Posts Tagged: NHL

Badgering Harbaugh

Michigan fans have been waiting anxiously for a return to the upper echelon of college football’s ranks under coach Jim Harbaugh. The anxiety level was raised several notches when the Wolverines dropped their season-opener to Notre Dame. Five straight wins have calmed things a bit, but the Wolverines (5-1; No. 14 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) will get their first… Read more »

NFC Least

The NFC East isn’t exactly a power division right now with no one sporting a record above .500 and coming off a week when the teams went a combined 0-4 against the competition. But the good news is that barring a tie, one team should get a W tonight as division rivals Philadelphia (2-3; No. 3 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings)… Read more »

Cup Runneth Over

The NHL takes center stage tonight with a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Caps (1-0-1; No. 1 in Dunkel’s NHL rankings) took last year’s series against the Knights (1-2-0; No. 6) in five games. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s game and the full NHL schedule, click HERE.

Here Comes The Judge

If the New York Yankees were going to make a deep postseason run, they knew they needed slugger Aaron Judge to return to his pre-wrist injury form. So far, so good as Judge has socked three HRs in the playoffs already and has the Yanks two wins away from advancing to the ALCS with Game 3 of the ALDS against… Read more »

Eagles Have Landed

It didn’t take long for the Philadelphia Eagles to come back down to earth after their surprising run to the Super Bowl last year. A loss to Tampa Bay in Week 2 was compounded by a defensive meltdown in OT last week against the Titans that resulted in a 26-23 defeat and left the Birds with a 2-2 record (No…. Read more »

Book On The Irish

While Notre Dame’s defense started off the season playing up to expectations, the offense looked to be shaky behind QB Brandon Wimbush despite some early season wins. But that has changed since coach Brian Kelly inserted Ian Book as the starter at QB. Book has thrown for 7 TDs and no INTs over the last two games and has the… Read more »

In Need Of Some Luck

While the Colts-Patriots rivalry was very competitive when Peyton Manning was still in Indianapolis, it has gotten significantly less so since Andrew Luck took over at QB. In fact, Luck has never beaten the Pats, going 0-for-5 in head-to-head matchups against Tom Brady. He’s a significant underdog again tonight as the Colts (1-3; No. 25 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) head… Read more »

Wild Guess

While the pairings for the AL wild card game are set — the Yankees will face the A’s a week from today — just which pitcher New York manager Aaron Boone will start has been the focus of much speculation. One of the likely possibilities is Masahiro Tanaka (12-5, 3.67), who will get the start today as the Yankees continue… Read more »

Devil Of A Time

Last season, the Arizona State Sun Devils ended Washington’s hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff when they upset the Huskies in Tempe, 13-7. With a new head coach in Herm Edwards and an upset already over Michigan State, the Sun Devils hope to repeat that performance tonight as they face the Huskies in Seattle.  To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Day By Day

Ohio State fans have been counting down the days until suspended head coach Urban Meyer returns to the sidelines. In his place, acting head coach Ryan Day has done a solid job as the Buckeyes (2-0; No. 2 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football rankings) have cruised to wins over Oregon State and Rutgers. But Day’s last game as the head coach… Read more »

Wright Place, Wright Time

David Wright has battled neck, back and shoulder injuries in an effort to put on a New York Mets uniform one last time. It looks like he’ll be able to do that in NY’s last home series as the Mets announced yesterday that Wright will be in the starting lineup for their September 25 game versus the Braves. It will… Read more »

Here’s The Catch

With the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers set to play their preseason contest tonight, it’s hard not to think of Dwight Clark and “The Catch” from their 1982 NFC Championship game. Appropriately, the 49ers announced yesterday that they would honor Clark — who died in June after a battle with ALS — with a decal on their helmets and… Read more »

Process Of Elimination

The Cleveland Cavaliers blew Game 1 of the NBA Finals and that missed opportunity loomed larger as the Cavs dropped the next two to Golden State. Cleveland now finds itself in the dreaded 0-3 series hole, a place where no team has ever dug out (0-for-131) in NBA playoff history. The Cavs have proven a tough out in elimination games,… Read more »

Cap It Off?

After dropping the opener of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Washington Capitals have won three straight behind the inspired play of captain Alex Ovechkin and goalie Braden Holtby. With one more win needed to capture their first Cup in team history, the Caps will try to get it done tonight in Las Vegas. To get the Index’ pick for the… Read more »

Familiar Territory

Being down 0-2 to the Warriors in the NBA Finals is nothing new for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Two years ago, they faced the same deficit and were able to win Game 3 in Cleveland and eventually went on to win the championship. Last year, facing the same scenario, they blew a late lead and ended up losing Game 3 and… Read more »

Houston By Way Of Dallas

The Houston Astros have hit a rough patch, dropping six of their last nine, to fall a game behind the surging Seattle Mariners in the AL West standings. But they’ve got a chance to erase the deficit as the Astros host a short two-game set against the M’s starting tonight. Houston will go with Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 3.65) on the… Read more »

Running On Empty

Cleveland’s JR Smith picked up a crucial rebound in the closing seconds of Game 1 and tried to run out the clock. The problem was the Cavaliers weren’t winning at that point; they were tied. The mental mistake cost Cleveland a chance to pull off the upset in regulation and Golden State gladly took advantage of the gift and pulled… Read more »

Save The Date

If the Washington Capitals go on to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, they’ll look back at the waning stages of Game 2 as the critical juncture. On a play now simply referred to as “The Save”, goalie Braden Holtby miraculously was able to stop Alex Tuch’s potential game-tying shot and preserve a 3-2 victory over Vegas that… Read more »

Familiar Ring

Red Sox manager Alex Cora received his 2017 World Series ring last night after serving as the bench coach for the world-champion Houston Astros last season. Cora then watched a familiar sight as Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros bullpen shut down his potent Boston lineup and took the series-opener, 4-2. It could be more of the same tonight as… Read more »

Expansion Plans

While the NHL wanted to ensure that the Vegas Golden Knights had an adequate stock of decent players in their first year of existence, no one could have imagined that they’d make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. But that’s where the Knights find themselves as just the second expansion team (the 1968 St. Louis Blues were… Read more »

Even Stevens

The Celtics rocked the Cavaliers by taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Brad Stevens’ club gave it all back in Cleveland and now finds itself tied up as the series moves back to Boston for tonight’s Game 5. The good news for Stevens and the Celts is that TD Garden has been a friendly confine… Read more »

Soft Landing

Houston’s excitement after winning Game 2 against Golden State proved to be short-lived as the Warriors responded with a 41-point drubbing of the Rockets in Game 3. The thrashing had Houston coach Mike D’Antoni admitted his team played “soft” and left the Rockets in a 2-1 hole with Game 4 tonight at Golden State. To get our pick, click HERE…. Read more »

What Can Brown Do?

Boston’s Jaylen Brown was an unstoppable force in the first two games against Cleveland as the Celtics routed the Cavaliers at home. But in Game 3 in Cleveland, LeBron James put the clamps on Brown and the rest of the Celts’ offense sputtered en route to a 116-86 defeat that got the Cavs back in the series. How Brown and… Read more »

Fleury Of Activity

The Winnipeg Jets had numerous scoring opportunities in Game 3, but were stymied by the acrobatic goaltending of Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury’s 33 saves helped preserve a 4-2 win for the Golden Knights and gave the surprising expansion team a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Jets will try to solve the three-time Stanley Cup champ tonight in… Read more »

Bucking The Trend

After unloading stars such as Andrew McCuthchen and Gerrit Cole in the off-season, the expectation coming into the MLB season was that the Pittsburgh Pirates would take a step back this season. But that hasn’t been the case in the first quarter of the season as the Bucs have posted a 25-17 record and are tied for first place with… Read more »

Waiting Game

Since early in the NBA regular season, the anticipated matchup between Golden State and Houston in the Western Conference Finals has been foremost on basketball aficionado’s minds. With the tip-off tonight, the wait is finally over as the No. 1 seed Rockets (65-17) host the No. 2 seed and defending-champion Warriors (58-24) in Game 1. To get our pick for… Read more »

Boston Med

All season long, the Boston Celtics have battled injuries starting with Gordon Hayward’s season-ending ankle injury in the season-opener and extending through Kyrie Irving’s season-ending knee injury late in the regular season. But somehow Brad Stevens remaining unit has overcome the obstacles and now finds itself in the Eastern Conference Final against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 1… Read more »

New York Mess

After a strong start to the MLB season, the New York Mets have reversed course and find themselves struggling to stay above .500 (18-17) after dropping eight of their last nine games. Mickey Callaway’s team has looked out of sorts during the turnaround as well with the latest snafu occurring when the Mets batted out of order against the Reds… Read more »

Wilson!

It’s hard enough to play your nemesis in the postseason, but for the Washington Capitals, that scenario was made even more difficult by the recent suspension of enforcer Tom Wilson. Wilson’s absence was fairly apparent in Washington’s Game 4 loss to the Penguins as the top line that he usually mans with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov managed just five… Read more »

Spin Cycle

In the burgeoning world of baseball esoterica, we can now add another item: spin rate. That’s been the hot debate ever since Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer alleged that Astros’ pitchers might be doctoring the baseballs because their spin rates were all higher this season than last. Sadly for Houston fans, that effect didn’t shut down the red-hot New York Yankees last… Read more »