The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 11 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 have been a number of injuries in the last several days, and teams are scrambling to keep good teams on the ice.  A minor league made big news this week with how they are handling their playoff format.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week

THN Season 2, Episode 11 (Episode 56) Show Notes 10/19-10/24

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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:

  • Doing the podcast early this week, as we both have tough schedules later in the week. We’ll have the details of all the news.
  • The injury bug hit the league hard this weekend. We’ll get you caught up.
  • New playoff format being tried in the minors. We’ll have details.
  • Power Rankings update
  • 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 W vs Van on 10/19, 5-4 OTL  vs Buf on 10/21

Canes:  2-1 W @ CGY on 10/19, 4-3 L @ Dal on 10/21

Rangers:  4-3 SOL vs NYI on 10/19, 4-2 W vs NSH on 10/21, 4-1 L vs SJ on 10/23


NHL Transactions:

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Riley Sheahanin a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.  The Penguins, who also received a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, traded forward Scott Wilsonand their fifth-round pick in 2018.  Detroit and restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou agreed to a one-year contract on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN reported the contract was worth $1.387 million.  The Red Wings were about $20,000 under the NHL salary cap of $75 million (according to before trading Sheahan, who has this season remaining at $2.075 million before he can become a restricted free agent. Wilson’s cap charge is $625,000.
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  • Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parisehad back surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.  Parise, who has not played this season, was injured during training camp. He had a herniated disk in 2015-16 and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs that season because of a back injury.  The 33-year-old had a microdiscectomy, a procedure designed to provide relief from pain caused by a herniated disk, in which the herniated portion of the lumbar disk is removed, according to  Parise had declined to confirm that the injury issues were related to his back but acknowledged it was a problem he wanted to have completely cleared up before playing in a game. Parise has missed 48 regular-season games because of injury in the past four seasons.  The Wild are also without forwards Charlie Coyle (fibula) and Nino Niederreiter (ankle), who were injured against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 12 and placed on injured reserve the next day. Forward Mikael Granlund will return Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; FSN, SNV, NHL.TV) after missing five games with a groin injury.
  • Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaveswas diagnosed with what is suspected to be Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.  Eaves is resting comfortably in stable condition at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. He visited specialists last week after feeling signs of weakness, which later led to him being diagnosed and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Eaves’ condition stabilized over the weekend and he was transferred out of the ICU.  The Ducks said Eaves, who has one goal in two games this season and hasn’t played since Oct. 13, is expected to make a full recovery.  Eaves, 33, signed a three-year contract extension with the Ducks on June 23 after setting NHL career highs in goals (32) and points (51) last season with Anaheim and the Dallas Stars.   “Our sole focus at this time is on Patrick’s general health and well-being,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “We are grateful his condition was diagnosed early by Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe, and thank the staff at Hoag Hospital and our own medical personnel for their efforts. What defines Patrick Eaves is his strength of character, and that will serve him well in his recovery. Our thoughts are with Patrick and his family at this time.”
  • Calgary Flames forward Jaromir Jagrwas placed on injured reserve Monday because of a lower-body injury.  Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said Jagr is expected to miss about a week.  Jagr was injured during the first period of a 4-2 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.  He has two assists in five games since signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Flames on Oct. 4, and had been playing on the top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan at the time of the injury.  Jagr is fourth all-time in NHL games played with 1,716, and needs to play 51 more to tie Gordie Howe’s record of 1,767. He is third with 765 NHL goals, behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Howe (801), and is second in points with 1,916, behind Gretzky (2,857).
  • Vegas Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subbanis expected to miss four weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.  Subban, who made 37 saves before leaving the game with 9:10 left in the third period, appeared to be hurt extending his right leg on a save attempt. He is 2-0-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage this season.  Oscar Dansk made 10 of 11 saves in relief and got the win. He likely will start against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).  Vegas, which is without its No. 1 and No. 2 goalies after starter Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on injured reserve with a concussion on Oct. 15, is expected to recall a goalie from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League following their game on Sunday.  The Golden Knights are 6-1-0 this season, the best start in team history.
  • Forward Andre Burakovskywas placed on injured reserve by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury.  Burakovsky, 22, has four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games this season. He had 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 64 games last season, and has 99 points (39 goals, 60 assists) in 205 games since entering the NHL in 2014. Burakovsky was Washington’s first-round pick (No. 23) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonaldwill miss 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  MacDonald appeared to be injured blocking a shot in the third period of a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. He finished the game, had six blocked shots and played 22:03, second on the Flyers.  MacDonald, an alternate captain, has one goal in eight games this season and is third in the team in ice time per game (19:35).
  • New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneiderwas placed on injured reserve Friday because of a lower-body injury.  Schneider was injured in the Devils’ 5-4 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and was replaced by Keith Kinkaid to start the third period.   Schneider is 4-1-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in six games.  New Jersey recalled goaltender Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions to back up Kinkaid.
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaidbroke his right fibula against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and is expected to miss eight weeks.  McQuaid, 31, was injured blocking a shot by Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton in the third period of the Bruins’ 6-3 victory at TD Garden. He is scheduled to have surgery on Monday.  McQuaid has one assist in six games this season. A second-round pick (No. 55) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Draft, he has 63 points (12 goals, 51 assists) in 430 League games in nine seasons, all with the Bruins.
  • Bobby Ryan will be out at least a month with a fractured index finger on his right hand. Ryan has had six bone fractures in his hands during the past four seasons. The repeated injuries caused him to test new gloves in March, ones that offered more protection while still providing the flexibility he needs to grip his stick.



Other Interesting Stories:




  • Craig Cunningham fought to find the right words. And to hold back tears. In a year where he has overcome so many obstacles, these were two fights he actually was losing.  There he was, standing in front of Hockey Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux during the NHL Alumni Awards Gala at Scotiabank Centre in Toronto on Monday. The two men were being honored as part of the festivities, with Lemieux the recipient of the Keith Magnuson Man of the Year award, Cunningham the winner of the Ace Bailey Award of Courage.  Lemieux is 16th former player to win the award, named for the former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and NHLAA executive board director who died in a car accident in 2003.  On Nov. 19, 2016, Cunningham, a forward with Tucson of the American Hockey League, collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest. After being resuscitated back to life by medical officials on the scene, Cunningham was rushed to the hospital, where he was in a coma for nine days.  In the days that followed, Cunningham learned about how he had almost lost his life. A month later, he would lose part of his left leg after doctors told him he’d developed an infection that could impact his weakened heart if amputation was not done.  These days, Cunningham is back in the world of pro hockey, serving as a scout for the Arizona Coyotes. All the while, he’s teaming up with renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Zain Khalpey, the man who helped save his life almost a year ago, to develop a screening process to better help prevent SCA.  The loudest roar of the night came when Cunningham accepted the Ace Bailey Award of Courage, named for former NHL forward Garnet “Ace” Bailey, who was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175 when it crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.  Like Cunningham, Lemieux has endured his own personal off-ice battles over the years, including bouts with Hodgkin Lymphoma and spinal disc herniation.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherovand San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 22.  Stamkos posted four multi-point games, compiling a League-leading nine assists and 11 points (2-9-11) to power the Lightning (7-1-1, 15 points) to a 3-0-1 week and first place in the overall NHL standings.  Kucherov shared the League lead with five goals and ranked second with eight points (5-3-8) in four outings to help the Lightning equal their best nine-game start to a season in franchise history (also 7-1-1 in 2003-04).  Couture ranked third in the NHL with 5-2-7 in three games to lead the Sharks (3-4-0, 6 points) to a pair of wins.


Power Ranking:

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



Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs SJ on 10/26, vs LA on 10/28, @ CBJ on 10/30

Car:  vs TBL on 10/24, @ Tor on 10/26, vs StL on 10/27, vs ANA on 10/29

NYR: vs ARI on 10/26, @ Mon on 10/28, vs VGK on 10/31


Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  SPHL:  New playoff format –

Steve:  “Streets of Bakersfield” –



College Hockey Minute:


Maine –  split w/ Miami last weekend 5-7, 6-3,   #10 Minn-Duluth @ Maine this weekend

Upsets of ranked teams:


7:07 CT(20) Air Force1@Bemidji State4
7:00 ET(19) UMass Lowell3@(12) Clarkson1
7:07 CT(6) Wisconsin4vs.Northern Michigan5
7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac6@(16) Northeastern4
7:05 ETAmerican International3@(11) Penn State2
7:37 CT(8) Minnesota2@(4) North Dakota1


7:07 ET(14) Minnesota State2@Bowling Green5
7:07 ETAlabama Huntsville4@(15) Michigan Tech2
7:30 ET(10) Providence0@(12) Clarkson4
7:00 ET(18) Quinnipiac3@(16) Northeastern2OT
7:00 ETColorado College2@(17) New Hampshire1OT

Big games this week (both teams ranked):


7:15 ET(19) Boston College@(11) Providence  2 games
7:15 ET(20) Northeastern@(17) UMass Lowell
7:07 CT(16) Michigan Tech@(12) Minnesota State 2 games
7:30 ET(1) Denver@(6) Boston University

7:07 CT (9) Clarkson @ (7) Minnesota  2 games



7:00 ET(17) UMass Lowell@(20) Northeastern
7:00 ET(1) Denver@(19) Boston College

October 23, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (33) 2- 0-2 980 1
2 St. Cloud State (16) 5- 0-0 955 3
3 Harvard ( 1) 0- 0-0 903 2
4 North Dakota 4- 1-1 840 4
5 Wisconsin 5- 2-0 719 6
6 Boston University 3- 2-1 682 7
7 Minnesota 3- 3-0 659 8
8 Notre Dame 3- 2-1 615 5
9 Clarkson 4- 1-1 532 12
10 Minnesota Duluth 2- 2-2 526 9
11 Providence 3- 2-0 493 10
12 Minnesota State 3- 2-0 404 14
13 Quinnipiac 3- 1-1 381 18
14 New Hampshire 5- 1-0 338 17
15 Penn State 3- 3-0 322 11
16 Michigan Tech 4- 2-1 240 15
17 UMass Lowell 3- 3-0 222 19
18 Air Force 4- 1-1 149 20
19 Boston College 1- 3-1 131 13
20 Northeastern 2- 2-1 105 16
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 97, Michigan 67, Cornell 65, Bemidji State 45, Colorado College 11, Omaha 10, Northern Michigan 4, Vermont 3, Army 2.




Picks of the week:

  • Steve:
  • Wayne: Teams are beginning to face tough roster decisions regarding the future of key young players.  A player on an entry-level contract can skate in nine games before teams must decide whether to send him to the American Hockey League or junior hockey and delay the start of their contract to the following season. Teams still can send a player down after his 10th game, but it would use up the first season of his contract regardless of how many more NHL games he played.  For some, the decisions will be easy. The New Jersey Devils have reached the top of the Metropolitan Division standings in part because of the play of two rookie forwards Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt.  Hischier, 18, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, has seven points (two goals, five assists) in eight games and centers the Devils’ top line, between Taylor Hall and Drew Stafford. Bratt, 19, is tied for the Devils lead with three goals.  Other teams won’t have such easy decisions. Here is a look at a few players and their likelihood of remaining in the NHL past their ninth game:   WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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