Episode 0157: Beanpot Review, Bouwmeester Recovering, Boudreau Fired, Another Krug Milestone, Kane & Lauzon Suspended, Sharks & Wings Issues and So Much More!

February 16th, 2020

This week's episode is completely packed with topics for open discussion so without further ado here we go...

We start with a Beanpot review of the consolation and championship games.  We move on to a quick comment on Jay Bouwmeester and his recovery from a cardiac episode.  Torey Krug has hit yet another milestone with the Bruins.  Tenth defenseman in team history to have 5+ years of 8+ goals.  Five of the players on that list are in the hall of fame and one will go in when he retires.  By the way, Krug remains unsigned after this season.  Jeremy Lauzon and Evander Kane have received suspensions for questionable hits.  We break down San Jose as they are clearly having issues this season beyond goaltending.  Geoff Ward is the interim head coach in Calgary.  We discuss what it might take to have the interim tag removed.  Bruce Boudreau has been fired by the Wild, but Guerin hasn't stopped there.  He has also dealt Zucker to the Pens and has stated that if players don't show effort, then there could be more moves. Helene St. James wrote an article for the Detroit Free Press regarding what the Wings should do at the deadline.  One of the moves may be more controversial than we think.  Finally, the Sedins have had their jerseys retired.  A packed show to be sure so talk amongst yourselves, share with friends, let us know what you think and...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0156: Our ECHL Experience, Beanpot Tournament, Lauzon Hit & Hearing, L.A./Toronto Trade, Elvis For Calder, Add One and More!

February 9th, 2020

UPDATE!  The correct podcast recording from February 9th has been added.  Our apologies to all our listeners and thanks to those that noticed the incorrect recording and let us know.  As always, Enjoy the Show!

The Two Man Forecheck Hockey Tour continues as we discuss both the opening games of the Beanpot Tournament and our experience with the ECHL.  We break down the first two games with BU being the surprise winner in game two of the tournament.  Ashton Abel, BU goaltender is an early leader for tournament MVP.  The Worcester Railers and Atlanta Gladiators met for the first time ever in Worcester, Mass for an ECHL tilt.  Neither team is having a stellar season at this point and we talk about the entertainment factor for this game.  Jeremy Lauzon was given a match penalty for his hit on Derek Stepan and is scheduled to receive a phone call from the league offices today.  Was his hit worthy of suspension?  Let us know what you think.  Los Angeles and Toronto made a deal that got the Leafs a goaltender, but is it enough?  Robin Lehner gives an interview in which he discusses goalie stats that may allow for better goalie comparisons across the league.  Elvis has entered the building and may leave it at the end of the season with the Calder Trophy.  We talk about the lack of a GM in New Jersey and close with a fan favorite segment...Add One!  Give us a listen, share and Enjoy the Show!  Oh yeah, and vote in the Twitter Poll below!

 https://twitter.com/pucksage/status/1226566487273504768

 

 

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Episode 0155: B’s Post All Star Break, Ovi Ties Pasta (Briefly), Coyotes Being Investigated, Hertl Out For Season, Seattle Q & A, Beanpot Preview, Gibson’s Mask and More!

February 2nd, 2020

As we emerge from the All Star Break, some teams may find themselves a bit rusty, be we at the Two Man Forecheck are still at the top of our game.  This week we start with a brief discussion about the Bruins first two games post All Star Game and how they have fared.  Ovechkin has caught Pastrnak for the league lead in goals, until tonight when Pasta pulled ahead again.  The Coyotes are being investigated for giving prospects fitness tests prior to the combine, something that is frowned upon by the NHL.  Why are they being singled out?  Tell us what you think.  Tomas Hertl is out for the season after injuring his knee.  He will be having surgery on Monday to repair both ACL and MCL damage.  How does this affect the Sharks going forward?  We talk about the new franchise in Seattle, break down some Q&A and discuss the leak of their potential new name.  The Beanpot Tournament in Boston will take place on the next two mondays and we will be present to get you a firsthand account of the action.  We preview it here.  Finally, John Gibson pays tribute to Kobe Bryant and the individuals who passed away last weekend with a goalie mask that has to be seen.  Give us a listen and Enjoy the Show!

 

 

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Episode 0154: All Star Weekend, Revisiting Boston/Minnesota Trade, Toronto/Buffalo Issues, Lindblom Back on the Ice, Twitter Poll, Over/Under and More!

January 26th, 2020

All Star Weekend has happened and we briefly touch on the results.  We re-visit the Coyle/Donato trade from last year.  We look into the issues with both Buffalo and Toronto as make or break teams.  Guess which way we vote.  Oskar Lindblom, diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma is back on the ice in Philly.  Not anywhere near game ready, but skating is a very good sign.  All positive thoughts and prayers go to him and his family.  We delve into the latest Twitter Poll results and reveal who we would vote into the hall of fame from this list.  We close this week's show with another rousing rendition of Over/Under with a trade deadline theme.  All this and so much more!  Give us a listen, share your thoughts and opinions and...Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0153: Gallant Fired, Kovi Reinvigorated, The Calder Race, Kassian Suspended, Backes Waived, Krejci Out, Ovi Top 10, Over/Under and More!

January 19th, 2020

We are fast approaching the All-Star Break and will start seeing bye weeks in the NHL, but some other goings on have taken place in the past week.  Gerard Gallant has been fired by the Vegas Golden Knights, who have hired Peter DeBoer as their new head coach.  Ilya Kovalchuk has been reinvigorated in Montreal, amassing 8 points in 8 games since his arrival.  The Calder Race is heating up, and for those of you who believe it is Cale Makar’s to lose, there is a new name to add to the list…Elvis Merzlikins.  Zach Kassian has received a two-game suspension for his behavior against Matthew Tkachuk recently.  David Backes has been waived by the Bruins and cleared to Providence.  Karson Kuhlman has returned and had himself a multipoint game.  Krejci is out with a perceived lower back injury.  Ovechkin has cracked the top 10 in goals scored all time and Tuukka Rask has played 500 games in the NHL.  Finally, we have brought back one of our favorite segments…Over/Under.  A big show to be sure so give us a listen, vote in our Twitter Poll (link below) give us your feedback and…Enjoy the Show!

 

https://twitter.com/pucksage/status/1218945411219623936

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Episode 0152: Hynes Hired in Nashville, Krug Contract?, Kassian Loses It, Our Schedule, NWHL All Star Game, Williams Back in Carolina, Toffoli Rumors, Predictions and More!

January 12th, 2020

January is in full effect mode, but news is getting thin.  With this in mind, we present you with another glorious episode of the Two Man Forecheck.  John Hynes has been hired as new head coach of Nashville with the firing of Peter Laviolette.  Strange move that elicits some thoughts from Mike and I.  Torey Krug is in need of a new contract in Boston, but will he get what he deserves there or will he be moved?  Zach Kassian laid a beating on Matthew Tkachuk after a legal hit.  Why did he do this?  Player Safety is now involved.  We discuss our schedule in the near future which involves a trip to the Bean Pot tournament and an ECHL experience.  The NWHL is having their All Star weekend in Boston at the Warrior Ice Arena and you can watch the game from the penalty box!  Justin Williams has returned to the NHL and Carolina.  What should the expectations be for the Hurricanes with him back in the fold?  Tyler Toffoli is rumored to be heading to the Bruins at the deadline.  Why are they waiting?  Is he the answer?  Finally, ESPN has published 31 predictions for the NHL second half of the season.  Most are outside the lines, but there are a couple that bear some thought.  Give us a listen, share your opinions and Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0151: B’s Issues, Burke/Larkin Comments, Tortorella Gold, NHL Surprises, Scandella Dealt, Sharks 2 Problems, 3 Things We’d Like to See

January 5th, 2020

The Holidays are over but the hockey continues.  This week we delve deep into the Bruins issues this season including the unbalanced lines and lack of scoring depth.  Should they have some kind of shake up and what is the fallout from Marchand's All Star snub.  Brian Burke has something to say to Dylan Larkin after the latter has stated that fans should not vote for him because he would rather have the time off from the All Star break.  John Tortorella has had some famous rants in the past, and he made one recently that most fans should agree with.  Jake Guentzel is hurt and may not return at all this season.  Marco Scandella has been traded to the Canadiens but that isn't the only move made by the Habs as they have also signed Ilya Kovalchuk.  We talk about Draisaitl's hit/elbow on Torey Krug.  We also give our surprises for the first half of the season and three things we would both like to see happen in the future.  Lots of content to listen to and comment on, so give us a listen, let us know what you think and Enjoy the Show!  Happy New Year all!

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Episode 0150: Halak 50 Shutouts, B’s and ‘Hawks Injury Bugs, Brent Seabrook, Top 100 List, Top 5 Under the Radar, Beauvillier Tweeting and More!

December 29th, 2019

The Holidays are in full swing and so are we at the Two Man Forecheck.  Today we talk about…

Jaroslav Halak now has 50 shutouts in his career, third most among active goaltenders.

The injury bug has hit the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks pretty hard.  Brent Seabrook in particular is looking at a long recovery period after surgeries are expected on both hips and his shoulder.

We break down the top 100 players of the decade list from ESPN and Greg Wyshynski.  Here is the link:  https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/28325227/the-top-100-nhl-players-decade

We also break down the top 5 Under The Radar players as written by Adam Gretz.  Again, here is the link:  https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2019/12/20/nhl-philadelphia-flyers-ivan-provorov-teuvo-teravainen-great-nhl-performances/

Finally we have a little fun with Anthony Beauvillier tweeting Anna Kendrick and predict the winner of the Winter Classic. 

Thank you for another great year and we will be back in 2020.  Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 0149: Ron Francis, Kevan Miller Done?, Kovalchuk Out in L.A., Rakell to Boston?, Hall to Arizona, McAvoy Not Scoring, B’s Coaching Change? and So Much More!

December 22nd, 2019

The Christmas holiday is right around the corner but the hockey season continues on (with a brief break around the holiday).  This week the Forecheckers discuss Ron Francis, GM of the new Seattle franchise, and his role in the physical abuse scandal that saw Bill Peters resign as head coach of the Flames.  We talk about the active games leaders and Chara’s place in it with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.  Kovalchuk has been waived and terminated in L.A., but is there a place for him in the NHL?  With Hall traded, which we also break down, should the Bruins focus on Rickard Rakell?  Charlie McAvoy has still not scored this season, should there be concern, and what of the Bruins d-man Kevan Miller…is he done?  Should the Bruins also consider a coaching change considering the current show of form with the team?  You’d be surprised.  Give us a listen, definitely tell us what you think and…Enjoy the Show! 

 

Happy Holidays to everyone from the Two Man Forecheck!

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Episode 0148: Housely in Arizona, DeBoer Out in SJ, Montgomery Out in Dallas, Where Will Hall Land?, Tocchet For the Adams, Blashill on Slow Burn, Lindblom Diagnosis, Twitter Poll and So Much More!

December 15th, 2019

This week the Forecheckers appear to be focusing on the coaches around the league.  There have been 3 coaches relieved of duties and this week we touch on both Peter DeBoer of San Jose and Jim Montgomery of the Dallas Stars.  We open with a brief discussion on Phil Housely and his Coyotes defense.  We break things up by talking about the potential trade of Taylor Hall and where he is likely to land, with a lenthy discussion around Ottawa being a potential landing zone for the winger.  We give some much needed love to Rick Tocchet for the Jack Adams and talk about why Jeff Blashill (Red Wings) isn’t on a hot seat.  We wish much good fortune and a speedy recovery to Oskar Lindblom of the Flyers after being diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma and close the show with last week’s Twitter Poll results.  Here is the link for this week’s poll: 

 

https://twitter.com/pucksage/status/1206267462708277256

 

Give us a listen, send us your feedback and…Enjoy the Show!

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