The Florida Panthers have a big game tonight — perhaps the game of their season — when they play Game 4 against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena.
Florida has not looked very good in this series save for 2-plus periods in Game 2.
They can get things turned in their favor with a big game tonight.
Will Florida change some things up? Coach Andrew Brunette said yesterday that everything “is on the table” but we will know more when they hit the ice for morning skate at 11:30.
Check back for more.
Until then, here’s some reading for you:
The Florida Panthers have talked about nerves and not being ready to play … but all that nonsense needs to be out of their system tonight when they play Game 4 in Washington.
It’s not technically a ‘must-win’ game for the Panthers — but it’s a must-win game for the Panthers.
Win and you come home tied 2-2. Lose and, yeah.
— Video from Sunday’s post-practice media session from Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart and Andrew Brunette is on the FloridaHockeyNow YouTube page.
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Alex Ovechkin only has one goal in the first three games of this series, but the Washington Capitals star has definitely affected how the game has been played.
T.J. Oshie credits that to Ovechkin’s ‘GOAT-ness.’
— Connor McMichael made his playoff debut on Saturday and dug the vibe.
— Will Tom Wilson play tonight? We should find out soon enough.
— For all of your Capitals coverage, head on over to WashingtonHockeyNow.Com … Sammi Silber has you covered.
AROUND THE NHL
The big news broke early on Monday as the New York Islanders are moving on from coach Barry Trotz after missing the playoffs.
Don’t think that was Trotz’s fault — and he may not be out of work for long.
The former Preds, Caps and Isles coach is well respected and regarded throughout the league. He’ll get snapped up quickly.
— You may not be a fan of Brad Marchand but there are many out there who don’t like Tony DeAngelo a whole lot — so yesterday was fun for a lot of people.
How the Boston Bruins star is getting into DeAngelo’s head during this series — which is now tied at 2 after a trip to Beantown.
— Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy missed Game 4 after entering Covid protocol just before warmups on Sunday.
— The Tampa Bay Lightning got back in its series with a thumping of the Leafs. It’s 2-2 going back to Toronto.
— The Kings got a terrific performance from Jonathan Quick as they shutout the Oilers in Game 4.
— The Calgary Flames have found themselves in a dogfight with Dallas in the first round series.
— With the Colorado Avalanche up 3-0 in Nashville, perhaps it is smart to rest injured goalie Darcy Kuemper.
— Jordan Binnington sparks a St. Louis comeback against the Wild.
— Trade talk with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek…
— The Philadelphia Flyers may have two pretty good young goalies now.
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
PANTHERS V. CAPITALS (WSH leads 2-1)
- Game 4: Monday, 7 p.m.
- Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
- TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, TBS
- Radio: WQAM 560 (Miami/Fort Lauderdale); WMEN 640 (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3 (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Tickets: CLICK HERE
PANTHERS V. CAPITALS
- Regular season series — Florida won 2-1: @Florida 5, Washington 4 OT (Nov. 4); @Washington 4, Panthers 3 (Nov. 26); @Florida 5, Washington 4 (Nov. 30)
- All-time regular season series: Capitals lead 67-44-11, 9 ties
- Playoff history: First meeting
- First-round schedule — Game 1: Washington 4, @Florida 2; Game 2: @Florida 5, Washington 1; Game 3: @Washington 6, Florida 1; Game 4: Florida at Washington, Monday, 7 (TBS/BSF); Game 5: Washington at Florida, Wednesday, 7:30 (ESPN2/BSF); Game 6*: Florida at Washington, Friday; Game 7: Washington at Florida, May 15. *If necessary
Luka Doncic evaluates shoulder, ‘tough’ scar after Warriors-Mavericks Game 1
Luka evaluates shoulder, doesn’t mind ‘tough’ Game 1 scar originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Luka Dončić was roughed up in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. And not just in the box score.
“It’s good,” Dončić said of his face scar after the game. “Makes me look tough.”
Dončić also was seen grabbing the back of his shoulder in apparent pain throughout Wednesday’s contest. But following the game, he didn’t seem too concerned.
“I felt a little pain when I shot [the basketball],” he said. “But it’s OK. It’s fine. We’ll get some treatment, and it’ll be fine.”
Dončić was locked down by Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors’ defensive effort, contributing just 20 points and shooting 3 of 10 from deep. He logged a team-worst minus-30 rating in 35 minutes and had more turnovers (7) than field-goal makes (6) for the first time in his playoff career.
Dončić and the Warriors will go at it again in Game 2 on Friday night at Chase Center.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M ‘paid all of their players’ for 2022 class
BIRMINGHAM — Alabama football coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Texas A&M “bought every player on their team,” referring to name, image and likeness deals for the top-ranked 2022 recruiting class.
Saban said Alabama didn’t offer NIL deals to its recruits.
“We were second in recruiting last year,” he said. “A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
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Saban, who has been vocal about NIL in college athletics, also said 25 players on Alabama’s roster last season earned NIL revenue totaling $3 million and did it “the right way.”
“Our guys earned it and no one in our locker room had a problem with that,” said Saban.
Saban went on to talk about how NIL is a great concept to allow players to profit, but emphasized concerns about deals being brokered by coaches or boosters.
“Players have always been allowed to work. It’s just a different opportunity for them to make money by working,” said Saban. “There is nothing wrong with that, and I told my players to get agents, get representation and create opportunities for yourself.”
Saban also talked about collectives – entities created to offer or coordinate NIL deals with athletes for specific schools to support those programs.High Tide Traditions, which has no official affiliation with the University of Alabama, was created last month to “create championship level partnerships between business and student-athletes.”
Saban said collectives open up the doors for NIL to be a recruiting tool.
“That’s not what name, image and likeness was supposed to be – that’s what is has become and that is the problem with college athletics right now,” Saban said. “My job is to create a platform for our players to create value for themselves and their future by becoming better people, by graduating from school and developing a career on or off the field.”
Saban also said former Alabama players have made $1.7 billion in the NFL since 2010.
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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M bought 2022 recruits
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