Ed Frankovic joined Nestor to discuss the Washington Capitals season thus far. They have struggled as of late losing 2 games over the weekend. They look to get back on track Tuesday night as they travel to Arizona. LISTEN HERE.
Posted on 17 November 2014 by WNST Staff
Ed Frankovic joined Nestor to discuss the Washington Capitals season thus far. They have struggled as of late losing 2 games over the weekend. They look to get back on track Tuesday night as they travel to Arizona. LISTEN HERE.
Posted on 17 November 2014 by WNST Staff
Nestor caught up with Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz on Monday. It’s been an interesting start with both some highs and lows for Barry in his first month back in the area. If you missed their conversation you can LISTEN HERE.
Posted on 01 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey
Durant to DC Talks Must Settle
With LeBron James going back to his hometown team, discussions around the country have escalated regarding another NBA star heading back to his hometown in the near future. Kevin Durant, arguably the leagues best player behind James, is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 regular season and already talks have begun on the possibility of the Thunder star coming back home.
There is a legitimate shot that the 2014 NBA MVP could wind up in a Washington uniform for the start of the 2016-17 regular season, but the chatter must settle for now.
The former Longhorn standout still has two more seasons in Oklahoma City and his deal is not similar to what LeBron James had in Miami. When Durant signed a five year contract extension in 2010, his deal did not include an opt out clause after the fourth season. So unfortunately for Wizards fans, he cannot opt out after the upcoming season.
The coming back home hype for Cleveland fans was warranted after the conclusion of the 2012-13 season because there was a chance that James would opt out of his final year in Miami. The city of Cleveland remained patient for a whole season and the Akron native did what they had hoped.
Wizards’ nation is now feeling what Cavs fans did over a year ago, but it is a different situation. Washington must be patient due to the fact Durant cannot opt out of his final year and hit free agency.
As enticing as it may sound to land one of the biggest stars in the game, Wizards fans must play the waiting game. The game will not be too difficult because of the potential this team has for the upcoming season. With all the pieces added to the puzzle from the off-season, there are high expectations. So for now, Washington fans should just live in the moment because this season has a chance to be something special.
Washington Capitals Potential Forward Lines
With training camp on the horizon, everyone will await to see how new head coach Barry Trotz tinkers with the Capitals forward lines. Since Washington did not address the hole left at second line center by Mikhail Grabovski, there is uncertainty how the top six will shake up.
Trotz recently dropped hints regarding potential replacements for Grabovski, who signed a deal with the New York Islanders in free agency. The former Predator head coach mentioned the possibility that players like Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky could fill that center void.
With Brooks Laich back in the swing of things assuming he stays healthy, the top six can get tricky. Even the top nine becomes crowded with some of the younger prospects trying to climb their way into the lineup. With that being said, it is time to sort out the four forward lines and evaluate the possbilities.
1: Brooks Laich, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2: Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Troy Brouwer
3: Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward
4: Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle
As of now, the above line up could set up to be the top four forward lines for the Washington Capitals. It is possible, but there are several different ways these lines could change and it begins at the top.
Brooks Laich has seen his time on the wing playing along side Ovi and Backstrom in his career, but he was given a contract extension years ago based on his ability to be a quality two-way center. So if Laich can stay on the ice, he could find himself filling the void at second line center.
The third line should remain in tact because that combination above was consistently the most productive line throughout the season. Ward and Chimera had career years and their chemistry on the ice would be tough to separate.
The biggest problem that arises from this current lineup is Tom Wilson playing on the fourth line. Wilson is a young promising player and it is now his time to see increased minutes. Remaining on the fourth line will not help Wilson get those minutes, so he could find his way into the top three lines.
The wildcard of all this could be last years first round selection Andre Burakovsky. The 2013 first rounder had a tremendous season for the Erie Otters in the OHL, so there is temptation to bring him up to the big league. If he shows flashes of promise in training camp, Burakovsky could find himself on the big roster.
With all that being said, here is another look at how the lineups could unfold for the upcoming season:
1. Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2. Tom Wilson, Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer
3. Jason Chimera, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Joel Ward
4. Eric Fehr, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle
The first line does not see much change except for the swap of MoJo and Laich. This second line is assuming that Trotz hopes for Laich to hold onto the second line center position. This top six seems ideal for a couple of reasons.
Tom Wilson gets a lot more experience cracking the top six, which will be imperative for his growth. The second line has the make up of a Trotz style in which accountability is a priority. Laich is a very good two-way center while Wilson brings another dimension of physicality. Troy Brouwer got hot scoring toward the tail end of the season and this line would depend on him to continue providing points.
The third line had a minor change in dropping Fehr to the fourth line. Kuznetsov did not play a lot of center last season and with this lineup, he would get the much-needed experience at playing that role. Ward and Chimera were the constant point producers from the third line last season with the center position being interchangeable between Grabovski and Fehr. Kuzy could find his way to become the second line center if Laich re-aggravates past injuries.
Posted on 22 July 2014 by WNST Staff
NBCSN Opens Season on Oct. 8 with Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET
NHL Winter Classic Features Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals from Washington, D.C. on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSN Presents Coverage of 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Including 60th NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25
31 Games Across NBC and NBCSN Feature Rematches from 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Including Both Conference Finals and Kings-Rangers on March 24
NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All 103 Regular-Season Games
STAMFORD, Conn. — July 22, 2013 – Coming off of the most-watched NHL regular season ever on NBC and NBCSN, the most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006 and most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable in 17 years,NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Schedule highlights include:
NBCSN will offer most games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the season. Beginning in January, a Sunday game will be added most weeks. NBCSN drops the puck on its coverage on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Flyers-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to Los Angeles immediately following Flyers-Bruins with the banner-raising ceremony for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, before face off against San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group’s NHL lead broadcast team will be comprised of two-time Emmy award-winning play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick, as well as analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy-award winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire.
NHL ON NBC
NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 28 at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, marking the first of 14 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 18, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons. NBC will also present the Flyers and Rangers in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Last year, NBC posted its most-watched NHL regular season since its most-recent agreement with the league in the 2005-06 season, including last year’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks, which averaged 2.8 million viewers and was the most-watched NHL regular-season game, excluding Winter Classics and regional coverage, since the advent of People Meters (1987).
NHL WINTER CLASSIC
The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C., and will feature the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals. The 2014 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.
The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades (2.5 HH rtg), and became the second-most watched such game in 39 years (4.4 million avg. viewers). The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years (average viewers).
MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES SINCE 1975
|4.525 million||Jan. 1, 2011||NBC||Capitals-Penguins|
|4.404 million||Jan. 1, 2014||NBC||Maple Leafs-Red Wings|
|4.401 million||Jan. 1, 2009||NBC||Red Wings-Blackhawks|
|3.751 million||Jan. 1, 2008||NBC||Penguins-Sabres|
|3.733 million||Jan. 2, 2012||NBC||Rangers-Flyers|
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a third season and feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Philadelphia-New York Rangers, Chicago-St. Louis, and Boston-Detroit. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 8 with Opening Night coverage between the Flyers and Bruins.
During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. This past season, Wednesday Night Rivalry’s 23 exclusive telecasts averaged 559,000 viewers, up 26% compared to the exclusive time period average of the last full regular season in 2011-12 (443,000). Since the debut of Wednesday Night Rivalry last season, NBCSN has recorded nine regular-season games with more than 700,000 viewers vs. four over the previous two seasons.
NBCSN 2014-15 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):
|October 8||Philadelphia||Boston||7:30 p.m.|
|October 15||Boston||Detroit||8 p.m.|
|October 22||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|October 29||Detroit||Washington||7:30 p.m.|
|November 5||Detroit||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|November 12||Boston||Toronto||8 p.m.|
|November 19||Philadelphia||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|December 3||St. Louis||Chicago||8 p.m.|
|December 10||Toronto||Detroit||8 p.m.|
|December 17||Boston||Minnesota||8 p.m.|
|January 7||Boston||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|January 14||Philadelphia||Washington||8 p.m.|
|January 21||Chicago||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|January 28||Pittsburgh||Washington||8 p.m.|
|February 4||Boston||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|February 11||Detroit||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|February 18||Detroit||Chicago||7:30 p.m.|
|February 25||Pittsburgh||Washington||8 p.m.|
|March 4||N.Y. Rangers||Detroit||8 p.m.|
|March 11||N.Y. Rangers||Washington||8 p.m.|
|March 18||Chicago||N.Y. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|March 25||Chicago||Philadelphia||8 p.m.|
|April 1||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|April 8||Boston||Washington||8 p.m.|
In addition, NBCSN will present 10 games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when San Jose visits Los Angeles following Flyers-Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage. Following are the 10 Wednesday nightcap games:
|October 8||San Jose||Los Angeles||10 p.m.|
|November 12||Los Angeles||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
|January 7||New York Rangers||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
|January 21||Los Angeles||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|January 28||Chicago||Los Angeles||10:30 p.m.|
|February 11||Washington||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|February 18||Los Angeles||Colorado||10 p.m.|
|March 18||Los Angeles||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
|April 1||Colorado||San Jose||10:30 p.m.|
|April 8||Dallas||Anaheim||10:30 p.m.|
NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND – JAN. 24-25 – NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OHIO
NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena on Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S STATE-OF-THE ART STUDIOS
NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2014-15 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.
NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while a 30-minute post-game show will air immediately following the game.
On most days, the NHL Live team will consist of Liam McHugh (host), Mike Milbury (analyst), andKeith Jones (analyst). Coverage will also include host Kathryn Tappen, new to NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage this season, as well as analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.
FLEX SCHEDULING ON NBC
For the eighth consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports Group will utilize flex scheduling, which provides the ability to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce which game will air.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream all 2014-15 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN. All NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Games airing on:
NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):
|Wed., Oct. 8||Philadelphia||Boston||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 8||San Jose||Los Angeles||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Thurs., Oct. 9||Colorado||Minnesota||NBCSN||9 p.m.|
|Tues., Oct. 14||Buffalo||Carolina||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 15||Boston||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Oct. 21||Philadelphia||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 22||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Oct. 28||Minnesota||Boston||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Oct. 29||Detroit||Washington||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 4||St. Louis||New Jersey||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 5||Detroit||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 11||Buffalo||St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 12||Boston||Toronto||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 12||Los Angeles||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Nov. 18||San Jose||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 19||Philadelphia||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Mon., Nov. 24||Pittsburgh||Boston||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Nov. 26||Philadelphia||Detroit||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 28||N.Y. Rangers||Philadelphia||NBC||1 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 2||Tampa Bay||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 2||Philadelphia||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 3||St. Louis||Chicago||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 9||Los Angeles||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 10||Toronto||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Mon., Dec. 15||Tampa Bay||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 17||Boston||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Dec. 23||St. Louis||Colorado||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sat., Dec. 27||Washington||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Dec. 27||San Jose||Los Angeles||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Mon., Dec. 29||Detroit||Boston||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 1*||Chicago||Washington||NBC||1 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 4||Dallas||Chicago||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 6||San Jose||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 7||Boston||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 7||N.Y. Rangers||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 11||Minnesota||Chicago||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 13||Minnesota||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 14||Philadelphia||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 18||NY Rangers||Pittsburgh||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 18||Buffalo||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Mon., Jan. 19||Colorado||St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 20||Pittsburgh||Philadelphia||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 21||Chicago||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 21||Los Angeles||San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 27||Tampa Bay||Carolina||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 28||Pittsburgh||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 28||Chicago||Los Angeles||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 29||Montreal||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 29||Anaheim||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 1||St. Louis||Washington||NBCSN||1 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 3||Chicago||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 4||Boston||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 5||Detroit||Colorado||NBCSN||9 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 8||Chicago||St. Louis||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 8||Montreal||Boston||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., Feb. 9||Arizona||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 11||Detroit||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 11||Washington||San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 15||Pittsburgh||Chicago||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 15||Philadelphia||Buffalo||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 17||Buffalo||New Jersey||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 18||Detroit||Chicago||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 18||Los Angeles||Colorado||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 19||Columbus||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 21||Los Angeles||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 22||Washington||Philadelphia||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 22||Boston||Chicago||NBC||3:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Feb. 22||Dallas||Minnesota||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 24||Philadelphia||Carolina||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 25||Pittsburgh||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 26||Minnesota||Nashville||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 28||N.Y. Rangers||Philadelphia||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 1||Anaheim||Dallas||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., March 3||Buffalo||Tampa Bay||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., March 4||N.Y. Rangers||Detroit||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 8||Detroit||Boston||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 8||N.Y. Rangers||Chicago||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., March 9||Pittsburgh||San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Tues., March 10||Los Angeles||Colorado||NBCSN||9 p.m.|
|Wed., March 11||N.Y. Rangers||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 15||Detroit||Pittsburgh||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 15||Boston||Washington||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., March 16||Washington||Buffalo||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Tues., March 17||Buffalo||Boston||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed., March 18||Chicago||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., March 18||Los Angeles||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 22||St. Louis||Detroit||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 22||Anaheim||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., March 24||Los Angeles||N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wed., March 25||Chicago||Philadelphia||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., March 29||San Jose||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., March 30||Los Angeles||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., April 1||Philadelphia||Pittsburgh||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., April 1||Colorado||San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., April 2||Boston||Detroit||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Sun., April 5||Pittsburgh||Philadelphia||NBC||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., April 5||St. Louis||Chicago||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Tues., April 7||Minnesota||Chicago||NBCSN||8:30 p.m.|
|Wed., April 8||Boston||Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wed., April 8||Dallas||Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., April 9||Chicago||St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sat., April 11||Minnesota||St. Louis||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Sat., April 11||San Jose||Los Angeles||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Sat., April 11||Boston||Tampa Bay||NBCSN||TBD|
*Denotes NHL Winter Classic
Posted on 02 July 2014 by Nick Dorsey
All of America was on the edge of their seats once the United States and Belgium match went to extra time. Despite the 2-1 loss in the first round of the World Cup sweet sixteen, that same excitement for soccer in this country will only grow.
The United States does not have the same kind of intensity within its fan base as the other countries in the World Cup, but this team might have changed the popularity of the sport going forward. A team that was not given a lick of a chance to advance out of the group of death, team USA silenced the critics and gave the fans across the country something to be proud of.
When team USA went down 2-0 in extra time to Belgium, the life was sucked out of the American fan base and their World Cup hopes had diminished. All the excitement that Klinsmanns squad brought to all of America seemed to be lost. Then Julian Green scored a goal off of a wonderful pass from Michael Bradley.
Even though the one goal was not enough to force a round of penalty kicks, it gave the team hope. Not only did Julian Greens goal give hope at a chance for a comeback, but also the goal symbolized hope for the game of soccer in this country.
Team USA does not have the talent that the other world powers have in the World Cup. Other teams feature their best athletes within the country to represent their nation. Since the United States has other professional leagues like the NFL and NBA, the best athletes in the country do not play for Team USA soccer.
While team USA does not have the same talent as the other world powers, they showed the heart needed to compete on the big stage. They tied one of the best teams in the world that featured soccers second best player and only lost by one to Germany who is amongst the worlds best.
The fact that the United States was able to advance out of the group of death and other soccer powers such as Spain, England, Italy and Portugal could not is astonishing. There are a lot of positives to come away with from the performance of the American squad and it will for sure carry over to the next Cup.
It was Jurgen Klinsmanns first opportunity as head coach for Team USA and he got the job done well. He made good adjustments during games within group play and came away with good results. The former German athlete did a great job in his first appearance as head coach for team USA and the fans will sure be by his side as the next Cup approaches.
T.J. Oshie was the American “hero” during the Olympic games in hockey for his performance in the shootout against Russia. After the stellar performance, Oshie was a household name everywhere in America. The same situation came to be when USA goalkeeper Tim Howard had a record-breaking match against Belgium.
Sure Howard has been the goalie for team USA the past few World Cups, but Clint Dempsey was the biggest name when it came to USA soccer. After the Belgium match, Howard is being called a hero for his incredible individual performance. With Howard now being recognized as a household name similar to Oshie, now fans in America might check out the goaltender play some in the English premiere league.
There are so many different parts of this team that make for a brighter future for soccer in this country. There is a plethora of young talent, new stars that have been born and a solid coach in control of it all. With all that being said, not only does team USA have a bright future, but also the popularity of soccer in the country.
Grading Capitals Free Agency Moves
The free agency period in the NHL kicked into high gear July 1st at noon and the Washington Capitals made several moves. New General manager Brian MacLellan got his first crack at making decisions at the helm and started the first day off with a few signings.
Washington had several needs heading into free agency such as finding a top-4 defenseman, a veteran backup goalie and a second line center. MacLellan began the day by signing veteran backup Justin Peters from the Carolina Hurricanes.
Peters, 27 years old, got to play in twenty-one games last season and finished with a .919 save percentage. This is a good addition to the Caps roster for several reasons.
The message being sent to Braden Holtby with this signing is that he is clearly the number one goalie on the team. Peters is a career backup who is trying to prove he is amongst the top tier backup goalies in the league. This should come to be no threat to Holtby as he will be leading the team onto the ice this year.
The best part about this deal is that it is cap-friendly. Peters signed a 2-year deal for $1.9 million that comes to be about $950,000 a season. Finding a veteran backup for this cost allows for Washington to make other moves during free agency. Grading the Justin Peters signing, a B- is a fair grade.
Brian MacLellan was not done after the Peters signing as he added two pieces to the biggest weakness on the roster. Two former Pittsburgh Penguin defensemen were added to the Capitals top six rotation. One is considered a good signing and the other is a bit of a head scratcher.
Brooks Orpik, 33, signed a 5-year deal with the Capitals worth $27.5 million. This addition to the team came to be a huge surprise for many reasons. Orpik is 33 years old and is on the down side of his career. What makes this deal not so sexy is the money and longevity of the deal. Paying a player past his prime $5.5 million a year is quite risky. It also does not make sense giving a player who is 33 years of age a five-year deal.
Although there are a few negatives to the signing of Orpik, he does bring some qualities that will help this Capitals team. The former Penguin has been one of the assistant captains for Pittsburgh since 2008. He has been in a leadership role for several years and the Caps could use more leaders especially on the defensive end.
Most of the Capitals blue liners favor playing a style in which they like to carry the puck. They are considered finesse defenders and Orpik is the opposite of that. Brooks Orpik is the physical kind of defenseman that Washington needs. The Brooks Orpik signing gets a C- grade.
Joining fellow Pittsburgh teammate in Washington is new Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The former Penguin cashed in on a seven-year deal worth $40.25 million that equates to a $5.75 cap hit per year. Niskanen finished the 2013-14 regular season with 46 total points and a +33 rating. Niskanen is a very similar defender to what the Caps current defensive roster already has.
This was the best addition that new general manager Brian MacLellan made all day during the first bit of free agency. The Caps are getting a defender who is 27 years old and is in the prime of his career. He is a versatile defender who also has a good plus/minus rating. Niskanen was expected to get $6 million or more per season when he hit the market, but Washington managed to get him just under that range.
With the additions of Orpik and Niskanen, the team’s biggest weakness has been repaired. Last season featured a never-ending cycle of defensemen getting their chances to start. The Caps often called up prospects from Hershey to start at the blue line, but those times look to be done.
The defensive pairings look to be Carlson-Alzner, Niskanen-Orpik and Green-Orlov. The pairings could change as Orpik does have experience playing with Carlson during the Olympics. As of now, those pairings have a chance to resemble what it will look like when the team hits the ice this season.
Posted on 29 June 2014 by WNST Staff
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals selected goaltender Vitek Vanecek (39th overall), left wing Nathan Walker (89th overall), forward Shane Gersich (134th overall), right wing Steven Spinner (159th overall), and right wing Kevin Elgestal (194th overall) on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft, held Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Vanecek, 18, posted two shutouts, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 38 games with Billi Tygri Liberec of the Czech Republic’s under-20 league during the 2013-14 season. The 6’0”, 180-pound goaltender represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, posting a 4-2-0 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage to help lead the Czech Republic to a silver medal. Vanecek also represented the Czech Republic at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Canada and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial at the World Junior A Challenge and posted a 2.61 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage to help the Czech Republic win a bronze medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. The Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, native was ranked eighth overall among European goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.
Walker, 20, registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14. The 5’9”, 185-pound left wing represented Australia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament and at the 2012 World Championship Division 1 Group B tournament. Walker registered six points (four goals, two assists) and four penalty minutes in four games at the 2011 tournament and was named Australia’s best player by the tournament’s coaches. During the 2012-13 season, Walker recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.
Gersich, 17, recorded 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and four penalty minutes in 26 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team of the USHL in 2013-14. The Chaska, Minn., ranked sixth on the team in goals and eighth in points last season. In 2012-13, Gersich scored one goal in six games with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. The 5’10”, 165-pound forward has committed to play at the University of North Dakota in 2015-16.
Spinner, 18, earned 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 25 games with Eden Prarie High School in Minnesota during the 2013-14 season. The 5’11”, 192-pound right wing was ranked 96th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Spinner has committed to play at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2015-16.
Elgestal, 18, registered 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) and 34 penalty minutes in 44 games with Frolunda of the J20 SuperElit in 2013-14. The 6’0”, 172-pound right wing represented Sweden at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship and 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, recording three points (one goal, two assists) and 27 penalty minutes in seven games at the U18 World Championship and two goals in four games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Elgestal was ranked 51st overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
The Capitals also acquired goaltender Edward Pasquale and the 159th selection in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange from the Winnipeg Jets for the 164th and 192nd pick in the 2014 NHL draft and a seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. Pasquale, 23, posted a 17-13-1 record with one shutout, a 2.43 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL in 2013-14. In 136 career AHL games, Pasquale has registered a 66-59-7 record with 10 shutouts, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
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Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals selected forward Jakub Vrana with the 13th overall selection in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Vrana, 18, was ranked fourth overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The Prague, Czech Republic, native spent the 2013-14 season with Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and split the season between the senior team and junior team. Vrana registered three points (two goals, one assists) and two penalty minutes in 24 games with the senior team and collected 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 24 games with Linkoping’s junior club.
Vrana has represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship twice (2013, 2014) and at the Under-18 World Championships three times (2012, 2013, 2014). He led the Czech Republic in scoring at the 2012 and 2014 Under-18 World Championships and ranked first in goals (8) and third in points (10) among all skaters at 2014 tournament, including the overtime winner in the quarterfinal as the Czech Republic captured a silver medal. At the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, Vrana earned four points (three goals, one assist), including a goal and assist in the bronze-medal game to lead the Czech Republic to victory. It was the country’s first top-three finish at the tournament, which they co-host, since 2005.
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Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 27, 2014
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have named Lane Lambert assistant coach, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Lambert, 49, spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators. Lambert was responsible for the team’s forwards and penalty kill. In his first season with the Predators in 2011-12, Lambert helped guide Nashville to the NHL’s fifth-best record during the regular season and finish among the top 10 in goals, goals against and penalty kill efficiency.
Prior to joining the Predator’s coaching staff, Lambert served as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2007-11. Lambert led the club to a 178-103-39 record, the sixth-most wins in the AHL in that span, while giving up the second-fewest goals (821) in the league. Milwaukee posted 40-or-more wins and 90-or-more points all four seasons under Lambert, making them the first team in AHL history to reach those marks in eight consecutive campaigns. In addition to four straight Calder Cup playoff berths, Lambert helped the Admirals capture a pair of West Division titles and post the Western Conference’s highest point total in 2010-11 (102 pts, 44-22-14 record). He also captured a division title in 2008-09 when he led the team to a 49-22-9 record, tying for the most points (107) in the AHL. The win total tied a club record since the team joined the AHL for the 2001-02 campaign.
Prior to joining the Admirals as an assistant coach in 2006-07, the Melfort, Saskatchewan, native spent one season as an assistant for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate. Lambert started his coaching career in the Western Hockey League, spending parts of two seasons as head coach of the Prince George Cougars (2003-05) and parts of two campaigns as an assistant for the Moose Jaw Warriors (2002-04).
Lambert was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 25th overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He finished his NHL career with 125 points (58 goals, 67 assists) and 521 penalty minutes in 283 games with Detroit, the New York Rangers and Quebec from 1983-89. Lambert enjoyed his most successful NHL campaign with the Nordiques in 1987-88, recording career-highs in points (41) and assists (28) in 61 contests. Lambert won an AHL Calder Cup title with Adirondack in 1986 and helped the Houston Aeros claim the IHL’s Turner Cup championship in 1999.
Posted on 27 June 2014 by Nick Dorsey
Team USA is back in the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup after losing 1-0 to the final team in their group Germany. The Americans now give themselves a shot to advance another round next Tuesday when they face off against Belgium. They are a team that the United States should beat, especially since they were able to do the near impossible.
Before the World Cup began, it was a consensual non-possibility that the Americans would survive the “group of death” that featured heavy weights such as Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Survival is the best way to define what the Americans did through group play, which resulted in a big win over Ghana and a draw to Portugal.
This is one of the biggest accomplishments that USA soccer has had in the World Cup in quite some time, but the ride is not over yet. The Americans have shown they can play with the upper class of the soccer world, so they have a chance to make a splash in the round of 16.
Tim Howard has allowed a goal each match, but he has made quality saves to always give team USA a chance to win. Howard has been solid, especially since the possession time has been favoring the opponent every match. There is hope on the defensive end of the field and things should swing upward on the offensive side.
Clint Dempsey is the best player for the American squad and he has been consistent throughout group play. He has scored two goals in three games and he continues to get his opportunities. Dempsey nearly scored an equalizer using his head in the closing moments against Germany. With the best player continuing to produce scoring chances, it should open up opportunities for other players.
Jozy Altidore has missed every game ever since his injury early on against Ghana. With extended time until their next game, there is a chance that Altidore can get his second start. If Altidore can crack the lineup, the offense gets an immediate impact.
If there is one player that needs to step up it is Michael Bradley. He has not played well at all throughout group play so he cannot play any worse. Luckily for Bradley, he has a chance at redemption now that team USA has moved into the knockout round. If Bradley can take his game to another level, the Americans will definitely advance.
Any way that the Belgium game goes next Tuesday, it is a huge accomplishment for Jurgen Klinsmann, coaching his first World Cup with the Americans, to get out of the group of death. This is not where the road ends for Team USA, as they will win Tuesday against Belgium 1-0. With that win they will most likely have to face Argentina.
One of the most anticipated draft classes that has come in nearly a decade, the NBA draft featured a plethora of future potential stars. Once former Kansas standout Joel Embiid fractured his foot during a workout, there was uncertainty at the top of the draft board. Everyone waited to see what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the first selection in this year’s draft.
After selecting Anthony Bennett first overall in last year’s very weak draft, the Cavaliers selected Kansas Jayhawk freshman Andrew Wiggins. The Wiggins selection did not come as a big surprise because there is a lot of upside with the pick.
The former Jayhawk product has elite athleticism and is productive on both sides of the floor. Wiggins can match up with just about any player on the wing in the NBA defensively. His length gives him an advantage one on one and on the boards down low.
Jabari Parker is the safest player in this draft and is the most NBA ready right away. Parker is a much better offensive player than Wiggins is right now. Wiggins still needs to improve his jump shot and ability to finish consistently at the rim. The former Blue Devil has a better offensive game than Wiggins, but defensively is not as sharp. Parker was a great pick for the Bucks in their start to rebuild the franchise.
Joel Embiid most likely would have been the first selection if not for the foot fracture, but he found his way to becoming the third overall pick to the 76ers. It is a great decision for Philly to go with Embiid, who is clearly not in a hurry to win now, as they seem to be taking a patient approach. They still have Nerlens Noel and might be dealing away last year’s rookie of the year Michael Carter Williams.
If Philadelphia gives Embiid the proper time to recover, they could be getting one of the best players to come out in a very long time. Embiid has an extreme amount of potential and you cannot teach being over seven feet. Watching Embiid at Kansas, you could see drastic improvement from his first game to his last.
The other picks that stood out the most in the top ten and look to be great additions is what both Boston and Los Angeles did. Marcus Smart is arguably the best scorer in this years draft alongside Parker. Adding Smart to a backcourt with Rondo is potentially lethal. Rondo makes everyone around him better and if they can find a way to play together, it will make for one of the better young back courts in the league.
Julius Randle makes for a great addition to the Lakers starting five, as he will provide good offensive output. Any time you play with Kobe Bryant, your opportunities will open up. Randle has a good inside and outside game, so he is a versatile player on the floor. If the Lakers can add someone like Kevin Love via trade, Randle, Love and Bryant will make for a solid three-pair.
The NHL awards took place Tuesday in Las Vegas and most of the top tier awards were predictable. Sidney Crosby was the most obvious choice for the Hart Trophy, which is the NHL’s most valuable player award. There wasn’t really another candidate that gave Crosby a run for his money for the Hart, especially since the awards in the NHL are based on the regular season. If it were based on post-season, Getzlaf would have gotten it since Crosby had a 13-game scoring drought in the playoffs dating back to last post-season.
The most puzzling award winner seemed to be Bob Murray, who was awarded general manager of the year. Not to take anything away from Murray, the Ducks had a fantastic season and ultimately lost in the second round to the eventual Stanley Cup champion, but the GM of the year should have gone where the Cup resides.
Dean Lombardi made the best move during the trade deadline and it paid off in the biggest way possible. Marian Gaborik was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets and was one of the main difference makers for the Kings in the top six. Anze Kopitar and Gaborik had instant chemistry, which propelled them through the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In the twenty-six playoff games played, Marian Gaborik led everyone in scoring with 14 goals. The former Blue Jacket also cashed in eight assists that brought his points total to 22 in the 26 games played. Without Gaborik and his timely goals, the Kings do not win the Stanley Cup.
Patrice Bergeron won the Selke tropy, which goes to the best defensive forward in the NHL. The Boston Bruin won the Selke in 2012 and once again this year. Bergeron is definitely one of the best defensive forwards, but Anze Kopitar should have brought the hardware home. Kopitar was the best defensive forward in the league and it was on display during the playoffs. He has not won the award yet in his career and deserved to after this seasons performance.
NBA Free Agency:
After opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony heads to free agency with many options out there. There are all kinds of sources putting out possible destinations for Anthony, even the possibility of teaming up with his good friend LeBron James. All this sounds great and all, but there is one team that is a perfect match for Carmelo. There is no better place for Anthony to go than to the Windy city. The Chicago Bulls are a perfect destination for the former Knick for a number of reasons.
The Bulls are a defensive powerhouse, which could make up for the liability Anthony brings defensively. What the Bulls showed they did not have during their only playoff series against the Wizards is a closer.
The Bulls had difficulty scoring in the fourth quarter and never had a go to guy. With the uncertainty of Derrick Rose’s future, Anthony would provide the lineup with a consistent scoring threat.
Tom Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in the NBA and would find the best ways to utilize Anthony in the lineup. He could potentially make Anthony a better defender in the Bulls system. If Rose comes back healthy, Thibodeau could make the adjustments to fully maximize Anthony and Roses potential together.
It is time for the Decision 2.0 and there are plenty of rumors everywhere discussing the future of the 4-time MVP. Anywhere from Cleveland, LA or even Houston the possibilities seem endless. Everyone needs to relax because the King is not going anywhere. If you are LeBron James, why would you leave the Miami Heat?
From an organization standpoint, how much better does it get than Pat Riley? If James decides to give Miami his loyalty, Riley will find the pieces to put around James to bring the team back to championship caliber.
The Heat already drafted Shabazz Napier, the tremendous guard from the NCAA champion UCONN Huskies. In a few years everyone will be looking back at the 2014 draft and say why did we pass on Napier because he will be an impact starter from the beginning. If LeBron decides to stay, Napier will be one of the better rookies in the NBA.
Napier has the all around game as a point guard: he is a versatile scorer, underrated passer and is an absolute stud defensively. The most noteworthy ability seen in his time at UCONN is his killer instinct. Napier has the mindset and ability to take over a game and hit the big shot. With this much potential talent at point guard, LeBron will not leave Miami.
Posted on 22 June 2014 by WNST Staff
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 and open the season against the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, the National Hockey League and Washington Capitals announced today. The game will mark the NHL’s seventh Winter Classic and Washington’s second appearance in the outdoor game. The Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.
Washington is 24-15-5-1 all-time at home against Chicago, including a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on April 11 at Verizon Center. Further details on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic including venue, ticketing information and uniform design for each team will be released in the coming months. Every Washington Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket holders when they become available.
The NHL also announced the 2014-15 regular season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The NHL will pause for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Jan. 24-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Capitals will host the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center on Feb. 1, marking the eighth time in the last nine seasons and the seventh consecutive season the Capitals will host a game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Washington has four homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a five-game stretch at Verizon Center from March 5-15. The Capitals have eight stretches of at least three consecutive road games and a season-high four-game road trip from Feb. 11-17. In addition, the Capitals will have 16 sets of back-to-back games.
Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes four games on Friday, nine on Saturday and six on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 vs. NY Islanders), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1 vs. Chicago) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1 vs. St. Louis).
Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio Network (flagship stations FAN 106.7 and 1500 AM), WashingtonCaps.com and on Washington Caps mobile app.
HOME DATES TO REMEMBER:
THU, OCT. 9 MONTREAL 7 P.M.
Sat, Oct. 11 at Boston 7 p.m.
TUE, OCT. 14 SAN JOSE 7 P.M.
THU, OCT. 16 NEW JERSEY 7 P.M.
SAT, OCT. 18 FLORIDA 7 P.M.
Wed, Oct. 22 at Edmonton 9:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 25 at Calgary 10 p.m.
Sun, Oct. 26 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
WED. OCT. 29 DETROIT 7:30 P.M.
Sat, Nov. 1 at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.
SUN, NOV. 2 PHOENIX 7 P.M.
TUE, NOV. 4 CALGARY 7 P.M.
Fri, Nov. 7 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
SAT, NOV. 8 CAROLINA 8 P.M.
TUE, NOV. 11 COLUMBUS 7 P.M.
FRI, NOV. 14 NEW JERSEY 7 P.M.
Sat, Nov. 15 at St. Louis 8 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 18 at Phoenix 9 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 20 at Colorado 9 p.m.
SAT, NOV. 22 BUFFALO 7 P.M.
Wed, Nov. 26 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.
FRI, NOV. 28 NY ISLANDERS 5 P.M.
Sat, Nov. 29 at Toronto 7 p.m.
TUE, DEC. 2 VANCOUVER 7 P.M.
Thu, Dec. 4 at Carolina 7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 6 at New Jersey 7 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
THU, DEC. 11 COLUMBUS 7 P.M.
SAT, DEC. 13 TAMPA BAY 7 P.M.
Tue, Dec. 16 at Florida 7:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec. 18 at Columbus 7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 20 at New Jersey 7 p.m.
MON, DEC. 22 OTTAWA 7 P.M.
Tue, Dec. 23 at NY Rangers 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 27 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Mon, Dec. 29 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.
THU, JAN. 1 CHICAGO 1 P.M.
SUN, JAN. 4 FLORIDA 3 P.M.
Wed, Jan. 7 at Toronto 7 p.m.
Thu, Jan. 8 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
SAT, JAN. 10 DETROIT 7 P.M.
MON, JAN. 12 COLORADO 7 P.M.
WED, JAN. 14 PHILADELPHIA 8 P.M.
Fri, Jan. 16 at Nashville 8 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 17 at Dallas 8 p.m.
TUE, JAN. 20 EDMONTON 7 P.M.
Tue, Jan. 27 at Columbus 7 p.m.
WED, JAN. 28 PITTSBURGH 8 P.M.
Sat, Jan. 31 at Montreal 1 p.m.
SUN, FEB. 1 ST. LOUIS 1 P.M.
TUE, FEB. 3 LOS ANGELES 7 P.M.
Thu, Feb. 5 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
FRI, FEB. 6 ANAHEIM 7 P.M.
SUN, FEB. 8 PHILADELPHIA 3 P.M.
Wed, Feb. 11 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 14 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 15 at Anaheim 8 p.m.
Tue, Feb. 17 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
THU, FEB. 19 WINNIPEG 7 P.M.
SAT, FEB. 21 NY ISLANDERS 12:30 P.M.
Sun, Feb. 22 at Philadelphia 3 p.m.
WED, FEB. 25 PITTSBURGH 8 P.M.
Fri, Feb. 27 at Carolina 7 p.m.
SUN, MARCH 1 TORONTO 7 P.M.
Tue, March 3 at Columbus 7 p.m.
THU, MARCH 5 MINNESOTA 7 P.M.
SAT, MARCH 7 BUFFALO 7 P.M.
WED, MARCH 11 NY RANGERS 8 P.M.
FRI, MARCH 13 DALLAS 7 P.M.
SUN, MARCH 15 BOSTON TBD
Mon, March 16 at Buffalo 7 p.m.
Thu, March 19 at Minnesota 8 p.m.
Sat, March 21 at Winnipeg 7 p.m.
THU, MARCH 26 NEW JERSEY 7 P.M.
SAT, MARCH 28 NASHVILLE 12:30 P.M.
Sun, March 29 at NY Rangers 3 p.m.
TUE, MARCH 31 CAROLINA 7 P.M.
Thu, April 2 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Sat, April 4 at Ottawa 7 p.m.
Sun, April 5 at Detroit 5 p.m.
WED, APRIL 8 BOSTON 8 P.M.
SAT, APRIL 11 NY RANGERS 3 P.M.
All Times Eastern