Devils-Oilers to play in Sweden, Panthers-Jets in Finland in 2018-19

Even in the midst of a rough November losing streak, it didn’t seem as though the thought of starting over was on Rivers’ mind.

“I love this team and I like what we’re doing,” Rivers said (via The Ringer). “We’ve got major obstacles, and if we can somehow get through it, I think we’re going to be really good.”

Only Tampa Bay has more points (96), and Nashville has a game in hand on Tampa Bay.

One Islander who may have some butterflies heading into this matchup is Eberle, who was selected 22nd overall by Edmonton in the 2008 NHL Draft, and dealt to the Islanders last June for center Ryan Strome.

Eberle is third on New York with 23 goals, including a team-best six game-winners. He averaged 23.5 goals in seven seasons with the Oilers.

“He spent a lot of time here and put in some good years,” Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “Hopefully they cheer him on loud. When your buddies like that go somewhere else, you still want them to succeed. It’s good to see him playing well.”

Strome, who is fifth on the Oilers with 31 points, has three goals and four assists in his last six games.

“He can really shoot the puck, has a bomb of a shot,” Sullivan said.

“You are always concerned no matter what when a player is injured,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “I don’t want to make a comment on it. I hope he’s all right. I think our guys feel like it’s a bruise.”

New York’s Barzal, a Coquitlam, British Columbia, native, made his first NHL appearance in Vancouver. He leads the rookie scoring race with 69 points, including two assists Monday night. He’s the first rookie with 50 assists since Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom did it in 200708. Boeser trails him with 29 goals and 55 points.

And it’s not easy to see how the Pistons will adjust their style of play to suit Griffin. He is a better player than Greg Monroe, but Detroit already went through a stretch in which it tried to pair star center Andre Drummond with a ball-dominant power forward who can pass from the post. That was Monroe, and it did not go well. That’s primarily why Detroit has one brief appearance in the postseason in the last nine years.packers_164

It was the fast start Kerr had been searching for, and it was needed desperately.

With the first quarter approaching a close, Curry dribbled around two defenders and launched a 37-foot jumper that hit nothing but net to beat the buzzer.

“You sling them up and try to get it off in time and see what happens,” Curry said. “But when it does happen, it’s a good vibe to end the quarter, end the half and not really worry about shooting percentage. Just chuck it and see what happens.”

In the final three quarters, the Clippers outscored the home team 104-100.

The Jets traded the one-time Pro Bowl defender before the 2017 season, and he promptly found a strong home as a 4-3 tackle after playing 3-4 end for most of his career. He was very disruptive in the middle of the field with Seattle. With a lot of other positional money issues, especially defensively, it will be hard for the Seahawks to keep him.

Ansah, two years removed from a Pro Bowl selection, fought through injuries for a rebound 12-sack season after disappearing in 2016. It will be interesting to see how much Lions general manager Bob Quinn wants to keep the veteran around as a defensive cornerstone for new coach Matt Patricia.

Suffice it to say that the bloom is now off the Elway rose in Denver — at least in terms of his management prowess — and the heat is on for him to bring in new blood at the game’s most important position … and get it right this time.

Elway admitted as much in his season-ending press conference last month when he said, “There is no doubt we’ve got to get better at that position.”

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The Rams had a tougher time with the Texans than the final score of 33-7 would indicate.

Houston, playing with Tom Savage in place of the injured Deshaun Watson, had a 7-6 lead as late as the final minute of the first half. The Rams solved the Texans’ defense in the third quarter as Jared Goff threw three touchdown passes, including a 94-yarder to Robert Woods.

In 2016, the Rams scored 242 points, the fewest in the NFL and a whopping 40 behind the second-worst Browns. Now, they lead the NFL with 296 points, and they seemingly are only getting better. They’ve won their past three games by scores of 33-0, 51-17 and 33-7.

The talent is there. Melvin Ingram, a versatile defensive lineman who’s great rushing the passer and against the run, could be the most underrated player in the NFL. Melvin Gordon ranks among the best running backs in football, and venerable Phillip Rivers gives them a chance in every game.

Yet there was plenty of evidence on social media that fans were not happy and would voice their unhappiness with their pocketbooks — which in a way they have already begun doing: By midday Monday, ESPN reported that Villanueva gear, including jerseys and name and number T-shirts, has been ordered more than that of any other NFL player.

Shazier made an emotional appearance Sunday at Heinz Field for his team’s big game against the Patriots, his first trip out of the hospital since his surgery.?

Vernon Shazier said before his interview with ESPN that he couldn’t get into specifics of his son’s injury. The Steelers have not elaborated in detail what Shazier’s surgery entailed nor about his prognosis.

“I have the best job in the world. I grew up sitting on the couch watching games with my dad. I now get to do that with millions of fans who are just like me, and want to change the channel as quickly as possible, and think they’re better on the remote than anyone else. And that’s what I get to do every Sunday.”

Taylor is arguably the greatest defensive player in NFL history, but some of that was offset by his reckless behavior on and off the field during his career with the Giants. He served a 30-day suspension in 1988 after testing positive for cocaine, and he had substance abuse problems that led to multiple arrests after his career was over.

Of all the personalities on the Chicago Bears’ teams of the 1980s, McMahon was the most controversial. He drank beer at press conferences. He sparred with Mike Ditka. He wore headbands in defiance of NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. He mooned television cameras and always said what was on his mind, for better or worse. That was good enough to lead the 1985 Bears to one of the greatest seasons in NFL history.

Beckham was in pain after making the catch and was immediately taken to the locker room and checked for a concussion.

Although OBJ was cleared of concussion symptoms, the team did announce that he would miss the rest of the game with a sprained ankle.

The good news for the Giants is that Beckham’s X-rays came back negative. However, that doesn’t mean he’s completely out of the clear yet. The team announced that Beckham will be re-evaluated when the Giants get back to New York on Tuesday morning.

The Jaguars did what had to be done to win in Cleveland. Now it’s back to having to beat real NFL teams, although the schedule only gets marginally tougher with games against the Cardinals and Colts the next two weekends.

The Panthers return from their bye to face the Jets on Sunday at the Meadowlands. Carolina can’t afford a misstep, with key games against the Saints and Vikings looming. The offense should get a major boost from the expected return of TE Greg Olsen, while a decision is to be made later in the week on whether center Ryan Kalil also will be back in the lineup.

The loss Sunday at Minnesota was not a promising beginning to the rugged stretch of the schedule that will show how the Rams stack up against the other top NFC contenders. If they don’t fare far better in the coming weeks against the Saints, Eagles and Seahawks, there will be no choice but to conclude that they are a year away from being the real deal.

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch announced Monday that they will retain Coach Ben McAdoo for the remainder of the season and then evaluate him. McAdoo, at this point, appears to be making that evaluation pretty simple. He’s not getting his players to play very hard or very well at all for him. Mara and Tisch are patient, as they demonstrated again Monday by not firing McAdoo sooner rather than later. But no one is patient enough to keep McAdoo beyond season’s end if he can’t get the Giants to play much better in their final seven games.chargers_074

“We’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing. Guys are working around the league.”

A story published Sunday by Slate showed an email from the Players Association’s general counsel, Tom DePaso, telling a lawyer for Kaepernick that it was the union’s “understanding” that Jenkins has “remained in contact” with Kaepernick. Another email, from that lawyer to Jenkins, said to the safety, “Once again, it appears that false information is being communicated to the media that Mr. Kaepernick has been invited [to a meeting between players and the NFL], which once again he has not.”

The Associated Press reported Sunday that Jenkins “declined to address” the Slate article. He did say that “league didn’t accept our invitation” to the meeting, adding that the NFL pointed to scheduling and logistical issues.

“At this point, the ball is in their court,” Jenkins said.

“He told me that he was explicitly told that he had no place being there [in the last meeting].”

But really, the Jaguars have nothing to be ashamed about. There were no boneheaded plays and no critical turnovers (the Jags did not have a single turnover, in fact). Bortles played the game of his career, but got outdueled by arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. The defense evoked images of those great Seahawks defense of a few years ago, with great team speed and people eager to put a big hit on a receiver.

Jacksonville played well enough to win, but the Patriots were just better in the end… because that is what they’ve been doing for years.

That would constitute a major on-field setback for Dallas, which relied heavily on the rookie running back last season and was rewarded with a 13-3 record and an NFC East title. Elliott, who led the league in rushing yardage and earned first-team all-pro honors, stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, and possibly millions, in lost wages and signing-bonus money he may have to repay the team.

The Eagles racked up 456 yards of offense thanks to a huge day from Nick Foles (26 of 33 for 352 yards and three TDs) and some clutch throws to break the game wide open, including throws of 53, 42, 41 and 36 yards. On each of those throws, he had great protection and sometimes even 4-5 seconds to launch one of his high-trajectory missiles.

Spencer Ware went down with a PCL injury in preseason that required surgery to repair.

The Chiefs cut C.J. Spiller as they trimmed the roster down to 53 players on September 2, and the move surprised a lot of people. It was even more surprising when Kansas City re-signed Spiller to the active roster the following day.

But the Chiefs weren’t done. They would go back and forth between signing and cutting Spiller in one of the more interesting storylines from the NFL season you may not have heard of.

Keeping Spiller around seemed to make sense at the time, especially since Ware is likely to miss the entire season. But, no:

“When you have co-team-builders, it’s vital that you communicate well on how you’re building the roster.”

That was the first piece and, in many ways, it really came to life a year after the Dimitroff/Quinn pairing was consummated with the draft that brought a Kam Chancellor-type strong safety (Keanu Neal), a undersized heat-seeking middle linebacker (Deion Jones), and a KJ Wright clone (De’Vondre Campbell) in the first four rounds.

The second piece is actually developing the talent that arrives. For some guys, as both Dimitroff and Quinn wanted, it meant playing right away. That’s how it was for those three aforementioned rising stars. For others, like Schweitzer, it was a result of Quinn and his staff allotting time. “We put so much time in,” Dimitroff said. “Practice time, and outside work or off-practice work, we felt like he was being developed as well as he could without being a starter.”

While he may not be able to return to those heights, he’s been a perfectly serviceable passer in the interim. A solid defense and cache of offense weapons helped him post a 5-1 record in games where he threw at least 10 passes over the past two seasons. His last playoff performance was a modest 195-yard, two-touchdown showing back in ‘13. If he can just be similarly successful on Saturday, he’ll have a shot to push the Eagles to the NFC title game.

You probably won’t be paying much attention to Wes Schweitzer late on Saturday afternoon. He is, after all, a right guard, and right guards don’t flash much on TV unless they’re doing something really, really wrong. So to you, he’ll probably just kind of be there among the Falcons offensive linemen.

But to the guys running the show in Atlanta, he embodies where the team is.

The Falcons spent the 195th pick in the 2016 draft on Schweitzer, and promptly shelved him. He made the team. He didn’t get so much as to wear a game jersey all year. And he developed through the team’s Plan D program. That meant working with backup guard Ben Garland after practice. It meant extra classroom work. It meant time with the player engagement and athletic performance staffs.nationals_001

This season, Nyquist is casting doubt on his coach’s analysis.

When Gustav Nyquist scored a career-low 12 goals for the Red Wings last season, coach Jeff Blashill downplayed his concern, insisting that Nyquist was a playmaker who’d been miscast early in his career as a potent goal scorer.

Nyquist scored twice, Jimmy Howard made 37 saves and Detroit beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Sunday night. Nyquist now has 12 goals this season after only getting four by New Year’s Day last season.

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Bazemore called Booker “a great player and he was there when his team needed him.”

As for that foul on the three-pointer, Bazemore said, “I thought I made some really good plays down the stretch defensively and didn’t get the benefit of the doubt. You control what you control.”

Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano was not pleased with what he saw much of the night.

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NFL execs rank the head-coach openings

Six NFL teams began looking for new head coaches Monday.

Some jobs are more appealing than others from coaching candidates’ perspectives. Insight from coaches, execs and other league insiders placed the six openings in the following order:

“I wish the Lions, my coaching staff, our players and the loyal Lions fans, who were very supportive, much continued success in the future.”

Caldwell, 62, had winning seasons in three of his four years in Detroit, but the Lions missed the playoffs twice in the past three years, including this season, when they went 9-7.

Tomlin said he saw Brown on Tuesday morning.

The former Buccaneers and Raiders coach is always a prime subject of speculation, but something about this year feels a little bit more realistic. Gruden is only 54, and his youngest child is finishing high school. He’s also in a spot from which he doesn’t have to jump at any old job, but there are a couple that could appeal due to location and quarterback situations. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” Gruden said on ESPN radio on Nov. 15. “I just know this: I’m going to continue to give my best effort to the game, stay prepared. I love Monday Night Football, don’t plan on leaving, but as you know in life, you never say never to nothing.”

Note: The Raiders are preparing to pursue Gruden with an offer so strong it could even include an ownership stake in the team, according to league sources.

There has long been a sense that Harbaugh, who was 44-19-1 with one Super Bowl appearance in four seasons as coach of the 49ers from 2011-14, would like to try the NFL again. Should he make himself available, he’d be very intriguing to more than one team.

The Dolphins have invested in their secondary, pass rush and weapons on offense.

Chris Peters: Let’s start with the easy part. Tampa Bay is a lock, with Los Angeles and Winnipeg not far behind. Tampa is going to run away with the Atlantic, recovering from last year’s injury-plagued disaster to become the darlings of the league once again. The Kings have been streaky, but in an unpredictable Pacific Division, they seem to be on the most solid footing of anybody.

Two years removed from spending a top-10 pick on cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, the Bucs go back to the well in order to replace Brent Grimes. Offensive line is their biggest need, so the Bucs also would like to scoop a top pass-blocker if possible.

Now they need to bulk up their offensive line and defensive interior. Smith can be the star linebacker this defense needs.

The aging curve has always been more general guide than hard-and-fast rule. In the NBA, a player ages at his own pace, one determined by health, work ethic and countless other factors. James can’t break it any more than Karl Malone did by winning his first MVP at age 33 and a second at age 35 or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did by remaining a starter on a championship team well into his 40s.

Before Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walked off the field following Pittsburgh’s 23-20 comeback victory in Cincinnati on Monday night, he was asked by ESPN’s Lisa Salters what led to the latest violent and ugly mess of a game between the teams.

Even though the Chiefs gave up just one touchdown to the Giants in last week’s loss, the defense has not gotten enough blame for the Kansas City’s recent fade (bottom 10 in yards, yards per play and sacks, middle of the pack in takeaways and points). It won’t matter in this game, though.

Does a berth in this game jive with the team’s preseason goals?

What about the team’s goals in November? If the preseason No. 1 team stumbles to an 8-4 record and winds up in some chilly bowl outpost playing some newly established game with a silly corporate name, chances are the team isn’t that fired up about it. Florida State, for example, is certainly proud to keep its record 36-year bowl streak alive, but the Seminoles are accustomed to more prestigious bowl assignments than Shreveport against a Conference USA also-ran.

Arians said having all referees as full-time employees is essential to improvement. Only four referees (Brad Allen, Walt Anderson, Jerome Boger and Pete Morelli) currently have such status, with some of the others opting to continue in full-time jobs outside NFL auspices, including those that pay far more than what the league is offering. (Time magazine reported last year that the average referee salary for non-NFL employees was $173,000 in 2013 with growth to $201,000 by the 2019 season.)

“They had no idea,” Spencer said. “They would have never done something like that. They didn’t explain it that way. That’s the problem.”

Canning the Marlins’ TV broadcast team didn’t help, either. Play-by-play commentator Rich Waltz and analysts Conine and Preston Wilson were dismissed. The year before, Fox Sports Florida let go of analyst Tommy Hutton. Thus, it might’ve been bad timing for Jeter, but Jeter never seemed to have bad timing before he got to South Florida.

Matthew Stafford is hurting and just trying to survive in order to put the Lions in position to steal another wild-card berth. With the defense leaking to join the running game sputtering, he’ll need to be at his best. Luckily, the Buccaneers’ pass defense is awful, and they also can’t put much pressure on the QB. In a battle of big-armed QBs, it’s easier to trust Stafford on the road than Jameis Winston at home, especially in the fourth quarter.chargers_014-150x150