Posts Tagged: NHL

The St. Louis Blues missed an opportunity to capture their first Stanley Cup championship in front of the home town fans when they fell to the Boston Bruins in Game 6, 5-1. Now to accomplish the feat, the Blues have to go on the road and play in front of a hostile Boston crowd in a Game 7 tonight. To… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues have come back from a 2-1 series deficit and sit one game away from clinching their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They’ll try to accomplish that feat tonight as the Blues host the Boston Bruins in Game 6 at Enterprise Center. To get Dunkel’s pick, click HERE. The Washington Nationals (29-35) are also trying… Read more »

Each time the Boston Bruins looked like they were in control of the Stanley Cup Finals, the St. Louis Blues have found a way to respond. After being blown out at home in Game 3, the Blues rebounded with a solid 4-2 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. The loss was doubly costly for the Bruins… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors came out of Toronto with a hard-earned split of the first two games of the NBA Finals, but also added to their injured list. Gone for the remainder of the series is valuable back-up Kevon Looney (fracture cartilage) while Splash Brother Klay Thompson was also hobbled with a strained hamstring, although Thompson has been given the… Read more »

Despite having to put slugger Joey Gallo on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique, the Texas Rangers (30-27) have been playing their best ball of the season. Winners of 13 of their last 18 games, the Rangers open up a three-game set tonight at home against the Baltimore Orioles (18-41), who start a road trip after being outscored 16-3… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues managed to get out of Boston with a split of their first two games in the Stanley Cup after taking Game 2, 3-2, in overtime. Now it’s the Bruins turn to see if they can win on the road, something they’ve shown they can do so far in the postseason. Boston has won six of its… Read more »

Add Carlos Correa to the list of bizarre injuries after he attributed his broken rib to a massage he was getting. It’s the latest in a string of injuries that have hit the Houston Astros. Despite the misfortune, the Astros have managed to keep a sizable lead in the AL West and come into tonight’s game with a 7 1/2… Read more »

While the LA Dodgers have put some distance from the pack in the NL West, the race for second right now is very tight with San Diego, Arizona and Colorado separated by only two games in the standings. The Rockies (26-27) have picked up some ground after taking the first two games of their home series against the D-Backs (28-27)…. Read more »

Not usually known for their offensive production, the San Diego Padres (28-24) set a club record yesterday with seven HRs en route to a 19-4 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays (20-32). Getting trounced at home has been nothing new for the Blue Jays, however, as they’ve dropped 10 of their last 12 games at Rogers Centre. The Padres will… Read more »

The New York Yankees continue to roll along, posting a 15-5 record in the month of May. Overall, Aaron Boone’s club is 32-17 and just one game behind the Twins for the best record in baseball. The Yankees feasted on bottom-dweller Baltimore in a just-completed four-game sweep and hope to continue that trend tonight as they open a three-game set… Read more »

Looking deflated after dropping the first two games in Milwaukee, the Toronto Raptors found a way to win Game 3 at home in double overtime and then dominated the last three quarters of Game 4 en route to a 120-102 victory. The most positive sign for the Raptors in Game 4 was the contribution from players not named Kawhi Leonard… Read more »

The Colorado Rockies (21-25) are trying to get back to the level that won them 91 games last year and put them in the postseason. There were some hopeful signs last night as starter German Marquez pitched eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Rockies four-game losing streak. Colorado will try to make it back-to-back… Read more »

One half of the NBA Final is set as the Golden State Warriors advanced last night after beating Portland, 119-117 in OT, to sweep the Western Conference Final. The East is still to be determined with the Milwaukee Bucks leading the Toronto Raptors 2-1 heading into tonight’s Game 4 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game,… Read more »

The only thing noticeable in Kevin Durant’s absence from the Golden State lineup is the fact there’s been nothing noticeable in the Warriors’ production. Golden State has yet to lose since Durant was sidelined with a calf strain and are up 3-0 in their Western Conference Finals series against the Trail Blazers with a chance to clinch on Portland’s home… Read more »

The NBA Western Conference Final looks to be all but wrapped up after Golden State’s 110-99 win over Portland last night gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Tonight, the Milwaukee Bucks will try to put themselves in the same position as they bring a 2-0 series lead into Toronto for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors looked poised to steal Game 1 on the road against Milwaukee when they entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead. But an uncharacteristically bad quarter from Kawhi Leonard (two points) combined with Brook Lopez’ career playoff game (29 points, 11 rebounds) bailed the Bucks out in a 108-100 win. The Raptors will try to rebound tonight… Read more »

Two teams will face each other in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but all eyes will be on the two best players in the conference as Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo squares off against Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. In the semis, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a relatively easy victory over the Boston Celtics in five games, while Leonard’s Raptors literally needed every… Read more »

It looks to be the battle of the backcourts in the NBA Western Conference Finals as Portland’s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum matchup against Golden State’s venerable duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Both teams advanced with big wins on the road as the Trail Blazers survived a Game 7 in Denver while the Warriors knocked off the Rockets… Read more »

The NHL Western Conference Final opens up tonight in San Jose as the Sharks host the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 2016 conference final. Both teams advanced after being taken to the seven-game limit in the semifinal round with the Blues surviving double overtime to beat the Stars in Dallas, while the Sharks were finally able to… Read more »

The Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers took care of business last night on their home courts to stay alive in their respective conference semifinal series. Tonight, it’s the Houston Rockets turn to see if they can use the home-court advantage to survive. The Rockets are down 2-games-to-3 in their best-of-seven series against Golden State after the Warriors 104-99 victory… Read more »

Last night, the Boston Celtics became the first conference semifinalist to get eliminated as they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-91. Tonight, the NBA playoffs feature two more teams struggling to stay alive as the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers look to avoid elimination on their home courts against the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets, respectively. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

While the Cleveland Indians have dominated the AL Central Division in recent years, the Minnesota Twins are serving notice there may be a changing of the guard this season. The Twins have the second-best record in the AL (22-12) and hold a four-game lead over the Tribe following yesterday’s 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Rocco Baldelli’s team will… Read more »

Since scoring 39 points in Game 1, Portland’s Damian Lillard has been relatively quiet. As a result, the Trail Blazers missed on opportunity to go up 3-1 in their series with the Denver Nuggets when they dropped Game 4 in Portland, 116-112. Now Lillard and the Blazers have to find a way to steal a game in Denver starting with… Read more »

After dropping the first two games of their conference semifinal series in Golden State, the Houston Rockets broke through with a 126-121 win on their home court over the Warriors Saturday night behind James Harden’s 41 points. Harden and the Rockets will try to knot the series at 2-all tonight with Game 4 set at the Toyota Center. To get… Read more »

While perhaps the most-overlooked series of the NBA playoffs, the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers did give us the best game of the postseason so far when they took Game 3 to four overtimes before the Blazers came away with a 140-137 victory. The win put Portland up 2-games-to-1  in the best-of-seven series that will continue tonight with Game… Read more »

Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Houston Rockets in their first two games against Golden State. Claiming they didn’t get many officials calls in Game 1 and having star James Harden raked in the eyes in Game 2, the Rockets left the Bay Area down 0-2 to the Warriors in their best-of-seven conference semifinal series. Houston will try… Read more »

The Denver Nuggets have been hard to peg so far in their second-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. In Game 1, Denver shot 50.6 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from the three-point arc in a 121-113 victory. But in Game 2, the Nuggets could not buy a basket as they connected on just 34.7 percent from the… Read more »

The Columbus Blue Jackets had never made it past the first round of the NHL playoffs before eliminating the Tampa Bay Lightning this year. Now the Blue Jackets can put themselves in a good position to get past the second round as well if they can beat the Boston Bruins tonight. Up 2-1 in the series, Columbus will host Game… Read more »

CC Sabathia became just the third left-hander in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts last night, but it was the Arizona Diamondbacks who came away with the victory as they took the series-opener from the Yankees, 3-1. Game 2 is set for this afternoon at Chase Field with New York sending Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 3.60) to the mound against Arizona’s… Read more »

As expected, Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between Houston and Golden State had plenty of intensity and plenty of controversy at the end of a 104-100 win for the Warriors. Game 2 is set for tonight at ORACLE Arena and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA playoff schedule by clicking HERE. After… Read more »

The highly anticipated rematch between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors is finally here. In last year’s postseason, Golden State overcame a 3-2 series deficit to Houston after Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury, and eventually went on to capture its second NBA championship in a row.  This year, the Rockets look to be healthy and advanced… Read more »

Golden State’s win over the Clippers last night left just one first-round matchup still to be determined — the Denver Nuggets versus the San Antonio Spurs.  This series has been the only one to go the full seven games with the finale set for tonight at Denver’s Pepsi Center. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game as well as Game… Read more »

There are times when the Golden State Warriors look bored on the basketball court. But if that were the case coming into their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers, Doc Rivers’ team has certainly gotten the Warriors attention. In a series that wasn’t expected to be close, the Clips have stolen two games on Golden State’s home court and… Read more »

The Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up the first round of the NHL playoffs last night with a dramatic 4-3 win over the defending champion Washington Capitals in double overtime. The Canes continued a trend that saw four of the top six teams in Dunkel’s power rankings eliminated. Two of the upset specialists — the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets —… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors stumbled in Game 1 of the quarterfinal series against Orlando, but have put the clamps on the Magic since then. After giving up 104 points in their opening-game loss, the Raptors have held the Magic to 82, 93 and 85 points in the last three games — all Toronto wins. The Raptors have a chance to close… Read more »

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 »