NFL Coaching Changes *Updated*

NFL Coaching Changes

With Josh McDaniels changing his mind on the Colts job, there is still one head coaching vacancy left. As for the rest of the NFL coaching changes this offseason. Check them out here.

List of Fired Coaches

  • New York Giants: Ben McAdoo (Two Seasons: 13-15)
  • Detroit Lions: Jim Caldwell (Four Seasons: 36-28)
  • Indianapolis Colts: Chuck Pagano (Six Seasons: 53-43)
  • Chicago Bears: John Fox (Three Seasons: 14-34)
  • Oakland Raiders: Jack Del Rio (Three Seasons: 25-23)
  • Tennessee Titans: Mike Mularkey (Three Seasons: 20-21)

List of Head Coaches who Retired

  • Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians (Five Seasons: 49-30-1)

List of Fired General Managers

  • Carolina Panthers: Dave Gettleman (Interim GM: Marty Hurney)
  • New York Giants: Jerry Reese 
  • Cleveland Browns: Sashi Brown
  • Green Bay Packers: Ted Thompson 

Open Coaching Jobs

  • New York Giants (Pat Shurmur)
  • Oakland Raiders (Jon Gruden)
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Arizona Cardinals (Steve Wilks)
  • Chicago Bears  (Matt Nagy)
  • Detriot Lions (Matt Patricia)
  • Tennessee Titans (Mike Vrabel) 

Open GM Jobs

  • Carolina Panthers
  • New York Giants (Dave Gettleman)
  • Cleveland Browns (John Dorsey)
  • Green Bay Packers (Brian Gutekunst)
  • Houston Texans (Brian Gaine)

List of NFL GM’s, Head Coaches, and Coordinators

AFC East

New England Patriots

  • GM/HC: Bill Belichick 
    • OC: Josh McDaniels
    • DC: Vacant

Buffalo Bills

  • GM: Brandon Beane
  • HC: Sean McDermott
    • OC: Brian Daboll
    • DC: Leslie Frazier

Miami Dolphins

  • GM: Chris Grier
  • HC: Adam Gase
    • OC: Dowell Loggains
    • DC: Matt Burke

New York Jets

  • GM: Mike Maccagnan (Signed Extention)
  • HC: Todd Bowles (Signed Extention)
    • OC: Jeremy Bates
    • DC: Kacy Rodgers

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • GM: Kevin Colbert
  • HC: Mike Tomlin
    • OC: Randy Fichtner
    • DC: Keith Butler

Baltimore Ravens

  • GM: Ozzie Newson 
  • HC: John Harbaugh 
    • OC: Marty Mornhinweg
    • DC: Don Martindale

Cleveland Browns

  • HC: Hue Jackson 
    • OC: Todd Haley
    • DC: Gregg Williams

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Owner/GM: Mike Brown
  • HC: Marvin Lewis (Signed Two Year Extention)
    • OC: Bill Lazor
    • DC: Teryl Austin

AFC South

Houston Texans

  • GM: Brian Gaine
  • HC: Bill O’Brien
    • OC: O’Brien
    • DC: Romeo Crennel

Indianapolis Colts

  • GM: Chris Ballard
  • HC: Vacant

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • GM: David Caldwell
  • HC: Doug Marrone
    • OC: Nathaniel Hackett
    • DC: Todd Wash

Tennessee Titans

  • GM: Jon Robinson
  • HC: Mike Vrabel
    • OC: Matt LaFleur
    • DC: Dean Pees

AFC West

Denver Broncos

  • GM: John Elway
  • HC: Vance Joesph 
    • OC: Bill Musgrave
    • DC: Joe Woods

Kansas City Chiefs

  • GM: Brett Veach
  • HC: Andy Reid
    • OC: Eric Bieniemy
    • DC: Bob Sutton

Los Angeles Chargers

  • GM: Tom Telesco
  • HC: Anthony Lynn
    • OC: Ken Whisenhunt
    • DC: Gus Bradley

Oakland Raiders

  • GM: Reggie McKenzie
  • HC: Jon Gruden
    • OC: Greg Olson
    • DC: Paul Guenther

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

  • GM: Thomas Dimitroff
  • HC: Dan Quinn
    • OC: Steve Sarkisian
    • DC: Marquand Manuel

Carolina Panthers

  • GM: Marty Hurney (Interm)
  • HC: Ron Rivera
    • OC: Norv Turner
    • DC: Eric Washington

New Orleans Saints

  • GM: Mickey Loomis
  • HC: Sean Payton
    • OC: Pete Carmichael
    • DC: Dennis Allen

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • GM: Jason Licht
  • HC: Dirk Koetter
    • OC: Todd Monken
    • DC: Mike Smith

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

  • Owner/GM: Jerry Jones
  • HC: Jason Garrett
    • OC: Scott Linehan
    • DC: Rod Marinelli

New York Giants

  • GM: Dave Gettleman
  • HC: Pat Shurmur
    • OC: Vacant
    • DC: James Bettcher

Philadelphia Eagles

  • VP/GM: Howie Roseman
  • HC: Doug Pederson
    • OC: Frank Reich
    • DC: Jim Schwartz

Washington Redskins

  • Pres/GM: Bruce Allen
  • HC: Jay Gruden
    • OC: Matt Cavanaugh
    • DC: Greg Manusky

NFC North

Chicago Bears

  • GM: Ryan Pace
  • HC: Matt Nagy
    • OC: Mark Helfrich
    • DC: Vic Fangio

Detroit Lions

  • GM: Bob Quinn
  • HC: Matt Patricia
    • OC: Jim Bob Cooter
    • DC: Paul Pasqualoni

Green Bay Packers

  • GM: Brian Gutekunst
  • HC: Mike McCarthy
    • OC: Joe Philbin
    • DC: Mike Pettine

Minnesota Vikings 

  • GM: Rick Spielman
  • HC: Mike Zimmer
    • OC: Vacant
    • DC: George Edwards

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

  • GM: Steve Keim
  • HC: Steve Wilks
    • OC: Mike McCoy
    • DC: Al Holcomb

Los Angeles Rams

  • GM: Les Snead
  • HC: Sean McVay
    • OC: Vacant
    • DC: Wade Phillips

Seattle Seahawks

  • GM: John Schneider 
  • HC: Pete Carroll (Says he’s coming back)
    • OC: Brian Schottenheimer
    • DC: Ken Norton Jr.

San Francisco 49ers

  • GM: John Lynch
  • HC: Kyle Shanahan
    • OC: Shanahan
    • DC: Robert Saleh

2018 NBA AllStar Game Mock Draft

2018 NBA AllStar Game Mock Draft

In honor of the 2018 NBA AllStar Game Draft, the first ever, we decided to have a little fun with it and conduct a mock draft of our own. Cannon will represent LeBron James as one team captain and I (Rongy) will serve as Steph Curry and the other team captain. Since LeBron earned the most votes, he will pick first. The first four rounds will be devoted to picking the game’s starters. LeBron will have the first pick in the first four rounds. The final seven rounds will fill out the respective rosters with Curry receiving the first pick in those rounds. 2018 NBA AllStar Game Mock Draft.

Team Captains: LeBron James (Cannon), Steph Curry (Rongy)

Starter Player Pool

East West
Kyrie Irving James Harden
DeMar DeRozan Kevin Durant
Giannis Antetokounmpo Anthony Davis
Joel Embid DeMarcus Cousins

Reserve Player Pool

East West
Kyle Lowry Damian Lillard
Bradley Beal Klay Thompson
John Wall Jimmy Butler
Victor Oladipo Russell Westbrook
Kevin Love LaMarcus Aldridge
Kristaps Porzingis Draymond Green
Al Horford Karl-Anthony Towns

Round 1

Team LeBron: Kevin Durant – Foward (Golden State Warriors)

Team Curry: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Foward (Milwaukee Bucks)

Round 2

Team LeBron: Anthony Davis –  Foward (New Orleans Pelicans)

Team Curry: DeMarcus Cousins – Foward (New Orleans Pelicans)

Round 3

Team LeBron: Kyrie Irving – Guard (Boston Celtics)

Team Curry: Joel Embid – Foward (Philadelphia 76ers)

Round 4

Team LeBron: James Harden – Guard (Houston Rockets)

Team Curry: DeMar DeRozan – Guard (Toronto Raptors)

Round 5

Team Curry: Russel Westbrook – Guard (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Team LeBron: Jimmy Butler – Guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Round 6

Team Curry: Kristaps Porzingis – Foward (New York Knicks)

Team LeBron: John Wall – Guard (Washington Wizards)

Round 7

Team Curry: Damian Lillard – Guard (Portland Trail Blazers)

Team LeBron: Karl-Anthony Towns – Foward (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Round 8

Team Curry: Victor Oladipo – Guard (Indiana Pacers)

Team LeBron: Klay Thompson – Guard (Golden State Warriors)

Round 9

Team Curry: LaMarcus Aldridge – Foward (San Antonio Spurs)

Team LeBron: Al Horford – Forward (Boston Celtics)

Round 10

Team Curry: Draymond Green – Forward (Golden State Warriors)

Team LeBron: Kyle Lowry – Guard (Toronto Raptors)

Round 11

Team Curry: Bradley Beal – Guard (Washington Wizards)

Team LeBron: Kevin Love – Forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)


Team LeBron Starting Lineup

  • Kyrie Irving – G
  • James Harden – G
  • Kevin Durant – F
  • Lebron James – F
  • Anthony Davis – F

Team Curry Starting Lineup

  • Steph Curry – G
  • DeMar DeRozan – G
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – F
  • Joel Embid – F
  • DeMarcus Cousins – F

Team LeBron Reserves

  • Jimmy Butler- G
  • John Wall- G
  • Klay Thomspon- G
  • Kyle Lowry – G
  • Karl-Anthony Towns- F
  • Al Horford- F
  • Kevin Love- F

Team Curry Reserves

  • Russell Westbrook- G
  • Damian Lillard- G
  • Victor Oladipo- G
  • Bradley Beal- G
  • Kristaps Porzingis- F
  • LaMarcus Aldridge- F
  • Draymond Green- F


While the results of the real All-Star draft won’t be made public, we can imagine the insanity that would ensue if it were. Next year they should televise the whole process.

NFL Divisional Round Preview

NFL Divisional Round Preview

After a great Wild Card weekend, it’s already time to eliminate more teams from Super Bowl contention. First, the Falcons travel to Philly to take on the top-seeded Eagles. Of course, the Eagles will be riding the talents of backup QB Nick Foles while Atlanta comes in as one of the hottest teams in the league. Later in the day, the Tennessee Titans will go into Foxboro to face the goliath Patriots. No one is giving Mariota and the Titans a chance. We’ll see if they can pull off a David-type upset. On Sunday, Sacksonville travels to the Steel City for a rematch of a Week 5 Jags 30-9 victory. Big Ben threw for five picks in the first affair and will surely look for revenge on a tough Jags secondary. Sunday’s second matchup features Drew Brees and the Saints against Case Keenum and the Vikings. The Saints have already been to Minneapolis once this season where they lost 29-19 in Week 1. However, the Saints have since found an identity on both sides of the ball. The NFL Divisional Round Preview here:

Saturday 4:35 PM – NBC

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles

Passing Edge: Atlanta

Rushing Edge: Philadelphia

QB Edge: Matt Ryan (Playoff Experience + Talent)

X-Factor: Julio Jones

Rongy’s Take: The Eagles’ season has been phenomenal, but without Carson Wentz do they have a shot against the defending NFC Champion Falcons? Philly’s defense is certainly capable of shutting down anyone, but will the offense stay on the field long enough to give them any rest? With Foles, my bet is no.

Rongy’s Prediction: ATL 31-24

Saturday 8:15 PM – CBS

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots

Passing Edge: New England (TB & Co.)

Rushing Edge: Tennessee (O-Line)

QB Edge: Tom Brady (Do I really need to explain?)

X-Factor: Dick LeBeau

Rongy’s Take: In all honesty, either Tom Brady wipes the floor with the Titans or is this one of those wild upsets that tend to happen to Brady from time to time? Thanks to ESPN and the fire they just lit under Kraft, Belichick, and Brady’s asses, an upset is not likely. Thanks to ESPN, we should probably just pencil in the Pats as Super Bowl champs.  

Rongy’s Prediction: NE 28-17

Sunday 1:05 PM – CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Passing Edge: Pittsburgh (Weapons)

Rushing Edge: Pittsburgh (Le’Veon)

QB Edge: Roethlisberger (Playoff Experience)

X-Factor: Le’Veon Bell

Rongy’s Take: The Jags may have picked off Big Ben five times in Week 5, but that will not happen this time around. With or without Antonio Brown, the Steelers playoff experience speaks for itself. Despite Jacksonville’s great season, if Pittsburgh doesn’t win this game, it will go down as one of the biggest upsets in playoff history.

Rongy’s PredictionPIT 17-14

Sunday 4:40 PM – FOX

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings

Passing Edge: Minnesota

Rushing Edge: Minnesota

QB Edge: Drew Brees

X-Factor: Alvin Kamara

Rongy’s Take: On paper, the Vikings are better but come on, the Saints are the Saints. Better yet, Drew Bress is Drew Brees. If anything, this should be the best game of the weekend. The Vikings D is tough, let’s see if Brees and the boys can figures it out.

Rongy’s Prediction: MIN 35-34


NFL Wild Card Round Preview

NFL Wild Card Round Preview

It’s NFL Wild Card Weekend. Is your team playing, waiting, or sitting at home? Either way, let us know your thoughts at

Saturday, January 6th 4:20 PM – ESPN

Tennessee Titans (9-7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

To kick off NFL Wild Card weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans Saturday afternoon. Marcus Mariota makes his playoff debut for the Titans who barely squeaked into the playoffs. Andy Reid’s Chiefs enter the playoffs riding a four-game win streak. 

TyGuy’s Verdict

KC Pass Offense 7th TEN Pass Offense 23rd
TEN Pass Defense 25th KC Pass Defense 29th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Kansas City

KC Run Offense 9th TEN Run Offense 15th
TEN Run Defense 4th KC Run Defense 25th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Tennessee

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Push

Rongy’s Take: Though DeMarco Murray has already been ruled out, the Titan’s run game shouldn’t suffer without him. Derrick Henry is more than capable of filling Murray’s absence. Regardless, the Chiefs are solid all around and have more explosive weapons on the offensive side of the ball. 

Rongy’s Prediction: Kansas City 31-20

Rongy’s X-Factor: Tyrek Hill

Saturday, January 6th 8:15 – NBC

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (11-5)

In Saturday’s second game, the defending NFC champion Falcons travel to LA to take on Todd Gurley and the worst-to-first Rams. The Rams haven’t been in the playoffs since 2004, but Sean McVay and Wade Phillips have the Rams as competitive as anyone in the wide-open NFC. Matty Ice and the Dirty Bird had to claw their way into the playoffs by defeating Carolina in Week 17. 

TyGuy’s Verdict

LAR Pass Offense 10th ATL Pass Offense 8th
ATL Pass Defense 12th LAR Pass Defense 13th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Atlanta

LAR Run Offense 8th ATL Run Offense 13th
ATL Run Defense 9th LAR Run Defense 28th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Los Angeles (Todd Gurley’s recent play)

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Matt Ryan (Playoff Experience)

Rongy’s Take: The defending NFC Champs versus the upstart feel-good story Rams. 95 out of 100 times, I’d be rolling with the team with playoff experience in Atlanta. On the other hand, Todd Gurley’s dominance over the last quarter of the season is too impressive to ignore. Also, the Falcons are the same team that blew a 28-3 lead. Nothing is safe around those guys.

Rongy’s Prediction: Los Angeles 34-31

Rongy’s X-Factor: Todd Gurley

Sunday, January 7th 1:05 – CBS

Buffalo Bills (9-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)

For the first time in 18 seasons, Bills Mafia is back in the playoffs. Thanks to Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd, of course. Unfortunately, Buffalo is facing the best defense in football this season, the Sacksonville Jaguars. Further damning the Bills chances is the health of LeSean McCoy, who is currently listed as Questionable. The Jags ended a playoff drought as well. 2007 was the last time they’ve been in the playoffs.

TyGuy’s Verdict

JAX Pass Offense 17th BUF Pass Offense 31st
BUF Pass Defense 20th JAX Pass Defense 1st

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: Jacksonville

JAX Run Offense 1st BUF Run Offense 6th
BUF Run Defense 29th JAX Run Defense 21st

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Jacksonville

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Blake Bortles

Rongy’s Take: I want more of Bills Mafia, but Jacksonville’s defense is loaded. Tyrod doesn’t stand a chance, especially if Shady can’t go. Only Blake Bortles can ruin this for the Jags.

Rongy’s Prediction: Jacksonville 28-17

Rongy’s X-Factor: Calais Campbell

Sunday, January 7th 4:40 – FOX

Carolina Panthers (11-5) @ New Orleans Saints (11-5)

In the Big Easy, Cam Newton and Drew Brees meet up in the highest-profile QB matchup of the Wild Card round. The two NFC South foes have already met twice this season with the Saints prevailing in both games. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have been the best backfield tandem in the league this season and Carolina features one of the best run defenses creating an intriguing matchup.

TyGuy’s Verdict

NO Pass Offense 5th CAR Pass Offense 28th
CAR Pass Defense 18th NO Pass Defense 15th

TyGuy’s Passing Edge: New Orleans

NO Run Offense 5th CAR Run Offense 4th
CAR Run Defense 3rd NO Run Defense 16th

TyGuy’s Rushing Edge: Carolina (Cam Newton & Co.)

TyGuy’s Quarterback Edge: Drew Brees (In the Dome)

Rongy’s Take: As a Panthers fan, I’m obviously biased towards Carolina in this one. However, out of the QBs in the NFC playoffs Drew Brees in the Super Dome is the only one that scares me. Cam is capable of anything, we’ve seen it before, maybe we’ll see it again.

Rongy’s Prediction: Carolina 24-21

Rongy’s X-Factor: Cam Newton

Jon Gruden to sign 100 Million/10 Year deal with Raiders

Jon Gruden is Going Back to the Bay Area

At least for two seasons. Then it’s off to Sin City for Gruden and the Silver and Black. 

Regardless of where they are playing, the Raiders have found their guy for the next ten years. As reported by several sources, the Raiders have scheduled a press conference Tuesday and are expected to introduce Gruden as the team’s head coach. The twenty-first head coach in team history, replacing the recently fired Jack Del Rio. It’s been ten years since Gruden roamed the sidelines as an NFL head coach. Furthermore, it’s been twenty years since the late Al Davis introduced a 35-year old Gruden as the Raiders’ twelveth coach in team history. 

Oh how the times have changed for the Raiders. Before the 2002 draft, Al Davis sent Gruden packing to Tampa Bay in a blockbuster trade for several 1st and 2nd round picks. Since the trade, the Raiders have compiled a 92-164 record. Only the Cleveland Browns (77-179) have been worse over that span.


If any non-Raider fan has been on the train over the past 3 seasons, it’s me. I think Derek Carr has the potential to be a perennial MVP candidate, especially with the help of Gruden. They have two stud wide receivers who need someone to light a fire under their ass. Jon Gruden is that guy. To fill the role of offensive coordinator, Gruden has pegged Rams’ QB’s coach, Greg Olson. Olson was the Raiders’ OC during Carr’s rookie season, so there is already some familiarity there. I’m not worried about the offense at all. 

On the other side of the ball, Gruden has chosen Bengals’ DC Paul Guenther to run the defense. Guenther had been apart of the Bengals organization for twelve years. He was the linebackers coach until 2014 when he was promoted to DC. He’ll be tasked with building a fearsome defensive unit around All-World pass rusher Kalil Mack. 

I don’t believe this move instantly makes the Raiders Super Bowl contenders. I’d go as far as saying he doesn’t even make them a playoff team yet, but then I remember how weak the AFC was this season. A few good moves and they’re right back in the thick of things, especially in the AFC West. 

At least Gruden (10 years) and his coordinators (4 years) have time. 

This is where I grow skeptical. 10 years!?!? Really? When has a 10-year deal ever worked out? In the NFL, we’ve never seen anything like this (sounds familiar). The guy has been out of coaching for almost ten seasons. How could you commit that much time and money to something that is more hype and speculation than actual results?

For certain, he’ll get two years in Oakland and two years in Vegas to build a winner. I think he has what it takes. I’m calling it now, the Las Vegas Raiders will win Super Bowl 56.

Gruden’s First Tenure in Silver & Black

In 1997, the Philadelphia Eagles offense ranked in the top 10 in both passing and rushing. Though Philadelphia finished with a 6-9-1 record, the Eagles offensive success caught the eye of Raiders owner/GM Al Davis whose team had finished the season 4-12. By the start of the 1998 season, Gruden was Davis’ guy.


Unfortunately for Gruden, he didn’t have his guy at QB. After the ’97 season, former #1 overall pick (1990) and borderline bust, Jeff George was the incumbent starter in Oakland. Though George was coming off a career season in which he led the NFL in passing yards, Gruden’s offensive scheme was not favorable towards George’s style of play. George came out strong to begin the season, passing for 303 and 270 yards in the first two games. Then the struggles began. In the team’s third and fourth games, George didn’t pass over 200 yards. In the team’s fifth game, George suffered a groin injury. Despite trying to make comebacks in Weeks 9, 12 and 16, George’s season and tenure in Oakland were effectively done. 


Following an 8-8 campaign in ’98, the Raiders went out and signed free agent QB Rich Gannon to run Gruden’s pass-oriented offense. In Gannon’s first season under center in Oakland, the 34-year old set career highs in almost every passing statistic and started all 16 games for the first time in his career. Despite Gannon’s success in the West Coast offense, the Raiders went on to finish 8-8 again. However, all eight losses were by a touchdown or less.


With the turn of the century, so did the Raiders fortunes. Gruden, Gannon, and OC Bill Callahan led the Oakland to a 12-4 record and an AFC West division title. Gannon threw 28 touchdowns to 11 interceptions on way to being name 1st team All-Pro and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. In the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, the Raiders blew the doors of the Dolphins 27-0 to punch their ticket to the AFC title game. The following week, the Raiders fell to the eventual Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens at home 3-16. Rich Gannon was decked early in the 2nd Quarter and was hampered with injury for the rest of the game. Oakland’s chances were doomed.


Expectations were high in Oakland following the 2000 season and the Raiders were ready to match. The Raiders won 10 of their first 13 games. However, late in the season, they fiddled out and their last three games of the regular season. Though they still won the AFC West division title, falling to 10-6 cost the Raiders home-field advantage past the Wild Card Round. In the Wild Card Round, Gannon (23/29, 294 y, 2 TD) and Jerry Rice (9 rec, 183 y, TD) destroyed the Jets in Oakland singlehandedly 38-24.

Since Oakland lost their last three games of the regular season, the Raiders had to travel to New England for the Divisional Round. History has dubbed this game with two names depending on perspective: The Snow Bowl and The Tuck Rule Game. Patriots’ kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a field goal in a blizzard to tie the game. Then drilled the game-winner in overtime. The game would propel the beginning of the Patriots dynasty. Without knowing it at the time, it also signified the end of an era in Oakland: Jon Gruden’s last game as Raiders’ head man.

The Trade

At the 2002 NFL Draft, Al Davis sent shockwaves through the NFL when he agreed to trade Gruden for two first round picks and two second round picks. 

  • Buccaneers Get
    • (HC) John Gruden
  • Raiders Get
    • 2002 1st Round Pick (21st Overall)
    • 2002 2nd Round Pick (53rd Overall)
    • 2003 1st Round Pick (32nd Overall)
    • 2004 2nd Round Pick (33rd Overall)

The Buccaneers After the Trade

In Tampa, Gruden inherited a 9-7 team that earned an NFC Wild Card berth the previous season. Brad Johnson was the team’s QB coming off a solid 2001 campaign. On the other side of the ball, Monty Kiffin’s defense was one of the best in the league. 

Knowing he had one of the best defensive units in the league, Gruden made it his purpose to elevate Johnson and the offense. In 2002, thats what he did. Brad Johnson had the most efficient season of his 15-year career. Johnson threw 22 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions. 

The Buccaneers went on to finish 12-4 and win the newly aligned NFC South in Gruden’s first season. In the playoffs, the Bucs knocked off San Francisco and took out the Eagles in Philly to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Super Bowl 37 pitted Gruden’s Bucs against the team the team that traded him. Tampa Bay went on to wipe the floor with the Raiders in route to a 48-21 victory and Gruden’s only Super Bowl ring. 

After the 2002 Super Bowl run, the Buccaneers never quite regained that magic under Gruden. In Gruden’s next six seasons as Bucs head-man, Tampa Bay went 45-51. They finished better than 9-7 once (2005), but won two more NFC South titles (2005, 2007). Over Gruden’s tenure, the Bucs were hit with many salary cap hardships that enabled the team to keep its core nucleus of players intact. 

Tampa Bay lost their last four games of the season in 2008 to finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs. Gruden was subsequently fired after the season. In 2009 he was hired by ESPN and the rest is history. 

The Bucs haven’t made the playoffs since. 

The Raiders After the Trade

Al Davis absolutely got the short end of the stick on this trade. In all fairness to Mr. Davis, Gruden’s contract was up in a year and he could walk for nothing. Hauling in four high draft picks for a head coach was and still is unprecedented. Had the draft picks been allocated better, the move could have gone down as one of the most influential trades in NFL history. Al Davis would have died a genius. 

Draft Woes

At the 2002 NFL Draft, the Raiders used the 21st overall pick they acquired to execute a series of trades that allowed them to trade up to the 17th overall pick. There they selected Phillip Buchanon, an exciting kick returner/cornerback from Miami. Buchanon only played in six games his rookie season. In his first full season of action, he returned two of his six interceptions for touchdowns and returned two punts for scores. After a promising start to his Raiders’ career, Buchanon was sent packing to Houston on draft day 2005 for a 2nd and 3rd round pick. Neither pick garnered much in return. 

With the 53rd pick in the 2002 draft, Oakland selected Langston Walker, a Tackle from California. Walker only started a full season once for the Raiders in his five seasons in Oakland. He subsequently signed with Buffalo in free agency the following season before returning to the Raiders two years later. In 2010, he started 15 games for Oakland in his final NFL season.

Notable Players Passed On in 2002: Ed Reed (24th Overall)

In 2003, Oakland owned Tampa’s 1st round pick. With the last pick in the first round, the Raiders selected Tyler Brayton, a DE from Colorado. Later in the day, they traded away the 2004 second rounder they acquired in the Gruden deal for two more draft picks (LB Sam Williams and WR Ryan Hoag). Neither made an impact in the NFL.

Notable Players Passed On in 2003: Charles Tillman (35th), Jon Stinchcomb (37th), Rashean Mathis (39th), Anquan Boldin (54th), Osi Umenyiora (56th), Robert Mathis (138th)

Notable Players Passed On in 2005: Nick Collins (51st), Vincent Jackson (61st), Frank Gore (65th), Justin Tuck (74th, Evan Mathis (79th), Richie Incognito (81st)


The season after the Gruden trade the Raiders made it to the Super Bowl, but since have only made the playoffs once (2016) in fourteen seasons. In fact, the 2016 season was the only season the Raiders finished above third in their division. Al Davis passed away in 2011 and relinquished control to his son Mark. During the past offseason, Mark Davis announced that the Raiders would be leaving Oakland to relocate to Las Vegas after completion of a new stadium in 2020.


NFL Week 17 Pick’em Results *Updated*

NFL Week 17 Picks

The conclusion of the NFL regular season is finally here. Week 17 is usually wacky, so anything can happen. For a rare change, the guys agreed across the board on several games. Take it to the bank: the Lions, Colts, Vikings, Pats, Skins, and Seahawks are all locks. Furthermore, there are five games that four out of the five contributors agree on. TyGuy clearly doesn’t want to see the Browns go 0-16. For a guy that has profusely cussed out the city of Cleveland on several occasions, he somehow has sympathy for Hue Jackson and the Dawg Pound. In the other four one-against-four games, Johnny Gorgonzola is attempting a hail mary with no time on the clock. Rongy has the Titans, Raiders, Bucs, and Bengals all in upsets. Who wants to make some bets? NFL Week 17 Picks here:  


In an attempt to redeem his disappointing 6-8 effort, Panda was given an opportunity get his record above five hundred so he could be eligible for the guest contributor playoffs.

1:00 PM Games

Green Bay Packers 11 @ Detroit Lions 35

  • Packers
    • None
  • Lions
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Cannon
    • Panda

Houston Texans 13 @ Indianapolis Colts 22

  • Texans
    • None
  • Colts
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Cannon
    • Panda

Chicago Bears 10 @ Minnesota Vikings 23

  • Bears
    • None
  • Vikings
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Cannon
    • Panda

New York Jets 6 @ New England Patriots 26

  • Jets
    • None
  • Patriots
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Cannon
    • Panda

Washington Redskins 10 @ New York Giants 18

  • Redskins
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Cannon
  • Giants
    • Panda

Dallas Cowboys 6 @ Philadelphia Eagles 0

  • Cowboys
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
  • Eagles
    • TyGuy
    • Cannon
    • Panda

Cleveland Browns 24 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 28

  • Browns
    • TyGuy
  • Steelers
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Cannon
    • Panda

4:30 PM Games

Carolina Panthers (11-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (9-6)

  • Panthers
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Panda
  • Falcons
    • TyGuy
    • Cannon

Kansas City Chiefs 27 @ Denver Broncos 24

  • Chiefs
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Panda
  • Broncos
    • TyGuy
    • Cannon

Jacksonville Jaguars 10 @ Tennessee Titans 15

  • Jaguars
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Cannon
    • Panda
  • Titans
    • Rongy

San Francisco 49ers 34 @ Los Angeles Rams 13

  • 49ers
    • TyGuy
    • Rongy
  • Rams
    • TreBabs
    • Cannon
    • Panda

Buffalo Bills 22 @ Miami Dolphins 16

  • Bills
    • TyGuy
    • Rongy
    • Panda
  • Dolphins
    • TreBabs
    • Cannon

Oakland Raiders 10 @ Los Angeles Chargers 30

  • Raiders
    • Rongy
  • Chargers
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Cannon
    • Panda

Arizona Cardinals 26 @ Seattle Seahawks 24

  • Cardinals
    • None
  • Seahawks
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Rongy
    • Cannon
    • Panda

New Orleans Saints 24 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31

  • Saints
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Cannon
    • Panda
  • Buccaneers
    • Rongy

Cincinnati Bengals 31 @ Baltimore Ravens 27

  • Bengals
    • Rongy
  • Ravens
    • TyGuy
    • TreBabs
    • Cannon
    • Panda

Week 17 Staff Results

1. Rongy (12-4)

2. Panda (9-7)

T3. TyGuy (8-8)

T3. TreBabs (8-8)

5. Cannon (7-9)

Regular Season Results

TyGuy (157-72) (69%)

TreBabs (170-86) (66%)

Rongy (169-87) (66%)

Cannon (164-92) (64%)

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: 15-15 (50%)

NFL Week 16 Pick’em Results *Updated*

Last Night in Hockey (12/30)

Last Night in Hockey (12/30)

Last Night in Hockey (12/30) twelve teams took the ice. There were three shutouts. Two teams won on the road. Twenty-nine goals were scored. Check out the action here.

5 – Boston Bruins (21-10-6)

0 – Ottawa Senators (12-17-8)

The B’s blanked the Sens in Ottawa behind the brick wall that is Tuukka Rask. Ryan Spooner netted two goals in the contest, including a Power Play lamp-lighter to ignite the Bruin offense.

1st Period

  • Boston (1-0)
    • Ryan Spooner (2) (PP)
      • David Backes
      • David Krejci

2nd Period

  • Boston (2-0)
    • Noel Acciari (4)
      • Torey Krug
      • Tim Schaller
  • Boston (3-0)
    • Spooner (3)
  • Boston (4-0)
    • Krejci (6) (PP)
      • Backes
      • Carlie McAvoy

3rd Period

  • Boston (5-0)
    • Patrice Bergeron (11) (PP)
      • Krug
      • David Pastrnak


0 – Montreal Canadiens (16-19-4)

2 – Florida Panthers (17-16-5)

In their second meeting of the season, the Panthers were able to get revenge on home ice. James Reimer (38/38 SA) posted a shutout in goal while Connor Brickley and Vincent Trocheck provided the offense. 

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • Florida (1-0)
    • Connor Brickley (4)
      • Mark Pysyk
      • Michael Matheson

3rd Period

  • Florida (2-0)
    • Vincent Trocheck (15)
      • Mackenzie Weegar
      • Brickley


2 – New Jersey Devils (22-10-6)

5 – Washington Capitals (24-13-3)

Despite not scoring a goal, Alexander the Great had three helpers to lead the Caps to a good home win against the Devils. Braden Holtby (25/27 SA) outdueled Cory Schneider (30/34 SA) to earn the victory between the pipes. After winning five straight, the Devils have lost two in as many days.

1st Period

  • Washington (1-0)
    • Tom Wilson (6)
      • Christian Djoos
      • John Carlson
  • Washington (2-0)
    • Djoos (3)
      • Nicklas Backstrom
      • Alex Ovechkin
  • New Jersey (1-2)
    • John Moore (6)
      • Travis Zajac
      • Marcus Johansson

2nd Period

  • Washington (3-1)
    • John Carlson (4) (PP)
      • Backstrom
      • Ovechkin

3rd Period

  • Washington (4-1)
    • Matt Niskanen (3)
      • Devante Smith-Pelly
      • Ovechkin
  • New Jersey (2-4)
    • Zajac (3)
      • Johansson
      • Sami Vatanen
  • Washington (5-2)
    • Backstrom (8)
      • Carlson


2 – Carolina Hurricanes (18-13-7)

3 – St. Louis Blues (24-15-2)

After the Blues marched out to a two-goal lead, the Canes were able to rally back and tie the game in the second period. Unfourtunalty for Carolina, Scottie Upshall beat Scott Darling midway through the third to eventually win the game. Carter Hutton took home the victory in goal for St. Louis. The loss snaps the Hurricanes four-game winning streak.

1st Period

  • St. Louis (1-0)
    • Kyle Brodziak (7)
      • Alexander Steen
      • Alex Pietrangelo

2nd Period

  • St. Louis (2-0)
    • Patrik Berglund (6)
      • Pietrangelo
      • Brodziak
  • Carolina (1-2)
    • Derek Ryan (9)
  • Carolina (2-2)
    • Lucas Wallmark (1)
      • Noah Hanifin
      • Sebastian Aho

3rd Period

  • St. Louis (3-2)
    • Scottie Upshall (6)
      • Brayden Schenn
      • Vladimir Tarasenko



0 – Minnesota Wild (20-16-3)

3 – Nashville Predators (23-10-5)

For forty-two minutes the Preds and Wild skated with zeros on the scoreboard. Then Scott Hartnell found the back of the net and the Nashville offense suddenly exploded. In the third, the Preds lit the lamp three times to secure victory for Juuse Saros (29/29 SA) in net. 

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • Nashville (1-0)
    • Scott Hartnell (5)
      • Nick Bonino
      • Matt Irwin
  • Nashville (2-0)
    • P.K. Subban (9) (PP)
      • Calle Jarnkrok
      • Ryan Johansen
  • Nashville (3-0)
    • Viktor Arvidsson (12)
      • Subban
      • Jarnkrok


4 – Los Angeles Kings (23-11-5)

3 – Vancouver Canucks (16-18-5)

The Kings and Canucks went back and forth all night in British Columbia last evening. Nic Dowd notched his first goal of the season to give the Canucks a lead less than a minute into the third. However, a minute and a half later the King’s Kyle Clifford tied it with his first goal of the season and the wily veteran Drew Doughty drained the game-winner four minutes after that. 

1st Period

  • Vancouver (1-0)
    • Troy Stecher (1)
  • Los Angeles (1-1)
    • Tyler Toffoli (17)
      • Marian Gaborik
      • Adrian Kempe
  • Los Angeles (2-1)
    • Gaborik (7) (PP)
      • Trevor Lewis
      • Toffoli

2nd Period

  • Vancouver (2-2)
    • Nikolay Goldobin (2)
      • Ben Hutton
      • Jacob Markstrom

3rd Period

  • Vancouver (3-2)
    • Nic Dowd (1)
      • Markus Granlund
      • Hutton
  • Los Angeles (3-3)
    • Kyle Clifford (1)
      • Trevor Lewis
      • Kevin Gravel
  • Los Angeles (4-3)
    • Drew Doughty (7)
      • Toffoli



Last Night in the NHL (12/29)

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 17 *Updated*

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 17

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 17. 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 before Sunday’s contest begin. The winner each week will be eligible for QuarterMaster prizes

Week 17

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

  • Position Group: Wide Receivers
  • Focus Stat: Targets
  • Player Pool
    • GB- Randall Cobb
    • GB- Michael Clark
    • DET- Marvin Jones
    • DET- Kenny Golladay
  • Correct Rankings

1. Randall Cobb – 6

T2/3. Marvin Jones – 5

T2/3. Michael Grant – 5

4. Kenny Golladay – 3

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

  • Position Group: Quarterbacks
  • Focus Stat: Passing Attempts
  • Player Pool
    • HOU- TJ Yates
    • HOU- Taylor Heinicke
    • IND- Jacoby Brissett
  • Correct Rankings

1. Jacoby Brissett -25

2. TJ Yates – 24

3. Taylor Heinicke – 0

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

  • Position Group: Linebackers
  • Focus Stat: Total Tackles
  • Player Pool
    • CHI- Danny Trevathan
    • CHI- Nick Kwiatkoski
    • MIN- Eric Kendricks
    • MIN- Anthony Barr
  • Correct Rankings

1. Nick Kwiatkoski – 10

2. Danny Trevathan – 7

3. Anthony Barr – 5

4. Eric Kendricks – 4

New York Jets at New England Patriots

  • Position Group: D-Line
  • Focus Stat: Tackles for Loss
  • Player Pool
    • NYJ- Steve McLendon
    • NYJ- Mike Pennel
    • NE- Trey Flowers
    • NE- Malcolm Brown
  • Correct Rankings

1. Malcolm Brown – 0.5

T2/3/4. Trey Flowers – 0

T2/3/4. Mike Pennel – 0

T2/3/4. Steve McLendon – 0

Washington Redskins at New York Giants

  • Position Group: Runningbacks
  • Focus Stat: Rushing Yards
  • Player Pool
    • WAS- Samaje Perine
    • NYG- Wayne Gallman
    • NYG- Paul Perkins
    • NY- Orleans Darkwa
  • Correct Rankings

1. Orleans Darkwa – 154

2. Wayne Gallaman – 89

3. Paul Perkins – 7

4. Samaje Perine – 3

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

  • Position Group: Kickers
  • Focus Stat: Made Field Goals
  • Player Pool
    • DAL – Dan Bailey
    • PHI – Jake Elliott
  • Correct Rankings

T1/2. Dan Bailey – 0

T1/2. Jake Elliott – 0 

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Position Group: Receivers
  • Focus Stat: Totals Yards
  • Player Pool
    • CLE- Josh Gordon
    • PIT- Martavis Bryant
    • PIT- Juju Smith-Schuster
  • Correct Rankings

1. Juju Smith-Schuster – 143

2. Josh Gordon – 115

3. Martavis Bryant – 65

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

  • Position Group: Linebackers
  • Focus Stat: Total Tackles
  • Player Pool
    • CAR- Luke Kuechly
    • CAR- Thomas Davis
    • ATL- Deion Jones
    • ATL- Vic Beasley Jr.
  • Correct Rankings

T1/2/3. Luke Kuechly – 10

T1/2/3. Thomas Davis – 10

T1/2/3. Deion Jones – 10

4. Vic Beasley Jr. – 1

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

  • Position Group: Receivers/Tight Ends
  • Focus Stat: Longest Play
  • Player Pool
    • KC- Travis Kelce
    • DEN- Demaryius Thomas
  • Correct Rankings

1. DeMarius Thomas – 19

2. Travis Kelce – 0

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

  • Position Group: Quarterbacks
  • Focus Stat: Interceptions
  • Player Pool
    • JAX – Blake Bortles
    • TEN – Marcus Mariota
  • Correct Rankings

1. Blake Bortles – 2

2. Marcus Mariota – 0

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams

  • Position Group: Quarterbacks
  • Focus Stat: Touchdowns
  • Player Pool
    • LAR – Jared Goff
    • LAR- Sean Mannion
    • SF- Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Correct Rankings

1. Jimmy Garoppolo – 2

T2/3. Jared Goff – 0

T2/3. Sean Mannion – 0

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

  • Position Group: Punter
  • Focus Stat: Average Yards
  • Player Pool 
    • BUF- Colton Schmidt
    • MIA- Matt Haack
  • Correct Rankings

T1/2. Matt Haack – 46.5

T1/2. Colton Schmidt – 46.5

Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

  • Position Group: Defensive Backs
  • Focus Stat: Total Tackles
  • Player Pool
    • OAK- Reggie Nelson
    • OAK- Dexter McDonald
    • LAC- Jahleel Addae
    • LAC- Tre Boston
  • Correct Rankings

T1/2. Reggie Nelson – 7

T1/2. Tre Boston – 7

3. Jahleel Addae – 4

4. Dexter McDonald – 1

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

  • Position Group: O-Line
  • Focus Stat: Sacks Allowed
  • Player Pool
    • ARI- Cardinals O-Line
    • SEA- Seahawks O-Line
  • Correct Rankings

1. Seahawks OL – 3

2. Cardinals OL – 1

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position Group: Runningbacks
  • Focus Stat: Total Yards
  • Player Pool
    • TB- Peyton Barber
    • TB- Doug Martin
    • NO- Alvin Kamara
    • NO- Mark Ingram
  • Correct Rankings

1. Alvin Kamara – 128

2. Peyton Barber – 89

3. Mark Ingram -45

4. Doug Martin – -3

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

  • Position Group: Kickers
  • Focus Stat: Field Goals Made
  • Player Pool
    • CIN- Randy Bullock
    • BAL- Justin Tucker
  • Correct Rankings

1. Justin Tucker – 2

2. Randy Bullock – 1

Sunday Side Bets: NFL Week 16 *Updated

Last Night in the NHL (12/29)

Last Night in the NHL (12/29)

Last Night in the NHL (12/29) 67 goals were scored between all 22 teams that played. 

4 – Buffalo Sabres (10-20-8)

3 – New Jersey Devils (22-9-6)


After going down 3-1 late in the 2nd on the road, the Sabres were able to battle back behind Jack Eichel’s two goals to tie it. In the extra session, Rasmus Ristolainen found the back of the net for the first time this season to lift the Sabres to double-digit wins. Robin Lehner (35/38 SA) earned the win in goal.

1st Period

  • NJ (1-0)
    • Miles Wood (10)
      • Stefan Noesen
      • Pavel Zacha

2nd Period

  • BUF (1-1)
    • Jacob Josefson (2)
      • Jordan Nolan
  • NJ (2-1)
    • Marcus Johansson (5) (PP)
      • Sami Vatanen
      • Nico Hischier
  • NJ (3-1)
    • John Moore (5)
      • Brian Gibbons
  • BUF (2-3)
    • Jack Eichel (14)
      • Jake McCabe
      • Zemgus Girgensons

3rd Period

  • BUF (3-3)
    • Eichel (15) (PP)
      • Kyle Okposo
      • Rasmus Ristolainen


  • BUF (4-3)
    • Ristolainen (1)
      • Ryan O’Reilly


4 – Columbus Blue Jackets (22-14-3)

5 – Ottawa Senators (12-16-8)

In Ottawa, a boring first period morphed into a wild second period quickly. After a scoreless first, the scoreboard exploded in the second for six combined goals. Later in the third, Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan beat Sergei Bobrovsky to propel the Sens to a win. Mike Condon earned the win. 

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • CBJ (1-0)
    • Sonny Milano (7)
      • Boone Jenner
      • Markus Nutivaara
  • OTT (1-1)
    • Derick Brassard (10)
      • Erik Karlsson
      • Mark Stone
  • CBJ (2-1)
    • Josh Anderson (14)
      • Artemi Panarin
  • CBJ (3-1)
    • Milano (8)
      • Seth Jones
  • OTT (2-3)
    • Nick Paul (1)
      • Dion Phaneuf
      • Nate Thompson
  • OTT (3-3)
    • Matt Duchene (7)
      • Oduya

3rd Period

  • OTT (4-3)
    • Mark Stone (15)
      • Phaneuf
  • OTT (5-3)
    • Bobby Ryan (5)
      • Karlsson
  • CBJ (4-5)
    • Zach Werenski (11) (PP)
      • Josh Anderson
      • Pierre-Luc Dubois


2 – New York Rangers (20-13-5)

3 – Detroit Red Wings (14-16-7)


Frans Nielsen had a chance to end the game with a penalty shot in OT but missed. He made up for it in the shootout to lift the Wings to victory against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. Jimmy Howard turned away 37 of 38 shots to earn the win.

1st Period

  • NYR (1-0)
    • David Desharnais (4)
      • Jimmy Vesey

2nd Period

  • DET (1-1)
    • Andreas Athanasiou (6)
      • Dylan Larkin

3rd Period

  • NYR (2-1)
    • Vinni Lettieri (1)
      • Boo Nieves
  • DET (2-2)
    • Henrik Zetterberg (6)
      • Gustav Nyquist


  • None


  • Detroit Wins Shootout 2-0
    • Frans Nielsen


5 – Philadelphia Flyers (16-14-8)

3 –  Tampa Bay Lightning (27-8-2)

Claude Giroux was passing out gifts all night. Philly’s star left winger totaled three assists to upset the league-best Bolts. Brian Elliott took home the win for the Flyers.

1st Period

  • TB (1-0)
    • Steven Stamkos (16) (PP)
      • Nikita Kucherov
      • Victor Hedman

2nd Period

  • PHI (1-1)
    • Wayne Simmonds (12) (PP)
      • Sean Couturier
      • Jakub Voracek
  • PHI (2-1)
    • Shayne Gostisbehere (8)
      • Simmonds
      • Claude Giroux
  • TB (2-2)
    • Brayden Point (16)
      • Ondrej Palat
      • Kucherov
  • PHI (3-2)
    • Couturier (18)
      • Giroux
      • Travis Konecny

3rd Period

  • PHI (4-2)
    • Brandon Manning (4)
      • Giroux
      • Konecny
  • TB (3-4)
    • Tyler Johnson (10) (SH)
  • PHI (5-3)
    • Valtteri Filppula (9)
      • Voracek
      • Couturier


1 – Pittsburgh Penguins (19-17-3)

2 – Carolina Hurricanes (18-12-7)

Add the two-time defending champion Penguins to the Hurricanes list. Carolina has won four straight after taking out the Pens in Raleigh. Sebastian Aho played the role of hero. The young Swede ticked the twine late in the second to earn Cam Ward his sixth straight victory in goal for the Canes.

1st Period

  • PIT (1-0)
    • Brian Dumoulin (2)
      • Jake Guentzel
      • Tristan Jarry

2nd Period

  • Carolina (1-1)
    • Derek Ryan (8)
      • Elias Lindholm
      • Klas Dahlbeck
  • Carolina (2-1)
    • Sebastian Aho (11)

3rd Period

  • None


2 – Nashville Predators (22-15-5)

4 – Minnesota Wild (20-15-3)

Mikael Granlund earned a hat trick on an empty-netter late, but his two goals in the first earned the Wild their second game in as many games. Devan Dubnyk stuffed 41 of 43 shots to win the game for the Wild.

1st Period

  • MIN (1-0)
    • Mikael Granlund (9)
      • Matt Dumba
  • NSH (1-1)
    • P.K. Subban (8)
      • Alexei Emelin
  • MIN (2-1)
    • Granlund (10) (PP)
      • Jared Spurgeon
      • Ryan Suter

2nd Period

  • MIN (3-1)
    • Dumba (7)
      • Jonas Brodin
      • Matt Cullen

3rd Period

  • NSH (2-3)
    • Kyle Turris (8) (PP)
      • Subban
      • Roman Josi
  • MIN (4-2)
    • Granlund (11)
      • Eric Staal
      • Mikko Koivu


2 – New York Islanders (20-14-4)

4 – Winnipeg Jets (22-11-6)

1st Period

  • WPG (1-0)
    • Shawn Matthias (1)
      • Adam Lowry
  • WPG (2-0)
    • Blake Wheeler (10)
      • Kyle Connor
      • Patrik Laine

2nd Period

  • NYI (1-2)
    • Anders Lee (23)
      • John Tavares
      • John Bailey

3rd Period

  • WPG (3-1)
    • Connor (12)
      • Laine
  • WPG (4-1)
    • Lowry (8) (PP)
      • Jacob Trouba
      • Wheeler
  • NYI (2-4)
    • Lee (24)
      • Ryan Pulock


2 – St. Louis Blues (23-15-2)

4 – Dallas Stars (21-15-3)

Despite a Blue’s lead in the 2nd, the Stars were able to defend home ice behind Alex Radulov’s two goals and Jamie Benn’s goal and assist. Ben Bishop earned the win between the pipes.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • DAL (1-0)
    • Mattias Janmark (8)
      • Julius Honka
      • Jason Spezza

3rd Period

  • STL (1-1)
    • Vladimir Tarasenko (16)
  • STL (2-1)
    • Tage Thompson (2)
      • Alex Pietrangelo
      • Alexander Steen
  • DAL (2-2)
    • Jamie Benn (16)
  • DAL (3-2)
    • Alexander Radulov (13) (PP)
      • John Klingberg
      • Esa Lindell
  • DAL (4-2)
    • Radulov (14)
      • Dan Hamhuis
      • Benn


3 – Toronto Maple Leafs (23-14-2)

4 – Colorado Avalanche (18-16-3)


Three points from Nathan Mackinnon and a winner from J.T. Compher in overtime guided the Av’s to a victory Friday night. In goal, Semyon Varlamov (31/34 SA) took home the win in net.

1st Period

  • COL (1-0)
    • Nathan MacKinnon (16)
      • Gabriel Landeskog
  • TOR (1-1)
    • Matt Martin (3)
      • Josh Leivo
      • Roman Palak

2nd Period

  • COL (2-1)
    • Mikko Rantanen (12)
      • MacKinnon
      • Nikita Zadorov
  • TOR (2-2)
    • Palak (2)
      • Andreas Borgman
      • Patrick Marleau

3rd Period

  • COL (3-2)
    • Alexander Kerfoot (10)
      • Zadorov
      • MacKinnon
  • TOR (3-3)
    • James van Riemsdyk (17)
      • Morgan Rielly
      • Jake Gardiner


  • COL (4-3)
    • J.T. Compher (7) (PP)
      • Samuel Giard
      • Carl Soderberg


4 – Chicago Blackhawks (18-14-5)

3 – Edmonton Oilers (17-18-3)


Edmonton was able to score two goals late in the third, but it was enough to top the Blackhawks in OT. Patrick Kane ended the game 50 seconds into the extra session to propel the Hawks to a win. Jeff Glass (42/45 SA) earned the win in net.

1st Period

  • EDM (1-0)
    • Jesse Puljujarvi (8) (PP)
      • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
      • Oscar Klefbom
  • CHI (1-1)
    • Ryan Hartman (7)
      • Patrick Kane
      • Nick Schmaltz

2nd Period

  • CHI (2-1)
    • Alex DeBrincat (13) (PP)
      • Schmaltz
      • Duncan Keith

3rd Period

  • CHI (3-1)
    • Jordan Oesterle (1) (PP)
      • Vinnie Hinostroza
  • EDM (2-3)
    • Nugent-Hopkins (15)
      • Puljujarvi
      • Andrej Sekera
  • EDM (3-3)
    • Leon Draisaitl (10)
      • Nugent-Hopkins
      • Patrick Maroon


  • CHI (4-3)
    • Kane (16)
      • Keith
      • Schmaltz


1 – Calgary Flames (18-16-4)

2 – Anaheim Ducks (17-14-8)

Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell hooked up twice to led the Ducks to a home win against Calgary. Calgary as now lost three straight and six of their last eight. John Gibson took home the victory between the pipes.

1st Period

  • ANA (1-0)
    • Cam Fowler
      • Ryan Getzlaf
      • Rickard Rakell

2nd Period

  • CAL (1-1)
    • Micheal Ferland (15)
      • Matt Bartkowski
      • Mike Smith

3rd Period

  • ANA (2-1)
    • Rakell (12) (PP)
      • Getzlaf
      • Silfverberg


Last Night in the NHL (12/28)

Last Night in the NHL (12/28)

Last Night in the NHL (12/28)

Last Night in the NHL (12/28) there were seven games on the slate. 

3 – Boston Bruins (20-10-6)

4 – Washington Capitals (23-13-3)


In the nation’s capital, the B’s and Caps went back and forth for sixty-five minutes without determining a winner. Furthermore, neither team scored on either of their first two shootout attempts. Finally, on Washington’s third attempt, Alex Ovechkin buried one to send the Capitals to victory. Braden Holtby earned the win in goal.

1st Period

  • Boston (1-0)
    • David Backes (6)
      • Riley Nash
      • Danton Heinen
  • Boston (2-0)
    • Noel Acciari (3)
      • Sean Kuraly

2nd Period

  • Washington (1-2)
    • Lars Eller (5)
      • Tom Wilson
  • Washington (2-2)
    • Alex Ovechkin (24) (PP)
      • John Carlson
      • Evgeny Kuznetsov

3rd Period

  • Boston (3-2)
    • Backes (7)
      • Heinen
      • Jake DeBrusk
  • Washington (3-3)
    • Brett Connolly (8)
      • Eller
      • Madison Bowey


  • None


  • Washington Wins Shootout 1-0
    • Alex Ovechkin


1 – Montreal Canadiens (16-18-4)

3 – Tampa Bay Lightning (27-7-2)

Though they got off to a slow start, the Tampa Bay was able to handle the Canadiens at home. Steven Stamkos had his third multi-goal game of the season and his first in over a month. Andrei Vasilevskiy (31/ 32 SA) earned the victory in net. Tampa Bay is now 10-1-0 in their last 11 games.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • Montreal (1-0)
    • Brenden Gallagher (15) (PP)
      • Charles Hudon
      • Joe Morrow
  • Tampa Bay (1-1)
    • Steven Stamkos (14)
      • Nikita Kucherov
      • Victor Hedman

3rd Period

  • Tampa Bay (2-1)
    • Brayden Point (15)
      • Tyler Johnson
      • Ondrej Palat
  • Tampa Bay (3-1)
    • Stamkos (15) (PP)
      • Vladislav Namestnikov
      • Palat


7 – Toronto Maple Leafs (23-14-1)

4 – Arizona Coyotes (9-26-5)

Patrick Marleau (2 G, 1 A) and Mitch Marner (1 G, 2 A) each notched three points to lead the Maple Leafs over the Coyotes in Glendale. Despite allowing four goals, Frederik Andersen (30/34 SA) earned the win in goal. Toronto ends their five-game road trip with games in Denver and Vegas on Friday and Sunday.

1st Period

  • Toronto (1-0)
    • Zach Hyman (7) (SH)
  • Toronto (2-0)
    • Auston Matthews (15)
      • William Nylander
      • Jake Gardiner
  • Toronto (3-0)
    • Mitchell Marner (5)
      • Tyler Bozak
      • James van Riemsdyk
  • Arizona (1-3)
    • Josh Archibald (1)
      • Jordan Martinook
  • Arizona (2-3)
    • Brendan Perlini (9)
      • Tobias Rieder
      • Derek Stepan

2nd Period

  • Toronto (4-2)
    • Patrick Marleau (13) (PP)
      • Marner
      • Morgan Rielly
  • Toronto (5-2)
    • William Nylander (8)
  • Toronto (6-2)
    • Marleau (14)
      • Marner
      • Leo Komarov
  • Arizona (3-6)
    • Martinook (3)
      • Rieder
      • Jakob Chychrun

3rd Period

  • Arizona (4-6)
    • Christian Fischer (10) (PP)
      • Clayton Keller
      • Alex Goligoski
  • Toronto (7-4)
    • Connor Brown (10)
      • Rielly
      • Marleau


2 – Philadelphia Flyers (15-14-8)

3 – Florida Panthers (16-16-5)

After hopping out to a three-goal lead in the second period, the Panthers were able to hold off a late Philly assault to secure victory at home. James Reimer (29/31 SA) earned the win between the pipes. The suddenly-hot Panthers have now won four straight. On the other side, the Flyers are losers of three straight and four of five overall.

1st Period

  • Florida (1-0)
    • Jared McCann (5)
      • Nick Bjugstad
      • Michael Matheson

2nd Period

  • Florida (2-0)
    • Derek MacKenzie (1) (SH)
      • Colton Sceviour
  • Florida (3-0)
    • Jonathan Huberdeau (13)
      • Bjugstad
      • Alexsander Barkov

3rd Period

  • Philadelphia (1-3)
    • Scott Laughton
      • Travis Konecny
      • Michael Raffl
  • Philadelphia (2-3)
    • Sean Couturier (17)
      • Shayne Gostisbehere
      • Claude Giroux


2 – Chicago Blackhawks (17-14-5)

5 – Vancouver Canucks (16-17-5)

The Canucks snapped their four-game funk thanks to a massive night from their second line. Thomas Vanek, Sam Gagner, and Brock Boeser were responsible for all five Vancouver goals to earn Jacob Markstrom a victory in net. Vancouver’s struggles end for one night but sport a record of 2-7-1 in their last ten games. Chicago has lost three straight.

1st Period

  • Vancouver (1-0)
    • Sam Gagner (5)
      • Nikolay Goldobin
      • Thomas Vanek
  • Chicago (1-1)
    • Nick Schmaltz (7) (PP)
      • Patrick Kane
      • Duncan Keith

2nd Period

  • Vancouver (2-1)
    • Thomas Vanek (11)
      • Gagner
      • Brock Boeser

3rd Period

  • Vancouver (3-1)
    • Gagner (6)
      • Vanek
      • Boeser
  • Vancouver (4-1)
    • Vanek (12)
      • Boeser
      • Troy Stecher
  • Vancouver (5-1)
    • Boeser (21)
      • Vanek
      • Alex Edler
  • Chicago (2-5)
    • Ryan Hartman (6)
      • Alex DeBrincat
      • John Hayden


2 – Calgary Flames (18-15-4)

3 – San Jose Sharks (19-11-4)


Sixty-five minutes wouldn’t suffice this evening in San Jose. After battling valiantly for the entirety of regulation and a five minute overtime period, the Sharks emerged victorious behind the stick of Joe Pavelski. In goal, Martin Jones (32/34 SA) earned the win for San Jose. The overtime session is the Sharks fifth in their last nine games (6-1-2). Calgary has lost their last three shootouts.

1st Period

  • Calgary (1-0)
    • Garnet Hathaway (2)
      • Mark Jankowski
      • Sam Bennett
  • San Jose (1-1)
    • Joe Pavelski (8) (PP)
      • Kevin Labanc
      • Joe Thornton
  • Calgary (2-1)
    • Mikael Backlund (8) (PP)
      • Matthew Tkachuk
      • Mark Giordano

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • San Jose (2-2)
    • Timo Meier (6)
      • Brenden Dillion
      • Brent Burns


  • None


  • San Jose Wins Shootout 2-0
    • Joe Pavelski


3 – Vegas Golden Knights (25-9-2)

2 – Los Angeles Kings (22-11-5)


Two of the best teams in the Western Conference went at it in LA Thursday night. Both teams exchanged goals in regulation. In the extra session, both teams whiffed on solid opportunities until David Perron was able to find the back of the net for the Knights. Vegas has won six straight.

1st Period

  • Los Angeles (1-0)
    • Marian Gaborik (6)
      • Derek Forbort
      • Drew Doughty

2nd Period

  • Vegas (1-1)
    • Jonathan Marchessault (13)
      • Colin Miller
      • Reilly Smith

3rd Period

  • Vegas (2-1)
    • Brendan Leipsic (1)
      • Alex Tuch
      • Cody Eakin
  • Los Angeles (2-2)
    • Doughty (6)
      • Jake Muzzin


  • Vegas (3-2)
    • David Perron (9)
      • Smith


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