121 minutes | Jan 26th 2018

THN S2 Ep23: NHL Season Review at the Break

THN Season 2, Episode 23 (Episode 68) Show Notes 1/19-1/25   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: All Star Weekend! 5 Game suspension! We’ll have all this and more.   Break: Where we are: We are now on The Hockey Writers Podcast Channel! thehockeywriters.com @TheHockeyWriter #THW Itunes Stitcher Soundcloud iHeartRadio TuneIn Google Play Music fm Spreaker? Android/Apple apps RSS: http://thehockeynuts.libsyn.com/rss Our Web Site: http://www.thehockeynuts.com   How to get in touch with us: Twitter: Wayne: @waynehallee9 Steve: @sball504man Email: feedback@thehockeynuts.com Voicemail: 919-960-1718 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Youtube Channel: http://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube (Don’t forget to like and subscribe!) Live streaming!!! We stream the recording of our show on Youtube, but you can also get occasional streams on Facebook.  Youtube: https://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Affiliate Links: Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/   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: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180119 Saturday, 1/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180120 Sunday, 1/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180121 Monday, 1/22: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180122 Tuesday, 1/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180123 Wednesday, 1/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180124 Thursday, 1/25:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180125 Friday, 1/26: No Games (All Star Break)     NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/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. Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades     Injuries: 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: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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