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OTPP: Outdoor Games, Erik Karlsson Rumours, John Tortorella Blowups, World Juniors and More

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

OTPP: Outdoor Games, Erik Karlsson Rumours, John Tortorella Blowups, World Juniors and More

The NHL's attention is focused on Ottawa this week. The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators go outdoors to play in the NHL100 Classic. Have outdoor games jumped the shark? What is the experience like? And what should the NHL expect with two teams in the bottom six of the NHL standings.

Off-ice issues have taken over in Ottawa as well. Erik Karlsson rumours are running wild as the team asked for his no-trade list. Mike Hoffman, Cody Ceci and Derek Brassard are also in rumours. What will happen in the nation's capital?

The Adidas/Fanatics jersey deal is looked at, and Ben is not pleased. What has got him going this week?

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost 7-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, and coach John Tortorella was not pleased. He refused to answer media questions. The boys give their thoughts. It evolves into a discussion of the Blue Jackets chances of winning a cup.  Are they a contender or pretender?

The boys also look ahead to the World Juniors. Should Nolan Patrick and Tyson Jost have been loaned to Team Canada. Is keeping struggling players in the NHL best for development? How does Canada look without them? Who will be the key players? Who is the toughest competition this year? And how do the boys feel about another outdoor game?

All that and more in today's edition of On the Power Play.

 

 

 

 

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Last Word on the Habs Pod - Episode 11 (Are the Montreal Canadiens Mediocre?)

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news. This week: Are the Montreal Canadiens Mediocre? 

Last Word on the Habs Pod - Episode 11 (Are the Montreal Canadiens Mediocre?)

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

This week we talked losses to the St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames, and the blow out loss to the Edmonton Oilers. We considered the benefits of mediocrity, Claude Julien's approach in OT, and lamented the Alex Galchenyuk situation. This week we were joined by John Fischer, founder and managing editor of the All About the Jersey at SB Nation, to talk the New Jersey Devils. We revisited our rebuild talk and Marc Bergevin's challenges. Finally, we concluded by looking at the week ahead. This includes Thursday nights game against the high flying New Jersey Devils. The Habs start an extended road trip on Saturday against the struggling Ottawa Senators.

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 11 Rundown

Introduction, Hiatus, and Habs Losses at Home (00:00 – 12:45)

A Meditation on Mediocrity (12:46 – 16:57)

Mis-using Alex Galchenyuk: Redux (16:58 – 28:30)

Millennials, Mentality, and Old School Hockey (28:31 - 39:38)

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (39:39 - 40:13)

Guest: John Fischer (40:14 – 1:06:01)

The Habs Week Ahead (1:06:02 – 1:17:06)

Revisiting the Rebuild (1:17:07 - 1:28:27)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

Special thanks to John Fischer. You can find his work at All About the Jersey and on twitter @JKFischer. Here are some of the articles he mentioned.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 15): NFL Week 14 Preview! Plus a Breakdown of the AFC Wild Card Race

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 14 matchups. He also touches on the Bills injury issues, discusses the Odell Beckham-Tom Brady debate, and ponders just how vulnerable the Eagles really are. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 10 (Have the Montreal Canadiens Turned it Around?)

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

This week we talked about wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens faced the Detriot Red Wings twice this week and won big. Paul Byron scored his first hat-trick. We talked about Carey Price. Since his return, Price has gone 5-0-0 and stopped 150 of 156 shots. His 1.20 GAA. .962 SA% is a far cry from his poor start. With no guest, Connor and Johannes delved into the benefits of the weak Atlantic division and revisited our rebuild discussion/debate. We concluded by commenting on the coverage of the Daniel Briere memoir in which he highlighted Michel Therrien's approach to "motivational" coaching.

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 10 Rundown

Introduction and Habs at Home (00:00 – 05:15)

Habs Wins Last Week (05:16 – 22:32)

Carey Price: From Rumors to Resurgence in Montreal  (22:33 – 26: 00)

Key Players and Performances (26:01 - 39: 24)

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (39:25 - 39:39)

Revisiting the Rebuilding the Canadiens Debate (40:00 – 1:01:46)

The Habs Week Ahead (1:01:47 – 1:07:53)

Covering the Coverage: Briere, Therrien and TSN 690 (1:07: 54 - 1:23:25)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

Johannes and Connor shared some of their favorite recent pieces of writing.

Johannes Wheeldon

Connor Lapalme

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 14): NFL Week 13 Preview! Plus Nik Rants About Eli Manning

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 13 matchups. He also breaks down the crowded NFC Playoff Picture, ponders if the Falcons are finally who we thought they were, and can’t resist ranting about the benching of Eli Manning. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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OTPP: Carey Price Returns, Matt Duchene Struggles, Carey Price Confounds

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

OTPP: Meet Our New Co-Host

Our former co-host Dave Gove has gone back to school. While he no longer has the time to podcast every week, he will be back as a guest. After several weeks of hiatus, as Ben searched far and wide for a new co-host though, we have finally found someone worthy of the OTPP shoes. Welcome Colton Praill to the madhouse. 

Carey Price Returns

Carey Price has put together two strong games. Can the Montreal Canadiens breathe easier and start to climb up the standings? Can he mask the team's holes? Is their any NHL player more important to their team? 

Matt Duchene Struggles

In eight games since being traded to the Ottawa Senators, Matt Duchene has just one goal, no assists and is a -10. The team is also struggling. What is happening with Duchene? What is happening with the Senators? How does Erik Karlsson look after his ankle surgery?

Kris Russell Confounds

The Edmonton Oilers were supposed to be contenders. However, they have struggled out of the gate.  Colton and Ben break down the reasons.  They look at the blue line, the play of Cam Talbot, the off-season moves of Peter Chiarelli and more. They also get into the team's cap crunch, and what the Kris Russell and Milan Lucic contracts mean going forward. Is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins destined to be traded? What will be the return?

Injuries and New Age Thinking

Our hosts finish up by talking about goalie injuries. The discussion ends up leading to a discussion of modern training, plyometrics, acrobatics, yoga, and GPS-based monitoring systems. Is this the cutting edge of hockey? How can teams take advantage?

 

All this and more as we go On the Powerplay.

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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 9 (Montreal Canadiens Price is Back and Very Very Good)

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 9 (Montreal Canadiens Price is Back and Very Very Good)

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

This week we talked about a win versus the Buffalo Sabres and the return of Carey Price. This was a good end to not a great week with a loss to Alexander Radulov the Dallas Stars. In that game, for the ninth time this season, they allowed two goals in under a minute. The Canadiens also lost to P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators in the shootout was perhaps a better effort. We are joined by Colton Prail, Managing Editor at Last Word on Hockey, who told us how Last Word influenced his career path. We looked to the week ahead with games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, and an away and home series against the Detroit Red Wings

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 9 Rundown

Introduction and Check In (00:00 – 02:30)

The Habs Last Week (02:31 – 24:06)

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (23:50 - 24:24)

Guest: Colton Prail (24:42 – 59:11)

The Habs Week Ahead (59:29 - 1:13:37)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

Special thanks to Colton Prail You can find his work at Last Word on Hockey and on twitter @ColtonPraill. Here are some of the articles he mentioned.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 13): NFL Week 12 Preview! Plus Nik Breaks Down the Dallas Cowboys Skid

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 12 matchups. He also compares the slumping Chiefs and Bills, discusses Minnesota’s “QB controversy,” and talks about what he likes to call “FitzMagic.” Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 8 (Montreal Canadiens Catastrophe or Crossroads?)

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

 

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

Things are not going well for the Montreal. This week we talked about some losses against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Arizona Coyotes. We revisited the lines for 3 on 3 and talked old school versus modern approaches to the game. This week we are joined by TSN 690's Sean Campbell, the voice of the Laval Rocket. The conversation touched on how he broke into radio, talking with fans on the postgame show, and finding his own approach in radio. We concluded by looking at the week ahead. This included last Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs This week the Habs face Alexander Radulov and the Dallas Stars, and P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators. The week concludes with the third meeting against the Buffalo Sabres.

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 8 Rundown

Introduction and Catch Up (00:00 – 02:15)

Montreal Canadiens Games Last Week (02: 16 – 25:49)

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (25:50 - 26:24)

Guest: Sean Campbell (26:25 – 1:18:40)

The Habs Week Ahead (1:18:55 – 1:28:27)

Reflection on Sean Campbell Interview (1: 28: 28 - 1:32:40) 

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

Special thanks to Sean Campbell. You can find his work at TSN 690 and on twitter @seanrcampbell. Here is a link to his show with Mitch Gallo, the Habs Hot Topic. They call it "radio done differently."

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 12): NFL Week 11 Preview! Plus Nik Previews the NFL Thanksgiving Day Matchups

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 11 matchups. He also breaks down the Saints running game, discusses the race for the #1 pick, and wonders if Pittsburgh has finally figured it out. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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