NHL Playoffs: Great Dane for MVP

  • Frederik Andersen is incredible. His rebound control. His calm. His compete. The Great Dane should get serious consideration for the Vezina, just like the Bolts’ Andrei Vasilevskiy.
  • Auston Matthews has been on the losing end of a lot of reviews. They got this one right — there’s no way Tuukka Rask could have gotten across the crease, with or without a Zach Hyman bump.

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Everyone Gets a Homer!

(Except for Eric Hosmer)

There were 41 homers hit across 15 games in Major League Baseball on Tuesday night, led by two from Yoan Moncada for the White Sox, who hit four as a team. It wasn’t the highest total for a given night, but it’s a very high total. I mused on Twitter that if your fantasy team didn’t have three homers, it probably was losing ground to the field in your league. Through 512 games this season, there have been 673 total homers, or 1.31 per game. As a point of reference, last year the league averaged 1.15 homers per game. But that’s not the most eye-opening stat. In 2017, when the juiced ball was at its juiciest, the league averaged 1.26 homers per game. In other words, we’re already on a record pace for homers, ahead of a season which was an extreme outlier in its own right.

There could be some reason to think that we haven’t yet reached the eventual level of home run production. The Rockies have only played five games in Coors Field. We’re still in April and it’s not yet warm everywhere in the country. And while there have been some huge injuries (the Yankees say hello), general attrition has yet to occur in most places, so hitters aren’t yet going up against the 17th, 18th, and 19th pitchers in an organization’s 40-man roster.

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NHL Playoffs: Just get in. You can win

  • You think your playoff pool got burned? The @NHL’s bracket challenge just got obliterated. Tampa was on top and 48.0% favoured to win it all. Guess who was on the bottom. Yep. At 0.4%.
  • Redemption. One year ago in Buffalo, Robin Lehner hit rock bottom. Alcohol. Anxiety. Depression. He got clean, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADHD and PTSD, and the Isles still took a chance. The Pens went after him, but Lehner stood his ground. He stopped 135 of 141 shots and is now headed to the second round. Great story.

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