New York Islanders Look to Defy the Odds Tonight

The New York Islanders are seeking their first conference championship since 1984, but they’ll have to win the next two against the Tampa Bay Lightning in order to do so. Down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals series, Thursday night sees the Islanders facing elimination in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Puck drop is at 8 pm Eastern, and tonight’s conference finals game six betting lines between the Islanders and Tampa Bay are favoring the Lightning. Tampa is +107 while New York is +220. The projection gives the Isles just a 15% of pulling off the upset.

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2020 NHL Mock Draft 9-7-20

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft will go on, in spite of the pandemic! Welcome to our updated NHL mock draft, post lottery edition. The top 15 is set, with the back half as yet to be determined, pending the results of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

As far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business website that does a mock draft for all four major U.S. sports, if this such a thing as four major sports anymore. Here are the links to our latest NBA, MLB and NFL mock drafts. The order for this NHL mock draft, among the picks that are not set as of yet, comes to us via Tankathon.

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Robin Lehner Gets Emotional During Goodbyes to Blackhawks

Robin Lehner made 23 saves in helping lead his Las Vegas Golden Knights to 4-3 win over his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, in game five of the Western Conference quarterfinals last night. The outcome resulted in the Knights clinching the series four games to one, and thus ending the Blackhawks Stanley Cup playoff run.

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Winter Sports: Preparedness Tips for Preventing Accidents

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Before you head out for the slopes, the ice rink, or just for some good old-fashioned snowshoeing, make sure you’re not heading into a self-made trap. Winter accidents tend to happen mainly because people aren’t prepared for the weather conditions, aren’t physically healthy enough to be doing the thing they’re doing, or because they’re ignorant of how to safely engage in some sport or activity.

Also, icy roads and wintry conditions can lead to dicey and hazardous roads. Accidents abound on frozen highways. You might need to call up a personal injury attorney to help make sure you can achieve the best outcome possible of a really bad situation. This is commonplace in wintertime.

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Flashback: Patrick Kane at the University of Wisconsin on Cinco De Mayo

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Flashback to 2012: reposting in honor of Cinco De Mayo

The Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane is at it again. Or more likely, he’s been at it, but this time he’s been shutterbugged and published.  This is courtesy of Terez Owens. We have some fun pics for you. From the Terez Owens “tipster” comes this:

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Gretchen Whitmer Partners with Detroit Sports Teams for COVID19 Call to Action PSA

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The public profile of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has risen so much lately that she’s now in the mix to potentially be the Democratic VP candidate in 2020. One oddsmaker even lists her as the third most favorable candidate to get the nod, behind only Senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar.

Governor Whitmer, or “that woman from Michigan” as the President condescendingly referred to her in one of his painfully awkward and generally awful on every level daily press briefings, is certainly a rising star in the Democratic party right now.

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The popularity of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Nordic countries 

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Ice hockey is one of the most-watched sports in the world. It enjoys a massive reputation in Canada, Russia, the United States, and the Nordic countries. People find it extremely pleasant to watch two opposing teams competing on an ice rink, trying to control the puck and score goals against each other. 

NHL is the most active league worldwide, with superstars like Alex Ovechkin, Sid Crosby and Connor McDavid in its ranks. Some of the strongest athletes are actually from Nordic countries as well, mainly playing in the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thus the following article will discuss the latter’s popularity in Northern European countries.  [Read more…]

Major Sports Leagues Start Establishing their Online Betting Solutions

In 2018, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was invalidated, opening the floodgates and triggering a gambling gold rush in the richest country in the world. For years, sports betting had been frowned upon and limited to casinos in cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But as soon as this act was abolished, new opportunities and new possibilities arose.

PASPA essentially made it impossible for states outside of Nevada to set their own laws regarding sports betting and online/mobile betting. Just 18 months after the act was invalidated, 13 states had legalized these activities and a further 6 had passed bills to push legalization through. As of 2020, it’s looking like at least 30 states will have some form of legal sports betting within the next year or two.

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Jeremy Roenick Says He Wants a Threesome with Kathryn Tappen, Gets Suspended

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NBC Sports Analyst and Chicago Blackhawks club legend Jeremy Roenick has been suspended indefinitely, without pay, for sexual comments made about his co-workers, NHL Analyst and Notre Dame sideline host Kathryn Tappen and Patrick Sharp. Roenick appeared on a Barstool Sports podcast (so obviously he was well aware of what directions the conversations might go), and he ended up making some remarks that have gotten him in major trouble.

Roenick has not officially commented on the suspension, but a NBC spokesperson said the 49-year-old NHL veteran of 20 years has been disciplined “for making inappropriate comments about his co-workers.”

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Jonathan Toews Could Be Breaking Out of Season Opening Slump

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, affectionately known by his fan base as “Captain Serious” or “Tazer,” scored the game winning goal Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Toews was one of the three stars of the game in the Blackhawks 3-2 victory, just their second win this season.

Jonathan Toews became the 16th player in NHL history with 13 career OT goals, and he’s the franchise leader in that statistical category. Among players from the 2006 NHL Draft class, Toews trails only Brad Marchand (15) in that department. 

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Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Chances Better than Expected

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In the words of famous fictional Chicagoan Ferris Bueller, “life moves pretty fast.” In the earlier part of this decade, the Chicago Blackhawks were the toast of the town, finally ending their Stanley Cup drought (1961) by winning it all in 2010.

They then followed it up by repeat performances in 2013 and 2015. In the process, they became “America’s team,” hockey wise. Since 2015 though, they haven’t even advanced past the first round of the playoffs. Two first round exits were followed by two failures to even reach the postseason. As such, not many are high on the Hawks’ hopes this season.

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Early Contenders to Win the NHL Stanley Cup in 2019-20

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By Thomas Clarke

With a little over a month until the beginning of the new NHL season, all hockey fans will be thinking ahead to who could win the Stanley Cup. Whilst last year’s finalists, the Boston Bruins, are amongst the front-runners, there’s real competition from the likes of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Las Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche.

Don’t forget the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, and it all promises to be another fascinating season of top-level ice hockey.

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