The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 10 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the week around the hockey world. There are a number of surprises so far this season in the league standings, and you’ll be surprised at some of the teams who find themselves at the top and bottom of the standings.  I know we are!  We’ll have the details of all this plus the minor league minute and our picks of the week.

THN Season 2, Episode 10 (Episode 55) Show Notes 10/10-10/19

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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.


Opening Tease:

  • 9 days since last podcast, so we have a lot to catch up on. We’ll have the details
  • Vegas Golden Knights continue to surprise (5-1), as well as other teams, both good and bad (NJD 5-1, PHI 4-2, Mon 1-4-1, NYR 1-5-1, LA 4-0-1, Col 4-3, Edm 1-4)
  • Stay tuned to our post-show for our new Fantasy Hockey Segment. We are putting it after the show so that those of you who are not into fantasy hockey can easily skip that segment without missing anything.



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bruins:  6-3 L @ Col on 10/11, 6-2 W @ ARI on 10/14, 3-1 L @ VGK on 10/15

Canes:  2-1 OTL vs CBJ on 10/10, 2-1 L @ WPG on 10/14, 5-3 W @ EDM on 10/17

Rangers:  3-1 L vs STL on 10/10, 3-1 L @ CBJ on 10/13, 3-2 L vs NJD on 10/14, 5-4 OTL vs PIT on 10/17


NHL Transactions:




  • Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spoonerwill be out 4-6 weeks after sustaining a groin injury against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.  Spooner sustained a right groin adductor tear in the 3-1 loss. He missed six games in the prior two seasons.  The 25-year-old center has one assist in five games this season. He ranks second among Bruins forwards in power-play ice time per game (3:42), behind David Pastrnak (3:55).  Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice after rookie forward Anders Bjork collided with him during practice Wednesday.
  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Raskhas been diagnosed with a concussion.  Rask was not on the ice for the optional morning skate Thursday one day after he had to be helped off the ice following a collision with rookie forward Anders Bjork at practice.  Backup Anton Khudobin will start for the Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, NESN, NHL.TV) and Zane McIntyre was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League to serve as his backup.  Rask, 30, is 1-3-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average and.882 save percentage in four games this season.
  • Vancouver Canucks forward Loui Erikssonwill miss 4-6 weeks because of a sprained knee.  Eriksson, 32, was injured during a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday. He has one assist in four games.  Eriksson is in the second season of a six-year contract worth $36 million ($6 million average annual value) that he signed July 1, 2016.  Eriksson had 24 points (11 goals and 13 assists) in 65 games with the Canucks last season.
  • Leon Draisaitl was placed on injured reserve by the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.  The 21-year-old forward didn’t play in a 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday or a 5-3 loss vs Carolina Tuesday because of an eye injury and concussion-like symptoms sustained during the first period of a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 9.  Draisaitl has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games this season. He was eighth in the NHL with 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games in 2016-17, and signed an eight-year, $68 million contract ($8.5 million average annual value) on Aug. 16.
  • Goalie Marc-Andre Fleurywas placed on injured reserve by the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.  Fleury sustained a concussion after taking a knee to his head from Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha during a 6-3 loss on Friday. He is 3-1-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in four starts this season.  Fleury had two concussions in four months in 2015-16 while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins and lost the No. 1 job to Matt Murray. He was 18-10-7 as Murray’s backup last season and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup for a second straight season by going 9-6 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before Murray returned from a lower-injury injury in the Eastern Conference Final.  Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who has one goal in four games, also was placed on injured reserve by the Golden Knights. He has a lower-body injury.
  • Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edlerwill miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.  Edler was injured in the first period of a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. He has one assist in three games. Edler averaged 24:17 of ice time in the first two games playing on the top defense pair with Christopher Tanev, as well as playing the point on the top power-play unit and on the penalty kill.  Defenseman Derrick Pouliot will replace Edler against the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CITY, SN1, NHL.TV). Pouliot will play for the first time since being acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 3 for defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
  • The Washington Capitals placed defenseman Matt Niskanenon long-term injured reserve Saturday with an upper-body injury.  Niskanen left in the second period of Washington’s 5-2 victory at the New Jersey Devils on Friday and did not return. He is listed as week to week. Niskanen has one assist in Washington’s first five games and was averaging 23:22 of ice time through four games. He played 12:18 against the Devils.  Coach Barry Trotz said the earliest Niskanen can return is the Capitals’ game at the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 7.   Niskanen, 30, has been a durable player, missing five games in the past four seasons. He has 270 points (49 goals, 221 assists) in 738 NHL games over 11 seasons with the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Capitals.  Washington recalled defenseman Madison Bowey from Hershey of the American Hockey League. Bowey, 22, will make his NHL debut Saturday when the Capitals play at the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). Bowey will be paired with Christian Djoos, who made his NHL debut Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two were partners in Hershey last season.
  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carterwill be out indefinitely with a cut to his left leg that required surgery on Thursday.  “He cut a tendon but it was on the side of the ankle,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. “It wasn’t the Achilles tendon. We won’t (announce) a timeline, at all. … He’s out indefinitely.”  Carter, who has three assists in six games and was the leading scorer for the Kings last season with 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) in 82 games, was injured in the last minute of the first period on a hit from Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry in a 5-1 win on Wednesday. He left the game and did not return.  Los Angeles signed forward Brooks Laich to a one-year $650,000 contract shortly after announcing Carter would be out. Laich had 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 81 games with the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs last season.



  • Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotkahas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharpduring NHL Game No. 93 in St. Louis on Wednesday, Oct. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 14:40 of the third period. Sobotka was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.

Other Interesting Stories:


  • The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have teamed up to help explore the feasibility of bringing NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey to Oakland University. Using money from the industry growth fund that was negotiated as a part of the 2013 collective bargaining agreement, the League and NHLPA will fund an eight-week study to analyze one-time and annual expenses, funding opportunities, facility needs, and student and community support at Oakland.  “We don’t know what the study is going to end up suggesting, but we’re very excited at this possibility,” Oakland athletic director Jeff Konya said Monday at a press conference at Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, about 30 miles from the Rochester, Michigan, school. “This would be a chance to add a high-profile sport to our campus.”  Konya stressed that no decisions have been made and that a start date would depend on the findings of the study.  “This is something that the NHL and Red Wings definitely support,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “It would bring college hockey to Metro Detroit, and it would make my commute a lot shorter on scouting trips.”  Oakland is the second college selected for the study, after the University of Illinois in June. Three more will follow in the program.  If the school does add men’s and women’s hockey, it would be the only men’s program in the Detroit area and the only women’s program in the state.  The closest Division I men’s program to Detroit is the University of Michigan, about 45 miles away, and the nearest women’s program is Ohio State University.
  • Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subbanwas in a car with several of his teammates heading to the rink on Sunday. He was preparing to face his former team, the Boston Bruins.  There was a lot at stake. Subban was making his first start for the Golden Knights, thrust into the spotlight because of an injury to Marc-Andre Fleury, their No. 1 goaltender and face of the franchise. Also in the car was forward Alex Tuch, who, like Subban, was poised to make his Golden Knights debut.  It was a storybook finish for each of them. Subban, who had a mere 62 minutes of previous NHL experience, made 21 saves in defeating the Bruins 3-1 at T-Mobile Arena. Tuch scored his first NHL goal, at 14:38 of the second period, and assisted on Vadim Shipachyov’s first NHL goal 3:08 later.
  • The New York Islanders are committed to building an arena at Belmont Park, co-owner Jon Ledecky confirmed Tuesday. Ledecky and co-owner Scott Malkin are part of a group known as New York Arena Partners, LLC., which also includes Sterling Project Development and the Oak View Group. Sterling Project Development is controlled by the Wilpon family, which owns the New York Mets. Oak View Group has helped in the design and construction of arenas across North America.  Ledecky said he’s unsure of how long it will be before Empire State Development, which will determine what will be built at Belmont, decides on the winning bid. Most estimates appear to be in the range of 4-6 months.  Belmont Park is located in Elmont, New York, on the border of Nassau County and Queens.  Ledecky said the Islanders are contractually obligated to play this season and next at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they began play at the start of the 2015-16 season after 43 years at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. He wouldn’t comment on where the Islanders would play in the interim should they receive the go-ahead to build an arena at Belmont. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said on multiple occasions that the Coliseum is not a viable option.



  • Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewsand Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 15.  Ehlers led the NHL with five goals (5-2-7), including a pair of winners, to propel the Jets (3-2-0, 6 points) to three straight victories.  Matthews recorded four goals (4-0-4), including two in overtime, to power the Maple Leafs (4-1-0, 8 points) to a pair of wins in three starts.  Backstrom paced the NHL with 3-6-9 in four games with the Capitals (3-2-1, 7 points). He posted 1-2-3, factoring on all three Washington goals in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Oct. 9.

Minor League Hockey Minute




Power Ranking:

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



Looking ahead:




College Hockey Minute:


Maine –  off  Miami @ Maine this weekend

Upsets of ranked teams:


7:07 CT(11) Penn State3@(7) Minnesota1

7:07 CT(5) Minnesota Duluth2@Bemidji State5

7:30 ETMinnesota State6@(2) Boston University3

7:15 ETNebraska-Omaha4@(12) UMass Lowell2


7:00 ETMinnesota State3@(2) Boston University0


Big games this week (both teams ranked):


7:00 ET(19) UMass Lowell@(12) ClarksonCheel Arena, Potsdam, N.Y.

7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac@(16) NortheasternMatthews Arena, Boston

7:37 CT(13) Boston College@(3) St. Cloud StateHerb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud, Minn.

7:37 CT(8) Minnesota@(4) North DakotaRalph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.


7:30 ET(10) Providence@(12) ClarksonCheel Arena, Potsdam, N.Y.

7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac@(16) NortheasternMatthews Arena, Boston

7:07 CT(13) Boston College@(3) St. Cloud StateHerb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud, Minn.

7:07 CT(8) Minnesota@(4) North DakotaRalph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.



October 16, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (49) 1- 0-1 999 1
2 Harvard 0- 0-0 897 3
3 St. Cloud State ( 1) 3- 0-0 886 6
4 North Dakota 3- 0-1 791 8
5 Notre Dame 2- 1-1 772 4
6 Wisconsin 4- 1-0 731 10
7 Boston University 2- 2-0 621 2
8 Minnesota 2- 2-0 583 7
9 Minnesota Duluth 1- 2-1 513 5
10 Providence 2- 1-0 495 9
11 Penn State 2- 2-0 454 11
12 Clarkson 3- 0-1 436 15
13 Boston College 1- 1-1 378 13
14 Minnesota State 2- 1-0 344 NR
15 Michigan Tech 3- 1-1 316 15
16 Northeastern 2- 0-1 310 14
17 New Hampshire 4- 0-0 255 20
18 Quinnipiac 1- 1-1 184 17
19 UMass Lowell 1- 3-0 164 12
20 Air Force 3- 0-1 159 19
Others receiving votes: Cornell 126, Bemidji State 52, Ohio State 9, Michigan 8, Omaha 7, Western Michigan 5, Army 2, Vermont 2, Dartmouth 1.

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Fantasy Hockey Segment


  • Results last week
  • Standings
  • Leading Scorers Season (Fantasy Points)
  • Key performers over the past week