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2011-12 NHL Season: Predicting the Final Standings

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There are 16 days left in the NHL regular season. There are 16 teams that make the playoffs. It takes 16 wins to earn the Stanley Cup…seems as good a time as any to forecast the finish.

Two of last three President's Trophy winners could miss the playoffs in 2012 (photo courtesy of FanSided)

Eastern Conference

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins are red hot and need just two more points (they will not win a tiebreak) than the New York Rangers over the last nine games to catch them in the Atlantic Division.
  2. Boston Bruins have a three-point lead in the Northeast Division and a game in hand over the Ottawa Senators. They are on a tough Pacific Coast trip, but their experience should allow them to hang on.
  3. Florida Panthers have four points and a game in hand over the Washington Capitals. However, they are playing not to lose their division and are not as good as Boston, who they are a full game behind and on the wrong end of a tiebreak.
  4. New York Rangers might have the second-best record in the NHL (third at worst) coming out of the best division and be only a fourth seed.
  5. Philadelphia Flyers are coming around thanks to Ilya Bryzgalov finally playing well, but it is too late to change their position in the standings.
  6. New Jersey Devils will give Martin Brodeur one final run at his fourth Stanley Cup, but will be a sixth seed despite having a better season than the winner of either of the other Eastern Conference divisions.
  7. Ottawa Senators should be able to hold onto at least some of their three-point lead over Washington.
  8. Washington Capitals are much better than their record, so they should hang on to this spot since they not only have a one-point lead over red hot Buffalo, but will own the tiebreak.

 

Western Conference

  1. St. Louis Blues have the best home record in the NHL, and play four of their last seven in the Gateway City. They have the best defence, a game-and-a-half lead and the tiebreak over the Vancouver Canucks.
  2. Vancouver Canucks play in a weak division and know what it takes to win in early spring.
  3. Los Angeles Kings got everything they wanted from the trade for Jeff Carter. They are in first place right now and are hot, so they should be able to weather five of their last eight on the road since two of them are in the same time zone.
  4. Nashville Predators made moves to be a better team than they were for most of the season. They are just one point behind the injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings and own the tiebreak.
  5. Detroit Red Wings have six of their final eight at home, where they hold the league’s second-best record. They should start to get players back before it is too late, so they can hold some of their one-game lead over the Chicago Blackhawks.
  6. Chicago Blackhawks are probably better off losing the fifth seed to the Wings, anyway—L.A. is no cakewalk, but they are also no Nashville.
  7. Dallas Stars manage to hold onto the seventh spot by virtue of the regulation/OT win tiebreak over the San Jose Sharks despite losing four of six to them.
  8. San Jose Sharks just squeak into the playoffs thanks to the point lost from Shane Doan’s suspension and the tougher schedules of the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States

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Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.

 

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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.

 

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How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?

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How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.

Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.

For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:

QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington Redskins.  As for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant. 

Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR  Travon Austin. 

With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.

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