The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 25 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the historic events during All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a very light week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 25 Show Notes

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Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

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Opening Remarks



Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  4-3 W @ TBL on 1/31

NYR:  6-4 L vs CLB on 1/31

CAR:  5-1 W vs PHI on 1/31


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





  • Ken Hitchcock was fired as coach of the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and replaced by associate coach Mike Yeo. “Obviously it’s a difficult day for myself,” general manager Doug Armstrong said. “I made a … hard decision to change coaches. Mike will take over. I’m excited about that. It’s a great day for Mike, a rebirth now for this group of players. … We’re excited.” Goaltending coach Jim Corsi also was fired. Assistant general manager Martin Brodeur and goalie development coach Ty Conklin would fill that role for the remainder of the season. Hitchcock was 248-124-41 in six seasons with the Blues, and 20-27 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues finished first or second in the Central Division in each of Hitchcock’s four full seasons. They lost 5-3 to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and are fourth in the division with 53 points (24-21-5) this season.
  • The New York Islanders agreed to terms with goaltenderThomas Greiss on a three-year contract Monday. The contract is worth $10 million, Newsday reported.   Greiss, who turned 31 on Sunday, is 14-7-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 25 games this season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.  Greiss signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Islanders on July 1, 2015. He is 73-48-18 with a 2.41 GAA, a .919 save percentage and six shutouts in 155 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Islanders.
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  • Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of January.   Kuznetsov ranked second in the NHL with 7-13-20 in 15 games to power the League-leading Capitals (33-11-6, 72 points) to a 12-2-1 January. Marchand led the NHL with 11-9-20 in 14 games (and 2 slew foots) to guide the Bruins (26-21-6, 58 points) to a 6-6-2 January. Burns (Chewbacca) paced NHL defensemen with six goals, 12 assists and 18 points in 14 games to lift the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (32-17-2, 66 points) to a 9-4-1 January.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs centerMitchell Marner, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 15 points in 13 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January. Marner edged Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho (8-2-10 in 13 GP), Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (4-6-10 in 14 GP) and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (4-6-10 in 6 GP) for the honor.
  • Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds, San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 29. Simmonds earned MVP honors at Sunday’s 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game and also registered two goals in two contests earlier in the week with the Flyers (25-19-6, 56 points).  Marleau led the NHL with five goals and six points in three games to power the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (31-17-2, 64 points) to a pair of wins.  Andersen earned two shutouts in as many appearances, stopping all 48 shots he faced, to propel the Maple Leafs (23-15-9, 55 points) to two victories in three contests.


NHL Debuts:


Other Interesting Stories:

  • MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) for live streaming rights to New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres games. In the coming weeks, MSG Networks’ unmatched lineup of exclusive local live NHL hockey games will be made available to customers of participating operators on MSG GO — MSG Networks’ live streaming and on demand product. “As the outlet for more live local NHL games than any other RSN in the country, we are pleased to partner with the NHL and our teams to provide hockey fans with additional ways to view our games,” said Andrea Greenberg, president and chief executive officer, MSG Networks. “With the addition of the NHL, MSG GO will certainly be a premiere mobile destination for hockey fans in the region.” “With this agreement, MSG Networks once again demonstrates what it means to be an excellent partner for our clubs,” said David Proper, executive vice president, media and international strategy, NHL. “Together we share a vision for serving our fans, who are extremely passionate about their teams. This agreement for live streaming on MSG GO is all about fulfilling demand and providing our fans with the type of access they want in the way that is most convenient to them.” In addition to MSG Networks’ live, professional game coverage, MSG GO includes pre- and postgame shows, as well as episodes of MSG Networks’ award-winning programming. With MSG GO, fans are able to access upcoming schedules, and set reminders on their personal devices for games on MSG Networks.  MSG GO is currently available at no charge to subscribers of participating television providers who receive MSG Networks as part of their pay television subscription. Subscribers with a supported smartphone or tablet can download the free MSG GO app by visiting the App Store or the Google Play store. On computers, customers may visit
  • Nolan Patrick, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, had two assists to help Team Don Cherry to a 7-5 win against Team Bobby Orr in the 22nd CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Videotron Centre on Monday. Patrick, who plays for Brandon of the Western Hockey League, has eight goals and nine assists in 11 games this season.  Halifax center Nico Hischier, who is ranked No. 2, had a goal, two assists and finished 8-for-14 on faceoffs for Team Orr. Hischier was named MVP for his team.  Patrick won 12 of 16 faceoffs. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph), Antoine Marand (Acadie-Bathurst), MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton), Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville), Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor), Owen Tippett (Mississauga) and Jake Leschyshyn (Regina) scored, and defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Portland) had three assists for Team Cherry.
  • You’ve heard ofthe emergency backup goalie. Courtney Daniels was the emergency backup singer.  The Los Angeles Kings ice crew member made the save of the day.  Pop group Fifth Harmony was supposed to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, but a group member fell ill so they canceled.  With roughly 10 minutes notice, Daniels was told she would go on.  No rehearsal. No warmup.  In front of a packed house at the Staples Center, Daniels absolutely crushed.  “I felt so honored and was so excited and I really wanted to help any way that I could,” Daniels told the Los Angeles Kings website. “I kinda looked around at everyone. I wanted to take in every moment. I was happy the fans cheered with support.”  Daniels also got to present the $1 million check to the Metropolitan Division team and the MVP award to Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.  “It was such an incredible weekend to just be in the arena this weekend let alone be a part of it in such an amazing way. So, so honored. And to give away the MVP away was just unforgettable,” Daniels said.
  • Bettman Conference:
  • Top 100: by the numbers:

The Power Rankings:

(SKIP) Team (last week)

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



Upcoming Schedules:




Highlights of upcoming week

NCAA Minute:




Friday, 1/20 (lots of ties)
Sat, 1/21
Tue, 1/24


Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):







KHL Minute:

Wayne:  Mozyakin record, KHL Standings




A look at the standings:


Picks of the week:

Wayne:  The National Hockey League (NHL®) will launch its weekly Twitter game of the week tonight, with out-of-market live streaming of the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins game at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out Twitter users on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected devices in the United States via  While the NHL celebrates its 100-year history, it is continuously embracing innovative digital engagement tools to keep hockey fans connected to the game on and off the ice, including streaming live hockey games for fans on Twitter.   Tonight’s game is the first of weekly, live streams of out-of-market NHL games Twitter will make available free as part of its partnership with MLBAM. Each game will be geo-restricted for U.S. Twitter users only for out-of-market NHL games. Each broadcast will be a simulcast of the home team’s television broadcast.   Click link for full schedule:



Steve: Coach Alain Vigneault signed a contract extension with the New York Rangers on Tuesday.


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