The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 22 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. Bye weeks are over, so the schedule is getting busy again on the ice.  There were some injuries this week to some very key players for their respective teams.  And, an iron man streak came to an end in a controversial manner.  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 22 (Episode 67) Show Notes 1/12-1/19


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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:

  • It’s been another quiet week around the league, as many teams are enjoying their bye weeks.
  • Vegas!
  • We’ll have all this and more.



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  @ MON on 1/13 1st meeting of year, 3 times in 8 days, vs DAL on 1/15, vs MON on 1/17, @ NYI on 1/18 Now 15 straight games without a regulation loss

Car: vs WAS on 1/12, vs CGY on 1/14, bye 1/15-1/19

NYR: vs NYI on 1/13, @ PIT on 1/14,



Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/12:
Saturday, 1/13:
Sunday, 1/14:
Monday, 1/15:
Tuesday, 1/16:
Wednesday, 1/17:
Thursday, 1/18:
Friday, 1/19:



NHL Standings:



NHL Transactions:

  • Defenseman Deryk Engellandsigned a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.  Engelland could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He was selected from the Calgary Flames at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21 and has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 41 games.  Engelland, 35, has 99 points (25 goals, 74 assists) in 510 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Flames and Golden Knights.  He is the third Golden Knights player who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1 to sign a contract with Vegas. Defenseman Brayden McNabb signed a four-year, $10 million contract Nov. 30, and forward Jonathan Marchessault signed a six-year, $30 million contract Jan. 3.  Forwards David Perron and James Neal each can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  The Golden Knights (29-10-3) lead the Western Conference with 61 points and are four behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the best record in the League.
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  • Goaltender Matt Murraywill be away from the Pittsburgh Penguins indefinitely following the death of his father, James Murray, on Tuesday.  Murray, 23, returned home to Ontario. He missed the Penguins’ past two games but was at practice Tuesday.  Murray is 15-12-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 31 games this season.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed forward Jussi Jokinenoff waivers Wednesday after putting forward Sonny Milano on injured reserve with a torn oblique muscle sustained against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 8.  Milano, the No. 16 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, will be out 4-6 weeks. He has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 35 games this season.  Jokinen was waived by the Los Angeles Kings. He has six points (one goal, five assists) in 32 games with the Kings and Edmonton Oilers.
  • Sebastian Ahois out indefinitely for the Carolina Hurricanes with a concussion and lower-body injury.  The forward was injured in a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames at PNC Arena on Sunday when he was hit by defenseman Mark Giordano, who was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.  Selected by the Hurricanes in the second round (No. 35) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Aho leads Carolina in goals (16) and points (37).  The Hurricanes (20-17-8) are on a six-day break and play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-CR, NHL.TV).
  • Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkinswill miss 5-6 weeks with cracked ribs.  Nugent-Hopkins, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, leads the Oilers with 16 goals and is third with 31 points in 46 games. He was injured late in the second period of Edmonton’s most recent game, a 3-2 overtime win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 13 that preceded a six-day break.
  • New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirkwill be sidelined indefinitely because of a meniscus tear in his left knee and will have surgery Monday.  Shattenkirk, 28, who has played in all 46 of New York’s games, said at practice Friday that he has been playing with knee pain since training camp and it didn’t make sense to continue without having the surgery. He said he is planning to rehab in time to be back with the Rangers before the end of the season; their final regular-season game is against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 7.  Shattenkirk, who signed a four-year contract with the Rangers on July 1, has 23 points (five goals, 18 assists). He has no goals and eight assists in 30 games since Nov. 6, and has one point in 13 games Dec. 19. He played 17:17 and did not have a point in New York’s 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
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  • Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Coglianowas suspended on Sunday for two games, which will end his consecutive games played streak at 830.  Cogliano was disciplined for interference against Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe. The incident occurred at 3:41 of the first period at Staples Center on Saturday. Cogliano received a two-minute penalty for interference.  Cogliano will not play against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Monday (3 p.m. ET; ALT, PRIME, NHL.TV), ending the fourth-longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history after Doug Jarvis (964 games), Garry Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884). He has not missed a game in 11 NHL seasons since his debut with the Edmonton Oilers against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 4, 2007.  The 30-year old, who signed a three-year contract with the Ducks on Friday, has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 44 games this season.  New iron man leader?  Keith Yandle (675), Patrick Marleau (669), Phil Kessel (654), Karl Alzner (582)
  • Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brownhas been fined $10,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement via Section 18.7(d), for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz during NHL Game No. 704 in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 6:36 of the third period. Brown was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.

Other Interesting Stories:



  • Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smithand Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 14.  Gaudreau led the NHL with six assists and eight points in four games (2-6-8) to propel the Flames (25-16-4, 54 points) to a perfect week, helping the team extend its overall winning streak to seven contests.  Smith stopped 104 of 108 shots against, going 3-0-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .963 save percentage to help the Flames sweep a road trip of at least four games for the first time since Dec. 9-18, 2007 (6-0-0).  Kessel registered 2-3-5 in two games, scoring the winning goal in each contest to lift the Penguins (24-19-3, 51 points) into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • Eric Lindros, who spent eight of his 14 seasons with the Flyers, became the sixth player to have his jersey number retired by the organization on Thursday. Lindros, the 1994-95 Hart Memorial Trophy winner, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016. Though he spent time with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, it was his 659 points in 486 games with the Flyers for which he will be remembered.  A banner with Lindros name and number was raised to the rafters at Wells Fargo Center. There it will join Bernie Parent, Mark Howe, Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke.  Career:  760 GP, 372-493-865, 1398 PIMs 6-4, 230

Power Ranking:

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



Looking ahead:

Bos:   @ Mon on 1/19, vs NJD on 1/23, @ Ott on 1/25

Car: bye 1/15-1/19, @ Det on 1/20, vs VGK on 1/21, @ Pit on 1/23, @ Mon on 1/25

NYR:  @ Col on 1/20, @ LA on 1/21, @ Ana on 1/23, @ SJ on 1/25



Other Notable games:

Friday, 1/19:
Saturday, 1/20:
Sunday, 1/21:
Monday, 1/22:
Tuesday, 1/23:
Wednesday, 1/24:
Thursday, 1/25:
Friday, 1/26: No Games (All Star Break)



Minor League Hockey Minute


Steve:  Boo Nieves’ return to the Hartford Wolf Pack this week after a 28 game stint with the Rangers…



College Hockey Minute:


Maine –
Last Week: 5-3 loss twice @ Northeastern, 3-1 W vs UMass.  Dropped to 22nd in pairwise, now unranked again.
Upcoming:  Home vs UNH (twice)

Upsets of ranked teams:


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



Pairwise Rankings:




Picks of the week:


Listener Feedback / Action item for the week


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