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Warriors vs Lakers Live: The arc of an NBA season is a weird thing when you are on this side of the wave. Last year, the Sixers were somewhere else, mired in the same sort of four-team rat race that is currently unfolding at the bottom of the playoff field.

There are two categories of contenders in professional basketball, and the space between them is wider than that which exists in any other of the major sports. There are the real ones, and then there is everybody else. (If you want to get technical, there is probably a third category, and that is the Warriors. But May is too pretty a month for nihilism, so let’s just pretend there are two categories and maintain some level of drama.)

Last year, the Sixers were on the other side of the divide. No doubt, they were more interesting than teams like the Pistons and Heat and Magic, teams that find themselves in the very same place that the Process was initiated to avoid, teams whose primary purpose in life is to provide the real contenders with opponents to face.

I did not include the Nets in this group because I find the Nets interesting, and the rest of the NBA should, too. But there is a big difference between “interesting” and “contending.” Which, now that I mention it, is kind of the point. Last year at this time, the Sixers were the same sort of interesting team, in that they entered the first round of the playoffs with something to prove. They just were not contenders.

Through 78 games, they could take nothing for granted.One year later, here we are. With more than a week remaining in the regular season, the Sixers decided to give Joel Embiid a break. Jimmy Butler, too. The result — a blowout loss to the Mavericks — might not have been pretty, but it was also pretty irrelevant. After Wednesday night’s loss in Atlanta they still need just two wins in their last four games to lock down the No. 3 seed in the East, and that was assuming the Celtics would win out the rest of their schedule (which, if you’d been paying attention to the Celtics, was an unlikely notion).

All of which is to say, the Sixers can now definitively count themselves among the teams that have very little use for the end of the regular season. At least, that’s true from an ends-based perspective. They have nothing to prove that we do not already know. All that matters at this point is how they measure up with the Bucks or the Raptors or the Celtics over a seven-game series. You can include the Pacers, if you’d like, if it heightens the drama.

Cavaliers vs Kings

Cavaliers vs Kings Live: The arc of an NBA season is a weird thing when you are on this side of the wave. Last year, the Sixers were somewhere else, mired in the same sort of four-team rat race that is currently unfolding at the bottom of the playoff field.

There are two categories of contenders in professional basketball, and the space between them is wider than that which exists in any other of the major sports. There are the real ones, and then there is everybody else. (If you want to get technical, there is probably a third category, and that is the Warriors. But May is too pretty a month for nihilism, so let’s just pretend there are two categories and maintain some level of drama.)

Last year, the Sixers were on the other side of the divide. No doubt, they were more interesting than teams like the Pistons and Heat and Magic, teams that find themselves in the very same place that the Process was initiated to avoid, teams whose primary purpose in life is to provide the real contenders with opponents to face.

I did not include the Nets in this group because I find the Nets interesting, and the rest of the NBA should, too. But there is a big difference between “interesting” and “contending.” Which, now that I mention it, is kind of the point. Last year at this time, the Sixers were the same sort of interesting team, in that they entered the first round of the playoffs with something to prove. They just were not contenders.

Through 78 games, they could take nothing for granted.One year later, here we are. With more than a week remaining in the regular season, the Sixers decided to give Joel Embiid a break. Jimmy Butler, too. The result — a blowout loss to the Mavericks — might not have been pretty, but it was also pretty irrelevant. After Wednesday night’s loss in Atlanta they still need just two wins in their last four games to lock down the No. 3 seed in the East, and that was assuming the Celtics would win out the rest of their schedule (which, if you’d been paying attention to the Celtics, was an unlikely notion).

All of which is to say, the Sixers can now definitively count themselves among the teams that have very little use for the end of the regular season. At least, that’s true from an ends-based perspective. They have nothing to prove that we do not already know. All that matters at this point is how they measure up with the Bucks or the Raptors or the Celtics over a seven-game series. You can include the Pacers, if you’d like, if it heightens the drama.

Bucks vs 76ers

Bucks vs 76ers Live: The arc of an NBA season is a weird thing when you are on this side of the wave. Last year, the Sixers were somewhere else, mired in the same sort of four-team rat race that is currently unfolding at the bottom of the playoff field.

There are two categories of contenders in professional basketball, and the space between them is wider than that which exists in any other of the major sports. There are the real ones, and then there is everybody else. (If you want to get technical, there is probably a third category, and that is the Warriors. But May is too pretty a month for nihilism, so let’s just pretend there are two categories and maintain some level of drama.)

Last year, the Sixers were on the other side of the divide. No doubt, they were more interesting than teams like the Pistons and Heat and Magic, teams that find themselves in the very same place that the Process was initiated to avoid, teams whose primary purpose in life is to provide the real contenders with opponents to face.

I did not include the Nets in this group because I find the Nets interesting, and the rest of the NBA should, too. But there is a big difference between “interesting” and “contending.” Which, now that I mention it, is kind of the point. Last year at this time, the Sixers were the same sort of interesting team, in that they entered the first round of the playoffs with something to prove. They just were not contenders.

Through 78 games, they could take nothing for granted.One year later, here we are. With more than a week remaining in the regular season, the Sixers decided to give Joel Embiid a break. Jimmy Butler, too. The result — a blowout loss to the Mavericks — might not have been pretty, but it was also pretty irrelevant. After Wednesday night’s loss in Atlanta they still need just two wins in their last four games to lock down the No. 3 seed in the East, and that was assuming the Celtics would win out the rest of their schedule (which, if you’d been paying attention to the Celtics, was an unlikely notion).

All of which is to say, the Sixers can now definitively count themselves among the teams that have very little use for the end of the regular season. At least, that’s true from an ends-based perspective. They have nothing to prove that we do not already know. All that matters at this point is how they measure up with the Bucks or the Raptors or the Celtics over a seven-game series. You can include the Pacers, if you’d like, if it heightens the drama.

Hurricanes vs Devils

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The Carolina Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils in a Thursday NHL tilt.

The New Jersey Devils are eyeing back to back wins following a 4-2 victory against the visiting NY Rangers on Monday. New York saw scoring off the sticks of Brett Howden and Filip Chytill and Henrik Lundqvist absorbed the loss with three goals allowed on 40 shots.

Miles Wood and Travis Zajac lit the lamp in the first for the Devils while Connor Carrick and Joey Anderson tallied in the third. Carrick and Zajac logged helpers for New Jersey and Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 30 shots to get the win.

The Carolina Hurricanes defeated Toronto 4-1 on the road Tuesday to remain in control of a Wild Card berth. John Tavares scored his 47thin the second for the Maple Leafs and Garret Sparks took the loss with three goals allowed on 36 shots.

Dougie Hamilton led the Hurricanes with a pair of markers with Justin Williams and Jordan Staal lighting the lamp. Staal also logged an assist for Carolina to make the 23 saves of Petr Mrazek a winner.

Devils are 17-40 in their last 57 games as an underdog and Devils are 5-12 in their last 17 overall and Devils are 15-37 in their last 52 road games.

Hurricanes are 19-7 in their last 26 games as a favorite and Hurricanes are 15-6 in their last 21 home games and Hurricanes are 19-9 in their last 28 overall.

Devils are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and under is 14-3-4 in the last 21 meetings and under is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings in Carolina.

The Hurricanes currently own the first Wild Card so to stay there a win will guarantee that. Having said that I don’t know if there is value to be found given the juice…

Penguins vs Red Wings

Penguins vs Red Wings Live : The Penguins currently sit third in the Metropolitan Divison with 2019 four points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for who sit in the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. With three games remaining the Penguins still could potentially miss the playoffs especially if the Detroit Red Wings continue to play the way they have over the last 8 games. But with a win, tonight or a Montreal loss to the Lightning the Penguins will clinch a playoff berth for the consecutive season which will be the NHL’s current longest active playoff streak.

Is there a dark horse prospect to keep an eye on?Moose Jaw left wing Brayden Tracey (6-0, 177), No. 73 in the midterm ranking, led WHL rookies with 81 points (36 goals, 45 assists) and 12 power-play goals in 66 regular-season games, and played on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit. He was named WHL Eastern Conference rookie of the year.How strong are the goalies eligible for the 2019 draft?

Knight (6-3, 197) hopes to become the 10th United States-born goalie to be chosen in the first round and first since Jake Oettinger went No. 26 to the Dallas Stars in 2017. Hunter Jones (6-4, 196) of Peterborough in the Ontario Hockey League, Mads Sogaard (6-7, 192) of Medicine Hat in the WHL also are in the mix of goalies projected to hear their names as early as the second- or third round.

Knight, who is 27-3-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 32 games this season, and also won a silver medal as the third goalie for the U.S. at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. He holds the record for career wins (54) at the NTDP.

Who are the top high school players available?Forwards John Farinacci (5-11, 185) of Dexter School in Massachusetts and Ryder Donovan (6-3, 184) of Duluth East in Minnesota, and defensemen Jayden Struble (6-0, 194) of St. Sebastian’s School in Massachusetts; Jackson Lacombe (6-1, 171) of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep in Minnesota; Braden Doyle (5-11, 167) of Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts; and Cade Webber (6-6, 194) of Rivers Academy in Massachusetts might be projected to go in the second or third round.

“The high school and prep school prospects include some very talented forwards and defensemen that have a chance to be selected in the first three rounds rather than being later-round considerations,” Marr said.Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the races for the 2019 NHL postseason. There are four days left in the regular season and there are several berths still open, and jockeying for positioning in the standings, in each conference.

Here is a look at the NHL standings and everything else that could impact the playoff picture.On tapThere are three games on Wednesday’s schedule, one with playoff implications:

Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS): The Blues play against the Blackhawks with the chance to tie the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division, an incredible feat given that they were last overall in the standings on Jan. 2. The Blues are two points back of the Jets and Predators with a game in hand. The Blackhawks were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday.

This mirrors the experience of the NHL app on iPhone, which has a headphone icon in the top-right corner for accessing radio broadcasts.That’s it, really. At least for now, the CarPlay app does not feature standings, stats, news, or video, which is in the best interest of driver safety. Just like the MLB At Bat app for CarPlay, this is all about the listening experience. The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next Thursday, April 10.Thanks to MacRumors reader and New Jersey Devils fan Matt Donders for providing us with the screenshots above.

The National Hockey League this week updated its iPhone app with support for CarPlay, providing convenient access to live radio broadcasts of games from a vehicle’s dashboard just in time for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.The app has a very simple interface that displays a list of the day’s scheduled games and start times. When a game begins, options will become visible to tune in live to the home or away radio broadcasts, with no subscription or account required. The score and time remaining are also shown for games in progress.

NHL scouts are getting ready to make their last evaluations and set up their final lists ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22.NHL Central Scouting hopes to make that process easier beginning Wednesday when it meets to determine the final rankings of the top 217 North American skaters and 31 North American goaltenders eligible for the 2019 draft. Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, will chair the six-day meeting, which will include input from eight full-time scouts.

The NHL Draft Lottery to determine the first 15 picks of the NHL draft will be held in Toronto on April 9.”The challenging part of any final ranking meeting is determining the order between each of the players, particularly those in the first round, based on their NHL projection,” Marr said. “Some players ranked high might be at a development level to which they can go right to the NHL, while some others require additional development time, yet their upside potential could be much higher when projecting 3-4 years away.”

Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, will supply and recommend to Marr his ranking of the top International skaters and goaltenders later next week.Here are 5 things to watch for at NHL Central Scouting’s final meeting:How many players from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program under-18 team could be first-round picks?

Center Jack Hughes (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) was No. 1 in Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters and likely will hold that position in the final ranking. Hughes leads the NTDP with 86 points (23 goals, 63 assists) in 41 games, and has set NTDP career records in assists (139) and points (202).

There were seven other players from the NTDP projected as first-round candidates at the midterm: forwards Alex Turcotte (No. 5), Matthew Boldy (No. 6), Trevor Zegras (No. 7), and Cole Caufield (No. 15), and defensemen Cameron York (No. 12) and Alex Vlasic (No. 25). Also, Spencer Knight was No. 1 among North American goalies. The expectation is these players again will be listed as potential first-round targets in the final release.

Who is the next-best North American skater after Jack Hughes?There could be as many as five players in the running for No. 2 after Hughes. Center Kirby Dach (6-3, 199) of Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League, center Dylan Cozens (6-3, 181) of Lethbridge in the WHL, defenseman Bowen Byram (6-0, 194) of Vancouver in the WHL, Turcotte (5-11, 189) and Boldy (6-1, 187).

Dach, No. 2 on Central Scouting’s midterm list, had 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists) in 62 regular-season games. Cozens (No. 3) ranked 11th in the WHL with 84 points (34 goals, 50 assists) in 68 games. Byram ranked third among WHL defensemen with 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 67 games. Boldy is fourth on the NTDP with 69 points (30 goals, 39 assists) in 55 games, and Turcotte is fifth with 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 30 games.

 

Capitals vs Canadiens

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It required two of their best wins of the season, but the Montreal Canadiens’ playoff hopes are still alive heading into their final two games of the campaign. The uphill battle isn’t over yet. The Habs visit the defending Stanley Cup champions on Thursday and are in desperate need of another two points.

Canadiens vs Capitals Betting Analysis
Montreal is coming off a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the league-leaders in points, on Tuesday night. The Habs improved to 6-2 in their last eight games. Under most circumstances, a fan base would be ecstatic with a playoff bubble team winning 75 percent of its games. The problem is the two losses came against the two teams Montreal is chasing in the standings.

The Canadiens were favoured in all but one of those six wins and underdogs in both of the losses during the eight-game stretch. The Under is 2-0 in their last two contests and 7-3 in their last 10.

The club is 16-39 in its last 55 games as a road underdog and 1-8 in its last nine matchups against teams with winning home records.

Washington lost 5-3 as a -132 away favourite against the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The result snapped a four-game win streak for the Caps. The team is 10-2 in its last 12 games as moneyline faves and 130-62 in its last 192 home games.

These two sides haven’t played against each other since last November when the Caps won 5-4 in overtime at the Bell Centre.

Montreal Canadiens
The Habs are tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets with 94 points but they trail them in the standings because they have 41 wins compared to the Jackets’ 44. Columbus plays the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators in its final two games. That’s not exactly the stiffest competition.

Meanwhile the Carolina Hurricanes are narrowly in front of both teams with their 95 points. The Canes finish out the campaign with a home game against New Jersey on Thursday and a trip to Philly on Saturday night.

Montreal will be kicking itself if both Carolina and Columbus take the final two playoff spots in the East. The Habs lost to both teams in the last week and a half.

Washington Capitals
He may have partied like it was 1999 last summer after finally winning the Stanley Cup, but Alex Ovechkin showed up focused and ready for the title defence. Ovechkin, who’s sitting on 51 goals, will likely finish with another Maurice Richard Trophy when the regular season comes to a close. If he does, that’ll make it eight in his 13-year NHL career.

Reds vs Pirates

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Although the regular season technically began last week, when the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a pair of games in Tokyo, Japan, the rest of the league will enjoy Opening Day on Thursday, March 28.

That includes the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, who will play each other to begin the season for just the third time in the last 60 years.
For the Pirates, one of the biggest stories of their season will be the further development of Jameson Taillon. Last season, he made 32 starts and posted a 3.20 ERA. If Taillon can take yet another step forward, the Pirates will have a budding ace on their hands. They’ll need one to avoid the cellar and realistically threaten for a wild-card position.

The Reds spent the winter adding rental veterans. You’ll find a lot of familiar faces here, including Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, and Tanner Roark. Clearly the Reds are trying this season, the question is whether the effort will pay off. Cincy is stuck in arguably baseball’s deepest division, with each team having a realistic chance at breaking .500. Seeing as how the Reds haven’t enjoyed a winning season since 2013, it’s fair to say that the fanbase has reason to be excited.  The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds meet in MLB opening day action from the Great American Ballpark on Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates come into the 2019 season looking to bounce back after an 82-79 regular season that saw the Buccos finish 4th in the NL Central, missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight season. The Pirates made some moves in the offseason, trading for former Indians infielder Erik Gonzalez, who is expected to replace Josh Harrison after Harrison left in free agency. Jordan Lyles was brought in as a potential 5th starter for Pittsburgh after Ivan Nova was traded to the White Sox in the offseason.

The rotation seems to be pretty much set otherwise, with Jameson Taillon leading the charge, followed up by Trevor Williams, Joe Musgrove and Chris Archer. Only time will tell if Pittsburgh can get back to the postseason and win their first playoff series since 1979. Jameson Taillon will start game one and was 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 179 strikeouts last season. In his career, Taillon is 4-4 with a 4.30 ERA and 63 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound after yet another disappointing season, finishing below the 70-win mark for the 4th straight season, ending 2018 with an overall mark of 67-95, 15.5 games behind 4th place in the NL Central. The Reds made a huge splash in the offseason, sending prospects and Homer Bailey to the Dodgers for a package including Alex Wood, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to help strengthen the squad.

Wood will be looking for a bounce back year after going 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA and 135 strikeouts while Kemp hit .290 with 21 homers and 85 RBIs and Puig belted 23 homers and 63 RBIs while batting .267. The Reds also return Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Scooter Gennett and Scott Schebler to form a solid lineup bookmarked by Jose Peraza and Tucker Barnhart.

The rotation also looks improved with Luis Castillo leading the charge while Anthony DeSclafani, Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark fill out the rest of the rotation. It will be interesting to see if all of these big moves can help Cincy return to the postseason or if it will be another disappointing year for the Reds’ faithful. Luis Castillo will start game one and was 10-12 with a 4.30 ERA and 165 strikeouts last season. In his career, Castillo is 1-3 with a 4.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is 7-1 in Taillon’s last 8 starts and 8-2 in their last 10 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 13-6 in their last 19 road games. Cincinnati is 4-1 in Castillo’s last 5 division starts and 9-3 in Castillo’s last 12 home starts while the under is 14-2-1 in their last 17 games overall. Pittsburgh is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh and the plus money is tempting considering that arguably their best pitcher in on the mound in Taillon and the Pirates have had a lot of success in this matchup. However, Castillo has been solid in his own right for the Reds, and I’m excited to see all of the new acquisitions for the Reds get involved. I think Cincinnati bucks the trends and starts the year on a high note with a win here.

Cincinnati hung in tough against Pittsburgh, so the plus money could be worth a look here if the Reds catch a break in game one. However, Mahle has had no luck against Pittsburgh in his career, and the Reds have struggled with Mahle on the bump against Pittsburgh as a team as well. Lyles hasn’t been a rock solid pitcher by any means, but he’s had success in his career against the Reds and you’d have to imagine that the Pirates would be more likely to get a win at home here. The price isn’t too bad with the Pirates either, so I’ll lay the juice with Pittsburgh in this spot.

Panthers vs Rangers

Panthers vs Rangers Live : The Capitals NHL Game 2019 have a guaranteed trip to the playoffs, and as the season comes to a close with just three games left, they’ll move on to their next goal: winning five straight and soon clinching another Metropolitan Division title. They can get even closer to that goal with a win over Florida Monday.But like they’ve done all season, the Bruins will continue with their mentality with the playoffs on the horizon.

Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS): The Blues play against the Blackhawks with the chance to tie the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division, an incredible feat given that they were last overall in the standings on Jan. 2. The Blues are two points back of the Jets and Predators with a game in hand. The Blackhawks were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday.

This mirrors the experience of the NHL app on iPhone, which has a headphone icon in the top-right corner for accessing radio broadcasts.That’s it, really. At least for now, the CarPlay app does not feature standings, stats, news, or video, which is in the best interest of driver safety. Just like the MLB At Bat app for CarPlay, this is all about the listening experience. The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next Thursday, April 10.Thanks to MacRumors reader and New Jersey Devils fan Matt Donders for providing us with the screenshots above.

The National Hockey League this week updated its iPhone app with support for CarPlay, providing convenient access to live radio broadcasts of games from a vehicle’s dashboard just in time for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.The app has a very simple interface that displays a list of the day’s scheduled games and start times. When a game begins, options will become visible to tune in live to the home or away radio broadcasts, with no subscription or account required. The score and time remaining are also shown for games in progress.

NHL scouts are getting ready to make their last evaluations and set up their final lists ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22.NHL Central Scouting hopes to make that process easier beginning Wednesday when it meets to determine the final rankings of the top 217 North American skaters and 31 North American goaltenders eligible for the 2019 draft. Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, will chair the six-day meeting, which will include input from eight full-time scouts.

The NHL Draft Lottery to determine the first 15 picks of the NHL draft will be held in Toronto on April 9.”The challenging part of any final ranking meeting is determining the order between each of the players, particularly those in the first round, based on their NHL projection,” Marr said. “Some players ranked high might be at a development level to which they can go right to the NHL, while some others require additional development time, yet their upside potential could be much higher when projecting 3-4 years away.”

Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, will supply and recommend to Marr his ranking of the top International skaters and goaltenders later next week.Here are 5 things to watch for at NHL Central Scouting’s final meeting:How many players from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program under-18 team could be first-round picks?

Center Jack Hughes (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) was No. 1 in Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters and likely will hold that position in the final ranking. Hughes leads the NTDP with 86 points (23 goals, 63 assists) in 41 games, and has set NTDP career records in assists (139) and points (202).

There were seven other players from the NTDP projected as first-round candidates at the midterm: forwards Alex Turcotte (No. 5), Matthew Boldy (No. 6), Trevor Zegras (No. 7), and Cole Caufield (No. 15), and defensemen Cameron York (No. 12) and Alex Vlasic (No. 25). Also, Spencer Knight was No. 1 among North American goalies. The expectation is these players again will be listed as potential first-round targets in the final release.

Who is the next-best North American skater after Jack Hughes?There could be as many as five players in the running for No. 2 after Hughes. Center Kirby Dach (6-3, 199) of Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League, center Dylan Cozens (6-3, 181) of Lethbridge in the WHL, defenseman Bowen Byram (6-0, 194) of Vancouver in the WHL, Turcotte (5-11, 189) and Boldy (6-1, 187).

Dach, No. 2 on Central Scouting’s midterm list, had 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists) in 62 regular-season games. Cozens (No. 3) ranked 11th in the WHL with 84 points (34 goals, 50 assists) in 68 games. Byram ranked third among WHL defensemen with 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 67 games. Boldy is fourth on the NTDP with 69 points (30 goals, 39 assists) in 55 games, and Turcotte is fifth with 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 30 games.

Is there a dark horse prospect to keep an eye on?Moose Jaw left wing Brayden Tracey (6-0, 177), No. 73 in the midterm ranking, led WHL rookies with 81 points (36 goals, 45 assists) and 12 power-play goals in 66 regular-season games, and played on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit. He was named WHL Eastern Conference rookie of the year.How strong are the goalies eligible for the 2019 draft?

Knight (6-3, 197) hopes to become the 10th United States-born goalie to be chosen in the first round and first since Jake Oettinger went No. 26 to the Dallas Stars in 2017. Hunter Jones (6-4, 196) of Peterborough in the Ontario Hockey League, Mads Sogaard (6-7, 192) of Medicine Hat in the WHL also are in the mix of goalies projected to hear their names as early as the second- or third round.

Knight, who is 27-3-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 32 games this season, and also won a silver medal as the third goalie for the U.S. at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. He holds the record for career wins (54) at the NTDP.

Who are the top high school players available?Forwards John Farinacci (5-11, 185) of Dexter School in Massachusetts and Ryder Donovan (6-3, 184) of Duluth East in Minnesota, and defensemen Jayden Struble (6-0, 194) of St. Sebastian’s School in Massachusetts; Jackson Lacombe (6-1, 171) of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep in Minnesota; Braden Doyle (5-11, 167) of Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts; and Cade Webber (6-6, 194) of Rivers Academy in Massachusetts might be projected to go in the second or third round.

“The high school and prep school prospects include some very talented forwards and defensemen that have a chance to be selected in the first three rounds rather than being later-round considerations,” Marr said.Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the races for the 2019 NHL postseason. There are four days left in the regular season and there are several berths still open, and jockeying for positioning in the standings, in each conference.

Here is a look at the NHL standings and everything else that could impact the playoff picture.On tapThere are three games on Wednesday’s schedule, one with playoff implications:

 

 

USA vs Australia

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USA vs Australia Live : Women’s National Team takes on growing rival Australia on April 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (7pm MT on FS1). The match, which is likely to be a sell-out, will feature two countries that are widely considered to be among the favorites to win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer. The USA is 2-1-2 so far in 2019, all against World Cup-bound teams.

USA vs. Australia: The last three games between the USA and Australia have highly competitive affairs. They produced a 3-1 win for the USA in the opening game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 1-0 loss for the USA at the 2017 Tournament of Nations and a 1-1 draw at the 2018 Tournament of Nations.

In the most recent meeting between the teams, on July 29, 2018, the U.S. goal in the 1-1 tie came on a late equalizer by Lindsey Horan in a match that saw the USA out-shoot the Matildas 18-8. The tie kept the USA alive for the tournament title, which it won after defeating Brazil, 4-1, in its final match of the competition

The USA has a record of 25-1-3 against Australia dating back to 1987, and has outscored Australia 96-24, only allowing more than one goal against the Matildas on four occasions. Australia’s lone win came at the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Before the last two meetings at the ToN, the most recent meeting between the teams came at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in the opening game of the tournament for both teams. Megan Rapinoe scored early before Lisa De Vanna equalized in the 27th minute. Christen Press got the game-winner off an assist from Sydney Leroux in the 61st,before Rapinoe scored a dagger in the 78th to clinch the match.

Fifteen of the 16 players who played for the USA against Australia in last year’s ToN match are back, including 10 starters. Australia brings back 14 of 15 players who played, including all 11 starters. The U.S. has played Australia six times since 2012 and scored 16 goals. Five different players named to this roster have scored in those games: Morgan (3), Press (2), Rapinoe (2), Lloyd (1) and Horan (1). Lloyd has one other goal against Australia, a dramatic stoppage time game-winner in a driving rain storm in Cary, N.C. on April 27, 2008.

100 Goals Watch: After scoring against Japan on Feb. 27 in Chester, Pa., Alex Morgan – the 2018 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year, now has 99 goals and at age 29 sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. She has scored 26 goals over her last 31 WNT matches through the end of 2017 and 2018 and into 2019. With her hat trick against Japan on July 26, 2018, the fourth of her career, Morgan is now tied with Michelle Akers in third place all-time in multi-goal games (26) behind Abby Wambach (45) and Mia Hamm (38). She has 22 career two-goal games. Morgan has scored against 28 different countries and in 11 different countries.

Countdown to the Cup: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cupwill be the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has appeared in each of the previous seven tournaments that have been contested and won in 1991, 1999 and 2015. The USA is one of six countries to qualify for all eight Women’s World Cups along with Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Nigeria. The tournament will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France. The USA’s Draw and placement in Group F gave the USA venues that are all within a two-hour drive of each other, with the opening game taking place in Reims, followed by Paris and then Le Havre. The “Countdown to the Cup” will take the WNT to all four times zones in the continental United States, giving fans across the country a chance to cheer the team on to France.

Tigers vs Royals

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“I haven’t,” he says. “We still do that. It’s like, the last fun I got. It really is. It’s a joy.”Turnbull, a 50-something paper supply salesman from Mississippi, waited for Spencer to exit the visitors clubhouse in Toronto.

His son — the rookie right-hander who won a Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation spot this spring with the best performance of any starter — was making his season debut the next day. It went fine, save a rocky fourth inning, but dad, who has caught his son since day one, found a few tweaks.

 

But his secret — stashed in the minor leagues for six seasons before debuting with the Tigers last September — is starting to get out. It’s born from that movement, which was evident at an early age — sometimes to his frustration — and shows in some shin bruises his dad still wears.

“When that ball moves, it’s kind of scary sometimes, because you just have to get out of the way,” Jim says. “I just sit there, put up the target and if I see something I can’t handle, I just ‘whoop,’ get out of the way, let it go and hit the net. I’ve seen it my whole life.”

And on Opening Day against the Kansas City Royals, in front of a packed crowd at Comerica Park on Thursday, Tigers fans will see it for themselves.

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He grew up in a small town called Demopolis, Ala., so the irony in which Turnbull describes his pitches is not lost.“My pitches can be like a box of chocolates sometimes,” he said. “Like Forrest Gump said, ‘You never know what you’re going to get.’”

Like Gump, Turnbull attended the University of Alabama, where his all-around athletic upbringing blossomed into a potential professional career as a freshman with the Crimson Tide.

Turnbull had long since hit his growth spurt, growing from 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-2 between his eighth and ninth grade years, and when he returned to the mound after a broken wrist his junior year of high school just outside Jackson, Miss. — his family relocated for Jim’s job — his 90 mph fastball earned him a full-ride to Alabama.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull signs autographs during TigerFest at Comerica Park, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull signs autographs during TigerFest at Comerica Park, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

Turnbull, who is as mild-mannered as they come, was introduced to the bright lights that season, pitching against two-time defending national champion South Carolina early in the season.

“Every time he’s doing something in front of a bigger audience or bigger stress situation, he shows up,” Jim said.That night, Turnbull was facing Michael Roth, a highly-ranked draft prospect.

That was the moment,” Turnbull said. “Being on national television, I had never done that before and just having that kind of a special game, I was like, ‘Alright, this is something that can be very special.’”

Turnbull had no clue the Tigers were eying to take him in the second round of the 2014 draft. He had heard through various channels that his stock had fallen to the third round, so when he was sitting on his couch watching the draft with his parents, the selection was a shock.

Five years later, the movement that area scout Bryson Barber saw up close has made him the key young Tigers’ pitcher to watch this season.

Since his late-season debut in 2018, he has been a favorite of manager Ron Gardenhire, who told the Tigers’ front office he would go with a six-man starting rotation to open the season just to get him on the team. Last season’s few appearances — as underwhelming as they may have been in the stat column — were impressive: Turnbull, who appears quiet on the surface, has a certain rage inside of him on the mound, especially when the lights are on.

Asked what makes him tick, Turnbull said, “Giving up hits. It pisses me off. That always gives me an extra bump of adrenaline, but I try to keep myself even keel. I don’t want to get too high or too low. I want to be consistent when I’m out there, and I think that’s the hardest thing to be as a pitcher. My face might look pretty chill, but on the inside, I’ll get pretty fired up.”

Turnbull started to make waves last season, ascending from Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo, where he struck out 12 batters one night in what Mud Hens manager Doug Mientkiewicz called one of the best pitching performances he’s seen.

The difference between the Turnbull now and that of a year ago is that he’s begun to trust that movement, and learn what it’s going to do on any given day.

“The biggest thing I took out of the spring was probably being more aggressive with my movement,” he said. “Not trying to be too fine with it. It might be different every day, but just having the feel for what it’s going to be. It just depends on the day.”