The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 23 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I Discuss the Jack Capuano firing, Chris Kreider’s fining, and another week of key injuries to key players. A Canadian hockey legend retired this week, and the Central Scouting Dept announces their mid season ranking of 2017 draft eligible players.  We will also look at all the other news around the hockey world over the past week. 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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Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances since last recording:

Boston:  2-1 L @NSH on 1/12, 6-3 W vs PHI on 1/14, 4-0 L vs NYI on 1/16

NYR:  4-2 L vs TOR on 1/13, 5-4 L @ MON on 1/14, 7-6 L vs DAL on 1/17

CAR:  5-2 W vs BUF on 1/13, 7-4 W vs NYI on 1/14, 4-1 @CBJ on 1/17


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

  • Canadiens 1 @ Wild 7 on 1/12
  • Penguins 1 @ Senators 4 on 1/12
  • Blackhawks 0 @ Capitals 6 on 1/13
  • Flames 1 @ Oilers 2 on 1/14
  • Blues 4 @ Sharks 0 on 1/14
  • Flyers 0 @ Capitals 5 on 1/15
  • Wild 3 @ Blackhawks 2 on 1/15
  • Blues 2 @ Ducks 1 on 1/15
  • Capitals 7 @ Penguins 8 on 1/16
  • Senators 6 @ Blues 4 on 1/17




  • The New York Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday and replaced him with assistant general manager Doug Weight. The Islanders, who advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, are 17-17-8, last in the Eastern Conference. They defeated the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Monday.  “Obviously, we’re not in a position where we want to be standing-wise,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “I think everyone’s disappointed where we’re at. At the end of the day, organizationally, I don’t think Jack was probably going to be a coach that we were gonna bring back. At this point in time to name Dougie Weight interim coach, we can start a coaching search now and not have to worry about the ramifications of trying to do that when Jack was head coach.”  Assistant coach Bob Corkum, who had been watching games from the press box, will join Weight and assistant Greg Cronin behind the bench starting Thursday. Weight, a 19-season NHL forward who has never been a head coach, was an Islanders assistant coach, in addition to assistant GM, since 2011.  “We owe a ton of gratitude for the work that Jack did,” Snow said. “A lot of these players on our team came up through our system through Bridgeport and [Capuano] coached some of those players as well. From where we went, going from a rebuild to making the playoffs three of the last four years, getting to the second round last year, he was a big contributor to that. We thank him and wish him all the best. I know he’s going to have success wherever he ends up.” Corkum, Cronin, Dunham
  • January 13:Colorado Avalanche trade F Cody McLeaod to Nashville Predators for F Felix Girard  Predators acquire Cody McLeod from Avalanche
  • January 11:Toronto Maple Leafs trade G Jhonas Enroth to Anaheim Ducks for 2018 7th-round pick  Ducks acquire Jhonas Enroth from Maple Leafs
  • ForwardDerek Grant was claimed on waivers by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.  Grant, 26, had three assists and 19 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Buffalo Sabres, who had placed him on waivers Tuesday.
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·          Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen will be out 3-4 weeks with a foot injury.  Cullen was injured Monday during an 8-7 overtime win against the Washington Capitals, coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday.  Eric Fehr replaced Cullen as the fourth-line center at practice Tuesday, with left wing Chris Kunitz, and Scott Wilson and Tom Kuhnhackl splitting rushes at right wing.  Cullen has eight goals and 17 points in 43 games. He averages 13:16 of ice time per game, with 2:30 on the penalty kill, most among Penguins forwards.

·         New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta is expected to miss 7-to-10 days because of a lower-body injury.  Raanta, who did not practice Monday, was injured in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. He was replaced by Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed five goals on 22 shots in a 5-4 loss.  Raanta is 10-4-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 games (15 starts) for the Rangers this season.  Magnus Hellberg was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League, where he’s 10-9-1 with a 2.91 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 25 games.

·         Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is week to week with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said Monday.  Letang was injured three minutes into the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. Letang got tangled up with Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek, spun around and fell down, and went to the locker room. He returned a few minutes later but left the game for good after one shift.  Letang was placed on injured reserve Monday. His average ice time of 25:12 leads the Penguins but he’s missed seven games with a lower-body injury and five games with an upper-body injury.

·         Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is expected to miss approximately four weeks with a lower-body injury.  Callahan was injured in a 4-2 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 7 and has missed the past three games. He previously missed 15 games with a lower-body injury before returning against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 3.   The 31-year-old has two goals and two assists in 18 games this season.

·         Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be out at least two weeks because of a groin injury.  “We’re going to shut [Varlamov] down until after the All-Star break (Jan. 27-30),” coach Jared Bednar told the Avalanche website Wednesday. “This is no longer a day-to-day thing.”  Varlamov was injured during a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, when he allowed five goals on 26 shots. He is 6-17-0 with a 3.38 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 24 games.

·         Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi was placed on injured reserve Friday.  Josi was injured in a 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday after a hit by Bruins forward Anton Blidh at 15:31 of the first period. Josi left the game, and Blidh received a major for interference.  Josi, 26, has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 42 games this season.

·         Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss at least one month because of a fractured finger.  Brodin left at 4:52 of the second period during the Wild’s 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.  Brodin, 23, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 43 games this season. The No. 10 pick of the 2011 NHL Draft has 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) in 306 NHL games, all with the Wild.














·          Teemu Selanne and Joe Sakic were among those named to the International Ice

·         Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.  Selanne, 46, had 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 NHL games. He played for his native Finland at the Olympics six times, winning the silver medal in at the 2006 Torino Olympics and the bronze medal three times (1998, 2010, 2014). In 37 games at the Olympics, he had 24 goals and 43 points. He closed his international career with six points in six games as Finland’s captain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and being named the tournament’s most valuable player.  Sakic, 47, captained the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup twice during his 20 NHL seasons with the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise. He’s ninth in NHL history with 1,641 points in 1,378 games. Sakic is also a member of the IIHF Triple Gold Club, winning a gold medal for Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 1994 IIHF World Championship to go with his Stanley Cup championships.  Also named was Saku Koivu, 42, who had 832 points in 1,124 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks. He spent 10 seasons as captain of the Canadiens, the first Europe-born player to hold that role, and is the second-longest tenured Canadiens captain after Jean Beliveau. He also was the captain for Finland at numerous international events, including the Olympics in 1998, 2006 and 2010. Koivu also helped Finland win its first gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in 1995 and was captain when Finland advanced to the championship game at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.  In addition, the Class of 2017 includes former NHL defenseman Uwe Krupp and former women’s hockey star Angela Ruggiero. Dieter Kalt, former president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation, will be inducted as a builder.  The induction ceremony will be held in Cologne, Germany, on May 21, the final day of the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

·         Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 15.  Backstrom led the League in assists and points with 3-7-10 in four contests as the Capitals won all four games to extend their overall winning streak to nine contests and propel Washington to the top of the NHL standings (29-9-5, 63 points).  Marchand finished the week second in League scoring with eight points (4-4-8 in 3 GP) as the Bruins won two of three starts to improve to 23-18-5 (51 points), second in the Atlantic Division.  McGinn finished the week tied for third in League scoring with seven points (4-3-7 in 3 GP) as the Hurricanes recorded three victories, improving their record to 21-15-7 (49 points)

·         Four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, a trail-blazer in women’s hockey who announced her retirement on Friday, was honored by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames prior to their game at Rogers Place on Saturday.  Wickenheiser, 38, is the all-time leader in points for Canada’s national women’s team with 379 in 276 games (168 goals).  Wickenheiser scored 18 goals and 51 points in 26 games for Canada at the Winter Olympics. The center scored 37 goals and 86 points in 61 games at the Women’s World Championship.  NHL all-time scoring leader Wayne Gretzky, a partner and vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, hosted the pre-game ceremony at center ice.  “You’ve touched so many lives and opened so many doors for young girls who one day may win a gold medal,” Gretzky said.  Gretzky capped off his salute to Wickenheiser by calling her, “the female Gordie Howe.”  “There were lot of colliding factors, the biggest one probably going to medical school,” she said. “I didn’t want to wait too much longer to do that. And I’ve had a few opportunities in the game that have come up.  Wickenheiser competed in six Olympics, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics when she played softball for Canada.

·         The Tampa Bay Lightning retired Martin St. Louis’ No. 26 in a pregame ceremony at Amalie Arena, the first Lightning player to receive such an honor.  * St. Louis played 972 regular-season games with the Lightning and was a key member of their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2004. Throughout his 13 seasons with the Lightning, St. Louis won the Art Ross Trophy twice (2003-04 and 2012-13) and the Hart Memorial Trophy once (2003-04).  * He is the Lightning leader in assists (588), points (953), game-winning goals (64) and shorthanded goals (28). He also holds Lightning Stanley Cup Playoff records for goals (33), assists (35), points (68) and game-winning goals (8).

·         Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the opening goal 35 seconds into the game, to become the first player in Washington Capitals history to reach 1,000 NHL points (546-455-1,001) and help them to their seventh consecutive victory.  * Ovechkin became the 84th NHL player (sixth active) to reach the milestone, doing so in his 880th game. Elias notes that 23 players have hit the mark in fewer games, the last being Jaromir Jagr (763 GP).  * Ovechkin, a six-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, scored his 545th and 546th NHL goals to move past the legendary Canadiens scorer, who scored 544 goals in 978 GP, into sole possession of 29th place on the League’s all-time list.  * Ovechkin (21-14-35) also became the 16th player in League history to reach 20 goals in each of his first 12 seasons. His 21 goals share third in the NHL this season behind Sidney Crosby (26) and Jeff Carter (22).



·         New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for hitting Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight during NHL Game No. 663 in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 1:52 of the second period.


NHL Debuts:


Other Interesting Stories:

  • Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon in the Western Hockey League and center Nico Hischier of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were named captains for their respective teams at the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Canadian Hockey League/NHL Top Prospects Game. The 22nd annual showcase of the top 40 players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft will be played at Videotron Centre in Quebec City on Jan. 30.
  • Center Nolan Patrick of Brandon in the Western Hockey League is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings of the top North American skaters eligible for the2017 NHL Draft.  Central Scouting revealed its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and goaltenders Wednesday. The 2017 draft will be held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24.


The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

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



Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @ Det on 1/18, vs Chi on 1/20, @ Pit on 1/22, vs Det on 1/24

NYR:  @ Tor on 1/19, @ Det on 1/22, vs LA on 1/23, vs Phi on 1/25

CAR:  vs Pit on 1/20, vs CLB on 1/21, @ Was on 1/23

All Star Weekend in LA 1/27-1/30

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Senators @ Blue Jackets on 1/19
  • Capitals @ Blues on 1/19
  • Oilers @ Flames on 1/21
  • Senators @ Maple Leafs on 1/21 (HNIC)
  • Ducks @ Wild on 1/21
  • Blue Jackets @ Senators on 1/22
  • Blues @ Penguins on 1/24
  • Capitals @ Senators on 1/24
  • Oilers @ Ducks on 1/25


NCAA Minute:

·         Maine: Split w/ U-Conn.  L 6-3 Thu (Bridgeport), W 4-0 on Sat. (Fenway) (now 3-0 at Fenway)

·         Maine home and Home vs BU this weekend

·         Upsets:



Friday, 1/13

7:00 ET(2) Harvard0@Rensselaer4

7:35 ET(8) Boston College1@(5) Boston University2

7:07 CTSt. Cloud State2@(3) Minnesota-Duluth1

7:37 CTMiami6@(7) North Dakota3

6:35 ET(1) Denver0@(14) Western Michigan3

7:07 CTBowling Green3@(18) Minnesota State2


Sat, 1/14

7:00 ET(19) Cornell2@(15) Quinnipiac1

7:00 ET(2) Harvard1@(11) Union2

6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame2@Merrimack4

5:05 ET(12) Vermont1@Providence4


Mon, 1/16

7:00 ET(3) Boston University3@(10) Boston College0


·         Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):


7:00 ET(11) Ohio State@(1) Penn State Fri and Sat

7:37 CT(4) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) North Dakota Fri and Sat



7:00 ET(16) St. Lawrence@(15) Cornell

·         Rankings:


·         January 16, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Penn State (30) 16- 2-1 964 4
2 Denver (16) 15- 5-4 941 1
3 Boston University ( 1) 13- 5-2 880 5
4 Minnesota-Duluth ( 1) 13- 5-4 866 3
5 Massachusetts-Lowell ( 2) 15- 5-3 811 6
6 Harvard 11- 4-1 704 2
7 Minnesota 13- 5-2 672 9
8 North Dakota 13- 7-3 654 7
9 Union 16- 5-2 619 11
10 Boston College 14- 8-2 535 8
11 Ohio State 11- 4-5 489 10
12 Vermont 15- 7-2 441 12
13 Western Michigan 11- 6-3 406 14
14 Notre Dame 13- 8-2 325 13
15 Cornell 11- 4-1 280 19
16 St. Lawrence 12- 6-6 264 16
17 Quinnipiac 13-10-2 199 15
18 Bemidji State 15- 8-3 157 17
19 Omaha 13- 8-3 93 NR
20 Minnesota State 14- 8-2 77 18
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 36, St. Cloud State 31, Providence 22, Robert Morris 20, Air Force 8, Miami 5, Wisconsin 1.

Pairwise Rankings (More important than polls for NCAA tournament selection)


KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Sergei Mozyakin became the first player in KHL history to score 700 points, thanks to his assist on Chris Lee’s overtime winner (3-2) at home to Torpedo.
But another experienced KHL player, Evgeny Artyukhin, hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after his ejection from Sibir’s 6-2 defeat at SKA.  Controversial forward Evgeny Artyukhin found himself in trouble once again after a flare-up against one of his former clubs.  The Sibir enforcer, who played in Petersburg from 2010-2013 and again last season, was ejected from the game after an incident at the end of the second period. Handed a minor penalty for interference after bundling into home goalie Mikko Koskinen, Artyukhin, 33, seemed to jab his stick into Viktor Tikhonov’s groin. The officials duly handed down a 5+game penalty, giving SKA a seven-minute power play.  That verdict also determined the outcome of the game. Ilya Kablukov and Vadim Shipachyov scored two goals in two minutes on that power play, extending SKA’s advantage to 5-2 and ending Sibir’s hopes. Small wonder the visiting head coach, Andrei Skabelka, described that long PP as a belated Christmas gift for the league leader, while Tikhonov also labelled it the turning point of the game.

SKA now 40-5-5, Sibir 22-24-5




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