Preds beat Stars 2-0 for franchise-record 9th straight win

The Nashville Predators talk about everything and shy away from nothing.

Right now, they have an awful lot to discuss.

Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots, Ryan Hartman scored at 5:33 of the third period and the Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 Tuesday night for their franchise-record ninth straight victory.

The Predators extended the NHL’s longest active winning streak. The defending Western Conference champs also lead both the conference and the Central Division by six points, and Nashville topped last season’s point total of 94 with 16 games left.

Sheary gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead with his first of the night, finishing a 2-on-1 break with Crosby with 5:35 remaining in the period. Mrazek made a good pad save on Crosby’s initial shot. But the rebound went right to Sheary, who backhanded it in for his 13th of the season.

Sheary’s second goal from a sharp angle with 49.3 seconds left in the period put Pittsburgh ahead by two goals. Guentzel’s shot from the high slot deflected off Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning to a wide-open Sheary to the right of the net, and Mrazek couldn’t recover in time. Crosby got a secondary assist on the goal, his third of the night.

Kessel, playing in his 900th NHL game, opened the scoring with 1:25 left in the first period on the power play on assists from Malkin and Crosby. Malkin set the goal up with a perfect pass across the crease, and Kessel converted the easy finish with a forehand shot for his 28th goal.

Swiss No. 1 pick Nico Hischier and the Devils will wrap up training camp in Europe and tune up against SC Bern in Switzerland on Oct. 1. Homegrown star Leon Draisaitl and the Oilers will face Kolner Haie in Cologne on Oct. 3, Germany Unity Day.

The games at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena showcase two Finnish stars: Jets winger Patrik Laine and Panthers center Aleksander Barkov.

In addition to the games in Europe, the NHL is expected to again play exhibition games in China after going there with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks last year.

That sounds nice in theory. Position the franchise in the same way as the Celtics by competing Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids now and building for later. But things are going to get worse before they get better, and the trade deadline sale might not be over. That cannot be what head coach Doc Rivers wants to Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China hear.

So if somebody else takes over at Green Bay, then it’s either a big name or somebody Rodgers essentially hand-picks.

That would put intense pressure on both, but it’s not more than what McCarthy faces heading into 2018.

Ditto for Thompson. Have the Packers made enough improvements? Sporting News offered five suggestions in the aftermath of last year’s loss to the Falcons, and the only significant change came in the running game. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones give the Packers a youthful 1-2 punch for the future, but that’s about it. The Martellus Bennett signing was a disaster. The pass defense is the same-old mess.

He’s just a fun-loving guy. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, doesn’t take life too seriously, Steve Jordan said. But this game of football, particularly now, he’s definitely taking that serious. And he’s really focused, and I like that.

The younger Jordan considers the Phoenix area his home, as he says, because that’s where he had his first kiss and learned how to drive. He doesn’t get all that nostalgic about returning to Minneapolis.

Even though a single player rarely has significant impact to the success of NFL team over the long-term, this season we have seen that injuries or suspensions to players such as Aaron Rodgers and Ezekiel Elliott have derailed strong teams. Wentz has became a star with his play this season, and replacing him won’t be easy for Foles. The next three weeks will have a major impact on how the Eagles fare in the postseason.

Each week, AccuScore will update its 2017 NFL postseason forecast by simulating the remainder of the NFL season 10,000 times to predict win totals, division winners and probabilities of reaching the playoffs on the road to Super Bowl 52. Below are the probabilities and Vegas odds of making the NFL playoffs and how they have changed.

This was Curry’s sixth game-winning shot (five seconds or less) of Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike his career, and three of those six have come against Dallas. As a Cheap Basketball Jerseys Dallasite, I can’t tell you why Curry would hate this fairly lovely city. But he obviously must. (You can see the other two shots here.)

Facing the Spurs is tough enough, no matter the circumstances.

Now imagine that it’s your third game in four days and your fifth game in eight days. Imagine that it’s the second of a back-to-back set and that after hosting the Grizzlies you’ll fly east from Denver for San Antonio — losing an hour in the process — to face the Spurs less than 24 hours later. Now imagine that the Spurs will enter this game with a one-day rest advantage. Imagine all that, and it’s not hard to understand why the Nuggets might well be barbecued in this matchup.

So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon. While Ball’s criticisms may be valid in some places, organizations don’t fire coaches because a player’s father complains.

Walton will be just fine. Magic Johnson is on his side — that’s all that really matters. Has he been perfect? Of course not. But he’s still learning, too. He’ll figure it out eventually, but it’s way too early to cut him loose.

Touchdown, Steelers . Ben Roethlisberger leads Pittsburgh on an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ends with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. Roethlisberger completed four pass of 10 yards or more on the drive. New England and Pittsburgh are now tied 7-7.

Between Gasol, Conley, Parsons, Wright, Green, and McLemore, you have invested nearly $93.7 million in just this season alone. These are your six highest paid players, and only two of them have played more than 600 minutes. Compare that to Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and James Ennis III’s combined roughly $7.3 million, all of who have played well over 800 minutes (and in the case of Brooks and Evans well over 1,000) and you see the problem. Those who were supposed to be the best and most consistent players for Memphis, for one reason or another, have not been. Their failures, and all the explanations behind them, have created an imperfect storm of irreparable harm to a roster that needed everything to go right to compete.

But the opposite has happened. It has all gone to hell. Now the Grizzlies and their fans must deal with the realities that this presents.

Boston is 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS over its last three games in New Nike NFL Jerseys a stretch that includes an impressive 99-98 win over the Houston Rockets as 2-point underdogs last Cheap MLB Jerseys Thursday. The Celtics are 10-10 SU and 10-9-1 ATS in their last 20 regular-season meetings with the Celtics.

Jones’ declaration (which I will be surprised if more NFL owners don’t also eventually make) was bound to happen.

It was only a matter of time before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said what he said on Sunday: That if anyone on his team “disrespects the flag, then we will not play.”

Jones’ declaration (which I will be surprised if more NFL owners don’t also eventually make) was bound to happen. It was inevitable that least one of these head honchos would soon have had enough of players protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling or raising a fist while the national anthem plays before games. And it was not shocking that Jones was the first to do so.

Of course, the Colts still have plenty of flaws and head coach Chuck Pagano’s job security remains an open question. The only teams the Colts have beaten this year (49ers, Cleveland Browns) are a combined 0-10. They got walloped by the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks and couldn’t beat an Arizona Cardinals team missing David Johnson.

With the AFC South down this year (the Jacksonville Jaguars, at 3-2, are alone in first place), there remains a slight chance that Luck can ride in on a white horse and save Indy’s season. However, the Colts are running out of time and haven’t proved that they can beat any teams of note. Things won’t get any easier this week with the Titans slowly getting healthy again.

New England has won 10 of its last 12 games against its division rival, but the Jets have found a way to give the defending Super Bowl champions fits. Since 2013, seven of the eight games between these teams have been decided by seven points or fewer. The only blowout was last season’s meaningless Week 16 rout that pushed the Jets closer to the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Green Bay’s defense exists in the vast desert plain between good Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK and bad. Coming into Sunday, the Packers ranked 20th in yards allowed per play, 20th in scoring defense, and an optimistic seventh in takeaways. However, a string of recent injuries Cheap Braves Jerseys threaten to drop them from useful to straight-up flawed.

Rollins left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. So did Kentrell Brice.