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March 31, 2018 107 mins

THN Season 2, Episode 30 (Episode 75) Show Notes 3/21-3/29


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    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:  (4 games) Thursday, 3/22:  (10 games) Friday, 3/23:  (5 games) Saturday, 3/24:  (12 games) Sunday, 3/25:  (5 games) Monday, 3/26:  (9 games) Tuesday, 3/27: (9 Games) Wednesday, 3/28:  (4 games) Thursday, 3/29:  (10 games)


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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • The National Hockey League announced Wed. the odds for the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, which will be held Saturday, April 28 in Toronto. The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall, and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.  The 15 clubs that do not qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the clubs that have acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery.  The 12 clubs not selected in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will be assigned 2018 NHL Draft selections 4 through 15, in inverse order of regular-season points.  The 2018 NHL Draft will take place at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will be held Friday, June 22. Rounds 2-7 will take place Saturday, June 23.
  • The National Hockey League's Board of Governors has approved changes to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach's Challenge - Goaltender Interference, the League announced Tuesday. The changes were recommended by the NHL's General Managers at their March Meeting and subsequently approved by the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee.  The updated rule, as written below (with changes underlined), will be implemented for games as of Wednesday, March 28.  (ii) Scoring Plays Involving Potential "Interference on the Goalkeeper"  (c) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a "GOAL" call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to "Interference on the Goalkeeper," as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.  (d) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a "NO GOAL" call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because either: (i) there was no actual contact of any kind initiated by the attacking Player with the goalkeeper; or (ii) the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper; or (iii) the attacking Player's positioning within the crease did not impair the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal and, in fact, had no discernible impact on the play.
  • The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey. A player from each team is nominated by the local chapter. Those nominations are being revealed Tuesday. The list will be narrowed to three finalists and a winner will be named at the NHL Awards show in June in Las Vegas.
  • Martin Brodeur and Sean Burke were named as Canada's co-general managers for the IIHF World Championship on Monday. The tournament will take place in Denmark from May 4-20.  Brodeur, 45, the winningest goalie in NHL history (691-397-49 with 105 ties), played all but one of his 22 seasons with the New Jersey Devils; he was a three-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time Vezina Trophy winner. Brodeur helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  Burke, 51, played for nine teams during his 18 NHL seasons, finishing with a record of 324-341-9 with 101 ties. He won a silver medal with Canada at the 1992 Albertville Olympics. 
  • Wayne Huizenga, the founding owner of the Florida Panthers, died Friday at age 80. "The Florida Panthers organization is heartbroken by the news of H. Wayne Huizenga's passing," owner Vincent J. Viola said. "Mr. Huizenga's lifelong commitment to our community, his philanthropy and his entrepreneurial spirit ensure that the Huizenga family legacy will live on in South Florida. I'm continually inspired by Wayne's example, from his vision and his civic-minded leadership, to his success fostering an environment of on-ice excellence, which continues to have a shaping influence on every step we take in the South Florida community. He will be remembered always by our Panthers family."  Huizenga headed the ownership group that was awarded an expansion franchise by the NHL in 1992. The Panthers started play in the 1993-94 season, going 33-34-17 for 83 points, the most by an NHL expansion team until the Vegas Golden Knights broke the record this season.  The Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1996 but lost in four games to the Colorado Avalanche.  Huizenga also helped secure funds for BB&T Center, which has been the Panthers' home since it opened in 1998.  On Jan. 19, the Panthers retired No. 37, Huizenga's lucky number, in his honor.  While owning the Panthers, Huizenga also owned the Miami Dolphins of the NFL and the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball, making him, for a time, one of the most dominant owners in North American professional sports.
  • "NHL on NBC" broadcaster Eddie Olczyk announced on the air Thursday that he is cancer-free. "I'm proud to say, final scan after chemo treatment... all the cancer is gone. We beat this thing," Olczyk said. "I got the call March 14 at 5:07 p.m. that my scans were clear. I never heard a better phrase in my life. Now I'm 10 days on with the rest of my life, and that's the way I'm looking at it."  The 51-year-old former NHL player was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer Aug. 4.  Olczyk was a forward for 16 seasons in the NHL and a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. 


  • Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 25.  McDavid paced the NHL with five goals and 10 points in four games (5-5-10) to move into first place in the Art Ross Trophy race and propel the Oilers (34-36-6, 74 points) to a 3-0-1 week.  Allen went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .961 save percentage to help the Blues (42 28 5, 89 points) extend their winning streak to five games and move into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Connor registered 4-2-6, including a pair of overtime goals, in three games as the Jets (46-19-10, 102 points) went 3-0-0 to clinch their third playoff berth in franchise history. 
  • Henrik Borgstrom, Ryan Donato and Adam Gaudette were named finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in NCAA hockey, Thursday.


    Power Ranking:

  • X - Nashville (1)
  • X - Tampa Bay (2)
  • X - Boston (3)
  • X - Vegas (5)
  • X - Winnipeg (4)
  • San Jose (7)
  • Washington (8)
  • Toronto (6)
  • Minnesota (9)
  • Pittsburgh (11)
  • Anaheim (12)
  • Los Angeles (13)
  • Colorado (10)
  • Columbus (14)
  • Philly (15)
  • Florida (18)
  • St Louis (16)
  • New Jersey (19)
  • Carolina (22)
  • Dallas (17)
  • e - Calgary (20)
  • e - Rangers (21)
  • e - Edmonton (24)
  • e - Islanders (23)
  • e - Chicago (25)
  • e - Montreal (27)
  • e - Detroit (26)
  • e - Vancouver (30)
  • e - Arizona (29)
  • e - Ottawa (28)
  • e - Buffalo (31)

    Looking ahead: 

    Bos:  vs TBL on 3/29, vs FLA on 3/31, @ PHI on 4/1, @ TBL on 4/3, @ FLA on 4/5

    Car:  @ WSH on 3/30, vs NYR on 3/31, @ FLA on 4/2, @ PHI on 4/5

    NYR: vs TBL on 3/30, @ CAR on 3/31, @ NJD on 4/3, @NYI on 4/5

    Other Notable games:

    Thursday, 3/29:  (10 games) Friday, 3/30:  (6 games) Saturday, 3/31:  (12 games) Sunday, 4/1: (5 games) Monday, 4/2: (6 games) Tuesday, 4/3: (9 Games) Wednesday, 4/4: (3 games) Thursday, 4/5: (10 games) Only 20 more NHL games after 4/5…



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