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  1. ANAHEIM Colorado Avalanche T-Shirts Authentic , Calif. (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have been reduced to playing spoiler in the playoff race. It’s a role they seem to be relishing, creating plenty of drama along the way.Ryan Strome scored twice and the Oilers recovered to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-5 in a shootout Sunday after giving up two goals in the final 21 seconds of regulation.After nearly allowing Los Angeles to overcome a two-goal deficit in the final 18 seconds of a 4-3 win Saturday, the Oilers found themselves playing extra hockey Sunday when Rickard Rakell scored with 20.9 seconds remaining in the third period to make it 5-4 and then tied it with 6.3 seconds to play. He beat Al Montoya with a wrist shot from the slot after Derek Grant won the faceoff against Leon Draisaitl.Following a wide-open overtime in which both teams had plenty of chances to win, Draisaitl and Connor McDavid scored in the shootout for Edmonton and Montoya stopped shots by Ryan Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase after Rakell made his.”When you’re not really in the hunt anymore you’ve got to find ways to keep yourself motivated and we’ve definitely been able to do that,” said McDavid, who had three assists. ”I think our last two games have been two of the best that we’ve played in a long time and it’s good to see.”Draisaitl scored in his third straight game for the Oilers, who have won three in a row and four of five. Montoya made 41 saves, and Anton Slepyshev and Iiro Pakarinen also scored. Michael Cammalleri had two assists, giving him 12 in his last 12 games.Rakell had his first career hat trick and Getzlaf added a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who have earned at least one point in six consecutive home games. Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal, and Ryan Miller stopped 37 shots.The Oilers haven’t had much go right this season. They made two trades over the weekend and appear poised to move Patrick Maroon before Monday’s deadline after the forward was held out for the third straight game. Despite the turmoil, they are also delivering some of their best performances right now.”It shows character in the room,” Montoya said. ”The core is committed to this team and they help and lead the way.”Strome, who had his fifth career multi-goal game, put the Oilers ahead 3-2 at 7:02 of the second period. Hampus Lindholm nearly broke up Draisaitl’s centering pass during a 3-on-2 rush, but Strome was still able to reach back and score. He added his fifth goal in five games by scoring 2:31 into the third for a 4-2 lead.Getzlaf’s long shot redirected off the back of Yohann Auvitu to cut the lead to 4-3 with six minutes to play, but Pakarinen scored 1:40 later to restore a two-goal margin.While the Oilers were surging this weekend Colorado Avalanche Hoodies Authentic , the Ducks went on a downward trend. They took only one of a possible four points against Edmonton and Arizona, the bottom two teams in the Pacific Division, and were sluggish from the start Sunday. Getzlaf made a poor pass at the blue line right to Cammalleri in the neutral zone, and he fed Draisaitl for a shot between Miller’s legs to put the Oilers up 1-0 after 13 seconds.”We played good for four or five games in a row and then this weekend we just kind of were a little bit flat. It’s hard to explain, but it’s just the reality of it. So, proud of the way we came back, got a point, and we’ve got to build off that and get ready for the push here,” said Getzlaf, who made amends by helping set up Rakell’s goal at 1:46 to tie it at 1.By rallying for one point, Anaheim moved into third place in the Pacific Division with 74 points. The Ducks are one point ahead of Calgary, which dropped to the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.”We pulled our goaltender and scored two goals,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. ”You don’t know what that point is going to mean at the end of the year.”NOTES: Oilers forward Zack Kassian did not return after being clipped by Kase midway through the first period. … Slepyshev scored for the second straight game. … The Oilers acquired forward Pontus Aberg from Nashville in a three-team trade. They sent C Mark Letestu to Columbus as part of the deal.UP NEXTOilers: Visit the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.Ducks: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.— WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 49th goal of the season to snap a four-game drought and help Washington beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night, increasing the Capitals‘ division lead.Ovechkin snapped a shot past Petr Mrazek for the go-ahead goal 4:31 into the third period for his third goal in 10 games.With his 656th career goal, Ovechkin tied Brendan Shanahan for 13th on the all-time list.T.J. Oshie and John Carlson also scored. Braden Holtby made 27 saves and Nicklas Backstrom added an empty-netter off a pass from Ovechkin as the Capitals won their second straight. Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists on his bobblehead night.Washington increased its lead to three points over former coach Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division.Dougie Hamilton scored and Mrazek finished with 24 saves for Columbus.OILERS 8, KINGS 4EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl each scored three goals Colorado Avalanche Hats Authentic , leading Edmonton past Los Angeles.Draisaitl added an assist, Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, and Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers (34-34-8), who moved within five points of a wild card in the Western Conference playoff race with six games remaining.Alex Iafallo, Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown and Carl Grundstrom scored for the Kings (28-40-8), who had won three straight.BLUE JACKETS 4, ISLANDERS 0COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his second consecutive shutout and Columbus stayed in the playoff hunt by beating New York.Ryan Dzingel, Artemi Panarin, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored, and Bobrovsky finished with 26 saves and his eighth shutout of the season for the Blue Jackets, who are fighting to get above the wild-card line in the Eastern Division with six games to play.Thomas Greiss, who had shut out Columbus twice this season, finished with 29 saves.SENATORS 4, SABRES 0OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots for his second shutout of the season and Ottawa beat Buffalo.Brian Gibbons had a goal and an assist Custom Colorado Avalanche Jerseys , and Anthony Duclair, Rudolfs Balcers and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.The Senators won the first of a four-game homestand after going 1-2-0 on a three-game trip through Western Canada.Ottawa has won its last three home games and outscored those opponents 12-2.Carter Hutton made 27 saves for Buffalo, which lost its fourth straight.CANADIENS 6, PANTHERS 1MONTREAL (AP) — Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist to lead Montreal over Florida and remain in playoff position.Brett Kulak, Artturi Lehkonen, Phillip Danault and Max Domi also scored for the Canadiens (41-28-8), who have won four of five.Carey Price stopped 33 shots in his ninth consecutive start. Price has allowed 13 goals in his past eight games.Frank Vatrano scored for the Panthers (33-32-12), who were officially eliminated from playoff contention.DUCKS 5, CANUCKS 4VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Rookie Sam Steel recorded his first NHL hat trick and Anaheim beat Vancouver.Rickard Rakell and Kiefer Sherwood also scored for the Ducks.Jake Virtanen, Alex Edler, Josh Leivo and Tanner Pearson scored for the Canucks.Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for Vancouver. Anaheim’s John Gibson had 28 saves.COYOTES 1, BLACKHAWKS 0GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Cousins scored a power-play goal early in the third period and Arizona boosted its playoff chances by snapping a five-game losing streak.Darcy Kuemper made his 18th consecutive start and stopped 31 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. Arizona, which was 0-3-2 in its previous five games, has won nine of 11 at home.Corey Crawford had 27 saves for Chicago.
  2. WINNIPEG Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey , Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler knows the Winnipeg Jets don’t panic when they fall behind.That mindset paid off again Thursday night when Kyle Connor scored with 1:14 remaining to give the Jets a 4-3 victory over the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets.“We’ve done it enough this year that we have a lot of confidence that we know we don’t have to change our game,” Wheeler said. “We can continue to play the same way for 60 minutes.“We’re going to generate enough chances. It’s just a matter of finishing them. Some nights they’re going to go in, and some nights they’re not.”Winnipeg won its sixth consecutive home game and handed the Blue Jackets their four straight loss overall. The Jets also came from behind to beat the Bruins 4-3 in a shootout at Boston on Tuesday.Mark Scheifele scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season for the Jets Womens Jared McCann Jersey , with Wheeler getting his 54th assist. Mason Appleton and Jack Roslovic also scored, and Jacob Trouba had two assists.Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves in the opener of a three-game homestand.Artemi Panarin got his 20th goal and added an assist for Columbus. Josh Anderson had a power-play goal and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored. Seth Jones contributed a pair of assists.Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 22 shots for the Blue Jackets.“It (stinks) to lose that way in the last minute,” forward Nick Foligno said. “Guys played really hard Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey , played to our identity tonight and (it) just doesn’t sit well with me getting scored on late like that.”Connor was coming off a change when he took a pass from Bryan Little and beat Bobrovsky over his stick.“The puck got rimmed down low to Bryan and he made an incredible pass on his backhand there and found me in the slot,” Connor said. “Just tried to get it off quick.”Columbus leading scorer Cam Atkinson was hit in the face by a puck during warmups and replaced by Mark Letestu. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella had no update after the game.Despite the loss, Tortorella was satisfied with his team’s performance.“I thought our guys rallied together and played a good game Keith Yandle Jersey ,” he said.The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after two, but Roslovic tied it at 8:47 of the third when his hit shot went into the corner with 17 seconds left on a Winnipeg power play.Winnipeg killed off a penalty with six minutes left and then Bobrovsky made a big save on Mathieu Perreault.Wheeler helped open the scoring after a Columbus turnover when he set up Scheifele for a one-timer that beat Bobrovsky at 4:34 of the first.Ryan Murray sent the puck between the skates of a Winnipeg defender right to Panarin’s stick and he fired it over Hellebuyck’s glove to tie it at 8:52. Panarin has a three-game point streak with a pair of goals and three assists.Anderson got the go-ahead goal on a power play when Panarin found him in the slot at 13:30.Appleton made it 2-all when his backhand hit Bobrovsky and trickled under the netminder at 13:21, but 57 seconds later Bjorkstrand regained the lead for the Blue Jackets.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Home against St. Louis on Saturday.Jets: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. BUFFALO Authentic Nick Bjugstad Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo tells The Associated Press he’s feeling good while recovering from his third concussion in less than three years.A smiling Okposo made the comment Saturday while making his way through the press box to watch Buffalo’s home game against Washington.His appearance came after coach Phil Housley said Okposo has begun skating on his own a little over a week since being felled by a punch to the face during a fight with New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo.Okposo was cleared to travel for the team’s game at New Jersey on Feb. 17. He did not play against the Devils and instead was sent home, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.Housley didn’t provide a timetable in saying he imagines Okposo returning to play this season.“He skated again today and those are all good signs for us,” Housley said.Okposo’s concussion history includes him missing the final two weeks of the 2017-18 season and spending nearly a week in a hospital after what he called a routine hit in practice. He also missed three games last March after suffering a concussion in a collision with Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan.
  3. VANCOUVER Dylan DeMelo Jersey Womens , British Columbia (AP) — Thatcher Demko was nervous before stepping on the ice.It sure didn’t show.The 23-year-old goalie made 36 saves in his second NHL game, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.“An opportunity for me,” Demko said. “I’m just really excited and wanted to make the most of it.”Alex Edler, Sven Baertschi, Brock Boeser and Loui Eriksson scored for Vancouver. Bo Horvat had two assists.Buffalo got goals from Evan Rodrigues, Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart. Linus Ullmark stopped 19 shots.“For a large majority of the game we played the way we wanted to, but those mistakes we’re making are just a little too big,” Reinhart said. “I’m sure we can correct and we are going to.”Demko, who made one appearance for the Canucks last season, was called up Jan. 4 from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League after Vancouver traded backup goalie Anders Nilsson to Ottawa.“I’ve been working hard and just patiently waiting for that first chance,” Demko said.He was tested early and often Friday, and his performance had the crowd chanting “Dem-Ko! Dem-Ko!” in appreciation of some highlight-reel saves.“He was great. Good to see. He was one of our best players tonight Gabriel Gagne Jersey Womens ,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said.Rodrigues beat the young goaltender 8:48 in after Rasmus Ristolainen got a pass to the left wing down low and Rodrigues chipped it up over Demko’s pad.Vancouver had yet to register a single shot.Edler got the Canucks on the board 3½ minutes later with a massive slap shot from the blue line. The speeding puck squeezed through traffic and past Ullmark down low.Vancouver went up by one at 15:31 of the first after defenseman Derrick Pouliot sliced a pass through the Buffalo crease to Baertschi, who collected it on his tape and popped the puck into a wide-open net.The Swiss left wing sustained a concussion in October that kept him out of the lineup for 30 games. He has six points since he returned late last month.Early in the second, Pouliot and fellow defenseman Erik Gudbranson got caught behind the Vancouver net, leaving Okposo wide open at the hash marks. The right wing got the puck and flipped a backhand past Demko to even the score.Vancouver pulled ahead once again eight minutes into the period.Horvat stripped Buffalo’s Lawrence Pilut of the puck and made a beautiful pass to Boeser in front of the Sabres net. The right wing tipped it in for his 16th goal of the season.“Me shooting the puck hasn’t been working so I thought I’d give it to somebody who’s going to put it in the net,” Horvat said.Horvat doesn’t have a goal since Dec. 20, but his assist was his 200th career point.“Never when you’re playing in the NHL do you think you’ll be able to hit these kind of milestones,” he said. “It’s really exciting and it feels even better to get that win.”The lead didn’t last long. Almost three minutes later, Conor Sheary made a quick pass to Reinhart in front of the Vancouver crease and he put in a no-look backhand up high.“Probably half our team didn’t play their best hockey game. And when you can not play your best and win, that’s a real bonus in the NHL,” Green said.“Our goalie gave us a good period in the third period. And we found a way to win a hockey game.”Nearly six minutes into the third, Canucks left wing Josh Leivo dug out the puck from behind the Buffalo net and dished it to Eriksson. He put a one-timer past Ullmark for his fourth point in three games.The Sabres had opportunities to tie it again on a power play late in the third. Ullmark was pulled with 87 seconds left, but Demko held strong.“Responsibility without the puck James Van Riemsdyk Jersey Womens , that was the difference. But I can’t complain, we had a heck of a game,” Buffalo coach Phil Housley said.The Canucks registered just four shots in the opening period. Demko kept them in a game that got off to an “ugly” start, according to Horvat.“That’s unbelievable. Especially at a young age, coming in. These are meaningful games and he stepped up like great players do and he played phenomenal tonight,” Horvat said. “We owe him a lot of credit.”NOTES: Vancouver’s Nikolay Goldobin was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row. … The defeat ended a three-game swing through Canada for the Sabres, who lost 7-2 in Edmonton on Monday and beat Calgary 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday.UP NEXTSabres: Off until after the All-Star break.Canucks: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. TORONTO (AP) — It took two late goals by Zach Hyman and a huge comeback by Toronto to end its longest losing streak of the season.Hyman scored two goals in the final 1:50 of the third period as the Maple Leafs erased an early 3-0 deficit and beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 Saturday night.William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Ennis and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto, which snapped a season-high three-game losing streak. Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots, and Patrick Marleau, Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly had two assists each.Hyman and Johnsson scored empty-net goals.“The first 10 minutes we were all over them and then all of a sudden it’s 3-0,” Hyman said. “What a win for us to end a losing streak Matt Cullen Jersey Womens , to come back like we did (on) Saturday night against Montreal.“It’s a good feeling.”Andrew Shaw and Jeff Petry each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Tatar scored for Montreal, which had its three-game win streak halted. Carey Price made 31 saves.“Hockey games lasts for 60 minutes, and we didn’t play the full 60,” Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen said.Hyman netted the eventual winner when he scored off a rebound of a shot by Mitch Marner. It was Hyman’s 12th of the season.“Everybody contributed,” Hyman said. “It was one of our best team wins of the year to be able to come back like that.”Johnsson added his 17th into an empty net with 57.5 seconds left. Hyman’s empty-net goal came after he was taken down on a breakaway by Shea Weber.Montreal built a three-goal lead early in the game. The Maple Leafs closed within a goal in the second period and tied the score at 6:58 of the third on a fortuitous bounce. Marleau’s dump pass in took a crazy hop off the boards in front to Nylander, who fired his fourth into the open net, with Price out of position.Toronto trailed 3-0 after a disastrous opening 20 minutes, but got one back early in the second on the power play. Matthews, who beat Price in overtime in the season opener on Oct. 3, took a pass from Rielly and beat Price through the pads for his 29th goal of the season at 2:13.Toronto got another power play toward the end of the period and connected when Nylander fed a no-look pass down low to Marleau, who quickly fed Ennis for his eighth.The Leafs came in having won six in a row against the Canadiens Derek Grant Jersey Womens , but fell behind early.Shaw opened the scoring at 8:07 of the first,burying his 13th the season, and third against the Leafs.Toronto challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice stood following a quick review.Montreal then went up 2-0 at 12:44 when Toronto’s fourth line turned the puck over in the neutral zone. The Canadiens’ top unit raced the other way and Tatar scored his 21st, beating Andersen on the short side.The Canadiens stretched their lead to three goals on a man advantage at 13:52, when Petry took a pass from Shaw at the top of the left face-off circle and beat Andersen high for his 11th goal.NOTES: Matthews has 10 goals in 10 career outings against the Canadiens. … Ennis, who broke his ankle on Dec. 22, sat out 21 games before returning to the lineup last Saturday. … Montreal winger Jonathan Drouin took the warmup, but was a late scratch with the flu. Nicolas Deslauriers took his place. … Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner suited up after sitting out Friday’s practice. … Marleau played the 1,635th game of his career, moving past Scott Stevens and into sole possession of eighth on the NHL’s all-time list.UP NEXTLeafs: Host Buffalo on Monday.Canadiens: At New Jersey on Monday.
  4. Titans Training Camp Day 6 Notes After a day off Womens Steve McNair Jersey , the Titans were back on the practice field Wednesday. They were in shorts and shells, so it wasn’t a full padded practice, but there was some physical hitting nonetheless. 3rd Star: Derrick HenryDerrick Henry and Dion Lewis both had good days, but Henry really stood out. He opened the team period with a really nice windback run off a zone look. That’s the second time I’ve seen that run open up big during practice and again Henry hit it hard and got in to the second level. Henry also stood out in ways that were encouraging for his overall development as a back. Possibly the hardest hit of practice was Henry stepping in to pick up a blitzing Jayon Brown in pass protection. Henry also has been better than most would anticipate as a pass catcher. The Titans offense has spent a lot of time flexing backs out wide and letting them run routes as a receiver. Henry will never have the quicks of a guy like Dion Lewis, but he’s quite capable of doing some damage as a receiver and he gives Mariota a big target on slants. It was a good all-around day for the Titans young starting running back.2nd Star: Adoree JacksonWhile Malcolm Butler has grabbed the headlines with his interceptions in camp and feisty attitude, Jackson is quietly playing like a budding star. Today Jackson starred, making some great pass breakups. First he got Tajae Sharpe with his physicality on a hitch route, then he used his hops to sky with Corey Davis and punch the ball free on a fade route near the goal line. Jackson appears to be more physical at the line of scrimmage this year and has completely erased receivers at times during camp. 1st Star: Harold LandryAs Mo noted earlier this week, Landry has been getting a lot of extra reps with Brian Orakpo out with a shoulder injury. He took advantage of those reps today as he was a force on the edge against the Titans first team offensive line. Landry got sacks on back to back snaps at one point during the red zone period at the end of practice. Once winning with speed around the edge and then teaming up with Derrick Morgan to run a game on the right side of the Titans line with both rushers ending up in Mariota’s lap. Landry’s strength setting the edge has been good as well. It’s clear that he’s going to get a lot of snaps in this defense, even when Orakpo is healthy. Injury UpdatesJohnathan Cyprien: Cyprien went down with a left knee injury during practice today. After staying down for a moment, he was able to get up on his own and walk to the locker room without help. His frustration was clear though as he threw his helmet on the way off. Hopefully the injury is nothing serious. No news will qualify as good news here. If we get to tomorrow without an announcement about him being put on IR, that should tell us that he’ll be OK relatively soon.Malcolm Butler: Butler sat out today after appearing to turn an ankle on Monday. It didn’t appear to be anything serious at the time as he got tape and tried to go back in, but it appears the team is being extra cautious with all injuries.Rishard Matthews: Matthews got some good news today as Jonathan Hutton of Midday 180 reported that the Titans receiver was out running routes before practice today Malcolm Butler Jersey , something we haven’t seen from him until today. Hutton said that Matthews looked good, with no noticeable limp or restrictions. Hopefully that means we see him back on the field soon. It will be interesting to see what the offense looks like with their top three receivers together on the field. It will also be interesting to see where he slots in relative to Taywan Taylor.Brian Orakpo: No update on Rak as he continues to be held out with a shoulder injury.Jonnu Smith: Smith was back in action today and looking to be 100%. Rashaan Evans: Still no Evans today. This is the most mysterious of all the injuries.Luke Stocker: Stocker was back today as well.Jack Conklin: No update here. Conklin continues to watch practice remaining on the PUP list.Phillip Supernaw: Supernaw was out at practice today walking around and watching. I don’t think I had seen him out there previously, but he remains on the PUP list with a mystery injury.Offense NotesOverall, it was a decent day for the offense. The defense probably won overall again, but it wasn’t a complete shutout like it was on Monday. Mariota was sharper today I thought. He had one bad miss on a throw to Luke Stocker in the flats, but besides that he was mostly accurate. He continues to be exceedingly accurate on deep throws down the field. Fades and posts have been on the money from Mariota consistently in camp which bodes well for the offense’s ability to create explosive plays in the passing game this season. Corey Davis was back in action after getting a planned day off on Monday. He had a couple good moments. My favorite was a post route in the red zone working against Adoree Jackson in a 7v7 period. He did a great job of leaning in to Jackson at the top of the route before breaking back inside to create separation and then went up high to catch the ball in the back of the end zone. Really good stuff there. He did have a bad drop during a team period though. He got free deep on a post route and Mariota dropped a great ball in, but he bobbled it and eventually had it knocked away by the recovering defensive back. Taywan Taylor continues to stack good days on top of each other. He simply eats defensive backs alive during 1v1 drills with his quickness in and out of breaks and has no issues beating press coverage there. He also made a great contested catch in the middle of the field on a deep dig with at two or three defenders all converging on him. I’m not 100% sure that Matthews steps right back in to the #2 spot when he comes back.Jonnu Smith’s return produced one of the offensive highlights of the day as he took a tight end screen to the house with a great run after the catch. Smith looks like a stud.Guard Cody Wichmann got some run with the first team at left guard during a team period late in the practice. He’s pretty clearly third behind Quinton Spain and Kevin Pamphile as the Titans look at their options at left guard. Dion Lewis looked excellent on some catches out of the backfield. He is just ridiculously quick. He also took a carry around the corner for what would have been a touchdown during team period. The Titans backfield is going to be really good.Anthony Firkser continued to get some reps high in the rotation despite the return of Smith and Stocker. It’s clear that he has made an impression and he continued his good play today with a couple catches. It was a rough day for the backup quarterbacks. Gabbert had a couple nice throws, but also threw a few in to coverage and missed bad on a deep ball that should have been open. Falk also badly underthrew a deep post and generally struggled to get completions. Jet sweeps showed up in the offensive repertoire today as both Michael Campanaro and Darius Jennings got handoffs during team periods. That was a big part of the Rams offense in 2017 and it looks like it might pop up in Tennessee this year as well.Defense NotesI thought LeShaun Sims had his best day of camp today as he filled in for Malcolm Butler with the top defensive unit. He had a nice breakup against Nick Williams and looked like he belonged out there. After Cyprien went down with an injury, the first safety in to the starting rotation was Demontre Hurst. He’s consistently been playing high in the safety pecking order this camp and has a real shot at making the roster.Kendrick Lewis made his best play of camp today as well when he jumped in front of a Blaine Gabbert pass to make a diving interception (though I’m not 100% sure he held on to the catch).Austin Johnson had a really nice win versus Xavier Su’a-Filo in a pass rush drill between the offensive and defensive line as he used a nice club-rip combination to quickly dispose of his blocker.Bennie Logan flashed a couple times as a run plugger in team period. He is tough to move off the spot.The defense broke out a pass rush package featuring Aaron Wallace, DaQuan Jones, Derrick Morgan, and Harold Landry from left to right at one point today and it was quite effective, resulting in a split sack between Morgan and Landry. I would imagine that group will be Orakpo Taylor Lewan Jersey , Casey, Morgan, and Landry when everyone is healthy this season and that should be a ton of fun to watch.One defensive wrinkle I noted was a set that looked like man to man pre-snap, but morphed in to a cover 2 zone with cornerback Adoree Jackson dropping in to one of the deep half positions across from Kevin Byard. It was an interesting look.Josh Carraway flashed in team period with the 2nd team, picking up a sack on a nice speed rush around the right tackle. Odds and EndsOne thing that I like about Vrabel is that he really tries to bring the energy in practice. He sprints from station to station during individual periods and at one point ran by a group of offensive lineman, showing off his speed. Despite Landry’s overall strong day today, the battle between him and the Boss Hogg Taylor Lewan have been mostly one-sided in favor of the two-time Pro Bowler. That’s no surprise, but the cool thing to see is that Lewan makes a point to give Landry tips after each rep, trying to help the rookie improve. Working against Lewan will only make Landry better when he gets to have a go at lesser tackles.The handling of injuries has been a little frustrating for fans and media so far because the team simply doesn’t give any information about what’s happening with a player, but I will say that I think the very cautious approach with shutting guys down if they’re even a little banged up is a smart one. Being as healthy as possible entering the season is crucial for any NFL team. It seems like the Titans are monitoring practice reps and the amount of work that players put in on a day to day basis and giving days off to try to manage that workload.Tim Shaw was out at practice today. It’s always great to see him and the relationship he has with this team.The Titans got some kick return work in today and had five guys working as possible returners: Adoree Jackson, Michael Campanaro, Dion Lewis, Akrum Wadley http://www.thetitanslockerroom.com/authentic-kamalei-correa-jersey , and Rico Gafford.The Titans are back at the normal practice time on Thursday morning at Saint Thomas Sports Park. On Friday they will travel down to Williamson County to practice at Centennial High School for their second annual “Friday Night Lights” practice. Then Saturday, they’ll host an open practice at Nissan Stadium from 3:30-6:00. Lots of good opportunities to come out and get a glimpse of the team. Adam Schein wins Co-National Writer of the Week award as he says BUY IN to the Titans 3-1 start. It’s almost like he understands that the Titans beat 2 really good teams and won the third game with Blaine Gabbert. The other Co-National Writer of the Week is surprisingly Pete Prisco, who ranks the Titans at #3 in his power rankings. Pete understands what power rankings are. They are rankings of how teams are performing right now, not projections, current, real, rankings. I’ve seen the Titans as low as 20 in some places, and around 12 in others. Pete is by far the highest on the Titans, but with good reason. At the quarter pole of the season, the Titans are awarded the best coaching staff in the NFL by NFL.com. Couldn’t agree more. Jim Wyatt talks about 6 things he is noticing for Sunday’s game against the Bills. Logan Ryan tells PK that he was very much in the wrong calling out the leaders of the team because they didn’t fit his narrative. I think Logan Ryan is spot on with this and feel that Paul picked the wrong fight.
  5. METAIRIE M.J. Stewart Jersey , La. (AP) — No matter how much New Orleans’ defense may have improved since this season’s opening week, linebacker Alex Anzalone doesn’t see the benefit in dismissing as irrelevant the 48 points the Saints surrendered in a Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers.“In the back of our minds, if anything, it’s just motivation to be on your Ps and Qs this week,” Anzalone said this week, as New Orleans prepared for the rematch in Tampa Bay. “They do have a really good offense. They have a bunch of play makers, so we know what they’re capable of. There’s a lot of motivation for this game, but as a defense, that could definitely be one of them.”In Week 1, New Orleans’ busted coverages led to a 529-yard day for the Buccaneers’ offense, highlighted by touchdown passes of 58 and 36 yards to DeSean Jackson and 50 yards to Mike Evans. Tampa Bay’s offense accounted 41 points, with one Buccaneers TD coming on safety Justin Evans‘ fumble return.Yet the Saints defense that was on the field that day scarcely resembles the one playing practically lights out for the past month.The Saints have held each of their last four foes to between 7 and 17 points.“That’s huge in this league when you can hold a team to under 20 points, especially with the offense we’ve got http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-jordan-whitehead-jersey ,” Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. “I’m going to bet on us most times.”Confidence is surging. Botched assignments are few. Sacks and turnovers have risen sharply. New Orleans has sacked opposing QBs 13 times in the past two games, during which they’ve also taken the ball away six times.“It’s been impressive,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “As a coach, you’re encouraged because we’re receiving good end play, but we’re also receiving great tackle play and I think inside we’ve really been able to push the pocket.”Those recent performances have made New Orleans’ season-opening stumble look more like ancient history.“That was a lot of first-game errors that we had to work out,” Anzalone said. “It wasn’t necessarily who we were as a defense. It was just something that we weren’t locked in enough or didn’t execute enough to get the job done.”Rankins, a first round draft choice in 2016, is having arguably his best season with seven sacks. Five of his sacks have come since Week 8.Like the rest of the Saints defense, he did not have a sack in Week 1.If the Bucs study game video from their previous meeting, Rankins said, they’ll see the same scheme New Orleans us using now, but vastly different execution.“With the way we’ve been playing, I think they’re going to have to try to attack us in a different way Womens Cameron Brate Jersey ,” he said.Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said he sees a Saints defense that has “evolved,” both in terms of young players improving as well as with some key personnel changes, such as a mid-season trade to bring in cornerback Eli Apple from the New York Giants. Apple quickly took over as starter in place of Ken Crawley.“Their defense is playing pretty well at this time, all the way across,” Koetter said.If New Orleans’ defense has been consistent in one area, it has been against the run. The Saints have been near the top of the NFL in that department all season and rank first through 12 games, and that’s not simply because opponents are choosing to pass more against them, Koetter said.“They’re playing with the lead a lot, and teams are throwing the ball,” Koetter began. “Still, when you watch the tape you go, ‘Man these guys are pretty good against the run.’ I think their front seven is really playing hard.”Notes: WR Michael Thomas practiced fully on Thursday after resting his sore ankle on Wednesday. … Offensive tackles Terron Armstead (chest) and Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) were listed as limited on the practice report.Bucs officially announce they have brought back WR Dye The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that the team has signed wide receiver Donteea Dye, running back Devine Redding and long snapperGarrison Sanborn. Dye (5-10 Lee Roy Selmon Jersey White , 195) spent time with Tampa Bay from 2015-16, playing in 11 games, with five starts, catching 11 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. A Cincinnati native, Dye played collegiately at Heidelberg. Redding (5-8, 205) played collegiately at Indiana. He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 and spent that offseason and preseason with the team. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. Sanborn (6-1, 240) played in all 16 games for Tampa Bay last season, after having played for the Buffalo Bills for eight seasons (2009-16). In his career, he has played in 144 games, recording 31 special teams tackles and one fumble recovery. A Tampa native, Sanborn played high school football at Jesuit High School and collegiately at Florida State.This report comes courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department.
  6. The game that almost got away A few choice quotes came out of the San Francisco 49ers 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2. Those from Richard Sherman resonated with me more than the others. “A win’s a win http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-arik-armstead-jersey , but it feels like a loss to me,” Sherman said. He went on to add, “I think it’s a good lesson for a young team that we needed. It’s a humbling lesson. Thank goodness we got the win out of it, but there’s a lot of good tape, a lot of good learning from this.” Thank goodness we got the win. There’s several reasons why. The first being the obvious momentum we need this season. It’s been a weird start to this season. After we lost to Minnesota, the overall sentiment was positive, it was a loss that felt like a win. However this week after we won, it felt like a loss, as Sherman said above. Second, there’s a stat that’s thrown around ever year after week two that indicates teams who start 0-2 have about a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs. We did not want to be under the statistical eight ball this early in the year. What I saw on Sunday was a team in flux. Jimmy Garoppolo went from gunslinger in Week 1, to a timid quarterback in Week 2. He held the ball for an extensive amount of time, and despite great offensive line play, the Detroit Lions still managed six sacks. Kyle Shanahan, to me, seemed all over the place with his play calling this week as well. At times, he mailed it in, simply calling a play just to call it. I saw him reacting to offensive failures versus challenging the Lions defense which was often reeling during the contest. At other times, he pushed the envelope with over the top formations and calls, when all we really needed was a solid play the team could execute effectively. In the clips below, I’m hoping to emulate film study on Monday with the team. I intend to point out some misses both from the quarterback position and from a coordinator perspective that could be worked on this week. It’s easy for us to look at these clips and say Kyle should’ve called this, or Jimmy should’ve thrown that. Especially with the slow motion option on the coaches film. I want this to be more of a running story line for this year, because this year has just begun and the team we see now should be a lot better and more consistent in the future. Let’s see if any of the things I noticed are improved upon next week. In our first clip, it’s the 3rd quarter with about five minutes left. It’s a key 3rd down and 6. We have Trent Taylor running an out at the bottom of the screen. The area is cleared out by Dante Pettis running a deep route. From the top of the field we have Pierre Gar莽on and George Kittle in a bunch, which creates a natural pick. In looking at the tape, I feel like Gar莽on was open more, however the pass to Taylor still could have been completed. It was unsuccessful because of ball placement. The out route should’ve been thrown to the far outside, instead it was too far inside allowing the defender to break up the pass. When I saw this play in the game I immediately said if that was a better corner, it would’ve been a pick six. Jimmy never seemed to scan the rest of his options on this play. This play also foreshadows a bigger play that we will look at later.After this play, we were forced to punt, and Detroit drove down the field and brought the game to within three points. If we converted there, we flip field position, and with a few more successful plays, possibly get into field goal range and extend the lead. Instead we ended up in a dog fight.In our next clips we get the ball back and this is where most teams get into their four minute drill. We have the ball and the lead, we want to basically run as much clock as possible. Here’s were I want to challenge Kyle to push the envelope. First thing, we lined up in a big body bunch set with one wide receiver, an obvious run formation. Second, Alfred Morris entered the game, while he’s a great downhill runner, Matt Breida at this point had over 100 yards rushing and didn’t get enough carries in the 4th quarter, especially when it mattered down the stretch. In fact, We ran the exact same running play two times in a row, in the same formation same direction. Despite those obvious keys, we gained four yards on first down, and four yards again on second down. Those clips are below.However on third down, we bring in Matt Breida and run him on a pass route. Why? Even the announcer Thom Brennaman was heard saying why are we passing when we’ve been running the ball down their throats for most of the game. And so, on 3rd and 2 to gain, this happens.There’s so many things to analyze with the play above. We went from super basic line ‘em up and smash ‘em football to putting our best running back in the slot to run a route. I felt like Kyle overthought this third down. I’m not the offensive mind he is, I have zero accolades, but he comes across sometimes as arrogant with his play calls. Simply calling a dive, or a stretch run with our running back wouldn’t show off his expertise enough. He wants everyone to know how great he is. Just my opinion. Also remember the clip above, Jimmy threw the out route too far inside, and stared down his receiver. This play is no different, he stares down Breida and fails to throw the ball to the outside, except this time it ends up an interception that almost cost us the game. Shanahan did have this to say about the play after the game:Thankfully, for lack of a better term, we kept the ball on the penalty, and we go back to the same formation and plays as before with Alfred Morris. By now however Detroit knows for sure that we’re here to run Fred Warner Jersey White , because of all the previous tells. It almost seemed like Kyle got gun shy as well. Out of all of his vast offensive expertise, he goes back to the same exact plays? Are there no other running plays in the playbook? It was just overall confusing to watch for me. We run the same play once to the left once to the right with limited gain. Putting us in 3rd and a long 8. I combined those plays into one clips below.Our last clip is another situation I have questions on. I could say Kyle is using the first few games to see what works what doesn’t, maybe seeing who excels in certain formations and who does not. So it’s now 3rd and a long 8, we need to convert, we also need to run some clock to prevent Matthew Stafford from dicing up our defense again to win the game. The formation is creative, but the personnel I don’t get. Kittle is by far our best receiver, and the Lions knew this, he was often doubled limiting him to two catches on the day. He did draw several penalties which kept drives going, including the pivotal defensive holding call that saved the game.In this formation though he stay in the backfield to pass block versus being a weapon on the play. In theory I can grasp the concept, as he actually occupies three defenders. The one he’s blocking, and the two defenders that would’ve covered him if he ran a route. Here’s the problem, he gets manhandled by the defensive end and pushed into the Jimmy’s lap, and then one of the defenders guarding him smartly realizes he’s blocking and blitzes. All was not lost however, as highlighted in the video, Jimmy hit his plant foot with no pressure, Pettis was open on the drag route, and would have at least had a chance to run for the line to gain, but Jimmy doesn’t throw it. Instead he gets sacked, and we are forced to punt. As Sherman was quoted above, there’s a lot of good tape from this game. There’s several teachable moments all throughout on both sides of the ball. I’m pretty sure some of the things we saw today, the team also saw on Monday and they plan to improve upon those things in Week 3. Kansas City’s defense isn’t as tough as Detroit’s so I would hope to see a similar offensive performance. In most instances if your offense puts up 30 points, you should win.I do want to see Kyle get less “cute” in the red zone (no more sprint reverses to Pettis) and instead keep feeding the running game. The Lions were lost because the play action worked to perfection with Breida tearing up the field. I want to see Jimmy continue to settle down and get comfortable in the offense. This weeks match up will be tough, but if we can slow down the Chiefs offense (easier said than done) we could pull this one out as well. Go Niners! “This is why you play the game!,” quarterback Nick Mullens yelled as he broke down the post-game cheer in the 49ers’ locker room. It was all smiles on the home side, as San Francisco finally break through without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, 34-3. It might not have been the Thursday Night Football showdown everyone was expecting, but it turned into a 49ers’ rout of their cross-town rivals. Never did I think that Shanahan and his third-string quarterback could run circles around a healthy, Jon Gruden-led Raiders’ team, but oh boy did it happen on Thursday.Shanahan’s group came out blistering hot on an opening touchdown drive and didn’t look back the rest of the way. Let’s take a look at the pre-game keys and see how the 49ers performed on a short week.1. Take the ball out of the 49ers’ quarterbacks hands and lean heavily on the running gameI figured that un-drafted free agent Nick Mullens would struggle in his debut, especially on a short week, under the lights in an extremely complicated offense. Subsequently, that meant running backs Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert would need to shoulder the load on offense.Boy, could I have not been more wrong. Mullens finished the night 16-of-22 for 262 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating over 150 — the maximum score is 158.3, just saying. The 49ers’ ran 32 rushing plays, compared to 22 passing attempts, but the number is slightly skewed because San Francisco led by so much at the end of the game, forcing them to run the ball more.In the pivotal moments early, Shanahan put faith in his third-string quarterback and decided to let it fly against a poor Raiders’ pass defense. The 49ers definitely didn’t follow this key closely, but managed to easily win on Thursday night.2. Limit the Raiders’ most productive pass-catchers, TE Jared Cook and RB Jalen RichardRaiders’ quarterback Derek Carr has a lot of weapons at his disposal, but prefers to throw to large target tight end Jared Cook and shifty running back Jalen Richard. The 49ers haven’t been very effective in covering these two positions, due to multiple linebacker injuries, so it was an area of concern.In the absence of linebacker Reuben Foster, linebackers Fred Warner and Malcolm Smith stepped up, making numerous plays in the passing game to limit Carr’s favorite targets. Richard led the Raiders in catches with four for 45 yards, while Cook only had two catches for 20 yards. The 49ers’ linebackers did an outstanding job in coverage, limiting the yards after the catch. This allowed them to get off the field in key third-down situations.3. Don’t give Derek Carr extra chances against the 49ers’ defenseWith a third-string signal caller in for the 49ers, I was terrified of the potential turnovers on Thursday — but Mullens did a fantastic job protecting the ball.Unlike backup quarterback C.J. Beathard, Mullens tends to release the ball sooner, preventing defenders from creating a sack or strip fumble. The former Southern Missisippi quarterback was particularly accurate too, not allowing Raiders’ defensive backs a chance at interceptions.Fumbles have been another issue for the 49ers, but it’s something they didn’t allow on Thursday. With zero turnovers on Thursday, San Francisco employed its best defense against Carr and the Raiders — keeping the 49ers’ offense on the field.With the Giants up next on the schedule, will Mullens and Co. be able to string together two wins?
  7. On Wednesday http://www.seahawkslockerroom.com/authentic-shaun-alexander-jersey , NFL representatives from each NFL team attended Ohio State’s annual Pro Day. One of the Buckeyes’ potential first-round picks, wide receiver Parris Campbell, reportedly came away from..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections VideosCoffee and CigarettesGame AnalysisThe Numbers GameCigar Thoughts2019 NFL DraftSeahawks to bring in Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell for visitNew,19commentsPDTShareTweetShareShareSeahawks to bring in Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell for visitBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsOn Wednesday, NFL representatives from each NFL team attended Ohio State’s annual Pro Day. One of the Buckeyes’ potential first-round picks, wide receiver Parris Campbell, reportedly came away from the event with an official invite to visit the Seattle Seahawks.In his senior season at Ohio State, Campbell was quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ favorite target, hauling in 90 receptions for 1,063 yards. His 12 touchdowns tied sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins for the most on the team. His productivity earned him 1st-team All-Big Ten honors for 2018.As noted on Alistair Corp’s Seahawks Draft Board, Campbell’s performance in the broad jump and vertical check the boxes for what the Seahawks have typically looked for in the draft. His speed is tops anyone the Seahawks have drafted at the position. The nearly 6-foot, 205-pound Campbell ran a 4.31 40-yard dash, third-fastest at the combine this year and faster than the 4.37 recorded by former Seattle speedster Ricardo Lockette, an undrafted free agent in 2011.Not only does Campbell have speed, but he has lateral quickness, too.Unfortunately, Campbell wasn’t able to finish Wednesday’s event after slipping at one point during the workout. Land-Grant Holy Land, SB Nation’s Ohio State community, has a full scouting report on Campbell. For those who are into the smokescreen aspect that teams may engage in during draft season, Doug Baldwin took time on Twitter after the Pro Day to hype up Campbell’s teammate Terry McLaurin and retweeted a play that showcased McLaurin’s blocking skills on a pass to Campbell.McLaurin caught just 35 passes in 2018, but 11 were for touchdowns. His average of 20 yards per reception topped all players the Buckeyes. His 10-foot-5 broad jump, 37.5-inch vertical and 4.35 40 time aren’t far off from Campbell’s measurables.Baldwin retweeted his agent, Buddy Baker, who says that a team told McLaurin “to make sure his phone is on during Day One of the NFL Draft.” Baker is also McLaurin’s agent.Expect to hear more reports of players visiting Seattle leading up to the draft. Each team is allowed to have a maximum of 30 players who travel in from outside the team’s “metropolitan area” to conduct interviews and physical examinations. The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2018 NFL regular season with a mark of 10-6 and a wild card berth, with a playoff game at the Dallas Cowboys coming up this Saturday night.As promised, I’ve given Arizona Cardinals fans a break from Enemy Reaction because, well, they aren’t a large fanbase and a 3-13 year tends to make doing these screenshots a little bit difficult. Hell Womens Shaquem Griffin Jersey , some of them might have been rooting for a Seahawks win just to get that #1 pick confirmed. In lieu of Enemy Reaction: Arizona Cardinals, I’ve got something better in mind for you this week. Was it reasonable prior to the start of the season to predict the Seahawks would miss the playoffs? I’d think so. I had them at 8-8 before Week 1, which would’ve only put them a game out of a wild card spot this year. For the “experts” who predicted doom and gloom and a bad season for Seattle, and then stuck with it even through the slow start to the regular season? I’ve kept those receipts, the disrespect has been well noted, and we’re here to have fun with them to get 2019 started. Come along for the ride!(Thanks to Kenneth Arthur for compiling several of these links)Preseason TakesNate Davis, USA TODAYJonathan Jones, Sports IllustratedPete Prisco, CBS Sports (who has since finally admitted Russell Wilson is great)Michael Wilbon, ESPN: “They’re going to wind up being a 4-12 team”Cian Fahey, Interceptable Podcast hostBenjamin Allbright, NFL InsiderAlthon SportsAdam Rank, NFL.com Nicholas McGee, Sporting NewsBob Rose, Canal Street Chronicles (picked Seattle to finish last in the NFC West)Chase Hammes, Steel City UndergroundNFL Network “expert” predictions in mid-AugustRobert Klemko, Sports Illustrated (yes, he wrote that article, and deleted the tweet below)Bonus In-Season Takes!Shannon Sharpe, Fox Sports (after Bears loss): “There’s no way they’re winning eight games”Mark Maske, Washington Post (after Bears loss): The glory says seem so long agoHeath Cummings, CBS Sports (after second Rams loss)Cian Fahey (after Seahawks beat Vikings) Cian Fahey... whatever the hell this is, literally January 1st, 2019...and last and also least.Mookie Alexander, Field Gulls editor (during first Arizona Cardinals game)And that concludes this special edition of Enemy Reaction! I hope that I’ve got at least one more regular edition to churn out before the season ends, which would mean reveling in the misery of Dallas Cowboys fans.Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!
  8. Davenport away Wesley Woodyard Jersey , almost as far as they could have.With yesterday’s conference championship games in the books, most of the 2019 NFL Draft order is now known.The Chiefs will pick 29th overall after losing to the Patriots, and the Packers own the 30th spot, after last year’s trade with the Saints (who fell to the Rams last night).The Saints gave up the pick in the move up to get Davenport this year. The pass-rushing project from Texas-San Antonio had 4.5 sacks (with only 0.5 of them coming after Halloween) and a forced fumble this season, and they’re obviously going to need more from him in the future to justify the pick. He had four total tackles in the postseason, including one for a loss and a quarterback hit.The Packers also pick 12th overall for their own work this year.The loser of the Super Bowl will slide into the 31st spot, and the winner will own the last pick in the first round.Here’s a look at the draft order as it stands after the conference championship games:1. Cardinals 3-132. 49ers 4-123. Jets 4-124. Raiders 4-125. Buccaneers 5-116. Giants 5-117. Jaguars 5-118. Lions 6-109. Bills 6-1010. Broncos 6-1011. Bengals 6-1012. Packers 6-9-113. Dolphins 7-914. Falcons 7-915. Washington 7-916. Panthers 7-917. Browns 7-8-118 Vikings 8-7-119. Titans 9-720. Steelers 9-6-121. Seahawks 10-622. Ravens 10-623. Texans 11-524. Raiders (via Bears 12-4)25. Eagles 9-726. Colts 10-627. Raiders (via Cowboys 10-6)28. Chargers 12-429. Chiefs 12-430. Packers (via Saints 13-3) The young linebacker from Temple is starting to look like a long term piece to the Titans defensive puzzle."We, here at Derrick Henry Miracles, would like to take a brief break from gushing over the greatest running back performance in NFL history to talk about another young Titan on the rise, Sharif Finch. We will be back to your regularly scheduled Derrick Henry programming shortly.When Titans training camp opened for the 2018 season, it wasn’t hard to notice Sharif Finch. Even among Tennessee’s other outside linebackers Finch physically stood out as the tallest and longest guy in the group. However, he really got my attention when he unleashed a string of six distinct pass rush moves on former Titan Byron Bell in a single drive during the preseason. Finch would make the team’s 53-man roster a couple weeks later.Fourteen weeks later, Finch is still making plays. On Thursday night it was a strip sack of Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler that he also recovered to create the only turnover of the night for the Titans defense. Watch No. 56 come screaming off the edge here and then have the presence of mind to rip the ball out on the way down.NFL Game PassJust a few days before that, he was making a big tackle for loss on a screen pass. NFL Game PassA few weeks before that it was one of the best individual effort defensive plays I’ve seen all season as he beats Jack Doyle’s block and then somehow forces the fumble while diving over him to make the tackle. NFL Game PassJust weeks before that he’s bullying Patriots blockers and smashing Sony Michel in the backfield.NFL Game PassAnd finally, just a few weeks before that he’s getting his first career sack against Carson Wentz.NFL Game PassFinch has only played 164 snaps on defense over the course of the season. That ranks him 17th among Titans defenders. For some context, the top guys — players that never leave the field like Kevin Byard and Logan Ryan — are approaching 900 snaps and Brian Orakpo, the leader at outside linebacker Rodger Saffold Jersey , has close to 600.I point that out because Finch’s production far outstrips his opportunity so far. He’s 13th on the team in tackles with 23, tied for 5th on the team in tackles for loss with 3, tied for 8th on the team in sacks with 1.5, and tied for 1st on the team in forced fumbles with 2. However, if you look at those stats on a per snap basis, he’s 2nd on the team in tackles, 2nd in tackles for loss, 4th in sacks, and 1st in forced fumbles. That’s a lot of bang for your buck when you have 56 in the game.Pro Football Focus currently rates Finch as the Titans highest graded player on both defense and special teams with a 88.2 score on defense and a 84.5 on special teams. He hasn’t played enough snaps to qualify for their positional rankings, but if he did, he would currently stand as the NFL’s 10th best edge defender, slotting in between DeMarcus Lawrence and Jerry Hughes. That’s pretty elite company for an undrafted rookie.Small sample size disclaimers apply here of course, but it’s hard not to look at Finch’s impact as an undrafted rookie playing limited snaps and be excited for his future in Tennessee. He’s slowly climbing the depth chart at outside linebacker for the Titans, now ranking 4th in the pecking order behind veterans Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan in addition to fellow rookie Harold Landry. If he keeps playing like he did against Jacksonville on Thursday night, it’s going to become increasingly difficult to keep him off the field.
  9. vision of the AAF and it’s ties with the NFL"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmTalks ‘ramping up’ between AAF and NFLNew Ali Marpet Jersey White ,6commentsBill Polian recently spoke about the long-term vision of the AAF and it’s ties with the NFLESTShareTweetShareShareTalks ‘ramping up’ between AAF and NFLSoobum Im-USA TODAY SportsCould the Tampa Bay Buccaneers one day identify or tag certain players to an Alliance of American Football (AAF) affiliate for developmental play in the NFL off-season? If AAF co-founder Bill Polian has his way, it certainly seems possible.Talking with USA Today recently, Polian commented about the possibility of the two leagues partnering in some fashion, saying,While those words alone may not seem all that impactful, the fact the two leagues are talking, and that talks are ‘ramping up’ is big by itself.Right now, the idea seems to be centered around players who don’t take a whole lot of physical abuse in the regular season. Guys like third-string quarterbacks and practice squad players.Of course, one player specifically comes to mind when thinking of how this ties to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it’s quarterback Ryan Griffin.Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsThe Bucs are entering a season where they’re in search of a back-up quarterback for Jameis Winston and prefer a veteran who won’t immediately cause conflict in the locker room about who the starter should be. Griffin has been in the league for six seasons, so he meets the veteran status in that light, but he’s yet to take a single regular season snap. Turning 30-years old, teams have no indication of what Griffin might do were he to be thrust into regular season play suddenly following the injury to a starting quarterback.While the AAF is not the NFL, having seen Griffin play two or three or six seasons as a starting AAF quarterback would let teams see what he might bring to the table. So Womens Chris Godwin Jersey , for guys like Griffin this system would work beautifully.Of course, we’ve yet to hear what active coaches think, as well as owners, players and the NFLPA. My initial thought turns to the fact the AAF season is 60% as long as the NFL season. So in my mind, players who took fewer than 30% of their teams snaps would be eligible while players who took more than 30% would be exempt.This would be one step towards protecting players from compounding physical damage by making them play significant snaps in both the NFL and AAF. Of course, follow on criteria could and likely would be applied.In the meantime, Polian isn’t promising anything, saying,But Polian’s new league is off to a promising start, and if anyone knows how to navigate the NFL waters among the owners and executives it’s Polian. So the fact there are even talks at all is encouraging when looking towards the future. When the Buccaneers spent the 38th overall pick in the draft on running back Ronald Jones, they thought he could make an instant impact on their offense. It hasn’t worked out that way.Jones is inactive for tonight’s game against the Steelers, just as he was inactive for the first two games of the season. Jones isn’t on the injury report, he’s just inactive because the Buccaneers don’t think he’s ready to contribute.Given how bad Jones looked in the preseason, they’re probably right. In four preseason games Chris Godwin Jersey White , Jones had a shockingly bad stat line of 28 carries for 22 yards. He was awful.Jones ran for 1,550 yards at USC last season, so it’s hard to believe he has no talent at all. But he clearly isn’t ready for the NFL just yet.The Bucs’ other inactives are DT Vita Vea, DT Beau Allen, CB Marcus Williams, OL Alex Cappa, OL Mike Liedtke and WR Justin Watson.The Steelers’ inactives are QB Mason Rudolph, WR Justin Hunter, S Marcus Allen, S Morgan Burnett, G David DeCastro, OT Marcus Gilbert and DE L.T. Walton.
  10. Weird."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 49ers Salary CapLevi’s Stadium Events49ers Transactions49ers Injury News49ers Press Conferences & Conference CallsNFL Free AgencySan Francisco 49ers News49ers free agency 201949ers release Cassius MarshNew Justin Skule San Francisco 49ers Jersey ,388commentsAfter exercising his 2019 option earlier this month. Weird.PDTShareTweetShareShare49ers release Cassius MarshStan Szeto-USA TODAY SportsAccording to himself, the San Francisco 49ers have released Cassius Marsh:This is odd. On March 7th, the team just exercised his 2019 option. Here’s what Fooch said about Marsh then:So, a week later Marsh has been released. Marsh played 550 snaps for the team last year. Yes, he was replaced by Dee Ford. Perhaps there’s more info on this that we don’t know. Because even if Marsh was “okay” last year, that’s still the type of quality you would like to fill your roster out with.According to the press release this was a corresponding move after singing Antone Exum. Unless they are thinking of pairing Dee Ford up with his old partner. EYE EMOJIS. The San Francisco 49ers managed a win for Week 9! With that win, it’s now ‘Mullens Mania’ and no one cares if it’s against one of the worst defenses in the league in the Oakland Raiders. It’s even better when the rest of the NFC West either lost or is on bye. So celebrate. Don’t get too rowdy though Cheap Justin Skule Jersey , the Rams have so many games ahead of anyone else, they’d have to take it to a new level of elegant tanking to have a chance.Los Angeles RamsSo the Rams can lose. After giving up more of their future to secure Dante Fowler, the Rams traveled to New Orleans and went into a massive shootout against the Saints. The game was the game was already 35-17 at the half and it only got more crazy in the second half. The Rams managed to tie the game up in the fourth quarter, but Drew Brees wasn’t having any of it and put a stop to everything with a touchdown and a field goal to win it for the Saints 45-35. The Rams defense, one of the best in the league, was carved by the Saints and showed significant chinks in the armor. Then again, it’s against one of the best offenses in the league so it probably doesn’t change anything. Regardless Justin Skule San Francisco 49ers Jersey , the loss makes the final undefeated team in the NFL go down. Which means nothing because the Rams are still winning the division with that lead in wins. Hopefully they meet the Saints in the playoffs, that may be game of the year. Seattle SeahawksSay it with me: “BUT SEATTLE CAN’T LOSE AT HOME!” That’s exactly what happened as they got throttled for three quarters against the San Diego Chargers. But then the Seahawks channeled their inner Seahawk and made a game out of it into the final minutes. The loss puts the Seahawks at .500 and second in the division. 49ers fans should feel good, they were mighty competitive against this Chargers team on their game, until things fell apart (like 49ers games do) at the end. Into Week 10The Seahawks travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in their second divisional matchup of the year. The Rams managed to beat the Seahawks in Seattle 33-31 in their first game, so this one should be rather interested and maybe one-sided for the Rams. The Cardinals return from their bye and take on the Kansas City Chiefs. A game that may later be used as a sleep-inducer for medical treatment1st: Los Angeles Rams; Next: vs. Seattle Seahawks2nd: Seattle Seahawks; Next: at Los Angeles Rams3rd: Arizona Cardinals; Next: at Kansas City Chiefs4th: San Francisco 49ers; Next: vs. New York Giants
  11. signed and dealt with Michael Dickson Jersey , all eyes are now on the Seattle Seahawks and Frank Clark. Clark, whose rookie deal expired following the 2018 season, is currently set to play..."With Russell Wilson’s extension signed and dealt with, all eyes are now on the Seattle Seahawks and Frank Clark. Clark, whose rookie deal expired following the 2018 season, is currently set to play 2019 under the franchise tag, however he reportedly has no plans to do so. As recently as last week, Clark’s name has come up in trade rumors, and it has become increasingly apparent a trade is something the Seahawks are open to. On the most recent episode of The Draft Analyst Podcast with Tony Pauline, we learned more specifics about a potential trade for Clark—including a team that was interested, and could be again. Here’s what Pauline had to say:Pauline, who previously reported New York’s desire to trade down in the first round, went on to say the Jets could circle back on Clark: If the draft comes and goes and Clark is still on the roster Womens Justin Britt Jersey , a trade becomes far less likely, with Seattle unlikely to deal one of their best players without the chance to replace him for 2019. But, until Clark signs his tag or an extension with Seattle, his name will continue to show up in rumors. Mike McCarthy knows his job is on the line.The Green Bay Packers' 13th-year head coach acknowledged he is aware that the team's 4-5-1 record has led to questions about his future.But he insisted he and the team are focused on next week's pivotal NFC North matchup with the Vikings in Minnesota, and not the uncertainty surrounding his job security."That's the job. That's the way this business has gone," McCarthy said Friday. "We set a standard here the past 12 years, and it's our responsibility to play to that standard. That's the way we approach it."The 27-24 loss in Seattle on Thursday left the Packers 0-5 on the road and third in the division behind the Chicago Bears (6-3) and the Vikings (5-3-1). A seemingly softer portion of the schedule follows next week's showdown with Minnesota, but a loss in that game could put the Packers in a hole too deep to climb out of.McCarthy has had teams rally late in seasons past, including in 2016, when quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously said the team could "run the table" over the final six weeks. After starting 4-6, the Packers won eight straight games to win the NFC North and advance to conference title game, in which they fell to the Atlanta Falcons.That was Green Bay's fourth NFC championship game under McCarthy, who led the 2010 team to the Super Bowl title. His Packers made the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons before missing the postseason last year http://www.seahawkslockerroom.com/authentic-david-moore-jersey , when Rodgers missed nine-plus games with a broken right collarbone."I have great confidence. I've been in this position before, so I have confidence in how we do things," McCarthy said. "You have to react 鈥?there's no doubt about that 鈥?but you can't overreact. So, you've just got to stay in tune with the specifics and the details of why we're not getting it done in those situations."The Packers have lost three of their last four games, despite being in position in the fourth quarter to win on the road against the Rams, Patriots and Seahawks."We're not going to turn on each other or nothing. We love each other and we stick together as a team," defensive back Tramon Williams said. "Is it frustrating? Yes, it's very frustrating to come out on these types of losses when you know you should be winning these games."Against the Seahawks, the Packers had a 21-20 lead with 9 minutes left and were facing third-and-5 at Seattle's 12-yard line when Rodgers was sacked, forcing them to settle for a field goal to make it 24-20.Seattle responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive. When Rodgers missed an easy third-down throw on the ensuing possession, McCarthy opted to punt on fourth-and-2 with 4:20 to go. Green Bay never got the ball back."It's tough losing on the road. It's tough losing by one possession. Obviously, I'm frustrated, not just by the last throw but some other stuff that we could've done better out there Richard Sherman Jersey Green ," Rodgers said. "This is an important, obviously, six-game stretch left. I still believe we have a lot to play for."McCarthy said Friday that he still felt it was a "solid decision" to punt in that situation, and that his decision not to challenge a 34-yard Russell Wilson-to-Tyler Lockett completion that set up the go-ahead touchdown was based on not having a clear replay to look at in the coaches' booth. But he acknowledged both calls were open to second-guessing."Frankly, those are the kind of decisions that keep all of us up," McCarthy said. "Now that I'm standing here and I know what the result is of them running out the clock, you go, 'Oh, yeah, I wish I would've went for it on fourth-and-2.'""My first reaction was to go for it," he added. "But we talked it over game management-wise and that's the decision I made."
  12. BERN Vancouver Canucks Hats Authentic , Switzerland (AP) —in overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over SC Bern of the Swiss National League on Monday.The game was part of the NHL’s Global Series Challenge. Edmonton will conclude the exhibition season Wednesday when it meets Kolner Haie in Cologne, Germany.New Jersey and Edmonton will meet Saturday in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the season opener for both teams.Andy Greene and Ben Lovejoy also scored for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid played the entire game in goal for New Jersey, which finished the exhibition season with a 2-2-2 record.Simon Moser and Mark Arcobello scored for SC Bern, while Leonardo Genoni played the entire game in goal.The game was an exhibition Custom Vancouver Canucks Jerseys , even though SC Bern has begun league play.Late in overtime, Sami Vatanen picked off a pass in the defensive zone and sprung Hall with a headman pass. The reigning Hart Trophy winner carried the puck into the offensive zone, and then split two defenders before beating Genoni stick side for the game-winning goal.Hall’s goal was the third and final time New Jersey led in the game.Greene, the Devils captain, opened the scoring with a snap shot from the slot 5:55 into the game, a few moments after Kinkaid kept the puck out of the New Jersey net during a pileup in the crease.Moser drew SC Bern even 25 seconds into the second period. Lovejoy’s slapshot with 7:02 left in the period put New Jersey ahead again.Arcobello tied it with 2:08 left in regulation. Arcobello, who played for Edmonton www.officialcapitals.com , Nashville, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Toronto in the NHL before signing with SC Bern, snapped a shot from the slot that beat Kinkaid to the far side.The game, played at PostFinance Arena, SC Bern’s home rink, marked a homecoming for New Jersey’s Nico Hischier and Mirco Mueller. Hischier Washington Capitals T-Shirts Authentic , the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, is from Brig, Switzerland, while Mueller is from Winterthur, Switzerland. BOSTON (AP) Buffalo star Jack Eichel went down with an injury and his teammates responded with one of their best performances of the season.Scott Wilson had a goal and an assist during Buffalo’s big second period, helping the Sabres cool off Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night.”I thought the guys made a terrific effort tonight,” Buffalo coach Phil Housley said. ”One of the best games I’ve seen us check.”Eichel left midway through the opening period Washington Capitals Hoodies Authentic , favoring his right knee after falling awkwardly on a check by Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk along the boards behind the Bruins’ net.”He got tangled up in the corner,” Housley said. ”We’ll know tomorrow when he sees our doctors.”Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot also scored during the second and Rasmus Ristolainen added an empty-netter with 29 seconds remaining. Former Bruins goalie Chad Johnson made 25 saves as the Sabres picked up the road win with their fathers along for the trip.”To see Jack go down like that, that’s a big hole to fill,” Pouliot said. ”(The win) feels good for the dads and for everyone.”The Sabres had lost four of five and entered with the NHL’s second-fewest points.Rask stopped 24 shots, but lost in regulation for the first time since Nov. 26. It snapped his career-best 21-game streak with at least a point (19-0-2), the fourth-longest in team history.The Bruins were bothered by their subpar effort.”I think it was pretty obvious that wasn’t our best game – the way we want to play – but those games happen,” Rask said.Boston center Patrice Bergeron agreed they had a poor effort from the start.”We were flat Washington Capitals Hats Authentic ,” Bergeron said. ”When you do that, you don’t deserve it – plain and simple.”Ryan Spooner and David Backes accounted for Boston’s goals. The Bruins failed to get a point for just the second time in 24 games (18-2-4).Backes scored with 59 seconds left after Rask was replaced by an extra skater. But Ristolainen fired one nearly the length of the ice for his fifth of the season.Kane made it 1-0 when he broke in on a clean breakaway after Bruins forward David Pastrnak flubbed a pass near the right point and Sam Reinhart passed the puck to the winger. Kane fired a hard wrist shot that beat Rask on the glove side inside the right post 7:44 into the second.Wilson made it 2-0 just over five minutes later when he collected a loose puck that was blocked by Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid and slipped a wrist shot into the net.Spooner’s goal sliced the lead in half before Pouliot one-timed Wilson’s pass by Rask at the end of a 3-on-1 break with 71 seconds left in the second.Rask made a pair of nice pad stops in a relatively quiet opening period. Boston’s first shot on goal by a forward came in the final minute.NOTES: Kane’s goal snapped his 10-game scoreless stretch. … Sabres C Jacob Josefson played his 300th NHL game. … Bruins D Kevan Miller missed his fourth straight game because of an upper-body injury. … The teams play again Feb. 25 in their final regular-season matchup.UP NEXTSabres: Host Colorado on Sunday. They beat the Avalanche in the only other meeting this season.Bruins: At New Jersey on Sunday. Boston won the first meeting, at home on Jan. 23.
  13. on the ice quickly returned and so will Mikko Rantanen.Another score — along with a big exhale — for the struggling Colorado Avalanche.Rantanen scored two of Colorado’s franchise record-tying six second-period goals Mattias Janmark Jersey , Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots and the Avalanche routed the Los Angeles Kings 7-1 on Saturday.Rantanen was sidelined in the third period with a lower-body injury. He’s among the NHL’s scoring leaders with 73 points.“He’s all right,” captain Gabriel Landeskog confirmed. “It was a 7-0 game (when he left).”Colorado had six goals in a period for the first time since March 3, 1999, at Florida. In addition to Rantanen, Landeskog, Tyson Barrie, Sheldon Dries and Colin Wilson also scored during the decisive period.Dries’ short-handed goal made it 5-0 and chased goalie Jonathan Quick. Carl Soderberg got things rolling with a goal in the first period as Colorado returned home in fine fashion following a 1-4 trip.“We know how bad we’ve been lately, and that’s unacceptable for this group,” Barrie said. “We’re a team that has a lot of pride. We had a lot to prove tonight and I think we did that.”Varlamov was on top of his game and cruising toward a shutout before Ilya Kovalchuk ended the bid with a power-play goal in the final period.“He just looked steady and calm,” coach Jared Bednar said.It wasn’t all positive for the Avalanche with veteran defenseman Erik Johnson taking a puck off his jaw early in the first period. He went to the locker room for treatment and was later ruled out. Bednar had no update after the game.Everything was going Colorado’s way in the second, including a disallowed goal late when it was ruled that Los Angeles defenseman Derek Forbort kicked in the puck with his skate.The Avalanche had a short-handed goal in the second after Matt Calvert grabbed a loose puck and raced in on Quick, who deflected the puck into the air. Dries was trailing on the play and batted it in with his stick. Los Angeles challenged the call for goaltender interference as Calvert landed on top of Quick. But the call was upheld.Quick gave way to Jack Campbell.Campbell allowed goals to Rantanen and Wilson. It was the ninth time in Avalanche/Nordiques history the team has scored six goals in a period.“It was just a pathetic second period,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “I really don’t even know what to say. Yeah Radek Faksa Jersey , they played well. We just played poor. We left our goalies out to dry again. We’re sick of doing that. When we win games, we leave them out to dry. When we lose games, we leave them out to dry. It’s about time we play for them.”Kings coach Willie Desjardins didn’t see this kind of performance coming. Well, maybe for the other side.“If there was anything, Colorado was due,” said Desjardins, whose team went 1-1-1 on their three-game trip. “They hadn’t been on top of their game and they were going to come hard. They got a shorty, power play, so kind of everything that could go wrong with our team went wrong tonight.”It was a productive afternoon for Barrie, Calvert and Nathan MacKinnon, who each had two assists. Colorado improved to 2-0-1 this season against the King and has outscored them 16-7.Despite their recent slump, the Avs remain in the thick of playoff contention. Bednar considers that “miraculously” fortunate. The Avs are 3-8-2 over their last 13 games.“We should be extremely fortunate,” Bednar said. “Count your blessings and roll up your sleeves and get to work and take advantage of it.”NOTES: Quick had a 2.15 goals-against mark against Colorado going into Saturday. … The contest was part of a doubleheader with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets playing at night. It’s the first Avalanche-Nuggets doubleheader at Pepsi Center since April 8 Authentic Stephen Johns Jersey , 2006. … Colorado kicked off a five-game homestand that’s interrupted by the NHL All-Star Game and the team’s bye week.UP NEXTKings: Host St. Louis on Monday.Avalanche: Host Nashville on Monday. NEW YORK (AP) Matthew Tkachuk leaped into the air and hugged Travis Hamonic after scoring the tiebreaking goal late in the third period.Tkachuk’s second in less than 9 1/2 minutes came with 1:05 left and lifted the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.”It’s always fun to put the puck in the net, especially tonight,” said Tkachuk, who scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season in the win. ”I was obviously so pumped to get the third goal there. I was just really happy because you think (after that) basically you play good defense and you get the win. That’s why you’re really excited.”Mark Jankowski also scored as the Flames pulled into a tie with Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Mike Smith made 23 saves before leaving due to an injury with 2 seconds remaining, and David Rittich came on to close the game.Hamonic had an assist on Tkachuk’s late goal in in his first game back in Brooklyn since the Islanders dealt him to Calgary in the offseason. The defenseman, who had 26 goals and 120 assists in 444 games over seven seasons in New York, received a standing ovation from the crowd during a video tribute in the first period and was visibly emotional when discussing his time with the Islanders after Calgary’s morning skate.Hamonic called the whole day emotional and was pleased that the day ended with his team leaving New York with two important points in the standings.”Take everything else out, what was happening, it was a hockey game,” Hamonic said. ”When you’re playing against the East, not that it’s free points by any means, but you have a chance to get two points and gain some ground on someone back in your division.”I thought I was a little nervous in the first period and settled in afterward. I guess that’s to be expected.”Calgary head coach Glen Gulutzan didn’t have an update on Smith after the game, but said it looked like the goalie just tweaked something in his lower body.”It’s tough Youth Tyler Pitlick Jersey , you never want to see it, but we’ll deal with it when we know exactly what we’re dealing with,” Gulutzan said.Casey Cizikas and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, while Jaroslav Halak finished with 39 saves. It was the 17th time in the Islanders’ last 23 games that they have surrendered 37 or more shots on goal.Trailing 2-0, the Flames cut the deficit in half on Jankowski’s power-play goal with 9 1/2 minutes left in the middle period. Tkachuk then tied it at 9:38 of the third.”We had a pretty good first,” Islanders head coach Doug Weight said. ”We were intense to start. Then we started making bad decisions and turning pucks over.”Cizikas put the Islanders on the board early in the first period thanks to an extraordinary individual effort. The forward picked off the puck along the sideboards and then scored through Smiths legs while falling forward.Beauvillier put New York up by two at 2:59 of the second period when a seemingly harmless shot from the high slot sneaked by Smith.NOTES: Flames F Troy Brouwer missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. … F Marek Hrivik and D Matt Bartkowski were scratched by Calgary. … The Flames improved their road record 16-6-5 this season and are now 11-8-3 against Eastern Conference opponents. Calgary has won three of four on a six-game road trip, with stops in Boston and Nashville still to come. … The Islanders scratched F Alan Quine, F Tanner Fritz and D Dennis Seidenberg. … The Flames acquired Hamonic on the second day of the NHL draft in a trade that sent Calgary’s first and second round picks in 2018 to the Islanders along with a second round pick in 2019 or 2020. … Sunday marked the seventh anniversary of the Islanders’ brawl against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which saw 65 penalties assessed for a total of 346 penalty minutes. … The Islanders fell to 28-5-7 against Western Conference opponents in three seasons at Barclays Center. … New York also dropped to 17-4-1 when scoring first this season, and 18-1-1 when leading after two periods.UP NEXTFlames: At Boston on Tuesday night.Islanders: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.
  14. The Buffalo Sabres J.T. Brown Jersey Womens , t come to Detroit on Saturday to face a team that has also ignited after a horrible start to the season.The Detroit Red Wings have gone 9-3-0 after leaving the gate a dreadful 1-7-2.“We needed to make up some ground for the start we had,” Detroit center Dylan Larkin told the team’s website. “We know that. We’ve done a good job the past month.”Article continues below ...Yet as impressive as Detroit’s turnaround has been, it pales in comparison with the Sabres’ run of success.“I’m excited to see what they got, excited to match up against them,” Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader said. “It’s going to be a great test.”Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens was Buffalo’s eighth straight victory. They are closing in on some hallowed ground in franchise history.In 1976-77 and 1979-80, the Sabres won nine in a row. In 1983-84 and 2006-07, Buffalo put together club-record 10-game winning streaks.Jeff Skinner scored two goals in Friday’s win, giving him 17 for the season and a tie for the NHL lead. He found the net with 2:26 left in regulation to tie the score and added the winner on the power play at 3:06 of overtime.“I don’t think I’ve ever won eight straight, so that’s a good thing Tomas Plekanec Jersey Womens ,” Skinner told WKBW. “You try to produce offensively to help the team win. As long as you’re contributing to wins, I think it’s a good feeling.“We want to try and keep it going.”With 10 goals in Buffalo’s first 16 games, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13. Vanek currently plays for the Wings.Buffalo is 10-0-2 when scoring first this season, but the Sabres have come back to win six times during their eight-game winning streak.Sabres goalie Carter Hutton has won seven games in a row.“I think we’re enjoying it for sure, and we don’t want to lose,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “I mean, who wants to lose? You want to go out and try to win every game you play.“We’ve got another tough test (Saturday) against Detroit, a team that’s playing really well.”The Wings did the opposite of the Sabres on Friday, squandering a 1-0 lead and falling 3-1 on the road to the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.“I think every game we just prove to ourselves that when we play, we’re as good as anybody in the league and we’ve just got to play Tomas Tatar Jersey Womens ,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought we played a good hockey game.“I’m not disappointed in how we played, I’m disappointed in the result.”Still seeking to claw their way into a playoff position, the Red Wings are in the midst of a four-game stretch (Boston, Washington, Buffalo, Columbus) against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference.“Buff’s a real good team,” Blashill said. “They’ve got a number of good, high (draft) picks that are starting to come into their own.“Certainly Eichel’s at an age here where I’ve coached him, I know how talented he is. He’s as talented as anybody in the league. It looks like he’s playing real good. He’s certainly not alone.“It’ll be a good challenge. But that’s what the league is every night. We’ve got to make sure we come back and play another great game.”The Red Wings are 9-3-0 in their last 12 games. Only Calgary (six) and Buffalo (five) have more wins than Detroit (four) when trailing after two periods. RALEIGH, N.C. — Something good could be brewing for the Carolina Hurricanes even though it took time for it to materialize during a lengthy stretch of home games.“The bounces have started going our way a little bit Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey Womens ,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.Carolina takes on the visiting Florida Panthers on Friday night at PNC Arena.Article continues below ...The Hurricanes are 3-1-1 with one game to go in a six-game homestand. The Hurricanes will go for their first three-game winning streak since the opening week-plus of the season.The Panthers didn’t enjoy quite the boost of momentum heading to the Thanksgiving holiday.Florida gave up a season-high number of goals in Wednesday night’s 7-3 loss at Tampa Bay. The Panthers are 2-3 with one game remaining on a six-game road swing.“We have to find a way,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said, shying away from excuses.Panthers left winger Mike Hoffman stretched his points streak to 17 games, but that was merely a highlight without much juice from the team perspective.“When we’re not on top of our game … you’ll have outcomes like that,” Hoffman said. Meanwhile, by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday night, it was clearly a lift that might have an impact that extends beyond a single game for the Hurricanes.“We wanted to make a statement that we could play with any team,” said left winger Micheal Ferland, who leads Carolina with 11 goals.The Hurricanes outshot the Maple Leafs 29-11 in the first period, marking the most single-period shots on goal by Carolina in team history (since relocation to North Carolina more than 20 years ago). The Hurricanes’ 29 shots are also the most in a first period in the NHL since 1997-98.That shot load eventually paid off.“Everybody was on fire there Anthony Beauvillier Jersey Womens ,” right winger Andrei Svechnikov said. “… That’s why we won, because we shot everything on the net.”Carolina’s special teams have been scrutinized so far this season. There are reasons for encouragement in that area with its first power-play goal in a three-game stretch in the latest outing. Plus, the penalty-killing was spotless for the second game in a row.The Panthers liked some of their specials teams work in the Tampa Bay game. That might be something for them to build off.“We made some adjustments and we were good after that,” Boughner, a former Carolina player, said of one of the bright spots.Justin Williams scored his 100th career Hurricanes goal Wednesday, giving him goals in consecutive games. He became the ninth player in NHL history to score at least 100 goals and win the Stanley Cup with multiple franchises. Williams has 100 goals in 368 games with Carolina and recorded 103 goals in 427 games for the Los Angeles Kings.The other good news for the Hurricanes was having center Victor Rask in the lineup for the first time this season Wednesday night. He had been out since a preseason off-ice finger injury.“He didn’t play much, but the shifts he had were productive,” Brind’Amour said. “I think we’ll still probably ease him in a little bit. He’s probably right where he needs to be. There’s no real rush.”
  15. NEWARK Vancouver Canucks T-Shirts Authentic , N.J. (AP) Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning took out their ire on the New Jersey Devils.Not only did the Lightning defeat New Jersey 3-1 on Wednesday to move within a game of making the Devils’ first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one, Kucherov was a one-man demolition man.The NHL’s No. 3 scorer this season scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey’s top defenseman, Sami Vatanen, out of the game with a big hit in the opening period.”Kuch tonight flexed his muscles Vancouver Canucks Hoodies Authentic ,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ”He’s pretty dynamic on the power play, but tonight, all around, I thought he was the best player on the ice.”Kucherov has been the best player in the series so far. He has four goals and five assists in four games and he came into this game upset after the Lightning blew a 2-1 third-period lead in Game 3 to let the Devils back in the series.With a 3-1 lead now, Tampa Bay can wrap up the best-of-seven series in Game 5 at home on Saturday.”I didn’t like the way we had so many penalties in the last game, giving up so many opportunities on the power play Vancouver Canucks Hats Authentic ,” Kucherov said. ”For me, I was (angry) and didn’t want to lose-especially the way they reacted after some goals.”The play everyone is going to talk about and the NHL probably will look at is Kucherov’s hit on Vatanen. No penalty was called but the 24-year-old Russian appeared to jump before hitting Vatanen in the shoulder and head area.Cooper thought the hit was legal. Devils coach John Hynes screamed at the officials after the play but declined to talk about it after the game. Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, who made 34 saves, said he would give referees Tim Peel and Wes McCauley the benefit of the doubt on the play.Kucherov said he did not intend to hurt Vatanen, who did not return. He has an undisclosed upper body injury, the Devils said.”He’s normally the one dancing around guys Custom Vancouver Canucks Jerseys ,” said linemate J.T. Miller, who scored the other Lightning goal and had two assists. ”I couldn’t believe it was him. I was right behind him and that’s a big-league hit right there. That’s the type of player he is. He’s competitive and he wants to win really bad.”Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped three breakaways in making 27 saves as the Lightning bounced back from a 5-2 loss.”Vasy made some great saves, especially early on the game with a couple of breakaways,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. ”That calmed us down a bit and I thought we played a great third period.”Kyle Palmieri scored on a 5-on-3 advantage for the Devils, who are back in the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. It was the only time they beat Vasilevskiy, whose 44 wins in the regular season shared the league lead with Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck.”We were picked to finish last in the East and last in the Metro www.officialcapitals.com ,” Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. ”This is a spot we are comfortable. We are comfortable being the underdog. We need to go out and win one game in Tampa. We need to go out and play our best game.”Kucherov broke a 1-all tie with 4:58 left in the period. Defenseman Brayden Coburn sent a pass from the left boards that hit off Devils’ defenseman Damon Severson. Kucherov collected the loose puck right in front and put it high into the net for his third goal of the series. He would ice the game with an empty-net goal with 1:08 to go.The Lightning had tied it at 11:30 of the opening period on a great rush. Stamkos fed Kucherov entering the zone and he found Miller on the left side for a shot over Schneider’s shoulder.Cory Conacher appeared to give Tampa Bay the lead with 7:39 left in the period, but the goal was overturned when a review found the Lightning were offside.For the first time in the series, the Devils scored first with Palmieri converting from the left circle with the Lightning playing two men short at 8:23 of the first.Alex Killorn got the first penalty at 7:47 with a hook and 25 seconds later Cedric Paquette tripped Taylor Hall. Eleven seconds later, New Jersey had its second 5-on-3 goal in two games.NOTES: Lightning D Ryan McDonagh appeared in his 100th NHL playoff game. … This is the first time Schneider has had consecutive starts since Jan. 22-23. … There were no lineup changes for Game 4. … Vatanen has been leading the Devils in time on ice in the series, averaging 23:23. … Tampa Bay was 5 of 9 on the power play in the first three games. They were 0 for 5 in Game 4. They killed off 6 of 7 Devils’ power plays.— As talented and as special a player as he is, Quinton Byfield is not immune to committing the occasional boneheaded rookie mistake. Such was the case early in the 2018-19 OHL season when Washington Capitals T-Shirts Authentic , with his Sudbury Wolves down a goal to the Barrie Colts in the third period, he made a beautiful blind pass that ended up on the stick of鈥he Colts鈥?Ryan Suzuki. Bad idea. 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