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Hockey Players Club Podcast, Episode 29

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With Rubeo in Spain for a couple weeks, KittelbergerKustron and Schwartz hold down the fort.


Ted Lindsay Award Finalists:

  • Nikita Kucherov – Led the NHL in scoring with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists) to win the Art Ross Trophy.
  • Patrick Kane – Third in the NHL with 44 goals, 66 assists and 110 points. The first United States-born player to win the award in 2016.
  • Connor McDavid – Second in the NHL in scoring. NHL career-high 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists). Won the award in each of the past two seasons.

Jack Adams Award Finalists:

  • Craig Berube – Blues were last in the NHL on Jan 2, went 38-19-6 under Berube and made the playoffs.
  • Jon Cooper – Lightning 62-16-4, 128 points. 62 wins tied the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the NHL single-season record, and Tampa Bay finished 21 points ahead of the 2nd place Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins (107 points each). Best PP and PK in the NHL.
  • Barry Trotz – Islanders (48-27-7) finished fifth in the League with 103 points, a 23-point increase from 2017-18. Gave up an NHL-low 191 goals after allowing a League-high 293 in 2017-18. Lost Tavares in free agency and expected to miss the playoffs.

Calder Trophy Finalists:

  • Jordan Binnington – Made his first NHL start Jan. 7 and went 24-5-1 with a 1.89 GAA, a .927 SV% and five SOs in 32 games. Led the NHL in GAA and was fourth in SV%.
  • Elias Pettersson – Canucks rookie-record 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) in 71 games. Led rookies in goals, assists, and points.
  • Rasmus Dahlin – Led rookie defensemen in points (44), assists (35) and PP points (20), and finished second in goals (nine) and average ice time (21:09) behind Miro Heiskanen.

Hart Trophy Finalists:

  • Nikita Kucherov
  • Connor McDavid
  • Sidney Crosby

Wrap-Up the First Round

  • 1st time in NHL history (and in any of the 4 major sports leagues) all division winners were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. All 4 wild card teams still alive.
  • Only 6 of the top 25 scorers from the regular season are still alive in the playoffs.
  • John Klingberg scored series clinching goal in OT and Dallas knocked out Nashville with a 2-1 victory in game 6 at home.
  • Carolina won game 6 at home 5-2 and then won game 7 in Washington 4-3 in 2OT. Brock McGinn with series clinching goal, assisted by “Mr. Game 7”.
  • Boston dominated and won game 7 at home 5-1 over Toronto.
  • San Jose with a crazy game 7 comeback win. Down 3-0 with under 11 minutes left in the 3rd. 5-minute major to Eakin for cross-checking Pavelski. Sharks score 4 goals on the PP to take 4-3 lead. Marchessault scores with 47 seconds left to send game to OT. Barclay Goodrow (played only 7:26) scores at 18:19 of OT to eliminate Vegas.
    • Should NHL have replay review for penalties? Only major penalties? Should everything be reviewable?

Round 2


BOS v. CBJ: 2-1 CBJ

Coyle scores GTG and then GWG in OT in game 1.

Duchene with GWG on PP in 2OT in game 2.

Bobrovsky stops 36/37 in 2-1 game 3 win. Marchand’s punch to Harrington: worth a suspension?

-Wayne Gretzky weighs in on Brad Marchand’s Game 3 punchhttps://www.nbcsports.com/boston/bruins/wayne-gretzky-weighs-brad-marchands-game-3-punch

NYI v. CAR: 3-0 CAR

Jordan Staal with GWG in OT in game 1.

Carolina loses 3 more players to injury in game 2, including Mrazek, but McElhinney doesn’t allow a goal in relief and Canes win 2-1.

5-2 CAR win in game 3. Williams with GWG in 3rd.

-Carolina Hurricanes Twitter account murders the New York Islanders .://www.golfdigest.com/story/carolina-hurricanes-twitter-account-murders-the-new-york-islanders-this-series-is-all-but-over


STL v. DAL: 2-2

2 goals from Tarasenko lead Blues to 3-2 win in game 1.

Bishop (32 saves) and Roope Hintz (2G,1A) lead Stars to 4-2 win in game 2.

Teams exchange 4 goals in 5 minutes late in the 3rd but Maroon’s goal with 1:38 left gives Blues the 4-3 win in game 3.

4-2 Stars win in game 4.

SJ v. COL: 2-1 SJ

Burns with 1G,3A in 5-2 game 1 win.

Burns (2G,1A) and Barrie (1G,2A) both with 3 points as Avs win 4-3 in game 2.

Couture hat trick in 4-3 win in game 3.


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Brad Marchand is still doing Brad Marchand things…

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How about this goalie getting trucked?  The players on the other team respond accordingly.

Jack Hughes tied Ovie’s U18 all-time World Junior point record (31) on a beauty goal. Hughes will play for the US at the World Championships.

Weekly Picks:

Patrick Raymer out of Stouffville, Ontario scored 19 points in last week’s Weekly Picks, earning himself a free $20 HPC gift card. Congrats, Patrick! But get yourself a profile pic, would ya?!

A new slew of 9 questions were posted this week for an opportunity to earn points towards a free gift card and the playoff prize pack: an HPC XV3 hockey stick, Power Play hat, vintage tee, and accessory bag.

Place your Weekly Picks now!

Top Shelf Trivia:

Kus brought this week’s Top Shelf Trivia with the career playoff marks in mind.

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Looking to improve your game and score more goals? Check out the video Schwartz and Rubeo made about improving your catch-and-release shooting:

And don’t forget to check out our:

Shooting in Your Stride To Score More Goals Like Phil Kessel [VIDEO]

VIDEO: 5 Drills to Improve Your Snapshot

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