This Sunday November 11th, the CFL playoffs kickoff. The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders have earned 1st round byes while this weekend the BC Lions will face the Hamilton Ticats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to see who advances to the conference finals.
Dallas vs Edmonton: Skidding NHL Squads Clash in the Lone Star State
Dallas Stars: Have fallen on tough times in the second half
Playing well above their preseason expectations, Dallas was tagged with a lofty +3300 Stanley Cup Championship money line price in early October, the Stars sprinted out of the starting gate with a sparkling 29-8-3 record. Dallas didn’t lose two straight games during the first three months of the season and they closed December with a seven-point lead on St. Louis, plus an eleven-point gap over Chicago, in the Central Division. The New Year has not been a happy one for Dallas as the Stars have posted a brutal 1-5-2 record during January and now trail the Blackhawks by five-points in the Central. Slumps happen but Dallas open a five-game run against teams well below them in the standings and we anticipate the Stars getting back on track during that stretch.
Edmonton Oilers: Hits keep coming during another lost season in the Alberta Capital
While the plummeting price of oil is a much bigger story in Alberta - puck fans haven’t had much to cheer about in Calgary or Edmonton during the first half of the NHL 2015-16 season. The Flames and Oilers both have 43 points as they “battle” for the Western Conference cellar. Edmonton was actually just one win away from a .500 record after six straight wins to open December. Optimism faded quickly though as the Oilers have slumped during a 5-10-3 recent run and they are now 19-24-5 overall. Excitement surrounding the pending return of Connor McDavid has been tempered as third leading scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is now out six-to-eight weeks with a hand injury.
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The Wildcard games have concluded and the 4 Divisional matchups are set. Red Sox, Yankees will have the most marquee appeal but all series are intriguing and this postseason lineup of baseball looks as good as any that can be recalled in recent memory.