The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 27 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I discuss the changing of the coaching guard in Montreal.  We also take a moment to remember Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch who passed away this week, and discuss the suspension of one of the red wings players.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the headlines of the week in a busy 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 27 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 Headlines

  • Snow!!!
  • More Big news out of Boston
  • Bye weeks happening for Canes, Bruins





Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines


Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  6-3 W vs SJ on 2/9, 4-3 W vs VAN on 2/11, 4-0 W vs MON on 2/12

NYR:  4-3 W vs NSH on 2/9, 4-2 W vs COL on 2/11, 3-2 W @ CBJ on 2/13

CAR:  1 game between 2/8 and 2/16 inclusive, 5-2 L @ DAL on 2/11


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


  • Blackhawks 4 @ Wild 3 OT on 2/8
  • Islanders 3 @ Flyers 1 on 2/9
  • Blues 2 @ Maple Leafs 1 on 2/9
  • Blues 4 @ Canadiens 2 on 2/11
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Oilers 1 on 2/11
  • Islanders 0 @ Senators 3 on 2/11
  • Sharks 1 @ Flyers 2 on 2/11
  • Ducks 4 @ Capitals 6 on 2/11
  • Penguins 3 @ Coyotes 4 OT on 2/11
  • Islanders 1 @ Maple Leafs 7 on 2/14
  • Ducks 1 @ Wild 0 on 2/14




  • The Montreal Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien and replaced him with Claude Julien on Tuesday. Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7. He coached the Canadiens from 2003-06 and also replaced Therrien to begin his previous stint as Montreal coach.  Therrien was in the fifth season of his second tenure as coach of the Canadiens (31-19-8), who lead the Atlantic Division with 70 points but are 1-5-1 in their past seven games. Since starting the season 13-1-1, they are 18-18-7.  The Canadiens are in the middle of a five-day break. Their next game is against the Winnipeg Jets at home Saturday (2 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV). Their first practice under Julien is scheduled for Friday.  Montreal required permission from Boston to speak with Julien because he had one year remaining on his contract with the Bruins prior to being fired Tuesday.   This is the second straight season the Canadiens have gotten off to a hot start only to cool off. Montreal won its first nine games and was 17-4-2 on Nov. 25, 2015, when goaltender Carey Price was lost for the season because of a knee injury. The Canadiens went 21-34-4 the rest of the season and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Los Angeles Kings trade D Tom Gilbert to Washington Capitals for future considerations. This is a small move that makes sense for the Capitals, who didn’t have a defenseman in Hershey they felt comfortable recalling if necessary. Now they do and it cost them basically nothing.  The Capitals are set on defense with seven healthy players, but Gilbert gives them the insurance they need should one of those players get injured. He had five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games with the Kings this season, and has 223 points in 655 career NHL regular-season games. He has also played in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
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  • Louis Blues centerPaul Stastny was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body injury.  Stastny was injured during a 2-1 overtime win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9 when he appeared to collide with Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri following the faceoff that started the second period. Stastny remained on the bench for several minutes before leaving for the locker room and did not return.  Stastny’s 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) are fourth on the Blues, who are also missing forwards Robby Fabbri (torn ACL) and Kyle Brodziak (foot).
  • The Winnipeg Jets place goaltenderOndrej Pavelec on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Feb. 7, because of a lower-body injury.  Pavelec is 4-4-0 with a 3.55 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in eight games since being recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. He was injured during Winnipeg’s 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild one week ago.  The Jets also have goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson on the roster.
  • Detroit Red Wings defensemanJonathan Ericsson will require surgery next week to repair his fractured right wrist and is expected to miss 12 weeks, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Friday.  The Red Wings placed Ericsson on long-term injured reserve.  Ericsson was injured when he was hit from behind into the boards by Nicklas Backstrom in the first period of a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday. After the game, coach Jeff Blashill estimated Ericsson would miss 6-8 weeks but warned that “I don’t have a total timetable.”
  • Washington Capitals forwardAndre Burakovsky will be out until at least mid-March with a right hand injury, coach Barry Trotz said Friday.  Burakovsky was injured blocking a shot from Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith in the first period of a 6-3 win Thursday. Burakovsky, who turned 22 Thursday, left Verizon Center with his right hand and wrist wrapped.  Trotz would not say if Burakovsky broke any bones in his hand but said the injury, which will keep him out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks, would not require surgery and he should return in time for the final push before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The Capitals have lost an NHL-low 19 games because of injury or illness this season. Burakovsky has 11 goals and 18 assists in 51 game and was playing well since returning to the lineup following three games as a healthy scratch from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17, getting nine goals and 10 assists in 25 games.



·         Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 12.  Pominville paced the NHL with six assists and eight points in four games to power the Western Conference-leading Wild (37-12-6, 80 points) to a 3-0-1 week.  Allen went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Blues (29-22-5, 63 points) to a perfect week and third place in the Central Division.  Arvidsson shared the League lead in goals (5) and ranked second in points (7) to guide the Predators (27-21-8, 62 points) to a split of their four games.

·         Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26 will be retired by the Dallas Stars during the 2017-18 season to help celebrate their 25th anniversary.   The Stars on Saturday unveiled plans to celebrate their 25th year in Dallas, and the marquee event is being planned around the retired right wing’s number being raised to the rafters at American Airlines Center.  Lehtinen played 14 seasons in Dallas and was one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL for more than a decade. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League’s top defensive forward three times, had 514 points in 875 NHL games and won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.   Lehtinen will be the third player to have his number retired since the franchise moved from Minnesota to Dallas before the 1993-94 season.   Neal Broten played two seasons in Dallas and had his No. 7 retired in 1998. Mike Modano’s No. 9 was raised to the rafters at American Airlines Center in 2014. Bill Masterton, No. 19, and Bill Goldsworth, No. 8, each had his number retired before the franchise moved to Texas.

·         Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at the age of 87.  Ilitch, a Detroit native, was the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers.  Ilitch, a Detroit native, was the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers.  “With the passing of Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend, and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Mike’s commitment to excellence and to winning were unparalleled, and his commitment to the community was unrivaled, as was his boundless support of youth hockey. He was a prolific philanthropist, and, above all, a devoted partner and husband to his wife of 62 years, Marian. At this moment of heartbreaking sorrow, we send deepest condolences to the entire Ilitch family and to all who were privileged to know him, play for him or work for him.”  Ilitch bought the Red Wings in 1982 and they won the Stanley Cup four times under his ownership (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame in 2016.  “Mike Ilitch and his family made every player that had the good fortune of playing for him feel like a new member of his family,” said former Red Wings player Brendan Shanahan, now president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “We saw the joyful tears in his eyes when [Steve Yzerman] first handed him the Cup in 1997. We watched him sit bedside with Vladimir Konstantinov after his tragic accident a week later. He was more than a team owner. It was personal. We were all his adopted ‘boys’ and he helped us all become men. His passing is extremely painful to all those who knew him and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marian, and the rest of his family. His legacy in hockey will live on. Thank you Mr. I. Rest in peace.”  The Red Wings have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs 25 consecutive seasons — tied for the third-longest streak in NHL history — and won 16 division championships and the Presidents’ Trophy six times.  Ilitch, who was born July 20, 1929, served in the U.S. Marines from 1948-52 and played minor league baseball in the Tigers organization from 1952-55 until a knee injury ended his career. He bought the Tigers in 1992.  Ilitch established the the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Program; the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, restaurants on wheels that have served more than 3 million people; and the Little Caesars Veterans Program, which provides support to help veterans open a franchise.  Ilitch is survived by his wife, Marian, seven children, 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.




·         Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for high sticking against Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in a 6-3 loss Sunday.  Nyquist was offered an in-person hearing by the League but waived his right to one.  Nyquist received a double minor at 14:13 of the first period when he struck Spurgeon in the face with his stick blade. The forward has seven goals in 56 games, and his 29 points are tied for third on the Red Wings. Suspended 6 games.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Nyquist will forfeit $158,333.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

·         Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today (#2).  NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.


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·         Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc released a statement Thursday in response to a published report that the Coyotes are looking at arenas in Portland and Seattle.  The report, published in the Glendale Star, came five days after Arizona State University pulled out of a potential arena deal with the Coyotes that would have given them a new home in Tempe.  “Recent reports by the Glendale Star that the Coyotes ownership group has explored arena options outside the Arizona market are completely false,” LeBlanc said. “The Star referenced an anonymous arena source and an anonymous Coyotes source, and these are a fabrication.  “The Coyotes are focused on creating one of the most taxpayer friendly facilities in the country here in the Valley. This new arena will pay for itself, create jobs and generate millions of dollars of revenue for the state, county and municipality where it’s built. We are fully committed to Arizona.”  After Arizona State’s withdrawal, LeBlanc said the Coyotes would “continue to explore other options that will ensure a successful future for our teams and our fans.”


The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

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



Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ SJ on 2/19, @ ANA on 2/22, @ LA on 2/23, @ Dal on 2/26

NYR:  @ NYI on 2/16, vs WSH on 2/19, vs MON on 2/21

CAR:  vs Col on 2/17, vs TOR on 2/19, vs Pit on 2/21

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Flyers @ Oilers on 2/16
  • Penguins @ Blue Jackets on 2/17
  • Panthers @ Ducks on 2/17
  • Oilers @ Blackhawks on 2/18
  • Senators @ Maple Leafs on 2/18
  • Predators @ Wild on 2/18
  • Panthers @ Kings on 2/18
  • Predators @ Blue Jackets on 2/19
  • Kings @ Ducks on 2/19
  • Flames @ Predators on 2/21
  • Blackhawks @ Wild on 2/21
  • Capitals @ Flyers on 2/22

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  swept by Notre Dame at home, 3-2, 4-2  now 10-17-3, 4-13-1 in HE

@ Merrimack this weekend for 2



·         8:05 ET(5) Minnesota4@(12) Ohio State5
7:00 ET(18) St. Lawrence1@Princeton3
6:00 ETMerrimack6@(7) Boston College3
7:15 ET(3) Boston University2@(9) Massachusetts-Lowell3
7:00 ETNew Hampshire4@(15) Vermont2


·         7:07 CT(8) Western Michigan3@Omaha6

Beanpot (65th) Finished Monday:

4:30 ETNortheastern4vs.(11) Boston College2
7:30 ET(3) Harvard6vs.(4) Boston University3

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked):





February 13, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota-Duluth (44) 18- 5-5 993 1
2 Denver ( 6) 20- 6-4 955 2
3 Harvard 17- 5-2 885 4
4 Boston University 19- 8-2 850 3
5 Minnesota 18- 8-2 773 5
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 19- 9-3 698 9
7 Union 20- 8-2 665 6
8 Western Michigan 16- 8-4 615 8
9 Penn State 18- 6-2 614 10
10 Providence 18- 8-4 566 11
11 Boston College 18-11-2 496 7
12 Cornell 16- 6-3 472 12
13 North Dakota 15-11-3 395 14
14 Ohio State 14- 8-6 369 12
15 Notre Dame 17- 9-4 310 16
16 Vermont 17-10-3 252 15
17 St. Lawrence 15- 9-6 127 18
18 St. Cloud State 15-14-1 125 NR
19 Air Force 19- 8-5 111 20
20 Wisconsin 15-10-1 88 17
Others receiving votes: Omaha 51, Quinnipiac 40, Bemidji State 36, Michigan Tech 7, Clarkson 4, Canisius 3.

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Wayne:  The Vegas Golden Knights have their highest profile fan: Bryce Harper.  The Washington Nationals superstar and Las Vegas native went public to voice his excitement for the hometown NHL team that will begin play in October 2017.   “When we were able to get the Golden Knights into Vegas, my first thought was ‘I can’t wait,'” Harper told the Golden Knights website at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. “To be able to support a team from the Las Vegas area, what better place to have a hockey team?”  Harper also became the latest fan of the Golden Knights logo and color scheme.   “[The team logo] is mean-looking,” Harper said. “That’s something that goes along with the working class of Vegas. We’re a blue-collar city that works for what we have.”  Harper, a four-time National League All-Star, 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player, has delighted fans in Washington and rooted for the Washington Capitals in the past. But Harper couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pledge his allegiance to the Golden Knights, even though that didn’t endear him with fans in Washington.  “To be able to have a major-league team in town, I think everybody is super excited,” Harper said. “Everybody I’ve talked to is excited to start rooting for a team, to be able to go to a professional game and watch professional athletes play.”

·         Steve: Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves to earn his 400th NHL victory and help the New York Rangers extend their winning streak to five games, including a sweep of their four-game homestand.  * Lundqvist (Are, Sweden) became the first European-born goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games. He sits alone in 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list, one back of Chris Osgood (401) for 11th place.  * Elias notes that Lundqvist, who has played each of his 727 NHL games with the Rangers, required the fewest appearances to win 400 games to best the mark previously held by Martin Brodeur (735 GP). Lundqvist also became the third goaltender to earn 400 wins with one team, joining Brodeur (688 w/ NJD) and Tony Esposito (418 w/ CHI).




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