NBA Power Rankings: Christmas Day

NBA Power Rankings: Christmas Day

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Today is a day for family, friends, giving, and one of the best traditions in sports: NBA Christmas Day. Though we haven’t tried to power rank NBA teams since Thanksgiving, we felt Christmas Day would be the prime time to release new rankings. We all know the NBA season really doesn’t begin until Christmas Day. NBA Power Rankings: Christmas Day.

On tap for tomorrow, a five-game slate. 

  • 76ers at Knicks – Noon
  • Cavaliers at Warriors – 3 PM
  • Wizards at Celtics – 5:30 PM
  • Rockets at Thunder – 8 PM
  • Timberwolves at Lakers – 10:30 PM

Power Rankings

Bottom 5

30. Atlanta Hawks (8-25) [TG: 30]

  • The Hawks beat the Mavs on Saturday and still couldn’t get out of the bottom spot. Yikes. The rough season in the ATL continues.

29. Dallas Mavericks (9-25) [TG: 27]

  • Mark Cuban’s Mavs are in the midst of a tough stretch. Over their last ten, Dallas is 2-8. The Mavericks rank in the bottom tier of the league in both field goal percentage and offensive rebound percentage, an excellent recipe for failure.

28. Orlando Magic (11-23) [TG: 22]

  • After a hot 8-4 start, the Magic have gone ice cold. Since November 10th, Orlando’s record is 3-19 including two losing streaks of 8+ games.

27. Memphis Grizzlies (10-23) [TG: 20]

  • Since David Fizdale’s dismissal in November, the Grizzlies have yet to show any improvement. Expect a fire sale at the trade deadline. Gasol should be on the move, we’ll wait and see on Mike Conley.

26. Los Angeles Lakers (11-20) [TG: 23]

  • With all eyes firmly on Lonzo, the young Lakers are still experiencing growing pains under second-year head coach Luke Walton. Brandon Ingram’s emergence as a star is promising for LA. The Lake Show will be an intriguing watch at the trade deadline as they look to cash in on their young assets as well as positioning themselves to make a run at a marquee free-agent this summer.  

 

Middle 20

25. Phoenix Suns (12-23) [TG: 26]

24. Charlotte Hornets (12-21) [TG: 18]

23. Chicago Bulls (10-22) [TG: 29]

22. Sacramento Kings (11-21) [TG: 28]

21. Brooklyn Nets (12-20) [TG: 25]

20. Los Angeles Clippers (13-19) [TG: 24]

19. Philadelphia 76ers (14-18) [TG: 12]

18. Utah Jazz (15-19) [TG: 21]  

17. New York Knicks (17-15) [TG: 17] 

16. New Orleans Pelicans (17-16) [TG: 15]

15. Miami Heat (17-16) [TG: 19]

14. Portland Trail Blazers (17-16) [TG: 11] 

13. Indiana Pacers (19-14) [TG: 16]

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (18-15) [TG: 14]

11. Denver Nuggets (18-15) [TG: 13]

10. Washington Wizards (18-15) [TG: 10]

9. Milwaukee Bucks (17-14) [TG: 9]

8. Detroit Pistons (18-14) [TG: 4]

7. Minnesota Timberwolves (20-13) [TG: 7]

6. Boston Celtics (27-9) [TG: 1]

 

Top 5

5. San Antonio Spurs (23-11) [TG: 8]

  • The Spurs are just doing Spurs things. You know what I’m talking about it. If you don’t you’ve been under a rock for two decades.

4. Toronto Raptors (23-8) [TG: 6]

  • Whether anyone else knows it or not, the Raptors are silently proving their case as legitimate contenders in the East. While Cleveland and Boston get the headlines, Toronto has been on the cusp for years now.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-9) [TG: 5]

  • LeBron and the Cavs finally figured it out in December and strung together a nice winning streak. They’ll get Isaiah Thomas back soon. Watch out.

2. Golden State Warriors (26-7) [TG: 3]

  • Cavs/Warriors today should be fun, as always.

1.  Houston Rockets (25-6) [TG: 2]

  • The Rockets are coming for the Warriors and they want them to know it.

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Last Night in the NHL (12/23)

Last Night in the NHL (12/23)

Last night in the NHL (12/23) 26 teams were in action. The NHL will take a break over the holidays and resume action on Wednesday. Happy Holidays!

 

1 – Detroit Red Wings (13-15-7)

3 – Boston Bruins (19-10-5)

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron were all over the ice in Boston Saturday afternoon. The two combined for five points including two hookups for goals in the third period to fuel the B’s to victory.

1st Period

  • Boston (1-0)
    • Brad Marchand (15) (PP)
      • David Backes
      • David Pastrnak
  • Detroit (1-1)
    • Frans Nielsen (9) (SH)
      • Darren Helm

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • Boston (2-1)
    • Patrice Bergeron (9)
      • Marchand
      • Pastrnak
  • Boston (3-1)
    • Bergeron (10)
      • Marchand
      • Backes

 


2 – Winnipeg Jets (20-11-6)

5- New York Islanders (19-13-4)

Mathew Barzal was the king of New York Saturday afternoon. The 20-year old centerman netted a hat trick all with a hand from Jordan Eberle who assisted on all three goals. Jaroslav Halak earned the victory between the pipes with 38 saves on 40 chances.

1st Period

  • New York (1-0)
    • Anders Lee (22)
      • Josh Bailey
      • Nick Leddy
  • New York (2-0)
    • Mathew Barzal (10)
      • Jordan Eberle
      • Andrew Ladd
  • Winnipeg (1-2)
    • Tucker Poolman (1)
      • Ben Chiarot
      • Nikolaj Ehlers
  • New York (3-1)
    • Barzal (11)
      • Eberle
      • Johnny Boychuk

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • New York (4-1)
    • Barzal (12)
      • Eberle
      • Ladd
  • New York: (5-1)
    • Anthony Beauvillier (4)
      • John Tavares
  • Winnipeg (2-5)
    • Adam Lowry (7)
      • Kyle Connor
      • Joel Armia

 


0 – Minnesota Wild (18-15-3)

3 – Tampa Bay Lightning (26-7-2)

After skating scoreless for two periods, the Lightning offense came to life in the third period Saturday. Andrei Vasilevskiy was a brick wall in goal. The young netminder stopped all twenty-two shots he saw in route to victory.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • Tampa Bay (1-0)
    • Dan Girardi (2)
      • Brayden Point
  • Tampa Bay (2-0)
    • Tyler Johnson (9)
      • Jake Dotchin
  • Tampa Bay (3-0)
    • Nikita Kucherov
      • Vladislav Namestnikov
      • Girardi

 


0 – Ottawa Senators (11-15-8)

1 – Florida Panthers (15-16-5)

James Reimer and Mike Condon battled all game long, but in the end, Jonathan Huberdeau’s twelfth goal of the season was enough to propel the Reimer and the Panthers to a win. Florida winning streak is now a season-best three games.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • Florida (1-0)
    • Jonathan Huberdeau (12)
      • Nick Bjugstad
      • Keith Yandle

3rd Period

  • None

 


1 – Chicago Blackhawks (17-13-5)

4 – New Jersey Devils (21-9-5)

Three first period goals were all the Devils and Cory Schneider needed to down the Blackhawks at home. Schneider stopped all but one of the forty shots he faced to earn the win. The streaky Blackhawks have now dropped two in a row after winning five-straight earlier this month. New Jersey now owns a four-game winning streak.

1st Period

  • New Jersey (1-0)
    • Brian Boyle (10)
  • New Jersey (2-0)
    • Kyle Palmieri (5) (PP)
      • Taylor Hall
      • Will Butcher
  • New Jersey (3-0)
    • Pavel Zacha (3)
      • Stefan Noesen
      • Butcher

2nd Period

  • Chicago (1-3)
    • Patrick Kane (15)
      • Jan Rutta
      • Gustav Forsling

3rd Period

  • New Jersey (4-1)
    • Taylor Hall (12)
      • Miles Wood

 


3 – Toronto Maple Leafs (22-14-1)

2 – New York Rangers (19-13-4)

Though the Rangers were clearly the aggressors throughout, it was the Maple Leafs who left Madison Square Garden with a victory. Austin Matthews left his fingerprints all over the box score. First, Matthew assisted on William Nylander’s first-period goal. Then he put home one of his own in the third. Frederik Andersen (30/32) outdueled King Henrik (34/37) to earn the win.

1st Period

  • Toronto (1-0)
    • William Nylander (7)
      • Austin Matthews
      • Morgan Rielly

2nd Period

  • Toronto (2-0) (PP)
    • Ron Hainsey (3) (PP)
      • Rielly
      • Mitch Marner
  • New York (1-2)
    • Jimmy Vesey (8)
  • Toronto (3-1)
    • Matthews (14)
      • Zach Hyman
      • Nylander

3rd Period

  • New York (2-3)
    • J.T. Miller (7)
      • Pavel Buchnevich
      • Chris Kreider

 


4 – Anaheim Ducks (16-13-8)

0 – Pittsburgh Penguins (18-16-3)

It was all Ducks all the time against the defending champs in Pittsburgh Saturday. Two goals in the first followed by two more in the second were enough to earn John Gibson (29/29) a shutout victory for Anaheim. Sydney Crosby and Kris Letang were both -2 while on the ice.

1st Period

  • Anaheim (1-0)
    • Ondrej Kase (9)
  • Anaheim (2-0)
    • Rickard Rakell (10)
      • Ryan Getzlaf

2nd Period

  • Anaheim (3-0)
    • Andrew Cogliano (5) (SH)
      • Brandon Montour
  • Anaheim (4-0)
    • Cam Fowler (4)
      • Rakell
      • Jakob Sifverberg

3rd Period

  • None

 


2 – Buffalo Sabres (9-20-7)

4 – Carolina Hurricanes (16-12-7)

Behind Justin Faulk’s second and third goals of the season, the Hurricanes were able to capture a needed win at home in Raleigh. Cam Ward stopped 20 of the 22 shots he saw to take home the victory. The Canes are now 7-0-1 in Ward’s last eight starts.

1st Period

  • Carolina (1-0)
    • Sabastian Aho (8)
      • Brett Pesce
      • Teuvo Teravainen

2nd Period

  • Carolina (2-0)
    • Jordan Staal (10) (PP)
      • Elias Lindholm
      • Teravainen
  • Buffalo (1-2)
    • Nathan Beaulieu (1)
      • Johan Larsson
      • Jack Eichel
  • Carolina (3-1)
    • Justin Faulk (2)
      • Aho
      • Teravainen
  • Carolina (4-1)
    • Faulk (3)
      • Jaccob Slavin
      • Jeff Skinner
  • Buffalo (2-4)
    • Zemgus Girgensons (2)
      • Eichel

3rd Period

  • None

 

 


1 – Philadelphia Flyers (15-13-8)

2 – Columbus Blue Jackets (22-13-2)

Final/Shootout

Brian Elliot and Sergei Bobrovsky went at it in Columbus Saturday. Each goalie only had one blemish on their sheet through 65 minutes. In the shootout, each team first two attempts were stuffed. Then Pierre-Luc Dubois snuck one past Elliott. Moments later, Bobrovsky ended Philly’s hopes with a save of Jakub Voracek’s redemption attempt.

1st Period

  • Columbus (1-0)
    • Seth Jones (7) (PP)
      • Oliver Bjorkstrand
      • Artemi Panarin

2nd Period

  • Philadelphia (1-1)
    • Ivan Provorov (5)
      • Claude Giroux
      • Sean Couturier

3rd Period

  • None

Overtime

  • None

Shootout

  • Columbus Wins Shootout 1-0 (2-1)

 


1 – Montreal Canadiens (16-16-4)

4 – Edmonton Oilers (17-17-2)

Edmonton hopped out to an early lead and never looked back. Leon Draisaitl was a good friend all night. The 22-year old center dished out three assists to push his point-streak and the Oilers’ win-streak to four games. Cam Talbot (29/30) also earned his fourth straight victory in net for Edmonton.

1st Period

  • Edmonton (1-0)
    • Ryan Strome (7)
      • Jujhar Khaira
      • Leon Draisaitl
  • Edmonton (2-0)
    • Connor McDavid (14)
      • Darnell Nurse
      • Kris Russell

2nd Period

  • Edmonton (3-0)
    • Milan Lucic (9) (PP)
      • Draisaitl
      • McDavid
  • Montreal (1-3)
    • Andrew Shaw (9) (PP)
      • Paul Byron
      • Joe Morrow

3rd Period

  • Edmonton (4-1)
    • Khaira (6)
      • Draisaitl

 


3 – Nashville Predators (21-9-5)

4 – Dallas Stars (20-14-3)

Final/Shootout

Ryan Johanson’s power-play goal late in the third tied it, but the Stars prevailed in the shootout to protect home ice. In the shootout, Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin were both able to beat Juuse Saros to claim the game. Ben Bishop earned the victory in goal.

1st Period

  • Nashville (1-0)
    • Alexei Emelin (1)
      • Ryan Johansen
      • Viktor Arvidsson
  • Nashville (2-0)
    • Calle Jarnkrok (9) (SH)
      • Colton Sissons
  • Dallas (1-2)
    • Tyler Seguin (17) (PP)
      • Jamie Benn
      • John Klingberg

2nd Period

  • Dallas (2-2)
    • Antonie Roussel (5)
      • Klingberg
      • Tyler Pitlick
  • Dallas (3-2)
    • Martin Hanzal (3)
      • Jason Spezza
      • Gemel Smith

3rd Period

  • Nashville (3-3)
    • Ryan Johansen (5) (PP)
      • P.K. Subban

Overtime

  • None

Shootout

  • Dallas Wins Shootout 2-0 (4-3)

 


6 – Colorado Avalanche (17-15-3)

2 – Arizona Coyotes (8-25-5)

Four 2nd period goals were enough for the Avalanche to wipe out the lowly Coyotes. Carl Soderberg scored two goals and Semyon Varlamov (32/34) filled the pipes to take home a win.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • Colorado (1-0)
    • Carl Soderberg (5)
      • Matt Nieto
      • Patrik Nemeth
  • Colorado (2-0)
    • J.T. Compher (6) (PP)
      • Nikita Zadorov
      • Alexander Kerfoot
  • Colorado (3-0)
    • Nail Yakupov (8) (PP)
      • Mark Barberio
  • Colorado (4-0)
    • Nieto (5)
      • Blake Comeau
      • Kerfoot
  • Arizona (1-4)
    • Derek Stepan (7) (SH)
      • Clayton Keller

3rd Period

  • Arizona (2-4)
    • Stepan (8) (SH)
      • Jordan Martinook
  • Colorado (5-2)
    • Sven Andrighetto (6) (PP)
      • Tyson Jost
      • Colin Wilson
  • Colorado (6-2)
    • Carl Soderberg (6)
      • Mikko Rantanen
      • Mark Barberio

 


0 – Washington Capitals (22-13-2)

3 – Vegas Golden Knights (23-9-2)

Marc-Andre Fleury put on a clinic Saturday. The former number one overall pick stopped all 28 shots pelted his way to notch the shutout of Ovechkin and company. Vegas is 8-0-1 in their last nine games.

1st Period

  • Vegas (1-0)
    • Alex Tuch (8)
      • Brendan Leipsic
      • Cody Eakin
  • Vegas (2-0)
    • Oscar Lindberg (7)
      • Tomas Nosek
  • Vegas (3-0)
    • William Karlsson (16)
      • Reilly Smith
      • Jonathan Marchessault

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • None

 


3 – St. Louis Blues (23-13-2)

1 – Vancouver Canucks (15-17-5)

Jacob Markstrom (31/33) did all he could to help, but an empty-netter by Alexander Steen with under a minute to play sealed the Canucks hopes. Kyle Brodziak led the Blues offensive attack. Brodziak assisted on Patrik Berglund’s first-period goal and then added his own in the second. Jake Allen earned the victory in net for the Blues.

1st Period

  • St. Louis (1-0)
    • Patrik Berglund (5)
      • Kyle Brodziak
      • Dmitrij Jaskin

2nd Period

  • Vancouver (1-1)
    • Brock Boeser (20)
      • Thomas Vanek
      • Sam Gagner
  • St. Louis (2-1)
    • Brodziak (6)
      • Scottie Upshall

3rd Period

  • St. Louis (3-1)
    • Alexander Steen (4)
      • Vladimir Tarasenko

 


0 – Los Angeles Kings (22-11-4)

2 – San Jose Sharks (19-11-4)

In a game that featured Jonathon Quick in goal, Martin Jones and the Sharks stole the show. Jones blocked all 28 shots ripped his way to lead San Jose to a win, their second in as many games.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • San Jose (1-0)
    • Marcus Sorensen (3)
      • Mikkel Boedker
      • Kylan DeMelo

3rd Period

  • San Jose (2-0)
    • Joe Pavelski (8) (PP)
      • Brent Burns

 


Last Night in the NHL (12/22)

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 16 *Updated

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 16

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 16. For each NFL game on Sunday, we’ll present 2-4 players at a single position group. In addition, we’ll provide a single focus statistic. Then rank the players in the order you think they will finish in that statistical category for the game. You can only rank the players presented. Furthermore, if there is a tie within the statistical category, all tied positions will be considered.

For example, let’s look at Week 14’s Ravens versus Steelers game. 

Week 14 Pittsburgh vs Baltimore

Position Group: Wide Receivers

Focus Statistic: Targets

Player Pool: Mike Wallace (BAL), Jeremy Maclin (BAL), Antonio Brown (PIT), Martavius Bryant (PIT)

The Correct Rankings would have been: 

  1. Brown – 18
  2. Maclin -11
  3. Bryant- 10
  4. Wallace- 5

To win, you must have the rankings 100% correct for every game on the slate. Email your rankings to Contact@QuarterMasterSports.com before Sunday’s contest begin. The winner each week will be eligible for QuarterMaster prizes. 

Week 16

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

  • Position Group: Runningbacks
  • Focus Stat: Rushing Yards
  • Player Pool
    • TB- Peyton Barber
    • TB- Doug Martin
    • CAR- Jonathan Stewart
    • CAR- Christian McCaffery
  • Correct Rankings

1. Peyton Barber – 51

2. Christian McCaffery – 39

3. Jonathan Stewart – 19

4. Doug Martin – 7

Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears

  • Position Group: Kick Returners
  • Focus Stat: Return Yards
  • Player Pool: 
    • CHI- Tarik Cohen
    • CLE- Jabril Peppers
  • Correct Rankings

T1/2. Jabril Peppers – 27

T1/2. Tarik Cohen – 27

Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals

  • Position Group:  Defensive Backs
  • Focus Stat: Total Tackles
  • Player Pool: 
    • CIN – William Jackson III
    • CIN- Shawn Williams
    • DET- D.J. Hayden
    • DET- Darius Slay
  • Correct Rankings

T1/2. Shawn Williams – 6

T1/2. Darius Slay – 6

T3/4. D.J. Hayden – 1

T3/4. Williams Jackson III – 1

Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee Titans

  • Position Group: Punters
  • Focus Stat: Average Yards
  • Player Pool:
    • LAR- Johnny Hekker
    • TEN – Brett Kern
  • Correct Rankings

1. Johnny Hekker – 50.0

2. Brett Kern – 36.25

Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position Group: Quarterbacks
  • Focus Stat: Average Distance Per Completion
  • Player Pool:
    • MIA- Jay Cutler
    • KC- Alex Smith
  • Correct Rankings

1. Jay Cutler – 15.05

2. Alex Smith – 12.16

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

  • Position Group: Runningbacks
  • Focus Stat: Touchdowns
  • Player Pool: 
    • BUF- LeSean McCoy
    • NE- Dion Lewis
    • NE- Rex Burkhead
  • Correct Rankings

1. Dion McCoy – 1

T2/3. LeSean McCoy – 0

T2/3. Rex Burkhead – 0

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

  • Position Group: Receivers
  • Focus Stat: Targets
  • Player Pool:
    • NO-Michael Thomas
    • NO- Ted Ginn Jr.
    • ATL- Julio Jones
    • ATL- Taylor Gabriel
  • Correct Rankings

1. Julio Jones – 11

T2/3. Michael Thomas – 5

T2/3. Ted Ginn Jr. – 5

4. Taylor Gabriel – 4

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets

  • Position Group: Kickers
  • Focus Stat: Field Goals Made
  • Player Pool: 
    • NYJ- Chandler Catanzaro
    • LAC- Nick Novak
  • Correct Rankings

1. Chandler Catanzaro – 0

2. Nick Novak – Cut

Denver Broncos at Washington Redskins

  • Position Group: Defensive Line
  • Focus Stat: Tackles for Loss
  • Player Pool: 
    • WAS- Stacy McGee
    • WAS- Matt Ioannidis
    • DEN- Derek Wolfe
    • DEN- Domata Peko
  • Correct Rankings

T. McGee – 0

T. Ioannidis – 0

T. Wolfe – 0

T. Peko – 0

Jacksonville Jaguars at San Francisco 49ers

  • Position Group: Linebackers
  • Focus Stat: Total Tackles
  • Player Pool:
    • JAX- Telvin Smith
    • JAX- Myles Jack
    • SF- Reuben Foster
    • SF- Eli Harold
  • Correct Rankings

1. Tevin Smith – 7

2. Reuben Foster – 5

3. Myles Jack – 3

4. Eli Harold – 1

New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals

  • Position Group: Quarterbacks
  • Focus Stat: Touchdowns
  • Player Pool:
    • NYG- Eli Manning
    • NYG- Geno Smith
    • ARI- Blaine Gabbert
  • Correct Rankings

T. Manning – 0

T. Smith – 0

T. Gabbart – 0


Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 15 *Updated*

Last Night in the NHL (12/22)

Last Night in the NHL (12/22)

Last night in the NHL (12/22) there were four games on the slate. It was a good night to teams down in the standings. Both of the league’s bottom dwellers, Arizona and Buffalo were able to seize victory on Friday. Arizona took down Top 5 team Washington Capitals in overtime and Buffalo took down Philly behind the firepower of Jack Eichel.

2 – Philadelphia Flyers (15-13-7)

4 – Buffalo Sabres (9-19-7)

In Buffalo, the Sabres notched a win against the Flyers behind Jack Eichel’s twelfth and thirteenth goals of the season. The Sabres are now one game away from earning double-digit wins this season.

Robin Lehner took home the victory between the pipes for the Sabres.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • Buffalo (1-0)
    • Ryan O’Reilly (9)
      • Evander Kane
  • Buffalo (2-0)
    • Kane (15)
      • Josh Gorges
      • Kyle Okposo
  • Philadelphia (1-2)
    • Michael Raffl (6) (PP)
      • Claude Giroux
      • Jakub Voracek
  • Buffalo (3-1)
    • Jack Eichel (12)
      • Marco Scandella
      • O’Reilly
  • Philadelphia (2-3)
    • Shayne Gostisbehere (7)
      • Giroux
      • Voracek
  • Buffalo (4-2)
    • Jack Eichel (13)
      • Scandella

2 – Minnesota Wild (18-14-3)

4- Florida Panthers (14-16-5)

It’s official, the Florida Panthers are on a winning streak. Almost a month has passed since the last time Florida was able to string together two victories. In his eighth straight start for the Panthers, James Reimer earned his fourth victory over that span (4-3-1). He can thank Jonathan Huberdeau’s two third period goals for Thursday’s victory.

Just when you think the Wild are becoming respectable, this happens. If you take a lead into the third, you must win. The Wild didn’t. That’s why they are the epitome of NHL mediocrity.

1st Period

  • Minnesota (1-0)
    • Ryan Suter (5) (PP)
      • Matt Dumba
      • Mikael Granlund
  • Florida (1-1)
    • Vincent Trocheck (14)
      • Alex Petrovic
      • Denis Malgin

2nd Period

  • Minnesota (2-1)
    • Daniel Winnik (3)

3rd Period

  • Florida (2-2)
    • Jonathan Huberdeau (10)
      • Aleksander Barkov
  • Florida (3-2)
    • Connor Brickley (3)
      • Keith Yandle
  • Florida (4-2)
    • Huberdeau (11)
      • Barkov

3 – Montreal Canadiens (16-15-4)

2 – Calgary Flames (18-15-3)

Carey Price continues to carry the Canadiens. Since returning from injury, Montreal is 8-3-1. Last night’s victim: Calgary. For the first time in 22 months, Byron Froese scored a goal, a deflection in the first. Calgary added two goals in the third to keep the game close, but it wasn’t enough. While Calgary seems to be treading water, Montreal is on the move to make up the games they lost without Price.

1st Period

  • Montreal (1-0)
    • Byron Froese (1)
      • Jordie Benn
      • Alex Galchneyuk

2nd Period

  • Montreal (2-0)
    • Nicolas Deslauriers (4)
      • Froese
      • Daniel Carr

3rd Period

  • Montreal (3-0) 
    • Brendan Gallagher (14)
      • Artturi Lehkonen
      • Tomas Plekanec
  • Calgary (1-3)
    • Micheal Ferland (14)
      • Michael Frolik
      • Sean Monahan
  • Calgary (2-3)
    • Matthew Tkachuk (8)
      • Mikael Backlund
      • Johnny Gaudreau

2- Washington Capitals (22-12-2)

3- Arizona Coyotes (8-24-5)

Final/OT

Despite being one of the worst teams in the league, the Coyotes used a late goal by Christian Fischer in the third period to push the game to overtime. In the extra session, Clayton Keller drained the game-winner to down the Caps in Phoenix. TJ Oshie put home his eleventh goal of the season in the loss. Five of Arizona’s eight wins this season have come in overtime. The Coyotes are 3-24 in games not decided in overtime this season. They are 5-5 in overtime games.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • Washington (1-0)
    • TJ Oshie (11)
      • Jakub Vrana
      • Evgeny Kuznetsov

3rd Period

  • Arizona (1-1)
    • Christian Dvorak (5)
      • Alex Goligoski
      • Jakob Chychrun
  • Washington (2-1)
    • Kuznetsov (12)
      • Christian Djoos
      • John Carlson
  • Arizona (2-2)
    • Christian Fischer (9)
      • Clayton Keller
      • Jason Demers

Overtime

  • Arizona (3-2)
    • Keller (13)
      • Max Domi
      • Goligoski

 

NHL Power Rankings Week 12

NHL Power Rankings Week 12

Okay. We’ve finally reached a point in the season where we kind of know what everyone has. There are some really good teams at the top and some really good teams middle of the pack with their work cut out for them. As always enjoy last weeks plays of the week and feel free to send your comments, thoughts, and/or rankings to contact@quartermastersports.com. Subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 12.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (24-7-2) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week
    • @ Arizona – W 4-1
    • @ Colorado – W 6-5
    • @ Vegas – L 3-4
  • This Week
    • vs Ottawa (Thur)
    • vs Minnesota (Sat)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Victor Hedman (D) –  2 Goals, 4 Assists, +5 +/-
  • Quote
    • “The wrong call at the wrong time. A crappy way to lose.” – Steven Stamkos on the loss to the Knights

2. Nashville Predators (21-8-4) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week
    • @ Edmonton – W 4-0
    • @ Calgary – W 2-0
    • vs Winnipeg – L 4-6
  • This Week
    • vs Carolina (Thur)
    • @ Dallas (Sat)
    • @ St. Louis (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Kevin Fiala (LW) – 3 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Video

3. Vegas Golden Knights (22-9-2) [LW: WC 5]

  • Last Week 
    • vs Pittsburgh – W 2-1
    • vs Florida – W 5-2
    • v Tampa Bay- W 4-3
  • This Week
    • vs Washington (Sat)
    • @ Anaheim (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Erik Haula (LW)- 2 Goals, 2 Assist
  • Tweet

4. Los Angeles Kings (21-10-4) [LW: 3]

  • Last Week
    • @ New York Rangers – L 2-4
    • @ New York Islanders – L 3-4 (OT)
    • @ Philadelphia – W 4-1
  • This Week
    • vs Colorado (Thur)
    • @ San Jose (Sat)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Tyler Toffoli (C) – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote
    • “It’s one of those things you don’t really think about when you’re playing. But now that it’s kind of here, you definitely think about what it means to myself and everyone I’ve played with, and the organization.” – Dustin Brown on playing his 1,000 NHL game

5. Washington Capitals (22-12-1) [LW: EC5]

  • Last Week
    • @ Boston- W 5-3
    • vs Anaheim – W 3-2 (OT)
    • @ Dallas – W 4-3 (OT)
  • This Week
    • @ Arizona (Fri)
    • @ Vegas (Sat)
    • @ New York Rangers (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Alex Ovechkin (LW) – 2 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Quote
    • “I don’t know what was going on, but it was spur-of-the-moment. I think the boys had a good laugh over it.” – Brett Connolly after his GW OT Goal against Dallas

NHL Bottom 5

27. Detroit Red Wings (13-14-7) [LW: 28]

  • I feel bad including the Wings on this list. The 27th spot is tough because there are clearly four bad teams in the league and then a bunch of mediocrity right above it. The top spot in the bottom five is a revolving door. 

28. Florida Panthers (13-16-5) [LW: 30]

  • The Panthers went on a brutal five-game roadie and finished 2-2-1 over the span. However, their two wins were over the Red Wings (OT) and Coyotes. 

29. Ottawa Senators (11-14-7) [LW: 29]

  • Ottawa only played two games this past week and split. Craig Anderson shut out the Habs at home, but then fell 4-6 to the Wild. 

30. Arizona Coyotes (7-24-5) [LW: 31]

  • Arizona moves up just because I forgot Buffalo last week. They are still really, really bad.

31. Buffalo Sabres (8-19-7) [LW: Forgotten]

  • The Sabres are so bad. I completely forgot about their existence as a franchise last week and left them out of the bottom 5. Wow. My apologies to the Edmonton Oilers who were unjustly ranked in the B5 last week.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 12 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

24-7-2 50
2 Washington

Capitals

22-12-1 45 +3
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

21-13-1 43
4 New Jersey

Devils

19-9-5 43
5 Toronto

Maple Leafs

21-14-1 43 -3
6 New York

Rangers

19-12-3 41 +3
7 Pittsburgh

Penguins

17-15-3 37
8 Boston

Bruins

17-10-5 39
9 New York

Islanders

18-13-3 39 -3
10 Montreal

Canadiens

15-15-4 34
11 Carolina

Hurricanes

14-12-7 35
12 Philadelphia

Flyers

15-12-7 37 +1
13 Detroit

Red Wings

13-14-7 33 +1
14 Florida

Panthers

13-16-5 31 -2
15 Ottawa

Senators

11-14-7 29
16 Buffalo

Sabres

8-19-7 23

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

21-8-4 46
2 Vegas

Golden Knights

22-9-2 46 +3
3 Los Angeles

Kings

21-10-4 46 -1
4 St. Louis

Blues

22-12-2 46 -1
5 Winnipeg

Jets

20-10-5 45 -1
6 San Jose

Sharks

17-11-4 38
7 Chicago

Blackhawks

17-11-5 39 +4
8 Dallas

Stars

18-14-3 39 -1
9 Calgary

Flames

18-14-3 39 -1
10 Minnesota

Wild

18-13-3 39 -1
11 Anaheim

Ducks

14-13-8 36 -1
12 Colorado

Avalanche

16-15-2 34 +1
13 Edmonton

Oilers

15-17-2 32 +1
14 Vancouver

Canucks

15-16-4 34 -2
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-24-5 19

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

After a bizarre week across the league, we only have two weeks left to shake out the playoff picture. The difference between a playoff spot and an early offseason is this thickness of a note card. This week’s NFL Week 16 Power Rankings:

19. Oakland Raiders (6-8) [LW: 19]

  • Week 15: L 17-20 vs DAL
  • Week 16: @ PHI (MON)
  • Quote: “Just stretch the chain and if (the ball is) inside, if there’s space, it goes the other way. I saw space and in my opinion, it should have gone the other way. I haven’t had a chance to call and get the explanation. I’m sure there’ll be some kind of explanation. But whatever it is, I’m going to disagree with it.” – Jags HC Jack Del Rio

18. Miami Dolphins (6-8) [LW: 18]

  • Week 15: L 16-24 @ BUF
  • Week 16: @ KC
  • Quote: “I would hope they would be very motivated. They are playing for their jobs.” – Dolphins HC Adam Gase

17. Tennessee Titans (8-6) [LW: 13]

  • Week 15: L 23-25 @ SF
  • Week 16: vs LAR
  • Quote: “It’s the difference between winning and losing every week. It is a big emphasis. We talk about it, and it’s on the board every week. It is a huge emphasis, and we need to start doing it. You can talk all you want about it, put it all over the message board, but we need to start making the plays.” – Titans HC Mike Mularkey

16. Buffalo Bills (8-6) [LW: 17]

  • Week 15: W 24-16 vs MIA
  • Week 16: @ NE
  • Quote: “We’ve got too much work to do. And this is too good of an opponent for us to, A, talk about it, or B, even think about it. The weeks go by too fast for us to do anything but focus on what we’ve got to do and the New England Patriots.” – Bills HC Sean McDermott

15. Dallas Cowboys (8-6) [LW: 16]

  • Week 15: W 20-17 vs OAK
  • Week 16: vs SEA
  • Quote: “I hadn’t seen that before. The biggest thing that I was looking at from my vantage point — it seemed like the first down marker was kind of on an angle. I thought if we had straightened it up, we would’ve had a better chance of making that thing. Eventually, they got it straight and he pulled out that index card and it worked out well for us.” – Cowboys HC Jason Garrett

14. Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) [LW: 11]

  • Week 15: L 13-30 @ KC
  • Week 16: @ NYJ
  • Quote: “None of those scenarios matter if we don’t win Sunday. That’s the message to the team.” – Chargers HC Anthony Lynn

13. Detroit Lions (8-6) [LW: 15]

  • Week 15: W 20-10 vs CHI
  • Week 16: @ CIN
  • Quote: “Does that have anything to do with Cincinnati? That’s all I’m worried about. All I’m worried about is Cincinnati, Cincinnati, and Cincinnati. That’s it.” – Lions HC Jim Caldwell

12. Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) [LW: 14]

  • Week 15: W 30-13 vs LAC
  • Week 16: vs MIA
  • Quote: “He had a heck of a game. Ran hard. The offensive line, it all starts with them. They did a great job. I thought Matt Nagy and Andy Heck had a nice plan, Andy with the run game and Matt with the pass game.” – Chiefs HC Andy Reid on Kareem Hunt

11. Seattle Seahawks (8-6) [LW: 10]

  • Week 15: L 7-42 vs LAR
  • Week 16: @ DAL
  • Quote: “It didn’t go at all like we had thought. We ran into the Rams, who were on it. They played a great football game, they took advantage of the opportunities that were there, they made some things happen, then they were able to really cash in on a day that really went their way in a lot of ways.”- Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

10. Baltimore Ravens (8-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 15: W 27-10 vs CLE
  • Week 16: vs IND (SAT)
  • Quote“It was like being in your basement, like being in your man cave with all your best friends. Most of us, you probably know who we’re rooting against. But that’s just human nature. It’s just crazy. The NFL, that’s why people love it. We were in one of those games a week before. So, we know how it goes.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh on the team’s emotion after finding out the Patriots beat the Steelers

9. Atlanta Falcons (9-5) [LW: 9]

  • Week 15: W 24-21 @ TB
  • Week 16: @ NO
  • Quote: “We had a sense that this was going to be a big night for him. In fact, we talked about that before the game. We thought he’d have his opportunities and if he could get on the next level, the second level and on to a linebacker, safety or corner, make sure that he had a plan on how he wanted to finish.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn of DeVonta Freeman’s MNF performance

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) [LW: 8]

  • Week 15: W 45-7 vs HOU
  • Week 16: @ SF
  • Quote: “This team has done a good job of bouncing back, of being able to celebrate a win and then get back to work.” – Jags HC Doug Marrone on clinching the AFC South title

7. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) [LW: 6]

  • Week 15: W 34-7 vs CIN
  • Week 16: @ GB (SAT)
  • Quote: “We’re focused on Green Bay and trying to figure out how we can win another game. It’s a great rivalry and they’re an excellent football team and a great organization. We’ll have to play really good to win. If we don’t win this game and the next game, it really doesn’t matter about all that stuff.” – Vikes HC Mike Zimmer

6. Carolina Panthers (10-4) [LW: 5]

  • Week 15: W 31-24 vs GB
  • Week 16: vs TB
  • Quote: “Disappointed obviously for the news. But we most certainly will go forward.” – Panthers HC Ron Rivera on the news Jerry Richardson would soon sell the team

5. Los Angeles Rams (10-4) [LW: 7]

  • Week 15: W 42-7 @ SEA
  • Week 16: @ TEN
  • Quote: “With Todd’s success, that is a reflection of our offensive unit, but I think it’s a great honor for him. I think he certainly has put himself into legitimate (MVP) conversations with that, just based on the production and what he has meant to our team.” – Rams HC Sean McVay

4. Philadelphia Eagles (12-2) [LW: 1]

  • Week 15: W 34-29 @ NYG
  • Week 16: vs OAK
  • Quote: “I do know this: It’s been a rough three games. We’ve been on the road. There was a West Coast trip in there with Seattle and L.A., and then (we were) up in New York. I think back to when we played the Broncos. I believe the Broncos were on the road for three games in a row at the time we played them and you saw what happened there.” – Eagles HC Doug Pederson to his team after Sunday’s win

3. New Orleans Saints (10-4) [LW: 4]

  • Week 15: W 31-19 @ NYJ
  • Week 16: vs ATL
  • Quote: “We’re just going to play Saints football. We will have our team meeting on Wednesday and coach is going to give us the keys to victory. From those keys to victory, we’re going to do whatever it takes from that Wednesday immediately to Sunday when we get to perform. We will try to do as much as we can to get those keys to victory almost 100 percent, if not 100 percent, by game day.” – Saints WR Michael Thomas

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) [LW: 3]

  • Week 15: L 24-27 vs NE
  • Week 16: @ HOU
  • Quote: “I think that we all can acknowledge that all of this needs to be revisited. It’s not just that play. We’re having similar discussions week in and week out. So as a member of the committee, I acknowledge that we’ve got our work cut out for us this offseason regarding a number of those things.” – Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on the NFL’s catch rule

1. New England Patriots (11-3) [LW: 1]

  • Week 15: W 27-24 @ PIT
  • Week 16: vs BUF
  • Quote: “The catch in the end zone is very clearly stated, so you’ve got to complete a catch. It’s pretty clear. Whether there’s a better way to do that, I don’t know. It’s a tough rule. It’s a bang-bang play. It could go either way, so I think you have to have a philosophy and whatever philosophy you have then there will be people on the other side with a different philosophy and then it really gets back into that whole discussion.” – Pats HC Bill Belichick

Eliminated

  • Cleveland Browns (0-14)
  • New York Giants (2-12)
  • Indianapolis Colts (3-11)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10)
  • San Francisco 49ers (4-10)
  • Houston Texans (4-10)
  • Chicago Bears (4-10)
  • New York Jets (5-9)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (5-9)
  • Denver Broncos (5-9)
  • Washington Redskins (6-8)
  • Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
  • Green Bay Packers (7-7)

NFL Week 15 Power Rankings

NCAA MBB Top 25 Polls (12/18)

NCAA MBB Top 25 Polls (12/18)

Villanova is still #1 in the country, but they’re starting to see some heat from Michigan State and Arizona State. Duke will spend another week in the top five at number four. After knocking off the #24 Vols in Knoxville, Carolina also get included in the top 5. Now that exam week is over, the season is about to take off. NCAA MBB Top 25 Polls (12/18).

AP (12/18)

AP Top 25
Rk. Team W-L Points Move
1 Villanova (45) 11-0 1,602
2 Michigan State (15) 10-1 1,560
3 Arizona State (5) 10-0 1,429 +2
4 Duke 11-1 1,390
5 North Carolina 10-1 1,332 +2
6 Miami 9-0 1,308
7 Kentucky 9-1 1,231 +1
8 Texas A&M 9-1 1,156 +1
9 Xavier 10-1 1,073 +1
10 West Virginia 9-1 1,040 +1
11 Wichita State 8-2 851 -8
12 Gonzaga 9-2 831
13 Virginia 9-1 796 +3
14 Kansas 8-2 791 -1
15 TCU 10-0 789 -1
16 Purdue 11-2 706 +1
17 Oklahoma 8-1 691 NR
18 Arizona 8-3 396 +5
18 Baylor 9-2 396 +3
20 Cincinnati 9-2 314 +5
21 Tennessee 7-2 308 -1
21 Texas Tech 9-1 308 +3
23 Seton Hall 9-2 223 -8
24 Florida State 9-1 164 -5
25 Creighton 8-2 144 NR

Dropped Out: #18 Notre Dame, #22 Florida


Coaches (12/18)

USA Today Coaches Poll
Rk. Team W-L Coaches Move
1 Villanova (26) 11-0 794
2 Michigan State (6) 10-1 765
3 Duke 11-1 676 +1
4 North Carolina 10-1 654 +3
4 Arizona State 10-0 654 +2
6 Kentucky 9-1 636 -1
7 Miami 9-0 590 +1
8 Xavier 10-1 540 +1
9 Texas A&M 9-1 536 +1
10 West Virginia 9-1 508 +1
11 Wichita State 8-2 449 -8
12 TCU 10-0 418 +2
13 Kansas 8-2 404 -1
14 Virginia 9-1 387 +2
15 Gonzaga 9-2 357 -2
16 Purdue 11-2 353 +1
17 Oklahoma 8-1 300 +7
18 Baylor 9-2 210 +3
19 Arizona 8-3 199 +4
20 Tennessee 7-2 140
21 Texas Tech 9-1 129 NR
22 Seton Hall 9-2 126 -7
22 Cincinnati 9-2 126 NR
24 Creighton 8-2 115 +1
25 Florida State 9-1 103 -6

Dropped Out: #18 Notre Dame, #22 Florida


NCAA MBB Top 25 Polls (12/11)

NFL Week 15 Pick’em Results *Updated*

NFL Week 15 Picks

Not a bad week for picks. TyGuy would be in the lead, but he forgot there were games on Saturday and Monday. NFL Week 15 Picks:

Week 15
Away Home Time TyGuy TreBabs Rongy Cannon Winner
DEN IND TR 8:30 DEN IND DEN IND DEN
CHI DET SA 4:30   DET DET DET DET
LAC KC SA 8:25   LAC LAC LAC KC
MIA BUF SU 1:00 BUF MIA BUF BUF BUF
BAL CLE SU 1:00 BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL
CIN MIN SU 1:00 MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN
NYJ NO SU 1:00 NO NO NO NO NO
PHI NYG SU 1:00 PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI
ARI WAS SU 1:00 WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS
GB CAR SU 1:00 CAR GB CAR CAR CAR
HOU JAX SU 1:00 JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX
LAR SEA SU 4:05 LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR
NE PIT SU 4:25 NE PIT PIT NE NE
TEN SF SU 4:25 SF SF SF TEN SF
DAL OAK SU 8:30 OAK DAL DAL OAK DAL
ATL TB MO 8:30   ATL ATL ATL  ATL
       12-3 11-5 14-2 12-4   
      136-61 151-73 145-79 145-79  
      69% 67% 65% 65%

Guest Contributor Rankings:

  1. Drew Peacock 12-1 (92%)
  2. Conny: 11-4 (73%)
  3. Greggles: 10-4 (71%)
  4. Robs: 9-7 (56%)
  5. Nicky M: 9-7 (56%)
  6. Panda: 6-8 (42%)

Last Week’s Results Here:

NFL Week 14 Pick’em Results *Updated*

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 15 *Updated*

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 15

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 15. For this week’s side bets we’re going in a different direction. Instead of the classic game we have been playing, we have a new game. For each NFL game on Sunday, we’ll present 2-4 players at a single position group. In addition, we’ll provide a single focus statistic. Then rank the players in the order you think they will finish in that statistical category for the game. You can only rank the players presented. Furthermore, if there is a tie within the statistical category, all tied positions will be considered.

For example, let’s look at Week 14’s Ravens versus Steelers game. 

Week 14 Pittsburgh vs Baltimore

Position Group: Wide Receivers

Focus Statistic: Targets

Player Pool: Mike Wallace (BAL), Jeremy Maclin (BAL), Antonio Brown (PIT), Martavius Bryant (PIT)

The Correct Rankings would have been: 

  1. Brown – 18
  2. Maclin -11
  3. Bryant- 10
  4. Wallace- 5

To win, you must have the rankings 100% correct for every game on the slate. Email your rankings to Contact@QuarterMasterSports.com before Sunday’s contest begin. The winner each week will be eligible for QuarterMaster prizes. 


Week 15

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

  • Position Group: Linebackers
  • Focus Stat: Total Tackles
  • Player Pool:
    • BUF- Ramon Humber
    • BUF- Preston Brown
    • MIA- Lawrence Timmons
    • MIA- Kiko Alonso
  • Correct Rankings:

T1/2. Kiko Alonso- 10

T1/2. Preston Brown- 10

3. Ramon Humber- 5

4. Lawrence Timmons- 4

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

  • Position Group: Runningbacks
  • Focus Stat: Total Yards
  • Player Pool:
    • BAL- Alex Collins
    • BAL- Javorius Allen
    • CLE- Isaiah Crowell
    • CLE- Duke Johnson Jr.
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Javorius Allen- 70

2. Isaiah Crowell – 65

3. Duke Johnson Jr.- 63

4. Alex Collins- 52

Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings

  • Position Group: Receivers
  • Focus Stat: Receptions
  • Player Pool:
    • CIN- AJ Green
    • CIN- Brandon LaFell
    • MIN- Adam Thielen
    • MIN- Stefon Diggs
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Stefon Diggs- 5

2. Adam Thielen- 3

T3/4. AJ Green- 2

T3/4. Brandon LaFell- 2

New York Jets at New Orleans Saints

  • Position Group: Runningbacks
  • Focus Stat: Rushing Yards
  • Player Pool:
    • NO- Alvin Kamara
    • NO- Mark Ingram
    • NYJ- Bilal Powell
    • NYJ- Matt Forte
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Mark Ingram- 74

T2/3. Alvin Kamara- 44

T2/3. Bilal Powell- 44

4. Matt Forte- 24

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

  • Position Group: Defensive Backs
  • Focus Stat: Total Tackles
  • Player Pool:
    • NYG- Landon Collins
    • NYG- Ross Cockrell
    • PHI- Malcolm Jenkins
    • PHI- Ronald Darby
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Malcolm Jenkins- 9

2. Ronald Darby- 5

3. Ross Cockrell- 4

4. Landon Collins- 1

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

  • Position Group: Receivers
  • Focus Stat: Receiving Yards
  • Player Pool:
    • ARI- JJ Nelson
    • ARI- Jaron Brown
    • WAS- Josh Doctson
    • WAS- Jamieson Crowder
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Jamieson Crowder- 55

2. JJ Nelson- 46

3. Josh Doctson- 16

4. Jaron Brown- 9

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers

  • Position Group: Quarterbacks
  • Focus Stat: Total Touchdowns
  • Player Pool:
    • GB- Aaron Rodgers
    • GB- Brett Hundley
    • CAR- Cameron Newton
  • Correct Rankings

1 Cameron Newton- 4

2. Aaron Rodgers- 3

3. Brett Hundley- 0

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Position Group: Defensive Line
  • Focus Stat: Sacks
  • Player Pool:
    • HOU- Jadeveon Clowney
    • JAX- Calais Campbell
    • JAX- Malik Jackson
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Calais Campbell- 2

2. Malik Jackson- 1

3. Jadeveon Clowney- 0

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

  • Position Group: Kickers
  • Focus Stat: FG Made
  • Player Pool:
    • SEA- Blair Walsh
    • LAR- Greg Zuerlein
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Greg Zuerlein- 2

2. Blair Walsh- 0

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Position Group: Kick Returners
  • Focus Stat: Return Yards
  • Player Pool:
    • NE- Dion Lewis
    • NE- Danny Amendola
    • PIT- Martavis Bryant
    • PIT- Eli Rodgers
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Dion Lewis- 74

2. Danny Amendola- 11

3. Eli Rodgers- 2

4. Martavius Bryant- 0

Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers

  • Position Group: Wide Receivers
  • Focus Stat: Targets
  • Player Pool:
    • SF- Marquise Goodwin
    • TEN- Eric Decker
    • TEN- Corey Davis
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Marquise Goodwin- 13

T2/3. Eric Decker- 5

T2/3. Corey Davis- 5 

Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders

  • Position Group: Runningbacks
  • Focus Stat: Rushing Yards
  • Player Pool:
    • DAL- Alfred Morris
    • DAL- Rod Smith
    • OAK- Marshawn Lynch
  • Correct Rankings:

1. Marshawn Lynch- 76

2. Alfred Morris- 61

3. Rod Smith- 13

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

It’s still way too early to legitimately rank the NHL teams, but I’ll try anyway. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their conference. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 11. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (26-6-2) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week: W 5-2 vs COL, W 4-3 (OT) vs WIN, W 3-0 at STL
  • This Week: @ ARI (THU), @ COL (SAT), @ VGS (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Brayden Point – 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 2 Game-Winning Goals
  • Quote: “The guys call him ‘Big Cat’ for a reason. Good reflexes like a cat right there.” – Lightning Coach Jon Cooper on Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy

2. Nashville Predators (19-7-4) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week: L 3-4 (SO) vs VGS, W 7-1 at VAN
  • This Week: @ EDM (THU), @ CAL (SAT), vs WIN (TUE)
  • Rongy’s StarViktor Arvidsson – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote:

3. Los Angeles Kings (20-9-3) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week: W 4-3 (OT) vs OTT, W 3-2 (OT) vs CAR, L 1-5 @ NJ
  • This Week: @ NYR (FRI), @ NYI (SAT), @ PHI (MON)
  • Rongy’s Star: Tanner Pearson – 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Game-Winning OT Goal
  • Quote: “I think we missed him in the room, his leadership, his voice, his demeanor between periods, all the stuff that fans never see. This team missed that direly last year. We understand what he does on the ice. We see it every night, but I think the whole package of what he brings to this team, we missed that last year. The team missed it for sure.” – Kings GM Rob Blake on Goalie Jonathan Quick’s leadership

4. St. Louis Blues (21-9-2) [LW: 4th WC]

  • Last Week: W 3-0 vs DAL, W 6-1 @ DET, W 3-2 (OT) vs BUF, L 0-3 vs TB
  • This Week: vs ANA (THU), vs WIN (SAT), @ WIN (SUN), @ CAL (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Jake Allen – 3 Wins, 101/106 Save Attempts (95.2%), 1 Shutout
  • Quote: “I just didn’t think we made it hard enough on Vasilevskiy. He’s the best goalie in the league this year. It’s not even close. We put pucks on net, but pretty easy for him.” – Blues Goalie Jake Allen after losing to Tampa Bay

5. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-10-1) [LW: 3rd EC]

  • Last Week: W 2-1 (SO) vs CAL, W 4-3 @ PIT, W 1-0 vs EDM, L 2-4 @ PHI
  • This Week: @ MIN (THU), @ DET (FRI), vs CAR (TUE), @ COL (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Tyler Bozak – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote: “We’re a good team, and even when not playing our best we’ve been finding ways to win. We have to nip this in the bud before it becomes a problem. It’s back to basics, we’re sitting back too much, we’re one-and-done in the offensive zone.” – Leafs HC Mike Babcock

NHL Bottom 5

27. Edmonton Oilers (13-16-2) [LW: 28]

  • Edmonton continues to play better every week. This week they were able to pull off road wins in Montreal and Columbus. If McDavid & Co. can get a streak started, they may be able to overcome their miserable start.

28. Detroit Red Wings (11-13-7) [LW: NR]

  • Jimmy Howard and the Wings are in free-fall mode right now. Over their past 10 games, Detroit has only notched one victory (1-5-4). Over that span, they have been outscored 45-16.

29. Ottawa Senators (10-13-7) [LW: 29]

  • Like Detroit, the Sens are mired in a funk. Ottawa has only won one game in the past month (1-9-2). Maybe they can get back on track with their upcoming homestand.

30. Florida Panthers (12-14-5) [LW: 30]

  • It seems like the Panthers are content treading water at the bottom of the league. They look like they’ll be a mainstay in the Bottom 5.

31. Arizona Coyotes (7-21-5) [LW: 31]

  • The great debate begins. Who is worse, Florida or Arizona? Should there even be hockey teams in those locations?

NHL Power Rankings

Week 11 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

22-6-2 46
2 Toronto

Maple Leafs

20-11-1 41 +1
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

19-11-1 39 +1
4 New Jersey

Devils

17-9-4 38 -2
5 Washington

Capitals

19-12-1 39
6 New York

Islanders

17-11-3 37 +1
7 Pittsburgh

Penguins

16-13-3 35 -1
8 Boston

Bruins

15-9-4 34 +2
9 New York

Rangers

16-12-3 35 -1
10 Montreal

Canadiens

13-14-4 30 -1
11 Carolina

Hurricanes

12-11-7 31 +1
12 Florida

Panthers

12-14-5 29 +1
13 Philadelphia

Flyers

12-11-7 31 +1
14 Detroit

Red Wings

11-13-7 28 -3
15 Ottawa

Senators

10-13-7 25
16 Buffalo

Sabres

8-17-6 22

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

19-7-4 42
2 Los Angeles

Kings

20-9-3 43
3 St. Louis

Blues

21-9-2 44 +1
4 Winnipeg

Jets

18-8-5 41 -1
5 Vegas

Golden Knights

19-9-2 40
6 San Jose

Sharks

16-10-3 35 +1
7 Dallas

Stars

18-13-1 35 -1
8 Calgary

Flames

16-12-3 35 +2
9 Minnesota

Wild

16-11-3 35 +3
10 Anaheim

Ducks

13-11-7 33 +1
11 Chicago

Blackhawks

15-11-5 35 -2
12 Vancouver

Canucks

14-14-4 32 -4
13 Colorado

Avalanche

14-14-2 30
14 Edmonton

Oilers

13-16-2 28
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-21-5 19

NHL Top 5 Goal Scorers

1. Nikita Kucherov [TB] -21

2. Alex Ovechkin [WAS] – 21

3. John Tavares [NYI] – 18

T4. Anders Lee [NYI] – 17

T4. Sean Monahan [CGY] – 17

NHL Top 5 Assists

1. Steven Stamkos [TB] – 30

1. Blake Wheeler [WPG] – 30

1. Jakub Voracek [PHI] – 30

1. Josh Bailey [NYI] – 30

5. Connor McDavid [EDM] – 27

NHL Top 5 Goalies

1. Andrei Vasilevkiy [TB] – 20-4-1

2. Pekka Rinne [NSH] – 17-4-3

3. Braden Holtby [WSH] – 17-7-0

4. Jake Allen [STL] – 17-7-2

5. Frederik Andersen [TOR] – 17-9-1


NHL Power Rankings Week 10

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