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Ducks Score Three Unanswered, Comeback Win over Caps 3-2

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Ducks Score Three Unanswered, Comeback Win over Caps 3-2

Posted on 23 December 2013 by Nick Dorsey

 

Washington after 36 games played this season have shown some consistent trends throughout the course of a hockey game. They are reliant on their special teams, they get out to a slow start and they cannot maintain a lead. Several of those trends were on display tonight against the NHL’s best Anaheim Ducks.

One trend that did not show tonight, a slow start. Eric Fehr started a two on one breakaway with a perfectly deflected pass off of the boards that hit fellow line mate Mikhail Grabovski in stride. Grabovski and Troy Brouwer made a nice give and go play to set up Grabovski’s 11th goal of the season, just over seven minutes into the first frame. Second line production has not always been there this season, but as of late this line has played well with each other.

Another trend that was on display tonight were the special teams. Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 9th goal of the season on the power play. Backstrom was looking for the saucer pass back to the point toward Green, but took the space he was given for a nice wrister past Hiller. That kind of aggression is something Caps fans would not mind seeing more out of Backstrom, who has displayed quite the sneaky wrist shot over the course of his career. The final trend would come into play once again and would prove to be an Achilles heel of the team. With below three minutes to play in the first period, Andrew Cogliano put it past Grubauer to cut the lead to one.

Throughout the second period, both teams exchanged penalties that gave the opposition plenty of opportunities to score. Neither of them scored on the extra man opportunities, but the period was not left scoreless. Just under 30 seconds to go in the second, Saku Koivu tied the game up for his 5th goal of the season.

Another lead lost for Washington heading into the third, but there was still time for redemption. Hampus Lindholm made it three unanswered goals for the Anaheim Ducks, just less than six minutes left into the game. Another lead squandered away for the Caps, but like so many times this season, there was still time for a comeback. The fans at Verizon Center almost had their prayers answered when Alex Ovechkin fired off a shot in the slot that hit the cross bar. It took an awkward bounce and the refs waved it off. It eventually went to replay and the league ruled it a no goal all the way from Toronto. It was a good call even though the sell-out crowd in DC was not pleased with the end result. Washington was unable to convert at the end of the game with the extra man attempt after pulling Grubauer.

It was a tough, hard fought hockey game by two teams the whole sixty minutes. Against the best team currently in the NHL, it was a good effort by the home team amidst the holiday season. It is still a disappointing loss in a sense because this has been the story so often during this season. The Capitals find a way to lose leads quickly and end up trying to fight their way back in at the last minute. Anaheim is now currently on a 9-game winning after this comeback win.

Philipp Grubauer played a nice game tonight in goal stopping 26 of the 29 shots he had faced. It was his first loss in regulation in his short career thus far. Troy Brouwer also had himself a nice game, recording 2 assists and having great success in the face-off circle. Brooks Laich returned back to action tonight after missing the last 11 contests. He was used in even strength play, on the penalty kill and on the power play. Laich is always useful in the penalty kill, which was perfect in shutting down all of Anaheim’s four extra man opportunities. The power play for Washington was one for five and the Caps also won 45 face-offs to the Ducks 23.

The Caps now have a 19-14-4 record (42 points) heading into a holiday break. They resume action this Friday night back at the Verizon Center against their rival New York Rangers. The Rangers sit in third place in the Metropolitan division with 38 points in the standings. It is a big game for Washington, as they need to keep pace ahead of the rest of the division below them.

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Flyers Top Caps 5-2

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Flyers Top Caps 5-2

Posted on 18 December 2013 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Capitals have made it the norm recently coming back from large deficits to win games late, but last night that was not the case. After a first period that was pretty evenly played between both the Flyers (10 shots on goal) and Caps (9 shots on goal), the second period is where the action picked up.

A Hi-sticking minor penalty on Flyers Kimmo Timonen near the end of the first period, carried over into the second period. Alex Ovechkin scored his 28th goal of the season just forty seconds into the period. It was a nice backhand put back after the puck trickled around in front of goalie Steve Mason. Washington had an early lead in Wells Fargo Center, but the lead did not last. Not even a minute later, Jakub Voracek came down with a 2 on 1 man advantage and stuck it past goalie Braden Holtby.

The game was tied at one, but the scoring was nowhere near done for the remainder of the period. After Martin Erat just threw a pass just out of the reach of Troy Brouwer, Troy made a nice hustle play. He chased down the puck behind the net and found Eric Fehr in front for his fifth goal of the season. Washington regained the lead once again, but Philly broke through once again.

Approaching the twelve-minute mark into the period, Matt Read beat Holtby for his tenth goal of the season. The game was tied once again, but the game changed with just five minutes to go in the second. Thomas Wilson came in with a vicious hit on Brayden Schenn, which sparked a fight amongst the majority of the players on the ice. The rivalry game began to get more chippy and physical at this point. Wilson was charged with a five minute major for boarding. The Caps know what it is like to benefit off of a major penalty, but this time they were on the other end of it.

Mark Streit opened up the power play scoring just below two minutes into the power play. Washington had given up the lead and there was still plenty of time remaining on the Flyer man advantage. Voracek scored the second power play goal of the game and also his second, minutes before the period’s conclusion. The five-minute major was the difference at this point as the Caps headed to the locker room down 4-2 on the road.

Not much changed for Washington in the third frame of the game. They were able to kill the little amount of time remaining on the Flyers power play. They had come back from this deficit before, but luck eventually runs low. After a couple of great breakaway saves by Holtby, the third time was a charm for Philly. After defender John Carlson misplayed the puck, it led to an easy breakaway goal for Wayne Simmonds to put the game out of reach.

Washington had a good opportunity to create some space in the division ahead of Philadelphia, but they let these past two opportunities squander. The Caps were fortunate to come back and win Sunday’s game at the Verizon Center. When you look at it with perspective, Washington came away with two points, but the Flyers got three out of a possible four. They have a good opportunity coming up this weekend. The Capitals travel to take on the Carolina Hurricanes this Friday, who they are yet to beat this season so far.

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Canes Drop Caps 4-1

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Canes Drop Caps 4-1

Posted on 04 December 2013 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Washington Capitals faced off Tuesday night against their fellow Metropolitan division rival Carolina Hurricanes and it did not end well. The start of the game was not so bad for the Caps, going into the second period only down one to the Canes. Jeff Skinner scored his first goal of the night on the short side of the net, one that Braden Holtby would certainly like to have back. It was not Holtby’s best night so far this season.

The Caps started with plenty of scoring chances early and throughout the first period, but were unable to finish. Washington outshot Carolina 23-14 in shot attempts at the conclusion of the first period, but still unable to score. The Capitals generated momentum heading into the second period with still over a minute left on their first power play of the game. There were four solid scoring chances on their power play in the second period, but the Caps still came up empty-handed. A game that was so close for the first half was about to be blown open by the opposition. At the 11:18 mark in the second period, Jeff Skinner recorded his second goal of the night. It was a shot from the outside near the center of the faceoff circle, another one that Holtby should have had. Shortly after the Canes second goal of the night, Mikhail Grabovski was called for a tripping minor after a turnover. Andrej Sekera was the goal scorer on the power play for the Hurricanes, giving Carolina the 3-0 lead in the Verizon Center. After the third goal, just under a minute later, Jiri Tlusty on a nifty backhand put the game out of reach with the fourth tally of the night. The Caps have comeback twice for victories in their last two games, but this lead was insurmountable for Washington.

It was not a good loss for the Caps at home as the rest of the Metropolitan division, including the Hurricanes, are starting to gain ground on the leaders of the division. They have lost five of their last seven games, leaving plenty of points out there. There are several reasons the Caps have struggled as of late and one of the main reasons has been the struggling power play. The Caps generate a lot of momentum and scoring chances from their power play, which is consistently one of the best in the league. That has not been the story as of late. In their last eleven games, the Caps are 5-37 in the power play, which has led to a 5-5-1 record in those eleven games. The Capitals did manage to score a power play goal in the third period against the Hurricanes, Mike Green’s first goal of the season. Green has had a rough start to the first quarter of the season, but now that he has found the back of the net, maybe this will generate a spark in his game. Green has been known as a streaky scoring defensemen and is definitely a player that can help rejuvenate the power play. Not only was the power play a struggling unit, but Braden Holtby struggled all night as well. He has been called upon a lot as of late to start games due to Michael Neuvirth being injured. It is possible the increased workload showed its wear and tear Tuesday night because Holtby is usually much better between the pipes. Philipp Grubauer came in for the third period and was pretty impressive. He came in to start the third period facing a Carolina power play right from the get go. He did not allow a goal during the period and finished with eight saves. If Grubauer can possibly step in there soon to give Holtby a game or two off, that would be great for the team. Washington is now 5-4 on the season against their Metropolitan division opponents. The Capitals will look to shake off this bad home loss and look to rebound this Saturday against the Nashville Predators at the Verizon Center.

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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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Bovada drops Caps’ Stanley Cup odds to 33/1

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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

                                                Odd on 9/30                 Current

Pittsburgh Penguins                  15/2                              6/1                               

Chicago Blackhawks                 6/1                                15/2

San Jose Sharks                       18/1                              15/2

Colorado Avalanche                  50/1                              10/1

St. Louis Blues                          12/1                              10/1

Boston Bruins                           10/1                              11/1

Detroit Red Wings                     16/1                              14/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 18/1                              14/1

Los Angeles Kings                    12/1                              16/1

Anaheim Ducks                         25/1                              20/1

Vancouver Canucks                   16/1                              20/1

Minnesota Wild                         22/1                              25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 33/1                              25/1

Montreal Canadiens                   28/1                              28/1

New York Islanders                    33/1                              28/1

New York Rangers                     20/1                              33/1

Ottawa Senators                        20/1                              33/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       66/1                              33/1

Washington Capitals                  25/1                              33/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    40/1                              40/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             40/1                              50/1                             

Dallas Stars                              40/1                              66/1

Nashville Predators                   50/1                              66/1

New Jersey Devils                     50/1                              66/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    22/1                              66/1

Calgary Flames                         100/1                            100/1

Edmonton Oilers                       20/1                              100/1

Winnipeg Jets                           66/1                              100/1

Florida Panthers                        150/1                            200/1

Buffalo Sabres                          100/1                            250/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Eastern Conference       

Pittsburgh Penguins                  11/4

Boston Bruins                           9/2

Toronto Maple Leafs                 13/2

Detroit Red Wings                     7/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 12/1

Montreal Canadiens                   14/1

New York Islanders                    14/1

Ottawa Senators                        14/1

New York Rangers                     16/1

Washington Capitals                  16/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    20/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             25/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    28/1

New Jersey Devils                     33/1

Florida Panthers                        100/1

Buffalo Sabres                          125/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Western Conference      

Chicago Blackhawks                 7/2

San Jose Sharks                       7/2

St. Louis Blues                          11/2

Colorado Avalanche                  6/1

Los Angeles Kings                    15/2

Anaheim Ducks                         10/1

Vancouver Canucks                   11/1

Minnesota Wild                         14/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       16/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Nashville Predators                   33/1

Calgary Flames                         50/1

Edmonton Oilers                       50/1

Winnipeg Jets                           50/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins                           9/4

Detroit Red Wings                     7/2

Toronto Maple Leafs                 7/2

Tampa Bay Lightning                 5/1

Montreal Canadiens                   6/1

Ottawa Senators                        8/1

Florida Panthers                        50/1

Buffalo Sabres                          100/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Metropolitan Division    

Pittsburgh Penguins                  1/2

New York Islanders                    7/1

Washington Capitals                  8/1

New York Rangers                     10/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             12/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    14/1

New Jersey Devils                     25/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    25/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks                 6/5

Colorado Avalanche                  5/2

St. Louis Blues                          3/1

Minnesota Wild                         7/1

Nashville Predators                   25/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Winnipeg Jets                           40/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Pacific Division

San Jose Sharks                       3/2

Los Angeles Kings                    11/4

Anaheim Ducks                         7/2

Vancouver Canucks                   11/2

Phoenix Coyotes                       8/1

Calgary Flames                         33/1

Edmonton Oilers                       33/1

 

Who will be the Second Coach fired in the 2013-2014 Season?

Kevin Dineen (FLA)                    7/2

Peter DeBoer (NJ)                     4/1

Ron Rolston (BUF)                    4/1

Claude Noel (WPG)                   4/1

Bob Hartley (CAL)                     13/2

Craig Berube (PHI)                     7/1

Alain Vigneault (NYR)                8/1

Kirk Muller (CAR)                       17/2

Mike Yeo (MIN)                         17/2

 

Who will win Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year? (Players in red have longer odds from last week, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)      

                                                Odds on 10/1/13           Current

Tomas Hertl (SJ)                       9/1                                3/2

Sean Monahan (CAL)                 Off the Board                5/2

Seth Jones (NAS)                      3/2                                3/1

Alex Chiasson (DAL)                 Off the Board                4/1

Mark Arcobello (EDM)               Off the Board                13/2

Nathan MacKinnon (COL)           9/2                                13/2

***Note: The rest of the players from the original list are currently off the board. If you’d like to see that list again, please let me know.

 

Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player? (Players in red have longer odds from last week, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)      

                                                Odds on 9/12                Current 

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                  3/1                                1/1       

Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                6/1                                3/1

Steven Stamkos (TB)                 8/1                                3/1

Henrik Sedin (VAN)                    16/1                              17/2

Phil Kessel (TOR)                      30/1                              17/2

Tuukka Rask (BOS)                   40/1                              9/1

Antti Niemi (SJ)                         75/1                              16/1

Alexander Steen (STL)               Off the Board                25/1

***Note: The rest of the players from the original list are currently off the board. If you’d like to see that list again, please let me know.

 

Will Patrick Roy win Head Coach of the Year in 2013-14 seasons (Jack Adams Award)?

Yes      -300     (1/3)

No        +200     (2/1)

 

Will the Winnipeg Jets fire head coach Claude Noel during the 2013-2014 Regular Season?

Yes      -200     (1/2)

No        +150     (3/2)

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Ovechkin and Power Play Hot in 6-2 Win over Islanders

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Nick Dorsey

The Washington Capitals hosted their new Metropolitan division rival New York Islanders for the first time this season. This was a good test for the Caps as they trailed the Islanders in the division standings by just one point. The special teams have been essential to the team’s success all season and it was on display tonight. The penalty kill has killed all but one of the last 40+ power play opportunities by the opposition. The power play struggled last game versus Florida, but the return of captain Alex Ovechkin fixed that. The power play unit recorded four goals tonight against the Islanders.
The game opened up when John Tavares, the captain of New York, scored his seventh goal of the season just after the penalty kill recorded another stop. The Islanders had the only tally at the end of the first, but the second period was much different. John Carlson scored a goal for a second straight game just three minutes into the period. It was a nice all around play by Carlson, holding the blue line and creeping into the high slot burying a wrist shot. Over a minute later, Alex Ovechkin scored the power play goal to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. Just seventeen seconds later, the Islanders first line struck back as Kyle Okposo scored to tie the game. The Capitals got another chance at a power play and nearly seven minutes into the period, Marcus Johansson recorded his first goal of the season. Washington regained the lead 3-2 and they never looked back.
Just over a minute after MoJo’s goal, Alex Urbom scored a slap shot from the outside. Tom Wilson got his first ever NHL point, assisting Urbom in a sliding effort on the ice. With less than three minutes left to go in the second, Alex Ovechkin got his second goal of the game during the power play. It was a cross crease pass, beautifully executed by MoJo on the feed and Ovechkin on the finish. The Caps were down one at the start of the second, and at the end, up by three. While the offense had an explosive second period, Goalie Braden Holtby held his own to keep the lead up. Holtby finished with 34vsaves on 36 shots faced and a .944 save percentage. Holtby has been tremendous as of late after a slow start to the season, winning six of his last eight starts. The power play was not finished yet after two periods of play. Sixteen minutes into the third period, Tom Wilson scored his first NHL goal of his career. It was quite the night for the 20-year-old Wilson, recording his first NHL point and goal in the Verizon Center. Wilson drove the slot toward the crease and Ovechkin found him for a deflection goal past Nabokov.
It was a good win for the Capitals, as they now have a record above .500 at 8-7. They got ahead of a division rival in points and jumped them to sit into second place of the Metropolitan division. They are now currently behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are in first place with 22 points. The Washington Capitals have 16 points and are riding on a three game win streak. They face the Minnesota Wild this Thursday night at the Verizon Center.

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Holtby and Capitals Top Line Shine in Edmonton Win

Posted on 25 October 2013 by Nick Dorsey

The Capitals took it to the Edmonton Oilers once again this season. At first it was in the Verizon Center and last night it was on the road in Edmonton, but similar results. Washington defeated the Oilers October 14th 4-2, last nights final was 4-1. Similar result for the Caps, but in a more impressive team effort all together. The Caps have gained momentum from their big shootout win the other night in Winnipeg and have won both games on the road so far on the five game road tour.

For the majority of the season thus far, the Caps have been reliant on their power play unit to score their goals due to their struggles in the five on five game. That wasn’t the case last night as all four of the Caps goals came during five on five play. It opened up just under two minutes left to go in the first period when Alex Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season. Nicklas Backstrom won the face off and Marcus Johansson found Ovechkin for the open shot in the high slot. Alex Ovechkin has scored 32 goals in his last 31 regular season games, which is the best streak of his career. He is off to the best start to a regular season of his career, which is scary to think about since he is coming off an MVP award winning season, his third Hart Trophy of his career. While the first line was making plays, the third line which has been consistently a hard working line all season, made its plays as well.

Just under five minutes left in the second period, John Carlson threw the puck toward the net with traffic in front. Jason Chimera and Joel Ward were in front of Dubnyk when Ward got a piece of Carlson’s shot and got a deflection to go in the net. Joel Ward got his third goal of the season on the deflection and defensemen Carlson and Alzner were accredited with the assists. Washington went into the locker room after two periods with a two-goal lead on the road.

There was no let down by the Capitals offense to start the third period. Nicklas Backstrom recorded his second goal of the season on a nice tic-tac toe passing play from line mates Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson. That was one minute and a half into the period, silencing the already quiet Edmonton crowd for the rest of the game. Then with just under seven minutes to go in the third period, Jason Chimera got his second goal of the season with the help of a nice pass from Mikhail Grabovski. Goalie Braden Holtby has seen his save percentage increase over the last few games as he is starting to over come his early season struggles. Last night Holtby was once again dominant, with a 31 save performance, especially in the penalty kill. It is very fortunate for a defense when your best penalty killer is your goalie and Holtby was just that last night. The penalty kill unit for Washington has been outstanding as of late, not allowing a power play goal in the last sixteen opportunities. Special teams have been a strength of this hockey team so far whether it’s the offense on the power play or the defense on the penalty kill. Last night showed the Caps are starting to become a better hockey team then just a one trick pony with their stellar power play. The Caps scored in all sorts of ways in their five on five game: in transition, traffic in front of the net and crisp passing through the slot. It is encouraging that Washington is finding their rhythm on the road and are riding a three game win streak into Calgary. The Caps begin game three of the five game road trip this Saturday in Calgary at 10pm. It will be interesting to see if they can add to this three game win streak and keep gaining momentum.

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Capitals Display Resiliency in Win vs Jets

Posted on 23 October 2013 by Nick Dorsey

The Washington Capitals are off to another slow start to the regular season, just like the shortened season last year. The Capitals started off with a 3-5, a streak that included five straight games at the Verizon Center. The Caps only won two of the home games during that home stand, so the upcoming challenge on the road did not look too promising for Washington. Last night’s victory against the Winnipeg Jets was a great way to start the five game road trip tour, four of which are in Canada.
The Caps displayed a resilient effort throughout last night’s shootout game. At the end of the first period, there was no score between both teams, but the second period consisted of six goals.
Just three minutes and eleven seconds into the second period, the third line worked hard and the result was a Mikhail Grabovski goal, his fourth of the season. The Capitals then drew a penalty on the Jets defense, so all looked as if it was all finally going the Caps way. The Jets ceased the Caps momentum and Bryan Little scored a short-handed goal just over seven minutes into the period. Seventy seconds later, another Jets goal recorded by Grant Clitsome had the Caps shell-shocked. All of the momentum the team had just gained on the road was lost. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, took control of the game and cashed in two goals to regain the lead. One smooth breakaway finish and a wrister from a well-executed face-off had Washington the lead once again. Braden Holtby throughout the second period was tremendous in goal, keeping his team in the game by making crucial saves against constant odd man rushes that were accredited to defensive breakdowns. Just as the Caps had the lead and about to head into the third period, Blake Wheeler got a deflection by Holtby with thirty-nine seconds left to go in the second. A period that had looked promising with a one-goal lead, turned in to a potential nightmare for Washington.
The Capitals power play, which has been dominant all season, carried its weight to get the lead back just five minutes into the third period. Nicklas Backstrom set up Troy Brouwer nicely for his third goal of the season. Then just minutes later, Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game and tied up the game once again. The game ended in regulation, so it needed extra time. The over time period did not feature a game winning goal, so it only made perfect sense that a shootout type of game this was had to end with a winner in a shootout.
After the first two shooters from each team missed their one on one opportunities, the scoring began. Andrew Ladd beat Holtby one on one, so it was up to Backstrom to keep the winning chances alive. Backstrom converted; so then it was on to the fourth round of shooters. Olli Jokinen scored on his attempt, but Brooks Laich kept the team alive finishing his one on one chance versus Pavelec. Setoguchi and Brouwer both converted their shots, taking the shootout total to 3-3. Holtby then stopped Evander Kane, so it was a golden opportunity for Martin Erat to win the shootout. Braden Holtby’s play was stellar all night and the main reason the Caps still had a chance to win this game, it was time for someone else on the team to step up and come through for a victory. Martin Erat scored on his shootout attempt, bringing home the tough fought road victory for Washington. It has been quite the past few games for Erat. He was recently brought up to the second line for a chance to shine and had three assists in his debut with that line. Erat also came through in the clutch when his team needed it so desperately, so this bodes well for more playing time in the future. This was a great victory for the Caps. The way this short season has gone so far, it almost seemed when the lead was lost to the Jets, so was the game. That was not the case this time; the team all across the board was resilient in getting two points on the standings. This is a great way to start off a five game road trip, especially for a team that has been struggling. This win could do wonders for the team internally, as they are away from home having to spend much more time together off of the ice. This could lead to the team gaining more chemistry together and that could be promising moving forward. The Capitals play the beat up Edmonton Oilers Thursday night at 9:30, it will be interesting to see how the team responds after a resilient win like the last one and for the rest of the road trip.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-New Zealand @ Team USA Women (Sunday 6:30pm from San Francisco live on ussoccer.com), MLS: Houston Dynamo @ DC United (Sunday 1:30pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC); Golf: PGA Tour CIMB Classic (Wednesday-Saturday 11pm from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour AT&T Championship (Friday-Sunday 3:30pm from San Antonio live on Golf Channel), Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship (Thursday-Sunday 12pm from Yang Mei, Taiwan on Golf Channel); Boxing: Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat (Saturday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Showtime)

10. Pearl Jam (Sunday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Steve Aoki/Pharrell Williams (Friday 4pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); The Maine/Anberlin (Friday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); Ballyhoo! (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Butch Walker (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); War (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); George Clinton & The P Funk All-Stars (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); John Legend (Wednesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Fiona Apple (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); The Blind Boys of Alabama (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Brett Dennen “Smoke & Mirrors” and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “It Feels Like Christmas Time” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Not to say the other things happening this week aren’t nice, but…Pearl Jam is playing in Charm City Sunday night. Here are four PJ songs to get you hyped. The first two come from our “Totally Tubular” official scorekeeper on “The Reality Check”, Bryan Powell.

The next two are from a guy who will only be seeing Pearl Jam for the fourth time in his life Sunday night. Me.

9. Baltimore Beer Week (Tuesday-Sunday events throughout Charm City); Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival (Saturday 3:30pm Creative Alliance); Anthony Jeselnik (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Jim Gaffigan (Thursday 8pm Cole Field House); Cheech & Chong (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Janeane Garofalo (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Jeff Ross (Sunday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Tony Rock (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); The Conjuring“, “The Way, Way Back” and “The Internship” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” and “The Counselor” out in theaters (Friday)

I’m all in on Beer Week, but if no one brings me any of this (by far and away my favorite Pumpkin Beer), I’ll cancel Beer Week myself.

Oh hey look, here’s a random scene I found from the movie “The Counselor”. TOTALLY AT RANDOM!

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Frys.com Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from San Martin, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour SAS Championship (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Cary, NC live on Golf Channel), Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Thursday-Saturday 12am Sunday 12:30am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia live on Golf Channel); Preseason NBA: Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm Verizon Center); Boxing: Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on HBO PPV); High School Football: Perry Hall @ Woodlawn (Friday 7pm), Gilman @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm), McDonogh @ St. Frances (Saturday 5:30pm Utz Field Patterson Park)

10. Avenged Sevenfold/Deftones (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Zac Brown Band (Sunday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Wallflowers (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap); Motion City Soundtrack (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Sick Puppies (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Eddie Money (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lee Brice (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Atlas Genius (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Mint Condition (Sunday & Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); AFI (Tuesday 6pm 9:30 Club), Soul Asylum/Fountains of Wayne (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ra Ra Riot (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), They Might Be Giants (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), The Gourds (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); NEEDTOBREATHE (Wednesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Doobie Brothers (Saturday 8:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Hanni El Khatib (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Tim Reynolds (Monday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Janelle Monae (Monday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington “High Rise”, Cage The Elephant “Melophobia”, Alter Bridge “Fortress”, Korn “Paradigm Shift” and Panic! at the Disco “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

If someone wants to offer me a late invite to see ZBB Sunday night, the answer will not be “no”.

Oh man, I totally feel like Forrester should have asked me to go see Ra Ra Riot Friday night by now. I get stoked.

I assume that like me, the rest of you put this Doobie Brothers video on at least once a month while sipping a ginger ale on a coach in your tank top and boxers. Right?

Chester Bennington is not Scott Weiland. I want this thing to be okay, but we all know it isn’t.

9. United States Sailboat Show (Thursday-Sunday Annapolis City Dock); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Baltimore Museum of Industry); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Robert Kelly (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Captain Phillips” and “Machete Kills” out in theaters (Friday); The Hangover Part III“, “After Earth” and “The Purge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Sofia Vergara. Boob guns. Danny Trejo. America.

Also, I have no doubt that Captain Phillips is amazing. But there is no way it is greater than this Tom Hanks classic, or as we all know it-the greatest motion picture of all time. (Minor NSFW language.)

By the way, Brian Baldinger was great in “Catch Me If You Can”.

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