The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 18 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 past week around the hockey world. We are approaching the annual Christmas break, and the standings remain as tight as ever.  The World Junior Championship gets going this week, and we’ll have the details.    There were a couple trades to talk about this week as well.  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 18 (Episode 63) Show Notes 12/16-12/22

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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:

  • Our 3 teams are all playing well
  • There were a couple of minor trades this week.
  • 3 day Xmas break is upon us, and we’ll get into where every team stands.
  • World Juniors Start this week. We’ll have details.
  • We’ll have all this and more.



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 3-2 OTL vs NYR on 12/16, 7-2 W vs CBJ on 12/18, 3-0 W @ BUF on 12/19, 2-1 SOW vs WPG on 12/21

Car: 2-1 W vs CBJ on 12/16, 8-1 L @ TOR on 12/19, 4-1 W @ NSH on 12/21

NYR: 3-2 OTW @BOS on 12/16, 4-1 W vs ANA on 12/19, 4-3 SOL @ NJD on 12/21


Other Notable games:

Saturday, 12/16:
Sunday, 12/17:
Monday, 12/18:
Tuesday, 12/19:
Wednesday, 12/20:
Thursday, 12/21:
Friday, 12/22:


NHL Standings:



NHL Transactions:

  • Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Oleksiak (6-foot-7, 255 pounds) was the Stars’ first-round selection (No. 14) in the 2011 NHL Draft. The 24-year-old has three points (one goal, two assists) in 21 games this season and 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 140 NHL games with Dallas.  The Stars will receive the better of Pittsburgh’s own fourth-round pick or a choice acquired from the Minnesota Wild.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired goaltender Michael Leighton on Tuesday in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes for forward Josh Archibald, goaltender Sean Maguire and a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Pittsburgh also received a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft.  Leighton, 36, is 37-43-4 with 10 ties, a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage in 110 NHL games (53 starts) with the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He was 2-2-0 with a 3.43 GAA and .870 save percentage in four games with Carolina last season. Leighton has spent this season in the American Hockey League and will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He has played seven NHL games since 2009-10, when he was 8-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Flyers advance to the Cup Final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Archibald, 25, has no points in three games for the Penguins this season. He had three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh last season and was scoreless in four games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The three goals are his only points in 14 NHL games. He was Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick (No. 174) in the 2011 NHL Draft.  Maguire, 24, was Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick (No. 113) in the 2012 NHL Draft and signed with the Penguins on April 6, 2016, after playing four seasons at Boston University. He has split the past two seasons between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling of the ECHL.
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  • Brock Boeser does not have a fracture in his left foot, but it remains unknown when he’ll return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup. Boeser, who leads the Canucks and NHL rookies with 17 goals and 30 points, was injured blocking Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano‘s shot 14 seconds into the second period of a 6-1 home loss Sunday. The 20-year-old forward crawled off the ice, limped to the locker room without putting any weight on his left leg, and was on crutches with a walking boot Monday.  He had 16 points and was the NHL Rookie of the Month in November after leading the League with 11 goals in 15 games.  Boeser started the season on Vancouver’s new top line with center Bo Horvat and left wing Sven Baertschi, but all three are injured. Horvat fractured his foot Dec. 5 and is expected to miss another 2-4 weeks, and Baertschi broke his jaw when a Giordano clearing attempt hit him in the face Dec. 9 and is expected to miss another 3-5 weeks.
  • Defenseman Shea Weber left the Montreal Canadiens on Monday to have a foot injury re-evaluated. Coach Claude Julien wasn’t sure how long Weber will be sidelined. The Canadiens play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in the second of a season-long seven-game road trip Tuesday.  “We’re going to shut him down for a little bit,” Julien said. “His situation is not getting better. He’s got an injury in the foot area that got better and then it gets worse again, so we are going to send him home and get him reevaluated.”  Weber missed seven games at the end of November before returning to play the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2. He averaged 22:44 of ice time in his past six games, including 22:58 outdoors in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Saturday. He did not practice in Vancouver on Monday.   “He’s still playing but he’s certainly not comfortable there, so we need to get this solved, so we’re going to send him home and get our doctors to look at him again,” Julien said. “He was trying his best and at the end, I think the best thing to do is shut him down.”
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewscould be in the lineup against the New York Rangers on Saturday.  Matthews said Friday that a decision will be made after the morning skate. He’s missed the past six games because of a concussion sustained during a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 9.  Matthews was injured when he collided with Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly with 2:50 remaining in the third period against the Penguins. He returned to play two more shifts but said he was not feeling well later in the night and the next day. Matthews confirmed Friday that he did sustain a concussion in the collision.  Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 26 games. Toronto is 6-4-0 in the 10 games he’s been out this season.
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  • Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for spearing New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield on Tuesday, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced. The incident occurred at 19:17 of the first period in Detroit’s 6-3 win at Barclays Center. Abdelkader was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.
  • Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov during NHL Game No. 505 in Colorado on Saturday, Dec. 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Sunday. The incident occurred at 16:57 of the second period. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing and a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Johnson will forfeit $64,516.12.

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  • The New York Islanders’ bid to build an arena at Belmont Park has been selected by New York state, and co-owner Jon Ledecky said he hopes to start construction quickly.  “That’s our mantra moving forward. We want to play in this facility as soon as possible,” Ledecky said after the announcement was made at Belmont Park on Wednesday.  The Islanders’ proposal includes an 18,000-seat arena, a hotel, 435,000 square feet of retail space, and a 10,000-square-foot innovation center that would be developed with input from residents.  “Our fans deserve this,” Ledecky said. “This is about a legacy for them, this is about us being community stewards of a great team, a great franchise. This building, this world-class, state-of-the-art, third-generation building, that gives them the reward that they deserve so justly for hanging with the team.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said getting a new arena was important for the Islanders.  “It’s not about relief,” Bettman said. “I’m happy for Long Island, I’m happy for Islanders fans, I’m happy for the Islanders players. I think this is a great day for the franchise and a great day for Long Island.”  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in attendance and asked Commissioner Bettman if the Islanders could at least play some games at Nassau Coliseum while the new arena is being built. The Coliseum was renovated after the Islanders moved to Barclays Center and has fewer than 14,000 seats for hockey. The Islanders are committed to playing at Barclays Center next season, but it’s unclear where they would go after that.  “We’re going to have to take a look at it,” Bettman said. “This was a recently made request, which we will respond to at the governor’s request.”  “I think it’s really, truly where the team belongs,” Tavares said. “The New York Islanders are called the Islanders for a reason. It’s exciting news. Obviously, we have some time left playing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and we’ve got to make the most of it and build off the success we’ve had there for the last couple of years.”  Tavares maintained he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Islanders before the end of this season.  The Islanders were one of two bidders seeking approval to develop the property next to the racetrack. New York City FC of Major League Soccer proposed a stadium, retail space, a community park and a 2-acre soccer facility.
  • At Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, where the temperature at puck drop was 12.5 degrees Fahrenheit (7 at the end), Craig Andersonmade 28 saves to help the Senators to a 3-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens.  The NHL100 Classic was played in front of a sellout crowd of 33,959. Total attendance for the League’s 23 regular-season outdoor games now stands at 1,242,276, an average of 54,012 per game.


  • Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock won his 800th NHL game with a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Hitchcock is the third coach in NHL history with 800 wins, joining Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (868) and Scotty Bowman (1,244).  Hitchcock, who turned 66 on Sunday, has an NHL record of 800-488-114 with 88 ties with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues. He has 296 victories in two stints with Dallas.
  • Dustin Brownscored 44 seconds into overtime in his 1,000th NHL game to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center on Thursday.  Brown beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with a wrist shot over his glove to lift the Kings to a fifth consecutive home victory, their longest streak since winning six straight Nov. 3-26, 2016.  Brown and Dave Taylor are the only Kings to play his first 1,000 games for Los Angeles.  Brown career has 245-290-535 and 608 PIMs all with LA.  He is off to his best start since 2011-2012 (54 pts) offensively, with 13-16-29 in 36 games.  He had only 36 pts in 80 games last year, and hadn’t scored more than 29 pts per season from 2012-2016 despite not missing more than a game or two during those years.  His best season was 07-08 with 33-27-60 in 78 games.
  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 17. Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 17.  Kane registered 4-1-5, including a pair of decisive goals, to help the Blackhawks (17-11-5, 39 points) go 3-0-0 and extend their overall winning streak to five games.  Elliott went 3-0-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average and .943 save percentage to guide the Flyers (14-11-7, 35 points) to their sixth straight win on the heels of a 10-game skid (0-5-5).  Bailey posted 4-4-8, including his first career hat trick, in four contests to help the Islanders (18-12-3, 39 points) pick up a pair of wins.


Power Ranking:

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



Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs DET on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27, @ Wsh on 12/28

Car: vs BUF on 12/23, vs MON on 12/27, vs Pit on 12/29

NYR: vs TOR on 12/23, vs WSH on 12/27, @ Det on 12/29



Other Notable games:

Friday, 12/22:
Saturday, 12/23:
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27:
Thursday, 12/28:
Friday, 12/29:



Minor League Hockey Minute


Russia Boasts 2-0 win over Canada in 2017 Channel One Cup in Russia –  (USA did not have a team in the tournament)

Steve:  Mozyakin



College Hockey Minute:


Maine –  off last week and this week.


Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday: (12/8)

7:05 MTDartmouth5@(2) Denver4

Big games this week (both teams ranked):  none (All teams off this week)



December 11, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 St. Cloud State (35) 12- 2-1 978 2
2 Denver ( 8) 9- 3-4 918 1
3 Notre Dame ( 6) 16- 3-1 907 4
4 Clarkson ( 1) 15- 3-1 893 3
5 Cornell 10- 2-0 760 6
6 North Dakota 10- 5-5 758 5
7 Minnesota State 11- 5-0 694 8
8 Northeastern 10- 5-1 617 10
9 Ohio State 10- 4-4 566 15
10 Minnesota 10- 9-1 519 7
11 Providence 10- 7-1 516 9
12 Western Michigan 10- 8-1 433 11
13 Wisconsin 10- 9-2 335 12
14 Boston College 9- 7-2 327 14
15 Penn State 11- 7-2 322 18
16 New Hampshire 9- 7-1 260 13
17 Minnesota Duluth 8- 9-2 150 17
18 Colgate 8- 6-4 129 16
19 Union 10- 8-1 74 19
20 Canisius 10- 5-1 69 NR
Others receiving votes: Bowling Green 61, Colorado College 50, Miami 37, UMass Lowell 33, Omaha 26, Boston University 20, Harvard 16, Michigan 14, Massachusetts 10, Niagara 4, Army 2, Bentley 1, Maine 1 (33rd).

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