Rank #1: Sweep Golden Knights
Greg and Dave discuss the Vegas Golden Knights’ sweep of the LA Kings, and why they can win the Stanley Cup; the rest of the playoffs’ underwhelming first round; the wacky awards voting and why Dave hates the Selke; coaches that look like coaches, and the vacancies they might fill; the few actors to never appear in superhero films; and play along with the Taco Bell Discontinued Menu Item quiz! Sponsored by Seat Geek!
Rank #2: Connor McDavid
Greg talks with NHL MVP Connor McDavid about video games, weirdos hugging him, junk food and much more. Plus, Greg and Dave break down the Vegas Golden Knights and the expansion draft, review the NHL Awards, talk about the new Adidas jerseys, cover Dave Tippett's departure, debate Marian Hossa's retirement, celebrate a potential rules change, talk about the merits of stoner comedies, NBA offseason vs. NHL offseason and answer reader mail. Sponsored by Seat Geek and Audible!
Rank #3: Brendan Burke, NHL Preview
Greg and Dave welcome New York Islanders announcer Brendan Burke to discuss the team, rabid fans and when he gets to pee. Plus, we preview the 2017-18 NHL season with divisional predictions, break down the controversies with the Penguins and Donald Trump, talk P.K. Subban and the national anthem, debunk an NBC vs. NHL myth and wonder why Mike Milbury is announcing games. Plus your listener mail!
Rank #4: John Tavares, Traitor!
It’s the Great John Tavares Signing Fallout! Greg and Dave talk about the big free agent move for the Toronto Maple Leafs and what it means for the jersey-burning New York Islanders fans. Plus a review of all the major signings and trades of free agency; John Tortorella goes nuts on the Penguins; the concept of time travel and the existence of UFOs; whether Drew Doughty is worth the money; The Rock has a prosthetic leg; and much more in our season finale (but much more on the Patreon this summer www.patreon.com/pucksoup)!
Rank #5: Holy Shit, The Capitals Won
Dave literally takes his victory lap in backing the Washington Capitals over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Plus, previews of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, more owner hijinks with the Carolina Hurricanes and new coach Rod Brind'Amour, that time Greg went to Lilith Fair, whether we believe Brad Marchand's vow to stop licking dudes, the fall of Dennis Miller, Phil Kessel doesn't speak, whether Tom Cruise was actually funny in "Tropic Thunder," and Dave legitimately loses his mind over Nashville catfish tossing. Sponsored by Seat Geek and Zyppah!
Rank #6: Vegas Golden Knights and Daniel Negreanu
Greg and Dave are in Vegas for the Golden Knights' first home game, and talk about the incredible emotional night at the rink (and also "Sweet Golden Knights"). Plus an interview with poker legend Daniel Negreanu about the tragedy in Vegas, Leafs vs. Knights fandom, why James Woods is a dick and whether or not Phil Kessel is a good card player. They also talk Penguins at the White House and early season NHL surprises.
Rank #7: Ilya Bryzgalov
Rank #8: Our Stanley Cup Predictions
Greg and Dave break down all the Stanley Cup Playoff first-round series and pick their winners, as well as reveal their picks for the Stanley Cup Final and the eventual champ. That plus T.J. Miller calls in a bomb threat, NBC puts playoff hockey on The Golf Channel, commentary on the breakdown days for the Islanders and Canadiens and Sabres and Hurricanes, your playoff predictions and a tribute to those affected by the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos junior team. Sponsored by Seat Geek and eHarmony!
Rank #9: Trash MVP Opinions
Greg and Dave tie a bow around the NHL trade deadline; examine the media war between Vancouver and Elliotte Friedman; explain why some Hart Trophy opinions are trash, and match Oscar Best Picture nominees to MVP candidates; give your best and worst of NHL owners; praise Seattle's ticket sales; talk about biometrics and millennials; and make their full Oscar picks and sing some nominated songs. Presented by Health IQ, Seat Geek and Blue Apron.
Rank #10: Charlotte Wilder Returns
Greg and Dave welcome back SB Nation's Charlotte Wilder, fresh off her trip to the Super Bowl and the aquarium with Zach Parise. We discuss the the chaos of a big event, the Eagles parade, Tom Brady's cartoon crocodile, Snapple, their favorite Olympic sports and the heroes of curling and have a in-depth discussion about homerism in the sports media. Plus, we debate the Vegas Golden Knights' deadline plans, the NY Rangers' rebuild, the Alex Burrows suspension, "Patrik Laine" on his Players Tribune article and the cities we most want to see a championship parade take place in. Sponsored by HealthIQ, Seat Geek and Blue Apron!
Rank #11: NHL vs. NBA Playoffs
Rank #12: Patrik Elias
Greg and Dave sit down with New Jersey Devils legend Patrik Elias to discuss his number retirement, the joys and frustrations of playing the trap, and learning English by watching Rikki Lake. Plus, the boys debate the Winter Olympics, a Hockey News columnist's NHL boycott, the NY Islanders fans' anti-Garth Snow billboard, why hockey players lose lockouts, the TV doctors show scale, the Phaneuf trade and a review of Taco Bell's new Nacho Fries. Sponsored by SquareSpace and Seat Geek!
Rank #13: Caps win Cup, Jon Taffer
Rank #14: Pete Blackburn
Greg and Dave welcome Pete Blackburn from CBS Sports and the Brunch podcast to talk about the Boston Bruins and Boston sports media. Then they Rank the Chrises (Evans, Hemsworth, Pine, Pratt). Plus, the boys discuss the ESPN top 20 athletes of the last 20 years, the demise of the Blackhawks, whether or not the "popcorn trick" is real, "Black Panther," goalie interference and a challenging question of the week about being a billionaire. Brought to you by Just For Men, Health IQ and Seat Geek!
Rank #15: Live From Toronto
Greg and Dave are live from Toronto, talking with Chris Johnston and Jackie Redmond from Sportsnet and The Athletic editor James Mirtle! Plus, discussions on George Parros taking over NHL Player Safety, the Pope endorsing hockey, the new offside review rule, the Leafs and Oilers Cup chances, "Star Wars" needs a director and we play Schlemko'd, a.k.a. The Roster Game.
Rank #16: NHL Midpoint Awards
Greg and Dave give out NHL Awards at the midpoint of the season, including MVP, most disappointing player and the team that's convinced you it can actually win the Stanley Cup. Plus, Buffalo gets shafted in the Winter Classic, and our feelings on NHL outdoor games; Greg's truly insecure and bizarre rules for when to wear a Flyers jersey to a Rangers game; TV news people are weird; the best goalie in hockey; trading Max Pacioretty; fining goalies for diving; those, um, interesting All-Star Game jerseys; and you tell us how it feels to know the NHL front office picks the All-Star teams. Sponsored by Seat Geek!
Rank #17: Ngozi Ukazu and NHL Halloween
Rank #18: Stan Fischler
Greg and Dave welcome hockey legend "The Maven" Stan Fischler to discuss the end of his incredible career, era vs. era in the NHL, the demise of hockey fighting, Gary Bettman and some of his greatest hockey memories. Plus, the boys give a tribute to the Sedin twins, talk goalie interference controversies, take another run through the NHL Award, play the Channing Tatum game, talk playoffs, discuss "Dilly Dilly" vs. the PGA, rank their top five Steven Spielberg movies and discuss the changes Puck Soup fans would make in the Stanley Cup postseason. Presented by Seat Geek and Just For Men!
Rank #19: Alex Prewitt, Ottawa Drama
Greg and Dave welcome Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated to talk about the Washington Capitals' drunken celebration, goalies who poop, the NHL vs. concussions and his path in journalism. Plus, the boys break down all the drama with the Ottawa Senators, Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson; discuss the strange straw man of Alex Ovechkin criticism; predict the NHL Awards; and delve into the question of the week about a generic hockey jersey from a Snuggle commercial. Sponsored by Seat Geek!