NHL Power Rankings

1. Tampa Bay
2. Nashville
3. Las Vegas
4. Minnesota
5. Boston
Beware the surging Wild. Minnesota are 7-1-2 in there last ten and look like a force to be reckoned with in the central. Meanwhile Vegas drops after back to back tough losses to Los Angeles, is the magic starting to wear off? If Ryan Mcdonagh wasn’t traded to the Lightning the Preds would be the best team in hockey right now. That team is electric to watch.
6. San Jose
7. Philadelphia
8. Dallas
9. Toronto
10. Winnipeg
San Jose and Philly suddenly went from middling teams to looking like sneaky contenders in the past few weeks. Dallas has slowly risen into the playoffs but shouldn’t be ignored. Winnipeg falls only because it just cant seem to keep up with the big boys in the central when it plays them.
11. Washington
12. Los Angeles
13. New Jersey
14. Pittsburgh
15. Anaheim
Washington has played well but occasionally loses games they shouldn’t and so they fall out of the top ten. A team on the rise right now is Los Angeles, they look like they could make a real stretch run here to close the season. Losing Matt Murray really hurts the Penguins, hopefully he’s back come playoff time, and yes I have no doubt the Penguins will make the playoffs.
16. Colorado
17. Calgary
18. Columbus
19. Saint Louis
20. Carolina
21. Florida
22. Detroit
23. Edmonton
24. New York Islanders
25. Chicago
26. Montreal
27. New York Rangers
28. Arizona
29. Buffalo
30. Vancouver
31. Ottowa

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The Jensen TV Guide 6 Things To Watch In Sports This Week and One To Keep You Well Rounded.

After a week off the Jensen TV Guide makes its return. Enjoy, and stay well rounded.

Tuesday: Nashville Predators Winnipeg Jets. A battle for the top of the division and the debut of newly minted Jet Paul Stastny. A massive game in the central, there are all kinds of great NHL games Tuesday night though. I would heavily recommend Blues Wild and Oilers Sharks. In reality, the playoff teams in the NHL aren’t really going to change over the next six weeks the fun part will be seeing where they all end up in the seeding. Especially in the west because other than the Kings, sorry Aves fans, there isn’t a really exciting bubble team but the playoff field itself is wide open.

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Wednesday: Villanova Seton Hall. This game is on the list because you should be on upset watch for the Wild Cats. Seton Hall is an extremely good team getting extremely hot before tourney time. This game is the highlight of college basketballs week night closing week slate.

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Thursday: 76ers Cavaliers. A key game in the eastern conference. If the Sixers could grab a win over the Cavs it would bolster their credibility in the race for the Eastern conferences three seed. Simmons Lebron is also one of those matchups that you just really want to watch.

Friday: Big Ten Championship Qaurterfinals. To give a specific game, Michigan Sate vs Maryland or my pick Wisconsin. If Wisconsin and MSU played each other again I think there is a real chance that Wisconsin could pull off the upset.

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Saturday: Duke UNC. I mean what else could it be? It is the best rivalry in college basketball and Duke has something to prove coming off a loss to Virginia Tech while North Carolina is red hot. I cannot wait for this game.

 
Sunday: LA Galaxy Portland Timbers. MLS kicks off Saturday so lets give it some pop for a week until it disappears into march madness. LA finished last year as the worst team in the league, so all they can do is move up at this point. However, they have the talent to be a really good team. On the other side the leagues reigning MVP Diego Valeri takes the field for the first time in a while without former Portland star Darlington Nagbe.

And one: Write a letter. The art of letter writing has been lost on my generation. However I believe there is nothing better than receiving a letter in the mail. Especially one you don’t know is coming. So write someone. Enjoy your week guys!
Eric

 

What Would a Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh First Round Series look like?

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I have took a close eye at the NHL Standings as of late. If the season ended today, the Philadelphia Flyers (#3 in Metro, 28-19-5 record 65 points) would face the Pittsburgh Penguins (#2 in Metro, 31-22-4 record 66 points) in the first-round of the playoffs. How would that matchup be?

Well, this would be the first time since the 2012 playoffs that these two teams would meet. Philadelphia defeated Pittsburgh in six games in the first-round that season. There was a ton of offense in that series and Ilya Bryzgalov and Marc-Andre Fleury were the goalies then and they both struggled in that season.

The goalies now would be Brian Elliott or Michal Neuvirth for the Flyers and Matt Murray for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Keystone Rivalry would be back on and the intensity would be turned up a notch.

It would be good for the NHL if this series happened. Even though Pittsburgh has beaten Philadelphia twice this season, this wouldn’t be an easy series for the Penguins. I would expect them to win this series in six because of the experience and firepower on offense they possess, but don’t tell me that the Flyers wouldn’t be pumped up for a series like this and show up.

Are the Dallas Stars Quietly Becoming Serious Contenders in the West?

The phrase silent but deadly doesn’t only refer to smells, but it also could refer to how well sports teams are playing as well. This is the perfect description of the Dallas Stars right now. They have won five straight games and are comfortably in the first wild card spot in the Western Conference (up six points on the Minnesota Wild).

Dallas plays in a very tough Central Division and if the season ended right now, they would play the Nashville Predators in the first round. The Stars are in fourth place in the Central Division, but they are one point behind the St. Louis Blues for the third spot in the Central Division and the Stars are three points behind the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators for second and first.

Ken Hitchcock has this team playing well right now and they could be a team no one wants to play against in the postseason. Dallas has scored 175 goals so far this season and they have given up 145 goals. That’s one of the best goal differentials in the NHL this season.

Dallas missed the playoffs last season after making it to the postseason the year before as the number one seed in the Central Division before losing to the St. Louis Blues in seven games in the semifinals. The Stars haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1999 and Hitchcock was actually the coach of that team.

Offseason acquisition Alexander Radulov leads the Stars with 53 points (21 goals and 32 assists). Jamie Benn has scored 21 goals and recorded 31 assists so far this season. John Klingberg has only scored seven goals, but he has recorded 45 assists so far this season which is one of the best in the NHL.

Tyler Seguin has scored 29 goals and recorded 22 assists so far this season. Dallas also has some very good role players Mattias Janmark (15 goals and 14 assists) and Radek Faska (12 goals and 13 assists). Devin Shore and Jason Speeza each have scored seven goals so far this season.

The Stars defense is playing a lot better this season and so has been the goaltending. Ben Bishop was traded to the Dallas Stars in the offseason by the Los Angeles Kings after he was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline last season. Bishop’s record so far this season is 23-14-3 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA, along with four shutouts.

Backup Kari Lehtonen’s record so far this season is 10-5-1 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA. Dallas obviously made the right move getting rid of goaltender Antti Niemi in the offseason.

Dallas is ranked 17th in the NHL in power play percentage (20.1%). Dallas is ranked 10th in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (82.2%). If the Stars continue to play at a high level until the end of the regular season, people will take Dallas seriously come playoff time and they aren’t talked about enough because they have the Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, and Nashville Predators in their division.

The Jensen TV Guide: You’re Going To Be Watching A lot Of CBB This Week.

Football season is over, sad, but fear not there are other Sports. Every week Eric Jensen has you covered with a game a night you should be watching. He also throws in something else you should be doing, to keep you a well rounded human being. Enjoy!

 

Tuesday- Russ and KD aka Golden State OKC, what more do I have to sell you on. The Thunder are on a skid but the Warriors are coming off a loss in Denver. This game is tight all the way down to the end.

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Wednesday- Ohio State Purdue, one and three in the big ten clash on Wednesday night. This is a week jam packed with challenges for Purdue and this is the game they need to win to prove they are a legit threat to win the tourney. Not to mention to take momentum with them to a colossal matchup against Michigan State Saturday.

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Thursday- Duke UNC, the fact seven loss UNC is still ranked is disgusting. Like honestly, what does this team have to do to fall out of the top 25? Even if they win this game I wouldn’t have them in the top 25. Duke on the other hand is coming off an embarrassing loss to Saint Johns. Honestly they’re lucky to still be in the top ten in my opinion. I wanted to put another game on Thursday so bad but there just isn’t much going on in the world of sports Thursday night. This is a rivalry game of epic proportions I get it. This goes one of two ways though, Duke stomps them and people gloss over the fact they are a flawed team or UNC wins and people forget they’ve lost to South Carolina and NC State. Either way a lose lose because neither of these teams are top 10 worthy right now.
Friday- Blues Jets, a massive game in the NHL’s central division. If Saint Louis wins there matchup with the Avalanche, which they should, and take care of the Jets they would be in firm control of the division for a little bit.

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Saturday- Michigan State Purdue, your going to be watching a lot of college basketball this week. This is a key game in the struggle to win the top heavy BIG Ten. By top heavy I mean either Purdue or Michigan State is winning this league, sorry OSU.

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Sunday- Jazz Trail Blazers, a key matchup in the battle for the western conference playoffs. If the Jazz could grab a win against Portland it would be massive for them as they are currently a playoff bubble team. Also watch dunk star contestant Donovan Mitchell in action.

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And one- Write your significant other, or yourself a nice little poem. I know that isn’t the angle for a sports blog usually but let me tell you poetry, wins, women. End of story, learn to write it and your set for life.

The Jensen TV Guide: 6 Games to Watch This Week and Something Else to do.

Tuesday- Penguins Sharks- Two playoff bubble teams fighting for wild card spots in each conference. Both mightily experienced this is going to be a big offensive game with a lot of chances and a lot of physicality tune in.

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Wednesday- Virginia Louisville- This might not sound appetizing up front but Louisville has surprised me over the last month. They can keep it close with anyone in the ACC I feel and I think Virginias slowed pace of play plays into there hands.

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Thursday- Villanova Creighton- Nova seems due to lose at some point and this feels like the game where that could happen. Jalen Brunson always puts on a good show. I think this game will be a lot closer than some think.

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Friday- Trail Blazers Raptors- In my power rankings earlier today I said the Raptors were one of the most under valued teams in the NBA. Watch them, pair that with the fact that Portland has been really hot in recent weeks and you’ve got a winner.

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Saturday- Rockets Cavs- The Cavs defense is really bad, the Rockets defense is ok both of these teams are going to put up a ton of points. If you like back and forth scoring affairs this game is for you.

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Sunday- The Super Bowl- If you’re not watching the Super Bowl what are you doing with your life man?

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 27-10. (Kirby Lee/NFL)

And one- Learn how to make and make guacamole. Maybe if you have a recipe experiment with it and find the mix you like best. Bring it to the Super Bowl party you attend Sunday and blow your Bros away with how good a cook you are. Its also a great conversation starter. Maybe some hottie comes up to you and says, “Hey you stallion of a man I loved the guacamole” only good things can happen from there.

NHL Power Rankings Before the End of the All Star Break.

1. Tampa Bay
2. Las Vegas
3. Boston
4. Nashville
5. Saint Louis

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Tampa has no weaknesses. A super-fast top 9 forwards line and a great defensive core, pair that with a Viezna trophy candidate in Andrei Vasilevskiy and you have a bona fide contender. Vegas is the most surprising team in the league, hands down. Contending for the president’s trophy with a roster full of players the rest of the NHL didn’t want. One mans trash is another mans president’s trophy contender. Boston has bounced back big off of big years from Patrice Bergeron Brad Marchand, and David Pasternak. Nashville is one of the most consistent teams in the NHL, the recipe is the same as last year great goaltending and offense from the back line. Along with gritty players like Victor Ardvisson getting to the front of the net. Saint Louis continues to impress despite the loss of Jake Allen, turns out Carter Hutton is just as good. Look for this team to surge.
6. Washington
7. Winnipeg
8. Toronto
9. Dallas
10. Calgary

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The Capitals aren’t having the amazing regular season they always have but maybe that’s a good thing. This team is balanced and looks like its built for the long haul. However, nothing matters until the playoffs for the Caps. Winnipeg is a team with extremely fast talent up top and a young Goalie in Connor Hellebuyck if you want a young team on the rise jump on Winnipeg. Toronto has struggled a bit in recent weeks but has bounced back as of late. A young fast team that is learning as they fight for a playoff spot.
11. Colorado
12. San Jose
13. New Jersey
14. Pittsburgh
15. Los Angeles

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Colorado is the hottest team in the NHL. San Jose has played well and New Jersey is the fastest team in the league. Pittsburgh has struggled through the grind of the season but still have the stuff to make big moves in the second half of the season.
16. Minnesota
17. Anaheim
18. Philadelphia
19. Columbus
20. NYI

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21. NYR
22. Carolina
23. Chicago
24. Edmonton
25. Detroit
26. Montreal
27. Florida
28. Vancouver
29. Buffalo
30. Arizona
31. Ottawa

The Jensen TV Guide: Six Games To Watch This Week and One Other Thing To Do.

With the NFL fading fast from our lives, people like myself are in a conundrum. What do I do without football? How do i survive when my life essence for the pass 4 months, that has oozed from LG screens into my life is now suddenly gone? Well here are six more games, one for each day up to Sunday, that you can sit on your ass and watch. I have some moral responsibility, I feel, to make you do something else this week to so the and one provides you something that will improve your life. Enjoy, see you next Tuesday.

 

Tuesday: Kansas Oklahoma– Two of the top teams in the Big 12 battle it out for a position a top the best conference in College basketball. Trae Young coming off of a 48-point night in a loss to OK State and Kansas coming off a 3 point win over a tough Baylor team. Tune in!

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Wednesday: Kings Flames– The Flames are on a hot streak right now. They have gone from outside of the playoffs to a divisional top 3 spot in the pacific. The team ahead of them, the Los Angeles Kings. A major game in the battle for the playoffs and two hockey teams that get physical when they meet each other. It’s prime time action at its finest.

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Thursday: Wizards Thunder- Jon Wall vs Russell Westbrook. A matchup between two of the leagues premiere point guards. The Wizards are reportedly having locker room issues and have reached there peak according to some while the Thunder continue to find their groove as the big 3 in OKC heat up.

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Friday: 76ers Spurs- No Kawhi for this matchup but as long as Pop is in San An the Spurs will always play good competitive team basketball. Also, Lamarcus Aldridge vs Joel Embiid on the post is a really enticing matchup.

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Saturday: Duke Virginia– This is a massive determining game in the top heavy ACC. If Duke grabs a win here, they put themselves in good position to win the regular season title. However if they lose they make it even easier for Virginia to snatch it from under them. High stakes indeed.

 
Sunday: NHL all-star game– 3 on 3 action galore, no defense, all speed all skill why wouldn’t you watch this?

 
And one: Read a book– I’ve recently cracked open the archaic paper information highway and wandered into mystical lands. I’m currently falling in love with Hunter S Thompson, total badass and reading fear and loathing in Las Vegas. The man was a master with words and truly a weird thinker. I mean that in the most flattering way possible. Living in a drug induced state constantly, somehow produced one of the most creative writers of our time.

NHL Contenders and Pretenders at the Midway Point of the Season

This NHL season, now almost at the midway point, has shown us some surprise contenders, such as the Devils, the Jets, and of course, the Vegas Golden Knights. Also, there have been teams that we are so used to seeing in the playoffs the past few years that have fallen short of expectations, including: the Blackhawks, the Penguins, and the Canadiens.

Contenders

The Vegas Golden Knights: The Golden Knights are currently the second best team in the league, and are first overall in the western conference. They are playing at an amazing level, never seen before by a first year expansion franchise. Not only that, for a good part of the first eight weeks of the season, without their top goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury. The Golden Knights have embraced the city, playing with passion and flair.

The New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier is the third best rookie in the NHL, behind Arizona’s Clayton Keller, and the Islanders’ Mathew Barzal. Behind Hischier’s rookie campaign and strong showings from veterans like Brian Boyle, Taylor Hall, and Goalie Cory Schneider, the Devils have a real chance of going far into the playoffs.

The Winnipeg Jets: Last year the Jets were fifth in the Central Division with a measly 87 points. This year, they are leading the Central Division with 52 points, not yet even at the midway point. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck has been very good this year, earning the NHL’s most recent first star of the week. Behind strong campaigns from Blake Wheeler, Patrick Laine and Dustin Byfugelin, the Jets can shake up the power rankings in the West.

Pretenders

The Pittsburgh Penguins: The back-to-back Stanley Cup defending Penguins are having a bad year. They are sitting in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, with 41 points, and are 4 points from a wildcard spot. While the Penguins will still likely be in the running for one of the two remaining wild card spots, they will not win the Stanley Cup. Sidney Crosby is on pace for about 73 points, one of his worst career seasons. Now the Penguins must ask themselves if their dynasty is over, or if this year is just a hangover from back-to-back short summers.

The Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks dynasty is over. They had their run, but it ended when they were swept in the first round of the playoffs last year by Nashville. Patrick Kane and Johnathan Toews aren’t going to get younger, and they no longer have the same spark as they used to. In a few years they will contend again, as soon as young players like Alex DeBrincat mature and get used to the league, but for this season, they will not win the Stanley Cup or even make the playoffs.

The Montreal Canadiens: Last year the Canadiens were one of the top teams in the east, totaling 103 points and the number one seed in the Atlantic Division. This year, they’ve dealt with tons of injuries, and the Habs, who are reliant on their goalie, Carey Price, have not seen great production from him this year. The Canadiens won’t make the playoffs this year, but they may have a chance in future seasons.

The First Ever PSF Athlete of The Year, and Awards show.

Welcome to the first ever PSF Athlete of the year/ year in review show ever. 2017 is rounding to a close so here are my picks for players, teams, and games of the year. Along with the PSF staffs pick for Athlete of the year. Enjoy.

Championship team of the year: New England Patriots

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You could argue the Warriors, Astros, or even the Penguins, but that would completely disrespect one of the greatest championship comebacks of all time. 28-3 will go into the sports history books in infamy, similar to the 3-1 collapse of the Golden State Warriors of just a few years ago. Tom Brady’s legacy, Julian Edelman’s catch, James White’s career game… these are just a few moments from this game that will be remembered for a lifetime. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the championship team of the year, hell, it might be the championship team of the century!
Sport of the year: Baseball
Coming from me, frankly, this is shocking. I’m just not a huge baseball guy but that has certainly changed this year. While some purist fans will argue that the game is changing for the worse, the next generation of fans will get the most exciting offensive baseball in the history of the sport. Home runs were up across Major League Baseball this year. The league has seemingly become more power-oriented, with more players going boom or bust than we’ve ever seen before. While some argue that this is bad for the sport, I would argue it makes the game more exciting to watch. I firmly believe the home runs record will be broken in the next four years flat, by one of the league’s best like Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge. So why not give baseball a shot this year? Watch some moon shots in the process!
Players of the year
NFL: Tom Brady
It’s hard to argue anyone else. Brady has revolutionized modern day athletic training and lifestyle choices as we know them. He continues to be a top performer even at age 40. There seems to be no drop off and absolutely zero gradual decline. I would argue he’s even gotten better as he ages. He has truly solidified himself as the greatest football player of all time, and he’s still chasing more. Why not? He may become the greatest athlete of all time.

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NBA: Kevin Durant
For as much hate as Kevin Durant has received over the last few years, he is the NBA player of the year for just that reason. He is perhaps the face of the sport right now. While Lebron James will always remain the King, KD has made a run for the crown. While he didn’t have the stats of a Russell Westbrook, Durant was still the key component that pushed the Warriors over the mountain and to another ring. KD won this award for one simple reason. Even if you don’t watch the NBA you know the name: Kevin Durant, snake, traitor, cupcake, Finals MVP, and quite possibly – the next face of the NBA.

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NHL: Connor McDavid
Has Connor McDavid set the league on fire this season? Not yet. This award pertains to last season though, a season where McDavid scored 30 goals and put up 70 assists for a grand total of 100 points. On top of that, he won the league MVP and took a playoff destitute team to the brink of making the Western Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. McDavid has become the next face of the NHL. Crosby may have won the championship, but McDavid has defined the NHL’s next generation of player. Flashy, fast, fun, and impossible to slow down.

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MLB: Aaron Judge
Part of what made baseball the sport of the year, the emergence of the face of the sport. Aaron Judge quickly became the face of the Yankees and rejuvenated a franchise that had been largely dormant over the last few years. Judge brought the perfect mix of power and constant buzz-factor every time he stepped to the plate, and respect for the game so crotchety old baseball writers could root for him as well. Judge was on a historic pace through the first half of the season and had one of the greatest Home Run Derby performances of all time. Even though Judge slowed down over the span of the second half he remained a major staple of the MLB landscape. Judge might just be the next Jeter.

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PSF Athlete of the Year: Russell Westbrook
This really wasn’t close. The members of the PSF staff all voted on their favorite athlete of the year based on performance. Westbrook was chosen by sixty three percent of the staff and received 20 of 32 votes. The next closest? Tom Brady with just 7 votes. Westbrook had the best season a point guard has ever had. Breaking the record for the most triple-doubles in a season and being only the second player in NBA history to average a triple double over an entire season. These weren’t just 10-10-10 nights either. Westbrook posted the highest scoring triple-double in NBA history (57 points), put up a career-high 22 assists in a triple-double, and posted a career-high 58 points. It’s hard to argue for anyone else on the candidate list after what Russ did last year.

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2017 was a great year for sports. We can’t wait to keep you tuned here at PSF for 2018, here’s to an awesome sports year! Stay tuned!