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Senators Defeat Washington 3-1

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Senators Defeat Washington 3-1

Posted on 30 December 2013 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Capitals were on the road again for a second consecutive night tonight in Ottawa. Just a night after the Caps generated a lot of shots on goal with little result, the game ensuing was a near mirror image. Washington was not getting the lucky bounces against Buffalo goal tender Ryan Miller, but they got a good bounce early in the first period against the Senators.

Just two minutes went by into the first frame of action and Martin Erat threw it into the slot to Joel Ward. Ward shot a backhand toward the goal and it deflected in off of goalie Craig Andersons stick. Joel Ward now has 12 goals so far this season. An early lead on the road was a good start for the Caps after a night as frustrating as the game prior. The Capitals did a nice job offensively for the majority of the first period in possessing the puck and getting pucks to the net. The Senators would cash in with under seven minutes to go in the first period. Defensemen Dmitri Orlov pinched into the offensive zone, which was costly. It caused a 2 on 1 breakaway with Cory Conacher setting up Mika Zibanejad with the easy tap in goal. This was not the only defensive mistake on the night for the visiting squad.

Over three minutes fresh into the second period, Ottawa got behind the defense again. Bobby Ryan backhanded a perfect lead pass up the seam, behind Mike Green, that led to a beautiful finish by Kyle Turris for his 10th of the season. Turris was hooked on the play, but still finished inside with the smooth hands. The Caps had plenty of scoring chances in the second period, but were unable to finish. Mikhail Grabovski had a one on one chance against net minder Anderson. Anderson saved Grabo’s backhand attempt. Grabovski gathered the puck after his miss near the boards and found Troy Brouwer in the slot. Brouwer missed high on a wide-open chance; it is certainly one shot Troy would like to have back. Joel Ward even had a tap in from in front that went just wide that could have tied the game. Instead, Washington headed to the locker room down one at the end of two.

The Capitals had eleven shots in the third period, but fell short. Coach Adam Oates pulled Philipp Grubauer to give the offense an extra man chance. They had their opportunities, especially Eric Fehr with a nice shot in the slot. Craig Anderson made the great save on Fehr in point blank range. Anderson was the NHL leader in goalie save percentage just a season ago, so he is used to making big saves. The game was sealed shut once Clarke MacArthur scored the empty net goal.

The Senators outshot the Caps 38 to 35. Washington’s special teams had a decent night. The penalty kill unit held their own, as they killed all four of Ottawa’s power play chances. The power play unit went 0-2 tonight; the Senators did a nice job of not giving the Caps extra man chances. Tonight’s loss was a hard fought game by the Caps and goalie Philipp Grubauer shined once again. He recorded 35 saves on 37 shots faced and finished with a .946 save percentage. The young goaltender has been spectacular so far and is making the goalie position interesting for the hockey club. The Caps get a break for a few days after consecutive road games. Washington returns back to the Verizon Center as they take on their division rival Carolina Hurricanes.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm Reitz Arena)

10. Beyonce (Wednesday 8pm Verizon Center); Switchfoot/New Politics (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Kix (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); The English Beat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Saves The Day (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Michael Bolton (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Carbon Leaf (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Chatham County Line (Wednesday 8pm Jammin’ Java)

Switchfoot: you have no idea how much you enjoy them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_5oE0ijhKg

New Politics does the song you’ve heard a ton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOUTkFkMNU

Carbon Leaf should stop spending any more than a day or two out of the area every month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOo7ZzwOI9I

Chatham County Line is worth finding out more about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaZEWxy3S8

9. A John Waters Christmas (Thursday & Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Kick-Ass 2” and “The Lone Ranger” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Wednesday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” out in theaters (Friday)

I will be seeing ALL of these movies this week. I enjoy this.

And this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQyPVBtLXk0

AND this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awR-XUHCMd8

AND this.

I will see all of these.

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 1 to watch the Capitals host the Dallas Stars in a 7:05 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m.. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $75 per person

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Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for L.A. Kings (March 25)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for L.A. Kings (March 25)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 25 to watch the Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings in a 7:05 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m.. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $75 per person

Pickup Location
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Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Toronto Maple Leafs (March 16)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Toronto Maple Leafs (March 16)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 16 to watch the Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rocks The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at noon with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 12:30. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rocks The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $90 per person

Pickup Location
Mobile contact #

Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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Ovechkin’s 4 Goals Rallies Caps Past Bolts in Shootout

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Ovechkin’s 4 Goals Rallies Caps Past Bolts in Shootout

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Ed Frankovic

There is something about snow that tends to bring out the best in Alexander Ovechkin, so it’s no coincidence that one of his nicknames, besides the Gr8, is Snovechkin.

On Tuesday night, in a game the Capitals really had no business winning, Alex Snovechkin scored four goals, including the game tying tally with just 33 seconds left in regulation.

Washington would go on to win in the shootout, 6-5, and steal two points from a hard working and undermanned Tampa Bay Lightning club.

Ovechkin had the four markers and his center, Nicklas Backstrom, had a goal and four helpers for a five point night. Those two guys, along with rookie Philip Grubauer in net and some good fortune, are the reason the Caps scraped out two points after trailing 3-0 early on.

The Caps looked nothing like the team that manhandled the Rangers on Sunday at the Garden as the Lightning, without top players Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, came out flying while several Capitals coasted through their early shifts. Most notable was defensemen Mike Green who had the worst period I’ve ever seen #52 play. He took four minors, a 10 minute misconduct, and badly misplayed the two on one break that gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead and chased starter Braden Holtby. #70 wasn’t that bad, but clearly Adam Oates wanted to wake his sleep walking team up, at that point.

The move eventually helped and Ovechkin would get yet another goal this season off of a face off in the opening frame to give the Caps some life. Then when the Bolts Richard Panik took a major for boarding Karl Alzner late in period two, the Gr8 scored twice on the power play to send this one tied, at 4-4, to the third period.

At that point one would think the Caps would take over and win this one against a depleted Tampa squad, but the Bolts are well coached by John Cooper and they carried much of the play. They grabbed the lead when Martin St. Louis, who is one of the smallest but also one of the best players in the NHL, set up Ondrej Palat in the slot at 8:36 of the final period. St. Louis is a Caps killer and he had three points in this game. His work ethic is amazing and several Capitals could learn a lot from watching him.

Work ethic was something that was not there for many Capitals in this tilt. Washington was too fancy and made many bad passes. Martin Erat had a hat trick of giveaways, one of which led to a goal. It should have been three for three if not for Grubauer’s great goaltending on the other two occassions. The Capitals forwards did a mostly lousy job of helping out their defense in this game and Oates will have plenty of video to show of their mistakes.

But the good news is this Capitals team is resilient. They don’t quit and they keep scrapping. It really helps to have skill and talent and Ovechkin and Backstrom took over to save the day on a night when many Washington players just didn’t bring their better performances to the rink.

On Tuesday the Caps did just enough to win, they should be thankful that snowstorms, even an over hyped one like the area had today, brings out the best in their captain.

It was the Alexander Ovechkin show on Tuesday. That’s now 26 goals in 29 games this season. To quote the Gr8, that is “Sick, Unbelievable…”

Notes: Eric Fehr, who is playing super and brought his game on Tuesday, Mikhail Grabovski, and Troy Brouwer all scored in the gimmick for the Caps…Grubauer got his 2nd NHL win in his 1st career NHL shootout…because the Caps were trailing the fourth line played sparingly and Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson played less than five minutes each…the Caps are now 17-12-2 (36 points)…John Carlson played an all worldly 34:48 in this one…the Caps won the face off battle, 36-22 and Backstrom was 15-7…Washington was 3 for 5 on the power play while Tampa went 2 for 5…Green was a lot better after his misconduct and had an assist. The referees were not the problem for him in the opening frame, it was his lack of skating and too much reliance on using his stick. Lazy hockey, plain and simple.

 

 

 

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Caps Make a Statement By Whipping the Rangers

Posted on 08 December 2013 by Ed Frankovic

The King is Dead.

Well not exactly, but after 200+ minutes of failing to score a goal on Henrik Lundqvist, dating back to game 5 of last season’s playoffs, the Washington Capitals erupted for four goals to beat the $59.5M goaltender and his Rangers squad, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden.

This game was not close after the first 10 minutes as Washington continued it’s improved play and dominated the Rags from the mid point of the first period on. The Caps moved the puck really well from the back end and it resulted in several good chances on King Henrik. Washington totally outworked New York in this one, something that the Blueshirts typically pride themselves on doing. But the Caps had too much speed for a slow Rangers D that is now without Marc Staal and add in the hard work of guys like Jason Chimera and Joel Ward and it was the perfect recipe for a butt whipping of New York.

Chimera, Steve Oleksy, Mikhail Grabovski (penalty shot), and Nate Schmidt all tallied before Benoit Pouliot finally deflected the biscuit by Philipp Grubauer with 1:53 to go. Grubauer, who got the nod from Coach Adam Oates to give Braden Holtby a rest (Michal Neuvirth is injured), was excellent in gaining his first NHL win. He made a big save on Ryan Callahan’s backhander early in the contest then did his job as the Caps repeatedly owned the puck and kept any Rangers pressure to the outside.

It was a thorough team win and the Capitals dominated the Rangers, showing that they are improving as a puck possession club. To me that all starts from the back end and the addition of Dmitry Orlov to the defensive rotation has certainly made a difference. Oleksy fared well in his first game in several weeks too.

Credit Oates for inserting Grubauer and Oleksy after a win on Saturday. Both the Rangers and Capitals were in action Saturday with Washington having to travel to the Big Apple after they defeated the Predators while the Rangers played at their barn again. But the Caps had more energy and they used that along with their speed to put New York on its heels. Washington could have been up 6 or 7 pucks if not for some stellar glove saves by Lundqvist along with some assistance from the post.

The Caps were that good in this one in an important Metropolitan Division matchup. They improve to 16-12-2 (34 points) and now own a three point lead in second place over the Rangers and Carolina, who each have 31 points.

It was a win on the road against a club they’ve struggled with in recent times.

To me, that’s a statement victory.

Notes: John Carlson led the Caps in ice time at 23:57…the Caps out shot New York 36-31…both teams went 0 for 2 on the power play…Next up for the Caps are the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at the Verizon Center.

 

 

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Goaltending the Difference In Caps Loss to Canes

Posted on 03 December 2013 by Ed Frankovic

In hockey, you often hear the saying, “Goaltending is the great equalizer.”

Well, you could use that term to describe the first 30 minutes of the Caps-Hurricanes game on Tuesday night. Washington dominated the play, in what Coach Adam Oates called his team’s “best first 30 minutes of the season,” but thanks to some super goaltending by Carolina goalie Justin Peters and two short side goals allowed by Braden Holtby to Jeff Skinner, the Caps trailed 2-0 with just under nine minutes to go in period two.

At that point Washington was still in the game, but Mikhail Grabovski made a major no-no, turning the puck over at his own blue line and then subsequently compounded a bad situation by taking a tripping penalty. The Canes scored on the man advantage on a screened point shot and the energy came right out of the Capitals. Carolina would make it 4-0 shortly thereafter. Mike Green notched a third period power play goal, his first of the season, as the Caps worked hard in the final frame but they could not solve Peters anymore.

Peters was very good on this night, his positioning was solid, but he was also fortunate, too. Jason Chimera had a wide open layup early in the game but somehow fanned on what would have given the Caps a 1-0 lead and perhaps changed the complexion of the game. Washington had numerous other chances that they either shot wide or Peters just happened to be in a spot where the puck hit him. He’s a streaky goalie and on Tuesday he was on (26 saves).

As for Holtby, this was not his night. Early on, an end over end puck that was shot from just inside the blue line hit the crossbar providing some foreshadowing for the tough night #70 would have. Holtby would be the first to tell you that he should have had both of Skinner’s goals. In the course of 82 games you are going to have bad outings and this just happened to be one of those for the young goaltender.

Despite the loss, the Caps improved play coming out of their zone since Dmitry Orlov joined the lineup on Saturday is encouraging. They are moving through the neutral zone with more speed and their puck possession in period one was excellent, as evidenced by their 23-14 advantage in attempted shots. Carolina was on their heels in the opening frame and Oates said the chances were 7-2 in his clubs favor.

The effort was there for the Caps in this contest and they skated well. This game was nothing like the Pittsburgh defeat where they were completely dominated by their opponent, so there is no need to go all “doom and gloom” after this loss.

The Capitals did a lot of good things in this game.

But goaltending, good at one end and subpar at the other end, can be the “great equalizer.”

That’s the way it went for the Capitals on Tuesday in their 4-1 loss to Carolina.

Notes: Holtby was yanked after 40 minutes and Philip Grubauer made nine saves on nine shots in the final period…John Carlson, who should make Team USA for the 2014 Olympics, was the Caps ice time leader at 22:58…Tom Wilson had a solid game and logged 10:44. #43 had 5 hits…the Caps were 1 for 5 on the power play while Carolina went 1 for 4… Washington is off until Saturday, when they host the Nashville Predators.

 

 

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Bovada improves Capitals’ Stanley Cup odds to 25/1

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

“Some may think that the Nets who have been a complete disappointment up to this point and even the Knicks for that matter should have longer odds to win it all, but this early in the season as despite bad as they are, the Nets and Knicks are only two and four games out of the playoffs respectively. With the talent these teams have, we have to be careful how much we over-adjust this early in the season.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup (Teams in red have longer odds from last month, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)    

                                                Odd on 11/5                 Current

Pittsburgh Penguins                  6/1                                7/1

Chicago Blackhawks                 15/2                              15/2

St. Louis Blues                          10/1                              15/2

San Jose Sharks                       15/2                              8/1

Boston Bruins                           11/1                              9/1

Los Angeles Kings                    16/1                              14/1

Anaheim Ducks                         20/1                              16/1

Colorado Avalanche                  10/1                              18/1

Detroit Red Wings                     14/1                              18/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 14/1                              20/1

Montreal Canadiens                   28/1                              25/1

New York Rangers                     33/1                              25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 25/1                              25/1

Washington Capitals                  33/1                              25/1

Minnesota Wild                         25/1                              28/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       33/1                              33/1

Vancouver Canucks                   20/1                              33/1

New Jersey Devils                     66/1                              40/1

Ottawa Senators                        33/1                              40/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    66/1                              40/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    40/1                              50/1

Dallas Stars                              66/1                              50/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             50/1                              66/1

Nashville Predators                   66/1                              66/1

New York Islanders                    28/1                              75/1

Winnipeg Jets                           100/1                            100/1

Edmonton Oilers                       100/1                            200/1

Calgary Flames                         100/1                            300/1

Florida Panthers                        200/1                            300/1

Buffalo Sabres                          250/1                            500/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Eastern Conference       

Pittsburgh Penguins                  3/1

Boston Bruins                           17/4

Detroit Red Wings                     9/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 9/1

Montreal Canadiens                   12/1

New York Rangers                     12/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 12/1

Washington Capitals                  12/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    18/1

New Jersey Devils                     20/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    22/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             33/1

New York Islanders                    40/1

Florida Panthers                        150/1

Buffalo Sabres                          250/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Western Conference      

Chicago Blackhawks                 15/4

St. Louis Blues                          15/4

San Jose Sharks                       4/1

Los Angeles Kings                    15/2

Anaheim Ducks                         8/1

Colorado Avalanche                  8/1

Minnesota Wild                         14/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       16/1

Vancouver Canucks                   16/1

Dallas Stars                              25/1

Nashville Predators                   33/1

Winnipeg Jets                           50/1

Calgary Flames                         100/1

Edmonton Oilers                       100/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins                           7/5

Detroit Red Wings                     9/2

Tampa Bay Lightning                 9/2

Toronto Maple Leafs                 9/2

Montreal Canadiens                   11/2

Ottawa Senators                        12/1

Florida Panthers                        100/1

Buffalo Sabres                          200/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Metropolitan Division    

Pittsburgh Penguins                  2/5

Washington Capitals                  11/2

New York Rangers                     6/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    18/1

New Jersey Devils                     20/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    22/1

New York Islanders                    33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             40/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks                 5/4

St. Louis Blues                          8/5

Colorado Avalanche                  9/2

Minnesota Wild                         7/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Nashville Predators                   40/1

Winnipeg Jets                           50/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Pacific Division 

San Jose Sharks                       3/2

Anaheim Ducks                         11/4

Los Angeles Kings                    3/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       6/1

Vancouver Canucks                   8/1

Calgary Flames                         100/1

Edmonton Oilers                       100/1

 

Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player? 

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                  5/6

Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                7/2

Evgeni Malkin (PIT)                    6/1

Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)                   13/2

Alexander Steen (STL)               8/1

Patrick Kane (CHI)                     15/1

John Tavares (NYI)                    15/1

Henrik Sedin (VAN)                    20/1

Henrik Zetterberg (DET)             20/1

Phil Kessel (TOR)                      30/1
Odds to win the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year

Tomas Hertl (SJ)                       5/4

Torey Krug (BOS)                      7/4

Sean Monahan (CAL)                 13/2

Nathan Mackinnon (COL)           13/2

Seth Jones (NAS)                      7/1

Chris Kreider (NYR)                   15/2

Hampus Lindholm (ANA)            10/1

 

Who will win the 2013-2014 NHL Presidents Trophy?

San Jose Sharks                       3/2

St. Louis Blues                          11/4

Chicago Blackhawks                 4/1

Colorado Avalanche                  5/1

Boston Bruins                           8/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                  9/1

Anaheim Ducks                         15/1

 

International Hockey Futures

Odds to win 2013-2014 IIHF World U20 Championship

Canada U20                              7/4

Russia U20                               3/1

Sweden U20                              3/1

USA U20                                   3/1

Finland U20                               14/1

Czech Republic U20                  25/1

Switzerland U20                         40/1

Slovakia U20                             100/1

Germany U20                            300/1

Norway U20                              500/1

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Men’s Gold Medal 

Canada                                     2/1

Russia                                      9/4

Sweden                                    5/1

USA                                         11/2

Czech Republic                         10/1

Finland                                     12/1

Switzerland                               25/1

Slovakia                                   33/1

Norway                                     200/1

Latvia                                       400/1

Austria                                      900/1

Slovenia                                   900/1

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Women’s Gold Medal        

Canada Women                         4/5

USA Women                             1/1

Finland Women                         16/1

Russia Women                          22/1

Sweden Women                        25/1

Switzerland Women                   40/1

Germany Women                       100/1

Japan Women                           150/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship  (Teams in red have longer odds , teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)

                  Odds on 10/28/13         Current Odds

Miami Heat                                2/1                                2/1

Indiana Pacers                          9/1                                4/1

Oklahoma City Thunder              17/2                              6/1

San Antonio Spurs                    14/1                              7/1

Los Angeles Clippers                9/1                                14/1

Golden State Warriors               16/1                              16/1

Houston Rockets                      12/1                              16/1

Portland Trailblazers                  150/1                            22/1

Brooklyn Nets                           10/1                              28/1

Chicago Bulls                            11/2                              33/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     28/1                              40/1

Dallas Mavericks                       50/1                              50/1

Denver Nuggets                        50/1                              50/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   40/1                              50/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            100/1                            50/1

New York Knicks                       25/1                              50/1

Atlanta Hawks                           150/1                            100/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   66/1                              100/1

Detroit Pistons                          75/1                              100/1

Toronto Raptors                        150/1                            125/1

Washington Wizards                  100/1                            125/1

New Orleans Pelicans                100/1                            150/1

Boston Celtics                          150/1                            200/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     300/1                            250/1

Phoenix Suns                            300/1                            250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     500/1                            300/1

Orlando Magic                          500/1                            300/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       250/1                            350/1

Sacramento Kings                     300/1                            500/1

Utah Jazz                                  150/1                            500/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference     

Miami Heat                                5/7

Indiana Pacers                          2/1

Brooklyn Nets                           12/1

Chicago Bulls                            14/1

New York Knicks                       22/1

Atlanta Hawks                           50/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   50/1

Detroit Pistons                          50/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1

Washington Wizards                  66/1

Boston Celtics                          100/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     100/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     150/1

Orlando Magic                          150/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       200/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference     

Oklahoma City Thunder              5/2

San Antonio Spurs                    11/4

Los Angeles Clippers                11/2

Houston Rockets                      13/2

Golden State Warriors               7/1

Portland Trailblazers                  12/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     18/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            25/1

Dallas Mavericks                       28/1

Denver Nuggets                        28/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   28/1

New Orleans Pelicans                66/1

Phoenix Suns                            100/1

Sacramento Kings                     200/1

Utah Jazz                                  250/1

 

Division Odds

Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division          

Brooklyn Nets                           2/3

New York Knicks                       3/1

Toronto Raptors                        5/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     10/1

Boston Celtics                          25/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Northwest Division      

Oklahoma City Thunder              1/5

Portland Trailblazers                  5/1

Denver Nuggets                        12/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            12/1

Utah Jazz                                  100/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Pacific Division           

Los Angeles Clippers                4/9

Golden State Warriors               8/5

Los Angeles Lakers                   20/1

Phoenix Suns                            50/1

Sacramento Kings                     100/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Southwest Division      

San Antonio Spurs                    2/5

Houston Rockets                      9/4

Dallas Mavericks                       20/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     20/1

New Orleans Pelicans                33/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Southeast Division      

Miami Heat                    -5000 (1/50)

Any Other Team            +1400 (14/1)

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Central Division           

Indiana Pacers              -10000  (1/100)

Any Other Team            +1600   (16/1)

 

Awards and Stats Leaders

2013-14 NBA MVP – Odds to Win         

LeBron James (MIA)                              4/5

Kevin Durant (OKC)                               4/1

Paul George (IND)                                 11/2

Chris Paul (LAC)                                    6/1

Stephen Curry (GS)                               15/1

Kevin Love (MIN)                                   20/1

Carmelo Anthony  (NY)                          25/1

James Harden (HOU)                             25/1

Tony Parker (SA)                                   25/1

LaMarcus Aldridge (POR)                      40/1

Dwight Howard (HOU)                            40/1

Damian Lilliard (POR)                            40/1

John Wall (WAS)                                   40/1

Russell Westbrook (OKC)                      40/1

 

2013-14 Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win

Michael Carter-Williams (PHI)                  1/2

Victor Oladipo (ORL)                             7/5

Ben McLemore (SAC)                            15/2

Trey Burke (UT)                                     8/1

Steven Adams (OKC)                            16/1

Nate Wolters (MIL)                                 22/1

 

Points Per Game Leader – 2013/14 NBA Regular Season          

Kevin Durant (OKC)                               4/7

Carmelo Anthony (NYK)                         5/2

LeBron James (MIA)                              3/1

Paul George (IND)                                 19/2

Stephen Curry (GSW)                            16/1

James Harden (HOU)                             20/1

Kevin Love (MIN)                                   30/1

 

Miscellaneous Odds

Who will be the first head coach fired in the 2013-2104 Season?         

Jason Kidd (BRK)                     9/4

Mike Woodson (NY)                  5/2

Mike Brown (CLE)                      4/1

Tyrone Corbin  (UTA)                 9/2

Monty Williams (NO)                  6/1

Larry Drew (MIL)                        7/1

Dwane Casey (TOR)                  9/1

Mike D’Antoni  (LAL)                  15/1

 

 

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Ovechkin Wins It In OT After Backstrom Tied it Late

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Ovechkin Wins It In OT After Backstrom Tied it Late

Posted on 30 November 2013 by Ed Frankovic

Wow, what a finish, and I’m not talking about Auburn-Alabama.

The Washington Capitals, who could’ve put the game away in the second period by burying some golden opportunities, looked dead to rights after the Islanders took the lead with 1:51 left in the third period and then Mike Green was correctly whistled for an interference penalty just 41 clicks later.

But the Caps showed some serious resolve and mental toughness as Karl Alzner made a great pinch on the left wing boards to get the puck behind the net to Jason Chimera and then #25 hit a streaking Nicklas Backstrom in the slot and #19 one timed it by Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson with 49 ticks left in regulation for an unlikely shorthanded game tying tally.

The Capitals would then kill off those final 49 third period seconds of the Green infraction and then 50 more into overtime. Over a minute later, Alexander Ovechkin scored from the slot five hole on Nilsson after a nifty drop pass from Mikhail Grabovski and it gave Washington a huge two points on Long Island. It was Ovechkin’s league leading 21st goal and the 5th time he has scored in OT in his career to defeat the Islanders (h/t @ehornick). The victory improves Washington to 14-11-2 (30 points) and keeps them two points ahead of the third place New York Rangers.

Washington led 1-0 heading into the final frame thanks to a hard working goal by the Caps fourth line of Martin Erat, Tom Wilson, and Aaron Volpatti at 8:58 into period two. Erat got the puck into the slot where Wilson used his size and strength to get two shots on Nilsson before Volpatti slapped it home. After that goal the Caps had some golden opportunities to expand their lead but Backstrom and Green both missed the net from in close in the slot when all alone.

Those misses looked like they might haunt Washington after they gave up a shorthanded goal to Cal Clutterbuck at 3:59 of period three, who got a breakaway when Green let a puck get by him at the Islanders blue line. It was another dismal power play for the Caps in their only try of the night. When Vanek scored just inside the two minute mark after a goal mouth scramble that had Braden Holtby (37 saves) incensed, it sure looked like it would be a rough defeat in a game Washington deserved at least a point.

But Coach Adam Oates’ crew didn’t quit and Backstrom’s laser made up for his earlier miss. Ovechkin sealed the deal like a true assassin to provide a very huge win and give the Caps a two game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s tilt at the Verizon Center against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Defensemen Dmitry Orlov made his season debut on Saturday and was very solid in 13:41 of work. Hopefully 81′s agent wises up and rescinds his ridiculous trade demand. As for the other player demanding out, Erat played hard and assisted on the first tally but his offensive zone turnover helped lead to the Islanders shorthanded breakaway.

On defense, Alzner and John Carlson led the way again, playing 23:20 and 24:40, respectively. Overall, the Caps moved the puck much better with Orlov in for Alex Urbom on the back end. There are still improvements to be made, but Orlov looks more like an NHLer than some of the other guys who’ve been playing. He just needs to get some steady work now that he’s fully recovered from last year’s injuries. Dima wasn’t tentative at all tonight, like he was in preseason, so the time in the AHL definitely benefited him.

New York is a team that in recent years has given the Caps trouble because of their speed and a struggling Islanders club gave it all they had tonight, making it difficult for the Caps to put them away. Then it sure looked like Washington had handed the game to New York before Backstrom, Oveckhin, and company snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

There are no style points in the NHL, two points is two points.

But the way the Caps came back and showed mental resolve makes this victory feel like more than two points.

Time will tell if this kind of come back victory is one that propels Washington to improved play and a long winning streak, but for tonight, I’ll just leave you with a classic line from Baltimore broadcasting legend Chuck Thompson.

Ain’t The Beer Cold!

 

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