Puck Podcast – January 3rd, 2009

In this weeks episode of the Puck Podcast we talk about the Bruins dominating first half and whether or not they are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. We also discuss the amazing season that Blue Jackets rookie Steve Mason has had so far, we have a complete recap of the Winter Classic, news on a trade that sent a friend of the show north of the border and some troubling news out of Russia.

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Doug Stolhand is one of the co-founders and co-hosts of the Puck Podcast and has been a member of the NHL media since the show's inception in 2006.


  1. If Chicago doesn’t resign Havlat, and Florida trades Vokoun, will there be any Czechs on the ice for the ’09 season opener in Prague?

  2. Hi Guys,
    1st time listener to your podcast and really enjoyed it. Although i am 37, i have only just been interested in ice hockey and in particular the NHL over the last 4 months. Coming from the UK, there’s not a lot of coverage of the NHL although i have now subscribed to the only pay channel here in the UK (NASN) which I have really enjoyed watching live matches (not to mention the Winter Classic) and latest gossip. Puck Podcast is a great listen alongside this and looking forward to listening more in the future.



  3. Simon,
    Thanks for posting and for listening to the show! Eddie and I are always happy to hear from the listeners, especially ones that are living outside of North America. I do have two questions for you. How did you happen to find our show? What’s your favorite team and how did they become your favorite?

    I’m glad you enjoyed the show and hope you are a loyal listener for years to come.

    Doug Stolhand

  4. Does anyone have any picks for the World Junior Championship Gold and Bronze Medal Games tommorow.

    Bronze Medal
    Slovakia VS. Russia

    Gold Medal
    Sweden VS. Canada

    In case your wondering what happen with the USA, they lost to Slovakia in the Quarterfinals. The USA goaltending was honderous in our game against SVK back on Friday night.

    The USA plays the Czech Republic for 5th place tonight.

  5. Hi Doug,

    1) I found the show through searching NHL on iTunes

    2) My favourite team are the Detroit Redwings. Long story this one but as i said earlier, not paid any attention to the NHL until I bought NHL 09 for the 360 and loved it (still do) so much that i started to pay more attention to the real NHL. Anyway, tried a few teams while playing NHL 09 but ended up with the Redwings as their home jersey is similar to my local football (or soccer as it’s known in the US) team which I support (Middlesbrough FC). Pretty silly reason I know but as I didn’t have a clue before, I thought it was a good enough excuse. Since then i’ve played only as the Redwings. Only to find out later that they are the current holders of the Stanley Cup!!.
    Must say though that i’m enjoying watching all the games (whoever plays) and keep up to date through NASN (and now yourselves)



  6. Dear Eddie & Doug

    Firstly Thankyou for your podcasts they are brilliant, we dont get much hockey on the TV/Radio so your show is a must every week.
    What i would like to pick you up on is the issue you both have with the NHL teams starting the season abroad, i was in LONDON when the Hawks played the Habs in Aug 92 (The Habs went on to win the Stanley cup that year) and again when the Rangers played the Leafs a year later(The Rangers went on the win the Stanley cup that year to)
    Sadly i was not able to attend the Ducks game last year but i can only congratulate the NHL for letting the rest of the world see what the North Americans take for granted, long may it continue.
    As a fair exchange i understand our Premier league football teams sometimes tour the USA pre-season so it isn’t just the NHL who are trying to let everyone else see different sports, come on guys learn to share !!


    Dave(the Little-Linesman)Warman

  7. While we were not able to get to the Winter Classic, my wife and I were at the Joe two days earlier for the 4-0 blanking of Chicago by Detroit. 4th row, section 123 (next to the bench), and it was fantastic – especially for my wife’s first NHL game. She got a practice puck and met Rafalski and Datsuk (her fave Wing) after the game, and got their autographs on the puck. We also hit Cheli’s before the game and Hockeytown Cafe after. I am afraid I may have set the bar pretty high – she is still ecstatic.

    I think Chicago’s last loss before their great winning streak was also to the Wings. All roads to the cup will be passing thru Detroit this year, for sure.

  8. Hey guys,

    I’ve been a huge hockey fan for years and recently discovered your show and love it. Can’t get enough pucks. I just listened to your most recent show and wanted to share the comments that I was making to myself.

    1. I find it ironic that Peter Forsberg’s health is being asked about by Adam FOOTE. That’s like Jeff Finger asking Joe Sakic when he’ll be back.

    2. When the Canadiens played their “home” game in Florida, it was the 3,000th regular season win in franchise history, so that may explain the disproportionally large Habs crowd. Also, I’m in total agreement that this really is the team’s 99th season.

    3. The Grand Rapids Griffins won’t play the Worcester Sharks this year, but I’d like to see an AHL rematch of Darren McCarty vs. Claude Lemieux.

    Lookin’ forward to the next show!

  9. I’m a little behind on shows (My iPod crashed and I’ve been hit with multiple viruses daily since the week of Christmas. I’ll catch up sooner or later. Hope everyone’s holidays and new year were happy.

  10. The 2nd leg of the IIHF Champions League was played eariler today and for the Championship this year, it will be Russia VS. Switzerland.

    For Metallurg, it took a 3-1 win do that. Since Salavat Yulayev Ufa won the 1st leg 2-1 back in December. It took an OT Period where no one scored, then a shootout to determine the series winner. Metallurg won the shootout 3-1 to clinch a spot in the final. A very close and low scoring series where the goaltending and defense was a big factor. Metallurg was considered the underdog against the defending Russian Champions.

    For the ZSC Lions, this is the biggest honor in the history of ice hockey in Switzerland. ZSC took both games in the semifinal, back in December, Zurich deffated Espoo 6-3 and then eariler today they won in very convincing fashion which included a dominating fashion 4-1 in Finland. A big part of the advancing which had a great PP which scored twice in the 1st period. For ZSC and the entire NLA as a whole, they convinced everyone that they deserved 2 teams in the Champions League where SC Bern won the Champions League Qualifer and did very well in their group during the group stage. This is the 1st time that a Swiss team, club or country had made it to the final of a major event.

    My Finals predicition: I have Metallurg winning in a close hard fought battle throughout the 2 games later this month. ZSC is defently capeable of winning here, if Salavat were in the final. I think they would be a big favorite, This final is going to be fantastic.

    BTW: Home Ice Advantage is determined by both the group stage record and the total agg. score of the semifinal series. The team hosting the 2nd leg has home ice advantage because they will have an idea of what is needed to win the series. Because ZSC had a better Group Stage Record and a better agg. score during the Semifinal, ZSC has home ice in the Championship Series.

    The Road to the Final

    Metallurg Magnitogorsk:
    Group Stage: 3-0-0-1 9PTS 11-5
    Oct. 23: At Karpat Oulu 2-0 (W)
    Oct. 30: VS Eisbaren Berlin 5-2 (W)
    Nov. 19: VS Karpat Oulu 3-1 (W)
    Dec. 3: At Eisbaren Berlin 1-2 (L)

    Dec. 10: VS Salavat Yulayev Ufa 1-2 (L)
    Jan. 7: At Salavat Yulayev Ufa 3-1 (W)*

    *Won Tiebreaking Shootout to advance to Final

    Zurich SC Lions
    Group Stage: 3-0-1-0 10PTS 20-11
    Oct. 23: AT HC Linkopings 7-2 (W)
    Oct. 30: VS Slavia Prague 4-5 (OTL)
    Nov. 19: VS HC Linkopings 4-3 (W)
    Dec. 3: At Slavia Prague 5-1 (W)

    Dec. 10: VS Espoo Blues 6-3 (W)
    Jan. 7: At Espoo Blues 4-1 (W)

    Finals Schedule
    Janaury 21: At Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    Janaury 28: At Zurich SC Lions

  11. What did everybody think of the bitting incident eariler this week between Buffalo and Ottawa back on Tuesday night.

    To me, this is one of the weirdest things i’ve heard in a hockey game and their is no grounds for bitting ever. That’s grade school tatics…………. NO NO Pre School tatics that was so redicouls.

    Jarkko Rutu who bit the fingers of Buffalo Sabres Defensemen Andrew Peters was suspendised 2 games for the inicdent without pay. He should be humilitued for this.

  12. I know NHL 09 for the PS3 was mentioned but does anyone have it for the 360?. Have to say that it was my most played game of 2008. Anyone who wants a few games just give me a shout. Gamertag – sinky72

  13. Hey Simon,

    I am originally from South Dakota (which is almost a foreign country) and my love of the NHL also started from video games. NHL 94 to be exact. A lot of people probably wonder why I am a Pens fan in the State of Hockey. I played the Penguins because of their insane roster: Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens, Ron Francis, Rick Tocchet, Martin Straka, Dave Tippett, Ulf Samuelsson, and Tom Barrasso. So after playing the game for a while I started watching the NHL. Since I knew the names of the players from the game I followed Pens and they became my team.

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