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The Ravens are close to improving their secondary yet again.After introducing Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas earlier Friday [url=http://www.ravensjerseyproshop.com/brandon-carr-jersey/]Brandon Carr Jersey 2019[/url] , the Ravens are nearing completion of a deal with cornerback Justin Bethel, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.Bethel will join Thomas, strong safety Tony Jefferson and cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr and Tavon Young. The Ravens, of course, will face Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham, JuJu Smith-Schuster and A.J. Green twice next season.Bethel, 28, spent last season with the Falcons after six seasons in Arizona. He played 14 games last season, seeing no action on defense, but 259 snaps on special teams.In his career, Bethel has 151 tackles [url=http://www.ravensjerseyproshop.com/daylon-mack-jersey/]Daylon Mack Baltimore Ravens Jersey[/url] , 19 pass breakups, four sacks and four interceptions. He has led his teams in special teams tackles for six consecutive seasons and made three Pro Bowls as a special teamer. Despite his struggles, Harbaugh made the right choice by keeping Lamar Jackson in the game on Sunday."WhitePodcast Film Review 2019 NFL Draft Fanposts Fanshots Ravens StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Ravens ReportYahoo Ravens Depth ChartYahoo Ravens TransactionsYahoo Ravens PhotosAbout Odds Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昈pinion: In sticking with Lamar Jackson, Harbaugh made the right decision New,57commentsDespite his struggles, Harbaugh made the right choice by keeping Lamar Jackson in the game on Sunday. ESTShareTweetShareShareOpinion: In sticking with Lamar Jackson, Harbaugh made the right decision Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsLeading up to Sunday’s wild card matchup against the Chargers, much anticipation surrounded Lamar Jackson’s first-career playoff game. Jackson entered the game as the youngest quarterback ever to start a postseason contest, and he evidently looked the part. Jackson was rattled early and often by the Chargers defense. He fumbled on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter, and while neither resulted in a turnover, they were careless mistakes that prevented Baltimore from gaining any momentum. After connecting with Willie Snead IV for a first-down conversion on the Ravens opening drive, Jackson completed just two more passes over the next two quarters. He began the fourth quarter having completed three of nine passes for 25 yards. For most of Sunday afternoon, Jackson was not good. If you look past his fourth quarter showing, it was a nightmarish debut. After the game [url=http://www.ravensjerseyproshop.com/daylon-mack-jersey/]Cheap Daylon Mack Jersey[/url] , he took responsibility for his poor performance and owned up to it. “We just played like we didn’t want to be here,” Jackson said. “I did, not my team. I feel like I played poorly.” Jackson fumbled three times and tossed an interception that, while dropped by Chris Moore, was thrown slightly off-target. Amidst his struggles, fans on social media began pleading for Joe Flacco to enter the game. Chants of “We want Joe!” and loud boos could be heard throughout the stadium. While Harbaugh admittedly considered making a change at quarterback, he ultimately ended up keeping Jackson in the game, echoing that he gave the Ravens the best chance to win. Not only is he correct, but inserting Flacco into the game could easily have had adverse effects. Flacco had not played since Week 9 of the regular season after suffering a hip injury. Expecting him to enter a playoff contest mid-game and immediately spark a comeback against a top-flight defense is simply not realistic. While Flacco is a proven playoff performer, there’s no telling he would be able to replicate past performances against a top-flight Chargers defense. Flacco was frankly not very effective for much of this season and if he entered in the second half on Sunday, there likely would be some rust after a two-month absence.More importantly, Jackson was not the only reason for Baltimore’s struggles. The entire offense was subpar; the running game was ineffective, the receivers struggled with drops and separation, and the offensive line was manhandled. For much of the game [url=http://www.ravensjerseyproshop.com/joe-flacco-jersey/]White Joe Flacco Jersey[/url] , he was running for his life from Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and other Chargers defenders. Jackson was sacked seven times, five of which came before the fourth quarter. Even more notable, however, was the poor offensive play-calling. After playing Baltimore just a few weeks ago, the Chargers were prepared for whatever the Ravens attempted to throw at them. Marty Mornhinwhig failed to make adjustments throughout the game. Would Flacco, whose 33 years old and coming off a hip injury, have had any more success than Jackson in evading the Chargers pass rush? Would he have made the offensive line block better and the receivers create separation? Could he have overcome poor play-calling? The answers to all these questions, simply put, is no. With Jackson at the helm, the Ravens led the league in rushing by a wide margin, won six of seven games, and captured their first division title since 2012. While they could have afforded to deviate slightly from their gameplan on Sunday [url=http://www.ravensjerseyproshop.com/joe-flacco-jersey/]Joe Flacco Jersey 2019[/url] , the Ravens had developed an identity and winning formula. In all likelihood, the Ravens aren’t even in the position they were yesterday without Lamar Jackson’s ascendance this season. With Flacco at the helm, Baltimore was 4-5 and riding a three-game losing streak heading into the bye week. For all his imperfections as a pure quarterback, Jackson earned the right to remain in the game. In order for him to improve going forward, it's important that he gain experience in playoff situations and learn to play through his mistakes. Pulling him from the game could have had a damaging effect to his confidence. In the fourth quarter, he threw for 156 yards and two touchdowns, nearly willing the Ravens to a come-from-behind victory. Although it came against softer, prevent defense from the Chargers, Jackson bounced back from a poor start and demonstrated both composure and mental toughness. “I don’t think Joe would have played any better in the two-minute,” said Harbaugh. “Lamar is our quarterback of the future, there’s no question about that.”
It’s silly season [url=http://www.falconsjerseyproshop.com/devonta-freeman-jersey/]Black Devonta Freeman Jersey[/url] , but we can’t totally discount the possibility of the Falcons snagging the Houston DT just yet."The Falcons have bulked up at defensive tackle to the extent that they arguably have no immediate need at the position. Grady Jarrett is one of the best young DTs in the NFL and the team has run-stopping and pass rushing options between the likes of Tyeler Davison, Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat and Ra’Shede Hageman, and their rotation is already better on paper than it was a year ago. That said, they’d blow up some of that depth in a heartbeat to add Ed Oliver, and it appears we can’t dismiss that possibility just yet.Tony Pauline at Draft Analyst has the same kind of spotty track record everyone does making predictions this time of year, but he’s nailed a handful of Falcons predictions over the years, including the move up for Takk McKinley in 2017. Last Thursday, he specifically linked Atlanta to a move up for Ed Oliver, a draft rumor that has never entirely gone away. Assuming the interest is genuine--and Pauline himself suggests it's far from a lock to happen--the question is what it would take to get there. The Jets have been linked to Oliver in recent days, but the Jets also seem desperate to move down and may be trying to gin up interest. The Raiders at ,4# Buccaneers at #5, Jaguars at #7, and Bills at #8 are all threats to take Oliver, too, and the Falcons would have to probably at least get to #8 to get him. They might have to go as high as ,1# which would be a costly sort of move to make, and I still think they'd be hesitant to do anything that will cost them picks next year.I wouldn’t argue against Oliver being worth the cost, because if he lives up to his billing as Aaron Donald Lite this team will have one of the most lethal defensive tackle duos in the NFL in a league where great interior offensive linemen are increasingly hard to come by. The Falcons have taken pains to take care of short-term needs in case they do make a move up, but it’ll ultimately depend on the cost to get this thing done if Oliver is the guy that Thomas Dimitroff declared he knew the team wanted last week.Stay tuned, and we’ll see if this is more than just the smoke we’re accustomed to seeing this time of year. Week Nine of the 2018 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a 49ers win and it continues with 11 more games on Sunday, which means that the 22 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don鈥檛 appear below should be considered healthy enough to play barring any announcements on Saturday. The teams playing on Monday night won鈥檛 release their injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.Bears at BillsBears聽LB Khalil Mack (ankle) and WR Allen Robinson (groin) are questionable for the third straight week. They missed last week after playing in Week Seven.聽DT Bilal Nichols (knee) is also listed as questionable while TE Ben Braunecker (concussion) and G Kyle Long (foot) have been ruled out.QB Josh Allen (elbow) is out again, but did return to practice on Friday. The Bills are keeping the door open for聽QB Derek Anderson and LB Tremaine Edmunds to clear the concussion protocol after listing them as questionable. Nathan Peterman is set to start if Anderson is out. DE Trent Murphy (knee) has also been ruled out.Buccaneers at PanthersThe Buccaneers will play their NFC South rivals without聽RB Ronald Jones (hamstring), G Evan Smith (hip) and CB M.J. Stewart (foot).聽DE Vinny Curry (ankle) and DT Gerald McCoy (calf,聽not injury related) are listed as questionable.WR Torrey Smith (knee) is out and no one else on the Panthers got an injury designation.Chiefs at BrownsThe Chiefs ruled out聽C Mitch Morse (concussion) and LB Frank Zombo (hamstring). S Eric Berry (heel) is listed as doubtful for the ninth week in a row and has yet to play in a game. Linebackers聽Anthony Hitchens (rib) and Justin Houston (hamstring) are listed as questionable.LB Joe Schobert (hamstring) won’t play in Gregg Williams’ debut as Browns head coach.聽WR Antonio Callaway (ankle), T Desmond Harrison (illness), WR Rashard Higgins (knee), S Damarious Randall (groin), WR Da'Mari Scott (shoulder), CB Tavierre Thomas (abdomen) and C J.C. Tretter (ankle) make up the questionable group in Cleveland.Falcons at WashingtonThe Falcons have just two players with injury designations. CB Robert Alford (ankle) and K Matt Bryant (hamstring) are both out this weekend.Washington will play without three key offensive players after ruling out聽WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) [url=http://www.falconsjerseyproshop.com/matt-ryan-jersey/]Black Matt Ryan Jersey[/url] , RB Chris Thompson (rib) and T Trent Williams (thumb,聽shoulder).聽LB Ryan Anderson (knee), RB Kapri Bibbs (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (neck,聽hip) and WR Paul Richardson (shoulder,聽knee) were all listed as questionable.Jets at DolphinsWide receivers Robby Anderson (ankle) and Quincy Enunwa (ankle) could return to action for the Jets after getting questionable tags.聽LB Frankie Luvu (neck), DT Steve McLendon (ankle) and WR Andre Roberts (back) are also listed as questionable while TE Neal Sterling (concussion) has been ruled out. CB Trumaine Johnson (quadricep) and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot) will likely sit after being listed a doubtful.DE Charles Harris (calf) and QB Ryan Tannehill (right shoulder) are out for the Dolphins.聽TE A.J. Derby (foot), CB Xavien Howard (ankle) and WR Kenny Stills (groin) will be Sunday calls as the owners of questionable tags.Lions at VikingsDE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) hasn’t played since the opener and is listed as questionable once again for the Lions. G T.J. Lang (hip) and CB Darius Slay (knee) are also in that category while聽LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (toe,聽neck) is considered doubtful.Word on Friday is that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is on track to play. 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Cornerbacks Artie Burns (ankle) and Coty Sensabaugh (toe) are listed as questionable.The Ravens will be down both starting offensive tackles after ruling out James Hurst (back) and Ronnie Stanley (ankle).聽LB Tim Williams (ankle) has also been ruled out and the questionable group is made up of聽G Bradley Bozeman (calf), RB Alex Collins (foot), CB Marlon Humphrey (thigh), S Tony Jefferson (hamstring) [url=http://www.falconsjerseyproshop.com/matt-ryan-jersey/]Matt Ryan Jersey 2019[/url] , WR Jordan Lasley (hamstring) [url=http://www.falconsjerseyproshop.com/matt-ryan-jersey/]Matt Ryan Jersey 2019[/url] , G Alex Lewis (neck) and LB C.J. 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Unfortunately for them,聽DE Marcus Davenport (toe) has been ruled out.Packers at PatriotsWR Geronimo Allison (hamstring,聽groin) played last week, but he’s doubtful for the Packers after adding a groin injury to his hamstring issue.聽WR Randall Cobb (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (ankle) and S Jermaine Whitehead (back) are listed as questionable.Thirteen members of the Patriots are listed as questionable.聽T Trent Brown (ankle), T Marcus Cannon (concussion), LS Joe Cardona (shoulder) [url=http://www.falconsjerseyproshop.com/vic-beasley-jr-jersey/]Black Vic Beasley Jr Jersey[/url] , WR Julian Edelman (ankle), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), LB Nicholas Grigsby (illness), DE Geneo Grissom (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle,聽back), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), RB Sony Michel (knee), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (neck) and DE John Simon (shoulder) make up that group. In more definitive news, G Shaq Mason (calf) and C Brian Schwenke (foot) have been ruled out.
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During the middle of the season [url=https://www.thecardinalslockerroom.com/authentic-kyler-murray-jersey]Womens Kyler Murray Jersey[/url] , rookie QB Josh Rosen alluded to the “ghost”...and said it was still “swirling around the building.”Well, what happens with BA this off-season could have a significant impact on the Cardinals’ new coaching staff.Word is circling around NFL media sites that Tampa Bay Bucs’ GM Jason Licht wants to interview Arians for their vacant head coaching job.BA, who previously said he only wanted to interview with the Cleveland Browns, has already indicated that because he knows Jason Licht, he will listen. In fact, the more BA thinks about coaching in Tampa, it’s a short ride to his dream home in Georgia, which would likely thrill his wife, Christine.If Licht tabs BA—-one would expect BA to hire Freddie Kitchens or Byron Leftwich as his OC—-and hire Todd Bowles, of course [url=https://www.thecardinalslockerroom.com/authentic-byron-murphy-jersey]Byron Murphy Jersey[/url] , as his DC.The one way for the Cardinals to interrupt that potential inevitability would be to hire Kitchens or Bowles as head coach.If Kitchens is the guy—-then, the question becomes who his DC would be. If Gregg Williams doesn’t get a head coaching offer, he will be in high demand. If Kitchens cannot lure Williams, then perhaps he could tab Vance Joseph or Teryl Austin (Bengals’ DC).If Bowles is the guy—-then, he most likely would want to bring OC Jeremy Bates and RBC Stump Mitchell with him. Bates is a West Coast offensive QB/OC guru whom many praised this year for the job he did with rookie Sam Darnold. Imagine that—-in one year going from Darnold to Rosen?If reports are true that Steve Keim is being retained as GM, then Kitchens and Bowles would likely be high on his list, due to his familiarity with them and their mutual affinity for BA.Keim would like that comfort zone.The question is—-would Michael Bidwill?What are your thoughts?Would you welcome past members of BA’s coaching tree such as Kitchens and/or Bowles?Or—-would you prefer a fresh start in a different direction, like with Adam Gase, Matt LaFleur, Pete Carmichael [url=http://www.cardinalsjerseysproshop.com/d-j-swearinger-jersey/]Black D.J. Swearinger Jersey[/url] , Dirk Koetter or Zac Taylor?Or—-would you want a highly innovative college coach like Dabo Swinney (Clemson—-long shot, but hey, if he wins a 2nd NCAA Championship? Who knows?), Chris Peterson (Washington) or Matt Campbell (Iowa St.). It is the time of year where options abound for the Arizona Cardinals.While the search for a new head coach goes on, there is no question, they have the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft and will be able to dictate how it unfolds.This is now more evident than ever with the fact that Dwayne Haskins has declared for the draft and looks to be the unquestioned top quarterback available.That has begged the question, would you listen to offers for the first overall pick?Obviously, you always listen, but some on the internet are already making fake trade proposals.Good friend of the program Zach Goodall of Locked on Jaguars wrote an article asking just that question.Here is his proposal to the Cardinals:Using the new(ish) trade value chart: Cardinals (1st Pick) 3000Jaguars (1st pick #7 overall) 1500, Jaguars (2nd pick #38) 580 points [url=http://www.cardinalsjerseysproshop.com/budda-baker-jersey/]Black Budda Baker Jersey[/url] , Jaguars (3rd pick via LA Rams #93) 128 points, 2020 First = 3000 to 590So, if the Cardinals were to make this deal, they would be short about 800 points, but could make that up in 2019 with the Jaguars first pick.If the Jags pick 21 or higher (lower? I never know how to articulate that) meaning if the Jags miss the playoffs next year, the Cardinals will have a net positive return.If you change the compensation and add the Jags third this year, that doesn’t change things too much, as the Jags pick is only worth 245 points, or 117 more points, the equivalent to the 96th pick.There are going to be plenty of scenarios that we see [url=http://www.cardinalsjerseysproshop.com/budda-baker-jersey/]Budda Baker Jersey 2019[/url] , but for me, I don't want to see Arizona move past four, if the target for the number one is Dwayne Haskins.My personal belief, and I am not through too many prospects at this point, is that there are three prospects that you can hang your hat on:Nick Bosa, DE Ohio StateQuinnen Williams, DT AlabamaEd Oliver, DT HoustonSo, if you trade too low, you are missing one of those high end players.If your thought is that even going to seven you get one of the best players in the draft: Bosa [url=http://www.cardinalsjerseysproshop.com/robert-nkemdiche-jersey/]Black Robert Nkemdiche Jersey[/url] , Q Williams, Oliver, then CB Greedy Williams or Byron Murphy, DT Jeff Simmons, OT Jonah Williams, LB Devin White, Edge Josh Allen, then feel convicted, but I think Bosa is the best player.What would you think of this trade option?
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Arizona (3-11) has dropped two straight and five of six under first-year coach Steve Wilks.“I want to start out by saying I take full responsibility for what you saw out there tonight,” Wilks said. “It was unacceptable, not even close.”Julio Jones caught six passes for 82 yards, all in the first half. His 22-yard score in the closing seconds before intermission put the Falcons up 26-7. Jones beat Patrick Peterson’s bump-and-run coverage down the left sideline, turning the cornerback around and twisting around him to make a diving catch.Ryan ran for a 1-yard score early the second quarter and finished with 231 yards passing in his 100th career victory. Matt Bryant added two short field goals [url=http://www.thefalconsclub.com/justin-bethel-jersey/]Youth Justin Bethel Jersey[/url] , and Tevin Coleman had a 43-yard TD run in the third quarter as Atlanta won for the first time since Week 9 at Washington.Grady Jarrett had two sacks for Atlanta, and Arizona’s run defenses allowed 215 yards to the NFL’s worst rushing attack.Playing behind a makeshift offense line that has lost six players to injured reserve, Arizona’s Josh Rosen was under duress all afternoon and finished with a 38.4 passer rating.The rookie quarterback got the Cardinals off to a fast start with running back David Johnson catching two long passes to set up a short TD run that made it 7-0, but Arizona was essentially done after Deion Jones scored a touchdown for the third time in eight career interceptions.In his fourth game back after spending most of the season sidelined by a foot injury, Jones forced a 7-all tie in the first quarter, snagging Vic Beasley’s batted ball from the air in the flats and running 41 yards for Atlanta’s second defensive TD of the season.QUESTIONS IN THE DESERTIt feels like a couple of months have passed since Arizona enjoyed a season highlight under Wilks, a 20-17 win at Green Bay two weeks ago.The Cardinals were flat last week at home against Detroit and gave themselves almost no chance at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Even with so many injuries, the performance was so uninspiring that Wilks might be wondering if he will return for a second season.Arizona showed why it began the day with the league’s worst scoring offense, worst passing attack and second-worst ground game.“Obviously on the road, you can’t spot people points and turn the football over like we did today,” star receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “It was just an avalanche after the start.”KEY INJURIESJulio Jones injured his ribs on the TD catch and only played a few snaps in the third with the outcome all but assured. Jones missed practice one day this week with flu-like symptoms.Cardinals cornerback David Amerson and left tackle Joe Barksdale each left with concussion symptoms and didn’t return. Amerson collided with Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu in the first. It wasn’t clear when Barksdale was hurt.Injured Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman likely won’t return this season, but he was on the sideline cheering on his teammates. 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Despite the very real odds against him and having to mostly share time with a revolving door of lousy quarterbacks, Berry did solid work and is one of only a handful of quarterbacks to achieve even moderate success for the Falcons. He’s been justifiably overshadowed by Bartkowski, Vick, Ryan and even Chris Chandler and Chris Miller, but he’s worth remembering. I wasn’t around to watch Berry play, but I’m hoping that those of you who were will share your favorite memories and long-lost clips of him with the rest of us.
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Quarterback Matthew Stafford turned 30 earlier this year, and although the Lions traded Tate — a potential free agent at season’s end — for a draft pick, this franchise doesn’t seem as if it’s in a rebuilding mode.That means the rest of this season is significant. Whether they make the playoffs or not [url=http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-a_shawn-robinson-jersey]Womens A'Shawn Robinson Jersey[/url] , the Lions need to show some progress — some reason for fans to trust that this roster and this coach are better than what the team has shown so far.“I believe in this team and we’re going to work real hard every single day,” Patricia said. “I think the guys in that room, I have a great understanding of what they are and what we’re going to do as a team. We’re not hitting the panic button or anything like that right now. 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And even though he’s in the current sack lead, he’s not rooting against his peers.“I know how hard it is to get a sack,” Hunter said. “I want guys to get as many as they can.”Hunter has gotten enough to be only 11 behind the single-season record, with seven games left to catch Michael Strahan’s single-season record from 2001.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Deshaun Watson made one big play after another to rally the Houston Texans back from a 13-point deficit to take the lead only to watch the defense let it slip away.The Texans missed an opportunity to clinch the AFC South and lost control of the No. 2 seed when Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Philadelphia Eagles a 32-30 victory on Sunday.Houston would secure the division title with a victory against Jacksonville next week. They need the Patriots to lose or tie to get a first-round bye. But they own at least a wild-card spot because Pittsburgh lost to New Orleans later Sunday.“We just have to go out there and win next week [url=http://www.thetexanslockerroom.com/authentic-jordan-akins-jersey]Jordan Akins Jersey White[/url] ,” J.J. 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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans wanted to honor their late owner and founder Robert “Bob” McNair, who died last week at age 81.They knew the perfect way to do that Monday night was to keep their winning streak going.Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight victory, 34-17 over the Tennessee Titans.“The one thing Mr. McNair wanted was a winner [url=http://www.thetexanslockerroom.com/authentic-whitney-mercilus-jersey]Whitney Mercilus Jersey[/url] ,” J.J. Watt said. “All he wanted was a winner. He wanted to win every week. He wanted a team that could win and bring a championship to this city. 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He’s the only player in league history with two career rushing touchdowns of 95 yards or longer.The Titans went ahead 3-0 on their first possession, and Jonnu Smith had a career-long 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown that extended their lead less than halfway through the first quarter.Houston got going after that, cutting the lead to 10-7 when Thomas grabbed his first touchdown since being traded from Denver on Oct. 30, a 12-yard grab with about six minutes left in the quarter.Watson put the Texans on top when he scrambled 15 yards for a score on the first play of the second quarter.The Titans went for it on fourth-and-inches from the 3 later in the second, but tight end Luke Stocker was stopped for no gain.“If you look at their goal-line defense and having a lot of good knowledge of what they do on the goal line, that’s one play that had worked,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said. “It didn’t work tonight and that’s not the reason that we lost. 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His 70 yards rushing on Monday were a career best and he tied Matt Schaub’s franchise record by throwing a TD pass in his 16th straight game.INJURIESTitans cornerback Malcolm Butler left in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return. … Houston WR Keke Coutee didn’t return after injuring his hamstring in the third quarter.UP NEXTTitans: Host the New York Jets on Sunday.Texans: Host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
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Bengals’ vice presidents Katie and Troy Blackburn and director of player personnel Duke Tobin also reached out to their former star offensive lineman.“Very excited about that. It’s just cool to hear from them and for them to be happy for me,” Whitworth said. “Obviously what they’ve meant to us over the course of my career.”There is no question that the team likely regrets the way it let Whitworth go in favor of anointing Cedric Ogbuehi as the starting left tackle. It is very likely that Ogbuehi won’t be with the team next season after Cincinnati opted to sign Andre Smith off the streets to play rather than risk having to play their former-first round pick.Of course, Ogbuehi isn’t the only Bengals who Whitworth is very familiar with who won’t be with the Bengals next year. The team let Lewis go this offseason, and Whitworth was able to share his thoughts on that move as well.“You see it happen every year. Stuff like that happens. 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Reilly Smith, Cody Eakin and Ryan Carpenter also scored to help Vegas win its third straight and extend its points streak to six games.The Golden Knights have won five of six games against Arizona since Vegas entered the NHL last season.“We played hard [url=http://www.officialsenators.com/authentic-adidas-jean-gabriel-pageau-jersey]Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jersey[/url] , we played quick. 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Left wing Markus Hannikaimen (upper body) and center Brandon Dubinsky (lower body) left with injuries.Vasilevskiy turned aside 17 shots, including three good scoring chances by Artemi Panarin, during the second en route to his second shutout this season and 14th overall. The Vezina Trophy finalist last season was named before the game to replace Montreal’s Carey Price in the All-Star Game.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, RANGERS 2LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves and Vegas beat New York for its seventh straight victory.Fleury, who leads the NHL with 25 wins and 39 starts this season, has 429 career victories and is eight shy of tying Jacques Plante for eighth place.Cody Eakin, Brandon Pirri, Jonathan Marchessault and Ryan Carpenter scored for the Golden Knights, who once again moved into a first-place tie with Calgary in the Western Conference. 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The Sharks are 11-2-2 over their last 15 games.Karlsson has at least one assist in 14 consecutive appearances. He has 25 points (one goal, 24 assists) in that span.San Jose coach Peter DeBoer missed the game because he was ill.Alex Chiasson and Milan Lucic scored for the Oilers, who have lost eight of 10 after a 5-0-1 surge.CAPITALS 5, FLYERS 3WASHINGTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana scored twice to set a career high in goals and added an assist to help Washington hand Philadelphia its eighth consecutive loss.Vrana showed off his speed on his first goal and ended the defending Stanley Cup champions’ 0-for-12 power-play drought with his second. He reached a career-best 14 goals in Washington’s 42nd game.The 22-year-old winger assisted on Tom Wilson’s goal early in the first period as the Capitals scored on their first shot against journeyman goaltender Mike McKenna. When McKenna got the start, the Flyers tied an NHL record by using their seventh goalie of the season, a feat accomplished just three previous times.McKenna allowed four goals on 25 shots, becoming the seventh Philadelphia goalie to register a loss through 43 games. The Flyers have lost 13 of their past 16 and are second-last in the NHL with 36 points.T.J. Oshie also scored twice — including an empty-netter with 2.1 seconds left — for the Capitals, who won their second in a row to bounce back from a three-game skid. 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(AP) — Justin Williams scored late in the third period and Carolina snapped New York’s six-game winning streak.Williams scored his 10th goal of the season 15 seconds after leaving the penalty box to make it 3-2 with 17:18 left. The 37-year-old flipped a backhand past goaltender Thomas Greiss with an assist from Greg McKegg. It was his 299th career goal.Jaccob Slavin made it 4-2 with a power-play goal at 18:53 before Brock Nelson scored his second of the game for the Islanders at 19:01.The Hurricanes held on to win their fifth straight. 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LAS VEGAS (AP) — In four games back after missing 30 with an injury, Paul Stastny has made his presence known for the Vegas Golden Knights.William Karlsson and Stastny scored 1:03 apart in the third period, and Marc-Andre Fleury got his 424th career win as Vegas rallied for a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.It marked the Golden Knights’ sixth straight win at home.Just over a minute after Karlsson skated down the left wing and fired one over Thomas Greiss‘ shoulder for his team-leading 14th goal at 6:22 to tie the score at 2-all, Reilly Smith — moved down from the top line to the second midway through the second period — fed Stastny, who put it in the open net with his second goal of the season to put Vegas ahead 3-2.“He’s easy to play with, he holds on to the puck, buys you that extra second to get open [url=http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-phil-kessel-jersey]Phil Kessel Jersey[/url] ,” said Stastny, who has two goals and an assist in the last three games. “When you play with good players it doesn’t matter. 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He also broke a tie with Tony Esposito to take sole possession of ninth place on the career list, moving 13 victories behind Jacques Plante (437).“The second period we knew they were going to have a push,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “I would say we weren’t as committed as we were in the first, and their commitment level got raised and they got a lot of momentum.”Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson each scored for New York, while Greiss stopped 43 shots.Smith, who leads the team with 18 assists, said he was fine with coach Gerard Gallant’s line move, especially since he’s played with Pirri since their childhood days in Toronto, and skated with Stastny during training camp.“Two easy guys to play with,” Smith said. “Stas is a smart player and he’ll find openings and make a lot of nifty plays out there. I’ve been playing with Pirri since I was 8 years old, so there’s a lot of chemistry between us two. 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Pirri, who was called up from Chicago of the AHL on Wednesday, cleaned up a rebound in the crease with backhand over Greiss’ pads at 8:48. In three career games with the Golden Knights, Pirri has four goals.“I got to witness some playoff games last year and this building is pretty electric,” Pirri said. “So when you get this opportunity you want to make the most of it. After I scored it was pretty loud, so it was pretty fun.”Schmidt’s empty-net goal with 15 seconds left provided the final margin.The Golden Knights had a goal negated when Trotz challenged that Alex Tuch skated offsides prior to New York’s Ryan Pulock sliding into Greiss and the net while bringing the puck with him.Barzal gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead with 1:30 left in the first period, and Nelson doubled it just 1:08 later.NOTES: Vegas D Colin Miller (undisclosed injury) was out for the first time since the Golden Knights joined the league last season. Karlsson is the only player to appear in all of the second-year franchise’s games. … Of Pirri’s 61 career goals, 19 of them have come on the power play. … Luca Sbisa, who played 30 games with Vegas last season, returned to T-Mobile Arena for the first time as an Islander.UP NEXTIslanders: At Dallas on Sunday.Golden Knights: Host Montreal on Saturday.
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Florida has backup James Reimer signed long term as an option already, and Los Angeles traded for former top prospect Jack Campbell and brought back veteran Peter Budaj as depth.“We’ve experienced it here two years in a row,” Kings GM Rob Blake said. “We lost Quickie for four or five months and Jeff Carter the same last year. (Coach John Stevens‘) message is the same: the next guy up [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-nick-jensen-jersey]Nick Jensen Jersey[/url] , someone’s going to come in and fill that spot. Will he be at the level of Jonathan Quick? Will he be at the level of Jeff Carter or (Anze) Kopitar? Probably not. But they are adequate players, and the rest around have to be better, too.”The Penguins for now are counting on young goalies Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry to shoulder the load without Murray. Knowing them from his time in Pittsburgh, Vegas netminder Marc-Andre Fleury said: “They’re both very talented goalies. … I’m sure they’ll be fine.”Often, it’s not about one player filling a void. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen doesn’t expect one defenseman to replace Jones or one center to step right into Dubinsky’s role.“If somebody comes from being the seventh, eighth defenseman to thinking he’s going to play 27 minutes to replace Seth Jones with all his strengths, probably either he shouldn’t be the seventh defenseman or he’s got unrealistic expectations,” Kekalainen said. “Everybody who’s coming into the lineup from outside of the lineup should have their eyes wide open with the opportunity in front of them, but also realizing what their own strengths are and what their role on the team is and how they can be successful.”That’s the case in Philadelphia, where Jordan Weal gets the first crack at filling in for van Riemsdyk after being a healthy scratch the first two games of the season. 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Two teams looking for a major spark will get together Tuesday night when the Anaheim Ducks host the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center.The Ducks have lost five in a row, their longest losing streak in three years, while the Flyers have dropped their past three games by a combined score of 13-2.The game in Anaheim will be the start of a four-game West Coast trip for the Flyers (4-7-0) , their only visit to California and Arizona this season. Team captain Claude Giroux told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the road trip should provide an opportunity for the team to bond away from the ice.Article continues below ...“That’s what we need right now,” Giroux said. “We need to get closer as a team, we need to go out there and play for each other, and this road trip is going to be very important for the season.”The Ducks (5-5-2) opened a four-game homestand Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks and played better than in the previous four games, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the second period with two goals from recent waiver acquisition Pontus Aberg, but they eventually lost 4-3 in overtime.Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle stressed the importance of staying positive during this rut.“There is our fair share of work that needs to be done, but for us it’s about taking the next step [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-adam-larsson-jersey]Womens Adam Larsson Jersey[/url] ,” he said. “Right now, we’re a hockey club that has to try to create an identity, and we did that in the last 30 minutes of (the San Jose) game.”Anaheim has been trying to play with a faster pace, but the process seems to be creating more scoring chances for the opposition than the Ducks.The Sharks outshot Anaheim 19-8 in the first period and 34-17 through two before finishing with a 45-27 edge. The Ducks are allowing a league-high 39.1 shots per game while taking a league-low 24.5.“We have to get to the bottom of that,” Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said.The Ducks have been repeatedly bailed out by goaltenders John Gibson and Ryan Miller. Gibson is sixth in the NHL with a .938 save percentage, and Miller also has a .938 save percentage in three appearances, including two starts. Despite the heavy volume of shots against, they’ve helped limit the team’s goals-against average to 2.75, which is 12th-best in the NHL.The Flyers haven’t received nearly as quality of goaltending, a major reason why they’re allowing a league-high 4.18 goals per game.The Flyers have also struggled on the penalty kill, allowing a league-high 13 power-play goals for a league-worst kill rate of 67.5 percent. 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Detroit took a 3-2 lead at 4:08 when Athanasiou threw a backhander at the net from the right, and the puck went off Rinne’s arm just above his glove.“I saw the rebound just kind of kick out and it was on my backhand, so I just tried to get it on net,” said Athanasiou [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-zach-bogosian-jersey]Zach Bogosian Jersey Womens[/url] , who ended an 11-game goal drought. “It ended up being a backhand clapper. I don’t do it too often, but I’m happy it worked out.”NOTES: Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader passed Bruce MacGregor for 20th in franchise history with 675 games. … Nashville dropped to 1-5-1 when tied after the second period. .. Arvidsson now has 11 goals in his last 11 games and 20 points (17 goals, 3 assists) in the 22 games since returning from a broken thumb Dec. 27. … Johansen extended his point streak to a season-best five games with two goals and six assists. … Subban’s goal was his first on the power play this season. …UP NEXTRed Wings: Host Ottawa on Thursday night.Predators: Host Montreal on Thursday night. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jakob Silfverberg didn’t want to test free agency, even as the Anaheim Ducks struggle through one of their worst seasons.The 28-year old signed a $26.5 million, five-year extension with the Ducks, forgoing the chance to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.“I like it here a lot and wanted to stay [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-scott-wedgewood-jersey]Scott Wedgewood Jersey Womens[/url] ,” Silfverberg said after practice Saturday. “I feel like I am a hard-working guy and to get rewarded with a five-year deal means a lot. I had a feeling once talks started going that it was going to be pretty fast.”Silfverberg leads the Ducks with 16 goals and has 24 points in 56 games. The Swedish forward has 99 goals and 115 assists over six seasons with Anaheim.The Ducks are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Anaheim is next-to-last in the Western Conference with 57 points and has lost four straight going into Sunday’s game against Colorado.Silfverberg said he weighed the Ducks’ rebuilding process before making a final decision.“Over the next five years I think it is going to be a contending team again. They know what it takes,” he said.General manager and interim coach Bob Murray made a lot of moves near the trade deadline to get younger, but he also said it is important to have a veteran like Silfverberg as a building block.“You can’t just go with a bunch of 21- and 22-year-olds,” Murray said. “It’s just like building your minor league team. 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SUNRISE [url=http://www.officialkings.com]www.officialkings.com[/url] , Fla. (AP) Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner didn’t even see the winning goal. Instead, he simply listened for the roar of the crowd.”I haven’t even seen it yet,” Boughner said after the game. ”Superstition. I looked away, I heard the noise. I didn’t see any of our (shootout) goals.”Vincent Trocheck scored the deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night for their franchise-record eighth straight home win.”Yeah, it’s pretty fun knowing that if you score, it’s over, game-winner,” Trocheck said. ”Everybody in here kind of wants the puck on their stick in that situation.”Aleksander Barkov also scored in the tiebreaker for the Panthers, who have points in nine straight games. The Panthers are two points behind Columbus and three behind New Jersey for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with three games in hand on each.Frank Vatrano scored a goal in his Panthers debut, Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-t-shirts]Los Angeles Kings T-Shirts Authentic[/url] , and Jamie McGinn also scored. Trocheck had two assists. Roberto Luongo made 34 saves.”We’ve been winning different ways throughout this stretch here. That’s what good teams do,” Luongo said.Kevin Hayes, Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello scored in regulation for the Rangers, who lost their third straight. Ryan Spooner had a pair of assists. Zuccarello also scored to open the shootout. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots in his 800th career game, becoming the 15th goalie in NHL history to reach the milestone.The Rangers scored twice in the third period.Trailing 3-2, the Rangers tied the score 3-3 as Hayes took a wrist shot from above the right circle that went over Luongo and into the net at 7:25 of the third.Zibanejad tied the score 2-all when he took a drop pass from Jesper Fast and put the puck into the upper corner of the net 17 seconds into the third.”Our guys played hard, made good plays with the puck, came back three times in this game,” coach Alain Vigneault said. ”Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get it done in the shootout.”The Panthers answered less than a minute later when McGinn slid a rebound between Lundqvist’s pads at 1:02 to reclaim the lead at 3-2.”We kept battling,” Lundqvist said. ”We kept coming back in this game and gave ourselves the chance to almost win it. If I can mix in a save in the shootout [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-hoodie]Los Angeles Kings Hoodies Authentic[/url] , maybe we get a win.”The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when Huberdeau found a loose puck in the front of the crease and poked it behind Lundqvist on a power play with 14.8 seconds left in the first.Vatrano, traded to Florida from Boston on Feb. 22 for a third-round pick, redirected a pass from Vincent Trocheck into the net from in front at 8:13 of the second to make it 2-0. Vatrano had been sidelined with a high-ankle sprain since the trade,”It’s awesome. It’s even better that it helped out getting a win,” Vatrano said.The Rangers closed to 2-1 on the goal by Zuccarello. Neal Pionk shot from the point and Zuccarello deflected it into the net with 6:49 left in the second.NOTES: Gold Medalist Emily Pfalzer of Team USA hockey participated in the ceremonial puck drop. Panthers D Mike Matheson, her boyfriend, greeted her at center-ice. … Panthers D Keith Yandle has 20 points in 18 games. … Spooner has two goals and 10 assists in seven games for the Rangers since he was acquired in a trade with Boston on Feb. 25. … Rangers F Chris Kreider returned after missing the final two periods of Thursday night’s 5-3 loss at Tampa Bay after taking a hit to the head near the end of the first period. … Lundqvist is the first goalie born outside North America to reach the 800-game mark. He joined Martin Brodeur (1,266 with New Jersey) and Phil Esposito (873 with Chicago) as the only goalies to hit the milestone with one team.UP NEXTRangers: Host Carolina on Monday night.Panthers: Host Ottawa on Tuesday night. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The longest point streak in the NHL this season will extend through the holiday break.Nikita Kucherov had a goal and four assists, Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson each scored twice and the Tampa Bay Lightning stretched their run to 12 games with a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.“I’m just playing hockey and trying to enjoy the game, trying to make the right play every time and sometimes it doesn’t happen [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-hats]Los Angeles Kings Hats Authentic[/url] , sometimes it happens and today it happened,” Kucherov said.J.T. Miller also scored for the NHL-leading Lightning (28-7-2), who are 11-0-1 in their last 12 games.“I think we played great,” defenseman Victor Hedman said. “Overall, it was a great performance by the guys and you can tell we really wanted to win this game and go into the break on a high note, and we’re feeling good about ourselves.”Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Alex Chiasson and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers (18-15-3), who have dropped three straight. Connor McDavid had three assists.“Rather than relying on the same people every night to do everything, I’m trying to get people connected,” Edmonton coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re going to have to figure out who’s helping and who’s hurting, for us to get to another level.“We can’t keep doing it the same way over and over. It’s not going to work.”Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen lost for the first time on home ice this season [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-customized]Custom Los Angeles Kings Jerseys[/url] , falling to 7-1-0.The Oilers got on the board first midway through the opening period on a give-and-go play from McDavid to Nugent-Hopkins, who sent his 12th goal past Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.McDavid picked up his 200th career assist on the play, becoming the sixth player in NHL history to reach the milestone before his 22nd birthday — joining a club that includes Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux, Dale Hawerchuk and Ron Francis.Tampa Bay tied it on a power play with three minutes left in the first when Stamkos fired a one-timer past Koskinen for his 19th of the season.Koskinen made a huge save on Kucherov’s breakaway early in the second.The Oilers pulled back in front on the power play three minutes into the middle period when Chiasson tipped a point shot by Darnell Nurse.Kucherov got another clear breakaway with seven minutes left in the second and this time made no mistake in scoring his 16th goal.The Lightning went up 3-2 a minute and a half later as Miller redirected a shot from in front of the net.Tampa Bay added to its lead four minutes into the second when Johnson pounced on a big rebound for his 15th.Edmonton got that one back quickly on a power play as McDavid fed the puck to Draisaitl for his 17th of the season, but the Lightning put it away on Stamkos’ second of the game with five minutes left and an empty-netter from Johnson.“We’re going to need a little better out of everyone,” Chiasson said.UP NEXTLightning: Return home to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday after the Christmas break.Oilers: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
Two teams coming off disappointing losses meet Wednesday [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-dion-phaneuf-jersey]Youth Dion Phaneuf Jersey[/url] , and both are trying to figure things out on special teams.The Montreal Canadiens can’t seem to score on the power play and suddenly the Colorado Avalanche are struggling to consistently kill penalties. Something has to give when the teams play at Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday night.Montreal (17-12-5) lost to Boston 4-0 on Monday night in a game right winger Brendan Gallagher called “one of the worst of my career” afterward. The Canadiens had won six of their previous eight games, they were rested but were outshot 35-22 by a Bruins team playing the second of back-to-back games.Article continues below ...Every team has off nights but Montreal has had a season-long struggle of scoring with the man advantage. The Canadiens haven’t had a power-play goal in their last 25 chances and have only scored 14 all season.“It’s just the little things,” Gallagher told Sportsnet after Monday’s loss. “We have to win puck battles. It’s not a strategic problem. It’s just work ethic, compete. We have to find a way to get the puck. We didn’t have enough control of the puck in the zone to put into practice anything that we’ve worked on or talked about. It’s as simple as that. It’s not strategic.”Colorado’s issues might be more strategic than anything. The Avalanche were one of the top penalty-killing teams in the first two months but have struggled lately. They have allowed at least one power-play goal in six of the last seven games, including two to the New York Islanders on Monday.Colorado (18-10-6) has gone 1-3-1 in its last five games and has allowed seven power-play goals in that stretch.“It looks to me like we’re just not as quick as we were earlier,” Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said after Monday’s loss. “We had some problems with clears for a while but that wasn’t a problem tonight. They score on a flank shot. We’re not blocking enough shots; we’re not in the shooting lanes enough. That’s two of the last three that have come from the flank on one-timers. We’re taking too many penalties, too.”Coaches claim the goaltender is the team’s best penalty killer and the Avalanche haven’t gotten that from No. 1 stopper Semyon Varlamov. He has allowed 21 goals in his last five starts and was pulled from two of those games.His goals-against average over the last five games is 5.32, but he won’t get the chance to improve on that Wednesday. Philipp Grubauer will start in net against Montreal.Colorado is also expected to get back forward Alexander Kerfoot after a four-game absence with an upper-body injury.“It looks like he should be good to play,” Bednar told hockeybuzz.com after Tuesday’s practice. “I just have to get confirmation (from the medical staff) that he’s in for sure.”The Canadiens made a roster move ahead of their six-game road trip with the recall of 20-year-old defenseman Victor Mete. Mete played 23 games before being sent to the AHL to build his confidence after some struggles.Montreal sent Noah Juulsen down to make room for Mete. WASHINGTON — After taking a few days off for the holidays, the Washington Capitals will look to keep their early season momentum going Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup.The Capitals have won seven of eight and 14 of their last 17 to take control of the division [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-drew-doughty-jersey]Drew Doughty Jersey[/url] , including a 4-0 victory over Ottawa on Dec. 23, and are winning thanks to contributions from every line. While Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov are the big scoring names, unheralded players such as Lars Eller and Brett Connolly have also stepped up to make Washington’s offense more lethal.“The coaching staff has a lot of faith in every single guy,” Connolly told The Washington Post. “We do have a lot of good depth and that’s definitely worked in our favor.”Article continues below ...Washington has 14 players with at least 10 points and five players with at least 10 goals, a testament to the kind of balance the Capitals are hoping to achieve from the top to bottom lines.“When you get guys down the lineup contributing, old, slow defenseman contributing, I think that’s good for team-building,” defenseman Matt Niskanen told reporters after Sunday’s game.With the Capitals coming off the holiday break, expect starter goaltender Braden Holtby to get the start between the pipes against the Hurricanes. He earned the victory in a wild 6-5 overtime contest when the teams faced off Dec. 14. In his career [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-dustin-brown-jersey]http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-dustin-brown-jersey[/url] , Holtby is 13-6-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .935 save percentage with two shutouts in 19 appearances against Carolina.The Hurricanes were victorious heading into their break, earning a 5-3 triumph over Boston on Sunday to end a brief, two-game skid. As evidenced by its 15-15-5 record, consistency has been an issue for Carolina. The Hurricanes continue to be carried by Sebastian Aho, who leads the team in goals (14) and assists (24), and is coming off a four-point effort in the win over Boston.“When you score, you get more confidence. That’s how it goes,” Aho told the team’s website. “I’m feeling pretty good right now, but it’s not just me.”Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour was pleased with his team’s effort in the comeback win against Boston, and knows that a similar performance is needed if his team is to best the Capitals.“You could see from the start they were engaged [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-jake-muzzin-jersey]Jake Muzzin Jersey[/url] , even when we got down, and it was nice to see,” Brind’Amour told reporters. “The level of engagement, really for 60 minutes, it was there.”The Hurricanes may turn to Petr Mrazek in net for Thursday’s contest after he picked up his sixth win of the season against Boston. Carolina has a way to go before it gets to Washington’s level of sustained excellence, but the Hurricanes are hoping to start with a win over the division leaders.“We can come back now feeling a little better,” forward Teuvo Teravainen said. “It’s still not where we want to be, but it’s getting better.”
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