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The NHL desk of USA TODAY Sports talks all things hockey. We'll discuss league issues and interview players, coaches and executives.

The NHL desk of USA TODAY Sports talks all things hockey. We'll discuss league issues and interview players, coaches and executives.
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The NHL desk of USA TODAY Sports talks all things hockey. We'll discuss league issues and interview players, coaches and executives.




Devils, Rangers and World Cup wrap-up

Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY Sports are joined by Bergen (N.J.) Record hockey reporter Andrew Gross. The three talk about the New Jersey Devils, especially their newest acquisition Taylor Hall, goalie Cory Schneider and the leadership of coach John Hynes. They also talk a little bit about the New York Rangers, who Andrew previously covered. Then Kevin and Jimmy recap Canada's win in the World Cup of Hockey, won by Canada, why Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger is not in the NHL...


Deep thoughts on World Cup with Bob Duff of Windsor Star

Bob Duff of the Windsor Star joins USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup to further analyze the World Cup of Hockey, particularly the talent of Team Canada and Team Russia, and what went wrong for the USA. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @ByKevinAllen and @jhascup22. Follow Bob Duff on Twitter @asktheduffer.


Hockey analytics with Rob Vollman

USA TODAY Sports' Jimmy Hascup and Kevin Allen are joined by special guest Rob Vollman, author of the "Hockey Abstract" and pioneer in the field of hockey analytics. They discuss Vollman's background in hockey and statistics, the media's role in relaying and educating fans on what all the numbers mean and various examples of how analytics identifies the lesser high-profile players -- including the Sidney Crosby of drawing penalties. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter...


Free agency recap; chat with Coyotes coach Dave Tippett

USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup wrap up the NHL's free agency period, which featured a lot of action early and not much else. They provide their favorite and least favorite signings while also giving their winners and losers of the offseason. Jimmy and Kevin then welcome Dave Tippett, Coyotes executive vice president of hockey operations and head coach, to discuss his new title, young team, new general manager and Arizona's playoff potential after an impressive offseason....


Conference finals edition

Jimmy Hascup, Kristen Shilton and Kevin Allen of USA TODAY Sports get together for an in-depth breakdown of the NHL's final four teams, and a wrap-up of the teams that fell short of the conference finals. Kevin also gives his take on Darryl Sutter's new deal with the Kings, and all three give their star of the week and penalty box selections. Rate and subscribe on iTunes: Read more from Kevin, Jimmy and Kristen at...


Pete Weber talks Predators; Boudreau out; Revised picks

The Top Shelf team of Jimmy Hascup, Kevin Allen and Kristen Shilton bring on play-by-play voice of the Predators, Pete Weber, to talk about Nashville's elimination of the Ducks and its upcoming series against the Sharks. Kristen, Kevin and Jimmy also weigh in on Anaheim's firing of coach Bruce Boudreau after a fourth consecutive Game 7 ousting, and they make ever-so-slight revisions to their postseason predictions.


Duncan Keith fallout; Jim Rutherford talks Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford joins USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup for this latest episode. Pittsburgh is currently third in the Eastern Conference, and the veteran executive discusses what has fallen into place for his Penguins. Kevin, Kristen and Jimmy then tackle Jimmy Vesey's free agency decision and, of course, the Duncan Keith fiasco, including what should happen to the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman after his vicious hit on...


GM meetings, Tyler Seguin injury, Flyers rolling

USA TODAY Sports NHL columnist Kevin Allen recaps the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. Then, he, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup discuss kids in an NHL locker room, Tyler Seguin's injury, and the surging Flyers.


Talking 'Hockey Weekend Across America' with Jim Johannson

The Top Shelf trio of Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY Sports bring on Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, to discuss the ninth annual "Hockey Weekend Across America" and several of today's young stars. Then they talk Steven Stamkos staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning and whether the recent Washington Capitals-Los Angeles Kings matchup could be a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals.


Scott, All-Star weekend don't disappoint

John Scott's road to the NHL All-Star Game was a peculiar one, so it was fitting for it all to conclude by winning the most valuable player. Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup recap an exciting and impressive weekend on location in hospitable Nashville that successfully debuted a three-on-three format and showcased how special the Detroit Red Wings' Dylan Larkin really is.


All-Star Game chatter with Predators GM David Poile

The NHL Top Shelf crew of Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup preview Nashville's All-Star Game along with special guest David Poile, the general manager of the Predators. Poile gives the lowdown on his team, which is out of a playoff spot. The trio discuss teams that should worry entering the stretch run, and conclude with their penalty box/stars segment.


Red Wings GM Ken Holland, AHL coach Roy Sommer and much more

An NHL/AHL doubleheader: First an interview with Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, followed by a sitdown with Roy Sommer, who is on the verge of becoming the AHL's all-time winningest head coach. Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup also delve into the week that was on the ice, as the All-Star break draws near.


Erik Gudbranson, Seth Jones join the show

Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY Sports are joined by Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who discusses the first-place team’s growing confidence, and Seth Jones, who talks about the blockbuster deal in which he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The trio also discuss the contract Anze Kopitar is close to signing.


On the road in Chicago; Seth Jones trade

Kristen and Kevin talk at the United Center about Kevin's time inside the glass with Pierre McGuire, the Seth Jones trade and the Kings' new acquisitions.


Original Six NHL fantasy draft breakdown

Our fantasy general managers, Pierre McGuire, Neil Smith, and Doug MacLean stop by to discuss the teams they drafted in the USA TODAY Sports original six NHL fantasy draft.


AP's Stephen Whyno; Examining staff power rankings

Soon-to-be Associated Press writer Stephen Whyno stops by to talk about hockey coverage in Canada, the Capitals' success and what team is flying under the radar. Plus Jimmy, Kevin and Kristen break down the staff power rankings.


Hall of Fame induction; What's wrong with the Penguins

Kevin Allen checks in with Jimmy Hascup and Kristen Shilton from Boston and the trio discuss Stamkos, the Penguins rebuild, Anaheim and the Tom Wilson hit.


Talking Kings with LA Times' Lisa Dillman; Assessing the Atlantic

Kevin Allen, Kristen Shilton and Jimmy Hascup of USA TODAY Sports discuss the developments from the board of governors meeting, Pascal Dupuis' retirement and the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division. Then they are joined by Lisa Dillman of the "Los Angeles Times" to discuss the Kings and Anze Kopitar’s contract. Finally, it's time to dump some players in the penalty box and nominate the stars of the week.


Doc Emrick stops by; John Scott leads All-Star voting

NBC Sports' Mike 'Doc' Emrick stops by the podcast, plus Kevin, Jimmy and Kristen discuss John Scott leading the All-Star voting.


Capitals talk; Handicapping the Thanksgiving standings

The Top Shelf crew is joined by The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshdyan to discuss the Capitals' impressive start. The trio also examines how the current standings are playing out and finishes it off with the penalty box, which Shilton wants to rebuild.