122 minutes | Mar 21st 2018

THN S2 Ep29: Clinches and Eliminations

THN Season 2, Episode 29 (Episode 74) Show Notes 3/15-3/21   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!!! I 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? 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Our preferred event ticket source: Seatgeek:  https://seatgeek.com/?aid12537  (reward us when you buy your next event tickets!)     Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates Bos:   3-0 L @ Fla on 3/15, 3-0 W @ TBL on 3/17, 5-4 OTL vs CBJ on 3/ 19 Car:  4-2 L vs PHI on 3/17, 4-3 W @ NYI on 3/18, 7-3 L vs Edm on 3/20 NYR: 4-3 OTW vs PIT on 3/14, 4-3 OTL @ Stl on3/17, 5-3 L vs CBJ on 3/20 Other Notable 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) Saturday, 3/17:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180317  (10 games) Sunday, 3/18:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180318  (8 games) Monday, 3/19:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180319 (5 games) Tuesday, 3/20:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180320 (11 Games) Wednesday, 3/21:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180321  (4 games) Thursday, 3/22:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180322  (10 games) Friday, 3/23:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180323  (5 games)   NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings     NHL Transactions: Ryan Donato signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins on Sunday. The 21-year-old forward will join the Bruins in Boston and is eligible to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-O, NHL.TV).  Donato, who was selected by the Bruins in the second round (No. 56) of the 2014 NHL Draft, completed his junior season at Harvard University on Friday with a loss to Clarkson in the ECAC semifinals. He led Harvard with 26 goals and 43 points in 29 games, was the ECAC player of the year, and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men's hockey.  Donato (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) played for the United States at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, when he tied for the most goals in the tournament with five in five games. His six points (five goals, one assist) led the U.S.  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: Ben Bishopwill be out at least two weeks for the Dallas Stars after reinjuring his left knee Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.  The goaltender, who stopped all three shots he faced, left the game at 10:11 of the first period, after appearing to injure his left knee making a glove save on Bryan Little.  Bishop (26-17-5, 2.49 goals-against average, .916 save percentage) first injured the knee in a 2-0 loss against the Nashville Predators on March 6 and missed five games. He returned to the Stars lineup for a 3-2  overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on March 16, and Sunday was his second game back.  Kari Lehtonen (12-10-3, 2.46 GAA,.913 save percentage), who replaced Bishop on Sunday, started all five games in Bishop's most recent absence and was 1-3-1.  The Stars recalled forward Curtis McKenzie and goalie Mike McKenna from Texas of the American Hockey League on Monday. McKenzie  is 15-9-4 with a 2.69 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 30 AHL appearances.  Noah Hanifinwill be out indefinitely for the Carolina Hurricanes because of a concussion.  The 21-year-old defenseman left the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and did not travel with the Hurricanes for their 4-3 win at the New York Islanders on Sunday.  Hanifin has 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) this season and hadn't missed a game prior to Sunday.  Dmitry Kulikovhas opted to not have surgery to correct a back injury, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said Monday.  The 27-year-old defenseman injured his back against the New Jersey Devils on March 8, a reoccurrence of an injury last season with the Buffalo Sabres that limited him to 47 games after he was hit into an open door by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colin Greening in a preseason game.  Maurice said Saturday that Kulikov would have surgery soon and that it would be eight weeks before any further update would be provided.  After practice Monday, Maurice said Kulikov decided on a different path to treat his injury.  "He had a couple of opinions on his injury, had met with surgeons, and it's never clearly one way or the other that he should go, so when he met for his final consult, and it's the player's choice what he wants to do, he's going to forego surgery," Maurice said. "There are other remedies for this, so he didn't have surgery today.  Maurice said that the injury won't necessarily require surgery eventually.  Kulikov has missed five games since the injury occurred. He has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 62 games.  Michael Rafflwill be out two weeks for the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury.  The forward left a 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday at 14:46 of the second period. He has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 73 games.  Kevin Bieksawill have surgery to remove scar tissue from his left hand Friday and the Anaheim Ducks defenseman will be out 2-5 weeks.  The Ducks hope to have Bieksa back for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin April 11. Bieksa has eight assists and is averaging 18:01 of ice time in 59 games this season.  Bieksa, 36, is in the final year of a two-year contract extension he signed July 1, 2015 and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has 278 points (63 goals, 215 assists) in 808 NHL games over 13 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and Ducks.  Malcolm Subbanmade 22 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights, taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.  Fleury made seven saves in the first period but did not start the second because of an undisclosed injury. He was hit in the mask by a Brandon Sutter shot 10 minutes into the first.  Gallant confirmed the move to bring in Subban was not to give Fleury rest. Fleury has started 21 of the past 22 games.   Ryan Callahanwill not accompany the Tampa Bay Lightning on their two-game road trip after sustaining an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.  Callahan tangled with Toronto forward Josh Leivo with four minutes left in the first period. He went to the dressing room holding his right shoulder and did not return.  Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he was encouraged by Callahan's presence at practice Wednesday but that the 33-year-old forward needed more evaluation and would not travel for games at the New York Islanders on Thursday.  Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laineleft their game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday with a lower-body injury and did not return. Coach Paul Maurice said he does not think the injury is long-term, but fantasy owners of the elite goal-scorer are awaiting a further update for purposes of the fantasy playoffs.  Laine (21st in Yahoo) leads the League in goals (18 in 16 games) since Feb. 16, thriving on a line with mostly center Paul Stastny and left wing Nikolaj Ehlers since the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. Laine ranks second in goals (43) behind Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (44) through 73 games each.  Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenkowill miss his second-straight game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV). He did not play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday because of an upper-body injury.  On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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