The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 23 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 heading into the All Star Break this weekend, and teams are scrambling for all the points they can get.  There were some injuries and a suspension this week to some very key players for their respective teams.  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 23 (Episode 68) Show Notes 1/19-1/25


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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:

  • All Star Weekend!
  • 5 Game suspension!
  • We’ll have all this and more.



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:   4-1 W @ Mon on 1/19, 3-2 W vs NJD on 1/23  Now 17 games with no regulation loss, 10 regulation losses fewest in NHL.

Car:  3-1 W @ Det on 1/20, 5-1 L vs VGK on 1/21, 3-1 L @ Pit on 1/23

NYR:  3-1 L @ Col on 1/20, 4-2 L @ LA on 1/21, 6-3 L @ Ana on 1/23



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)



NHL Standings:



NHL Transactions:

  • The Edmonton Oilers tapped a resource from their storied past when they added Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey as skills development coach Sunday. Coffey, 56, was on the ice for practice at Rogers Place and will be asked to mentor defensemen in particular, including prospects in the Oilers system.  Coffey is the second-highest scoring defenseman in NHL history with 1,531 points (396 goals, 1,135 assists) in 1,409 regular-season games, behind Ray Bourque (1,579 points). He won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the League three times, was an NHL First-Team All-Star four times and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian during the League’s centennial season.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets acquire goaltender Jeff Zatkofffrom Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations.
  • Arizona Coyotes acquire defenseman John Ramage from Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for future considerations.
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  • Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quickwill not attend 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend because of a nagging injury, Kings general manager Rob Blake said Wednesday.  “It’s day to day,” Blake said. “With his history of injuries, we’re not risking that in this 3-on-3 format. He is not 100 percent healthy and he needs time to heal.”  If he does not play in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday after being selected to the Pacific Division team, he must sit out one regular-season game. That could either be against the Flames or the first game after the All-Star break, at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.  If Quick is the Kings backup to Darcy Kuemper against the Flames, he would have to sit out against the Stars.  He is 20-17-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 39 games this season.  Quick, 32, played 17 games last season, when he injured his groin in the first game at the San Jose Sharks.  All Star Notes:  Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith has been added to the roster for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, the National Hockey League announced today. Smith replaces Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick on the Pacific Division roster.
  • San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thorntonis expected to miss several weeks because of an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.  Thornton was injured when teammate Mikkel Boedker fell on him with less than one minute remaining in the third period of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.  Thornton will have an MRI on Wednesday, Wilson said. The Sharks recalled forward Marcus Sorensen from San Jose of the American Hockey League and placed Thornton on injured reserve.  Thornton, 38, has 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games this season. He had surgery on the MCL and anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the offseason.  That injury was sustained April 2, 2017 and caused Thornton to miss the first two games of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers.  Thornton returned to the lineup for Games 3 through 6, and the Sharks lost in six games.  Thornton, in his 20th NHL season, is 16th in scoring with 1,427 points in 1,493 games with the Sharks and Boston Bruins. He’s 12th with 1,030 assists, three behind Mario Lemieux for 11th.
  • Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy is expected to be out at least two weeks after having a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm on Monday. He was out of the hospital and resting comfortably Tuesday after having a procedure Monday to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.  “Everything went well,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “My concern and our concern as an organization is obviously his health going forward, whatever time he needs to recover. His health is our No. 1 priority. He’s doing terrific, and we’ll see how he recovers from there.”  Cassidy said McAvoy would be out through the All-Star break this weekend and would be evaluated next week, although the anticipated recovery time of two weeks would have him out until Feb. 6, when the Bruins visit the Detroit Red Wings.  McAvoy, 20, experienced heart palpitations during the Bruins game Nov. 26. After being evaluated by doctors, he was diagnosed with a supraventricular tachycardia, which, in his case, was not considered to be dangerous to his health but could recur at any time and causes significant symptoms, according to a statement by Bruins internist Dr. David Finn.   To correct the issue, McAvoy opted for an ablation because of the high likelihood of recurrence.   McAvoy, playing on a pair with captain Zdeno Chara, has 25 points (five goals, 20 assists) and is plus-18. McAvoy is averaging 22:49 of ice time and played 23:56 in a 4-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.  With defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller recently back from injury and illness, respectively, the Bruins can revert to the pairs they have used in the past, with Brandon Carlo playing with Chara, Torey Krug with McQuaid, and Grzelcyk with Miller.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palatwill be out 6-8 weeks because of a lower-body injury.  Palat was injured during the third period of a 5-2 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.  n 46 games, Palat has 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) and a plus-17 rating. He has 248 points (82 goals, 166 assists) in six NHL seasons, all with the Lightning.
  • New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid(groin) and forward Brian Gibbons (broken thumb) were placed on injured reserve Sunday.  Kinkaid was injured in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at 12:15 of the first period after trying to make a save on Ivan Provorov‘s goal. He made four saves on seven shots before leaving and was replaced by Ken Appleby.  Gibbons, who has not missed a game this season, was injured when he blocked a shot during the second period Saturday; he will be re-evaluated on Monday. Gibbons has 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) and is tied for second on the Devils in goals.
  • Florida Panthers goalie James Reimerwill be out at least two weeks with a groin injury, coach Bob Boughner said Thursday.  Reimer was injured extending his right leg while attempting to make a save at 3:48 of the first period against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Harri Sateri  finished the game for the Panthers, who lost 6-1 at American Airlines Arena.  Reimer started 17 consecutive games and 18 of 19 after Roberto Luongo sustained a lower-body injury Dec. 4, going 9-6-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. But he allowed at least three goals in four of his past five starts before Tuesday.  Sateri is expected to make his second NHL start against the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). The Panthers recalled goaltender Samuel Montembeault from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
  • On IR / Off IR:


  • Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchandhas been suspended for five games, without pay, for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson during NHL Game No. 732 in Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.  The incident occurred at 18:01 of the third period.  Marchand is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $373,475.60. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkinhas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement via Section 18.7(c), for spearing Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown during NHL Game No. 704 in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.  The incident occurred at 6:57 of the first period.

Other Interesting Stories:



  • Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, former NHL player Ryan Smyth, and women’s Olympic champion Danielle Goyette will be honored with the 2018 Order of Hockey in Canada. They will receive the honor at the Hockey Canada Foundation Gala and Golf in London, Ontario on June 18.  Babcock, 54, has an NHL record of 622-372-150 with 19 ties in 15 seasons as coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Detroit Red Wings and Maple Leafs. He coached the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup and they reached the Final in 2009. He’s the only coach in the IIHF Triple Gold Club, having led Canada to Olympic gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014, and the World Championship in 2004. He coached Canada to the championship at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.  Smyth, 41, played 19 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. He retired after the 2013-14 season with 842 points (386 goals, 456 assists) in 1,270 games. He helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and played in the 2006 Torino Olympics, and in the World Championship eight times, winning gold in 2003 and 2004, and silver in 2005. Smyth also won gold at the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.  Goyette, 51, played for Canada at the Olympics three times, winning gold in 2002 and 2006, and won the gold medal eight times at the Women’s World Championship; she had 219 points in 172 games with Canada’s national women’s team during a 15-season playing career. Currently the coach for the University of Calgary women’s hockey team, she was enshrined in the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.  The Order of Hockey in Canada was established in 2012 by Hockey Canada and has recognized 21 honorees including Jean Beliveau, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux, Pat Quinn and Scotty Bowman.
  • Marc Savard hopes to get into coaching after announcing his retirement Monday. Savard, 40, had 706 points (207 goals, 499 assists) in 807 NHL games as a center with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins. He played his final game with the Bruins on Jan. 22, 2011, because of concussion-related symptoms, and his last contract expired after the 2016-17 season.  “This is not an easy thing for me to put down into words, but I feel as though I’m ready now for the next chapter in my life to begin,” Savard wrote in a message on his Twitter account. “Also, last but not least, my health is the best it’s been in a very long time, and I’m grateful for that.”  “I think the biggest thing is that I’m happy where I am in my life,” Savard told “I’m the healthiest I’ve been in a long time. I didn’t want it to linger on any more. My contract is up and I wanted to get it out there and head off in a different direction to pursue a coaching career.”  The Rangers selected Savard in the fourth round (No. 91) of the 1995 NHL Draft. He debuted with the Rangers on Oct. 3, 1997, playing with his idol, Wayne Gretzky. His best season came with the Thrashers in 2005-06, when he set NHL career highs for goals (28) and points (97). From that season through 2008-09, he ranked 11th in the NHL in points per game (1.12). His name is on the Stanley Cup with the 2010-11 Bruins.
  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 21.  MacKinnon registered 4-2-6, including a pair of game-winning goals, in three contests to power the Avalanche (26-16-3, 55 points) to a perfect week and their ninth straight victory, the longest such streak in the NHL this season.  Hellebuyck stopped 59 of 60 shots against, compiling a 2-0-0 record with a 0.48 goals-against average, .983 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Jets (28-13-7, 63 points) back atop the Central Division standings.  Marchand led the NHL with 2-5-7 in four games to guide the Bruins (27-10-8, 62 points) to a 3-0-1 week, helping the team extend its point streak to 16 contests dating to Dec. 16 (12-0-4).
  • Tyler Weiss is #71 on the list for North American skaters.
  • Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations with USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 United States Olympic men’s team, died Sunday. He was 53. Johannson, a two-time Olympian during his playing career (1988, 1992), was a stalwart with USA Hockey since joining the organization in 2000 as manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee relations.  As a USA Hockey executive, Johannson was part of the management team for every Olympics since 2002, when the U.S. won a silver medal in Salt Lake City. He also was part of the 2010 team in Vancouver that won silver.  Among the most significant accomplishments during Johannson’s tenure at USA Hockey were winning 64 medals (34 gold, 19 silver, 11 bronze) in major international competition, as well as helping launch and implement the highly acclaimed American Development Model and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams.  Johannson, from Rochester, Minnesota, was a seventh-round pick (No. 130) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1982 NHL Draft. A center, he played in the International Hockey League with Salt Lake City, Indianapolis and Milwaukee from 1987-94 after spending four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, where he won a national championship in 1983.

Power Ranking:

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



Looking ahead:  ASG Weekend 1/26-1/29

Bos:   @ Ott on 1/25, vs Ana on 1/30

Car: @ Mon on 1/25, vs Ott on 1/30

NYR:  @ SJ on 1/25, off until 2/1



Other Notable games:

Thursday, 1/25: (15 games!)
Friday, 1/26: No games (All Star Weekend)
Saturday, 1/27: NHL Skills Challenge
Sunday, 1/28:  NHL All Star Tournament
Monday, 1/29: No games (All Star Weekend)
Tuesday, 1/30: (12 Games)
Wednesday, 1/31: (3 games)
Thursday, 2/1: (12 games)


Minor League Hockey Minute


Steve:  outdoor game in Latvia…



College Hockey Minute:


Maine –
Last Week: 2 ties vs UNH (2-2, 3-3)  now 6-6-3 in HE (6th), and 12-9-4 overall.  25th in pairwise
Upcoming:  2 games @ UMASS (must wins)

Upsets of ranked teams:

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



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