109 minutes | Apr 27th 2018

THN S2 Ep34: NHL Playoffs Round 1 wrap up and Round 2 Preview

THN Season 2, Episode 34 (Episode 79) Show Notes 4/19-4/25   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: Playoffs!!! 2 guarantees, 2 fails. Slow on the ice but huge, just 12 games in the NHL since last podcast, but 10 of them were potential elimination games, where at least one team in those 10 games were facing elimination at that time. 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!)     PLAYOFFS: Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064 Roster Resource:  https://www.rosterresource.com/nhl-depth-charts/ https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/lightning-vs-devils-series-a https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/bruins-vs-maple-leafs-series-b https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/capitals-vs-blue-jackets-series-c https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/penguins-vs-flyers-series-d https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/predators-vs-avalanche-series-e https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/jets-vs-wild-series-f https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/golden-knights-vs-kings-series-g https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/ducks-vs-sharks-series-h   https://www.nhl.com/news/second-round-stanley-cup-playoff-schedule/c-298239556     FINAL NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings       NHL Transactions: The Minnesota Wild fired Chuck Fletcher as executive vice president and general manager on Monday. Owner Craig Leipold told Fletcher his contract would not be renewed and said a search for a replacement will begin immediately. Brent Flahr, the Wild's senior vice president of hockey operations, will be the acting GM.  The Wild were eliminated by the Winnipeg Jets in five games in the Western Conference First Round following a third-place finish in the Central Division (45-26-11, 101 points).  Leipold stated Fletcher's firing was not a direct result of the loss to the Jets, rather a reflection of Minnesota's poor history in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Fletcher, 50, became the second GM in Wild history when he was hired May 21, 2009, replacing Doug Risebrough. He is the son of longtime NHL executive Cliff Fletcher, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Minnesota has qualified for the playoffs each of the past six seasons but has won two postseason series and lost three straight first-round series. The Wild are 4-16 in their past 20 playoff games.  Leipold said Boudreau, who was hired by Fletcher to replace Mike Yeo as coach on May 7, 2016, will be consulted but will not be a part of the interview process. He also added, "I'd say our coaching staff right now is not going anywhere."  Bill Peters was hired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Monday. Peters, who resigned as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, received a multiyear contract. He replaces Glen Gulutzan, who was fired April 17 after the Flames missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time in nine seasons.  The Flames were 37-35-10, fifth in the Pacific Division, and missed the playoffs by 11 points after qualifying last season, Gulutzan's first as coach. Calgary's home record of 17-20-4 was the fourth worst in the NHL, and its power play (16.0 percent) was tied for 28th. The Flames also scored an NHL-low 61 third-period goals.  Peters was the only person interviewed to replace Gulutzan.  "At the time we made the decision for a change last week, I had gone and asked for permission to speak with Carolina regarding Bill's availability, and I want to thank the Carolina Hurricanes for their cooperation in that process," general manager Brad Treliving said. "We were able to move forward with Bill."  Peters and Treliving have worked together before. Peters coached Canada to the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, with Treliving serving as co-GM.  "There's some great candidates out there," Treliving said. "This wasn't one based upon hiring a friend, per se. Bill and I don't have a long relationship; we had a situation where we worked together over a small period of time. But you do your homework. This is somebody I believe fully in. This is somebody I have been around enough to know, the network of people I talked to, to not formalize a thought but solidify a thought I got.  Peters had one year remaining on his contract before exercising his opt-out clause with Carolina. The Hurricanes were 137-138-53 and did not qualify for the playoffs during his four seasons as coach.  "You have to be hungrier," said Peters, who will coach Canada at the 2018 World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, from May 4-20. "That's no problem. I have no issue with that. We're going to set realistic expectations and they're going to be high. Expectations are great to have.  "If you have high expectations, that means you're legitimate. You're in the hunt. You don't want to be in a situation where there are no expectations, there are no demands, because it means you aren't close enough. This group is right there."  Peters, born in Three Hills, Alberta, 80 miles northeast of Calgary, was hired six days after Gulutzan was fired.  Peters said the decision to step down in Carolina was not one taken lightly. He had one year remaining on his contract and an opt-out clause he needed to exercise by Friday.  "It kept coming back to the fact that a new [general manager] deserves the opportunity to hire his own coach. And especially when you combine it with a new owner and a new GM, I think they need to chart their own path."  "Really a great area, with great people in the community," Peters said of his time in Carolina. "I worked with a ton of great people. I'm thankful for the effort from the players in our four years. I'm thankful for the fans' support. They're very passionate fans. ... It's all positive memories for me, it really is."  The Dallas Stars and New York Rangers also do not have a coach. 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: Philly injuries: Top-line center Sean Couturier missed Game 4 (a 5-0 loss) because of a torn MCL in his right knee. He returned and scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 and had five points (three goals, two assists) in Game 6.  Provorov played Game 6 despite an injury to his left shoulder that limited his effectiveness. He led them in postseason ice time at 24:52 per game and was matched against Penguins star Sidney Crosby all series.  "It's playoffs," said goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who didn't dress until Game 4 because of a lower-body injury. "Everyone's hurting right now. It's same for both teams." Colorado injuries: The Avalanche played without No. 1 goalie Semyon Varlamov and their best all-around defenseman, Erik Johnson. Varlamov injured his knee against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 30, two days after Johnson crashed into the boards against the Philadelphia Flyers and fractured his kneecap.  The Avalanche lost defenseman Samuel Girard for three games to a lower-body injury. He returned for Games 5 and 6. Goalie Jonathan Bernier started the first four games, but he sustained a lower-body injury in the second period of Game 4.  Andrew Hammond, who played in one NHL regular-season game, stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period after Bernier couldn't continue. He started Games 5 and 6, making 44 saves in a 2-1 win and 32 saves in the series-ending loss.  Minnesota Injuries: Two players don't make a team but losing defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise hurt -- a lot.   Suter, who led the Wild in ice time per game (26:47) and their defensemen in scoring (51 points; six goals, 45 assists), was out since March 31 with a broken right ankle.  Parise led the Wild with three goals in the series before he fractured his sternum in Game 3 and missed Games 4 and 5.   Evgeni Malkinand Carl Hagelin did not practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday and each is day to day, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said after Pittsburgh's first skate since advancing to the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals.  A lower-body injury held Malkin, the Penguins' second-line center, out of their 8-5 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round, a best-of-7 series Pittsburgh won in six games. He had five points (three goals, two assists) in five games.  Hagelin, the second-line left wing, also missed practice; he sustained an upper-body injury when taking a h
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