Even though the Edmonton Oilers entered Tuesday’s game in a tie for first place in the Pacific Division there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about what they are actually capable of this season. They are still the most top-heavy team in the league, relying almost entirely on one line for offense. They have also been playing below .500 hockey for the better part of the past two months, and after Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes have won just 11 of their past 25 games. Not great! This most recent loss also included a rather embarrassing play as goalie Mikko Koskinen was faked out by Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton and allowed a goal from the center red line. As Hamilton controlled the puck at the red line off of a face-off win, he made it look like he was going to simply dump the puck into the corner. That resulted in Koskinen starting to leave the net so he could cut off the dump-in and hopefully make a play to gain possession for his team. The … [Read more...] about Dougie Hamilton tricks Koskinen, scores from center red line (Video)
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Having played several of the SEC's best this season, Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt had a first-hand look at what it takes to be elite. With that, there was a couple noticeable surprises in his power rankings following this week's public release of every coach's final Coaches Poll ballot following conference championship weekend, via USA Today. Pruitt is one of the only coaches that ranked unbeaten Clemson, the defending national champions, No. 1 ahead of LSU and Ohio State. Pruitt included five SEC teams in his final poll, led by league champion LSU at No. 2 and Georgia at No. 5. Two teams the Vols lost to this season, Alabama and Florida, were ranked Nos. 9 and 10, respectively. Three-loss Auburn rounded out Pruitt's SEC picks at No. 12. Like LSU coach Ed Orgeron's final ballot, Pruitt doesn't appear to be a big believer in 10-win Big Ten teams Minnesota and Penn State. He too ranked the Golden Gophers and Nittany Lions in the No. 14 and 15 spots. And then there's Michigan, who the … [Read more...] about How Jeremy Pruitt voted in final Coaches Poll
Picks and predictions for every single game on this week's schedule by Cody Benjamin @CodyJBenjamin Dec 12, 2019 at 7:10 am ET • 6 min read Week 15 of the 2019 NFL season gets underway Thursday with a battle of AFC foes, and then, this weekend, we get some anticipated matchups with serious playoff implications -- including crucial games that could help decide division races.Can the Texans rebound to stay atop the South? Or will Tennessee take control at home? Can Drew Lock's magic extend into Arrowhead Stadium? Might the Bears play spoiler at Lambeau? Will the Eagles or Cowboys go ahead in the NFC East? We'll find it all out in the coming days.A week after yours truly finished 10-6 picking Week 14 straight-up (and 9-5-2 against the spread), we've got more predictions and picks against the spread -- for every single game on tap -- as you prepare for the next wave of action. Enjoy!New York Jets at Baltimore RavensThursday, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX, NFL … [Read more...] about NFL Week 15 picks, odds: Bears shock Packers, Bills survive Steelers, Rams roll over Cowboys
Manning will play a small role in who could end up with the first overall pick by Bryan DeArdo @BryanDeArdo Dec 12, 2019 at 7:17 am ET • 5 min read The last thing on Eli Manning's mind is how his performance Sunday against the Dolphins could alter the 2020 NFL Draft. Manning, who started his first game in nearly three months in Monday night's overtime loss to the Eagles, is slated to receive another start this Sunday with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones still dealing with an ankle injury. Manning enjoyed a fast start in Monday's loss to the Eagles, throwing a pair of first half touchdown passes while helping the Giants build a 17-3 lead. New York was unable to add to their lead in the second half, however, as the Eagles scored the game's final 23 points to pull off the come-from-behind victory. With the loss, New York (2-11) remained ahead of the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins for the No. 2 overall pick if the NFL Draft was … [Read more...] about Race for No. 1 pick in 2020 NFL Draft: How Eli Manning can shake up the draft
Out of the top 60 forwards based on total projected fantasy points between now and 12/22, 13 have a projected rank that is substantially worse than their actual fantasy rank. A couple forwards who are projected to come up below their actual fantasy rank in the short term are Andrew Wiggins (#28) and Wendell Carter Jr. (#38). But of all the forwards with a lower short term ranking, Bojan Bogdanovic is the lowest ranking one at #50, down from #18 (actual rank). There are 13 forwards whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #5, Paul George is the highest ranking must start. There are a number of forwards projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Dillon Brooks, at #42, is the highest ranking forward of this waiver wire group. Visit Sportsline to get the latest lines, updated projections, best values, and picks from some of the top Vegas handicappers. We also have the best … [Read more...] about The Short Term Outlook is Not Great for Bojan Bogdanovic, Andrew Wiggins and Wendell Carter Jr.