UNIONDALE Rasmus Andersson Jersey Womens , N.Y. (AP) — goal at 1:48 of overtime to lift the New York Islanders past the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Thursday night for their fifth straight win.Mathew Barzal scored twice to keep up his scoring binge and help the Islanders win for the eighth time in nine games. Robin Lehner, making his third straight start, stopped 19 shots as New York moved to 3-0-1 in four games at the Nassau Coliseum this season.Toews, playing in the fifth game of his career, got the winner when he knocked in the rebound of his own shot that Collin Delia stopped, with the puck coming to him at the right side.Patrick Kane and Dominik Kahun and scored for Chicago, which lost for the third time in their last five. Delia, making his third start of the season and sixth of his career, finished with a career-high 47 saves.Kane tied the score with on a one-timer that he didn’t hit cleanly and the puck fluttered off the post and in past Lehner for his 23rd at 5:01 of the third.Barzal put New York ahead with a power-play goal late in the second William Nylander Jersey , putting in the rebound of Nick Leddy’s shot in front for his 12th with 1:04 left. After extending his point streak to six games with his first goal, Barzal — selected for his first All-Star appearance a day earlier — now has eight goals and 11 points in that stretch.Cal Clutterbuck nearly gave the Islanders the lead earlier with about 6:20 left in the period as he batted the puck out of the air from the right side. The officials conferred on the ice and initially ruled it a good goal. However, it was overturned after a video review because Clutterbuck’s stick was above the height of the crossbar when it hit the puck.The teams were tied 1-1 after one period, though the Islanders controlled play for most of the first 20 minutes, outshooting the Blackhawks 14-3.Kahun got Chicago on the scoreboard first. Duncan Keith fired a long shot from the left point and Brandon Saad’s deflection in front was stopped by Leher, However, Kahun backhanded the rebound from the right side for his sixth at 3:05.Barzal tied the score at 6:47 with his 11th. Johnny Boychuk’s shot from the right point deflected up off Anthony Beauvillier in front, and Barzal batted it out of the air from the left side into the top left corner. It extended his point streak to six games.NOTES: The attendance was announced as 13,454 Zach Hyman Jersey , marking the first time it wasn’t a sellout in the four games the Islanders have played at the Nassau Coliseum this season. … Barzal has nine goals and 17 points in his last 12 games. … Lehner has given up just three goals on 107 shots over his last four games since replacing Thomas Greiss in the second period of the Islanders’ 6-3 comeback win against Ottawa last Friday night. … The Islanders went 1 for 2 on the power play after coming in 2 for 13 with the man advantage their previous six games. … The teams conclude their season series Jan. 22 at Chicago. … Kahun scored for the second straight game and has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last six games. … Chicago, last in the NHL on the penalty-kill at 73.6 percent coming in, has allowed five power-play goals on 16 chances the last five games.UP NEXTBlackhawks: At Pittsburgh on Sunday to complete a two-game trip.Islanders: At St. Louis on Saturday night. The Buffalo Sabres, the hottest team in the NHL, come to Detroit on Saturday to face a team that has also ignited after a horrible start to the season.The Detroit Red Wings have gone 9-3-0 after leaving the gate a dreadful 1-7-2.“We needed to make up some ground for the start we had,” Detroit center Dylan Larkin told the team’s website. “We know that. We’ve done a good job the past month.”Article continues below ...Yet as impressive as Detroit’s turnaround has been, it pales in comparison with the Sabres’ run of success.“I’m excited to see what they got, excited to match up against them Alex Burmistrov Jersey ,” Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader said. “It’s going to be a great test.”Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens was Buffalo’s eighth straight victory. They are closing in on some hallowed ground in franchise history.In 1976-77 and 1979-80, the Sabres won nine in a row. In 1983-84 and 2006-07, Buffalo put together club-record 10-game winning streaks.Jeff Skinner scored two goals in Friday’s win, giving him 17 for the season and a tie for the NHL lead. He found the net with 2:26 left in regulation to tie the score and added the winner on the power play at 3:06 of overtime.“I don’t think I’ve ever won eight straight, so that’s a good thing,” Skinner told WKBW. “You try to produce offensively to help the team win. As long as you’re contributing to wins, I think it’s a good feeling.“We want to try and keep it going.”With 10 goals in Buffalo’s first 16 games, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13. Vanek currently plays for the Wings.Buffalo is 10-0-2 when scoring first this season, but the Sabres have come back to win six times during their eight-game winning streak.Sabres goalie Carter Hutton has won seven games in a row.“I think we’re enjoying it for sure http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-bo-horvat-jersey , and we don’t want to lose,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “I mean, who wants to lose? You want to go out and try to win every game you play.“We’ve got another tough test (Saturday) against Detroit, a team that’s playing really well.”The Wings did the opposite of the Sabres on Friday, squandering a 1-0 lead and falling 3-1 on the road to the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.“I think every game we just prove to ourselves that when we play, we’re as good as anybody in the league and we’ve just got to play,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought we played a good hockey game.“I’m not disappointed in how we played, I’m disappointed in the result.”Still seeking to claw their way into a playoff position, the Red Wings are in the midst of a four-game stretch (Boston Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , Washington, Buffalo, Columbus) against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference.“Buff’s a real good team,” Blashill said. “They’ve got a number of good, high (draft) picks that are starting to come into their own.“Certainly Eichel’s at an age here where I’ve coached him, I know how talented he is. He’s as talented as anybody in the league. It looks like he’s playing real good. He’s certainly not alone.“It’ll be a good challenge. But that’s what the league is every night. We’ve got to make sure we come back and play another great game.”The Red Wings are 9-3-0 in their last 12 games. Only Calgary (six) and Buffalo (five) have more wins than Detroit (four) when trailing after two periods.
challenge after stockpiling picks for the June draft: Maximizing a franchise-record 10 selections Sergei Boikov Jersey , including three in the first round.Rebuilding means keeping options open for trades while also targeting players who best fit the team’s goals.Assistant general manager Chris Drury says the team’s priorities are adding young, competitive players with speed and skill and ”a premium on high character.””It’s one thing to have all these great picks … you have to be ready and be prepared to make the right picks,” Drury said.The 10 picks are a high for the Rangers under the draft’s current format of seven rounds. The team also has nine picks in the 2019 draft, including a conditional first-round selection from Tampa Bay it received in a trade-deadline blockbuster for defenseman Ryan McDonagh.New York also dealt Nick Holden and Rick Nash to Boston, plus Michael Grabner to New Jersey in four separate deals, bringing back eight players and six draft picks.General manager Jeff Gorton said the picks give the Rangers flexibility and currency.”We have to look at both scenarios,” he said when asked if he would be willing to trade picks for current NHL players.”We’ll look at different positions and see what’s available. When you have three first-round picks and you’re on the draft floor, opportunity will be there,” Gorton said.The playoffs and draft lottery will shape the value of the first-round selections. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the consensus pick among experts as the top overall draft pick this year Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , and New York’s other first-round picks will depend on how Boston and Tampa Bay perform in the playoffs. Both could be serious Stanley Cup contenders.Team officials like the early returns even for an organization that has been known to sacrifice its future for the present.”Certainly a lot of energy moving forward to prep between now and getting to the stage in Dallas,” Drury said of the site of June’s draft.— WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers tied an NHL record with Mike McKenna becoming their seventh goaltender to play this season.McKenna started against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Tuesday night and allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 5-3 loss . He got the nod because interim coach Scott Gordon wanted to give top goaltending prospect Carter Hart a break after playing twice in three days.The Flyers became the fourth team in league history to use seven goalies, joining the 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques, 2002-03 St. Louis Blues and 2007-08 Los Angeles Kings. Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth, Calvin Pickard, Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz have also tended goal for Philadelphia.Because of injuries, they reached the seven-goalie mark in their 43rd game.Philadelphia claimed the 35-year-old McKenna off waivers from the Canucks last week when Neuvirth was injured again. Vancouver acquired McKenna in a trade from the Ottawa Senators two days earlier.McKenna had black tape all over his mask and black and orange tape on his pads to match the colors of the ninth NHL team he has dressed for. In previous seasons, he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars.“He competes and he battles,” Gordon said of McKenna. “When you play for as long as he has, that’s something people appreciate, the fact that you bring it every day in practice and games.”McKenna fell to 1-5-1 this season, and his only victory came against the Flyers while playing for the Senators. He recognized his first game with Philadelphia wasn’t his best.“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say it was a little bit of a challenge just from a lot of different logistical standpoints, but my job is to play hockey and be a goaltender and stop the puck and no matter what team I’m on I’m going to do that to the best of my ability,” McKenna said. “At the end of the day Womens Johan Larsson Jersey , we’re all trying to do the same thing and that’s win hockey games regardless of who we’re playing against. The NHL is a challenge no matter what. Every team has players that can do this, so you’ve got to bring your A game.”Gordon, who replaced the fired Dave Hakstol behind Philadelphia’s bench, was one of the Nordiques’ seven goaltenders 29 years ago. He said this is different because Quebec was 9-34-6 at the time he was called up.“The team at that point, there was a fire sale that was going to happen at the trade deadline,” Gordon said. “They were out of the playoffs. Different situation. There were some major changes that were done at that point.”The Flyers have now lost eight in a row and are 30th in the 31-team NHL.
can do wonders for a team’s confidence. Ending a long skid against a certain opponent should do more.On Saturday night at Rogers Place Adidas Nick Holden Jersey , the Edmonton Oilers go for their first win over the Nashville Predators in more than 4 1/2 years.Since recording a 5-1 victory on March 18, 2014, in Edmonton, the Oilers have gone 0-10-2 versus Nashville. That includes two shutouts among five straight regulation losses.Article continues below ...Edmonton (3-2-0), which is looking for its fourth consecutive win, has yet to hold a lead after one period in any game this season. The club can thank Cam Talbot for the recent surge as he enjoys a resurgence.After a career-best 42 wins and 2.39 goals-against average two seasons ago, Talbot slumped to 31 victories and his GAA rose to 3.02 last season. He credits staying confident early for his recent success as he’s stopped 79 of 86 shots while winning three straight starts.“I’m just going out there and trying to give us a chance,” Talbot said Friday. “I know that if I can get us through that first 10-15 minutes, we seem to take over the game after that point.”Having Connor McDavid on the ice also gives the Oilers a huge confidence boost. He collected two assists, one coming on Leon Draisaitl’s game-winner 37 seconds into overtime, as Edmonton opened its home schedule Thursday night with its third straight win, 3-2 over the Boston Bruins.McDavid, the reigning two-time scoring champion Adidas Paul Stastny Jersey , has four goals and seven assists through five games. He also scored goals in each of the Oilers’ last two matchups with the Preds.Still, coach Todd McLellan praised Talbot, who stopped all 12 shots in the opening 20 minutes and finished with 27 saves against the Bruins.“Talbs was essential in the first period,” McLellan told the team’s official website on Thursday. “We were flat, we were frozen. Once we got going and once we got skating and supporting puck movement, we were a lot better.“Without Cam’s performance in the first period, we don’t get a chance to come back.”But Talbot hasn’t beaten the Predators since joining Edmonton as a free agent in 2015 despite solid statistics. In seven starts, the 31-year-old is 0-6-1 with a 2.89 GAA.Nashville (6-1-0) opened its road trip through Alberta with a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. The Preds’ lone loss of the season came in their home opener on Oct. 9 against the FlamesPekka Rinne stopped 15 of 18 shots Friday before being lifted early in the third period after colliding with winger Kevin Fiala. According to the team’s official website, Predators coach Peter Laviolette did not have an update on Rinne after the game.Juuse Saros made nine saves the rest of the way to get the win, and will likely start with games on back-to-back nights as well as to give the 35-year-old Vezina Trophy winner some extended rest.“Just because we have the backup in doesn’t mean we can’t win,” defenseman Yannick Weber told the team’s official website on Thursday. “Juuse gives us a chance to win every game he plays. We’ve seen it already this year, too, and we have a lot of confidence in him.”Saros Adidas Max Pacioretty Jersey , a 23-year-old Finn who defeated the New York Islanders twice in his only two appearances of the season before Friday, has stopped 55 of 60 shots.He also made a career-high 46 saves in a 4-0 win over the Oilers on Dec. 14, 2017, in Edmonton.Rinne is 20-6-1 with a 2.31 GAA and four shutouts in 29 career starts against the Oilers.With a goal and assist Friday, Nashville’s Filip Forsberg has four goals and two assists in a four-game streak. Two of the three career goals the winger has scored at Rogers Place have come on the power play. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks gave Pittsburgh a head start — and still grounded the surging Penguins.Again.Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period and the Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Sunday night to end the Penguins’ winning streak at eight games.“We’re not going to quit, we’re going to play until the end,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “It certainly wasn’t the start we wanted, we kind of gifted a couple, but credit to those guys in there. I was really happy with how hard we competed and it was nice to see the guys get rewarded.”Strome scored seconds after a power-play expired, beating fallen goalie Casey DeSmith off a pass from Patrick Kane. Jonathan Toews added an empty-net goal and had an assist to run his points streak to six games.Alex DeBrincat scored on a power play for his 19th of the season, and Chris Kunitz and Duncan Keith both scored their first for the Blackhawks. They won their 10th straight against the Penguins, including five straight in Pittsburgh. The Blackhawks haven’t lost to the Penguins since March 30, 2014 Adidas Seth Griffith Jersey , in Pittsburgh.“Considering (Pittsburgh) won eight in a row coming into the game, they’ve obviously been feeling pretty good about themselves,” Kane said. “I think it’s a team we can kind of compare ourselves too as far as what happened in the past and different history, so a lot of us get excited to play these guys.”Chicago snapped a two-game skid and has won three of five and six of nine following an eight-game losing streak in November.Kane had three assists. He’s the 20th player in NHL history and the first American-born skater to begin his career with at least 12 straight seasons with 30-plus assists. Cam Ward stopped 31 shots.“It’s nice to beat one of the top teams in the league,” Kane said. “I think we know the recipe for success, the way we need to play and the way the coaches want us to play to be successful. If we do these things, we give ourselves a chance every night.”Jake Guentzel, Patric Hornqvist and Derick Brassard scored for the Penguins, and DeSmith stopped 26 shots.Pittsburgh scored twice in the first 4:33.Hornqvist opened the scoring at 2:43 with a blocker-side, one-timer from the right faceoff dot, and Guentzel gave Pittsburgh a two-goal lead when he swept a rebound underneath Ward from the top of the crease.Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was happy with his team’s start, but he said his players were “lured into a track meet” the rest of the way against the Blackhawks.“(Chicago) has a quick transition game and they like to stretch the ice,” Sullivan said. “They’re looking for a quick-strike attack Adidas Jack Roslovic Jersey , so you have to make sure you manage the puck. If you don’t take care of the puck, you’re going to play into their hands and play the game they want to play.”DeBrincat put Chicago on the board with a power-play goal. He scored his eighth goal in 13 games on a one-timer from Kane.Kunitz tied it for Chicago at 6:46 of the second period. Kunitz, who won three Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh, scored on a night when the Penguins honored their 2009 Stanley Cup championship team.“Building good friendships and having those good memories is something you never forget,” Kunitz said.The Penguins regained the lead at 9:49 of the second when Brassard squeezed a one-timer from Phil Kessel between Ward’s pads from the right circle. Keith tied it at 3 with a slap shot from the left point just as a power play expired.“I think that was a real positive, finding a way to get back into it, crawl back into it, take the lead and keep it,” Keith said. “We worked hard and got what we deserved.”NOTES: Penguins’ D Kris Letang played in his 722nd career game, tied with Rick Kehoe for sixth on the franchise list. Letang’s assist gives him a seven-game points streak. … Chicago D Erik Gustafsson has a five-game points streak after registering an assist. . F Drake Caggiula made his Blackhawks debut after he was acquired in a trade with Edmonton on Dec. 31. … Penguins D Justin Schultz, who has not played since Oct. 13, skated on his own for the first time before Pittsburgh’s practice Saturday.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host Calgary on Monday night.Penguins: Host Florida on Tuesday night.
at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife Jacob Markstrom Jersey , Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs.Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ready to go from enjoying a nice meal to running a multibillion-dollar business and back again. The commissioner of a storied league with 24 teams in the United States and seven in Canada doesn’t put work on hold for life or vice versa. When his 11-year-old grandson, Matthew, wanted to hang out with him in Tampa during All-Star weekend, he brought him along for meetings.”They all blend together because I’m never off,” Bettman said. ”It’s all part of what I do and who I am.”For 25 years, Bettman has overseen the growth of the NHL from $437 million in annual revenue to nearly $5 billion, guiding the league into and out of work stoppages and expanding hockey’s reach to places that never seemed a fit for the fastest game on ice.The Stanley Cup Final opens Monday in Las Vegas, where Bettman had a guiding hand in the expansion process that yielded the Golden Knights and led to the most successful inaugural season in league history. When he was there in November 2016 for the unveiling of the team name, Bettman was booed by the crowd and could not have cared less.”No, no, keep the booing,” he told the crowd. ”That proves you’re now an NHL city.”Once perhaps an unlikely leader for a game with its roots north of the border, the 65-year-old lawyer from Queens who got his start in the NBA has become one of the most powerful and long-lasting influences in professional sports. More than two decades into the job, Bettman still feels energized by the thrill of work – and the sugar supplied by dark chocolate Milky Way candy bars doesn’t hurt.He isn’t going anywhere, either.”I think he’s the best that we could do,” said Jeremy Jacobs Markus Granlund Jersey , the Boston Bruins owner and board of governors chairman. ”I mean, there are things that might irritate you from time to time about him. But you know where his heart and soul is, he’s always interested in the game, the improvement of the game.”It hasn’t always been pretty. Bettman has had a role in three lockouts, the relocation of five franchises, has repeatedly denied any link between head injuries and the degenerative brain disease CTE, and recently refused to allow NHL players to go to the Olympics after doing so five times. Confident in his decisions and willing to accept the ramifications to his reputation and legacy, Bettman has earned respect – sometimes begrudged – and made some enemies while serving longer than the other three major sports commissioners combined.”He’s a force, so he’s not going to roll over because somebody thinks it’s a good idea,” said John Collins, a former NHL chief operating officer. ”He’s very principled and he sticks up for his principles. And those principles could be business principles or they could be just kind of moral principles and he’ll fight for that. That’s the way he lives his life, and that’s the way he runs the league.”Part of Bettman’s work involves keeping 31 ownership groups and markets on the same page. Former Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Richard Peddie said Bettman bringing almost every owner into the league has its benefits.”They’re all there because Gary ultimately blessed them, so I think they always have some kind of IOUs,” Peddie said. ”I don’t mean that in a disingenuous or unfair way. But he was the gatekeeper, so he has that going for him.”Bettman, who was NBA general counsel under then-Commissioner David Stern and a senior vice president before starting at the NHL on Feb. 1, 1993, orchestrates things in such a way that there’s rarely public dissent. Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has watched how Bettman builds a united front among owners.”He’ll pre-brief and sell some of the key owners Michael Del Zotto Jersey , if you will, and he backchannels and he’ll literally call and brief every owner personally on a subject so that when you come to the meeting, you’re briefed, you’ve asked your questions,” Leonsis said. ”Because he puts in the work and he has the data and his competence is not questioned in any way and he does have the data, he’s able to land the planes, if you will, with efficiency.”Bettman acknowledges some events during his tenure were not of his making. To this day, he insists moving the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado and the original Winnipeg Jets to Arizona had to be done, and that the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out an entire season was necessary to ensure the long-term health of the league.”There are things I wish might not have happened,” Bettman said. ”Work stoppages are a good example. The fact is I knew what we needed, and we had to get it. And if it took a long time to ultimately convince the Players’ Association that this was in everybody’s best interest, I wish it could’ve happened sooner, but it didn’t.”There are some in hockey who can’t forgive Bettman for the lockouts, most recently one in 2012-13. There are others like Peddie who’d rather consider them part of an entire body of work that includes overseeing expansion into the Sun Belt.”It’s putting hockey where it hasn’t traditionally been,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. ”That’s proven successful. … I think his legacy of having franchises there and putting hockey in nontraditional markets and making it relevant in nontraditional markets kind of exceeds the business success of the teams.”The deaths of enforcers Derek Boogaard and Bob Probert brought CTE and hockey to the forefront, and the NHL is currently facing a federal lawsuit from more than 100 former players who allege it had the resources to better prevent head trauma, failed to properly warn players of such risks and promoted violent play. In a July 31 Sam Gagner Jersey , 2015, deposition, Bettman said: ”There’s no medical or scientific certainty that concussions lead to CTE.”Bettman said the NHL was a leader on concussion studies, testing and solutions as far back as the 1990s. He also said he believes the lawsuit has no merit.”People can embrace that position, understand it, dismiss it – that’ll be individual opinions,” he said. ”But I have to do what I have to do on behalf of the game, and it starts with player safety being a priority.”Bettman is paid more than $9 million annually and with that is willing to take the brunt of responsibility for the NHL’s good, bad and ugly. He doesn’t have too many fans at the Players’ Association, but owners line up behind him based on his work in raising franchise values, negotiating U.S. and Canadian TV deals and steering the sport through trouble.”I think the league is lucky to have had him as long as they’ve had,” said Collins, who worked under Bettman for nine years. ”That role for any sport is a really tough one and it’s really tough when you’re in it for a long time because it’s inevitable that you collect a lot of dents.”The dents don’t keep Bettman up at night, but he works so much that he’ll sleep at most 6 hours on the weekend and often much less. When he returned home at 2 a.m. from a playoff game this spring, he walked 13-year-old golden doodle Lola and 4-year-old Teddy before bed, slept under three hours and postponed working out with a trainer to leave the house at 6:15 for an 8 a.m. television appearance.”I don’t get a lot of sleep and I don’t need a lot of sleep,” Bettman said in his office overlooking Sixth Avenue that has a table-top hockey game, books of the sport’s history and plenty of family photos. ”There are probably certain days where people in my family will think I have narcolepsy Womens Devante Smith-Pelly Jersey , because if I sit down I might fall asleep for five or 10 minutes. But what I do is energizing, so that keeps me going. And I eat a lot of candy.”Bettman and Daly spent two hours earlier this week poring over a draft of the 2018-19 schedule while having Chinese food for lunch – a less glamorous part of the job than handing out the Stanley Cup each June but part of the gig.So is planning for the future, even though Bettman is under contract through 2022 and shows no signs of slowing down. Daly, who’s 54, thinks Bettman will work long enough that owners should look to someone younger as the next commissioner, but his boss is more than comfortable handing him the reins if anything went wrong.”What if God forbid I get hit by a bus?” Bettman said. ”Well, I’ve built an organization that, if need be, I’d hope they’d miss me somewhat, but if need be could carry on.”— VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The slumping Canucks held the Stars scoreless for 50 minutes but couldn’t close it out.Alex Radulov scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as the Dallas edged Vancouver 2-1 on Saturday.Jamie Benn also scored midway through the third for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 in their last five games.Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his first start since returning from a lower-body injury that kept him sidelined for five games.“You’ve got to be able to close out games if you want to be a good team,” said Bishop. “It’s not always going to be pretty, but we found a way to do it tonight.“You’ve just got to find ways. Finding different ways to win makes you a better team.”Bo Horvat scored for the Canucks, who have only one win in their past 12. Anders Nilsson made 25 saves for Vancouver.“This is a game that in my mind we lost down the stretch,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “Their veteran guys took over. It happens fast and momentum changes. We played a real stingy game for 50 minutes and all of sudden their guys smelled blood. We cracked earlier than they did.”“It’s a real tough way to lose. It’s a game we’ll learn more from than some of the other losses.”Radulov’s winner came with 3:23 left in the game. Benn found the Russian winger skating in alone in the slot, and Radulov backhanded it in to quiet the crowd.Benn and Tyler Seguin were the busiest Stars offensively, swarming Nilsson all night. Nilsson was forced to make several strong saves against the duo http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-sven-baertschi-jersey , including a jaw-dropping glove grab against Seguin in the first.Benn said his near-misses only made him more determined.“It makes you hungrier,” said Benn. “We had a lot (of chances) in the first and second that weren’t going in. I like how we stuck with it and found a way.”Nilsson was impressive in the first. He faced only six shots, but made several strong saves, including a jaw-dropping glove grab to deny Dallas forward Tyler Seguin.The Canucks got on the board with just over four minutes to play in the first. Winger Antoine Roussel, a former Star, broke away along the wing and lobbed a rolling puck to Horvat, who got enough stick on it to beat Bishop.“It’s a matter of putting the full 60 together,” Horvat said. “The first and second we had our chances, with lots of shots on net. But no excuse — we need to be better.”Bishop was solid at the other end in the second when he stopped Brock Boeser on a breakaway.“I wanted to go five-hole, but he read me like a book,” said Boeser. “It’s tough obviously, that play goes through my head a lot after the game and I’ll be thinking about it.”Nilsson did the same to Blake Comeau with a glove save. The Canucks netminder faced the Stars’ power play in the final two minutes of the second, but preserved the one-goal lead.Seguin and Benn, doing most of the offensive work with seven of the Stars’ 17 shots through two periods, swarmed Nilsson early in the third. But a tripping penalty on Jason Spezza put Dallas on the defensive, forcing the Stars to kill Vancouver’s fourth power play of the game.Benn finally tied it 1-1 at 10:19 of the third. After a shot from the point by Miro Heiskanen bounced through traffic at the net, Benn swooped around the back of the net and banged in the loose puck at the side.UP NEXTStars: Host Edmonton on Monday night.Canucks: Host Minnesota on Tuesday night.
ANAHEIM Richard Panik Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Lightning are taking their incredible roll right into the new year.The Lightning won their sixth straight game and finished December unbeaten in regulation after a 2-1 overtime victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. They went 12-0-1 in December and are the eighth NHL team in the last 10 years to finish a calendar month without a regulation loss after playing a minimum of eight games.Tampa Bay heads into 2019 on a 14-0-1 run and with a league-high 64 points. The Lightning are 17-1-1 over their last 19 games.“When you’re hot, you’re hot and it seems like everyone is getting hot at the same time,” coach Jon Cooper said. “You have to take advantage when times like this happen.”Kucherov had a goal and an assist for his ninth multipoint game in December. Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are the first set of teammates to combine for 50 or more points in a calendar month since March 2001 when four pairs — three of which were combinations from Pittsburgh — accomplished the feat. Kucherov and Stamkos combined for 23 goals and 28 assists in December.“To think, especially in this era where there is a lot of tight checking and low-scoring games, to accumulate those types of points, it’s what those guys do,” Cooper said.Brayden Point scored 35 seconds into overtime when he took a pass from Kucherov near the blue line. Point skated into the zone, chipped the puck over the stick of Anaheim’s Brandon Montour and cut to the net, where he beat goalie John Gibson with a backhand.Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for his 100th NHL victory.Nick Ritchie scored Anaheim’s lone goal and Gibson made 33 saves.The Ducks have earned one point in each of their last two games but are winless in their past six. They go into January as the first wild card in the Western Conference but are just one point ahead of Dallas and three in front of Vancouver.“We’re in a bit of a skid at the moment,” captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “We know what kind of group we have here. We need to get ready and get one again in January.”Kucherov http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey , who has a goal in four straight games, opened the scoring at 6:06 of the first when he finished off a tic-tac-toe passing setup from Erik Cernak and Point with a shot that beat Gibson on his glove side. It was his ninth goal in December.Ritchie evened it with 2:52 remaining in the period when he got a pass from Ondrej Kase and beat Vasilevskiy from point-blank range. Ritchie, who had a career-best three assists in Saturday’s loss to Arizona, has a point in three straight games.“With the long travel day and early start it looked like we were in quicksand a little bit. Anaheim was on us. We managed the puck and the game well from the second period on,” Cooper said.NOTES: Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux hold the record for most points in a month by a pair of teammates with 59 (27 goals, 32 assists). The others to reach 50 were two other pairs of Penguins — Martin Straka and Jagr (55 points) plus Straka and Lemieux (52) — along with New Jersey’s Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias (50). … Tampa Bay has picked up points in nine straight road games. … Kase has seven goals and four assists in his last 10 games. … The Lightning are 9-2-2 against the Ducks since the start of the 2011-12 season.UP NEXTLightning: At the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.Ducks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Patrik Laine extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games for the Winnipeg Jets in another victory. Meanwhile, Taylor Hall saw his run end at 19 for the New Jersey Devils.Therein lies one tale in the Jets’ 3-2 win Thursday night.Winnipeg’s top gun struck again with his eighth goal in the last four games. Laine has 14 goals and six assists over the 10-game span. He has 39 goals, pulling within one of Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.”Maybe it’s just that I’m a year older,” said Laine http://www.officialflames.com/authentic-adidas-sean-monahan-jersey , who is still only 19. ”I know a little bit more about the game and I’m a better player than last year. When you’re confident and feeling good about your game, you try to shoot it and it doesn’t matter if you are in a great spot. Just get it to the net, and it might go in.”The other tale of the Jets’ triumph came at the other end of the ice, where Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves against the persistent Devils as the Jets extended their winning streak to four.It was a milestone victory for Hellebuyck, his 35th to set the franchise single-season record. Kari Lehtonen held the old mark of 34 for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006-07.”I haven’t let it soak in,” Hellebuyck said. ”It’s a good feeling, having my name up there is pretty cool. It’s a big milestone in my career and I’m going to enjoy it and continue on and keep pushing the pace.”The Jets show no sign of slacking their pace.Joel Armia and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored as the Jets posted their ninth win in the last 11 games. It also extended the Jets’ streak to 7-0-1 in their last eight road games.Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils, who lost for the fourth time in five games. They came up a goal short on the night Hall failed to hit the score sheet.”It was going to end sometime,” said Hall. ”You want it to be on a night when you had some chances and created some offense. I thought I did that pretty well. You try to start a new one and you always want to be honest with your evaluation of yourself. Tonight was a night where you probably deserve a couple of points. There were some nights on the streak where I didn’t play well at all and maybe found a way to get a couple of points. That’s the way it goes.”The 19 games was the longest consecutive streak in the league this season. Hall had also earned points in 26 consecutive appearances dating to Jan. 2. He missed three games before the All-Star break with a thumb injury.Hellebuyck took pride in being the one to end the streak.”Absolutely, he’s a good talented player Mikkel Boedker Jersey Womens ,” said Hellebuyck. ”It had to happen sooner or later and I’m glad I was the one.”Cory Schneider stopped 21 as he lost his 10th straight decision. New Jersey got goals from Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier.Laine scored the only goal in the wide-open first period. Unchecked in the slot, he drilled the puck past Schneider at 4:12 for his 39th of the season.There was plenty of action at both ends with Blake Coleman having the best chance to even the score for the Devils. Coleman broke in alone only to lift a backhander over the net with five minutes remaining.Down in the New Jersey end, Winnipeg came very close to a 2-0 lead when a deflected shot squeezed by Schneider who dived backward to swat it away inches before it crossed the goal line.In the second, Winnipeg went up 2-0 at 13:26 when Armia beat Schneider with a wrist shot from the high slot.Palmieri, sprung by a long lead pass from Nico Hischier, countered for New Jersey with a breakaway goal, ripping a shot over Hellebuyck’s glove at 16:41 to cut the deficit to one.New Jersey came out flying to start the third, outshooting Winnipeg 10-1 in the first five minutes, but Hellebuyck would not yield.The next goal went to Winnipeg as Dustin Byfuglien fired a shot off the post and Ehlers buried the rebound at 9:55.New Jersey fought back again to cut the deficit to 3-2 as puck deflected into the net off Hischier at 11:07.That’s where it ended, with Hellebuyck stopping 17 shots over the final 20 minutes.”He’s a big goalie http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-patrick-roy-jersey ,” Palmieri said of Hellebuyck. ”I think that helps when you have to fight to see pucks through traffic. It’s tough. We threw a lot at him. We got in front of him. We got the second chances. Some nights it just doesn’t bounce your way.”NOTES: Jets C Mark Scheifele missed the game with an upper-body injury. He is day to day. … Devils LW Brian Gibbons returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his thumb on Jan. 20. He replaced C Pavel Zacha, who was out with an upper-body injury. … This was the third game of a season-high six-game road trip for Winnipeg. The Jets have upcoming stops in Philadelphia, Washington and Nashville. …. The Devils will embark on a similar journey. They are on the road for the next six, a trip that includes visits to all three California teams and Las Vegas. New Jersey’s next home game is March 24 vs. Tampa Bay. … With G Steve Mason out with a lower-body injury, the Jets recalled Michael Hutchinson from the Manitoba Moose. Hutchinson’s flight was delayed, so Winnipeg signed Zane Kalemba, a 32-year-old from Saddle Brook, New Jersey, to a try-out contract as an emergency backup to Hellebuyck. Hutchinson arrived for the second period. … Devils C Travis Zajac did not return after absorbing a big hit from Andrew Coop in the second period. New Jersey coach John Hynes said he did not have an update on Zajac.UP NEXTJets: At Philadelphia on Saturday.Devils: At Nashville on Saturday night.
VANCOUVER Jay Beagle Jersey Womens , British Columbia (AP) —have acquired center Ryan Spooner, sending Sam Gagner back to the Edmonton Oilers.Vancouver is the third NHL stop this season for Spooner, who has also played for the New York Rangers and Oilers.The Oilers said on Twitter they hoped Gagner would be available for Saturday night’s game against the New York Islanders.The deal comes less than a day after the Oilers sent Cam Talbot to Philadelphia for fellow goalie Anthony Stolarz.The 27-year-old Spooner had one goal and one assist in 16 games with the Rangers and two goals and an assist with the Oilers. He also spent time with Bakersfield of the AHL. He was drafted by Boston in the second round in 2010.The 29-year-old Gagner has spent most of the season on loan to Toronto of the AHL, totaling 12 goals and 25 assists. He was selected No. 6 overall in the 2007 draft by Edmonton and spent his first seven NHL seasons with the Oilers. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dale Weise and the Flyers bonded on a recently completed road trip that righted their season. They displayed the renewed confidence with a comeback victory in their return to home ice.Shayne Gostisbehere scored on a one-timer 1:01 into overtime after Weise tied the game with 2:13 left in regulation, and Philadelphia rallied past the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday night.Scott Laughton had two goals and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers (8-7-1) Curtis McKenzie Jersey Womens , who began a five-game homestand — their longest of the season — after earning seven of a possible eight points on a four-game trip out West. Philadelphia went over .500 for the first time since winning its season opener against Vegas.“We’re a confident team,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “Guys in the room are tight. You either blow apart or come together. This was a good sign tonight. This was a character win.”Jakub Voracek set up the game-winner in the extra session with a pass to Gostisbehere in the slot, and the defenseman’s slap shot beat goalie Darcy Kuemper.“We had a purpose and it showed,” Gostisbehere said. “Huge for morale. Huge for us.”It appeared the Flyers were going to lose their third in a row at home until Weise tied it.Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s pass in the Arizona zone was intercepted by Gostisbehere. Weise broke toward center ice on the turnover, and Gostisbehere fired a pass to him. Weise got in alone on Kuemper and beat him high to the glove side for his first goal of the season.Weise said the road trip Nick Holden Jersey Womens , void of distractions, helped the Flyers come together.“It’s just the boys on the road and you get that team bonding,” he said.Ekman-Larsson and Michael Grabner each had a goal and an assist, and Brad Richardson and Derek Stepan also scored for the Coyotes, who lost 5-2 at home to Philadelphia on Monday.“It’s a learning lesson for this team Paul Stastny Jersey Womens ,” coach Rich Tocchet said. “We started to take over the game and then we reverted back to old habits.”Arizona went ahead by scoring three times in the second period, including two short-handed goals 24 seconds apart.Richardson tied it 2-all 1:51 into the second when his wrist shot from the right circle beat Calvin Pickard to the far side. Stepan scored with a backhand on a short-handed breakaway with 13:46 left in the period after Gostisbehere’s turnover at the Philadelphia blue line.Grabner then got in alone on Pickard and also scored with a backhand.Hakstol pulled Pickard in favor of Brian Elliott after Grabner’s goal. Elliott, the Flyers’ regular starter, wasn’t in the initial lineup following an upper-body injury he sustained in a collision with Konecny at practice on Sunday.Elliott stopped all 16 shots he faced.Laughton scored his second of the night 2½ minutes into the third on a backhand after a scramble in front.Philadelphia got the first goal, just as it did in all four games on the road trip.Konecny finished with a backhand from close range after a good pass from Claude Giroux at the point to make it 1-0 just 1:18 in. It was 2-0 only 4½ minutes later when Laughton forced a turnover in front and beat Kuemper with a backhand.The Coyotes got one back with 11:30 left in the first on Ekman-Larsson’s wrist shot from the point that sneaked inside the post past Pickard’s left pad.NOTES: The Flyers have allowed a power-play goal in nine straight games. … D Alex Goligoski (lower body) left in the second period and didn’t return. … Oskar Lindblom extended his career-best point streak to five games with a third-period assist.UP NEXTCoyotes: At Pittsburgh on Saturday night.Flyers: Host Chicago on Saturday afternoon.
for lost time.In the process http://www.hurricanesshoponline.com/authentic-justin-williams-jersey , the Ottawa Senators rookie is also working himself into the early season Calder Trophy conversation.Tkachuk, who on Nov. 8 returned from a leg injury that sidelined him for 11 games, scored twice to propel the Senators to a 4-3 comeback win on Tuesday in Philadelphia that stopped the team’s losing streak at four games. He also had an assist to give him five points in two games and 16 in 14 games this season.Article continues below ...With nine goals, Tkachuk has already surpassed the eight he had in 40 games last season at Boston University. And his recent point surge has him tied with teammate Colin White for second place among rookie scorers, five behind Vancouver’s Elias Peterson.The fourth overall selection in last spring’s NHL entry draft has also provided the Senators with the physical, gritty winger they’ve long lacked.“He brings something a little different,” teammate Matt Duchene told the Ottawa Sun. “I don’t think we have a power forward quite like him on the team. When we drafted him, that was something I was excited about, to have a guy like that.“I played with Gabriel Landeskog in Colorado and I told (Tkachuk) they’re very similar players in the stuff they do. They crash and bang, they have good hands and feet and they can see the ice at the same time. You can see the reasons he was such a high pick.”The Senators (10-12-3) will anxiously return to Canadian Tire Centre for Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers. They are 7-4-2 on home ice.The Rangers (13-10-2) have had a break since beating the Senators 4-2 on Monday in New York. That win was not without its cost. Forward Vladislav Namestnikov landed in concussion protocol after a collision with Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot.The Rangers will also be without winger Mats Zuccarello, who is dealing with a groin problem. With only 11 healthy forwards Minnesota Wild Hoodies Womens , Rangers coach Dave Quinn said he might have to go to use seven defenceman against Ottawa by dressing former Senators player Fredrik Claesson.“I don’t love it, but it is on the table,” Quinn, who coached Tkachuk at Boston University, told the New York Post of the 7-11 format. “I want to get Freddie back in. He didn’t deserve to come out.”Henrik Lundqvist is expected to be in goal for the Rangers. In 41 career games against the Senators, he has a sagging 17-20-3 record but a strong 2.16 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.The Senators will start Craig Anderson, who has a 12-7-3 record against the Rangers that includes a sparkling 1.87 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.The Senators, who are among the league leaders in goals scored, have also surrendered a league-high 107.Anderson has substantial leads in goalie categories that reflect the defensive struggles of his team. Heading into Wednesday, he had faced in excess of 100 more shots (788) than the second busiest goalie in the league. He was also a long way in front of the pack in saves (709) and goals against (79). TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews, the NHL’s second-leading goal-scorer this season Rod Brind'Amour Jersey , is expected to miss at least four weeks because of an injured left shoulder.The 21-year-old center was placed on injured reserve Monday but will not need surgery. He was injured early in the second period Saturday during Toronto’s 3-2 victory over Winnipeg.“It’s part of the game,” he said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as possible.”Based on a minimum four-week timeline, Matthews will miss at least 13 games, with his earliest possible return Nov. 26, when Boston plays at Toronto.Defenseman Jacob Trouba delivered a clean shoulder-to-shoulder check as Matthews tried to cut in front of the net. Matthews skated to the bench, favoring his left side before heading to the locker room.“I knew the guy was coming,” Matthews said. “(I was) trying to get a shot off, but you don’t really know what to expect because you’re so close to the goalie. He took body, which is what you’re supposed to do, and just caught me on a weird angle.”This month, Matthews became the third player in NHL history with seven straight multipoint games to start a season. He has 10 goals Womens Scott Darling Jersey , tied for second most in the league. He is tied for sixth with 16 pointsMatthews played all 82 games in his rookie season before sitting out 20 times in 2017-18 with various injuries.“You want to be out there so bad,” he said. “Watching the game is probably the worst part. (Not) being around your teammates, being a part of something, I think that’s kind of the hardest thing.”Coach Mike Babcock, whose team was 8-3-0 entering Monday night’s game against Calgary, said he talked with Matthews about how best to deal with the setback.“Be around the group, do what you do, train real hard,” the coach said. “Be better when you come back than you were.”Matthews suffered the same injury to his right shoulder last February and missed 10 games — the third time he was out following back and concussion problems. Still, he finished second on the team in goals (34) and points (63).“He did a ton of work this summer on his shoulders to make sure he was a stronger,” Babcock said. “These things happen. It’s too bad for the kid and yet it’s an opportunity for someone on our team to play more. It’s an opportunity for us to dig in and continue to get better.”With Matthews out Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , No. 3 center Nazem Kadri has been reunited with wingers Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau — a trio that had much success in the second half of last season.“My game doesn’t change,” Kadri said. “I’ve got to be responsible defensively and have that offensive flair, especially with the guys I’m playing with.”The newly formed line of John Tavares, Zach Hyman and Kasperi Kapanen rounds out Toronto’s top six forwards.The Maple Leafs are also without winger William Nylander, who was supposed to play alongside Matthews and Marleau. The restricted free agent is trying to work out a new contract.Babcock said that for now Toronto wouldn’t be calling up an extra forward from the American Hockey League.“Everyone’s got to pick up the slack,” Kadri said. “I don’t think it falls on the shoulders of one specific player. Collectively as a group everybody can do a little bit more. We have the depth to temporarily fix the situation.”
have announced forward Pavel Buchnevich will miss four to six weeks with a broken thumb.The 23-year-old sustained the injury during the Rangers’ 5-4 shootout victory at Columbus on Saturday night. He had a goal and an assist in the game Adidas Dylan DeMelo Jersey , giving him three goals and three assists in New York’s season-best 5-0-1 run.For the season, Buchnevich is tied for fifth on the team with nine points (five goals, four assists) in 14 games.Rangers coach David Quinn said Monday the team will see how the next few games go before deciding whether to call someone up in Buchnevich’s absence.New York was also expected to be without forward Mats Zuccarello against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night, and Quinn hoped to have him back Thursday night when the Rangers visit the crosstown-rival Islanders. The National Hockey League is coming to Seattle.The league's board of governors voted unanimously Tuesday to award its 32nd franchise to Seattle, beginning in the 2021-22 season.Seattle has long been a sought-after venue for an NHL franchise Adidas Paul Carey Jersey , but after numerous starts and stops, the process gathered a full head of steam when the city agreed in December 2017 to renovate KeyArena."Today is an exciting and historic day for our league as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities,鈥?NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmantold reporters. "And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup Adidas Chris Tierney Jersey , is finally joining the NHL."The Seattle ownership group, which includes David Bonderman and Jerry Bruckheimer, will pay a $650 million expansion fee for the rights to the franchise. The team will have an expansion draft in June 2021. The NHL will follow the same expansion rules it used for the Vegas Golden Knights.The Knights began play in 2017 and had instant success, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. Vegas' success, both as a market and on the ice Adidas Gabriel Gagne Jersey , has led to optimism that the NHL could strike gold in the Seattle market, which has been starved for a winter sports franchise since the Seattle SuperSonics departed a decade ago."I think clubs have learned a lot," Bettmantold reportersat the Stanley Cup Final of his outlook on expansion franchises. "We needed to make the team more competitive. ... This was the first expansion in the salary-cap era. As we afford all of our clubs an opportunity to be competitive, it wouldn't make any sense to not have the expansion team the same way."
NASHVILLE http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-nolan-patrick-jersey , Tenn. (AP) every bit of their chase for the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy right down to captain Roman Josi grabbing hold with his left hand during their pregame ceremony.Now it’s time to chase the hardware the Predators really want: The Stanley Cup.”It’s definitely a good regular season for us, definitely something we can be proud of,” Josi said. ”But now the real work and the real fun starts.”Filip Forsberg scored three goals for Nashville’s first hat trick of the season, and the Predators finished off the best regular season in franchise history by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Saturday night.The Predators accepted the Presidents’ Trophy before the game from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and took a moment to remember the moment with a team photo on the ice. Fans then chanted ”We want the Cup” for the defending Western Conference champs who lost the Stanley Cup in six games to Pittsburgh last June.The Predators will begin their run for the Cup against the Colorado Avalanche.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he’d never coached a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy before. This night was to remember all the personal milestones, including David Poile notching the most NHL games by a general manager.”It was nice to take a minute just to acknowledge that,” Laviolette said. ”Our guys are proud of it. They worked really hard this year. They stayed focused for the entire year. It’s all been part of a vision of something bigger than what happened tonight.”Nashville followed up the trophy presentation by winning its franchise-record 53rd game this season to finish with 117 points.Goalie Pekka Rinne made 22 saves through two periods before being replaced by Juuse Saros. Rinne finished 42-13-4 this season.Austin Watson also scored for Nashville, which goes into the postseason having won two straight.Josh Anderson and Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus.Losing helped Columbus avoid opening the playoffs against Pittsburgh for a second straight year and instead put the Blue Jackets into a first-round series with Washington.Coach John Tortorella scratched nine Blue Jackets including captain Nick Foligno and defenseman Seth Jones, and also rested goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with Joonas Korpisalo in net. Tortorella is giving the Blue Jackets the day off Sunday.”I’ve got some decisions to make Scott Laughton Jersey ,” Tortorella said of playing Washington. ”I have a pretty good idea of what I think the starting lineup will be in our first playoff game, but I’ve got decision to make in case we’ve got injuries.”The Predators scored three goals in the first period with Watson starting the scoring at 7:52 of the first and Forsberg adding a pair on the power play.Forsberg scored on a snap shot at 11:04. Then he got his 26th goal of the season just before the buzzer for a 3-0 lead with a shot from the right circle that went off the post and then Korpisalo into the net. Officials reviewed the play, which crossed at 0.4 seconds before the end of the period.With Korpisalo pulled, Forsberg got the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 39.4 seconds left as fans celebrated by tossing the giveaway visors onto the ice.Forsberg tied his career high with 64 points and also became Nashville’s scoring leader for the regular season with Viktor Arvidsson (61 points) scratched.Anderson got his 19th goal at 7:55 of the second, and Dubinsky pulled Columbus within 3-2 with a short-handed goal at 7:20 of the third.”We played a pretty good game,” Dubinsky said. ”Obviously, we gave a couple power-play goals to them there in the first, got down 3-0 to a really good team.”NOTES: Defenseman P.K. Subban played his 82nd game Womens Sean Couturier Jersey , the only player on the Nashville roster to play every game this season. … The Predators improved to 41-4-6 when scoring first and 23-4-4 when leading after one period. … The Predators sold out their 102nd straight game with a franchise record 17,594.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Face Washington in the first round of the playoffs.Predators: Hosting Colorado in Game 1 likely Thursday.— BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins slowed down Johnny Gaudreau just enough Thursday night, and that got them past the high-scoring Calgary Flames.Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand each had two goals, and Boston built off its Winter Classic victory by beating the Western Conference-leading Flames 6-4.Boston has won three in a row and six of eight. Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 shots, and John Moore and David Pastrnak also scored.“We have been offensively challenged for quite some time,” Krug said. “We’ve had to win a lot of tight, low-scoring games, so it was nice to win one like this.”Even in a high-scoring game http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-shayne-gostisbehere-jersey , Boston needed a few key stops on Gaudreau. The former Boston College standout scored from a tight angle with 9:27 left to cut Boston’s lead to 4-3 and also had an assist, but he failed to convert on two breakaways. The diminutive All-Star was coming off consecutive four-point games.“Gaudreau is a special player with his height and how he came into the league,” DeBrusk said. “He’s so nifty.”Mike Smith had 21 saves for Calgary, which has dropped five of eight. Michael Frolik, Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund also scored.Pastrnak, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Patrice Bergeron each had two points for Boston. Krejci was all smiles after he and his wife had a baby boy Thursday morning.“It was a special day,” Krejci said. “They (Calgary) are really good and to get the two points was a cherry on top.”After Gaudreau’s goal Travis Konecny Jersey , DeBrusk quickly stretched the lead off a pass from Krejci with 6:14 to play. Backlund scored less than three minutes later to make it 5-4, but Marchand iced it with an empty-netter with 1:50 left.“Caught him (Smith) off guard,” DeBrusk said. “It was lucky, but I’ll take it.”Frolik got Calgary going with a short-handed goal 7:46 into the game. He charged out of the box after he and Lindholm were called for penalties five seconds apart and beat Halak.NOTES: Boston F David Backes served the final game of his three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head. … Joakim Nordstrom sustained a non-displaced fibula fracture in the Winter Classic and will be re-evaluated in three weeks for the Bruins. … The Flames split the season series but have dropped seven of nine in Boston. … Boston has scored nine power-play goals in the last six games and has only allowed two in in the last ten.UP NEXTFlames: Visit Philadelphia on SaturdayBruins: Host Buffalo on Saturday
the Philadelphia Flyers into the playoffs.The Hart Trophy candidate might be the reason they get knocked out in the first round if he can’t become the force the Flyers need to have a chance against the Pittsburgh Penguins.Only six years ago Luke Schenn Jersey Womens , Giroux was dubbed ”best in the world” by former coach Peter Laviolette after he posted six goals and eight assists in six games and a rare playoff series win over the Penguins. Playing in a major market, Giroux was on his way toward NHL superstardom.Six years later, the Penguins have won two Stanley Cups, the Flyers haven’t advanced out of the first round and Giroux’s standing as one of the NHL’s best has wildly fluctuated: The 30-year-old followed two mediocre seasons with a career year this season, reaching personal highs in goals (34), assists (68) and points (102). He added a hat trick on the final day.His production has again vanished in the playoffs.The Flyers captain has no goals and one assist in three games – the Penguins hold a 2-1 series lead headed into Game 4 (7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, NBCSN) – in a postseason slump that dates to 2014. He again had no goals and one assist in six games against Washington in 2016 and scored two goals in seven games in 2014 against the New York Rangers. Giroux’s last playoff goal came on April 29, 2014.In the Game 3 loss to Pittsburgh, Giroux took four shots on goal and led the Flyers with 10 shot attempts – four on goal, one that was blocked and five that missed.”There’s a lot of hockey left to play here,” Giroux said. ”I have no doubt that we’re going to come out strong in Game 4.”Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds (who dropped from 31 goals in 2017 to 24 this season) are also scoreless for the Flyers.”Our team’s got to elevate our play overall,” coach Dave Hakstol said. ”There’s nothing drastic that needs to be done.”That didn’t stop Hakstol from mixing up his lines at practice Tuesday Womens Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey , when Sean Couturier was injured. There was no immediate word on his status.The Flyers have hit these rough patches before, losing 10 straight games over November and December before bouncing back to land in the postseason.”Our guys have been through similar situations,” Hakstol said. ”This one’s just a little bit more elevated.”The Penguins will play Game 4 without Patric Hornqvist, who has a goal and two assists in the series and is out with an undisclosed injury. He was on the top line with Sidney Crosby in Game 3 and was third in the league in power-play goals this season. Hornqvist was checked from behind into the boards by Philadelphia’s Andrew MacDonald in Game 3.CLOSE IT OUTOnly four NHL teams have taken a 3-0 series lead like San Jose has over Anaheim and lost a best-of-seven series. The Sharks just happen to be one of them, having collapsed against the Los Angeles Kings four years ago in the first round. That’s one reason why the Sharks head into Game 4 at home against the Ducks (10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Golf Channel) with a sense of urgency to close out this series.”Enough has happened in this room where I think we understand the challenges that still lie ahead of us,” captain Joe Pavelski said. ”We want a good start, we want to come out and put it on the line. We’re going to have to earn this next game for sure.”The Sharks have controlled the series, outscoring Anaheim 14-3 following an 8-1 victory in Game 3. Anaheim allowed four power-play goals as the Ducks lost their composure as well as the game.”I mean, we got to win a game,” captain Ryan Getzlaf said. ”Our focus has got to be to win that Game 4 and that’s all we can do.”SPIRITED PRACTICENashville turned up the intensity in practice Tuesday, complete with some light hitting and vigorous battles for the puck in front of goaltender Pekka Rinne.This is a reason for the stepped-up pace: Being outscored by a 5-0 margin by Colorado in the first period of the series.”Today was a perfect practice for that. It wasn’t about easing into practice John Moore Jersey Womens ,” said Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis, whose team leads the Avalanche 2-1 heading into Game 4 (10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, NBCSN). ”It was about going full speed into practice right away. We need that to translate into the game.”Colorado went through an optional practice and had defenseman Samuel Girard on the ice wearing a non-contact sweater. He has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.TRUST THE … PROGRESS?Tampa Bay holds a 2-1 series lead over New Jersey headed into Game 4 (7:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Golf Channel). But New Jersey’s 5-2 win over the Lightning on Monday was at least a sign that the Devils should trust the … progress?The Devils are owned by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the same company that also owns the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. Team owner Josh Harris attended the 76ers’ Game 2 loss in Philadelphia on Monday.Under Harris’ watch, his teams can orchestrate a turnaround. The 76ers, accompanied by the now-familiar ”Trust The Process” slogan, went from 10 wins two seasons ago to 53 and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference this year while the Devils made a stunning run from the worst team in the East to the postseason in a year.All the Devils need is a catchphrase. The 2018-19 NHL season is in its second month, and many expect the Toronto Maple Leafs to make a legitimate run at their first Stanley Cup since 1967.The talent level is high, with John Tavares and Auston Matthews, an excellent supporting cast and one of the best coaches in the league in Mike Babcock.However, the Maple Leafs still don't have their full complement Zach Bogosian Jersey Womens , as William Nylander's holdout continues. The timing is starting to get crucial for both the player and the team, as he can't return to the Leafs this season if the holdout continues past December 1.The Leafs would obviously love to be able to call upon a 22-year-old forward who has scored 61 points in each of the past two seasons, but since both sides are holding on to their positions, a trade has to be considered.Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas is not ignoring the possibility, and he has met with several teams, according to James Mirtle of The Athletic.Mirtle identified one of those teams as the Minnesota Wild, as Dubas has had a face-to-face meeting with Wild general manager Paul Fenton.A deal would make sense for the Wildsince they could use more offensive creativity and scoring up front, while that team has depth on defense and could part with a blueliner. One of those skaters is Jared Spurgeon, who had 38 points in 2016-17 and 37 points in 2017-18. Spurgeon has eight points in his first 14 games this year.The Leafs would like to keep Nylander, but if the contract stalemate continues, Dubas has to keep his options open, and the Wild appears to be at least a decent alternative.The Los Angeles Kings' slow start has resulted in quite a bit of interest in defenseman Alec Martinez Scott Wedgewood Jersey Womens , according to multiple reports.TSN NHL insider Darren Dregersaid that Los Angeles vice president and general manager Rob Blake is certainly listening to other teams as they discuss Martinez but that the Kings are not prepared to move him at this point (h/tNichols on Hockey).However, the Kings are in last place in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference, and it may just be a matter of time before Blake comes to the conclusion that his team is not going to make the playoffs. In addition to the slow start, goalie Jonathan Quick had surgery on a torn meniscus, which is a blow to the team.Martinez played a key role on the Kings' two Stanley Cup-winning teams, and he could strengthen any contender's blue line.Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian was not happy when he was recently named a healthy scratch, and he asked his agent to check in with general manager Peter Chiarelli.When that happened, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman suggested on Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada that Kassian was unhappy with his role in the team (h/t the Hockey Writers).Kassian has since attempted to clarify his position."I didn't ask for a trade," Kassian said to TSN host Jason Gregor. "When I got healthy-scratched, my agent did his job and reached out to Peter to see what was up. I hadn't played well early but feel our line is coming on. I addressed my teammates, and I want to help us. We are in a good spot now."
WINNIPEG Madison Bowey Jersey , Manitoba — are suffering from a serious Stanley Cup hangover.It’s not uncommon for the winners of hockey’s holy grail to get off to a slow start the following season but when you consider how much liquor the Capitals players consumed during a seemingly summer-long party — particularly captain Alex Ovechkin — it’s conceivable that their heads could ache until Christmas.And the Winnipeg Jets, who host the champs at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday, don’t want to give them any secret cures.Article continues below ...The Capitals are outside of the top eight spots in the Eastern Conference and granted, there are still more than 60 games to go, but they have a target on their backs that they haven’t had previously.Jets coach Paul Maurice isn’t surprised the Capitals have stumbled out of the gate but he also doesn’t expect it to be long before they right the ship.“I would think coming off the playoff high that they came off, (the issue of) getting as excited about a game in October or November has to be real. When you win a Stanley Cup, you’re usually powerful enough to get through these, I don’t know if they’re dog days for them, but the first 40 games. They know they can amp their game up,” Maurice said.“There’s such a huge difference between playoff hockey and regular season hockey. Emotions that are easily attached in the playoffs are sometimes hard to find (in the regular season). They’re still a really powerful team.”The main story line of any Jets-Capitals contest is the goal-scoring rivalry between Ovechkin, the seven-time Rocket Richard trophy winner, and Jets sniper Patrik Laine.Ovechkin topped the league in goals once again last season with 49 Nicklas Backstrom Jersey , outpacing Laine’s 44.Both should get at least a few good opportunities to add to their current totals — Ovechkin has 12 while Laine has eight — as the Jets (34 percent) and Capitals (30.3 percent) boast the top two power plays in the NHL this season.Ovechkin has filled his boots against the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers during his career, notching 47 goals and 91 points in 63 games.Laine, meanwhile, who has been heating up the last couple of weeks, has yet to score a goal at even strength this season. Seven of his goals have been scored on the power play while one was shot into an empty net. He has a team-high 64 shots on goal.The Capitals come to town on the heels of defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on the road Tuesday night, stopping a two-game slide. They received a boost from right winger Tom Wilson, who had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 earlier in the day by an arbitrator, and scored a goal in his return to put the Capitals up 2-0 late in the first period. He also was assessed a penalty for goaltender interference after the puck crossed the goal line.“That was a first for me to score and get a penalty on the same play,” Wilson said in a post-game scrum. “I was just going hard to the net and (defenseman Dmitry Orlov) put it right on my tape. I was trying to do everything I could to get out of the way, so I’ll take the goal and the kill.”Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left practice with an apparent leg injury Tuesday but Maurice said he expects he’ll be fine Wednesday. History is being made again in the Stanley Cup playoffs.On the heels of the first back-to-back champions in two decades, the NHL will get a new champion in the salary-cap era that began in 2005. Among the Lightning, Capitals James Neal Jersey Womens , Jets and Golden Knights, only Tampa Bay has won the Stanley Cup, making this the first time the final four teams have combined for one title or fewer.Tampa Bay is in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, and Washington has made the playoffs 10 out of the past 11 seasons. Yet after one of Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh lifted the Cup every time since 2009, this crop of new blood is refreshing.”They’re all good stories,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”The same old story sometimes can get old. Once in a while a new chapter is written, and it’ll be good. This year there will be a new chapter.”The next chapter begins with the Capitals visiting the Lightning on Friday night, followed by the Golden Knights at Winnipeg on Saturday night. It’s a full turnover from the final four teams last year: Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Nashville and Anaheim.The Jets became the fourth and final team to reach the third round when they beat the defending Western Conference-champion Predators on the road in Game 7 on Thursday night. Winnipeg is the final hope for Canada’s first Cup celebration since Montreal in 1993 and is in the conference final for the first time in franchise history.”Having some diversity amongst the league is great T.J. Oshie Jersey , and I think it just shows the competitive balance throughout the league,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. ”Having good young players is a great place to start and you see that the teams that have good young players have gotten good fast. So I think it’s a good thing to have some fan bases have some extended postseason success. It just creates a better vibe.”The Lightning are trying to create the vibe Hockey Bay hasn’t seen since winning the Cup in 2004. They fell short in a six-game loss to the Blackhawks in the 2015 final with this core, led by Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman.Even after missing the playoffs last year when Stamkos was out long term with a knee injury, Tampa Bay has plenty of recent playoff experience from recent runs and the additions of ex-Rangers players Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and J.T. Miller.”We’ve been here in this situation before,” Stamkos said. ”There’s no panic or nervousness. We’re excited.”Vegas hasn’t been in any situation before, building off the best inaugural season in NHL history by beating Los Angeles and San Jose to reach the West final. Among the four good stories remaining, none is as remarkable as the Golden Knights, who pieced together players from around the league to get further than anyone expected.”I haven’t been around a team like this,” general manager George McPhee said. ”This feels like more of a team than any team I’ve ever been with at the NHL level.”McPhee’s former team in Washington has the same feeling. The Capitals aren’t as deep or talented as in years past, but they’re in the East final for the first time since 1998, when McPhee was in his first season as their GM.”I’ve had some teams that have been very Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey , very talented and they weren’t necessarily the best teams,” said Trotz, who is in the third round for the first time in 19 years as an NHL head coach. ”I think the belief in the group, or the chemistry in the group, is the intangible and this group has a good chemistry about it.”What excites Jets coach Paul Maurice most about the fresh teams in the conference finals is the hope it keeps alive in the remaining cities. And each one can legitimately believe its team has a chance to win it all.”That’s the great part about competition,” Maurice said. ”So that’s what’s the most exciting thing is you don’t know, right? There’s not a five-time Stanley Cup champion that’s just ran the first two series 4-0. It’s up for grabs. It’s right there.”—AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed.—
GLENDALE Jake Muzzin Jersey , Ariz. (AP)nicely for the Arizona Coyotes.Just 2 1/2 weeks after being acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings – and one night after being worked over in a 5-2 loss at Colorado – the goalkeeper earned his 11th career shutout with a 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night, his and Arizona’s second win over the Canucks in four days.Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play for the only goal Kuemper needed. Ekman-Larsson is now two shy of 100 career goals.Kuemper, in his fourth straight start for the injured Antti Ranta since being acquired Feb. 21 from Los Angeles, stopped 27 shots.”It’s nice to get these consecutive starts like this and just kind of get in the rhythm out there,” he said. ”Every start I feel more and more comfortable with the team and how we play. Tonight was just a gutsy effort from everyone.”Kuemper’s previous shutout was Feb. 3 for the Kings against the Coyotes.”It was a very solid game. He looked big to me tonight,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. ”A very solid play. It looked like when they shot nothing was going to go in.”Kuemper had 24 saves in the Coyotes’ 2-1 win at Vancouver on Wednesday in his Arizona debut.Although long out of the playoff picture, Arizona rebounded from a 5-2 loss at Colorado the previous night and improved to 10-3-2 in its last games. Vancouver lost its third straight and is 4-10-3 in its last 17.”It’s frustrating,” Canucks forward Bo Horvat said. ”At the same time we need to take the positives out of this one. I thought we did battle hard until the end. I think we came on a little stronger there in the second half, we just have to capitalize on our chances instead.”After mostly uneventful play through one period and most of the second, the Coyotes finally broke through on a power play.With Vancouver defenseman Derrick Pouliot in the penalty box for high-sticking, Ekman-Larsson got loose and sent a sharp shot from outside the circle, just to the right of goalie Jacob Markstrom and Arizona led 1-0 with 4:53 left in the second. It was Ekman-Larsson’s 10th goal of the season. Derek Stepan and Clayton Keller got assists.Kuemper shut down any attempts to tie it after that with 13 third-period saves.Ekman-Larsson said Kuemper has been an easy fit.”It makes it easy when he’s a great guy and you want to battle for him,” Ekman-Larsson said. ”I think everybody’s doing a really good job, too. We’re playing better as a team, too. It makes it easy on everyone.”With the victory Jeff Carter Jersey , Arizona pulled within one game of Buffalo, and two of Ottawa, to escape the bottom of the NHL standings. The Coyotes are four points behind Vancouver in last place in the Pacific Division.The Canucks know they need to step up the offensive pressure early in games.”It’s easier said than done,” coach Travis Green said. ”It’s easy to say from the outside let’s go out and get 10 to 15 shots. We gave up only six (in the first period). I thought we passed up a few chances, a few shots early in the game, but I’d like to see us put the puck in the net. You got to execute, you got to make passes to get scoring chances. That was a tight game both ways.”NOTES: Ranta missed his fourth straight game with a lower body injury. … Coyotes opened a five-game homestand. … Canucks are 6-13-1 against the Pacific Division. … Ekman-Larsson has scored at least 10 goals in five consecutive seasons. He has a point in five of his last six games. … Coyotes lead season series 2-1.UP NEXTCanucks: At Los Angeles on Monday night.Coyotes: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday night. LAS VEGAS (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights chose to celebrate a monumental moment for the franchise by thinking back to how its inaugural season began – hoping the new hockey team could bring smiles to a city reeling from tragedy.Shortly after Vegas became the first expansion team to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, the mantra in the locker room was the same as the one adopted shortly before the team’s home opener:”Vegas Strong.”Team owner Bill Foley, veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and leading scorer William Karlsson were among those who thought back Monday to the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 and injured hundreds more on the Las Vegas Strip.”It was a disaster that night, it was a terrible massacre, we changed our initial opening night ceremonies, I thought we really connected with the town – I’m so proud of the whole team,” Foley said. ”From then on, it was pretty unbelievable. We got off to that fast start. We’ve survived a lot of challenges this year, besides being an expansion team who nobody picked to do anything.”No expansion team had ever made the playoffs since the league expanded for the 1967-68 season.”It doesn’t bring anybody back or we don’t heal anybody http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-jonathan-quick-jersey ,” Fleury said. ”But I hope that we’ve changed people’s mind a bit and get them to come here and have a good time at T-Mobile (Arena) and be proud of their hometown team.”Alex Tuch, Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore and Karlsson each scored, while Fleury improved to 28-11-4 after stopping 28 shots.It was also the 200th career victory for coach Gerard Gallant.”I’m really happy about making the playoffs, the 200th win doesn’t mean a whole lot,” Gallant said. ”We always go back to our first home game. It wasn’t about our team winning, it wasn’t about nothing – it was about the first responders and the tragedy that happened the week before that.”It was a tough way to start our season, but I think the guys and everybody supported it well. They all came out and played an unbelievable game that first night and I just think it carried over.”The Golden Knights host San Jose on Saturday and are six points in front of the Sharks in the Pacific Division. San Jose beat Chicago in overtime earlier Monday.Erik Johnson scored for the Avalanche and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves.Colorado is 11-7-3 against the Pacific Division and dropped to 7-3-3 in March. The Avalanche are still riding a 9-3-3 streak but had a three-game road winning streak snapped.The Avalanche are fourth in the Central Division but dropped to the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, just behind Los Angeles, which beat Calgary.”I’m not going to talk about a first-round (playoff) matchup, we gotta get there first,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. ”I would have liked to add another point or two tonight, but we weren’t able to get it done.”Tuch was in the right spot on Vegas’ first power play to punch home a loose puck and give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead. Colorado tied it when Johnson was there to fire in a rebound.Vegas went back up 2-1 when Marchessault beat Varlamov with a slick wrist shot. Vegas has scored with a man advantage in 20 of its last 31 games. Since Jan. 21, the Golden Knights lead the league with a power-play percentage of 30.4.The Golden Knights wasted no time in extending their lead in the third period, when Erik Haula fed a streaking Theodore Nate Thompson Jersey , who put one past Varlamov at the 1:31 mark.Karlsson closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal, his 40th of the season.”It feels pretty incredible, it’s good to clinch it at home ice,” Karlsson said. ”It’s been a fun ride, obviously winning helps it. We had a great start and that set us off for the rest of the year. I think the whole city came together, the fans have been great, and they’ve helped us a lot. They fired us up and it was momentum all the way.”NOTES: The Avalanche had three players skate in milestone games, as Landeskog played in his 500th game, Tyson Barrie played in his 400th, and Gabriel Bourque notched his 300th. … Vegas’ James Neal is now three games shy of his 700th. … Marchessault became the 10th player in NHL history to record 70 points while playing for a team in its inaugural season. … The 18,326 in attendance was the third-largest crowd of the season.UP NEXTColorado: Returns home to host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.Vegas: Hosts Arizona on Wednesday night.—
WINNIPEG http://www.minnesotawildteamshops.com/authentic-ryan-suter-jersey , Manitoba season that the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames could meet in the Western Conference final in the spring, people would have looked at you like you were crazy.Not the Jets part. They finished second in the league last year with 114 points. But the Flames limped into the final part of the season with two wins in their last 10 games and missed the last wild card spot by 11 points.So, it’s safe to say expectations for this year were somewhat shy of the Stanley Cup.Article continues below ...But after bursting out the gate this season, the Flames have (mostly) maintained their momentum and currently sit in first place in the Pacific Division with 22 wins and 47 points.The only hiccup has been their current three-game losing streak, although to be fair the middle loss was in a shootout to the high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning.Flames captain Mark Giordano is eager to end the slide Thursday night at Bell MTS Place. He and his teammates should have some confidence facing the Jets as they burned them for five first-period goals, chasing starter Connor Hellebuyck in the process, in a 6-3 victory on Nov. 21.“We’ve had a good season to this point Brandon Manning Jersey Womens ,” Giordano told The Calgary Herald after last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. “Now we’re on a bit of a slide. It’s a big game coming out of the break against Winnipeg. You don’t want to let things like this keep going. We have to get back into the win column as soon as possible.”The Jets are the second-hottest team in the league with a record of 11-2-0 over their last 13 games and sit atop the Western Conference with 50 points, the third-highest total in the league.Critics, however, say the Jets have made their hay against the NHL’s lesser lights and have had a easier schedule than most in the first half of the season.The Jets have relied heavily on center Mark Scheifele, who is generating some buzz for the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, with 22 goals and 49 points in 36 games. That’s good for sixth place and he’s second among all forwards in ice time with 22 minutes, 43 seconds per game.Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said his linemate and captain Blake Wheeler has played a big role in helping Scheifele’s development since he was chosen seventh overall in the 2011 entry draft.“There is good chemistry certainly with him playing with (Wheeler) Womens Zach Parise Jersey ,” Cheveldayoff told the Winnipeg Sun. “In a lot of ways, Blake is a playmaking winger and (Scheifele is) a shooter. So, the way they play in the offensive zone, they read off each other, they drive, they move their feet, they compete Cam Ward Jersey Womens , and they play hard along the wall. That’s what helps them to play well together.” OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — It was a night of firsts for the Washington Capitals on Saturday.Tom Wilson scored, Tyler Lewington and Madison Bowey each got their first career goals and the Capitals beat the short-handed Ottawa Senators 3-2.Lewington and Bowey are the first Capitals defensemen to get their first goals in the same game. Lewington also had a Gordie Howe hat trick with an assist and a fight against Zack Smith in his second NHL game.“The first game I was definitely nervous, and this game I was still a little nervous but the guys have been great making me feel comfortable,” Lewington said. “I wasn’t really thinking of (the Gordie Howe hat trick). It just kind of happened, but it’s kind of cool. I’ve only had one other one back in junior. I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one.”The Capitals have won four straight, and the Senators have dropped four in a row. Pheonix Copley made 31 saves for Washington.The Senators were without top defenseman Thomas Chabot and fellow blue-liner Christian Jaros following injuries Friday in a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Jaros broke a finger http://www.islandersfanproshop.com/authentic-adam-pelech-jersey , and Chabot was placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury following a hit from Islanders forward Matt Murray in the second period. Both players are expected to miss 3 to 4 weeks.The Senators had goaltender Marcus Hogberg making his first NHL appearance. Hogberg made 21 saves, and Colin White and Mark Stone scored for the Senators, who are last in the Eastern Conference.“It was as tough … for him coming in but he gave us a chance, and we had a chance to the very end so he did his job,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said of Hogberg.Stone scored at 16:30 of the third period, creating a white-knuckle finish.“The boys played really well in front of me and helped me see some pucks and it’s nice to have it done,” said Hogberg Anders Lee Jersey , who has split time between the AHL and ECHL the past two seasons.Lewington assisted on the game’s opening goal by Wilson at 7:12 of the first period for the first point of his career and whistled a shot past Hogberg at 16:00 for his first NHL goal.Late in the second period, he got his first fighting major in a bout with Smith.Bowey gave the Capitals a 3-0 lead just 61 seconds into the second period when he skated in from the point and beat Hogberg with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle.“I’m happy it went in, obviously. It’s been a long time and it definitely felt great. It turned out to be a big goal for us and I’m happy we got the two points,” Bowey said. “To see (Lewington) score and get the Gordie Howe hat trick is really special.”The Senators got one back when White was credited with a goal at 4:22 of the second after a Washington challenge for goaltender interference was dismissed.Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk earned an assist on that goal but just 33 seconds later was knocked to the ice by a hit to the head from Bowey. Tkachuk immediately jumped to his feet and received an instigator minor, fighting major and misconduct for going after Bowey. He drew a loud cheer from the home crowd when he left the penalty box three minutes into the third.NOTES: The Capitals have won the past four meetings between the two teams. … Saturday was the second of three meetings between teams this season. The Capitals were 4-0 winners in Ottawa on Dec. 22 and they meet again in Washington on Feb. 26. … The Senators recalled Ds Stefan Elliott and Christian Wolanin from Belleville of the AHL on Saturday.UP NEXTCapitals: Host Nashville on Monday.Senators: Play at Columbus on Monday night.
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Darnold checked most of the boxes http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/christian-kirksey-jersey-authentic , but not all of them and Cleveland passed on him with the No. 1 overall pick, selecting Baker Mayfield instead.On Thursday night, Darnold can show the Browns they made a mistake.Another one.The youngest quarterback to start a season opener since 1970, Darnold will perform on a national TV stage for the second time already as a pro when he leads the New York Jets into FirstEnergy Stadium to face the Browns, who have played well enough to win their first two games but are still searching for their first victory since Dec. 24, 2016.Heading into April's draft, Darnold was considered the top of the deep 2018 QB class and it appeared he would wind up in Cleveland, where quarterbacks have come and gone like restaurant busboys over the past two decades."Yeah, I thought I could've ended up there or several other teams," Darnold said this week. "I was excited to go anywhere. "Whoever wanted me, whoever wanted to pick me as a top pick, to me it was a dream come true right when it happened."After the Browns nabbed Mayfield and the Giants grabbed running back Saquon Barkley Womens JC Tretter Jersey , the Jets took Darnold and have been more than satisfied by his early development.He rebounded from throwing an interception that was returned for a TD on his first pass attempt in the opener and led the Jets to a 31-point win, and last week the 21-year-old became the youngest QB to pass for 300 yards.Darnold insists he's not seeking any revenge or trying to prove anything to the Browns."No," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and play ball."The Jets and Browns are on divergent paths with their rookie quarterbacks. New York has chosen to start Darnold, while Cleveland is holding Mayfield out to watch and learn behind Tyrod Taylor.It's not a race and the Browns feel no need to rush their plan."We feel very comfortable with the guy that we selected in Baker, and I'm sure they do with him," coach Hue Jackson said. "He's a fine prospect and is going to be a fine player. I think they got a good one, but we feel we have a really good one, too."After facing Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees — two future Hall of Famers — in Weeks 1 and 2, the Browns aren't looking at Darnold as any break."I don't think that any game in the NFL is a breather," said linebacker Joe Schobert."He's got a big arm. He's doing good things as their quarterback. The hardest thing to do is come into the NFL and play quarterback and be successful. And he's so far shown himself to be pretty poised and good at it."PRESSURE PACKEDThe Browns are down and desperate. They need a win, and after stubbing their toes twice already, need to beat the Jets. A 1-1-1 record seems light years from 0-2-1."Our team is excited Youth Larry Ogunjobi Jersey , hungry, disappointed, anxious — all of those words you want to use," said Jackson, who is 1-32-1 in two seasons. "We just need to get it done."BACK 'HOME"The Dawg Pound will be a homecoming of sorts for several current Jets, who are former Browns.Running back Isaiah Crowell played the past four years in Cleveland. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor spent two seasons with the Browns, including a breakout campaign in 2016 when the former quarterback had 1,007 yards. His QB for parts of those seasons was Josh McCown, now Darnold's backup and mentor.Cornerback Buster Skrine played in Cleveland from 2011-14. Jets coach Todd Bowles, too, has Cleveland connections as an assistant under Butch Davis from 2001-04.ALIVE & KICKINGGreg Joseph was on the beach hanging out with friends last weekend, "you know Youth Chris Hubbard Jersey , just living the South Florida life." Things changed quickly.The rookie is now in the spotlight — or crosshairs — as Cleveland's new kicker. Joseph signed this week after the Browns cut Zane Gonzalez for missing two field goals and two extra points last week.Joseph, who spent the preseason with Miami, is excited about the opportunity."My film's out there. My stats are out there," he said. "I learned a lot about me, the athlete I am and the competitor I am. I'm ready to bring it here."Q IS THE ANSWERDarnold's favorite target through two games has been wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who has a team-leading 13 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. Enunwa has been targeted 21 times, more than Pryor (11), Robby Anderson (six) and Jermaine Kearse (two) combined.SACK RACEThe Jets got their first four sacks of the season last Sunday against Miami, the most since getting to Taylor seven times when he played with Buffalo in Week 9 last season."The whole unit, we definitely picked it up last week," defensive end Leonard Williams said. "We didn't have any sacks in the first week, even though they got the ball out pretty quickly. At the same time Womens Kevin Zeitler Jersey , I don't want to make excuses. We definitely picked it up last week and I hope we continue to make strides on that." Right now, the Cincinnati Bengals are atop the AFC North with a 4-1 record. But the complexion of the division could change significantly after Sunday, when the Bengals play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile the Browns take on the Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens take on the Tennessee Titans, with wins for both keeping them well in the race for the AFC North crown. With that in mind, here’s what the division has been up to leading to their respective Week 6 contests.Pittsburgh Steelers: Yes, it’s Bengals week for the Steelers, which means it’s a more tense week than usual. The Bengals and Steelers have seen their rivalry go from merely physical to downright brutal, with injuries being part of the storyline for nearly every meeting in recent years. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ready for the brutality to end. On Wednesday, Roethlisberger said that it’s time to put the past behind them “and play like it’s a normal football game,” according to Jeff Hartman of Behind the Steel Curtain. Is it also time for the Steelers to put the idea of “Vince Williams, starting linebacker,” behind them as well? Nick Farabaugh felt compelled to ask that question after L.J. Fort stepped in admirably for the injured Williams in Week 5’s win over the Atlanta Falcons. Fort Youth Baker Mayfield Jersey , however, is dealing with an ankle injury, so the Steelers may not be able to make any personnel switches at inside linebacker until after their Week 7 bye.Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are banged up at the tight end position. Not only have they lost Tyler Eifert for the season with an ankle injury, Tyler Kroft is now in a walking boot an using a scooter to get around after injuring his foot in Sunday’s defeat of the Miami Dolphins. These developments have led the Bengals to sign tight end Matt Lengel off of the Houston Texans’ practice squad, per Cincy Jungle’s Jason Marcum. Lengel was an undrafted rookie signing of the Bengals’ in 2015 and was on the Browns’ practice squad last year.Matt Minich breaks down the film from the Bengals’ win over the Dolphins in Week 5 and has come to two conclusions: Cincinnati’s pass defense was the team’s biggest key to victory on that side of the ball, while on offense, quarterback Andy Dalton’s ability to come through in the clutch made the biggest impact.Baltimore Ravens: The Browns aren’t the only team dealing with dropped passes on offense. Though Ravens receiver Michael Crabtree had six receptions in their team’s overtime loss in Cleveland last week, it was the passes he dropped that proved to be the real difference-makers. Baltimore Beatdown’s Frank J. Platko broke down Crabtree’s Week 5 drops and also noted that Crabtree has spent his post-practice time this week catching from the JUGGS machine in an attempt to turn things around.Crabtree’s drops were only part of the reason why the Ravens’ offense faltered against the Browns on Sunday. Logan Levy takes to the tape to illustrate how Baltimore’s receivers lacked separation and how quarterback Joe Flacco often couldn’t see open targets, two more factors that led to Sunday’s loss. Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys
Artie Burns played only 10 snaps on special teams during Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns.Despite starting 30 of Pittsburgh’s previous 31 games dating back to 2016 Youth Joe Schobert Jersey , Burns was relegated to spectator duty on defense. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Burns was late to a team walkthrough last week, which may have been the impetus for his lack of use defensively against Cleveland.Coty Sensabaugh replaced Burns in the starting lineup for the second time this season. Sensabaugh also started against Tampa Bay in Week Three, though Burns still played roughly a third of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps in that game against the Buccaneers.Burns has started 30 of the 39 career games he’s played for Pittsburgh. He assumed the Steelers starting job after the first seven games of his rookie season in 2016.He has 19 tackles, a forced fumble, a safety and a pass defended this season for Pittsburgh. Two teams in the AFC North won their Week 1 matchups and two others... did not. And while the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers did not lose when they met up on Sunday, the 21-21 tie helps neither when trying to earn control of the division. With the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens both coming up victorious, and the two slated to play each other on Thursday night http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-damarious-randall-jersey , one team will (likely be, given what happened in Cleveland last week) 2-0 and firmly in first place in the AFCN.It’s just Week 2 and the AFC North is at a critical point. Here’s what the Steelers, Bengals and Ravens are up to ahead of their respective matchups.Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens made the most of their home-field advantage and the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Nathan Peterman and coasted to a 47-3 win in Week 1. Week 2 doesn’t look to be as easy, though, with Baltimore on the road against a Bengals team that was sharp in its defeat of the Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore Beatdown’s Jacob Loque agrees, calling the Bengals the Ravens’ “first real test” of the season, pointing particularly to Cincinnati’s multifaceted offense as the biggest source of trouble. Kyle P. Barber spoke with Patrick Judis of Cincy Jungle ahead of the two teams’ meeting.Logan Levy, meanwhile http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jamie-collins-jersey , has the injury updates for Baltimore. First, the Ravens placed running back Kenneth Dixon on injured reserve and promoted running back De’Lance Turner from the practice squad. As for Thursday night, Levy reports that Dixon, cornerback Maurice Canaday, defensive tackle Willie Henry and tight end Hayden Hurst have already been ruled out.Cincinnati Bengals: Cincy Jungle’s John Sheeran wonders if the Ravens defense might ultimately have the Bengals’ number this year because of a not-so-secret weapon: Quarterbacks coach James Urban. Urban spent the previous seven seasons as the Bengals’ receivers coach, working one-on-one with wideout A.J. Green for the entirety of his career, until now. Urban’s knowledge of the Bengals’ offense in general and Green’s tendencies in particular could add another level of chess-matchery to Thursday night’s game.There’s also another problem in Cincinnati—the right tackle. Bobby Hart was a glaring weakness against the Colts, and Matt Minich found six free agent tackles that he estimates “couldn’t be worse” than Hart. Hart Kevin Zeitler Jersey , a former New York Giant, won the starting right tackle job over the summer, beating out Bengals draft picks Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. Hart gave up five pressures on Sunday and ended with a Pro Football Focus grade of a dismal 37.4Pittsburgh Steelers: It wasn’t Pittsburgh’s defense that caused the Steelers to struggle with and ultimately tie with the Browns in Week 1. The unit had a combined seven sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed and 11 quarterback hits. The performance led to Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, having ended the day with 10 total tackles (4.5 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks.It was originally four sacks. But, as Behind the Steel Curtain’s Jeff Hartman noted, the half-sack was taken away and given to defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. Still Authentic JC Tretter Jersey , it appears that Pittsburgh’s 2017 Round 1 draft pick is beginning to show why the Steelers targeted him as their latest, greatest pass-rusher.While Ben Roethlisberger’s numerous turnovers are a major reason why the Steelers and Browns tied (and why the Steelers should have been blown out), Hartman also points blame on head coach Mike Tomlin. It’s not for the typical reasons, though, like lack of preparation or discipline, but rather his willingness to ignore and at times even amplify the level of off-field drama surrounding the team. Hartman writes, “when it comes to things you can control—like how the team is constantly engulfed in drama—there’s some room for criticism” of Tomlin. Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys
the Titans to win games now. I’m ruining what could have been a 5-0 start to the year.With that out of the way Authentic Kamalei Correa Jersey , welcome to another edition of Keeping Up With Marcus Mariota. Last week, Mariota completed 14 of 26 passes at Buffalo for 129 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception for a 51.6 passer rating. Obviously, the expectation is Mariota played a bad game after playing at a high level the previous week against the Eagles. But by looking at the incompletions he tossed, something doesn’t look right. So here’s what happened on all 12 of Mariota’s incompletions:1. Thrown in the area of Jonnu Smith who was tightly covered.2. Late, behind Derrick Henry.3. Corey Davis stopped running, was contacted.4. Was trying to throw the ball away under intense pressure, but the arc of his passmeant the ball was nearly intercepted.5. His actual interception. Nick Williams completely let the defensive back come through his window and pick the pass off.6. Wide of Luke Stocker7. Through Taywan Taylor’s hands on a catch he should’ve made.8. Pressure disrupts his pass to Dion Lewis.9. Batted at the line of scrimmage looking for Corey Davis.10. Thrown away under pressure from Tremaine Edmunds.11. Jump ball to Sharpe, not a smart decision, fortunate to get away with an incompletion.12. Accurate pass to Nick Williams that should’ve been caught for a touchdown but was instead dropped.So looking at Mariota’s incompletions, 9 of his 12 came from pass disruptions, a lack of separation Youth Kenny Vaccaro Jersey , bad receiver play, drops, miscommunications, and throwing the ball away. If Williams catches the touchdown pass, we might not be talking about how “bad” Mariota played on Sunday. Another concern is how conservative Matt LaFleur’s play calling was. Sure, Buffalo’s defense has some quality players, but Tennessee only attempted four passes of at least 16 air yards. Perhaps LaFleur doesn’t trust the limited receiving corps, but With Corey Davis lighting it up downfield the previous week, it’s baffling.With that said, let’s highlight some notable passes Mariota threw on Sunday and briefly analyze them.gamepass.nfl.comHere, Nick Williams is running a simple go route against zone coverage, yet he couldn’t even do that correctly. Mariota gets clean protection—though really it’s hard not to when you’re releasing the ball that quickly—and it should be a pass that Williams can catch. But Williams has no spatial awareness on this play http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dennis-kelly-jersey , so he has no idea the defensive back is coming into his window. Williams gets overwhelmed, screwing his quarterback over as the pass is picked off.gamepass.nfl.comThe Bills’ play-by-play listed this as an overthrown ball, but to me, this is one Taywan Taylor should’ve caught for a touchdown. Mariota is under heavy pressure this time and is able to get the ball off just before getting hit. I’ve mentioned in the past that Taylor’s catch radius is extremely limited. He’s extremely effective as a screen and underneath receiver, but when asked to expand his frame he’s been a major letdown. He’s asked to slightly contort his body to make this catch, but instead it goes through his hands and ends up as a dropped touchdown.gamepass.nfl.comAnd speaking of dropped touchdowns, Nick Williams ultimately sealed his fate in Tennessee with a massive drop that would’ve given the Titans a lead trailing 10-6. Mariota extends the play and Williams does a nice job of breaking open, but the ball inexplicably goes through his hands on the Titans’ second dropped touchdown of the game.Marcus Mariota wasn’t spectacular against the Bills, but the play calling was way too conservative, the receivers could barely separate, and when they did they either dropped the pass or were not on the same page as Mariota. I thought he played a solid game in spite of the situation around him, and it’s on LaFleur to correct his mistakes (from an otherwise solid season as offensive coordinator) and for the Titans to consider trading for a receiver.Still Jayon Brown Jersey , at least we got to see Mariota leap over a defender.gamepass.nfl.comThat was awesome. JACKSONVILLE (4-8) at TENNESSEE (6-6)THURSDAY, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFLN, Prime VideoOPENING LINE 鈥?Titans by 4 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD 鈥?Jacksonville 4-6-2, Tennessee 6-6SERIES RECORD 鈥?Titans lead 28-20LAST MEETING 鈥?Titans beat Jaguars 9-6, Sept. 16LAST WEEK 鈥?Jaguars beat Colts 6-0; Titans beat Jets 26-22AP PRO32 RANKING 鈥?Jets No. 26, Titans No. t-16JAGUARS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (24), RUSH (18), PASS (24)JAGUARS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (3), RUSH (16), PASS (10)TITANS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (28) Authentic Josh Kline Jersey , RUSH (17), PASS (29)TITANS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (9), RUSH (t-19), PASS (5)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES 鈥?Titans have won 14 of last 17 at home. ... Titans have won three straight vs. Jaguars and five of last six. ... Jaguars coming off seventh shutout in franchise history and fourth overall in NFL this season. ... Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue has seven sacks in last nine games. ... Jacksonville is 1-4 on road this season. ... Jaguars QB Cody Kessler completed 75 percent of passes with 90.6 passer rating and ran for 28 yards last week. Kessler threw for career-high 336 yards and two TDs in only career start vs. Titans on Oct. 16, 2016, with Browns. ... Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette ran for 95 yards and two TDs in last game before one-game suspension. Fournette averaging 98.5 yards from scrimmage in two games vs. Titans. ... Jaguars LB Telvin Smith had 12 tackles, tackle for loss and forced fumble last week. ... CB D.J. Hayden seventh player on Jaguars' defense with interception this season after pick last week. ... Titans allowing 20.4 points per game, sixth fewest in NFL. ... Titans QB Marcus Mariota had 12th winning drive last week and eighth since start of 2017 season. ... Mariota threw for 282 yards with two TDs and one interception last week. He also had team-high 43 yards rushing. ... Titans WR Taywan Taylor had career-high 104 yards receiving vs. Jets. ... Titans LB Jayon Brown one of two NFL players with 70 or more tackles and at least six sacks this season. ... Fantasy tip: Mariota came off bench to beat Jaguars with his legs in Week 2. Now healthy, he also has speedy Taylor available to attack through air.
Michael Campanaro put on IR The Titans are activating Rishard Matthews off of PUP and adding Michael Campanaro to IR today.This is obviously good news for the Titans passing game as they get their leading wide receiver back with enough time to get him up at least partially back in the swing of things before the regular season starts in two weeks. Where Matthews slots in will be interesting. The guess here would be that he’s the starting receiver across from Corey Davis in 2-wide receiver sets. It’s hard to say who moves to the slot when they go to 11 personnel though. In practices and the preseason we have seen Nick Williams working in the slot with the first team offense while Davis Womens Wesley Woodyard Jersey , Tajae Sharpe, and Taywan Taylor have worked outside for the most part. Will Matt LaFleur stick with a dedicated slot wide receiver like Williams between Davis and Matthews or will he try to get the best three receivers on the field and bump a guy like Davis http://www.titansfootballauthentics.com/logan-ryan-jersey-authentic , Matthews, or Taylor in to the slot? That’s one of the biggest questions left heading in to the regular season.Adding Campanaro to the injured reserve means that the Titans could hold on to his rights during the season without using a roster spot. It also means that Nick Williams or Deontay Burnett’s odds of making the 53-man roster increase. Williams has to be considered the prohibitive favorite at this point http://www.titansfootballauthentics.com/jayon-brown-jersey-authentic , but Burnett has an outside chance as well.Why I’m excited about the Titans this season Our theme this week on the SB Nation blogs is why we are excited about our team. There are no shortage of reasons that I am excited about the Titans this season. It starts with having Marcus Mariota in an offense that plays to his strengths. That absolutely wasn’t the case last year. We have already seen some flashes of him looking more comfortable than he did last season. I can’t wait to see him get a full half of run in the preseason game this week against the Steelers.I am excited about the Titans this season because of Dion Lewis. He has already proven explosive in limited preseason reps. They are going to be able to throw screen passes to him. That sounds simple, but the Titans haven’t had a good screen back in the entire time they have been in Nashville.I am excited about the Titans because Corey Davis is healthy (knock on wood). We have seen what he is capable of in glimpses. Now he has had a whole offseason with Mariota and should get plenty of game action with him this weekend. The sky is the limit for him.I am excited about Harold Landry. He has already shown the bend that he was famous for at Boston College. Landry can get home off the edge. He brings a speed element to this team that they haven’t had in a long time.I am excited about the secondary. This is the best group of guys they have had on the back end of the defense in a very long time.At the end of the day Youth Kevin Byard Jersey , I think the Titans have the chance to have a top 10 offense and defense. They haven’t done that in a VERY LONG TIME. What has you the most excited about this team?
Philadelphia Eagles fans should be rooting for during NFL Week 10 games.EAGLES GAMENo Eagles game today. The Birds are on their bye.NFC EAST GAMESAtlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins: This 5-2 Washington team currently has a 1.5 game lead on the 4-4 Eagles. Washington also has only one opponent with a winning record on their remaining schedule. So http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-chris-long-jersey , yeah, it’d be really nice if Washington lost today. The Falcons are less threatening to the Eagles in the NFC playoff picture anyway since Philly has a head-to-head tie-breaker over them. Root for the Falcons.Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys will drop to 3-5 with a loss to the Titans on Monday Night Football. The Eagles could then put them down to 3-6 and effectively end their season next weekend. Root for the Titans.NFC GAMESChicago Bears at Buffalo Bills: Root for the AFC over the NFC team. Root for the Bills.Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers: Carolina is the bigger threat in the NFC. Root for the Bucs.Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have that head-to-head tie-breaker over the Eagles so it’d be better to see them drop. The Lions are less threatening anyway. Root for the Lions.Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are quietly still a dangerous team in the NFC. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Bolts hand them a loss. Root for the Chargers.Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints: I’d rather the Rams get the No. 1 seed than the Saints because Los Angeles is less tough to play than New Orleans. I won’t be shedding tears if the Rams have their perfect record blemished, though. Root against the Saints.Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots: As always, keep Aaron Rodgers away from the playoffs. Root against the Packers. DRAFT PICK WATCHPittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens: This is a key game for draft pick watch. A Steelers win here puts a big dent in Baltimore’s playoff chances. With the Eagles giving up a 2019 third-round pick in the Golden Tate trade Cheap Cameron Johnston Jersey , it’d be especially nice for that Ravens second-round pick to be as good as possible for the Eagles. Root for the Steelers.WHAT’S LEFTKansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns: The Chiefs need to keep winning to maintain their No. 1 seed status over the Patriots in the AFC. Root for the Chiefs.New York Jets at Miami Dolphins: It hurts the Giants when Sam Darnold plays well. Root for the Jets.Houston Texans at Denver Broncos: The Eagles play the Texans in Week 16. Should Philadelphia find themselves in a spot where the “strength of victory” playoff seeding tie-breaker matters, it’s best for the Eagles to beat teams with strong records. Root for the Texans.BYE WEEKSArizona Cardinals: The Cards are spending their bye week by admitting they were so stupid to sign Sam Bradford to a big money deal.Cincinnati Bengals: Cincy returns from their bye to host the Saints next week.Indianapolis Colts: Frank Reich’s squad will play the Jags in Week 10.Jacksonville Jaguars: Next up is a game against the Colts.New York Giants: The G-Men will return from their bye to play on Monday Night Football for the second time this season. Need them to start winning some games to screw up their draft positioning. Philadelphia Eagles: Eagles versus Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday night. Gonna be a big one.Both Eagles fans and Giants fans are expecting Philadelphia to win Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across the NFL powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Eagles fans http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-brandon-graham-jersey , sign up HERE to join FanPulse.Let’s take stock of the NFC East heading into NFL Week 6 based on SB Nation’s latest FanPulse numbers.WASHINGTON (2-2)Washington’s confidence rating dropped from 81% last week to 69% this week. It’s worth noting that FanPulse voting started before Washington’s blowout loss to the Saints on Monday night, however, so their actual confidence number is probably lower than indicated. Up next for Washington this week is a home game against the Panthers. Washington fans are expecting their favorite team to win by an average of two points (though again, pre-MNF voting factors in there.) Carolina fans are expecting the Panthers to win by an average of six points.DALLAS COWBOYS (2-3)Cowboys fans have the second lowest confidence rating among all 32 teams at just 5%. Things are not going well down in Dallas.Up next for the Cowboys is a home game against the Jaguars. 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made a statement last October when they beat Carolina on the road in Week 6.They're trying to do it again this season http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-nick-foles-jersey , this time at home.Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles (3-3) are back to prove-it mode after a so-so start. The Panthers (3-2) are also looking to establish themselves as playoff contenders when they play in Philadelphia on Sunday."We were fortunate enough to come away way with a victory on the road," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said about a 28-23 win in a Thursday night game on Oct. 12, 2017. "This year, it's no different. Two good football teams. Two aggressive style defenses. So it's going to have to be a complete game if we expect to win. It's going to be a really good test for us to see where we are in Week 7."Both teams were 4-1 when they met last time. The Eagles already have matched their loss total from last season but they're coming off a dominating 34-13 win at the Giants on Oct. 11. The Panthers lost at Washington 23-17."There's no reason to panic," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "We're just going to keep working hard and trying to improve."Some things to watch between the Panthers and Eagles:TORREY'S RETURNPanthers wide receiver Torrey Smith was a starter for the Eagles last season and caught a touchdown pass on a flea flicker in the NFC championship game against Minnesota. He said he has no hard feelings over being traded to Carolina after only one season in Philadelphia. Pederson praised Smith's leadership ability."He's a great leader. Great man, first of all," Pederson said. "He brings explosiveness, he can still run, he can still get open."CONTAINING CAMThe 6-foot-5, 245-pound Cam Newton is difficult to tackle when he runs the ball. He has 208 yards rushing and a team-high three TDs on the ground."We have to make sure we do our job," Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said. "If you don't, that's when Cam gets out and he beats you. He's a big boy. You just have to make sure you go get him http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-corey-clement-jersey , bring him to the ground, tackle well. We have to be aggressive but play smart, too."Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said Newton is "more of a power running back than half the running backs they have."THE BODYGUARDEagles nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters isn't expected to miss a game despite tearing his right biceps. Pederson said there's no risk to a further injury and he doesn't see a need to rest the 36-year-old Peters. Halapoulivaati Vaitai replaced Peters after the two-time All-Pro had season-ending knee surgery last season. He performed well enough to help Philadelphia win the Super Bowl.CHESS MATCHEagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce is eager to match wits with four-time All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly."You game plan against difference makers and he's one of those guys," Kelce said. "Not only is he an incredibly gifted athlete but mentally he's as sharp as they come. He does a phenomenal job as the orchestrator of that defense."DINK AND DUNKNewton has completed only one pass that traveled more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage this season. He is also averaging just 6.8 yards per completion. But Newton's completion percentage under first-year offensive coordinator Norv Turner is a career-best 65.9."When we get into the logistical things of football and what the defense is giving and what they aren't, you just can't go down and chuck the football downfield and just expect, 'Well, we didn't take shots in the game,'" Newton said. "Whatever Norv and his offensive staff calls, it's my job as a quarterback to execute it."Eagles takeaways from Mike Groh and Jim Schwartz press conferences heading into Week 2 It’s nice for Eagles players and coaches to have some extended time between their Week 1 Thursday Night opener and their Week 2 Sunday matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It gives them all a little extra time to get healthy and also to figure out how the heck Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 417 yards and four touchdowns (!) — Ryan. Fitzpatrick.Coordinators Mike Groh and Jim Schwartz talked to the media on Tuesday, and spoke a little bit about the team’s performance against Atlanta, and what they are doing to prepare for the Bucs.(TL;DR: Groh did not announce the starting QB, but Doug Pederson is expected to make an announcement in the next day or two.)Here’s what the Eagles’ OC and DC had to say:Mike GrohOn the Atlanta winThe OC echoed the sentiments of Mike Wallace from earlier this week, and is not freaking out about the lack of production in Thursday’s home opener. He did admit they have a lot things they need to fix and specifically to improve their execution — which http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jalen-mills-jersey , duh.He pointed out that Atlanta has a talented secondary, but there were definitely missed opportunities by some of the receivers on Thursday. And while saying there wasn’t really one schematic problem resulting in the slow offensive start, did say, “We know that we’ve got to create more explosive plays and push the ball down the field”.Groh also said there wasn’t a set snap count plan for rookie tight end Dallas Goedert against the Falcons, but that he’s a big plan for the offense’s future. He later spoke about the running back rotation and how there wasn’t really a game plan for Jay Ajayi to start slow and end with a bang, despite Pederson saying his foot injury was a factor in that decision. Groh noted that the Eagles didn’t have the ball as much as they hoped in the first half which limited some players snap count.He also didn’t cast any doubt on the team’s confidence in TE Zach Ertz after a couple drops on Thursday. Groh agreed that it was uncharacteristic of the tight end and that he’s chalking it up as a fluke on opening night. The performance won’t change anything they have planned for him schematically this season, they know what he can do.On the QB for Week 2Obviously Groh wouldn’t spill the beans about who the starting quarterback would be on Sunday against Tampa Bay, but did divulge that the team knows who is starting and they are already game planning.He did mention that Doug Pederson would be making an announcement about the starter in the next day or two.The OC also talked about the importance of getting into a rhythm is for Nick Foles, and that trying to get him some quick early completions are a good way to establish that rhythm — like it is for so many other QBs throughout the league — but that it’s the coaches job to get him those looks. At the end of the day, Foles got the win, and Groh learned a long time ago that winning is all that really matters:On Buccaneers prepGroh was asked what they saw from the Tampa Bay defense, and how it’s filled with several new faces — a couple of which are from Philly. The OC talked about how they are a very talented group, but a group they are familiar with.He went on to laud the Bucs’ linebacker Cheap Nate Gerry Jersey , Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, and how good the corner coverage will be once they get CB Brent Grimes back next to Vernon Hargreaves III. He likened the defense to Atlanta, in that they play fast and are quick on their feet.On calling ‘Philly Philly’Jim SchwartzOn the defense overall in Week 1Schwartz didn’t mince words early on in his press conference, and when asked about Sidney Jones’ performance noted that there were areas for him, and the rest of the defense, to improve as they head into the season.He did say that Jones had a few nice plays and was able to do things, like making a tackle for loss, that shows he can do more than just covering opponents — something the DC says, however, he’s expected to be able to do.The defensive coordinator also talked about the Eagles’ red zone defense and what makes it makes it so effective. He simplified things at first, as Schwartz does, “I mean, guys understand what to do”. But he continued about how important being able to rush the QB without blitzing.He also lauded his players for not panicking Cheap Jordan Hicks Jersey , but rather knowing what they are expected to do, and then doing them. Schwartz pointed out there was no frustration following some of the penalties either, just got back on the field and did their jobs.On Buccaneers prepSchwartz talked about the Bucs putting up 48 against the Saints in Week 1, and the DC noted big plays by DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick being difficult for New Orleans to stop. “Yeah, it was eye opening to watch it for sure,” Schwartz noted.He later went on to elaborate on how Jackson and Evans specifically are used differently, but both pose as deep threats.It isn’t just the wide receivers he has to prepare for either, with Schwartz specifically noting the size and catch radius of the Bucs tight end O.J. Howard. He pointed out that all of Tampa Bay’s TEs are huge and their size gives their quarterback a much bigger target. He emphasized having to be careful in man-to-man coverage and being about to keep an eye on the QB as well as whoever they are covering.On the DE/DT rotationSchwartz was asked about Fletcher Cox being in for so many snaps, but he admitted that isn’t the long term goal. The DC noted the team was trying to ease Bruce Hector into the rotation, starting with a small number of snaps and then building on that.He noted, “It’s probably not ideal, but it’s what we had to do to win the game, and that’s what we did.”Schwartz was also asked about how Brandon Graham looked in his return the field http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-ronald-darby-jersey , and while he quipped that it’s never ideal to miss most of training camp, that BG is a veteran and was able to jump right back into things. They did violate his pitch count a bit against the Falcons, but Graham stayed fresh and kept telling the staff he was good.Schwartz also said he doesn’t think we’ve all seen the full extent of what Brandon Graham can do, which is both exciting and terrifying to think about.The DC then talked about how the core to being able to rotate players, and therefore have players without amazing stat sheets, was having unselfish players. He noted that the front line defines success as a group, not individually, and that you need to have players who really can step into any role and understands the defense.On the linebackersThe defensive coordinator has never hidden his appreciation for what Nigel Bradham brings to the team, and is excited to have him back in Week 1. Schwartz also talked about getting Jordan Hicks back from his Achilles injury, and how he was able to provide a spark for the team with his sack against Matt Ryan on Thursday.Schwartz — by way of a somewhat failed baseball analogy — said there was a silver lining with regards to missing Hicks last season and other guys throughout the year, but also stressed that “when you are lacking something, it does force you to try to find another way to do it”.On his coaching style
August 13 www.houstontexansteamonline.com , 2018 After a two week hiatus and one preseason game, there have been some big changes to Texans’ Rosterology. In a Thursday night preseason football game, the Texans controlled the Chiefs for a 17-10 win. It was great to see Deshaun Watson on the field in his return from a season-ending ACL injury last November. I wish we could have seen Whitney Mercilus, D.J. Reader, J.J. Watt, Tyrann Mathieu, among others, play for at least a series, but I’m glad health is a primary concern. As a result, players vying for a roster spot get an additional series or two in preseason game. A couple notes before we jump on in. First, Corey Moore’s play, along with the lack of any competing safeties, puts him close to a lock for a roster spot in my view. He was a surveyor of the field on Thursday night, and his knowledge of the defense make him a vital part of the unit moving forward. I’m also starting to wonder if Jay Prosch will be a part of this offense. Having him on the roster for short yard situations is understandable, but how often will he be used? I also thought Treston Decoud was in a relatively safe position, but seeing him as a third string safety with not much special teams prowess, I no longer think he is a part of the ‘First Four Out’; he is probably part of a ‘Next Four Out’ group that isn’t published.With that said, here we go.Safe, But In Position BattlesBraxton MillerCongrats, Braxton.You have begun to prove many doubters wrong. Although his skill set is starting to mirror Bruce Ellington’s in terms of route tree and play making, Miller looks faster and is better at running routes than he ever has during his three year career. He’s finally healthy and had his first consistent performance in a football game. Yes, it was preseason, but the team showed more confidence putting him as the split end receiver. He needs to stay healthy and keep getting open over the middle; if he does those two things Houston Texans T-Shirt , Miller will join Corey Moore and not be featured in this article in the weeks to come, as his spot should be locked up. Joe Webb IIIAfter a game like that, how can you not want that type of athleticism on your roster?An unbelievable play by the third string QB puts him in a safe position heading into the second preseason game. Being able to participate on special teams as well as mimicking Deshaun Watson’s offensive play style makes Webb a true dual threat quarterback. More spectacular plays would definitely be welcome in the preseason. Kyle FullerI spent a ton of time watching the offensive line block this past game. On my notepad, I had Fuller’s name written three times for good pass protection. The Texans played the second-year offensive lineman at center during the game, but he’s just as capable at guard. What’s that word the Texans like to use? Versatility? Oh, yeah...Fuller fits the bill. May the development continue.Peter KalambayiHis job is to replace Brennan Scarlett. Brennan had a better game and held the edge better than the rookie sixth round draft pick did. I thought Kalambayi played fine, but he may need more time to develop on the practice squad. I still have him on the team, but it’s necessary to highlight him as a roster casualty. Last Four InAlfred BlueThe Texans have an affinity for Alfred that I do not see. He had eight carriers for 14 yards against Kansas City. His missed catch in the flat to avoid getting creamed by a defender was lackluster at best. It’s only one preseason game, but after watching Troymaine Pope bust through the defense on multiple plays, Blue is quickly becoming an afterthought in the Texans’ backfield. When D’Onta Foreman comes back, Blue will slide back in the depth chart immediately. Troymaine PopeFrom not being on this list at all to skyrocketing up the Rosterology board, Pope was the biggest surprise on Thursday night. Speed, patience, and versatility were Pope’s biggest assets, and they were on display this past week. Indeed, he has passed Tyler Ervin on the depth chart and is in a intriguing spot with D’Onta Foreman potentially starting the regular season on the PUP list. More to come on Pope.David QuessenberryI never thought Quessenberry would be this developed as an interior offensive lineman. The greatest story on the Texans’ roster, a cancer survivor, an inspiration to us all, played with tenacity and balance in the 35 plays he was on the field for. If you watch the video in Joe Webb’s analysis, Quessenberry’s (#77) block on the defensive tackle springs Webb and gives him a lane to run. The trio of Kyle Fuller, Chad Slade, and Quessenberry are campaigning to be backup interior linemen on the 53-man roster. Before the preseason game, I would’ve had said Chad Slade is a better option Houston Texans Hats , but Quessenberry was a better run blocker and finished plays with more aggression than Slade. Sammie CoatesCoates is going to bounce in and out of the 53-man roster throughout the entire preseason. He was another player who surprised me against the Chiefs with several impressive catches and drew pass interference penalties. I like him more on the outside than inside, whichis good because there will be less competition for that role. I still want to see Coates burn a cornerback on a deep route. He put up good film to work off, but now it’s a matter of stacking week after week. First Four OutKurtis DrummondA vanilla performance with no big plays or mistakes, Drummond is still teetering on the Rosterology board. This week, the seesaw leans out for the Michigan State product. Currently the fifth safety on the roster, Drummond is relying on either an injury, special teams success, or purely better performance to get back in the lineup. Not to worry, Drummond.At least you didn’t get upstaged like the next guy.Tyler ErvinHe recorded 12 yards on just two carries, which isn’t bad, but Troymaine Pope sprinted on the field and outperformed Tyler at his own game. Ervin had a couple of opportunities on special teams, but he’ll need to make a splash against the 49ers if he wants to stop his fall. Ervin was one of the biggest disappointments this week in terms of Rosterology and Houston’s depth chart. Dee VirginI don’t think Virgin had his best game against the Chiefs. He was slow in his trailing technique, and had a tough time on both comeback and curl routes. He will need to battle for the last cornerback position, but there were still a lot of positives in Virgin’s game. A good tackler, he had the second most tackles in the preseason opener, and can play outside corner, which is a position of need. He definitely was getting targeted by Chad Henne and gave up a couple of easy catches, but he’s still in the running for the last corner spot.Stephen AndersonConfidence is waning for the third year tight end. On the Texans’ published depth chart, Anderson is the fifth tight end. Teams usually only keep three, so being the fifth isn’t a comfy seat. His performance on Thursday didn’t reflect roster-worthy play. He dropped an easy pass late in the game and wasn’t productive with the quantity of plays (17) he was given. If another preseason game goes by and Anderson is not further up the depth chart and playing like a starting TE, he may drop off this list entirely.Biggest RiserTroymaine PopePope, along with Jordan Akins, shined on offense.Pope is quickly becoming a hot topic for Texans’ fans. His biggest competition is Tyler Ervin; they both are shifty running backs who can catch the ball out of the backfield. Pope ran several effective screen plays and had the longest reception last week that went for 34 yards. He still has work to do in a tight race for running back.Biggest FallerTreston DecoudHe’s falling behind in the competition for the last remaining spot in the secondary. If Decoud does not make the roster Houston Texans Hoodie , I think Houston would put him on practice squad to let him continue to train. Since he’s making the switch to safety, it will take some time for him to adapt to a new position. Player to WatchKeenan GilchristGilchrist is listed as the fourth weakside inside linebacker, but he recorded the most tackles in the game on Thursday night. Nine tackles, eight of which were solo tackles, and one tackle for loss is an impressive day with minimal reps. This is his first season out of Appalachian State, so he’s purely a try-out player with some upside. There is a small chance he makes this roster with so many players ahead of him, but if Gilchrist keeps racking up tackles in preseason games, the Texans cannot ignore his playmaking ability.LDE: J.J. Watt, Carlos WatkinsNT: D.J Reader, Brandon DunnRDE: Christian Covington, Joel HeathLOLB: Whitney Mercilus, Brennan Scarlett, Peter KalambayiILB: Benardrick McKinney, Brian PetersILB: Zach Cunningham, Dylan ColeROLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Duke EjioforCB: Aaron Colvin, Kevin JohnsonCB: Jonathan Joseph, Johnson BademosiFS: Justin Reid, Kareem Jackson, SS: Tyrann Mathieu, Corey MooreQB: Deshaun Watson, Brandon Weeden, Joe Webb IIIFB: Jay ProschRB: Lamar Miller Customized Houston Texans Jerseys , D’Onta Foreman, Alfred Blue, Troymaine PopeTE: Ryan Griffin, Jordan Akins, Jordan ThomasWR: DeAndre Hopkins, Keke Coutee, Braxton Miller WR: Will Fuller, Bruce Ellington, Sammie CoatesLT: Julie’n Davenport, Kendall LammLG: Zach Fulton, Kyle FullerC: Nick Martin, Greg ManczRG: Senio Kelemete, David QuessenberryRT: Seantrel Henderson, Martinas RankinLS: Jon WeeksK: Ka’imi FairbairnP: Shane Lechler Lamar Miller has his second consecutive 100-yard game. That’s the first time he’s done that since Oct. 25, 2015, when he had 14 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown against the Texans in his final season with the Dolphins after running for 113 the previous week.Miller, who had 22 carries for 100 yards Sunday against Jacksonville, has 12 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. His 58-yard run on the second play from scrimmage in the second half set up a Texans’ touchdown.Miller was pushed out at the 9-yard line. The Texans had a second-down touchdown from Deshuan Watson to running back Tyler Ervin negated by an ineligible lineman downfield on Greg Mancz. Watson completed passes of 4 and 8 yards to get the Texans to the 2-yard line, where, on fourth down, Watson scrambled until he found Jordan Thomas in the end zone.It was Thomas’ second touchdown of the game, giving Houston a 21-10 lead.