Filip Chytil and Brett Howden goals help Henrik Lundqvist makes history for 437th win

The Rangers have been off to one of the many surprising starts among some NHL clubs this year. With that said the Rangers are 9-7-2 through their first 18 games. They have won 6 of their last seven games. Many are puzzled by the Rangers success, while it is early it is still a positive sign for the rebuilding, young team.

The Rangers won 2-1 in regulation vs Vancouver, I say regulation because of the Rangers nine wins this season five of them have come past regulation, four in a shootout and one in overtime. Which is also puzzling because for a young team, being able to pull games out in a shootout or overtime is huge, keeping the game that close all the way until the third and into overtime is a great sign.

Canucks vs Rangers short recap

The Rangers won off a Filip Chytil power play goal and Brett Howden late third-period goal. The Canucks struck first, early in the second period, as Nikolay Goldobin came out of the box to a puck on his stick, 2 v 1 vs Neal Poink, Poink laid out to block the pass and Goldobin absolutely roofed a wrister past Lundqvist high blocker side to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. After that Henrik shut the door and the Rangers scored 10 minutes later on a power play, Poink took a shot from the point as it bounced out in front to Chytil in the high slot and he just banged it home for his first of the year. Later in the third with 8 minutes and change remaining. Jesper Fast won the draw back to Vesey who fumbled the puck off the draw, Howden was right there puck on his stick, and just rifled it past Jacob Markstrom low glove side, for his fourth goal of the year and the game-winning goal.

Henrik earns 437th win, tied seventh all-time

The big story for tonight was the fact the Rangers had Neal Poink, Filip Chytil, Brett Howden and Jimmy Vesey all chip in on the score sheet and help the Rangers earn their ninth win of the year. Seeing these young guns chip in and be a big part of the Rangers success is something every Ranger wants to see right now. Also Henrik Lundqvist earned his 437th win to tied Jacques Plante on the NHL all-time win’s list. Henrik is now seventh in the NHL among goalies for wins in his career. He is 254 wins away from Martin Brodeur, realistically speaking he will not reach that, but Lundqvist can come close to Ed Belfour’s 484 career wins.

Rangers win vs Vancouver shows a common theme in teams success

This win is just a testament of what has made the Rangers successful this season, they are getting production form an array of guys, the young guys are chipping in and doing their part this year, Lundqvist is off to a great start posting a 2.54 goals against, .923 save percentage and six wins. It has been an adventure for the Rangers this season, the reason they are playing so well is probably because no one is expecting anything from them, they are just going out, enjoying the game, having fun and worrying about one game at a time and not looking too far ahead. The Rangers get ready for their first of four meetings with the local rivalry between the Islanders. The Rangers have not been all that successful vs the Islanders in the last few years but let’s see how these two rosters match up Thursday night in Brooklyn.

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Celtics Face Reality Check after Loss to Blazers

After LeBron James departed from the east the Boston Celtics were looked at by the basketball world as a straight shot to represent the east in the Finals this season, but as they continue to struggle many have questioned the team’s potential. The Celtics finished their west coast road trip with just one win in four games, ending in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday 100-94

Blazers, Damian Lillard drives past Aron Baynes

For the third straight game the Celtics once again found themselves down 20-points throughout the game. They pulled off a comeback against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, but were unable to do the same against the Utah Jazz and the Blazers over the weekend. Kyrie Irving took a deep look at the team after the loss,

“We needed this. We’re not as good as we think we are,” said Irving.

“That’s really what it comes down to. The excitement is done. It’s just real basketball now. It’s not the potential of the team or where we’ll be at the end of the season. It’s right now and taking care of what’s in front of us.”

Kyrie calls for Veteran Presence

During his postgame interview Irving pointed at a veteran presence the locker room needs

“Right now I think it would be nice if we had someone that was a 15-year vet, a 14-year vet that could kind of help us race along the regular season and understand it’s a long marathon rather than just a full-on sprint,” Irving said.

The Houston Rockets may have one guy that could hit the free agent market really soon, Carmelo Anthony. After many players in the Rockets indicated that Anthony could’ve played his last game for the team, the 15-year vet could help mentor and motivate the Celtics young core.

The Race for Eastern Supremacy Continues to Grow

As Boston continues to struggle, the battle to represent the east in the Finals just got tougher after the addition of Jimmy Butler by the Philadelphia 76ers. It looked like the Celtics only had the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks to deal with after proving time and time again that the 76ers lacked depth to contend with Boston, but with Butler now in a 76ers uniform it will be interesting to see what kind of a difference he makes in their Christmas Day match-up.

The Celtics face a tough test on Friday as Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors visit TD Garden, the Raptors were victorious during their last encounter 113-101. As Toronto continues to play great team basketball, we’ll see how Boston bounces from their west road trip against the Chicago Bulls tomorrow night.

NHL PICKS; BEST PICKS OF NOVEMBER 13TH

Pittsburgh Penguins(7-5-3) vs New Jersey Devils(6-8-1)

Two struggling clubs right now who would of thought at this point in the season these two teams would be where they are right now. The Penguins have slide to now 6th in Metropolitan division losing four of their last ten games. As the Devils are coming off a rough road trip having lost three-straight and now 8th in the Metropolitan division. The Penguins and Devils usually make for a great game, plus the Devils are home again, and I think they know how important getting out of the lose column is right now. They have Pittsburgh this week and still have Philadelphia, Detroit and Carolina upcoming, this could be a potential eight-game skid they don’t get going in the right direction. The Devils are good on home ice luckily picking up five of their six wins this season on home ice. Tonight I am going Devils with Keith Kinkaid in net and Casey DeSmith in the opposing net, going to be a low-scoring game.

Vancouver Canucks(10-7-2) vs New York Islanders(8-6-2)

The Islanders get a good test in the Canucks tonight, although the Canucks are coming into this game on a back to back and a Monday night loss to the Rangers. The Islanders are well rested last playing Saturday. The Islanders were on a hot streak until they have lost their last three games. Luckily they get Vancouver off a back to back which draws in Richard Bashman for his first start of the year. The Canucks have been a unexpected team this year they will for sure put up a good fight but I see the Islanders edging them here. The Islanders are also 3-1-2 on home ice vs Vancouver’s 5-5-2 road record. A hot Thomas Greiss, I like the Islanders tonight, money line as always.

Florida Panthers(6-5-3) vs Philadelphia Flyers(9-7-1)

The Flyers are getting a hot Florida team right now and a Florida offense that is clicking,  which means the Flyers offense will need to be on tonight. Also calls for probably the over hitting. The Panthers are on a four-game win streak coming off a beat down vs Ottawa Sunday night and having scored four plus goals in all four of their recent wins. The Flyers on the other hand are coming off a big win vs Chicago making that three in a row for Philadelphia. Two extremely hot teams that have both their offenses clicking at a great rate right now. They both average the same amount of goals per game (3.29) but the Flyers allow more goals per game on average, Panthers power play is clicking at 21 percent. going to be a high scoring game, either go the over or go Florida.

Tampa Bay Lightning(12-4-1) vs Buffalo Sabres(9-6-2)

The Lightning are heading into Buffalo as what many think will be an easy win for Tampa Bay, the 9-6-2 Sabres will have something to say about that. The Sabres are on a two-game win streak, 5-2-1 on home ice as the Lightning are coming off a loss vs Ottawa and 5-1-1 on the road. The Lightning are clear power houses in the NHL but it is early in the year where anything can happen. The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last ten compared to the Lightning’s 7-3-0 record. For some odd reason I feel a Sabres win, I just sense a solid game from Buffalo they are moments away from winning 10 games through the first 18 games in nearly 10 years. This is going to be a better game than many think. Sabres, money line.

Washington Capitals(7-6-3) vs Minnesota Wild(11-4-2)

The Capitals a little Stanley Cup hungover? Who knows but they have not looked like the Capitals team we saw in April and June. They are one a two-game losing streak a loss away from being .500 and struggling on the road right now with a 2-3-2 record. As the Wild are the opposite on a three-game win streak, 5-0-2 at home and 8-2 in their last ten games as the Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last ten. The Wild have been solid on both sides of the puck they are scoring goals this season consistently, Devan Dubnyk is playing great, the Wild’s defense seems to be clicking as well. Everything seems to be going right for Minnesota and I will not playing with that mojo, going Wild tonight.

Montreal Canadiens(9-5-3) vs Edmonton Oilers(8-8-1)

The Canadiens are coming into Edmonton as the Oilers are on a four-game slide and 5-5-0 on their last ten games. Over the Oilers losing streak they have managed to allow 17 goals while only scoring 6 goals. The Canadiens on the other hand have managed to score 17 goals over their last four games. The Canadiens can seem to score goals this year for some reason and have been doing it at a pretty consistent rate. Tonight Carey Price goes for Montreal as Edmonton goes Mikko Koskinen who is 3-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage. This is going to be an interesting game as the Oilers are struggling and the Canadiens may not be playing great hockey but they are scoring goals and keeping games close. I would be surprised to see the Oilers drop five straight, going Oilers tonight, money line.

Nashville Predators(13-3-1) vs San Jose Sharks(9-6-3)

I feel like my unpopular opinion picks continue on with this one. I like the Sharks to be honest, they have played some good teams but this is a team they were ranked next to at the beginning of the year as the Predators are just storming through the league. This is a great test to see if San Jose is the real deal or has signs of being a Cup contending team. They have not shown many signs of consistency and Cup contending hockey this year so far but this is game where the Sharks can take and build some major confidence from. The Sharks coming into this game coming off a win vs Calgary and also winning three of their last four games. The Predators are not just a home team this year they are a road team as well as they are 8-0-1 on the road losing their only road game in a shootout vs Anaheim Monday night. Juuse Saros gets the nod tonight and Martin Jones for San Jose, I think this is a good test for San Jose they want to be the best have to beat the best. Going Sharks, over.

Other games on tonight; 

Arizona vs Detroit: Please Arizona every time I go against you, you win. So I am going with you this time. Going Yotes.

Toronto vs Los Angeles: Going Toronto, that goalie situation in LA is rough. 

Fantasy Football Week 11 waiver wire; Adds of the week…

Starting off with adds of the week for this upcoming week, and a heavy bye week with teams like Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Francisco, Jets and Bills. Therefore you need someone to replace Tom Brady, Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson Jr, Julie Edelman, Baker Mayfield, Matt Brieda, Kenyan Drake, LeSean McCoy and many others.

Top QB adds of the week; 

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick plays the Giants this week and in an offense that is among the best in the league going against the Giants and that defense. Fitzpatrick is for sure a solid option this week. He is projected around 19 points, coming off a week where he went 29/41 for 496 yards and 2 interceptions vs Washington in which Tampa lost 16-3, even with the Bucs scoring 3 points Fitzpatrick managed to produce 16 points.

Marcus Mariota: Coming off the Titans win of the year, beating New England big time they now head to Indianapolis for a battle of 2nd place in the AFC South. Mariota managed to 22.32 points vs New England going for 16 completions 228 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mariota is projected around 19 points and is available in nearly 70% of leagues.

Top Running backs adds of the week;

Ito Smith or Jalen Richard: These two were on my list last week and I would say go after them again if you need a start that badly. Smith had 6.6 points going for 4 attempts and 11 rushing yards, he was not utilized as much this week. Richard despite a Oakland struggling offense managed 10.6 points. Smith plays the Cowboys this week and Richard plays the Cardinals. Richard over Smith if anything.

Derrick Henry: This is Henry’s third week in a row with a rushing touchdown. He seems to be the goal line guy in Tennessee as he rushed for two touchdowns last week and both came within 10 yards of the goal line. Henry managed 11 carries for 58 yards, this is third week where he has put 9+ points.

Rashaad Penny or Mike Davis: Both Seattle’s running backs had a great day. They shared the ball a little bit but both had valuable fantasy weeks. Davis managed 16 points, 11 carries for 58 yards and Penny managed 12 carries 108 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. With Seattle playing Green Bay this week it will be a great test for Seattle and Green Bay in which is shaping to be a high scoring game.

Top Wide Receivers adds of the week; 

Austin Miller: Miller had himself a day and another great week. Miller 5 passes for 122 yards and 1 touchdown in Chicago’s blow out win last week. Taylor Gabriel for Chicago was irrelevant as it was all Miller. With the Bears playing a strong Minnesota team it may be ill advised to add Miller but they are going to need to score points to win this game. Miller is a great option, in the last three weeks he has 2 touchdowns, 13 catches and 206 yards,

Dante Moncrief: This has been the Jaguars only bright spot on the wide out side. Moncrief has been the only consistent catcher for the Jags and is coming off a week where he 80-yard touchdown catch. Moncrief plays the Steelers, going to be an offense heavy game so look for Moncrief to be a threat all game.

Allen Humphries: Going with this kid again, although he only had 7.3 points, the Buccaneers offense was shut down, but this week vs the Giants Humphries is a great option. He was targeted 3 times last week, catching two passes for 53 yards. This is a solid option if you need a sure 9-10 points this week.

 

Los Angeles Kings goalies Jonathan Quick, Jack Campbell out. Do they make a move for a goalie?

The new NHL season has not lasted very long, but it has been mainly frustrating so far for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings made the playoffs last year, although they were swept by the Vegas Golden Knights in a first-round series. That alone was frustrating for them, but the stuff going on right now has to make the Kings organization distraught. Just 11 points gained in 16 games, that is not ideal at all.
Head coach John Stevens was fired last week and the interim coach Willie Desjardins was appointed. After Joel Quenneville was axed these past days in Chicago, the rumblings started to flow around. Should the Kings appoint Coach Q? During the offseason, the Kings went all in. Making the best offer for 35-years old Ilya Kovalchuk and signing him for three years was a clear sign for LA. As a reigning playoff team, they are aiming even higher.
It is not Kovalchuk’s fault, but the Kings have not impressed anybody so far. Jonathan Quick played just four games this season, lost all of them and is out indefinitely since the start of November after knee surgery. Backup goaltender Jack Campbell started to deliver in absence of Quick, but today the Kings have announced that young goalie will miss at least four weeks of play after having meniscus in his knee repaired. With Quick still not close to a return, Kings turn to Peter Budaj, who does not posses great numbers
from his starts in the AHL (6.16 GAA in three starts this campaign).

Are the Kings going to trade for a rental goaltender?

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Darren Dreger on TSN radio yesterday mentioned LA as possible sellers. They may look to move their veteran forwards (well, just not Ilya Kovalchuk, that would be mega awkward) like Jeff Carter or Tanner Pearson, who is still 26, but with one point all season long… It is logical they are looking to move him as well that they are looking at other possibilities. Kings were linked with many possible trade partners, Jeff Carter was mentioned by Dreger in connection with the Bruins.
Dreger himself had no idea about Jack Campbell’s injury. With Los Angeles practically not having goalies for few weeks, and since they are already so down in the standings, that may speed up moves in coming weeks. On the other side, Kings were linked to William Nylander after his well-known stalemate situation with the Maple Leafs. So, acquire Nylander plus Joel Quenneville as a head coach and you are good to go as potential contenders, or just sell now and go to rebuild mode?
The Kings are still quite unsure about what they are going to do next. Many teams, will wait upon the Kings decision. Injuries to both of their top goaltenders might trigger some trades. Being already 10 points out of the playoff spot, that can accelerate moves too.

MLB Free Agent Feature: Josh Donaldson

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

Let’s check in on a man of many names — the great Viking Hoskuld, the Bringer of Rain, the one and only, Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson Displays Dominance…

Joshua Adam Donaldson was born in Pensacola, Florida, and played baseball all throughout high school. He then went on to attend Auburn University, and was selected 48th overall in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Early in his career, Donaldson was admired for his excellent eye and plate discipline, as well as his power stroke. During the 2008 season, the Cubs and Athletics struck a six player deal that included Donaldson, and the then-catcher spent the entirety of the 2009 season in the Athletics Double A system.

The three-time All Star first debuted in 2010, but it was during the 2012 season that his major league career took flight, and he converted to the hot corner full time. Donaldson began as a split time third baseman, but, as his bat began to heat up, he started playing more and more often. In 2013, Donaldson became the Athletics full time third baseman, as well as their prominent bat. In 2014, Donaldson was traded to the Blue Jays for a four-player package, and proceeded to win the AL MVP Award in 2015 He turned in five straight All-Star caliber seasons from 2013-2017, in which hit hit a total of 164 home runs as well as a combined 491 RBI. Donaldson was also consistently praised for his excellent play of third base, as well as his unyielding drive to win. Though he muddled through last year plagued with injury, Donaldson is sure to see a sizable contract this offseason, and very well may be the best deal of this winter.

Who’s Bringing the Rain?

Donaldson’s age and recent struggles will undoubtedly affect the size and value of his nearing contract, however, that does not change the fact that he is due for a payday.

His primary suitors are the Saint Louis Cardinals, who are becoming less and less likely to land Bryce Harper with every passing moment, and are in dire need of an option at third (or first) base. Had Manny Machado been an option at the hot corner, they may have shown more interest in him, but Machado seems set in his choice to play shortstop.

Other teams that should have interest include the the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox, and the Philadelphia Phillies, should they miss on their other big Free Agent targets.

Donaldson, if healthy, will prove an excellent addition to any teams’ lineup, and will serve as an major presence in the clubhouse as well. It is entirely possible that he ends up becoming one of the most undervalued Free Agents of his class, and he might play a much larger role in the 2019 season than many spectators suggest.

My Prediction: The Saint Louis Cardinals, 2 years, $36 Million

NFL NEWS: Brandon Marshall signs with New Orleans Saints

Well, that was a quick replacement for Dez Bryant. The Saints signed Bryant, first practice he tore his Achilles and now they sign Brandon Marshall. There were rumors that the Saints liked Marshall over Bryant.

Marshall is signing a one-year deal with the Saints. Marshall has 11 receptions, 136 yards and 1 touchdown on the year. In his career Marshall has 970 receptions, 12,351 yards, 83 touchdowns. Marshall spent four-years with Denver, two with Miami, four year Chicago, two with the Jets, one stint with the Giants and seven games with Seattle. Now he signs a one-year deal with New Orleans and adds the same dimension Dez does. Marshall is a deep threat, end zone weapon and another wide receiver option to add to New Orleans already explosive offense.