There are the glitzy signs, even for outfits like CVS and Denny’s. There are Ninja Turtles and Elvis impersonators posing for pictures. There are slot machines, blackjack tables and buffets around every corner. This was the happy, carefree tourist attraction Vegas that was given a pro team.
But for so many members of this community, life will never be the same.
Physical reminders of last Sunday’s shooting are abundant around town—often packaged as uplifting messages of the city’s strength, but still present enough that the grief and gloom is rarely far from mind.
A day after being no-hit by Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood for 5? innings, the Astros scored 13 runs on 14 hits against Kershaw and a parade of relievers. Since the start of the 2012 season — including the playoffs — the Dodgers were 49-1 when Kershaw pitched with at least a four-run lead. Now they’re 49-2.
Vladimir Brodziansky (58.2 percent inside the arc, 30th overall in block rate, per KenPom.com) is a dynamic 6-11 forward who anchors the sleeper of this conference.
It seems like we’ve been waiting for Hertl to break out since a hot start during his rookie year, but this season could be the one where he finally gets rolling. Hertl is averaging 2.5 shots per game, which is back at the level of his 21-goal season in 2014-15 and up from 2.0 last season. Hertl is also fourth on the Sharks in power-play ice time.
After failing to get a shot with the Calgary Flames, Baertschi has found a home in Vancouver. He has made progress over the past two seasons, increasing his goal totals from 15 in 2015-16 to 18 last year. Now he’s playing a career-high 16:38 per game and playing alongside budding young center Bo Horvat.