Τρίτη 4 Φεβρουαρίου 2020

Former Stanford QB K.J. Costello Transferring to Mississippi State

February 04, 2020 at 02:22AM

Mike Leach has added former Stanford QB K.J. Costello.

New Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach might have just gotten his 2020 starting quarterback.

For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs have acquired a transfer QB, getting former Stanford QB K.J. Costello to leave Palo Alto and head to Starkville for his final year of eligibility. 

Costello took to Twitter on Monday to announce his decision, writing, "Dreams do become reality. Excited for what is next."

Costello spent four seasons at Stanford, starting seven games as a redshirt freshman before becoming the Cardinal's full-time starter. But Costello dealt with injuries this past season, appearing in only five games. 

He finished the year with just 1,038 yards and six touchdowns against three interceptions.

He did, however, have one of Stanford's best statistical seasons as a redshirt junior throwing for more than 3,500 yards and 29 touchdowns. 

Costello will compete against incumbent Garrett Shrader for the starting spot. Shrader threw eight touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 games last year, and added 587 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

Mississippi State went 6–7 in 2019 and fired head coach Joe Moorhead in early January. 

Leach was hired just a week later, despite having led Washington State to its fifth straight bowl game appearance in 2019. Leach, known for employing the Air Raid offense, was eager to get to work in Starkville, sending out a robocall recording to season ticket holders on the day he was hired. 

Blackhawks look to continue resurgence at Minnesota

February 04, 2020 at 02:18AM

Once viewed as a floundering team that was likely more worried about June's draft than April's playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks have turned the tables on their season.

Chicago sat at 12-15-6 on Dec. 14 after a 4-3 loss -- its fourth straight overall -- to the rival Blues in St. Louis, and the 30 points gridded them only one point above the last-place Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference.

But a steady 13-6-0 run over 19 contests has the Central Division club back in the hunt and staring at the scoreboard and standings each night with much more scrutiny.

The Blackhawks will try to claim their 14th win over 20 games when they travel to Minnesota to face the Wild on Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn.

Going into Tuesday's game, Chicago (56 points) is just three points out of a wild-card spot, trailing the Calgary Flames (60) and Arizona Coyotes (59) for the final two slots in the conference's postseason.

The first encounter between the divisional foes -- a Dec. 15 contest in Chicago -- was a special affair because it sparked the 13-win wave on which the Blackhawks are currently cruising along. Patrick Kane tallied his eighth career hat trick to pace the Blackhawks in their 5-3 win over the Wild to start Chicago's run.

"It's going to be pretty tough to be in the mix if we don't get a bunch of games over .500 here as we get closer to the end," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said.

Times haven't been as good for the Wild.

Coach Bruce Boudreau's team has lost two of its last three in a 4-6-1 slump over the previous 11 games. As points continue to slip away and the standings look bleaker every day, Minnesota appears to be the kind of team which may be sellers rather than buyers at the trade deadline in three weeks.

Jason Zucker continues to be a player whose name is bandied about in trade rumors around the league, and the California native is a productive forward with the potential to bring scoring to a team looking to boost its offensive production.

Zucker, who has three more years on his contract, is just two seasons removed from a 33-goal campaign. The 28-year-old winger played all 82 games for Minnesota that season and contributed 31 assists for a career-high 64 points in 2017-18.

He has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 41 games so far after missing 10 games from Dec. 17 to Jan. 9. Zucker has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games, including the game-winning goal to break a 2-2 tie against the Detroit Red Wings in the Wild's final game before the All-Star break on Jan. 22.

But the Boston Bruins scored on three straight power plays and routed Boudreau's bunch 6-1 in Minnesota on Saturday, leaving the fourth-year Wild bench boss nearly at a loss for words.

"When you play like that, in a situation where, boy, what a stepping stone it would've been to beat these guys with three more games coming this week, it's just very frustrating. I'm having a hard time today talking about it," Boudreau admitted after the defeat.

Adding intrigue to the game, Chicago claimed physical defenseman Nick Seeler off waivers from the Wild on Monday morning. Seeler, 26, played in six games for Minnesota this season and didn't register a point.

--Field Level Media

Blues look to get back on track vs. Hurricanes

February 04, 2020 at 02:08AM

The St. Louis Blues hope to reverse their midseason downturn when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

The Blues are 1-4-1 in their last six games. They came out of the All-Star break with a loss at Vancouver, a shootout victory at Calgary, and losses at Edmonton and Winnipeg.

"We know what we've got to do," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told reporters after the loss in Winnipeg on Saturday night. "We're a pretty honest group. So we'll get back at it on Monday and look at it, and have good, honest conversations. We know that we can be better in a lot of different areas. So I expect the next game for us to start a lot better than we have been."

The Hurricanes, on the other hand, have won three of their last four games, with two of the victories coming in shootouts. Winger Justin Williams has scored two shootout winners since returning from his three-month sabbatical.

The Hurricanes have split the work of goaltenders Petr Mrazek and James Reimer in their last 10 games. Carolina allowed two or fewer goals six times during that span.

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour didn't like his team's effort in a 4-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at home Friday, but he liked the 4-3 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday in Raleigh.

"That was a pretty solid 60-minute effort. It didn't feel like there were any lulls in there," Brind'Amour told reporters afterward. "I thought we were pretty competitive throughout the whole game."

The Blues are 17-4-4 overall at Enterprise Center this season and 9-0-1 in their last 10 games at home. They hope to exploit their home-ice edge against the Hurricanes, who are 12-10-2 on the road.

"We've had some adversity before. It's no problem, we can handle it," said Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, who has allowed four or more goals in five of his last nine starts. "We got good leaders and a lot of talent on this team. We're just going to keep working. We're at home I think for a couple of games, so it'll be good to get back and regroup and just keep working, right?"

The Blues put 109 shots on goal in their last three losses, but they struggled to finish. That prompted coach Craig Berube to juggle his lineup.

Veteran winger Troy Brouwer, who had been away from the team after clearing waivers, returned to play at Winnipeg. That was his first game since Dec. 18.

Despite their slump, the Western Conference-leading Blues lead the Central Division by eight points over the second-place Colorado Avalanche.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us," forward Ryan O'Reilly said. "We're still obviously in a good spot. We want to get back to winning games, but it's doing the little things."

The Hurricanes came out of the weekend holding the second wild-card slot in the Eastern Conference with a tiebreaker edge over the Philadelphia Flyers.

"The standings are pretty tight, so we've got to try and get every point we can get," Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele said. "We got two there. Big road trip coming up and we'll try to get on a run here."

This is the first meeting of the season between the Blues and Hurricanes. Last season the teams split the series with each winning at home.

--Field Level Media

Streaking Bruins take aim at Canucks

February 04, 2020 at 02:00AM

The Boston Bruins look to continue their hot play coming off the All-Star break as they host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

The Bruins have won both their games since returning to action, including a 6-1 drubbing of the Minnesota Wild on the road Saturday. Boston has won four of five overall.

The Canucks had a five-game winning streak snapped last time out when they lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. After Tuesday, Vancouver wraps up a five-game road trip Thursday at Minnesota before returning home for six straight.

The Bruins and Canucks face off for the first time this season before meeting again in Vancouver on Feb. 22. Boston has lost three straight in the series.

The Bruins are an NHL-best 17-2-9 at home this season. They will travel to Chicago for the second end of a back-to-back Wednesday night.

After an uneven start to January that ended in a 6-3-2 mark for the month, Boston got February off on the right foot with its rout of the Wild.

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug led the way with a two-goal, two-assist night.

"I had a lot of chances," said Krug. "Obviously you feel good when the puck's finding your stick, but it was a fun night."

David Pastrnak scored the third of three power-play goals in the second period of the blowout to extend his league lead to a career-high-matching 38. The marker was the Bruins' league-leading 47th on the man advantage this season (27.2 percent), three ahead of the Canucks in third.

"A lot of good things," said Pastrnak. "Special teams came up huge. Tonight, PK was unbelievable (four penalties killed). It's obviously nice, one of those games."

The Canucks were having plenty of those games during their winning streak before it came to a halt Sunday. Even in that contest, Vancouver got a tying goal from Elias Pettersson at 9:06 of the third period to send the game past regulation.

"I'm sure we will look back and say we're happy to get a point, but everyone in here is competitive and we expect to get two every night," said goaltender Thatcher Demko, who made 29 saves. "Hard-fought game from the guys. I'm really proud of handling the ebbs and flows of that one."

On Monday afternoon, Vancouver center J.T. Miller was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week after putting up seven points (three goals, four assists) in four games during the period. Miller's 53 points this season (20 goals, 33 assists) are five short of his career high.

"I think we have a lot of confidence right now," said Miller after Sunday's loss. "When you're winning, that confidence is there. We've [trailed] in this stretch that we're playing pretty well in, and it doesn't matter. We try not to change our game if we're winning or losing."

The Canucks have been an uneven 13-13-2 on the road this season.

--Field Level Media

What Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark Have to Say About Andy Reid

February 04, 2020 at 01:54AM

Also, what Kyle Shanahan is in for this offseason, possible MVPs if the Super Bowl was only 53 minutes long and more NFL news and notes as the 2019 season comes to a close.

MIAMI TO BOSTON — Putting a bow on Super Bowl LIV …

• In

MMQB, I detailed the texts I got from Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Redskins coach Ron Rivera, Bills coach Sean McDermott and Bears coach Matt Nagy about their old boss Andy Reid winning a Super Bowl title. While in the Chiefs’ locker room, I showed them to some of the players, to show them just how far-reaching the whole “win it for Andy” thing was.

Not surprisingly, they weren’t surprised.

“He's such a good guy, he's such a good coach,” Tyrann Mathieu said, after getting a good look at the texts. “He gives us our space, he lets us be ourselves. We have a lot of personality in this locker room. We got a lot of personality in this locker room. He lets us believe in that. Hats off to him. He does a lot not only for the players but the coaches as well. He's created this coaching tree. We're proud all the way around."

"My coach, being a fan of his before I came here and now, the fact that he's able to have a championship … It's just an honor to bring coach a championship,” Frank Clark added. “He's been doing this for years man, that man finally got him one."

• In October 2018, I first saw in Patrick Mahomes what we saw on Sunday night—and it has nothing to do with no-look throws or darts from impossible arm angles. It’s his ability to compartmentalize, something I don’t think can be taught. The Chiefs trailed 24-9 at the half against the Patriots, and Mahomes, who’d rolled virtually unchallenged to a 5-0 start, had thrown two picks and looked a little rattled.

For the first time as an NFL starter, Mahomes took a shot between the eyes. From that coach. With that quarterback on the other sideline. In that stadium. On the Sunday Night Football stage. That’d be where most young quarterbacks would fold. But not Mahomes—he went toe-to-toe with the legends across the field. Mahomes lifted his team, leaving the field for the final time tied at 40, having thrown for four touchdowns after the break.

The Chiefs lost that night on a walk-off field goal from Stephen Gostkowski, but I’ll never forget what I saw—the rare quarterback that can get absolutely bludgeoned physically and mentally for a period of time, put his foot in the ground and erase all of that on the fly. Tom Brady’s like that. I can think of many others that are. But Mahomes most certainly is, and what I saw on that night in Foxboro, I again saw last night in Miami.

Mahomes had a 49.8 passer rating in the first 50 minutes of Super Bowl LIV, and the Chiefs had 10 points. He then had a 130.1 rating and led the Chiefs to 21 points in the game’s final 10 minutes, which is absolutely mind-blowing.

• In the spirit of that thought, I asked Mathieu when he first knew what he had in the quarterback after he signed up to play alongside him last March.

“Probably in the spring, right?” Mathieu said. “I can just remember us not getting our hands on any balls, him throwing the ball over our head every play. Spags thinks we can't cover. I was trying to explain to him what kind of animal Pat is. He's so special. He's a great leader. He knows what to say when to say it. He's composed, too.”

The Honey Badger then reinforced the point I made, saying, “That was a pretty good defense he was playing against and for him to be able to keep his confidence throughout the game is hard to do when you're dealing with a defense like that. They can kill that confidence. He made some plays for us tonight, and that's what we expect of him."

Meanwhile, the GM who was his biggest champion as one of John Dorsey’s top lieutenants in 2017, Brett Veach, smiled when I asked him about the quality to do that. For the second time in a couple of weeks, he raised Texas Tech’s bowl game during Mahomes’ sophomore year, during which Mahomes kept a severely overmatched Red Raider group in it.

"To sit here and say that's the first time I saw it would be tough because it's really every time he plays,” Veach said. “I think in his college career he was certainly undergunned a few times, outmatched. He always found a way to elevate his play and the players around him. He's tough, he's resilient. He's certainly a good pairing with Andy Reid."

• I think it’s going to take a while for Kyle Shanahan to live this one down, and he’s probably in for another offseason like the one he had after Super Bowl LI. That’s just what happens when a big lead slips away on the biggest stage—it absolutely leaves a mark.

I also know that he’s a brilliant football coach who’ll learn from it, and keep evolving. And that brilliance was on display at points on Sunday night. Midway through the second quarter, when things seemed to be getting away from the Niners, he faced a second-and-nine. That’s a spot where a lot of coaches abandon who they are. Instead, Shanahan dialed up an outside zone run to Raheem Mostert that went for nine yards.

He followed it with a jet sweep to Deebo Samuel (16 yards), an inside handoff to Mostert (11 yards) and a stretch run that Tevin Coleman cut back for a big gain (17 yards) That, really, is who the Niners were all year, and Shanahan knew it perfectly set them up to neutralize Mahomes by keeping him on the sideline—which explains why he played the final possession of the first half as he did with his timeouts.

To me, the most valid criticism today might actually be that he threw it too much late in the game. Over the two possessions sandwiched by the Chiefs’ three fourth-quarter scores, the Niners ran 10 offensive plays, only two of which were runs. On their last set of downs, they had three incompletions, followed by a sack, which signaled a little panic from a team that was at midfield and still had all its timeouts.

• When the score was 20-10, I was torn over whether Jimmy Garoppolo or Nick Bosa deserved to be Super Bowl MVP. The tie was broken pretty quick when I got in the Kansas City locker room, with two staffers mentioning to me, independent of one another and without prompting, how they had no answer for Bosa, who made former first-overall pick/veteran Eric Fisher look like a rookie undrafted free agent all night.

“The guy is a freaking truck,” said one of the staffers on Bosa.

It’s a moot point now, but in a game that would’ve been about the Niners' defensive line winning it for the team, Bosa, as the best player on the field through 53 minutes or so, would’ve been the best choice for MVP. And it’s interesting, too, if you go back and look at it, that it sure seemed like Fisher held Bosa on the 44-yarder to Hill that changed everything with about seven minutes left.

Thing is, if Fisher doesn’t, Bosa might well get to Mahomes (he was right there), the Chiefs probably have to punt, and it’d have been much harder to pull off what they did. So credit to Fisher for getting away with one.

• Reid tells the story of the direct-snap play to Damien Williams—it came from tape of the 1948 Rose Bowl, between Michigan and USC—was a perfect way to cap a game in which the coaching creativity was off the charts. And really, it felt like both coaches, illustrated for everyone where NFL coaching has gone, with an array of concepts cribbed from different levels of football that would’ve been derided as “college” years ago.

Williams’ conversion of that fourth down was a perfect example. The Chiefs initially lined up in what looked like an inverted wishbone, then the four guys in the backfield spun and wound up in a modified single-wing. The Chiefs’ other first-half fourth-down conversion came on a speed option pitch to Williams. And Williams’ one-yard touchdown in the first quarter looked like an old wing-T belly option play.

I, for one, think it’s pretty cool that NFL coaches are so much more open-minded to this stuff than they used to be.

• Mahomes is slightly younger now than Tom Brady was when he won Super Bowl XXXVI. Which means, crazily enough, he has a championship and a league MVP to his name at a younger age than Brady was when the Patriots went on that first Cinderella run.

• If I’m Mahomes or a player with a contract negotiation coming up soon (especially those who starred in the Super Bowl—like Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Chris Jones—I’m only signing a short-term extension. The new CBA could be done soon, with the players likely to get a better deal fiscally in exchange for going to 17 games, and a new broadcast deal will follow that. The NFL truly working to monetize gambling comes after that.

Bottom line: If I’m those guys, I don’t want to be stuck in a five- or six-year extension, knowing the financial landscape could change significantly in the years to come.

• Teams can start cutting vets again on Monday, and there are a few guys that, because of their financials, will be examined by the two Super Bowl teams as they dig out from underneath the 2019 season. For the 49ers, both Jerick McKinnon and Marquise Goodwin are likely to be cap casualties because of their injury situations, and Sammy Watkins is a decent bet to be in a similar boat because of his price tag.

Watkins is a fascinating case. He made $34 million the last two years, and he’s due $14 million this year. And if the Chiefs decide not to give it to him, he gets another shot at being a free agent at the ripe old age of 26.

• Three weeks from today, I’ll be on a plane to Indianapolis for the NFL combine. Free agency starts in a month and 15 days. And given a fascinating offseason ahead for both veteran quarterbacks and quarterbacks in the draft, you’ll want to keep it locked here. We’ll have you covered start-to-finish on all of it.

For now? Thanks to everyone for riding through the 2019 season with us from start to that standout finish!

Question or comment? Email us at talkback@themmqb.com.


More SI Super Bowl LIV Coverage

• Michael Rosenberg: Patrick Mahomes Is Here To Stay

• Conor Orr: After Years of Heartbreak, Chiefs Are Champions

• Conor Orr: Shanahan Absorbs Gut-Punch Super Bowl Loss

• Kalyn Kahler: Reaction From the Niners' Stunned Locker Room

• Charlotte Wilder: Super Bowl LIV Was One Giant Spectacle

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• Niners Fall Agonizingly Short In Super Bowl

• Kittle Reflects on Turning Point of Niners' Loss

Chiefs DT Derrick Nnadi Sponsors Adoptions For Entire Local K.C. Dog Shelter

February 04, 2020 at 01:52AM

Ninety-one dogs from a Kansas City shelter will soon have new homes as a result of the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory.

As a result of the

Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, defensive lineman Derrick Nnadi will, of course, receive a championship ring. But more than that, 91 dogs from a Kansas City animal shelter will soon have new homes as Nnadi has said he will pay the adoption fees for the dogs that were in the shelter as of Sunday, no matter how long it takes them to find homes.

Adoption fees at the Kansas City Pet Project normally run about $150. 

The Missouri-based shelter announced the news on social media Sunday after the Chiefs' comeback victory. 

"We have had an amazing, season-long, partnership with @dnnadi and he couldn't have thought of a better ending," KC Pet Project said on Instagram.

A spokesperson for the organization told ESPN on Monday that 20 dogs had been adopted through the program as of early Monday afternoon. ESPN's Adam Teicher notes that 10 dogs might usually be adopted on an average day. 

Nnadi had four tackles, one for a loss, in Kansas City's victory over San Francisco. 

The win snapped a 50-year Super Bowl drought for the Chiefs. And members of Chiefs Kingdom will now be getting new furry friends.  

Duclair looks to break out of slump as Senators host Ducks

February 04, 2020 at 01:24AM

The Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators will keep searching for offense when they meet on Tuesday night in Ottawa.

Entering Monday, the Ducks are 29th in the NHL in scoring at 2.5 goals per game and don't have a player in the top 50 in goals scored.

The Senators rank 22nd in scoring (2.73) and their leading goal scorer, Anthony Duclair, hasn't scored in the past 14 games -- going without a goal since Dec. 21.

The good news for both teams is some unexpected players have stepped up their scoring pace.

Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki, best known for his physical style of play, has a career-high seven goals and 18 points through 50 games this season.

He scored his latest in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

"I said to a couple of the security guards I've kind befriended here over the years that it's lot more fun than fighting and a little more rewarding," Borowiecki told reporters after the loss to Toronto. "I'm just trying to chip in and help the best I can, and it's always nice to sneak one in."

The Ducks have won four of six games for the first time since starting the season 6-2-0.

After opening their five-game road trip with a 3-1 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, Anaheim is in position to win two straight in regulation for the first time since Oct. 16-18.

Derek Grant scored the game-winner in the second period on Saturday, giving the former Ottawa fourth-round pick his 11th goal of the season, one shy of his career high.

Grant plays on the fourth line, which has been one of the bright spots for the Ducks this season.

"Deep into their back end, they got a goal from that group, and we didn't get that," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "That's the difference."

Defending against the Ducks should be a lot easier after Ottawa went up against Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on Friday, and Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner of the Maple Leafs on Saturday, each of whom has more than 50 points on the season.

The Ducks don't have a player with more than 35 points.

"We've just seen some of the best players in the world in Ovechkin to Matthews and Marner," Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said after the loss to Toronto. "It's great for our guys. You can see our guys are playing right with them. In time, we'll find ways to finish these games off."

The Ducks can use more offense from their top-line players, and so could the Senators.

Duclair is stuck on 21 goals after reaching that mark in 37 games. He hasn't scored since just before Christmas.

"It's a little bit (frustrating) but I can't get down on myself. I've got to keep going," Duclair told reporters after the loss to the Maple Leafs. "I'm getting the looks. I'm getting the opportunities, and if I keep working hard it's going to find itself in the back of the net for me."

The Senators could be getting a versatile forward back from injury. Nick Paul skated in a regular practice jersey on Monday morning.

He has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since the second period against the Capitals on Jan. 7.

Paul had six goals and seven assists in the first 38 games, more than he totaled in his first four seasons in Ottawa combined.

--Field Level Media

Canadiens visit Devils with aspirations to salvage season

February 04, 2020 at 12:46AM

The Montreal Canadiens experienced two eight-game losing streaks earlier this season and are hoping those ultimately do not prevent them from missing the postseason.

With 28 games remaining, the Canadiens instead hope to start getting on a roll, starting with Tuesday's visit to the New Jersey Devils.

The Canadiens went 0-5-3 from Nov. 16-Dec. 1 and that put them two points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal then won seven of its next 10 games to move into the final wild-card spot but then went 0-7-1 from Dec. 28-Jan. 9 and that dropped them nine points out of the final wild-card spot.

Since the second eight-game skid, Montreal is a respectable 6-3 in its last nine games but has barely gained any ground and heads to New Jersey after a flu bug canceled Monday's full practice.

The Canadiens missed a chance at gaining ground Sunday afternoon when they never led and took a 4-3 home loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I don't think we got outplayed," Canadiens coach Claude Julien told reporters afterward. "I think it was a tight game. The difference was the mistakes. We made a few mistakes that ended up in the back of our net."

Tomas Tatar, Max Domi, and Shea Weber scored for the Canadiens, who were unable to win three straight games for the fifth time this season after a 4-0 home win over Florida on Saturday.

"It's frustration, especially at this point of the season when we're desperate for wins," defenseman Ben Chiarot said. "We're trying to keep that good feeling in the room and keep building these wins."

The Canadiens will hope to get their fourth straight road win against a team whose 45 points are the third fewest in the NHL.

After a 6-5 shootout loss to Nashville last Thursday, the Devils took a 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas on Saturday night.

Nico Hischier scored the tying goal in the third period, but the Devils lost moments after Hischier was stopped on a breakaway in overtime and fell to 3-5-3 in their last 11 games since winning three straight Dec. 29-Jan. 2.

"We're playing some good hockey," Hischier said. "We're playing good enough hockey to win games. It's just little things that are missing right now. If we do those right, we're going to start winning."

The Devils may face Carey Price, whose 44 starts lead all goaltenders. Price has started the last six games and played 12 of the last 14 games.

Price is 22-18-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage and allowed five goals on 34 shots in Montreal's 6-4 home loss to the Devils on Nov. 28. Former Devil Keith Kinkaid started on Nov. 16 in Montreal and allowed the game-winner to Kyle Palmieri in overtime in a 4-3 loss.

The Devils have won the last seven meetings with Montreal and are 7-1-2 against the Canadiens since Jan. 20, 2017.

--Field Level Media

Caps, Ovechkin try to get back on track vs. Kings

February 04, 2020 at 12:31AM

The Washington Capitals will be trying to bounce back from a tough loss while the visiting Los Angeles Kings continue trying to find their way with a rebuilding group when the teams meet on Tuesday night.

Washington is coming off a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon in the first meeting between the two teams this season. Alex Ovechkin, who had scored 11 goals in his previous five games before Sunday to move within five of 700 for his career, was held without a point as Pittsburgh led most of the way.

The Caps started slowly again, falling behind 3-1 after two periods before putting pressure on the Penguins and cutting the lead to one twice. Still, though they came up short. The 12:30 p.m. start seemed to slow the Caps a bit but they were much better in the third period.

"The third (period) was definitely closer to our identity," Caps coach Todd Reirden said in a postgame news conference. "Sometimes, until you get everybody in your group involved and into a rivalry, you don't understand what it really means. So it took us two periods to get to that, and now we're in third and we gave ourselves a chance, and unfortunately came out a goal short."

The teams will meet three more times, once this month in Washington and twice more at Pittsburgh in March. One way or the other, if the Caps want to get back to the Eastern Conference finals or the Stanley Cup Final, they'll likely need to battle with the Penguins.

Washington might have the start of a goalie issue on its hands. Reirden started rookie Ilya Samsonov for a second straight game as he had won 11 straight decisions while struggling veteran Braden Holtby sat.

The guess here is Holtby plays in the Los Angeles game but the Caps need him to get back on track fast.

The Kings come to town for their second game against Washington this season. Samsonov was in net for a 3-1 victory in Los Angeles on Dec. 4.

This will be the only time Los Angeles comes to Washington this season, and it's going to be the final meeting between the two teams.

The Kings are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Tyler Toffoli scored the only Los Angeles goal, and Jonathan Quick finished with 25 saves.

That loss was the Kings' sixth in the last seven games as they've gone 1-5-1 during that stretch. NHL.com said that Drew Doughty sat out a third consecutive game due to an undisclosed injury.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Super Bowl Sunday that the Kings are hoping to get Doughty back into the lineup for the Washington game Tuesday.

Alex Iafallo was strong throughout the month of January and earned the team's Player of the Month honor for the second time in 2019-2020. During one nine-game stretch, he posted four goals and six assists for 10 points and gave the Kings' offense a jolt.

He even notched his first career hat trick, scoring every Los Angeles goal in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 30.

--Field Level Media

LeBron cites daughter in choosing No. 2 for ASG

LeBron James said his daughter, Zhuri, is the reason his team will wear Gianna Bryant's No. 2 in this month's All-Star Game.

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Mahomes breaks Madden Curse, fulfills high school Disney World dream

Patrick Mahomes tweeted a Super Bowl win into existence and broke the Madden Curse all by the age of 24.

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This Is What It’s Like To Watch The Super Bowl Under A Coronavirus Quarantine

A man who was evacuated from China during the coronavirus outbreak described what it’s like to have a Super Bowl party while under quarantine at a US military base.

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George Steiner: Holocaust survivor and literary critic dies aged 90

The scholar and critic's work included questions on the moral power of art after the Holocaust.

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The Papers: Streatham attack fallout in focus

The front pages report the emergency legislation to end early release of terror offenders following Sunday's attack in south London.

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Ξεσπά η μάνα του Αδαμάντιου Μαντή: «Να τιμωρηθεί αυτός που σκότωσε το γιο μου – Δεν ήταν αμέλεια» - Newsbomb.gr

  1. Ξεσπά η μάνα του Αδαμάντιου Μαντή: «Να τιμωρηθεί αυτός που σκότωσε το γιο μου – Δεν ήταν αμέλεια»  Newsbomb.gr
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Καιρός: Έρχεται 'ψυχρό μέτωπο' με μεγάλη πτώση θερμοκρασίας - Καιρός | News 24/7 - NEWS 24/7

  1. Καιρός: Έρχεται 'ψυχρό μέτωπο' με μεγάλη πτώση θερμοκρασίας - Καιρός | News 24/7  NEWS 24/7
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  3. «Βουτιά» του υδράργυρου έως και 12 βαθμούς από την Τετάρτη, χιόνια και στην Αττική (vid)  gazzetta.gr
  4. Χειμωνιάζει ξανά από την Τετάρτη - Εως και 12 βαθμούς η πτώση της θερμοκρασίας  Η Καθημερινή
  5. Ραγδαία επιδείνωση του καιρού: Μέχρι και 12 βαθμούς θα πέσει η θερμοκρασία στην Αθήνα  Newsbomb.gr
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Σεισμική δόνηση 3,6R νοτιοανατολικά της Καρπάθου - Zougla

Σεισμική δόνηση 3,6R νοτιοανατολικά της Καρπάθου  Zougla

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Γλυφάδα: Ενοπλοι λήστεψαν μίνι μάρκετ -Πυροβόλησαν για να ξεφύγουν από καταδίωξη - iefimerida

  1. Γλυφάδα: Ενοπλοι λήστεψαν μίνι μάρκετ -Πυροβόλησαν για να ξεφύγουν από καταδίωξη  iefimerida
  2. Γλυφάδα: Ληστεία με πυροβολισμούς σε μίνι μάρκετ  Dikaiologitika News
  3. Ληστεία με πυροβολισμούς σε μίνι-μάρκετ στη Γλυφάδα  Newsbomb
  4. Πυροβολισμοί στη Γλυφάδα: Ένοπλοι εισέβαλαν σε μίνι μάρκετ  Πρώτο ΘΕΜΑ
  5. Ληστεία σε μίνι μάρκετ στην Γλυφάδα-Πυροβόλησαν στον αέρα για εκφοβισμό - Έγκλημα | News 24/7  NEWS 24/7
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Χτύπημα στο παρεμπόριο: Πρόστιμα 51.200 ευρώ -Καταστράφηκαν πάνω από 1.500 προϊόντα «μαϊμού» - iefimerida

  1. Χτύπημα στο παρεμπόριο: Πρόστιμα 51.200 ευρώ -Καταστράφηκαν πάνω από 1.500 προϊόντα «μαϊμού»  iefimerida
  2. Παρεμπόριο: Αύξηση κατά… 367% μέσα σε μία εβδομάδα!  Newsit
  3. Έκαναν ελέγχους στο παζάρι του Σχιστού και κατέσχεσαν μέχρι και ζώα (vid)  Reader.gr
  4. «Σπάει το άβατο του Σχιστού» με την επιχείρηση κατά του παρεμπορίου  ΣΠΟΡ FM 94.6
  5. Ευρεία επιχείρηση κατά του παρεμπορίου στο Σχιστό  Το Βήμα Online
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Παίχτης reality ο 47χρονος που επιτέθηκε το Σάββατο με αλυσοπρίονο στην αδελφή του - In.gr

  1. Παίχτης reality ο 47χρονος που επιτέθηκε το Σάββατο με αλυσοπρίονο στην αδελφή του  In.gr
  2. Ηλιούπολη: Παίχτης του «Ελλάδα έχεις ταλέντο» ο δράστης της επίθεσης με αλυσοπρίονο  Πρώτο ΘΕΜΑ
  3. Στο «Ελλάδα έχεις Ταλέντο» είχε εμφανιστεί ο άνδρας που πήγε να σκοτώσει με αλυσοπρίονο την αδερφή του  Reader.gr
  4. Παίκτης του «Ελλάδα έχεις Ταλέντο» προσπάθησε να σκοτώσει με αλυσοπρίονο την αδερφή του  Gossip-tv.gr
  5. Ο δράστης της επίθεσης με το αλυσοπρίονο στην Ηλιούπολη, είχε εμφανιστεί στο «Ελλάδα έχεις ταλέντο»  iefimerida
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Κρήτη: Αναστολή καθηκόντων για γιατρό - Καταδικάστηκε για ασέλγεια στο παιδί της πρώην συζύγου του - Newsbomb.gr

  1. Κρήτη: Αναστολή καθηκόντων για γιατρό - Καταδικάστηκε για ασέλγεια στο παιδί της πρώην συζύγου του  Newsbomb.gr
  2. Σε αναστολή καθηκόντων ο γιατρός σε νοσοκομείο της Κρήτης που έχει καταδικαστικές αποφάσεις για «βιασμό κατ' εξακολούθηση ανηλίκου» – Ανατολή  ΑΝΑΤΟΛΗ
  3. Κρήτη | Σε αναστολή καθηκόντων ο γιατρός που καταδικάστηκε για ασέλγεια στο παιδί της πρώην συζύγου του  ZarpaNews
  4. Σε αναστολή καθηκόντων ο γιατρός που καταδικάστηκε για ασέλγεια στο παιδί της πρώην συζύγου του  neakriti.gr
  5. Εκτός νοσοκομείου ο γιατρός, μετά την καταδίκη του για κακοποίηση ανηλίκου  Cretalive.gr
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