The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 27 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. It has been almost 2 weeks since our last podcast, so we have a lot to get to.  We’ll review all of the major trades that lead up to the deadline, plus the injuries, honors, and milestones of the past couple weeks.  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 27 (Episode 72) Show Notes 2/23-3/7

 

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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:

  • Playoff Races!!!
  • Trade deadline results
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:  4-3 L @ Tor on 2/24 (goalie interference?), 4-1 L @ Buf on 2/25, 4-3 OTW vs Car on 2/27, 8-4 W vs Pit on 3/1, 2-1 OTW vs Mon on 3/3

Car:  6-1 L vs Pit on 2/23, 3-1 L @ Det on 2/24, 4-3 OTL @ Bos on 2/27, 4-1 W @ Phi on 3/1 (ends 0-4-2 skid), 3-1 W vs NJD  on 3/2, 3-2 L vs WPG on 3/4

NYR: 4-1 L vs Min on 2/23, 3-2 OTL vs Det on 2/25, 6-5 OTW @ Van on 2/28, 3-1 W @ Cgy on 3/2, 3-2 W @ Edm on 3/3

 

Other Notable games:

Stadium Series game (curling and lights)

Friday, 2/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180223 (5 games)
Saturday, 2/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180224 (12 games)
Sunday, 2/25: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180225 (6 games)
Monday, 2/26: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180226 (5 games)
Tuesday, 2/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180227 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 2/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180228 (5 games)
Thursday, 3/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180301 (8 games)
Friday, 3/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180302 (9 games)
Saturday, 3/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180303  (8 games)
Sunday, 3/4: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180304  (7 games)
Monday, 3/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180305  (5 games)
 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • All Trade Deadline Trades!!! https://www.capfriendly.com/trades (cover 2/23-3/2)
  • Aaron Dellsigned a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.  The 28-year-old goalie could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He is 14-5-3 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 25 games (20 starts) this season.  Dell is 25-11-4 with a 2.39 GAA and .920 save percentage in 45 games for the Sharks, who signed him as a free agent March 4, 2015.
  • Patric Hornqvistsigned a five-year, $26.5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. The contract has an average annual value of $5.3 million.  Hornqvist could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 51 games this season.
  • Johnny Oduyawas claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Ottawa Senators on Monday.  The 36-year-old defenseman had eight points (four goals, four assists) in 51 games with Ottawa this season. He was plus-2 in 17:12 of ice time per game.  Oduya has 190 points (41 goals, 149 assists) in 849 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and Senators. He has 28 points (six goals, 26 assists) in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff games and was part of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship teams in 2013 and 2015.
  • Chris Stewartwas claimed on waivers from the Calgary Flames from the Minnesota Wild. The 30-year-old forward has 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in 47 games this season.   Selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the No. 18 pick of the 2006 NHL Draft, Stewart has 318 points (159 goals, 159 assists) in 645 NHL games with the Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks and Wild.
  • Mike Fishersigned a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators for the remainder of the season Monday.   The 37-year-old forward announced Jan. 31 he was coming out of retirement to join the Predators. He has been practicing with the team since Feb. 12.
  • Cody Goloubef signed with the Calgary Flames on Sunday for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The one-year contract is worth $650,000. The 28-year-old defenseman was placed on waivers after signing the contract and, if he clears, will be sent to Stockton of the American Hockey League. However he would be eligible to be called up by the Flames at any point and could play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Goloubef recently played for Canada in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics He had two assists in six games as the Canadians won a bronze medal. Selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (No. 37) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Goloubef has played 129 NHL regular-season games for the Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche, and has 23 points (two goals, 21 assists). This season with Stockton, Goloubef had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 34 games.
  • Brian Gionta signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins on Sunday, making him eligible to participate in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 39-year-old forward signed for $700,000.  Gionta had not been playing in the NHL this season, but did serve as captain for the United States men’s hockey team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He played in all five games for the United States, which was eliminated by the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.  Gionta last played in the NHL in 2016-17 with the Buffalo Sabres, when he had 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 82 games. He has 588 points (289 goals, 299 assists) in 1,006 regular-season games in 15 seasons with the Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils. He has 68 points (32 goals, 36 assists) in 112 Stanley Cup Playoff games.  He was selected by the Devils in the third round (No. 82) of the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

 

Injuries:

  • Loui Erikssonof the Vancouver Canucks will miss the rest of the season with a fractured rib.  The forward left late in the third period of a 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday after a hit from Coyotes center Max Domi. He has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 50 games this season and 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 115 games with the Canucks. Eriksson, 32, signed a six-year contract July 1, 2016.
  • Patrice Bergeron, the top-line center for the Boston Bruins and a candidate for the 2018 Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player, is out indefinitely with a fractured right foot. Bergeron, who was injured blocking a shot during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
  • Josh Andersonwill be out four weeks for the Columbus Blue Jackets because of a sprained knee.  The forward was injured during a 5-1 home win against the Washington Capitals on Monday. He was able to finish the game and was plus-1 in 17:41.  The 23-year-old is tied with Artemi Panarin for the Blue Jackets lead with 18 goals in 61 games. Anderson has 29 points.
  • Matt Murraywill be out indefinitely with a concussion, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday.  The goalie was diagnosed Tuesday morning after first being evaluated following practice Monday, which the 23-year-old left early after taking a puck to the head on a shot by defenseman Olli Maatta.  Rookie goalie Casey DeSmith is expected to start Tuesday with Tristan Jarry backing up. Sullivan said he’s comfortable moving forward with DeSmith, 26, and Jarry, 22, for the time being.  Jarry is 10-4-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .916 save percentage in 20 games this season. He allowed four goals on 16 shots in a 6-5 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday.  DeSmith is 3-3-0 with a 2.23 GAA and .926 save percentage in seven games (five starts) this season.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewsis expected to be out at least 10 days because of a shoulder injury.  “We always tell you day to day, and that usually means 10 and we go from there,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Saturday. “As fast as we can get him back and ready to play and healthy, that’s what we’ll do.”  Matthews left with 1:06 remaining in the third period of a 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders at Air Canada Centre on Thursday. He scored with 3:29 remaining to tie the game 3-3.  Matthews led the Maple Leafs with 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games before he was injured. He missed 10 games earlier this season because of injuries. On Nov. 8, he sustained an upper-body injury and missed four games. On Dec. 9, Matthews collided with teammate Morgan Rielly in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and missed the next six games with a concussion.  Matthews won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year last season with 69 points (40 goals, 29 assists) after the Maple Leafs selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
  • Charlie McAvoywill miss at least four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, the Boston Bruins said Tuesday.  The rookie defenseman was injured during the first period of the Bruins’ 2-1 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. McAvoy left 37 seconds into the game after a hit by Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher. He hobbled off the ice and didn’t return.  The Bruins had Brandon Carlo in McAvoy’s spot alongside Chara at the morning skate Tuesday. The other pairs were Torey Krug and Nick Holden, and Kevan Miller with Matt Grzelcyk.  The Bruins also are missing forward Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask. Bergeron has a fractured right foot sustained against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 24 and is scheduled to be re-evaluated next week. Rask has a lower-body injury and won’t play against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NESN, NHL.TV).
  • Brock Boesercould miss the remainder of the regular season after injuring his back against the New York Islanders, the Vancouver Canucks said Tuesday.  Boeser left Rogers Arena on a stretcher and was sent to a hospital after a collision with 27 seconds left in the third period of the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime win on Monday. The Canucks said his recovery is expected to take 4-6 weeks.  Boeser, a 21-year-old forward who leads all NHL rookies with 29 goals, had to be helped off the ice after he fell into an open gate at the players bench after trying to make a hit on Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. Boeser appeared to hit his lower back on the edge of the gate just above his left hip; he was down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off. He was not putting any weight on his left leg.  The Canucks said he was diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury and a nonstructural, non-displaced fracture of the transverse process in his lower back. He was allowed to go home a few hours after the game.
  • Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishopwill miss at least two games because of a lower-body injury.  Bishop left after the first period of a 3-2 overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators at American Airlines Center on Monday. Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell into Bishop midway through the first after getting his legs tangled in the stick of Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
  • Max Paciorettycould miss the rest of the regular season for the Montreal Canadiens because of a knee injury.  The forward was injured in a 6-3 win against the New York Islanders on Friday and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. If he returns four weeks from Monday, he could play in Montreal’s final three regular-season games.  Pacioretty, 29, has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 64 games this season. The Montreal captain has 448 points (226 goals, 222 assists) in 626 NHL games, including at least 30 goals in each of the past four seasons (2013-17).
  • Jay Bouwmeesterwill miss the remainder of the season for the St. Louis Blues because of an injury to his left hip.  The defenseman will have surgery and is expected to need 4-6 months to recover. Bouwmeester missed nine games after he injured his hip Dec. 10 against the Buffalo Sabres, but the 34-year-old returned to play after receiving an injection rather than opting for surgery at the time.  Bouwmeester missed the first 21 games of the season with a fractured ankle after blocking a shot in training camp. He returned Nov. 21 against the Edmonton Oilers. Bouwmeester has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 35 games this season.
  • Luke Kuninof the Minnesota Wild will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.  The 20-year-old forward was injured during a 4-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. He is expected to have surgery in the coming weeks and could miss training camp next season; the expected recovery time is approximately seven months.  Selected by Minnesota in the first round (No. 15) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Kunin has four points (two goals, two assists) in 19 games this season.
  • Vancouver Canucks forward Sven Baertschihas a separated shoulder and is likely to miss the rest of the season, coach Travis Green said Sunday.  Baertschi was injured when he collided with Nashville Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin in the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss at Rogers Arena on Friday.  The 25-year-old forward has 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 53 games this season. He missed 11 games with a broken jaw when he was hit by a clearing attempt from Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on Dec. 9.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • None

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Well, Seattle fans have spoken loud and clear as to whether they want NHL hockey in their city. Seattle, which began a season ticket drive Thursday in its effort to become an NHL expansion team, received 10,000 deposits in 12 minutes and about 25,000 in total.  The ownership group applied to the NHL for an expansion team on Feb. 13. If Seattle is awarded an NHL team, its owners expect to announce final ticket prices in 2019.  The group, led by Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, David Bonderman, a private equity CEO, and Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, was authorized Dec. 7 to file an application for expansion by the NHL Board of Governors. It paid a $10 million application fee, Sportsnet reported.  “Shell-shocked is best way to put it,” Leiweke told TSN about the amount of deposits. “We sold 10,000 season tickets in 12 minutes and we’re just short of 25,000 so I guess the fans have spoken. The fans in Seattle have made it a resounding vote which is they are ready for the National Hockey League. They are counting on us to bring the NHL here.”  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-to-seattle-ticket-drive-for-possible-expansion-team/c-296507418
  • The Vancouver Canucks will host the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena, the National Hockey League, Canucks and City of Vancouver announced today. The 2019 NHL Draft will help the Canucks launch their 50th season in the NHL in 2019-20, which will include other special events to commemorate their historic milestone. Vancouver also will play host to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, where some of the top draft-eligible prospects will get a chance to play in Rogers Arena, where they hope to hear their name called on stage in June of 2019.   The 2019 NHL Draft will be held over two days: Friday, June 21 (Round 1) and Saturday, June 22 (Rounds 2-7). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of media are expected to attend.
  • The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils will play their 2018-19 season-opening game at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6 (7 p.m. CET / 1 p.m. ET) as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series. https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-announces-2018-global-series-dates/c-296651754

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkinand Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.  Staal paced the NHL with 13-8-21 in 13 games to propel the Wild (36-20-7, 79 points) to a 9-2-2 February and into third place in the Central Division.  Malkin placed third in the NHL in both goals (10) and points (21) to power the Penguins (36-24-4, 76 points) to an 8-3-1 February.  Smith ranked fourth in the NHL with 8-12-20 in 14 games as the Golden Knights (41-17-5, 87 points) went 8-5-1 in February to maintain first place in the Pacific Division.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde, who led all rookies with 5-11-16 in 14 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February. Gourde edged New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (2-14-16 in 12 GP), Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (6-5-11 in 12 GP), New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (5-6-11 in 14 GP) and Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (5 5-10 in 13 GP) for the honor.
  • Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne  and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 25.  Staal paced the NHL with 4-3-7 in four games to propel the Wild (35-20-7, 77 points) to a perfect week and into third place in the Central Division.  Rinne went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Predators (38-14-9, 85 points) back atop the Central Division standings.  Getzlaf placed second in the NHL with 2-5-7 in four outings as the Ducks (31‑21-12, 74 points) earned five of a possible eight standings points to maintain third place in the Pacific Division.
  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 4. MacKinnon led the NHL in goals (t-5), assists (6) and points (11) to propel the Avalanche (35-24-6, 76 points) to a 3-0-1 week and within one point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Laine recorded multiple points in all three of his appearances, ranking third in the NHL with 4-3-7 to lift the Jets (39-17-9, 87 points) to a pair of victories.  Barkov shared the League lead with five goals in four games (5-1-6) as the Panthers (32-25-6, 70 points) extended their winning streak to six contests and moved within one point of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • David Poile set the record for wins by an NHL general manager when the Nashville Predators defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Thursday. Poile, who has been Predators GM since their inaugural season in 1998-99, got his 1,320th win, passing Glen Sather for the most in NHL history. He tied Sather’s record of 1,319 wins when the Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Tuesday.  https://www.nhl.com/news/poile-sets-wins-re cord-for-gm/c-296520710 Open!!  The first trade David Poile made as an NHL general manager came 10 days after he was hired by the Washington Capitals on Aug. 30, 1982. It instantly transformed the Capitals from a struggling team trying to gain a foothold in Washington into one that qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons.  In 1982, Poile was 32 and the League’s youngest GM when he acquired Langway, fellow defenseman Brian Engblom, and forwards Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Rick Green and forward Ryan Walter.  https://www.nhl.com/news/david-poile-trade-for-rod-langway-set-him-on-course-to-nhl-history/c-296511384
  • Ovechkin

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:   vs Det on 3/6, vs Phi on 3/8, vs Chi on 3/10, @ Chi on 3/11, @Car on 3/13, @ Fla on 3/15 (16 games in March)

Car:  @ Min on 3/6, @ Chi on 3/8, @ NYR on 3/12, vs Bos on 3/13, vs Phi on 3/17, (15 games in March)

NYR: vs Wpg on 3/6, @ TBL on 3/8, @ Fla on 3/10, vs Car on 3/12, vs Pit on 3/14

 

Other Notable games:

Tuesday, 3/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180306  (9 Games)
Wednesday, 3/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180307  (3 games)
Thursday, 3/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180308 (12 games)
Friday, 3/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180302 (9 games)
Saturday, 3/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180310 (11 games)
Sunday, 3/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180311 (4 games)
Monday, 3/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180312 (8 games)
Tuesday, 3/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180313 (7 Games)
Wednesday, 3/14: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180314 (5 games)
Thursday, 3/15: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180315 (9 games)
Friday, 3/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180316 (6 games)
 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: Olympics wrap up  https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/ice-hockey/groups-men.htm

 

https://en.khl.ru/ Playoffs have begun!

Steve:  NHL Trade deadline reshapes AHL Landscape

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –
Last Week: Swept UNH in the first round of HE playoffs.  now 10-11-3 in HE (6th), and 18-14-4 overall.  24th in pairwise
Upcoming:  Quarterfinal of HE tournament, travelling to #9 Providence for best-of-3, Fri-Sun.

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

 

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-22/

 

Fri:

#18 Penn State def #8 Minnesota 5-1 and 5-2 (Sat)
Miami def #12 North Dakota 4-3 OT
Alabama Huntsville def #15 Bowling Green 3-2

Sat:

Michigan State def #5 Notre Dame 4-3
#19 Union def #2 Cornell 4-3
UMass def #7 Providence 1-0
Michigan Tech def #16 Northern Michigan 3-2

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

Conference tournaments!!!  (fluid schedules)

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-23/

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

 

Bracketology

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve:
  • Wayne:  Try hockey for free day was last Saturday!!  http://www.tryhockeyforfree.com/    The hockey team from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School practiced at BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers, and it even included a special surprise guest: The Stanley Cup.  The Stoneman Douglas team recently won the Florida state title just 11 days after a tragic mass shooting at their school in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people. Since the horrible event, there’s been an outpouring of kindness toward the students. The Florida Panthers, who play in nearby Sunrise, Florida, invited the hockey team to practice at their home arena. The players were told a special surprise was coming and during the end of practice, out came the Cup.  https://www.nhl.com/news/marjory-stoneman-douglas-hockey-team-gets-day-with-stanley-cup/c-296665926

 

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Fantasy Hockey Segment

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 26 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 Olympic tournament is winding down, and we’ll get you up to date with everything going on there.  The NHL Trade deadline is only days away, and trades are already happening.  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 26 (Episode 71) Show Notes 2/15-2/23

 

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

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:

  • Playoff Races!!!
  • Trade deadline news and rumors
  • We’ll have all this and more.

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

Affiliate Links:

Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/

 

My Experience at the 2018 Maine Pond Hockey Classic  http://www.mainepondhockey.org/

 

Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos:   6-1 L @ Van on 2/17, 2-1 OTW @ CGY on 2/19, 3-2 W @ Edm on 2/20

Car:  5-2 L @ NJ on 2/15, 3-0 L vs NYI on 2/16, 3-2 OTL vs NJ on 2/18

NYR:  3-0 L @ NYI on 2/15, 6-3 L @ Ott on 2/17, 7-4 L vs Phi on 2/18, 3-1 L @ Mon on 2/22  Lost 5 straight…

 

 

 

Other Notable games:

Thursday, 2/15: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180215  (11 games)
Friday, 2/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180216  (4 games)
Saturday, 2/17: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180217  (11 games)
Sunday, 2/18: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180218  (7 games)
Monday, 2/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180219  (6 games)
Tuesday, 2/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180220  (9 Games)
Wednesday, 2/21: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180221  (3 games)
Thursday, 2/22: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180222  (11 games)
Friday, 2/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180223 (5 games)
 

NHL Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

  • Michael Grabnerwas traded to the New Jersey Devils by the New York Rangers on Thursday.  It is the first trade made between the Metropolitan Division rivals since New Jersey entered the NHL in 1982-83.  The 30-year-old forward is in the final season of a two-year contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  New York will receive defenseman prospect Yegor Rykov and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Grabner has 31 points (25 goals, six assists) in 59 games this season. He was scratched from a 3-1 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.  He has 244 points (156 goals, 88 assists) in 532 games during nine NHL seasons with the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks. He has scored at least 20 goals four times.   Rykov, 20, was a fifth-round pick (No. 132) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is playing in the Kontinental Hockey League this season.
  • Frank Vatranowas traded to the Florida Panthers by the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Boston received a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Vatrano, a 23-year-old forward, scored two goals in 25 games with the Bruins this season. He has not played in five of the past six games because of a lower-body injury and has been a healthy scratch most of the season.  Signed to an entry-level contract as a free agent by the Bruins on March 13, 2015, Vatrano has 31 points (20 goals, 11 assists) in 108 NHL games.
  • Forward Tobias Riederand goalie Scott Wedgewood were traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Arizona Coyotes for goalie Darcy Kuemper on Wednesday.  Rieder had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 58 games with the Coyotes this season after signing a two-year contract with Arizona on Oct. 4, 2016. He can become a restricted free agent July 1.  Rieder had 111 points (51 goals, 60 assists) in 292 games with the Coyotes.  The Coyotes signed Kuemper to a two-year contract Thursday. He could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Kuemper was 10-1-3 with a 2.10 GAA, a .932 save percentage and three shutouts in 19 games backing up Jonathan Quick for the Kings this season.
  • Jakub Jerabekwas traded to the Washington Capitals by the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Wednesday.  The 26-year-old rookie defenseman from the Czech Republic has four points (one goal, three assists) in 25 NHL games. He signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens on May 1, 2017, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
  • Nick Holdenwas traded to the Boston Bruins by the New York Rangers on Tuesday.  The Bruins bolstered their depth by sending their third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and 24-year-old minor-league defenseman Rob O’Gara for Holden, a lefty defenseman who is 30 years old and had 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 55 games with the Rangers this season.  Holden had 46 points (14 goals, 32 assists) in 135 games with the Rangers after they acquired him in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on June 25, 2016. He has 107 points (35 goals, 72 assists) in 356 NHL games and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
  • Erik Gudbransonsigned a three-year, $12 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.  The contract has an average annual value of $4 million. The 26-year-old defenseman could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Gudbranson has four points (two goals, two assists) in 41 games this season, and 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) in 380 NHL games with the Florida Panthers and Canucks.
  • Goalie Petr Mrazekwas traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.  Mrazek, 26, is 8-7-3 with a 2.89 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 22 games (18 starts) this season.  In the past week, the Flyers lost their top two goalies, Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, to injury.  Alex Lyon, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League after Elliott was injured during a shootout at the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 10, relieved Neuvirth against the Rangers. He made 25 saves on 26 shots for his first NHL victory, but it was the fourth game in the League for the 25-year-old rookie.  “Our players have worked hard for a long time and I didn’t think it was fair to not have a proven NHL goaltender for this team,” Hextall said. “That’s the reason we acted.”
  • Defenseman Michal Kempnywas traded to the Washington Capitals on Monday by the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Kempny, an undrafted free agent who agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on May 24, 2016, has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 81 NHL games. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) and is plus-13 in 31 games this season.  Chicago will receive the higher of Washington’s own third-round draft choice or the third-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington acquired the Toronto draft pick from the New Jersey Devils as part of the Marcus Johansson trade on July 2, 2017.
  • Mikael Backlundsigned a six-year, $32.1 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Friday.  It has an average annual value of $5.35 million.  The 28-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Backlund has 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 58 games this season, and 262 points (104 goals, 158 assists) in 519 games with Calgary, which selected him with the No. 24 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Nikita Soshnikovwas traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.  The 24-year-old forward had no points in three games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with Toronto of the American Hockey League.  The Blues said Soshnikov will report to St. Louis in 7-10 days after he has attained a United States visa and will be added to the roster when he is cleared by doctors.  The Maple Leafs were at the maximum number of NHL contracts (50) before the trade.  Signed by the Maple Leafs to a three-year, entry-level contract March 20, 2015, Soshnikov has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 70 NHL games.
  • Josh Baileyagreed to terms with the New York Islanders on a six-year contract Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.com and TSN are reporting $5M per year. The 28-year-old forward is in the final season of a five-year contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Bailey has 62 points (15 goals, 47 assists) in 58 games this season; he’s third on the Islanders in scoring, three points behind Mathew Barzal and two behind John Tavares. Bailey has set an NHL career high in points and assists and is one goal from his career high, set in 2009-10. He also played in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time this season.
  • Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698
  • Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades

 

 

Injuries:

  • Goaltender Carey Priceof the Montreal Canadiens will be out indefinitely because of a concussion.  The 30-year-old goalie was injured Tuesday when he was struck in the mask on a shot by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the second period of a 3-2 overtime loss. Price remained in the game.  Price, who is 15-22-6 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .904 save percentage, is 2-8-4 with an .889 save percentage in his past 14 games. He missed 10 games from Nov. 4-22 with a lower-body injury.  “It’s been diagnosed as a concussion,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Thursday. “He’ll continue to get evaluated on a daily basis. You never know with concussions, it could be short term, it could be long term. We’ll see.”  Niemi/Lindgren will be the goalies until Price returns.
  • Shea Weber will miss the rest of the season for the Montreal Canadiens because of a foot injury that requires surgery.  The 32-year-old defenseman has a tendon tear in his left foot. He has missed the past 26 games and last played Dec. 16 against the Ottawa Senators. He was dealing with the injury earlier in the season, missing six games from Nov. 21-30.  Weber was shut down from skating earlier this week and coach Claude Julien said he wouldn’t return to the lineup until he was 100 percent.  Weber is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of training camp next season, Canadiens surgeon Dr. Paul Martineau said. The length of his recovery will be determined following the surgery. Weber, who was acquired from the Nashville Predators in a trade for defenseman K. Subban on June 29, 2016, has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 26 games this season.
  • Anders Bjorkwill miss the remainder of the season for the Boston Bruins after having surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday.  The 21-year-old rookie forward missed the past 10 games after he was injured in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 30. He is expected to need six months to recover.  Selected by Boston in the fifth round (No. 146) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Bjork had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 30 games this season.
  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabewill miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.  McCabe is scheduled to have surgery and the estimated recovery time is 4-6 months. He had thumb surgery Feb. 7.  McCabe left in the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks at KeyBank Center on Feb. 6. He has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and averages 19:30 of ice time in 53 games this season.
  • Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmondswill be out 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury.  Simmonds was injured during a 7-4 win against the New York Rangers on Sunday.  Simmonds has 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists), including four game-winning goals, in 59 games this season. It’s the fifth straight season he’s scored at least 20 goals. He ranks fifth in the NHL with 10 power-play goals.
  • Defensemen Erik Johnsonand Anton Lindholm each is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Monday.  They were injured in a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Lindholm left with 3:40 remaining in the second period, and Johnson needed to be helped off the ice at 1:59 of the third.  Johnson, 29, is Colorado’s most experienced defenseman and averages 25:43 of ice time per game. He has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 56 games.  Lindholm, a 23-year-old rookie, has three assists in 43 games.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Folignois expected to miss 1-2 weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained Sunday.  Foligno left a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena late in the second period and did not return after playing one shift in the third. Forward Cam Atkinson said after the game it appeared Penguins forward Conor Sheary‘s skate made contact with Foligno.  “It looked like the skate went right through his sock,” Atkinson told The Athletic. “It didn’t cut him, but I’m not sure what the result is with that. Hopefully not too bad, but that’s the way it is right now.”  Foligno has 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 59 games for the Blue Jackets (29-25-5, 63 points)
  • Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirthsustained a lower-body injury in the first period and didn’t return for the second against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.  Neuvirth played the entire first period and made 11 saves on 14 shots. He was replaced by Alex Lyon.  The Flyers are already playing without goalie Brian Elliott, who had surgery on a core muscle injury Tuesday and was ruled out 5-6 weeks. Elliott is 21-11-7 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 41 games (40 starts).
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthewsis day to day with a shoulder injury.  Matthews left with 1:06 remaining in the third period of the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders at Air Canada Centre on Thursday. He scored with 3:29 remaining to tie the game 3-3.  Matthews leads Toronto in scoring with 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie last season with 69 points (40 goals, 29 assists) after the Maple Leafs selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
  • On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions

Suspensions/Fines:

  • New Jersey Devils forward Miles Woodhas been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov during NHL Game No. 898 in Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Sunday.   The incident occurred at 4:54 of the second period. Wood was assessed minor penalties for boarding and roughing on the play.  Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Wood will forfeit $9,946.24.

Other Interesting Stories:

 

  • Seattle will begin a season ticket drive in its effort to become an NHL expansion team. “Starting on March 1 at 10 a.m., you will be able to make your deposit for season tickets,” Mayor Jenny Durkan wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.  Las Vegas started its season ticket drive Feb. 10, 2015. It was awarded an NHL team June 22, 2016.
  • New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta  and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele  have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 18.  Hischier scored in all four of his appearances, sharing the League lead with four goals and ranking second overall with 4-3-7 to power the Devils (31-20-8, 70 points) to a perfect week.  Raanta stopped 123 of the 126 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record with a 0.90 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout in four appearances to lift the Coyotes (17-32-10, 44 points) to their first four-game winning streak since Jan. 4-12, 2016 (also 4-0-0).  Scheifele ranked third in the NHL with 3-4-7 in three contests to propel the Jets (35-15-9, 79 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Central Division standings.
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/sharks-brent-burns-joe-thornton-drink-wine-in-ad/c-296099036
  • https://www.nhl.com/news/vegas-golden-knights-in-game-proposal-short-shifts/c-296049894

 

Honors/Milestones:

  • Pekka Rinnemade 33 saves for his 300th NHL win, and the Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.  Rinne became the 34th goaltender in NHL history to reach the milestone. He is 300-164-66 in 12 seasons, all with Nashville.
  • New Jersey Devils to retire Patrik Elias’s No. 26 prior to their game Sat against the New York Islanders (6:15 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV). He finished his NHL career in 2015-16 as the Devils leader in goals (408), assists (617), points (1,025), power-play goals (113), power-play points (333) and game-winning goals (80). He also ranks first in Stanley Cup Playoff goals (45), assists (80), points (125), power-play goals (21) and power-play points (52)
  • Jean Ratelle’s number 19 will be retired by the Rangers on Sunday in a ceremony before their game against the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, FS-D, NHL.TV). Using a thick, flat-bladed stick that he would curve only very slightly late in his career, the silky playmaker and pinpoint passer scored 817 of his 1,267 points (336 goals, 481 assists) for the Rangers. He’s second on New York’s all-time goal list, third in assists and points, and sixth in games played.  Ratelle finished his career in Boston, playing 419 games for the Bruins from 1975-81 following the stunning trade that sent him and defensemen Brad Park and Joe Zanussi for center Phil Esposito and defenseman Carol Vadnais.  Ratelle won the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL’s most gentlemanly player in 1972 and 1976. He never had a fighting major and he’s the only player in NHL history to score more than 1,200 points and have fewer than 300 penalty minutes. Ratelle’s 276 penalty minutes translate to an average of one minute for every 4.6 NHL games he played.  Ratelle’s number will be the ninth retired by the Rangers; the others are his lifelong friend and former linemate Gilbert (No. 7); goalies Ed Giacomin (1) and Mike Richter (35); defensemen Brian Leetch (2) and Harry Howell (3); and forwards Mark Messier (11), and Andy Bathgate and Adam Graves (9).
  • The Vegas Golden Knights set an NHL record for points by a team in its inaugural season when they defeated the Calgary Flames 7-3 at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday. The Golden Knights (40-16-4, 84 points) passed the 1993-94 Florida Panthers, who had 83 points in 84 games. They are one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning atop the NHL standings and three ahead of the Nashville Predators for first in the Western Conference.
  • Patrick Kanerecorded the 500th assist of his NHL career in Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Washington Capitals.  The Chicago Blackhawks forward assisted on Artem Anisimov‘s power-play goal in the second period to accomplish the milestone. Kane is the sixth player to collect 500 assists with the Blackhawks.
  • Trotz never played professionally, but he’s turned out to be a pretty good coach. He’ll be behind the Capitals’ bench for his 1,500th NHL game when Washington plays the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET; WGN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). Trotz, 55, will become the fifth coach in NHL history to reach the milestone, joining Hockey Hall of Famers Scotty Bowman (2,141 games) and Al Arbour (1,607), as well as Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (1,597) and Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock (1,511). Hitchcock coached in his 1,500th game against the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 16.

Power Ranking:

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

 

 

Looking ahead:

Bos:  @ Tor on 2/24, @ Buf on 2/25, vs Car on 2/27, vs Pit on 3/1

Car:  vs Pit on 2/23, @ Det on 2/24, @ Bos on 2/27, @ Phi on 3/1, vs NJD on 3/2

NYR: vs Min on 2/23, vs Det on 2/25, @ Van on 2/28, @ Cgy on 3/2, @ Edm on 3/3

 

 

Other Notable games:

Friday, 2/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180223 (5 games)
Saturday, 2/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180224 (12 games)
Sunday, 2/25: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180225 (6 games)
Monday, 2/26: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180226 (5 games)
Tuesday, 2/27: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180227 (9 Games)
Wednesday, 2/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180228 (5 games)
Thursday, 3/1: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180301 (8 games)
Friday, 3/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180302 (9 games)

 

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

Wayne: Olympics  https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/ice-hockey/groups-men.htm

Steve:  Women’s Hockey Olympic Tournament

 

 

College Hockey Minute:

 

Maine –
Last Week: 4-3 OTW @ UNH on 2/14, 5-0 L vs #19 BC on 2/17.  now 10-9-3 in HE (6th), and 16-12-4 overall.  25th in pairwise
Upcoming:  @ #20 BC on 2/23 & 24.

 

Upsets of ranked teams:

 

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-21/

Big games this week (both teams ranked):

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/20172018/list-22/  Last week of regular season play for all conferences but NCHC.  Conference tournaments begin next weekend!

http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/

 

USCHO Poll:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Pairwise Rankings:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

 

 

 

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