108 minutes | Mar 30th 2018

THN S2 Ep30: Crunch Time with less than 2 weeks left in the regular season!

THN Season 2, Episode 30 (Episode 75) Show Notes 3/21-3/29   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? 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/ Referral/Affiliate Links: Our preferred mobile carrier: Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/ (Get $25 off your first purchase, and reward us at the same time!) Our preferred event ticket source: Seatgeek:  https://seatgeek.com/?aid12537  (reward us when you buy your next event tickets!)     Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates Bos:   2-1 OTL @STL on 3/21, 3-2 L @DAL on 3/23, 2-1 OTW @MIN on 3/25, 5-4 SOL @ WPG on 3/27, vs TBL on 3/29 Car:  6-5 W vs ARI on 3/22, 5-2 W @ OTT on 3/24, 4-1 W vs OTT on 3/26, 4-3 L @ NJD on 3/27 NYR: 4-3 L @ PHI on 3/22, 5-1 W vs BUF on 3/24, 4-2 L vs WSH on 3/26, 4-3 L @WSH on 3/28,   Other Notable 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) Saturday, 3/24: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180324  (12 games) Sunday, 3/25: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180325  (5 games) Monday, 3/26: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180326  (9 games) Tuesday, 3/27:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180327 (9 Games) Wednesday, 3/28: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180328  (4 games) Thursday, 3/29:  http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180329  (10 games)   NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings     NHL Transactions: Zdeno Charasigned a $5 million contract for next season with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.  The 41-year-old defenseman, who is the Bruins captain, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He can earn $1.75 million in incentives.  Chara has been Bruins captain since 2006-07 after he signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Ottawa Senators on July 1, 2006. The oldest defenseman in the NHL, he has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and a plus-26 rating averaging 23:00 of ice time in 68 games this season.  Based on the way Chara played this season, general manager Don Sweeney said he had no qualms about signing him to another contract. Chara is playing the final season of a five-year contract with an average annual value of $7.5 million.  Chara, who won the Norris Trophy voted as the NHL's best defenseman in 2008-09 and the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2010-11, has 627 points (195 goals, 432 assists) in 1,418 games in 20 NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, Senators and Bruins. He was selected by the Islanders in the third round (No. 56) of the 1996 NHL Draft.  https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/bruins Markus Nutivaarasigned a four-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.  The 23-year-old defenseman has 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 59 games for the Blue Jackets, who selected him in the seventh round (No. 189) of the 2015 NHL Draft. He had seven points (two goals, five assists) and was plus-7 in 66 games as a rookie in 2016-17, and had a goal and an assist in two Stanley Cup Playoff games.  Nutivaara signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in May 2016 after playing two seasons for Karpat in Liiga, Finland's top professional league. College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings 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: Matthew Tkachuk and TJ Brodie of the Calgary Flames are likely to be out for the remainder of the season, each with an upper-body injury.  Tkachuk, a second-year forward, has missed seven games since he was injured against the New York Islanders on March 11. Brodie, a defenseman who has not skated since being injured against the Vegas Golden Knights on March 18, has missed four games.  Jake Muzzinhas an upper-body injury and is week to week for the Los Angeles Kings.  The 29-year-old defenseman left at 2:49 of the second period in a 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames on Monday after he fell awkwardly into the corner on a hit by Flames forward Micheal Ferland.  Muzzin has 42 points (eight goals, 34 assists) and is plus-10 with 123 blocked shots in 74 games this season.  Kevin Shattenkirkwill not return to the New York Rangers lineup this season. The 29-year-old defenseman, who hasn't played since Jan. 18, had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee Jan. 22.    Nick Folignowill be out 2-4 weeks for the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury.  The NHL regular season ends April 8, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 11.  Foligno, who was injured in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, has 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games, including 19 (eight goals, 11 assists) in his past 30. The 30-year-old forward has 400 points (169 goals, 231 assists) in 768 games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators.  Sean Monahan will miss the rest of the Calgary Flames season because of undisclosed injuries. The 23-year-old center leads the Flames with 31 goals and is second with 64 points, behind forward Johnny Gaudreau, who has 82 points (23 goals, 59 assists).  Mike Greenwill have neck surgery and the Detroit Red Wings defenseman will not play again this season.  Green will have surgery on his cervical spine April 5 and will need at least two months to recover. The 32-year-old, who played in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  He has 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) in 66 games and missed seven games from Feb. 17-28 with a neck injury. He aggravated the injury in practice Wednesday.  Jason Spezzacould be out for the remainder of the regular season for the Dallas Stars with a back injury.  The 34-year-old forward will be evaluated in two weeks; the regular season ends April 8, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 11.  Spezza missed his first game of the season, a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, after leaving the morning skate early. He has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 72 games.  Jonathan Toewswill miss a few games with an upper-body injury the Chicago Blackhawks center sustained against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.  The Chicago captain, who left late in the third period of the 5-1 loss to the Avalanche, will be re-evaluated next week, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. The 29-year-old's last shift came with 1:56 remaining.  Brett Pesceand Victor Rask will not play again this season for the Carolina Hurricanes, each because of a shoulder injury.  Pesce, a 23-year-old defenseman, has 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 65 games. His 2:21 time on ice per game shorthanded is second on the Hurricanes to defenseman Jaccob Slavin (2:40). Pesce played 20:00 in a 7-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.  Rask, a 25-year-old center, has 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 71 games this season, after 45 and 48 points the prior two seasons. He played 13:51 Tuesday.  On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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