The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 28 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I take a look at the upcoming trade deadline, and try to figure out who the buyers and sellers will be with less than a week to go before the deadline.  Playoff races are in full swing, and 28 teams still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs, but the contenders and pretenders are beginning to separate themselves.  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 playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

 
 
THN Episode 28 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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

  • Big news! (Amazon & Hockey Monkey)
  • Bruins White hot, Canes ice cold, Rangers luke warm.
  • Standings tight at this point in the season
  • Everyone waiting for trades to start happening
  • How did we miss Hockey Day in Canada/America? (Sat/Sun)
  • Stadium Series this weekend
  • 37 years ago today…

 

Scores

 

 

Upcoming games

Week’s Headlines

 

Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  2-1 OTW @ SJ on 2/19  (4th win since firing Julien)

NYR:  4-2 L @ NYI on 2/16, 2-1 W vs WSH on 2/19, 3-2 SOL vs MON on 2/21

CAR:  2-1 OTL vs Col on 2/17, 4-0 L vs TOR on 2/19, 3-1 L vs Pit on 2/21 (4 goals in 5 games since last win on 2/4.

 

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

 

  • Flyers 3 @ Oilers 6 on 2/16
  • Penguins 1 @ Blue Jackets 2 on 2/17
  • Panthers 4 @ Ducks 1 on 2/17
  • Oilers 3 @ Blackhawks 1 on 2/18
  • Senators 6 @ Maple Leafs 3 on 2/18
  • Predators 2 @ Wild 5 on 2/18
  • Panthers 3 @ Kings 2 on 2/18
  • Predators 4 @ Blue Jackets 3 on 2/19
  • Kings 0 @ Ducks 1 on 2/19
  • Flames 6 @ Predators 5 (OT) on 2/21
  • Blackhawks 5 @ Wild 3 on 2/21

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Points Pace

NHL Conf Div GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL GF GA DIFF STRK Pace
Ottawa East Atlantic 58 32 20 6 70 28 4 1 158 153 5 Won 1 99
Montreal East Atlantic 60 32 20 8 72 30 2 2 169 155 14 Won 1 98
Florida East Atlantic 58 28 20 10 66 25 3 5 149 162 -13 Won 5 93
Toronto East Atlantic 59 28 20 11 67 27 1 6 186 177 9 Won 2 93
Boston East Atlantic 59 30 23 6 66 28 2 2 159 156 3 Won 4 92
Tampa Bay East Atlantic 59 27 24 8 62 24 3 3 164 167 -3 Won 2 86
Buffalo East Atlantic 60 26 24 10 62 25 1 5 147 168 -21 Lost 1 85
Detroit East Atlantic 60 24 26 10 58 17 7 0 150 178 -28 Lost 1 79
Washington East Metro 58 39 12 7 85 38 1 5 195 126 69 Lost 2 120
Pittsburgh East Metro 59 37 14 8 82 35 2 2 207 166 41 Won 1 114
Columbus East Metro 58 37 16 5 79 35 2 1 187 143 44 Lost 1 112
NY Rangers East Metro 59 38 19 2 78 36 2 2 198 155 43 Lost 1 108
NY Islanders East Metro 59 28 21 10 66 27 1 3 177 175 2 Won 2 92
Philadelphia East Metro 59 28 24 7 63 23 5 4 154 179 -25 Won 1 88
New Jersey East Metro 60 25 25 10 60 22 3 2 139 172 -33 Lost 2 82
Carolina East Metro 56 24 24 8 56 22 2 4 142 165 -23 Lost 5 82
Minnesota West Central 59 39 14 6 84 36 3 2 198 138 60 Lost 1 117
Chicago West Central 60 37 18 5 79 35 2 1 177 154 23 Won 2 108
St. Louis West Central 60 31 24 5 67 30 1 1 170 173 -3 Lost 2 92
Nashville West Central 59 28 22 9 65 26 2 3 169 165 4 Lost 1 90
Winnipeg West Central 63 28 29 6 62 26 2 1 184 199 -15 Lost 1 81
Dallas West Central 60 23 27 10 56 23 0 1 165 193 -28 Won 1 77
Colorado West Central 58 16 39 3 35 16 0 1 114 192 -78 Lost 2 49
San Jose West Pacific 60 35 18 7 77 33 2 1 166 144 22 Lost 1 105
Edmonton West Pacific 60 32 20 8 72 28 4 4 172 156 16 Lost 1 98
Anaheim West Pacific 61 31 20 10 72 29 2 2 156 154 2 Lost 1 97
Calgary West Pacific 60 30 26 4 64 27 3 2 159 172 -13 Won 1 87
Los Angeles West Pacific 59 29 26 4 62 28 1 3 145 146 -1 Won 1 86
Vancouver West Pacific 60 26 28 6 58 22 4 2 142 172 -30 Lost 1 79
Arizona West Pacific 58 21 30 7 49 16 5 1 140 183 -43 Won 1 69

 

Trade Deadline

  • Who are Sellers?
  • Who are Buyers?

 

 

Transactions

  • FEBRUARY 21: Carolina Hurricanes trade D Keegan Lowe to Montreal Canadiens for D Philip Samuelsson. | Canes acquire Philip Samuelsson from Canadiens
  • FEBRUARY 20:Arizona Coyotes trade D Michael Stone to Calgary Flames for third-round pick in 2017 Draft, conditional fifth-round pick in 2018 | Michael Stone traded to Flames by Coyotes
  • FEBRUARY 18:New Jersey Devils trade F Sergey Kalinin to Toronto Maple Leafs for D Viktor Loov | Maple Leafs acquire Sergey Kalinin from Devils
  • Defenseman Matt Bartkowski signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Financial terms were not announced.  Bartkowski, 28, had two goals and 10 points in 34 games with Providence, the Boston Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate. He had joined the Flames on a professional tryout Wednesday.  Bartkowski had 18 points in 80 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks, where he played for Flames coach Glen Gulutzan, who was an assistant.  In 211 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and Canucks, he has six goals and 42 points.
  • All Transactions: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Expansion Draft

Injuries

  • Ottawa Senators forwardBobby Ryan will be out 4-6 weeks because of a broken finger.  Ryan was injured in the third period of a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday when he was hit on the hand by a puck. He has 12 goals and 12 assists in 50 games this season.  Forward Mark Stone, who was injured after a check to the head from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba on Sunday, is out with a neck injury. Forward Mike Hoffman, who left the game Sunday, took part in the morning skate Tuesday but is out with a groin injury.  The Senators recalled forwards Casey Bailey and Max McCormick from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Each is expected to play.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forwardMitchell Marner on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Feb. 15.  Marner missed Toronto’s past two games with an upper-body injury and won’t play Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, TSN3, NHL.TV). He was injured when he crashed into the boards during a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 15.  The 19-year-old is second on the Maple Leafs with 48 points (15 goals, 33 assists). He ranks third among NHL rookies in scoring, trailing Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets (52 points) and Toronto teammate Auston Matthews (49).
  • Colorado Avalanche defensemanNikita Zadorov fractured his ankle during practice Monday and will miss the rest of the season.  Zadorov was injured when he collided with forward Mikko Rantanen. Zadorov, a 21-year-old rookie, has 10 assists in 56 games this season.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins defensemanOlli Maatta is expected to miss six weeks after surgery to repair a hand injury.  Maatta, 22, was injured during the second period of a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 54 games this season.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

  • Winnipeg Jets right wingPatrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 19.  Laine led the NHL with five goals and eight points in four games to propel the Jets (28-29-5, 61 points) to seven out of a possible eight standings points.  Kadri picked up points in each of his four games, totaling 4-2-6 to lift the Maple Leafs (27-20-11, 65 points) to a split of their four contests.  McDavid continued his quest for the Art Ross Trophy, racking up 2-4-6 in three games to guide the Oilers (32-19-8, 72 points) to three straight wins.
  • Don’t expect another addition to Legends Row in Toronto in the near future. As far as Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan is concerned, the bench is full. The four members added Saturday — Charlie Conacher, Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich and Wendel Clark — will suffice until someone from a new generation distinguishes himself.  The Maple Leafs welcomed the four players to Legends Row at a ceremony before they lost to the Ottawa Senators 6-3 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Started in August 2014 to honor past greats, the Legends Row monument will have 14 members once the statues of these four inductees are unveiled in the fall.  They join Ted Kennedy, Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower, Borje Salming, George Armstrong, Syl Apps, Mats Sundin, Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton.
  • Sidney Crosbycollected one goal and two assists to become the 86th NHL player with 1,000 points, capping the night with an overtime goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 defeat of the Winnipeg Jets. The Penguins extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).  Crosby (369-633-1,002) got his 1,000th NHL point while playing in his 757th game to become the fastest active player to reach the milestone. He got there six games fewer than Jaromir Jagr (763 games), and is the 12th-fastest in League history.  Crosby became the eighth active player with 1,000 career points and the third to hit the mark this season, following Alex Ovechkin on Jan. 11 and Henrik Sedin on Jan. 20. He also became the third player with 1,000 career points with the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (690-1,033-1,723) and Jagr (439-640-1,079).  Crosby, who had at least three points for the 118th time in his career, has averaged 1.32 points per game since beginning his career in 2005-06. Four players in NHL history scored at a higher rate (min. 500 GP): Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.  Elias notes that Crosby (29 years, 193 days) became the second-youngest active player at the time of his 1,000th career point, behind Jagr (28 years, 319 days) on Dec. 30, 2000.
  • Florida Panthers forwardJaromir Jagr had an assist while celebrating his 45th birthday to become the second player with 1,900 NHL points (759-1,141-1,900), joining Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963-2,857).  Jagr, who has two goals and five assists in eight games on his birthday, became the third skater to play an NHL game after turning 45, joining Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios. Goaltenders Johnny Bower and Moe Roberts also played in the NHL past age 45.
  • Winnipeg Jetswinger Patrik Laine tallied two goals in Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, setting the franchise record for most goals as a rookie, per Sportsnet Stats. Ilya Kovalchuk previously held the record of 29 from when the club was the Atlanta Thrashers in his rookie 2001-02 season.  Laine also became just the ninth player in NHL history to total 30 goals before turning 19 years old, per Sportsnet Stats. Laine, who turns 19 on April 19, sits behind just superstar Sidney Crosby (33) for the league lead in that category, but his 24 assists don’t measure up to Crosby’s 33 thus far.
  • Thanks to a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game against theNashville PredatorsMinnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu now owns 600 career points, per com.  The veteran winger has heated up recently, notching six points in his last four games after going without one in the three previous contests. Koivu now possesses 44 points through 57 games this season, a huge scoring rate increase from the previous two campaigns—when he finished with 56 and 48.

Suspensions/Fines: 

  • Winnipeg Jets defensemanJacob Trouba has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone during NHL Game No. 871 in Ottawa on Sunday, Feb. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 6:42 of the third period. Trouba was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Trouba will forfeit $33,333.34.
  • Anaheim Ducks forwardAntoine Vermette has been automatically suspended for 10 games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the National Hockey League announced today.  The incident occurred at 7:33 of the third period. Vermette was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22.

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (last week)

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

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  @ ANA on 2/22, @ LA on 2/23, @ DAL on 2/26, vs ARI on 2/28

NYR:  @ TOR on 2/23, @ NJD on 2/25, vs CBJ on 2/26, vs WSH on 2/28

CAR:  vs OTT on 2/24, vs CGY on 2/26, @ FLA on 2/28

Highlights of upcoming week

 

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  OTL  4-3 and 4-4 tie @ Merrimack last weekend, now 10-18-4.  Home vs Northeastern this weekend.

Upsets:

Friday:

7:35 ET(10) Providence1@(15) Notre Dame4

Sat:

None.

Upcoming big games (Both teams ranked) (Final weekend of regular season play for 4 largest conferences: Atlantic Hockey, ECAC, Hockey East, WCHA):

Thu:

7:00 ET(5) Massachusetts-Lowell@(14) Boston College
Fri:

7:00 CT (19) Wisconsin @ (4) Minnesota

6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame@(6) Boston University
8:30 ET(14) Boston College@(5) Massachusetts-Lowell
8:05 MT(18) St. Cloud State@(1) Denver

Sat:

7:00 CT (19) Wisconsin @ (4) Minnesota
7:00 ET (7) Union @ (9) Cornell

7:00 ET(20) St. Lawrence@(3) Harvard
7:05 ET(13) Notre Dame@(6) Boston University
7:05 MT(18) St. Cloud State@(1) Denver

 

Rankings:

February 20, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (33) 22- 6-4 981 2
2 Minnesota-Duluth (14) 19- 5-6 954 1
3 Harvard ( 3) 20- 5-2 913 3
4 Minnesota 20- 8-2 831 5
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 20- 9-3 734 6
6 Boston University 20- 9-3 733 4
7 Union 22- 8-2 709 7
8 Western Michigan 18- 8-4 695 8
9 Cornell 17- 6-4 555 12
10 Providence 18- 9-5 498 10
11 Penn State 18- 8-2 454 9
12 Ohio State 16- 8-6 447 14
13 Notre Dame 18- 9-5 412 15
14 Boston College 18-12-4 388 11
15 Vermont 17-10-5 289 16
16 North Dakota 15-13-3 262 13
17 Air Force 21- 8-5 170 19
18 St. Cloud State 15-14-1 154 18
19 Wisconsin 17-10-1 136 20
20 St. Lawrence 15-10-7 74 17
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 34, Omaha 33, Quinnipiac 17, Canisius 16, Michigan Tech 7, Minnesota State 3, Northeastern 1.

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/#ixzz4ZSHysHhm

Pairwise:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

Bracketology:

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2017/02/22/if-ncaa-tournament-started-today-whos-in-and-whos-out/

 

KHL Minute:

Wayne:  CSKA Moscow 4 Jokerit Helsinki 2

(CSKA leads the series 1-0)

A fast start from CSKA left Jokerit with too much to do, but the final outcome was overshadowed by a series of brawls late in the game.

For Jokerit, which was criticized for not being tough enough after last season’s first-round loss against Torpedo, the evident willingness to mix it might offer some consolation. But the truth is that the Finns’ hopes of getting something from this game were all but over inside seven minutes.

A combative start from the visitor spilled over into an early penalty against Brian O’Neill, and from the power play Bogdan Kiselevich exchange passes with Stephane Da Costa before firing home the opening goal. Despite the game starting half an hour later than Lokomotiv’s meeting with Dinamo Minsk, Kiselevich also claimed the first goal of this year’s post-season.

Things quickly got even better for the home team, with Greg Scott making it 2-0 on 6:05. Jan Mursak tidied up a loose puck behind the net and brought play back out in front where Scott glided into the danger zone to shoot past Ryan Zapolski.

Jokerit improved, but could not find a way back into the game until midway through the second period when Antti Pihlstrom scored against his former club. But Kiselevich quickly responded to make it 3-1 with his second of the night.

Only in the third did the visitor start to really stretch CSKA. Mika Niemi rattled the post after 45 minutes, then a desperate challenge by Grigory Panin resulted in a penalty shot for Tommi Huhtala. But Huhtala could not beat Ilya Sorokin as the young goalie calmly dropped his blocker on the puck, and the two-goal advantage remained.

The importance of Sorokin’s save was underlined two minutes later when a powerful Ville Lajunen shot made it 2-3, but Vladimir Zharkov had the final say with an empty net goal to seal the win. That wasn’t the end of the action, though. Two separate rumbles in the last 20 seconds left both penalty boxes full to overflowing. Both teams finished with five players in the bin, while Oliver Lauridsen and Pavel Karnaukhov got an early look at the showers. Game two on Thursday promises to be a bruising encounter.

 

Steve: Admiral cruises into playoffs  beating Vityaz 3-1 earning 7th place in the
Eastern Conference playoffs…This sets up their first round match against
#2 seed Avangard Omsk…

 

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

 

Picks of the week:

Wayne:

Hockey Week Across America began Sunday (Feb. 19) and runs through Feb. 26. Typically a weekend celebration, USA Hockey expanded the initiative to a week this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America.

Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, HWAA is an effort to celebrate the game of hockey and those involved at all levels and also expose the game to new audiences.

This year’s week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday), but this year also includes individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday).

NBC Sports also hosted it’s annual Hockey Day in America This past Sunday, which featured an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

Steve:  Las Vegas Golden Knights 24 hour Open House

 

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