Monthly Archive: August 2017

Niederreiter ready for bigger role for Wild with new contract

Nino Niederreiter spent the 2016 NHL offseason strapped to the wing of an airplane, a daredevil feat that provided quite the thrill for the Minnesota Wild forward, and maybe quite the lump-in-throat for his coaches and the Wild brass.

But this offseason? Without a contract in tow, Niederreiter said he took a more grounded approach to the summer months.

The team that swept Chicago and blew past St. Louis isn’t quite the same now. The Predators have gone 2-0 since Johansen suffered a season-ending thigh injury during their Western Conference final series against Anaheim. But Johansen had been the team’s most dynamic playmaker at the center spot, with 47 assists during the regular season and 10 more in 14 playoff games. They scored nine goals in those two games, although three were empty-netters that helped the Preds close out the series. Nashville’s top line dominated its first three playoff opponents with Johansen active.

Nashville also will be without promising winger Kevin Fiala, who had 11 goals in the regular season and an OT goal in the Chicago sweep before breaking his leg.

The return of captain Mike Fisher from an injury after missing two games against the Ducks should help, but it’s possible the Preds now will lean even more heavily on the defense to facilitate the attack, leaving them vulnerable to the Penguins’ speed and skill.

Of the 25 Penguins who will/might get ice time, 19 were part of securing the Cup in last year’s playoffs and 17 played in the Final against San Jose. Obviously, Nashville does not have much recent experience; the Preds lost in the second round last year.

Star Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been perhaps the best single performer in these Kids Football Jerseys Cheap playoffs, but he also has only one career victory against the Lebron Cheap Jerseys Penguins.

The Penguins have been involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for five weeks

Of course, sacrifice is a relative term here. Shattenkirk’s new deal still averages a cool $6.65 million a year, a hefty salary cap hit the Rangers made room for by trading center Derek Stepan and his $6.5 million cap charge to the Coyotes before the draft. But it’s not easy to dismiss walking away from an additional $20 million or so, either.

“I think you have to give credit to Kevin on this one,” Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said. “He wanted to come here and that (longer) term deal was there for him somewhere else, but he’s a player who really wants to be here and left money on the table, that sent a pretty strong message to us.”

The Penguins have been involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Extremely Cheap Jerseys for five weeks; they’ve already had four players miss games with apparent or reported concussions, and there could be a fifth, depending on how forward Scott Wilson feels after getting a forearm/elbow in the head near the conclusion of Sunday’s 7-0 victory over Ottawa.

At the conclusion of the fifth game in the Pittsburgh-Ottawa series, which put the Penguins within a victory of their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance, Ottawa nobody Tommy Wingels spun his body toward Wilson, who was executing a meaningless clearance of the puck. Wingels elevated his right arm and jammed it directly into Wilson’s face.

Gaudreau scored the first goal of his NHL career in the Game 1 loss. The Predators fell into an 0-2 hole when Malkin, the playoffs’ points leader, and the Penguins unloaded with nine goals in two games seemingly by exploiting the lack of center depth on the other end.

But Gaudreau netted the game winner Saturday and broke a 1-1 tie in Game 4 Find Cheap Jerseys with a wraparound that came so close to not going in that play continued for another 35 seconds until officials whistled for a review. The puck barely snuck inside the goal line, bouncing off a lunging Matt Murray’s blocker pad and back out in a split second.

Raptors quietly developed their own ‘Big 3’ and now the East should be worried

The Raptors have quietly developed a big three of their own, and they were all on full display during Thursday’s 101-93 win against the Jazz.

Kyle Lowry led the way with a game-high 33 points. The All-Star point guard hit 10 of 17 shot attempts while also grabbing six rebounds with five assists and three steals. After a slow start to the season, he has established himself as one of the best floor generals in the league.

DeMar DeRozan has cooled off a bit from the scintillating start to his 2016-17 campaign, but he still scored 23 points with seven rebounds.

Unfortunately, it took him 26 shots to reach that mark.

We have to assume voting as an NBA player would be a simple process, but many didn’t want to participate. ESPN’s Chris Haynes said, “A decent amount [of players] did not submit a ballot,” although he didn’t clarify the number.

However, the NBA claims 324 sent in a ballot, which would represent about 70 percent of the league.

As we mentioned earlier, the fan voting had an impact on Isaiah Thomas not making it in, but overall, the fan vote was hindered. Under the old system, Zaza Pachulia would have not only been an All-Star, but would have been named a starter. Funny enough, 19 players voted for Pachulia, joining in on the fun.

Joel Embiid also would have started as he had a lot of success in the fan NFL 21 Cheap Jerseys vote. But the players NHL Cheap Jerseys and media didn’t feel the same way, and therefore he will not be named an All-Star.

Kevin Garnett reunites with Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce as Clippers consultant

The one-time Boston NBA championship trio of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are getting the band back together — kind of.

Garnett is joining his former Celtics buddies, including Brandon Bass, in sunny Los Angeles as a consultant for the Clippers, the team announced Tuesday. While the 15-time All-Star and former MVP won’t be on the bench for games or travel with the Clippers, Garnett will help the Clippers’ big men during practices in Playa Vista.

“He’s hired in here as a consultant, so I’m sure he’ll be in and out when it presents itself for him to work with our guys,” Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson said, via NBA.com. “I think when he’s here, it’s important for our bigs to take advantage of him being out here on the floor, because he brings so much to the table and has so much to offer for the game of basketball.”

Garnett, who helped the Clippers at training camp earlier this season, didn’t waste Really Cheap Jerseys any time getting work (and trash talk) in with center DeAndre Jordan.

Thomas scored a game-high 38 points while knocking down six 3-pointers in the Celtics’ 117-108 win over the Pelicans on Saturday. After playing in his first All-Star Game last year, Thomas Online Cheap Jerseys is proving last season wasn’t a fluke. He is one of the game’s best players.

On the other side, Anthony Davis, unwilling to be brought down by the losing ways of his team, again put up striking numbers for the Pelicans. The power forward finished with 36 points and 15 rebounds. It is the eighth time this season he has scored at least 35 points while also hauling in 15 rebounds. The rest of the NBA has six such games combined.

Boston has won 10 of its last 12 games, proving it likely will be the Cavaliers’ most dangerous threat in the Eastern Conference once the postseason rolls around.

Chris Paul kicks chair, leaves court in anger after spraining thumb

Clippers fans experienced a bad case of deja vu after watching Chris Paul leave the court Monday night.

Paul injured his left thumb while trying to navigate a screen set for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Paul jammed the finger after Westbrook suddenly stopped on a 3-point attempt.

2016-17: Griffin is out while he recovers from knee surgery. Now Paul will join him on the bench.

2015-16: Griffin (quad) and Paul (hand) missed Games 5 and 6 against the Trail Blazers in last year’s playoffs, both Clippers losses. Griffin also missed 47 games in the regular season with the quad injury.

2014-15: Paul missed the first two games of LA’s second-round series against Houston after injuring a hamstring in Game 7 of the first round against the Spurs. Griffin missed 15 regular-season games with a staph infection in his elbow.

Paul’s latest injury occurred when he collided with Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. He kicked a chair in frustration after being removed from the game. Now the rest of the franchise is feeling the frustration of having to go forward without its All-Star point guard.

Barring a trade, LA’s primary fill-ins for Paul will be Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton. Even if Paul is out just six weeks, that would be a late February/early March return. LA has 16 Soccer Cheap Jerseys games between now and Feb. 28. That’s a lot of time to lose ground in a tight race for a top-four spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

Once more, the Clippers are playing short-handed. There’s still a good chance Paul and Griffin will be on the court together for the postseason. History shows they might Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys not make it all the way through.