The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 20 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.  The NHL standings are continuing to be very compact.  We’ll let you know where your team stands.  The World Junior Championship is winding down.  We’ll get you caught up with what has gone down so far in Buffalo.    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 20 (Episode 65) Show Notes 12/28-1/5


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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:

  • Don’t look now, but the Carolina Hurricanes are in a playoff spot!!!!
  • Winter Classic happened this past week. We’ll have our reaction.
  • World Juniors are down to the final 2 teams. We’ll get you caught up.
  • We have some Olympic News this week.
  • We’ll have all this and more.



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  4-3 SOL @ Wsh on 12/28, 5-0 W @ Ott on 12/30, 5-1 W @NYI on 1/2, PPD vs FLA on 1/4 (possible dates: 1/21, 2/4-2/5)

Car: 2-1 W vs Pit on 12/29, 3-2 L @ STL on 12/30, 5-4 OTL vs WSH on 1/2, 4-0 W @PIT on 1/4

NYR: 3-2 SOL @ Det on 12/29, 3-2 OTW @BUF on 1/1 (WC), 5-2 L vs CHI on 1/3


Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/28:
Friday, 12/29:
Saturday, 12/30:
Sunday, 12/31:
Monday, 1/1:
Tuesday, 1/2:
Wednesday, 1/3:
Thursday, 1/4:


NHL Standings:



NHL Transactions:

  • Goaltender Al Montoyawas traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Montoya has not played since Nov. 4 because of a concussion. He practiced with the Canadiens on Monday.  “He’ll join us, make the trip to [the Dallas Stars on Saturday], and I expect him to join our team there if everything goes well border-wise and weather-wise,” McLellan said. “Obviously he’s on [injured reserve], hasn’t played for a little while, but he has been skating and we’ve been told he’s healthy and awfully close to coming off (IR). So we’ll make that call when we get down there, we’ll introduce him to his new teammates.”  The 32-year-old was 2-1-0 with a 3.77 goals-against average and .863 save percentage this season. He is 65-47-22 with a 2.63 GAA and .908 save percentage in 159 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and Canadiens after he was the No. 6 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.  Laurent Brossoit has been the backup to Cam Talbot for the Oilers the past two seasons. Brossoit is 3-7-1 with a 3.22 GAA and .886 save percentage this season.  The Canadiens claimed Antti Niemi off waivers Nov. 14 and he has been the backup to Carey Price, who has played 17 of 18 games since returning from injury Nov. 25.
  • Defenseman Scott Mayfieldagreed to terms on a five-year contract with the New York Islanders on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Cap Friendly has it at 5 yr, $7.25M, $1.45M per year.  Mayfield could have become a restricted free agent July 1. He has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and has averaged 17:34 of ice time in an NHL career-high 29 games this season.  The Islanders selected Mayfield in the second round (No. 34) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 65 games since making his NHL debut on April 6, 2014.
  • Forward Jonathan Marchessaultsigned a six-year, $30 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.  The 27-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The contract has an average annual value of $5 million.  Chosen from the Florida Panthers in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, Marchessault leads Vegas with 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 35 games playing on a line with William Karlsson and Reilly Smith.  Marchessault had NHL career highs of 30 goals and 51 points for the Panthers last season.  An undrafted free agent, Marchessault has 107 points (53 goals, 54 assists) in 159 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Panthers and Golden Knights.
  • Goaltender Eddie Lackwas acquired by the New Jersey Devils in a trade with the Calgary Flames for defenseman Dalton Prout on Saturday.  The Devils will be Lack’s fourth team since the 2014-15 season. The 29-year-old was 1-2-0 with a 5.29 goals-against average and .813 save percentage in four games for the Flames this season and is 55-53-18 with a 2.60 GAA and .909 save percentage in 140 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes and Flames.  Prout, 27, had no points in four games for the Devils this season. He played his first five NHL seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who traded him to New Jersey on March 1.  Goaltender Cory Schneider has played 29 of New Jersey’s 37 games this season, with backup Keith Kinkaid playing in 10.
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  • Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsbergwill be out 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.  Forsberg was injured during a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 29. He missed Nashville’s next game, which ended his consecutive games streak at 325 (including the Stanley Cup Playoffs) and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 30.  The 23-year-old leads the Predators in goals (15) and points (34) in 37 games, and was one of nine players to play in all of his team’s regular-season games since the start of the 2014-15 NHL season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his right arm, will have surgery to have his rib resected. Rib resection involves the surgical removal of a segment of the first rib, which is the rib closest to the head, under the collarbone, according to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority (  On April 4, 2016, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos had similar surgery to remove a rib in order to treat a blood clot near his right collarbone. Stamkos was expected to miss 1-3 months; he returned May 26, when he played in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Kreider left New York’s 1-0 victory against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 27 in the first period. The clot was diagnosed later that night.  Kreider, 26, has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 37 games this season, his sixth with the Rangers. He had NHL highs of 28 goals and 53 points in 2016-17.
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  • Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersenhas been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced Jan 4.  NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale.  This is #2. Andersen was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 343 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 24. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 7:30 of the second period during NHL Game No. 593 against the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 31.
  • Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Maroonhas been suspended for two games, without pay, for interference against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during NHL Game No. 611 in Edmonton on Tuesday, Jan. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Jan 3.  The incident occurred at 19:44 of the second period. Maroon was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Maroon will forfeit $21,505.38.

Other Interesting Stories:



  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, New York Islanders right wing Josh Baileyand Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of December.  Rask stopped 277 of the 290 shots he faced, going 9-0-1 with a 1.22 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and two shutouts to guide the Bruins (21-10-6, 48 points) to a 10-2-2 December and second place in the Atlantic Division.  Bailey led the League with 7-15-22 to help the Islanders (20-15-4, 44 points) collect points in seven of their 15 December contests (5-8-2).  Kucherov posted an NHL-best 1.54 points per game, totaling 8-12-20 in 13 outings to power the League-leading Lightning (28-8-2, 58 points) to an 11-2-0 month.
  • Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser, who led all rookies with eight goals and ranked second with 13 points in 13 games (8-5-13), has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December. Boeser edged Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (5-9-14 in 14 GP), New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (7-5-12 in 14 GP), Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (4-8-12 in 14 GP) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (5-4-9 in 12 GP) for the honor.
  • Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlssonand Boston Bruins right wing David Backes have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 31.  Hellebuyck went 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Jets (23-11-6, 52 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Central Division standings.  Karlsson registered 4-1-5 in three contests to help the Golden Knights (26-9-2, 54 points) extend their win and point streaks to seven and 12 games (11-0-1), respectively – the longest such runs by any NHL team in its inaugural season.  Backes paced the NHL with 3-3-6 in three games to guide the Bruins (21-10-6, 48 points) to a 2-0-1 week, extending the club’s point streak to eight contests (6-0-2).

Power Ranking:

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



Looking ahead:

Bos:  vs CAR on 1/6, @ PIT on 1/7, Bye 1/8-1/12

Car: @ BOS on 1/6, @ TB on 1/9, @ WSH on 1/11, vs WSH on 1/12

NYR: @ ARI on 1/6, @ VGK on 1/7, Bye 1/8-1/12



Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/5:
Saturday, 1/6:
Sunday, 1/7:
Monday, 1/8:
Tuesday, 1/9:
Wednesday, 1/10:
Thursday, 1/11:
Friday, 1/12:



Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne:  Between a bevy of injuries to the Bruins, players called-up and others sent down, consistency has been difficult to find for Jay Leach (AKA former Mr. Kathryn Tappan) and his Atlantic Division-leading Providence Bruins. Despite the circumstances, forward Austin Czarnik has been able to make the most of his time in Providence and was named an AHL All-Star on Thursday. The fourth-year pro leads the P-Bruins in assists (19) and points (28).  Czarnik, who made the Bruins NHL roster out of camp last season, has appeared in 55 NHL games, recording 5 goals and 9 assists. The 5-foot-9 center will head to Utica, New York, from January 28-29 to represent the P-Bruins at the AHL All-Star Classic.  Goaltender Jordan Binnington will also represent the P-Bruins at the AHL All-Star Classic. Binnington is on loan from the St. Louis Blues.  Bruins 2016 sixth-round pick Oskar Steen has been a key cog during Sweden’s WJC run to the gold medal game. Steen scored the game-winning goal in the shootout against Russia earlier in the tournament, and he again found the back of the net in Thursday’s semi-final win against the United States.    Bruins prospect Ryan Donato is having quite the week. Just two days after being selected to the United States Olympic team, the 21-year-old Harvard star was named the ECAC Player of the Week and Player of the Month. Donato was also named the Hockey Commissioner’s Association National Player of the Month.

Steve:  Dominic Turgeon of the Grand Rapids Griffins



College Hockey Minute:


Maine –     Sweep @ RPI on 12/29-30.  Now 10-7-1  24th in Pairwise


Upcoming:  @BU on 1/6, @Brown on 1/8

Upsets of ranked teams:


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



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