NFL fans from all over, we're a few days away from Week 12 action, and there are some teams that are currently hot and we'd like to pose the question:
Is it the New England Patriots? They are currently riding a 6 game winning streak and that includes including back-to-back victories against the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. They are beating teams with a balanced approach, using both their passing and running games. As well, their defense seems to be doing just fine, limiting great quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning to very mediocre numbers, which isn't something that many teams have been able to do. Tom Brady, who started the season very slowly is definitely coming on strong now. He is throwing well, to a wide array of receivers, and Jonas Gray just proved this week, that he is an asset to their running game, scoring 4 touchdowns! This team is definitely running on all cylinders and with Bill Belichick still in control, the New England Patriots have to be an early favorite to win the AFC Championship.
What about the Green Bay Packers? They've also been extremely hot, having won six out of their last seven games, all of which were by at least 20 points. They are currently tied with the aforementioned New Patriots with the highest point differential, outscoring their opponents by 105 points, to this point. Aaron Rodgers is on an absolute tear right now as he is playing at that elite level again. Surprisingly enough, their defense is doing well, they limited the Philadelphia Eagles, run by Chip Kelly, an offensive mastermind, to only 20 points! They're poised to fight for a #1 seed in the playoffs and would love to get that crucial bye week and extra guaranteed home game that they would desperately need.
Lastly, what about the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals (who no one is talking about)? With arguably the best defense of the bunch, and a very hard home team to play against, this team has ripped off 6 straight wins (last loss was October 5 @ Denver). They did however, suffer a setback last week, losing their starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the year to a torn ACL. Backup QB, Drew Stanton stepped in this past week and held his own, beating the Detroit Lions 14-6 and throwing for over 300 years (306 yards). A big test is waiting this weekend, the Cardinals go up against the defending Super Bowl Champ Seattle Seahawks.
So the question remains, what side are you on and who's the hottest team out of these 3?
Let us know your thoughts!
The Best RIVALRY in Hockey (Current and Historical)
Here’s a great question: What is the best rivalry in hockey and why? Can it only be considered the best if the games happened in the postseason? Does there need to be an unbelievable bench clearing brawl? Or, do the games just have to be close and competitive? We are going to list our two favorite rivalries (current and historical).
All you have to do is spend a few minutes watching a recap of the epic 2012 playoff series between these two Keystone State enemies. It will clarify and you will understand how this is one of the most heated rivalries in hockey and all of sports.
These 2 Pennsylvania teams have met in three playoff series since 2008 and the Penguins won and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final after the first two meetings. However, despite those two matchups, the Flyers gained ground in this amazing rivalry in 2012 after one of the most violent playoff series in the history of the game. Here are the top 10 moments in this tense NHL rivalry:
The current record has Philadelphia winning this battle with a 147-93-30 record.
You just can’t deny that this hockey rivalry isn't one of the top 10 sports rivalries of all time. These two teams have been battling on the ice since 1917, and together they have hoisted 35 Stanley Cups. Unfortunately for Toronto, Montreal has recently had the last laugh. The Red, White and Blue (Bleu, Blanc et Rouge) seem to have the edge in every important category. You should also note that some of the greatest players in hockey have battled one another over the many decades these teams have been facing off. Check out this video, see what the players think!
The current record has Montreal edging Toronto with a 383-313-88 record.
We believe that they are the best because they trully have a mix of everything good when it comes to hockey (tense games, brawls, hatred, hard hits and more…). If you feel we left a hockey rivalry off our list, let us know why. We look forward to your thoughts!
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We are officially 1 week into the young NHL 2014-2015 season and last week we posted our NHL Eastern Conference predictions. This week we will shock you with some of our BOLD Western Conference predictions.
After the first week, we will admit there are some usual predicaments, the Edmonton Oilers are still losing (0-3) and the the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks are atop the regular season standings with 3 victories a piece. So, what is going to change over the next 5 months or so?
With so many changes, who will end up "in" and who will end up "out"?
Anaheim Ducks: 2 key moves in the off-season, but basically cancel each other out. The Ducks lost Teemu Selanne, however added the great two way player Ryan Kesler. Will it be enough to get them to the Stanley Cup Finals? We think they remain, status quo. They will advance to the second round of the playoffs but will not be in the the Cup Finals this year.
Arizona Coyotes: New name (no longer the Phoenix Coyotes) is not the answer! They lost 2 legitimate offensive scoring forwards in Radim Vrbata and Mike Ribeiro (combined 36 goals).They will need to lean heavily on defensemen Keith Yandle and Oliver -Ekman-Larsson. Not enough scoring in the desert and they struggle all year.
Calgary Flames: The Flames added Goalie Jonas Hiller, and will depend heavily on their youth. 19 year old, center, Sean Monahan (sixth pick in the 2013 draft), scored 22 goals as a rookie, and Calgary also drafted top center Sam Bennett with the No. 4 pick this past June (2 months after signing Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau, 21). There is a lot of competition in the West and these 3 will learn that quickly. This will be a learning season for the youngsters.
Chicago Blackhawks: Always a powerhouse in the West and they added veterans and offensive weapons in Brad Richards and Michal Handzus. If you also add third-year winger Brandon Saad to the mix, a 21-year old who scored 47 points last year. You'll immediately notice that this team has 3 incredible lines and tons of depth. Anything short of the Stanley Cup finals should be considered a disappointing year.
Colorado Avalanche: The Cinderella story from last year and still a very young team. Tons of potential but injuries will play a big role in the outcome of their season. They also lost some quality players over the summer, most notably 28-year-old center Paul Stastny, but they added experience, acquiring a trio of 30-something vets—forwards Daniel Brière and Jarome Iginla, and defenseman Brad Stuart. Matt Duchene must stay healthy to give them a chance in the playoffs.
Dallas Stars: The Stars added Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky but who’s on the blue line keeping the puck out of their zone and net? Defense will be their Achilles heel and leaves them on the outside looking in.
Edmonton Oilers: What do Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent Hopkins and Taylor Hall all have in common? They were all drafted 1st overall but none of them have ever played a minute in the NHL playoffs. That commonality continues this year. They still have huge gaps in their defence corps and need to develop something other than scoring.
Los Angeles Kings: The Kings are a very good team, bottom line! Having won 2 of the last 3 Stanley Cups (like Chicago), if they do not reach the Stanley Cup finals it will be a failure of a season. Tanner Pearson (drafted 30th overall in the 2012 draft) is off to a hot start with 6 points in 4 games.
Minnesota Wild: A solid, defensive NHL team added a 40-goal scorer in Thomas Vanek. Will that be enough to get them deeper into the playoffs? We think so.
Nashville Predators: The Preds added James Neal and he will most likely play with newly acquired Mike Riberio (from the Arizona Coyotes). They have several young stars like Calle Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg, Seth Jones, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis but we believe they do not have enough to get into the playoffs this year. Oh yea, and Barry Trotz is gone too!
San Jose Sharks: Basically the same lineup as the last few years and most likely the same results, stellar regular season and dismal results in the playoffs. Joe Thornton is no longer the captain and that move does nothing to get them winning in the playoffs. Another playoff failure.
St. Louis Blues: Two straight first round playoff exits for the St. Louis Blues, so is this the year that St. Louis Blue advance? They added Paul Stastny (already 1 goal and 3 assists in 3 games). He gives some much needed depth to their offence and we believe they move forward this year.
Vancouver Canucks: The Sedins are still there and that means the Vancouver Canucks are still relevant. They added Ryan Miller and Radim Vrbata we believe they will be back in the playoffs in 2014-2015.
Winnipeg Jets: Winnipeg has some great young talent in forwards Evander Kane, Mark Scheifele and defenseman Jacob Trouba, but we believe that they just do not have enough firepower or depth to compete in the Western Conference this year.
NHL Western Conference Predictions
Here are our Western Conference playoff teams (in no particular order):
Los Angeles Kings
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
Our Western Conference prediction has Chicago grinding hard with the St. Louis Blue in the conference finals, and ultimately winning in 7 games. The Blackhawks will advance and play the Montreal Canadiens in an epic original six Stanley Cup finals, the 2nd original six matchup in 3 years. (The Bruins and Blackhawks fought hard in 2013, with Chicago coming out on top).
Unfortunately, we believe that the following teams will miss the playoffs this year:
What are your thoughts?
Stay tuned for our NHL Player Award predictions!
The Stanley Cup is back in play as the season begins. The Montreal Canadiens face off in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. There are actually 4 games on Wednesday with the majority of teams starting their season on Thursday October 9, 2014.
All 30 NHL teams (23 based in the United States, 7 based in Canada) aspire for progress this year, for a playoff berth and a long run into the playoffs (ultimately winning the grand prize). However, they also continue to have more serious hopes like a major decrease in head injuries and an increase in sell-out crowds.
Regardless of who you cheer for, and what side you are on, you should be able to enjoy another full season of the fastest game on ice.
Did you know it has been 3 years since an Eastern Conference team has won the cup? 2011!!! That was the year that the Boston Bruins won it all and left the Vancouver Canucks (the last Canadian team to make it to the cup) hanging dry.
Is this the year that the East hits backs and wins it all? With Chara, Rask, Bergeron, Krecji, Lucic and company, the Boston Bruins are still going to be a threat The New York Rangers will also try to replicate their Stanley Cup Final appearance (but maybe last year was their year...). Montreal has high hopes, adding P.A. Parenteau and Tom Gilbert but lost a few key players (Gionta and Gorges). Will the Canadiens' dressing room lack a leader? They do not plan on adding a Captain for the 2014-2015 season. Maybe Pittsburgh has one last push in them. When you have Crobsy and Malkin, you always have a chance. What about young teams like Tampa Bay or even Columbus? Both made the playoffs last year and could have made it a round deeper if they got a few bounces. Washington always seem to be in the mix so maybe this year Ovy scores 65 goals and they get some secondary scoring to push them over the hump!
Here are our Eastern Conference playoff teams (in no particular order):
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs
Our Eastern Conference predictions has Montreal edging Pittsburgh in the conference final, advancing to the Stanley Cup for the first time in 22 years! If you notice, Detroit is not on this list and that is not by mistake. You heard it here first, The Red Wings will miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 23 years (last missed postseason was 1989-1990).
Unfortunately, we believe that the following teams will miss the playoffs this year:Buffalo Sabres
What are your thoughts?
Stay tuned for our Western Conference predictions!
The 2014 MLB рlауоffѕ have two unlikely tеаmѕ that wіll fасе off аgаіnѕt еасhоthеr іn thе Amеrісаn League Championship Sеrіеѕ. Wіth thе Bаltіmоrе Orіоlеѕ ѕwееріng thе Detriot Tigers іn thrее games and the Kansas Cіtу Rоуаlѕ аlѕо ѕwееріng thе L.A. Angеlѕ іn thrее gаmеѕ.
These two unlіkеlу tеаmѕ іn thе Amеrісаn Lеаguе wіll ѕԛuаrе off іn thе Championship Series. Fоr the Rоуаlѕ, іt′ѕ fіrѕt trip to thе ALCS since 1985 whіlе thе Orіоlеѕ mаkе thеіr first trір ѕіnсе 1997.
Is this ALCS the making of a new TRUE RIVALRY? Only time will tell! Regardless,it should be a great series!