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Bovada gives Capitals 33/1 odds to win 2015 Stanley Cup

Posted on 16 June 2014 by WNST Staff

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

Odds to win the 2015 Stanley Cup

Chicago Blackhawks                             7/1

Boston Bruins                                       8/1

Los Angeles Kings                                9/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                              10/1

St. Louis Blues                                      121

Anaheim Ducks                                     14/1

San Jose Sharks                                   14/1

New York Rangers                                 16/1

Colorado Avalanche                              18/1

Minnesota Wild                                     20/1

Montreal Canadiens                               20/1

Detroit Red Wings                                 22/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                             25/1

Vancouver Canucks                               25/1

Philadelphia Flyers                                28/1

Dallas Stars                                         33/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             33/1

Washington Capitals                              33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets                         40/1

New Jersey Devils                                 40/1

Edmonton Oilers                                   50/1

Ottawa Senators                                    50/1

Phoenix Coyotes                                   50/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       50/1

Calgary Flames                                     66/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                66/1

Nashville Predators                               66/1

New York Islanders                                66/1

Florida Panthers                                    75/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      100/1

Odds to win 2015 NBA Championship   

Miami Heat                                            3/1

Oklahoma City Thunder                          6/1

San Antonio Spurs                                6/1

Los Angeles Clippers                            9/1

Chicago Bulls                                        12/1

Indiana Pacers                                      12/1

Houston Rockets                                  16/1

Golden State Warriors                           25/1

Portland Trailblazers                              25/1

Brooklyn Nets                                       28/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                               33/1

Dallas Mavericks                                   33/1

Memphis Grizzlies                                 33/1

Washington Wizards                              33/1

Los Angeles Lakers                               40/1

New York Knicks                                   40/1

Toronto Raptors                                    40/1

Boston Celtics                                      50/1

Denver Nuggets                                    50/1

Detroit Pistons                                      50/1

New Orleans Pelicans                            50/1

Minnesota Timberwolves                        66/1

Atlanta Hawks                                       75/1

Charlotte Hornets                                  75/1

Phoenix Suns                                        75/1

Orlando Magic                                      150/1

Sacramento Kings                                 150/1

Utah Jazz                                             150/1

Milwaukee Bucks                                   200/1

Philadelphia 76ers                                 200/1

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Gardens Ice House); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Boston Cannons @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports Network); Boxing: Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri (Saturday 10pm from Brooklyn live on HBO)

10. Frank Caliendo (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s); Nick Offerman (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Honfest (Saturday & Sunday Hampden); Ray’s Summer Days (Friday & Saturday various locations); 22 Jump Street” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2” out in theaters (Friday); Non-Stop” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Caliendo will never stop being funny. Ever.

You know what? Just some more of this.

9. Rebelution (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Brad Paisley (Thursday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss & Union Station (Saturday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Tim McGraw (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ringo Starr (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Damon Albarn (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Playing For Change (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Rick Springfield (Thursday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Lalah Hathaway/Ruben Studdard (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); MS MR (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Kelis (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bacon Brothers (Saturday-Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7pm State Theatre), Leon Russell (Thursday 8:30pm State Theatre); Morrissey (Tuesday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Jeff Tweedy (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); John Prine (Friday 8pm Strathmore); O.A.R. “The Rockville EP”, Jack White “Lazaretto” and Chrissie Hynde “Stockholm” available (Tuesday)

I would pay the same price of admission to see Willie Nelson OR Alison Krauss & Union Station.

This is perhaps the most significant song/video I’ve EVER HEARD/SEEN.

John Prine is better at making songs than Manny Machado is at throwing baseball bats.

Purchase O.A.R.’s new record with your cash or I.WILL.FIND.YOU.

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The Kings and I, a sports lovestory

Posted on 07 June 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Once upon a time, I met a girl who didn’t understand a lick about football.

Or baseball.

Or basketball.  Or golf.  Or fantasy football.  Or beer.  Or funny movies.

Off-the-bat, we had nothing in common other than the fact that I love hot chicks and she was–definitely still is–a chick who is hot.

Though she failed my Diner-themed Baltimore sports assessment, I married her anyway.  It was our shining moment of compromise, due to the fact that I was apparently being held to some sort of standard as well–I failed her health requirements of long walks after dinner and proposed reduction of my caloric intake.

As the story goes, she’s taught me a little about eating vegetables and hot yoga; I’ve taught her what a Mike-Backer is.  She’s helped me understand “normal people portions” of wings and ice cream; I’ve helped her understand why and when Buck Showalter tinkles the game away by over-managing.

Recently, though, we’ve run into a conundrum of sorts.  She’s curious about hockey–and due to her childhood, she even has an idea of how the game is played.  Naturally, being a sports guy and now a writer for WNST, she took it for granted that I knew something about hockey.

It’s like one of those deep dark secrets that now, in the first year of marriage, is finally coming out.  The other night, when the Kings took game one, she asked me who their best player was, and my answer propelled the fertilizer to hit the fan:

“Wayne Gretzky.”  Yes, I said Wayne Gretzky.

All the cliches of people who don’t know sports started flooding my brain.  From the goons roaming Camden Yards once per year wondering when Cal Ripken is batting next, to the dummies who still think Matt Stover is booting field goals at The Bank, I’ve never been among the cretins of general sports knowledge–until I said “Wayne Gretzky.”

Of course I know Gretzky retired years ago.  But it was the only answer I had.  I shot back to the one-season-Saturday-morning-childhood-cartoon Pro Stars, that featured Gretzky teaming up with Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson to save the world.  I remembered he wore Kings garb.  It was all I had to go on.

Naturally, in my emasculated state of mind, I ate some raw ground beef and did what any manly sports man would do: I Googled things.  Let me take you through a little play-by-play:

  • Off-the-bat, I saw that there’s a puck–okay, cool, I knew that.  This is easy stuff.
  • I learned there’s a rule called “Butt-ending.” A penalty where a player jabs another with the end of his stick.  Ok, sounds kind of weird.
  • Next I stumbled on rules like “Checked from Behind,” “Spearing,” and “Hooking.”  Um, yea, maybe I should move away from the rules.

Next I started to look up things like “how to play hockey.”  Let me walk you through that one:

  • Ah, great, an article that will tell me how to play this foreign game.
  • First point “learn to skate properly, even if you’re a goalie.”  Okay, I might have started a little too far back.
  • Next “pass the puck,” and “get in good physical condition.”  Yea, this is worthless.

At least I can say I tried to learn hockey.  As for my wife, well, she’s still way ahead of me; she curbed my misguided disdain over the self-fabricated idea that the NHL sold the naming rights of The “Stanley” Cup to the Black and Decker guys.  Who knew?

She educated me on four specific reasons why I should root for the Kings heading into game-two of the Finals:

  1. They’re playing the Rangers, who are from New York, meaning that naturally, some Yankees fans will be susceptible to disappointment and heartbreak.  Sweet.
  2. They play in LA, meaning that naturally, some Clippers fans have a chance to feel good about something.  I’m cool with that.
  3. Wayne Gretzky was a member of the team.  I enjoyed his cartoon.
  4. Wayne Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina, is a hot chick.  I love hot chicks.

It all makes sense now.  Go Kings.

 

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Kings Will Win The Cup, But It Won’t Be Easy

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Kings Will Win The Cup, But It Won’t Be Easy

Posted on 03 June 2014 by Ed Frankovic

In a series that was the best I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime in game seven of the Western Conference Final to move on to face the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Western Conference, in terms of elite teams, is clearly the better side, but the way the Rangers are gelling, this is not going to be an easy series for the Kings. New York is playing with tremendous emotion, they have excellent speed, and Henrik Lundqvist is money in the cage. Los Angeles brings size, “deep” depth at forward, and a never say die mentality.

Let’s take a look at the match-up in terms of offense, defense, goaltending, coach, and intangibles.

Offense: The Kings lead the NHL in goals for per game in the post season, at 3.48 while New York is 8th at 2.70. Los Angeles has an excellent top six crew of forwards and the bottom six is as good, if not better, than any team in the league. Coach Darryl Sutter has a talented group of players that really filled its’ biggest need with the Marian Gaborik acquisition at the trade deadline (In a related story, Kings GM Dean Lombardi is wanted on felony robbery charges in the state of Ohio). Justin Williams, after the Kings won a thrilling series with the Blackhawks, called “Gabby” the missing piece for LA. He was dead on, since adding an offensive talent like #12 allowed Sutter to balance his lineup. The Kings survived a series of 0 goals from their best offensive player, Anze Kopitar, in the Western final, so that tells you how deep this crew of Kings forwards is. Mike Richards is mostly playing on the bottom two lines, and he’s a second line center on many NHL clubs. The Kings “That 70′s line” of Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter, and Tanner Pearson brings speed and energy. Carter was amazing in the series against the Blackhawks and is a big reason the Kings have a chance to win their 2nd Cup in three years. New York has not scored a lot of goals and Martin St. Louis is their points leader with 13 in 20 games. Chris Kreider has come in to give New York a shot in the arm on offense and he has 10 points in 10 games. The Rangers will rely heavily on his speed and that of guys like Carl Hagelin and Matt Zuccarello. Simply put, though, the Rangers don’t score a lot of goals. Their power play is operating at a 13+% level while Los Angeles is cruising at 25+%. In addition, the Kings can throw four interchangeable lines at you while the Rangers struggle to find a fourth unit. Advantage: Heavily for the Kings.

Defense: The Rangers have a very good top four defense in Ryan McDonough, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, and Anton Stralman. Their third pair of John Moore and Kevin Klein is solid too. New York’s deep defense allows Coach Alain Vigneualt to not worry alot about exposing one of his pairs to a major mismatch. Any of the three pairs can face high end talent. The question for New York is what pair do they put against the Kopitar line and which one gets the Carter line? I’d imagine we see 27 and 5 go against Kopitar, Gaborik and Brown while Staal and Stralman get the 70′s line, at least initially. As for the Kings, Drew Doughty is the best defensemen in the NHL and he’ll log a ton of minutes. Doughty will make some mistakes but he’ll more than make up for that with numerous “how’d he do that type of plays?” The questions, though, for LA come with the rest of their crew. The injury to Robyn Regehr has been huge and getting Willie Mitchell back in game two against Chicago was very important. Mitchell and Doughty are great penalty killers. Slava Voynov elevated his game in the Blackhawks series and along with Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez and Matt Greene, they are key to Los Angeles’ ability to win. Will the Rangers speed be too much for those guys? Somehow the Kings were able to overcome Chicago’s speed up front, but the Rangers are likely faster. However, the Rangers forwards don’t have the high end skill like Chicago had with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp. The Kings, however, are one injury away from the slow footed Jeff Schultz being inserted in the lineup. Advantage: Rangers, because of their balance and depth.

Goaltending: Does it get any better than Jonathan Quick vs. Henrik Lundqvist? These are the best goalies in the NHL going head to head for Lord Stanley. Amazingly, they both play different styles. Quick is far more aggressive and moves around much more than King Henrik. Lundqvist is the ONLY goalie in the league who can pull off the “deep in the net” style that he employs. That allows him to rarely be out of position on shots. The Rangers defense knows how #30 is going to play and they are a solid defensive unit. The Rangers are 2nd in the playoffs in goals against yielding 2.25 a game while the Kings are more leaky, at 2.86 per contest (9th overall). But those stats speak more to the style of play and defense of the teams than the net minders. Los Angeles has run into issues when they turn the puck over in the neutral zone, and that has led to a lot of odd man rushes against. Sutter must limit those against a fast Rangers club. Both goalies have had strong outings and also some poor ones, mostly because the team in front of them has struggled, at times. Overall, the Rangers have been more consistent, but they haven’t played the high end talent that Los Angeles has faced in San Jose, Anaheim, and then the 2013 Cup Champion Blackhawks. Advantage: Neither team, goaltending is a dead heat.

Coaching: I was not a John Tortorella fan and when they canned the fiery bench boss and replaced him with Vigneault, I expected marked improvement from New York. Did I think it would translate into a Stanley Cup Final run? Absolutely not. But give credit to the new bench boss (and GM Glen Sather too for some “ballsy” moves behind the bench and with personnel). He managed to survive a terrible schedule early in the post season and rally from a 3-1 hole against Pittsburgh. He’s doing a super job. Sutter is in an elite coach. He maintains an even keel so his team doesn’t get too high or low emotionally and he is a master tactician. Most other coaches would be golfing by now after facing a 3-0 hole in the opening round, but Sutter, assistant coach John Stevens, and the rest of the staff found a way to turn it around, mostly by fixing their poor neutral zone play. Sutter has a keen sense of who has it rolling on a given night and who just doesn’t have it. That’s why guys will move up and down the line-up. He somehow was able to win against the Ducks with both Regehr and Mitchell out, that speaks volumes to the coaching given that that they won with a guy who played the entire season in the AHL in Schultz. Advantage: Los Angeles.

Intangibles: Ever since St. Louis’ mom passed away unexpectedly, the Rangers have been a different team. Anyone who has played hockey, at any level, knows that it is a team game that requires intensity and an emotional commitment. New York clearly has that and throw Dominic Moore’s personal situation into the mix as well. The Rangers are on a mission. On the other hand, the Kings have won three game seven’s on the road, a feat that has never been done before in NHL history. They came back from a three game hole in the first round and were down 3-2 against the Ducks and survived. They were losing 2-0 early in game seven against the Hawks and scraped out a W. One thing that favors LA is the travel schedule. While the Rangers sat for days waiting to figure out who they would play, once they finally did they had to fly cross country to California. So I think that negates any rest they received. Both teams have played a lot of hockey. Advantage: Slight edge to Kings due to home ice.

So I think this is going to be an excellent series, but it will be lower scoring. It will be hard to top the Chicago-LA Western Final, no doubt. Both teams could win this thing, especially if the Kings can’t get net presence on Lundqvist. But I think the Kings will find a way and overcome a Rangers team that seems to keep improving.

The Pick: Despite the fact that broadcaster Kenny Albert and Rangers assistant GM, Jim Schoenfeld, are some of my favorite people in hockey, it’s Los Angeles in 6.

 

 

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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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Capitals to open season at Cup champion Blackhawks October 1

Posted on 19 July 2013 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 regular-season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with the first home game of the campaign set for Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.

Effective this season, the NHL will operate under a new divisional alignment and scheduling matrix that ensures all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once each season. In creating more geographically-appropriate groupings, the NHL now has two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference and two seven-team divisions in the Western Conference. The Capitals will be in the Metropolitan Division with Columbus, Carolina, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The NHL will pause from Feb. 9-25, 2014, while NHL players comprise the majority of the rosters of the national teams competing in Sochi for Olympic gold.

The Capitals will host the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. It will mark the fourth time in the past five years that the Capitals will play on Super Bowl Sunday.

Washington has six homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a five-game stretch at Verizon Center from Oct. 10-19. The Capitals have five stretches of at least three straight road games and two season-high five-game road trips from Oct. 22-Nov. 1 and Jan. 24-31, respectively. In addition, the Capitals will have 17 sets of back-to-back games.

Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes six games on Friday, eight on Saturday and seven on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Columbus Day (Oct. 14 vs. Edmonton), the day before and the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27 vs. Ottawa; Nov. 29 vs. Montreal) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2 vs. Detroit).

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio Network and WashingtonCaps.com.

Home dates to remember:
•    Oct. 3 – Home opener at Verizon Center versus the Calgary Flames.
•    Oct. 14 – A Columbus Day tilt versus the Edmonton Oilers.
•    Oct. 16 – The New York Rangers make their way to Verizon Center for the first time since the ECQF.
•    Nov. 20 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their first visit of the season to D.C.
•    Jan. 2 – The Capitals kick off 2014 when they host the division rival Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.
•    Feb. 2 – On Super Bowl Sunday the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings make their way to D.C.
•    Mar. 10 – Washington hosts Pittsburgh for the second and final time of the regular season.
•    Apr. 11 – Washington welcomes the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
•    April 13 – Washington concludes the regular-season home schedule at Verizon Center versus Tampa Bay.

 

OCTOBER JANUARY
Tue, Oct. 1 at Chicago 8 pm Thu, Jan. 2 Carolina 7 pm
Thu, Oct. 3 Calgary 7 pm Sat, Jan. 4 at Minnesota 8 pm
Sat, Oct. 5 at Dallas 8 pm Thu, Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay 7:30 pm
Thu, Oct. 10 Carolina 7 pm Fri, Jan. 10 Toronto 7 pm
Sat, Oct. 12 Colorado 7 pm Sun, Jan. 12 Buffalo 3 pm
Mon, Oct. 14 Edmonton 7 pm Tue, Jan. 14 San Jose 7 pm
Wed, Oct. 16 N.Y. Rangers 7:30 pm Wed, Jan. 15 at Pittsburgh 8 pm
Sat, Oct. 19 Columbus 7 pm Fri, Jan. 17 at Columbus 7 pm
Tue, Oct. 22 at Winnipeg 8 pm Sun, Jan. 19 at N.Y. Rangers 7:30 pm
Thu, Oct. 24 at Edmonton 9:30 pm Tue, Jan. 21 Ottawa 7 pm
Sat, Oct. 26 at Calgary 10 pm Fri, Jan. 24 at New Jersey 7 pm
Mon, Oct. 28 at Vancouver 10 pm Sat, Jan. 25 at Montreal 7 pm
Tue, Jan. 28 at Buffalo 7:30 pm
NOVEMBER Thu, Jan. 30 at Columbus 7 pm
Fri, Nov. 1 at Philadelphia 7 pm Fri, Jan. 31 at Detroit 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov. 2 Florida 7 pm
Tue, Nov. 5 NY Islanders 7 pm FEBRUARY
Thu, Nov. 7 Minnesota 7 pm Sun, Feb. 2  Detroit 12:30pm
Sat, Nov. 9 at Phoenix 8 pm Tue, Feb. 4 N.Y. Islanders 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov. 10 at Colorado 8 pm Thu, Feb. 6 Winnipeg 7 pm
Tue, Nov. 12 Columbus  7 pm Sat, Feb. 8 New Jersey 7 pm
Fri, Nov. 15 at Detroit 7:30 pm Thu, Feb. 27 at Florida 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov. 17 St. Louis 6 pm
Wed, Nov. 20 Pittsburgh 7:30 pm MARCH
Fri, Nov. 22 Montreal 7 pm Sat, March 1 at Boston 1 pm
Sat, Nov. 23 at Toronto 7 pm Sun, March 2 Philadelphia 12:30pm
Wed, Nov. 27 Ottawa 7 pm Wed, March 5 at Philadelphia 8 pm
Fri, Nov. 29 Montreal 5 pm Thu, March 6 at Boston 7 pm
Sat, Nov. 30 at N.Y. Isles 7 pm Sat, March 8 Phoenix  7 pm
Mon March 10 Pittsburgh 7 pm
DECEMBER Tue, March 11 at Pittsburgh 7:30 pm
Tue, Dec. 3 Carolina 7 pm Fri, March 14 Vancouver 7 pm
Sat, Dec. 7 Nashville 7 pm Sun March 16 Toronto 3 pm
Sun, Dec. 8 at N.Y. Rangers 7 pm Tue, March 18 at Anaheim 10 pm
Tue, Dec. 10 Tampa Bay 7 pm Thu, March 20 at Los Angeles 10:30 pm
Fri, Dec. 13 at Florida 7:30 pm Sat, March 22 at San Jose 10:30 pm
Sun, Dec. 15 Philadelphia 3 pm Tue, March 25 Los Angeles  7 pm
Tue, Dec. 17 at Philadelphia 7:30 pm Sat, March 29 Boston 12:30pm
Fri, Dec. 20 at Carolina 7 pm Sun, March 30 at Nashville 8 pm
Sat, Dec. 21 New Jersey 7 pm
Mon, Dec. 23 Anaheim 7 pm APRIL
Fri, Dec. 27 N.Y. Rangers 7 pm Tue, April 1 Dallas 7 pm
Sun, Dec. 29 at Buffalo 5 pm Fri, April 4 at New Jersey 7 pm
Mon, Dec. 30 at Ottawa 7:30 pm Sat, April 5 at N.Y. Islanders 5 pm
Tue, April 8 at St. Louis 8 pm
Thu, April 10 at Carolina 7 pm
Fri, April 11 Chicago 7 pm
Sun, April 13 Tampa Bay 3 pm
All Times Eastern*

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NBC’s Roenick says fatigue critical in Boston’s Stanley Cup demise

Posted on 25 June 2013 by WNST Audio

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Bovada gives Capitals 25/1 odds to win 2014 Stanley Cup

Posted on 25 June 2013 by WNST Staff

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

 

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup          

Pittsburgh Penguins                              13/2

Chicago Blackhawks                             15/2

Boston Bruins                                       9/1

St. Louis Blues                                      12/1

Los Angeles Kings                                14/1

Vancouver Canucks                               14/1

Detroit Red Wings                                 16/1

New York Rangers                                 16/1

San Jose Sharks                                   16/1

Anaheim Ducks                                     20/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             25/1

Washington Capitals                              25/1

Montreal Canadiens                               28/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                33/1

Edmonton Oilers                                   33/1

Minnesota Wild                                     33/1

New York Islanders                                33/1

Ottawa Senators                                    33/1

Philadelphia Flyers                                33/1

Colorado Avalanche                              40/1

Columbus Blue Jackets                         40/1

Nashville Predators                               40/1

New Jersey Devils                                 40/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                             40/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       40/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      50/1

Calgary Flames                                     50/1

Dallas Stars                                          50/1

Phoenix Coyotes                                   50/1

Florida Panthers                                    100/1

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Wednesday 8pm from Thackerville, OK live on SpikeTV); Boxing: Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner (Saturday 9pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Rances Barthelemy vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin (Friday 10pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Friday 10pm from Phoenix live on Monumental Network/NBA TV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Charlotte Hounds (Saturday 5:30pm from Charlotte live on CBS Sports Network); Motocross: Red Bull Budds Creek National (Saturday 1pm live on FUEL TV 3pm live on NBC 4pm live on NBC Sports Network. All motocross from Budds Creek Motocross)

10. The Postal Service/Ra Ra Riot (Tuesday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Zac Brown Band (Saturday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bruno Mars (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center), Rolling Stones (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); Melissa Ethridge/Eric Hutchinson (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Billy Idol (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Umphrey’s McGee (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Fitz and the Tantrums (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Josh Krajcik (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Molly Hatchet (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Rancid (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Courtney Love (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Wale (Sunday 8:30pm Howard Theatre); Dawes (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dwight Yoakam (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Travis Tritt (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Harry Connick, Jr. (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Buddy Guy (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Kanye West “Yeezus” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I are big Ra Ra Riot fans. For good reason.

I’ll be at ZBB Saturday night. I hope he does this again.

The smartest thing the Stones have EVER done is (apparently) hire Gary Clark Jr. to join the band. He’s the best. Ever.

I haven’t begged for FATT tickets yet, but I will. They’re the other best. Ever.

9. Daniel Tosh (Friday 7pm & 9:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Seth Meyers (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Carlos Mencia (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Monsters University” and “World War Z” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge (Saturday 8am Tide Point Marina)

After hanging out with Jay Pharoah last week, I sorta feel like part of the SNL family. Oh wait, did you not hear? I hung out with Jay Pharoah last week…

And Seth Meyers is hilarious. Hilarious.

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