107 minutes | Feb 16th 2018

THN S2 Ep25: Olympic Hockey Preview

THN Season 2, Episode 25 (Episode 70) Show Notes 2/2-2/15   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 My experience at the Maine Pond Hockey Classic NHL’s 32nd team is on the way… 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/   My Experience at the 2018 Maine Pond Hockey Classic  http://www.mainepondhockey.org/   Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates Bos:   4-1 W vs Tor on 2/3, 3-2 W @ Det on 2/6, 6-1 W @ NYR on 2/7, 4-2 L vs Buf on 2/10, 5-3 W @ NJ on 2/11, 5-2 W vs Cgy on 2/13 Car: 4-1 W vs Det on 2/2, 3-1 L vs SJ on 2/4, 2-1 OTL vs Phi on 2/6, 4-1 W vs Van on 2/9, 3-1 W vs COL on 2/10, 7-3 W vs LA on 2/13 NYR:  5-2 L @ Nsh on 2/3, 2-1 L @ Dal on 2/5, 6-1 L vs Bos on 2/7, 4-3 W vs Cgy on 2/9, 3-1 W @ WPG on 2/11, 3-2 L @ Min on 2/13       Other Notable games: Friday, 2/2: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180202 (4 games) Saturday, 2/3: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180203 (13 games) Sunday, 2/4:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180204 (3 games) Monday, 2/5: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180205 (4 games) Tuesday, 2/6: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180206 (11 Games) Wednesday, 2/7: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180207  (3 games) Thursday, 2/8: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180208  (9 games) Friday, 2/9: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180209 (8 games) Saturday, 2/10: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180210  (9 games) Sunday, 2/11: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180211  (9 games) Monday, 2/12: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180212 (3 games) Tuesday, 2/13: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180213  (12 Games) Wednesday, 2/14: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180214  (3 games)   NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings     NHL Transactions: The Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning signed a multiyear contract Wednesday. Benning is in his fourth season as general manager of the Canucks after replacing Mike Gillis, who was fired after the 2013-14 season, and is in the final season of his contract. Before coming to Vancouver, he had spent eight seasons as assistant GM of the Boston Bruins and helped build the team that defeated the Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.  The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Benning's first season as GM but have finished next-to-last in the Western Conference in each of the past two seasons. Under first-year coach Travis Green, they are 22-28-6 this season, 18 points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference, entering their game against the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.  Benning has brought in a number of prospects, most notably forward Brock Boeser, who leads NHL rookies with 26 goals. He has also traded forwards Jannik Hansen and Alexandre Burrows for prospects Nikolay Goldobin and Jonathan Dahlen, and selected center Elias Pettersson with the No. 5 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft. Dion Phaneufwas traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Ottawa Senators for forwards Marian Gaborikand Nick Shore on Tuesday.  Forward Nate Thompson and Phaneuf, a defenseman, will go to Los Angeles.  Phaneuf will likely play in a top four that includes Drew Doughty, a Norris Trophy winner; Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez.  Phaneuf had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 53 games for the Senators this season, including a 6-3 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.  Thompson was injured and has played four games since Jan. 5.  Gaborik and Shore played to the end of a 7-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Ottawa acquired Phaneuf in a nine-player trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9, 2016. He has 478 points (133 goals, 345 assists) in 955 NHL games for the Calgary Flames, Toronto and Ottawa. The 32-year-old is signed through the 2020-21 NHL season. Ottawa will retain 25 percent of the remaining money on his contract.  Shore has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 49 games this season, and 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) in 221 games with the Kings. The 25-year-old can become a restricted free agent July 1.  Gaborik has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 30 games this season, and 808 points (403 goals, 405 assists) in 1,019 NHL games with the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Kings. The 36-year-old is signed through 2020-21. He had 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) in 26 playoff games winning the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2014.  Thompson has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 43 games this season, and 122 points (52 goals, 70 assists) in 593 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and Senators. The 33-year-old is signed through next season. Lars Ellersigned a five-year, $17.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The contract has an average annual value of $3.5 million.  The 28-year-old center, who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1, has 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) this season.  Washington acquired Eller on June 24, 2016, in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.    Defenseman Brendan Smithwas placed on waivers by the New York Rangers last Thursday.  Smith, who turned 29 Thursday, signed a four-year, $17.4 million contract ($4.35 million average annual value) with New York on June 29 and has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 44 games this season. Smith was not claimed by another NHL team and was sent to Hartford, the Rangers' affiliate in the American Hockey League, on Friday.  Smith has 79 points (17 goals, 62 assists) in 353 games in seven NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and Rangers. The Red Wings selected him with the No. 27 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. New York acquired Smith in a trade with the Red Wings on Feb. 28, 2017, for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2018 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: Goaltender Brian Elliottis expected to miss 5-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a core muscle injury, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday.  Elliott was injured while facing Clayton Keller in the second round of the shootout during a 4-3 victory at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. He slumped to the ice and had to be helped off after being hit in the mask by Keller's stick on his follow-through. Michal Neuvirth got the win in relief after he denied all five shooters he faced.  Neuvirth, who started against the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, is expected to get the majority of the playing time in Elliott's absence. Alex Lyon, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Sunday, will be the backup for the foreseeable future, Hextall said.     Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smithwill miss at least two games because of a lower-body injury beginning against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday.  Smith, who is 23-16-6 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .921 save percentage, was injured and left with two seconds remaining in a 3-2 win at the New York Islanders on Sunday.  Gulutzan said Smith will be considered day to day after the two games. The Flames visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday.  David Rittich (5-1-2 with a 2.20 GAA and .927 save percentage) will start for the Flames (29-19-8), who are 4-1-0 in their past five games and in third place in the Pacific Division, two points behind the second-place San Jose Sharks.  Defenseman Steven Kampferwill be out 4-6 weeks because of a fractured hand, New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said Monday. Kampfer, who has one assist in 22 games this season, played 22:39 and was on the ice at the end of a 3-1 win at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. He is the latest Rangers defenseman to be sidelined by an injury, joining Ryan McDonagh (upper body), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee surgery) and Marc Staal (cervical strain).  New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneiderwill be out the rest of the week because of a hip/groin injury he sustained in 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23.  Schneider, who has missed the past eight games, was placed on injured reserve Monday, retroactive to the day of the injury. He is expected to resume skating next week.    Schneider is 17-11-6 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 35 games.   Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichelis out indefinitely after sustaining a high ankle sprain in a 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
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