NHL: Better Or Worse – LA Kings
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

I said it before, and I will say it again, Hockey is a game of ratios and percentages governed by randomness. It’s certainly not about raw numbers. Sure, in a vacuum, scoring seven goals in a game is better than scoring two, but giving up eight goals while scoring seven is a worse result than giving up one while scoring two. Beyond that, teams rarely have the ability to control whether or not they’re scored against: weird ricochets off of stanchions, bouncing pucks deflecting of skates, or […]


NHL: Over/Under – 5 Overperforming Players
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Yesterday I highlighted my list of the five most underperforming players this season, so today here are five NHLers who are unlikely to sustain their strong starts to the 2013 season. None of the five players listed below are overrated or bad hockey players by any stretch of the imagination, but they each have performed above expectation and probably a bit above their respective playing ability, as well.

Thomas Vanek – LW Buffalo Sabres
Montreal Canadians at Buffalo Sabres (-150, 5.5)
With 19 points in […]


NHL: Better Or Worse – Edmonton Oilers
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

I find it helpful to think of Hockey as a game of ratios and percentages governed by randomness. It’s certainly not about raw numbers. Consider that scoring five goals is better than scoring two goals, in a vacuum, but scoring five goals while allowing six against is a worse result than scoring two and allowing only one. Beyond that, often times teams really can’t control whether or not they’re scored against. Weird ricochets off of stanchions, bouncing pucks deflecting of skates in front of the net, […]


NHL: Over/Under – 5 Underperforming Players
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BY JEFF ANGUS

A two or three week slump is quite common in the NHL, even for very good players. However, in a 48 game season, a slump of that length equates to almost one quarter of the total season. Simply put, players that are struggling now are really doing a disservice to their respective teams.

Let’s take a look at five NHL players who are struggling relative to expectations.

JOHN CARLSON – D WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Washington Capitals to Win Eastern Conference +1900
Over the past few years […]


NHL: Can The Jets Win the Southeast Division?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Winnipeg Jets to Win the Southeast Division +700

Through eight games this season, the Winnpeg Jets currently sit second in the division with a record of 3-4-1. Division rival Tampa Bay has been dominant offensively in the early going, and they lead the division with a 6-2-0 record (and an NHL-leading 39 goals for). The Lightning won’t be able to sustain that kind of production, but their offseason acquisitions on the blue line – Sami Salo and Matt Carle – have really stabilized what was an inconsistent […]


NFL: Sunday Playbook – Super Bowl XLVII
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

So we’ve arrived at the biggest professional sporting spectacle of the calender year, last NFL game of the 2012-13 season, the Super Bowl. Throughout the postseason I’ve offered my picks and my layman’s opinion on which team will win and I’ve done okay (I went seven for ten in the postseason, and only one of my losses was in a game decided by more than a single score). So now I’ll breakdown the marquee match-up and give you my two cents on who will emerge victorious from […]


NHL: The Friday Five For 1 February
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BY JEFF ANGUS

It is Friday, which means it is time for my weekly NHL roundup. And oh what a week it has been in the NHL…

5. SABRE RATTLING
Buffalo Sabres to Win the Eastern Conference +2500
Do you believe NHL coaches don’t care about retribution? In their 7-4 Thursday night win over Boston, Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff called a time out with 13 seconds to go in the third. This was after Jason Pominville scored the seventh Sabres goal into an empty net. Ruff wanted […]


The Inside Slant With Geroy Simon – Ep21
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Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ers (-3.5, 47) 

It is Super Bowl Weekend! Football’s biggest game is in the Big Easy, but it is going to be far from easy to pick a winner for Super Bowl XLVII. Both the 49ers and Ravens are primed and ready, with two head-coach brothers who may know one another’s tendencies, but Geroy Simon is here to give you the inside slant on the NFL’s biggest game of the year and throws down his pick for who will be crowned world champions.

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NFL: Super Bowl Notebook
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Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ers (-3.5, 47) 

The biggest football game of the year is this Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. So, today, we bust out the ol’ betting notebook looking for some trends and insight into Sunday’s game:

-The loser has scored exactly 10 points in four of the six previous Super Bowls at the Superdome. The average margin of victory in the six games was 22 points, thanks to blowouts conducted by arguably the two greatest teams […]


NHL: Over/Under – The 5 Most Overrated Players
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Yesterday, I outlined my top-five most underrated players in the NHL, and today I present you with five players who get more praise and acclaim than they probably should.

In no particular order:

Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs (-138, 5.5)
It seems as if Ovechkin’s days as a dominant force in the hockey world were a decade ago. He is set to make $9.5 million per season through 2020-21, and right now he is playing like a $3.5 million […]