed a game with an injury since March 14, 2013 (wrist). He’s played in every regular-season game since the 2014-15 season; Benn last missed a game April 11, 2014, the last game of the regular season when he was a healthy scratch to rest for the Stanely Cup Playoffs.

·         Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was diagnosed with a concussion Tuesday.  Lack, 28, hasn’t appeared in a game since Nov. 10 and was placed on injured reserve with a concussion Nov. 21. He was activated from IR on Dec. 21 but the Hurricanes said he was sick before their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Dec. 31.  In five games (four starts), Lack is 1-2-1 with a 3.79 goals-against average and .856 save percentage.



·         Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 556 in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 31, the National Hockey League announced today.  The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. DeAngelo was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.



·         The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday with a historic ceremony revealing the names of the first 33 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.  The 33 legends, who played predominantly during the League’s first 50 years (1917-66), were honored before the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.  The players were selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game.  The remaining 67 players will be named on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles as part of a special event at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews , New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreiderand Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 1.  Matthews led the NHL with 4-2-6 in three outings, all multi-point performances, to help the Maple Leafs (17-12-7, 41 points) complete a perfect week, capped by a victory in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic.  Kreider shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1-5) to power the Rangers (26-12-1, 53 points) to a trio of victories.  Fleury turned aside 77 of the 82 shots he faced (2.13 GAA, .939 SV%) to guide the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to three wins.

·         Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of December.  Bobrovsky went 12-0-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .939 save percentage to guide the Blue Jackets (26-5-4, 56 points) to a perfect 14-0-0 December and the top of the League standings.  Malkin paced the League with 7-14-21 in 15 contests to power the Penguins (25-8-5, 55 points) to a 12-1-2 December and second place in the overall NHL standings.  Dubnyk went 10-1-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Wild (23-9-4, 50 points) to a 12-1-1 December, including a franchise-record 12-game winning streak.

·         Forwards Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, defenseman P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and goalie Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens topped their respective divisions in fan votes in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote to earn the first spots and captaincy in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29.  Price and Crosby captured the most votes in the Atlantic Division and Metropolitan Division, respectively, while Subban led the Central Division and McDavid topped the Pacific Division.  The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will once again feature the 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament, showcasing the NHL’s most talented star players from each division. Introduced at last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, the All-Star Tournament will feature three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Each team will be made up of 11 players from each Division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.  The Los Angeles Kings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary season, and the city of Los Angeles will host the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 27-29. The festivities begin with THE NHL100 on Friday, Jan. 27, continue with the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and conclude with the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) at STAPLES Center.

·         Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, who led all rookies with 8-4-12 in 12 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December.  Matthews edged Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (6-6-12 in 14 GP), Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (1-11-12 in 13 GP), Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (4-5-9 in 14 GP) and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (6-1-1, 2.34 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.  The 19-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., native joins teammate William Nylander (October) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (November) as Rookie of the Month winners in 2016-17.


NHL Debuts:

Other Interesting Stories:

·         NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman echoed the statements deputy commissioner Bill Daly gave Friday regarding the negative sentiment that exists from the Board of Governors toward participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.  “Absent some compelling reason, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of sentiment on the part of the clubs to go through the disruption of taking almost three weeks off during the season,” Commissioner Bettman said Sunday during a joint press conference with Wayne Gretzky prior to the start of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium.  Commissioner Bettman said that while the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics were different because they were played in North America, participating in Olympics that are “halfway around the world” is not ideal from a business or player safety aspect.  “Not just for the risk of injury, because I see it discussed and reported during the Olympics, but the compression to the regular season is something that concerns us,” Commissioner Bettman said. “We’re hearing complaints now about the five-day break [built into the schedule this season]. While players say they like the five-day break they’re also saying they don’t like the compression that goes along with it, and that’s something that is of great concern to us as well.”  Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, had a different tone when he spoke about the Olympics and how the players feel about where they are in the process of resolving it.  “I’m more optimistic now than I ever have been,” Fehr said.  Fehr said he is convinced an agreement can be reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation on covering the finances associated with participating in the Olympics, including paying for the travel, insurance and accommodations for the players and their guests.

·         Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic lived the dream of every goalie Friday.  Nedeljkovic, a second-round pick (No. 37) in the 2014 NHL Draft, was playing for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL when he scored into an empty net in the waning seconds of a 5-3 win against the Atlanta Gladiators.  Nedeljkovic became the 12th ECHL goalie to score, and the first since Brian Foster of Cincinnati in 2013. And Nedeljkovic’s offensive prowess did not come at the expense of his regular job as he made 39 saves.


The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

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



Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  vs EDM on 1/5, @ FLA on 1/7, @ CAR on 1/8, @ StL on 1/10

NYR:  @ PHI on 1/4, @CBJ on 1/7, off until 1/13

CAR:  @ STL on 1/5, @ CHI on 1/6, vs BOS on 1/8, vs CBJ on 1/10

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Blue Jackets @ Capitals on 1/5
  • Wild @ Sharks on 1/5
  • Canadiens @ Maple Leafs on 1/7 (HNIC)
  • Capitals @ Senators on 1/7
  • Flyers @ Blue Jackets on 1/8
  • Wild @ Ducks on 1/8
  • Capitals @ Canadiens on 1/9
  • Penguins @ Capitals on 1/11 (Rivalry Night)


NCAA Minute:

·         Maine:  6-4 L vs UNH @ Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.  1 game this week, vs USA U-18 team.  Meat of conference schedule starts next weekend.

·         Upsets:

Thu, 12/29:

·         #6 BC 1 @ #14 Quinnipiac 4

Fri, 12/30:

·              (15) Bemidji State      1           @        Alaska-Anchorage     4

·         (2) Denver           2          @        Providence     2          OT

·              (6) Boston College    1           vs.       Ferris State    1           OT

·         (14) Quinnipiac   2          vs.       Robert Morris            5

·         (18) St. Cloud State        3          vs.       Connecticut   4

Sat, 12/31:

·              Miami 6          @        (9) Ohio State            3

·              (2) Denver      1           @        Providence     3


·         Upcoming big games:

·         Frozen Fenway Begins This weekend, with Army vs Bentley Thursday night, BC vs Providence and BU vs UMass on Saturday.  More games next weekend.

·              (10) Union                  @        (5) Boston University  Thu, 1/5

·              (2) Penn State                        @        (11) Ohio State,  Friday & Saturday

·              (15) Quinnipiac                      @        (4) Harvard , Friday

·         (7) North Dakota                        @        (18) Omaha,  Friday & Saturday


·         Rankings:


·        January 02, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (47) 12- 3-3 997 1
2 Penn State ( 3) 13- 1-1 918 3
3 Denver 12- 4-4 881 2
4 Harvard 9- 2-1 868 4
5 Boston University 10- 5-2 779 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 12- 5-3 752 7
7 North Dakota 10- 6-3 676 8
8 Boston College 13- 7-2 623 6
9 Minnesota 11- 5-2 572 11
10 Union 14- 4-2 516 10
11 Ohio State 9- 3-4 493 9
12 Notre Dame 11- 6-2 479 12
13 Vermont 12- 6-2 429 13
14 Western Michigan 10- 5-3 342 16
15 Quinnipiac 11- 8-2 320 14
16 St. Lawrence 10- 5-4 230 17
17 Bemidji State 14- 7-3 195 15
18 Omaha 11- 6-3 157 20
19 Minnesota State 11- 7-2 88 19
20 St. Cloud State 9- 8-1 76 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 30, Cornell 25, Providence 21, Army 15, Robert Morris 8, Northeastern 4, Air Force 3, Clarkson 2, Wisconsin 1.

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KHL Minute:

Wayne:  goaltender of the week for week 17 (2 weeks ago was Ben Scrivens (Dinamo Minsk), with three wins in three road matches, shutting out the opposition twice and allowing just a single goal all week. The 30-year-old Canadian recorded a save percentage of 98.97 and a goals against average of 0.33 –the best individual figures in both categories;

Defenseman Matt Gilroy, (BU, Hobey) is #2 among D’s in scoring this season, with 36 pts in 44 GP.  He has 225 NHL games with Rangers, Lightning, Senators, and Panthers.  He has 11G and 37A for 48 pts in the NHL.  He has spent last 3 seasons in KHL



My KHL minute deals with Andrei Karayev, the goalie for Neftekmik Nizhnakomsk and his shutout a couple of days ago of Salavat Yulaev 1-0… In the game notes, you can see where several Russian players actually had 2 attempts in the shootout which should promote an interesting discussion for us…

A look at the standings:

·         SKA leads West, 35-4-5

·         CSKA 2nd in  West, 32-6-7

·         Torpedo 3rd, 27-12-5

·         Metallurg leads east 31-9-5

·         Avangard 2nd east 30-13-3

·         AK Bars 3rd east 33-12-2



Picks of the week:

·         Wayne:  Hurricanes equipment manager makes NHL debut in goal.  Jorge Alves, one of the Carolina Hurricanes equipment managers, played goalie in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.  Signed to a professional tryout contract as an emergency backup goalie (EBUG) when Eddie Lack got sick earlier in the day, Alves dressed behind starter Cam Ward but didn’t expect to play.  “It’s unbelievable,” the 37-year-old said. “I was actually heading back down the tunnel when I heard coach call my name. I couldn’t believe it. I think it was (7.6) seconds or something. I just looking down the ice and seeing the puck in the corner and just hoping it would stay in the corner.  Before the game, Alves got choked up talking about the support he’s received from his wife Amanda throughout his career.  But he didn’t let all of the excitement take him away from his regular job.  Alves painted his own mask, (a tribute to fellow equipment managers Skip Cunningham, Bob Gorman and Dave Paul drawn by Erik Huffine, the brother of Hurricanes video coach Chris Huffine) and sharpened skates during the game, just as he would if he weren’t wearing full goalie gear.  A native of Massachusetts, Alves has worked with the Hurricanes since the 2003-04 season. A U.S. Marines veteran, he played for the North Carolina State club team and in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League.


Steve: My pick of the week is Alex Pietrangelo and his awesome support for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital… He really promoted the Hospital and raised money with the help of some teammates during the buildup to this year’s Winter Classic…





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