This Week: You get an instigator! You get an instigator! Everybody on the Toronto Maple Leafs gets an instigator! 

The instigator penalty makes a comeback, Bruins’ Marchand mouths off, Habs’ Gallagher lays into referee Pierre Lambert, Oilers’ Draisaitl fined for taking out Horvat’s knee, Wild’s Duhaime tossed for Harley hit, Jackets’ Kuraly has boarding major reduced after review, a Rangers’ no-goal results in one of the longest reviews of the year, a quick whistle costs the Flames a goal vs. Leafs, CBJ’s Fantilli penalized for ‘sportsmanlike’ conduct, and… finally… NHL NFTs!



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The Scouting The Refs Podcast is a weekly look at the world of officiating and player safety within the National Hockey League, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world. We’ll break down the calls and the rules behind them to help understand why a penalty or suspension was – or wasn’t – handed out. 

Todd Lewis is a veteran broadcaster covering the NHL and other major league sports. Lewis is a former host on the NHL Network and on NHL Network Radio. He’s also worked for TSN, Sportsnet as a host/anchor and is a producer of other programs. 

Josh Smith is the founder of Scouting the Refs, the leading independent site related to hockey officiating which follows hockey officials across the NHL, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world, including news, rule changes and interpretations, suspensions, and statistics on officials and penalty calls.