Posts Tagged: NHL

The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals looked primed to cruise through their first-round matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes after taking the first two games at home. But Games 3 and 4 in Raleigh did not go as well and suddenly the Caps find themselves in a 2-all tie with the Canes heading into tonight’s pivotal Game 5 at Capital… Read more »

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Boston Celtics and their star point guard, Kyrie Irving. But the Celts were hoping all that would be pushed aside once the playoffs rolled around. So far, so good as Irving has come up big for Boston in each of its first two games against the Pacers — both victories at home. Tonight,… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors have set many records during their reign as the best team in the NBA, but they could doubtless do without the record they set on Monday night. The Warriors blew the biggest lead ever in a playoff game — 31 points — en route to a 135-131 loss to the Clippers at home in Game 2… Read more »

The rough start for the defending champion Boston Red Sox continued yesterday as the Bosox were shut down by James Paxton and the Yankees, 8-0. Boston’s 6-12 start is its worst since the 1996 season when they opened at 3-15. Alex Cora’s team will see if it can at least salvage a split in the mini two-game set with the… Read more »

When the Red Sox and Yankees meet, there’s usually first place on the line. But right now, the two teams just need some Ws under their belts. The defending champion Red Sox come into the mini two-game series with an anemic 6-11 record. The Yankees aren’t much better at 6-9. And both will look for better outings tonight from a… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors took care of business with their 121-104 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series with the LA Clippers, but still allowed the Clips to get under their skin as Kevin Durant was tossed along with LA’s Patrick Beverly during a late-game squabble. The Warriors vow to play with more poise tonight as Game 2 tips… Read more »

Home court advantage didn’t amount to much during Day 1 of the NBA playoffs as three of the four visiting teams stole victories. One team that hopes that trend continues in Day 2 is the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33), who open their Western Conference playoff series as a No. 6 seed on the road this afternoon against the No. 3… Read more »

The NBA playoffs get started today with four games on the schedule, including the Golden State Warriors begin their quest for a rare three-peat as league champions. The Warriors (57-25) are the No. 1 seed in the West and open at home against the No. 8 seed L.A. Clippers (48-34). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full… Read more »

The Penguins and Islanders play Game 2 of their first round series tonight at Nassau Coliseum. While the Isles won a back-and-forth struggle in the opener, 4-3 in overtime, the Penguins forced an up-tempo contest against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league (169) during the regular season. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s game and the… Read more »

The first day of the NHL playoffs was filled with upsets, including the top seed in the East and President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. Day 2 begins tonight with three games on the schedule, including the No. 1 seed in the West — the Calgary Flames (50-25-7) — opening its series at home… Read more »

The NHL playoffs open tonight with five games on the schedule. While the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals don’t begin their series against Carolina until tomorrow night, their rival in the Eastern Conference — the Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26-12) — open up on the road against the New York Islanders (48-27-7). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the… Read more »

The Denver Nuggets (53-27) were at one time vying for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs. But as we enter the last week of the NBA regular season, the Nuggets now find themselves trying to fend off hard-charging Houston for the No. 2 slot. Tonight, Denver will head to a place where it’s lost eight straight… Read more »

Tonight’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Final features two teams in search of their first national championship as Texas Tech (31-6) faces Virginia (34-3) in Minneapolis. The Cavaliers advanced after pulling out a 63-62 win over Auburn on Kyle Guy’s three free throws with less than a second remaining. The Red Raiders had an easier time dispatching Michigan State, 61-51. Chris Beard’s… Read more »

It looks to be a postseason sneak preview tonight as the Boston Celtics (47-32) travel to Indiana to face the Pacers (47-32). The two teams are on a path to meet in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and home-court advantage is at stake in this one. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the complete NBA… Read more »

The future was supposed to be bright for the Washington Wizards with young stars John Wall and Bradley Beal poised to have them contending in the Eastern Conference. But injuries to Wall and disappointing performances from others have the Wiz sitting at 32-46 this season and out of the playoff picture. The collapse resulted in the team firing president Ernie… Read more »

The much-anticipated return of Bryce Harper to DC takes place tonight as the Phillies (3-0) open a two-game set against the Nationals (1-2). Harper rejected the Nats’ $300 million offer at the end of last season and signed a $330 million, 13-year deal with the division-rival Phillies — at the time the richest contract in baseball until Mike Trout passed… Read more »

It looks like reigning NL MVP Christan Yelich has picked up right where he left off last year. The Brewers’ outfielder hit his fourth HR of the season yesterday, tying a record for starting the season with HRs in four consecutive games held by Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016)…. Read more »

After a disappointing, injury-plagued first season in Chicago, the Cubs were hoping for a new and improved Yu Darvish as he made his first start of the 2019 campaign yesterday. Instead, Darvish turned in the shortest outing of his career as he lasted only 2 2/3 innings while walking a career-high seven batters during the Cubs 8-6 loss to the… Read more »

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping for a power surge when they acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks and it took less than a week into the new season for them to get it. Last night, Goldschmidt connected for 3 HRs and 5 RBI while leading the Redbirds to a 9-5 win over the Brewers that knotted the series up… Read more »

The MLB season started with a bang yesterday in Los Angeles. In fact, there were eight of them as the Dodgers set a record for most home runs in an opening-day game. The eight bombs also tied a franchise record set back in 2002 when Shawn Green hit four of them. The outburst was all part of a 12-5 rout… Read more »

While Major League Baseball had a mini-opener last week with a pair of games between the Mariners and A’s in Japan, the real opening day takes place today starting with the Yankees-Orioles and Mets-Nationals at 1:05 pm EST and stretching all the way to the defending-champion Red Sox facing the Mariners in Seattle at 7:10 pm EST. To get all… Read more »

Two teams advanced to the semifinals of the NIT last night as Wichita State upset Indiana, 73-63, and TCU took care of Creighton, 71-58. Tonight, the NIT will round out its Final Four for NYC as the final two semis take place with Lipscomb (27-7; No. 56 in Dunkel’s power rankings) heading to NC State to face the Wolfpack (24-11;… Read more »

In college basketball, the break between rounds in the NCAA Tournament continues while the focus shifts to the secondary tournaments, including the NIT where tonight two teams will punch their tickets to New York City with quarterfinal matchups between Wichita State (21-14) and Indiana (19-15) followed by Creighton (20-14) and TCU (22-13). To get Dunkel’s picks for these contests as… Read more »

The first two rounds on the NCAA Tournament are in the books with all the top seeds advancing, although Duke needed a last-minute put-back by RJ Barrett and near-miss by UCF at the buzzer to survive the Knights, 77-76, on Sunday. The tourney takes a few days off before resuming with the regional semifinals on Thursday and Friday, but in… Read more »

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is complete with all the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds advancing. The top seed to fall was at No. 4 as Kansas State lost to UC-Irvine, 70-64, on Friday. The highest-rated team in the Dunkel power rankings not to advance was Nevada (No. 18), which fell on Thursday to Florida, 70-61. The… Read more »

The first full day of the NCAA Tournament brought plenty of nail-biting moments and a few upsets. But the top seed in action — Gonzaga — had little trouble putting away Fairleigh Dickinson, 87-49. Day 2 features the other three No. 1 seeds — Duke, North Carolina and Virginia — in their first round matchups and tips off today at… Read more »

The field of 64 is set and the unofficial holiday known as the NCAA Tournament kicks into high gear today beginning at 12:15 with Minnesota (21-13; No. 61 in Dunkel’s power rankings) and their head coach Richard Pitino facing his dad’s former team, Louisville (20-13; No. 27), in Des Moines, Iowa. The wall-to-wall hoops will be capped off with Syracuse… Read more »

The NCAA Tournament officially tips off tonight in Dayton with the first two of the First Four games. The opener features Northeast Conference champ Fairleigh Dickinson (20-13; No. 212 in Dunkel’s power rankings) against SWAC Conference champ Prairie View (22-12; No. 232). That will be followed by two at-large teams as the Belmont Bruins (26-5; No. 46) face the Temple… Read more »

Despite losing to St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament final, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-3) head into this week’s NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in Dunkel’s final regular-season power rankings. The Bulldogs barely edged out a Duke Blue Devils team (29-5) that rode the return of Zion Williamson all the way to the ACC Tournament championship. The other top… Read more »

The conference tourneys wrap up today with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s still a possibility for the Tennessee Volunteers (29-4; No. 4 in Dunkel’s power rankings). Yesterday, the Volunteers overcame an eight-point deficit in the last 2:58 to knock off Kentucky, 82-78. That set up an SEC Tournament final against the Auburn Tigers (25-9; No. 18), who advanced… Read more »

The Big East final tonight features one expected team and one surprise. On the expected front is the Villanova Wildcats (24-9; No. 15 in Dunkel’s power rankings), who advanced with wins over Providence and Xavier. The surprise team is the Seton Hall Pirates (20-12; No. 49), who knocked off Georgetown and Marquette en route to the championship game. The teams… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Duke Blue Devils (27-5) face the North Carolina Tarheels (27-5) for an ACC Tournament Semifinal matchup. Duke will look for another win after knocking off Syracuse, 84-72, on Thursday night. UNC was able to beat Louisville to advance and have now won eight games in a row. The Blue Devils have managed to win six of… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Syracuse Orange (20-12) face the Duke Blue Devils (26-5) for an ACC Tournament Quarterfinal matchup. Syracuse has played well against Duke this season, splitting their matchups 1-1, and beat Pittsburgh 73-59 in their last game. For Duke, this will be their first ACC Tournament game and they’ll finally have their star, Zion Williamson back. The Orange are… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Bucknell Bison (21-11) match up against the Colgate Raiders (23-10) for the Patriot League Tournament Finals. The Bison punched their ticket to the championship with a 97-75 rout of Lehigh on Sunday. The Raiders earned their trip to the conference championship with an 80-70 victory against the Navy Midshipmen. The Bucknell Bison are 5-2 ATS in the last… Read more »

In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers (30-36) are in Chicago to face the Bulls (19-49). The Lakers have been in a real slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games, including a current five-game skid after falling to the Celtics, 120-107, at home. The Bulls have been cold recently, losing four of their last five games overall…. Read more »

With the regular season wrapped up, the college basketball world turns its full attention to the remaining conference tournaments. Tonight, the top-ranked team in Dunkel’s latest power rankings  the Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-2) — take the court in Las Vegas against Pepperdine (16-17; No. 177 in Dunkel) in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Zags have found Mondays… Read more »

The Philadelphia 76ers have scuffled without Joel Embiid, who has missed eight straight games with a sore knee. The Sixers (41-25) have dropped two straight and only generated 91 points of offense in their last outing on Friday against the Rockets. But they have a chance to tie Indiana for third place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings as they… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Florida Gators (17-13) are on the road against the Kentucky Wildcats (25-5) for an SEC matchup. The Gators will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 79-78 overtime loss to LSU in their last game. The Wildcats will try to close out the regular season with a win after beating Ole Miss, 80-76. Florida is… Read more »

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers (41-24) are in Houston to face the Rockets (39-25). The Sixers will try to regroup after falling short against the Bulls, 108-107. The Rockets have won six straight games and 10 of their last 13 games overall. Head to head, the home team has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five matchups. To get… Read more »

In the NBA, the Indiana Pacers (42-23) are in Milwaukee to face the Bucks (48-16). The Pacers have been playing decent basketball lately but find themselves matched up with a Bucks team that just lost two in a row for the first time all season. This season, Milwaukee is winning home games by an average of 12.8 points and are… Read more »

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers (41-23) are in Chicago to face the Bulls (18-47). The Sixers are heating up and have managed to win seven of their last 10 games despite dealing with multiple injuries. The Bulls have improved in the second half, but are just 6-6 in their last 12 and have lost five of their last seven… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-8) are on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers (26-3) for an SEC matchup. The Bulldogs will look for a win after losing their last matchup to Auburn, 80-75, which ended a five-game winning streak. The Volunteers are still undefeated at home this season after they took down Kentucky, 71-52-, on Saturday. The… Read more »

It’s hard to envision the NBA playoffs without LeBron James in them, but such would be the case if the regular season ended today. James and the LA Lakers (30-33; No. 21 in Dunkel’s latest power rankings) currently trail the Spurs by 4 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the West with 19 games remaining. One of those… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Michigan Wolverines (25-4) are on the road against the Maryland Terrapins (21-8) for a Big Ten matchup. The Wolverines closed out their home schedule with a convincing 82-53 win over Nebraska on Thursday. The Terps lost their last game at Penn State 78-61 and have gone 2-2 in their last four games overall. Michigan is 5-2 ATS… Read more »

In the NBA, Golden State Warriors (43-19) are on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers (40-22). The Warriors find themselves in a bit of a slump after losing four of their last six games, including losses to the Magic and Heat. The Sixers have won six of their lat eight games and will be looking for a third straight victory… Read more »

Heading east has not been a problem so far for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have started their seven-game road trip with a 4-0 record. Overall, the Blazers (38-23; No. 9 in Dunkel’s power rankings) are 18-4 against Eastern Conference opponents. But both those trends will get a test tonight as the Blazers face an equally hot Toronto Raptors club. … Read more »

In the NBA,  the Washington Wizards (24-36) are on the road against the Brooklyn Nets (32-30). The Wizards have been in a slump as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games, including a current four-game skid, after losing to the Pacers in a 119-112 home loss on Saturday. The Nets have won three of their last four games and… Read more »

A pair of top five teams in the latest Dunkel NBA power rankings square off tonight as the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-21; No. 5 in Dunkel) travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets (41-18; No. 4). Denver currently enjoys a three-game lead over the Thunder in the Northwest Division and has taken the first two games of the series… Read more »

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers  (38-22) are on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans (27-34). The Sixers will look to bounce back from an ugly loss to the Blazers at home. The Pelicans were able to beat the Lakers without Anthony Davis in their last game and have now won two of their last three games. The Sixers… Read more »

The road to the Big Ten championship looks to run through Michigan this afternoon as the Wolverines (24-3; 13-3 in Big Ten; No. 5 in Dunkel’s power rankings) host the Michigan State Spartans (22-5; 13-3; No. 6). The winner will remain tied atop the conference standings along with Purdue, which survived a tough challenge yesterday at Nebraska. The Wolverines come… Read more »