The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 12 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. As we take a look back at the first month of the season, there are teams that are struggling that shouldn’t be and teams that are rolling over opponents that shouldn’t be.  Also, Steve and I attended an American Hockey League game last week, and Steve killed a potential shutout for the home team.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, The NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week!

THN Season 2, Episode 12 (Episode 57) Show Notes 10/24-11/2

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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:

  • Back to our normal night this week. 9 days to catch up on!
  • Golden Knights are running out of goalies
  • Kings and Lightning are rolling, while the Oilers and Leafs are struggling. Canadiens and Rangers are beginning to climb the standings.
  • Lots more injuries this week. NHL announced players of the month.
  • 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.
  • We took a trip into Charlotte to take in AHL game…



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  2-1 W vs SJ on 10/26, 2-1 OTL vs LA on 10/28, 4-3 SOL @ CBJ on 10/30
Injuries:  Backes, Bergeron, Krejci, Rask, Spooner, McQuaid, Acciari, Beleskey, Khudobin, Krug

Car:  5-1 L vs TBL on 10/24, 6-3 W @ Tor on 10/26, 2-1 L vs StL on 10/27, 4-3 SOL vs ANA on 10/29

NYR: 5-2 W vs ARI on 10/26, 5-4 L @ Mon on 10/28, 6-4 W vs VGK on 10/31





Notable games:

Thu 10/26:
Ducks 3 Panthers 8
Capitals 2 Canucks 6

Fri 10/27:
Senators 4 Devils 5 SO

Sat 10/28:
Flyers 4 Maple Leafs 2
Ducks 4 Lightning 1
Islanders 6 Preds 2
Pens 1 Wild 2
Blackhawks 3 Avs 6

Sun 10/29:
Pens 1 Jets 7
Capitals 1 Flames 2

Mon 10/30:
Coyotes 4 Flyers 3 OT
Canadiens 8 Sens 3

Wed 11/1:
Pens 3 Oilers 2
Leafs 3 Ducks 1
Preds 1 Sharks 4


Other teams to talk about:  NJ (9-2), Pit (8-5-1), TB (10-2-1), Tor (8-5), Ott (5-2-5), Was (5-6-1), Mon(4-7-1), Arz (1-11-1), Edm (3-7-1), Van(6-4-2), LV(8-3-0), LA(9-2-1), Win(6-3-2), StL (10-2-1)



NHL Standings:



NHL Transactions:

  • The Devils traded Goalie Scott Wedgewood to Arizona for a 2018 5th round draft pick.  Since trade, Wedgewood has played 2 Games and has 3.41, .900.  He is 1-1, and has Arizona’s only win.  Raanta Injury creates a shortage of goalies in the organization…
  • Follow up on the slides: Mikhail Sergachev (TB), Alex DeBrincat (Chi), Pierre-Luc Dubois (CLB), Victor Mete (Mon), Jesper Bratt (NJ), Nico Hischier (NJ) have all passed the 9 GP threshold.
  • Other Transactions:  &




  • Boston Bruins forward David Backeswill have surgery Thursday to remove a portion of his colon and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.  Backes, 33, was diagnosed with diverticulitis on Oct. 5, his second episode in two months, the Bruins said. It was complicated by an abscess or infection adjacent to the colon that required drainage.  “Repeated episodes, like what David experienced, have a very high likelihood of recurrence in the near term, which is why he was advised to have surgery to remove the area of colon causing the problem,” Bruins internist Dr. David Finn said in a statement. “It was determined that attempting to delay the surgery until after the season was an unacceptable risk to his health.” Backes wasn’t at risk while he was playing, the Bruins said.  Backes, who has one assist in five games this season, is the latest Bruins player to be sidelined. Boston is missing forwards David Krejci (upper body), Ryan Spooner (groin) and Noel Acciari (hand).
  • Center Nolan Patrickwas placed on injured reserve by the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury on Tuesday, and is listed as day to day.  Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, hasn’t played since being hit by Anaheim Ducks center Chris Wagner during the Flyers’ 6-2 loss on Oct. 24. He has 1G, 2A in 9 games so far this year.  Patrick practiced the following day but has sat out games against the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes.  Patrick and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body) skated on their own before practice Tuesday but did not travel with the Flyers for games against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV) and the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.  The Flyers also placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on injured reserve and called up defenseman Will O’Neill from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. MacDonald is out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, sustained in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 21.
  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlafwas placed on injured reserve Tuesday with swelling from a facial injury sustained against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.  Getzlaf will be re-evaluated Monday and is expected to miss at least the next three games. He was injured 23 seconds into the Ducks’ 4-3 shootout win against the Hurricanes when teammate Corey Perry‘s shot was redirected by Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho and hit him in the face. He played six more shifts in the first period after returning from the locker room but did not come out for the second period.  Getzlaf, 32, has seven points (one goal, six assists) in six games. He missed the first two games of the season and then three in a row from Oct. 13-20 because of a lower-body injury.  Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa skated Tuesday but remains day to day with an injury to his left hand.
  • The Vegas Golden Knights now have more injured goalies signed to NHL contracts than they have healthy ones. It’s become one of the strangest subplots in what has been arguably the NHL’s best story in the first month of the season. Oskar Dansk sustained a lower-body injury and left after allowing a power-play goal at 14:50 of the second period in Vegas’ 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Maxime Lagace, the fourth of Vegas’ five goalies signed to NHL contracts, made seven saves on 11 shots in what was his NHL debut in relief of Dansk.  The Golden Knights announced Tuesday that Dansk has been put on injured reserve and will miss at least the remainder of their road trip, which has five games left. The Golden Knights recalled 19-year-old junior goaltender Dylan Ferguson on an emergency basis from Kamloops of the Western Hockey League.  Lagace started against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, MSG, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV). Lagace gave up 4 goals in 11 shots in relief of Dansk on 10/30, and he gave up 5 goals in 37 shots on 10/31 vs the Rangers, both games losses for Vegas.  Ferguson is 4-9-0 with a 4.05 goals-against average and .878 save percentage in 13 appearances with Kamloops this season.  Ferguson is a 2017 7th round (194) draft pick (Dallas) and is projected to be a long shot to be a regular NHLer. “It’s all part of it, I guess,” Gallant said. “It’s the next guy up. [Lagace] went in there and played his first NHL game. He’s going to battle hard and work hard and we’ll see where it goes.”
  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowlerwill be out another 3-7 weeks because of a knee injury.  Fowler hasn’t played since he was injured in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 20. He had to be helped off the ice and could not put any weight on his right leg.  Fowler has two points (one goal, one assist) in seven games and leads the Ducks in average time on ice (22:43). He set personal NHL bests last season in goals (11) and points (39) in 80 games, and had nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultzwas placed on injured reserve last Thursday.  Schultz sustained a concussion during the first period of Pittsburgh’s 2-1 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers last Tuesday.  In 10 games this season, Schultz, 27, has three points (one goal, two assists) and is third among Penguins defensemen with 18:36 of ice time per game.  The Penguins recalled defenseman Frank Corrado from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Corrado has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 71 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Penguins.
  • Others put on IR: Kyle Palmieri (NJ), Antti Raanta (Ari), Nikita Sherbak (Mon), Colin Wilson (Col), Gabriel Bourque (Col), Tyler Graovac (Was), Kevin Bieksa (Ana), Carter Rowney (Pit)



  • Center Vadim Shipachyov was suspended by the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. The Golden Knights assigned Shipachyov to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Oct. 24. He did not play in Chicago’s 2-1 victory against Milwaukee on Saturday, and Sportsnet reported that he was suspended after leaving the team.  The Golden Knights signed Shipachyov, 30, to a two-year, $9 million contract on May 4. Playing for SKA St. Petersburg in 2016-17, Shipachyov was third in the Kontinental Hockey League with 76 points (26 goals, 50 assists) in 50 games.  Shipachyov began the season with Chicago but was recalled by the Golden Knights and scored a goal in his NHL debut against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 15. It was his only point in three games with Vegas before being sent back to Chicago.
  • Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartmanhas been fined $2,320.79, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb during NHL Game No. 135 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced last Wednesday.  The incident occurred at 14:07 of the second period. Hartman was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

Other Interesting Stories:




  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherovand St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October.  Stamkos led the NHL with 18 assists and 24 points (6-18-24) in 13 games to power the Lightning (10-2-1, 21 points) into first place in the League standings.  Kucherov topped the NHL with 13 goals and placed second with 21 points to help the Lightning reach 10 wins faster than any other season in franchise history.  Schwartz placed third in the NHL with 8-9-17 in 13 games to lift the Blues (10-2-1, 21 points) into first place in the Western Conference.
  • Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller, who led all rookies with nine goals and 15 points in 13 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. Keller edged Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (4-7-11 in 13 GP), New Jersey Devils teammates Will Butcher (0-11-11 in 10 GP) and Jesper Bratt (4-6-10 in 10 GP), and Los Angeles Kings left wing Adrian Kempe (6-3-9 in 12 GP) for the honor.  (McAvoy 10-1-8-8).
  • New York Islanders center John Tavares, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Oscar Danskand Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageauhave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 29.  Tavares led the NHL with 6-1-7, including a pair of hat tricks, to power the Islanders (6-4-1, 13 points) to two wins in three starts.  Dansk went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and one shutout to lead the Golden Knights (8-1-0, 16 points) to a perfect week, continuing the best start by an expansion team in NHL history.  Pageau collected 1-5-6 as the Senators (5-1-5, 15 points) went 1-0-2 to extend their point streak to five games (2-0-3).
  • Defenseman Mark Streitannounced his retirement from hockey Monday.  Streit, 39, played two games with the Montreal Canadiens this season. He was placed on waivers Oct. 12 and assigned to Laval of the American Hockey League the next day. When he refused to report, his contract was terminated Oct. 16.  A ninth-round pick (No. 262) of the Canadiens in the 2004 NHL Draft, Streit played 12 seasons with the Canadiens, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.  In 786 NHL games, Streit had 434 points (96 goals, 338 assists), and played in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. He also played for his native Switzerland four times at the Olympics (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).
  • Phil Kessel scored on a breakaway to reach the 300 goal milestone in his 843rd game. It was his second overtime goal in the past two games. He is the 18th United States-born player in NHL history to score 300 goals and is one of two active Americans to have reached that mark, joining Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise.
  • Rick Nash played in his 1000th game on Thursday vs Arizona.


Power Ranking:

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



Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs LV on 11/2, vs WSH on 11/4, vs Min on 11/6, @ NYR on 11/8.

Car:  @ COL on 11/2, @ ARI on 11/4, vs FLA on 11/7.

NYR: vs @TB on 11/2, @FLA on 11/4, vs CBJ on 11/6, vs BOS on 11/8.


Other Notable games:

Thursday, 11/2:
Friday, 11/3:
Saturday, 11/4:
Sunday, 11/5:
Monday, 11/6:
Tuesday, 11/7:
Wednesday, 11/8:



Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  The American Hockey League announced today that Stockton Heat forward Andrew (Mongipawnee) Mangiapane, Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Mike Vecchione (Union) and Utica Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko (BC) have been selected as the league’s award winners for October.  Mangiapane, the CCM/AHL Player of the Month, has begun the season with a nine-game scoring streak for Stockton, recording five goals and 10 assists for 15 points to go with a plus-10 rating.   Vecchione, the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month, tallied two goals and eight assists for 10 points with a plus-8 rating in 10 games, helping the Phantoms to a 7-2-0-1 record and a share of first place in the Atlantic Division.  Demko, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, helped the Comets through the gauntlet of a season-opening seven-game road trip and allowed eight goals on 160 shots in five appearances, going 4-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and one shutout.

Steve:  Mike Keenan winnine his 100th game with the KHL and his goalie acquired from the NY Rangers during the offseason, Magnus Hellberg…



College Hockey Minute:


Maine –  L2-1, L2-0 vs #10 Minn-Duluth @ Maine last weekend weekend.  @UMass Lowell for 2 games this weekend

Upsets of ranked teams:

(Thu) 7:35 ETNebraska-Omaha6@(8) Notre Dame4
7:15 ET(20) Northeastern3@(17) UMass Lowell1
7:37 MT(4) North Dakota1@Colorado College2

7:35 ET(18) Air Force2@Canisius3
8:05 ETMichigan5@(15) Penn State2
7:00 ET(17) UMass Lowell4@(20) Northeastern5OT
7:00 ET(6) Boston University0@(11) Providence3
7:07 CTSt. Lawrence6@(5) Wisconsin3

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

7:05 ET(10) Notre Dame@(16) Ohio State 2 gms

7:00 ET Yale @ (3) Harvard
7:00 ET (18) Cornell @ (11) Quinnipiac

7:30 ET(6) Providence@(12) Boston University
7:37 CT(8) Minnesota Duluth@(2) St. Cloud State 2 gms
7:07 CT(4) North Dakota@(7) Wisconsin 2 gms  Games of the Week!


7:00 ET(15) Northeastern@(12) Boston University



October 30, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (42) 4- 0-2 991 1
2 St. Cloud State ( 8) 5- 0-0 952 2
3 Harvard 1- 0-0 900 3
4 North Dakota 5- 2-1 775 4
5 Minnesota 5- 3-0 759 7
6 Providence 5- 2-0 689 11
7 Wisconsin 6- 3-0 654 5
8 Minnesota Duluth 4- 2-2 621 10
9 Minnesota State 5- 2-0 605 12
10 Notre Dame 4- 3-1 515 8
11 Quinnipiac 3- 1-1 459 13
12 Boston University 3- 4-1 436 6
13 Clarkson 4- 3-1 422 9
13 New Hampshire 5- 1-1 422 14
15 Northeastern 4- 2-1 268 20
16 Ohio State 5- 1-2 220 NR
17 Penn State 4- 4-0 194 15
18 Cornell 2- 0-0 133 NR
19 Air Force 5- 2-1 108 18
20 Michigan Tech 4- 4-1 95 16
Others receiving votes: Michigan 77, Omaha 52, Bemidji State 50, Colorado College 47, UMass Lowell 34, Northern Michigan 12, Boston College 5, Colgate 2, Miami 2, Brown 1.


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