Saturday, October 31, 2015

NHL Recap: Calgary Flames (5) vs. Edmonton Oilers (4) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: Calgary Flames (5) vs. Edmonton Oilers (4) - Date: 10/31/2015 Michael Frolik scored his third goal of the game with 8.7 seconds left, and the Calgary Flames snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. Calgary negated an icing call in the final seconds and Frolik put a seemingly harmless shot on net from behind the goal line that squeezed in between Cam Talbot and the post for his first career hat trick. Brandon Bollig and TJ Brodie also scored for the Flames, who were playing their third game in four nights. Free Picks for Today. Taylor Hall, Brandon Davidson, Teddy Purcell and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton, which has dropped four of five.

NBA Recap: Phoenix Suns (101) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (90) - 10/31/2015

NBA Recap: Phoenix Suns (101) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (90) - Date: 10/31/2015 Eric Bledsoe scored 33 points, one shy of his career high, and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 101-90 on Saturday night. Fighting Predictions. The teams were playing the second of a back-to-back against each other. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The night before in Phoenix, the Suns prevailed 110-92 and Bledsoe had 22 points in that one. Damian Lillard, the lone Portland starter left over from last season, had 23 points for the Blazers, who are still getting accustomed to all the new faces. CJ McCollum, who had a career-high 37 points in Portland's season-opening victory against New Orleans last Wednesday, had 16 against the Suns in Phoenix then 15 at home. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. Tyson Chandler, signed by the Suns in the offseason, had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win on Friday, but had five points and 11 rebounds in Portland.

NCAAF Recap: Notre Dame (24) vs. Temple (20) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Notre Dame (24) vs. Temple (20) - Date: 10/31/2015 DeShone Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-21 victory over No. 21 Temple on Saturday night. Winning Sports Handicappers. The biggest game in the history of Temple football lived up to the billing. Profitable NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Owls (7-1) pushed the Fighting Irish (7-1) to the brink and took the lead with 4:45 left on a 36-yard field goal by Austin Jones. But Kizer came right back with a long scoring drive, capped by the TD to his star receiver. Sports Tipsters. Then the Notre Dame defense stepped u p. NCAAF College Football Handicappers. Temple's P. J. Walker went deep down the right side, but Russell cut underneath the throw and made a diving pick. Not until the very last play, when Kizer dropped the ball, picked it up and then threw it away to kill the clock, did the Irish get to celebrate. Kizer finished with 299 yards passing and a 79-yard touchdown run.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www. Free Picks Against the Spread.

MLB Recap: Kansas City Royals (5) vs. New York Mets (3) - 10/31/2015

MLB Recap: Kansas City Royals (5) vs. New York Mets (3) - Date: 10/31/2015 The Kansas City Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth inning after second baseman Daniel Murphy's error and startled the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday night for a 3-1 lead in the World Series. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Royals posted their seventh postseason comeback win this October. Now, one more victory in November will clinch their first crown since 1985. Edinson Volquez, who pitched Game 1 for Kansas City only hours after his father died, has returned from the funeral and will start Game 5 Sunday night. Matt Harvey starts for the Mets. Mets rookie Michael Conforto hit two home runs, and a sellout crowd kept getting louder and louder on Halloween night. But the fans at Citi Field gasped, then went silent after Murphy's misplay. Murphy let Eric Hosmer's grou nder go under his glove with one out, allowing the tying run to score. Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez followed with RBI singles.  

NCAAF Recap: Tennessee (52) vs. Kentucky (21) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Tennessee (52) vs. Kentucky (21) - Date: 10/31/2015 Joshua Dobbs accounted for four touchdowns and Tennessee scored on both a kickoff return and punt return Saturday in a 52-21 rout of Kentucky that continued the Volunteers' domination of this annual series. Sports Handicapper King. Tennessee (4-4, 2-3 SEC) has won 30 of its last 31 meetings with Kentucky (4-4, 2-4). Profitable NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Wildcats' lone victory during that stretch was a 10-7 decision in 2011. Dobbs was 16 of 26 for 233 yards with one interception and two touchdown passes, including a 75-yard pass to Josh Malone that put Tennessee ahead for good late in the second quarter. He also rushed for 51 yards and two scores. Evan Berry scored on a 100-yard kickoff return a nd Cam Sutton reached the end zone on an 84-yard punt return in the third quarter. Berry has three touchdowns on kickoff returns this year to tie Willie Gault's 35-year-old school single-season record.

NCAAF Recap: Michigan (29) vs. Minnesota (26) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Michigan (29) vs. Minnesota (26) - Date: 10/31/2015 Wilton Speight came off the bench and threw a 12-yard touchdown to Jehu Chesson with under 5 minutes to play and No. 15 Michigan stopped Mitch Leidner on a sneak as time expired to escape with a 29-26 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night. In his first game as interim head coach since Jerry Kill's surprising retirement for health reasons, Minnesota interim coach Tracy Claeys elected to go for the win over a potential tying field goal with the ball on the 1 and 2 seconds to play. But Leidner's plunge was stuffed by Ryan Glasgow and Joe Bolden, allowing Michigan (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to take back the Little Brown Jug after losing it in Ann Arbor last year. Leidner was 16 for 33 for a career-high 317 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (4-4, 1-3).

NCAAF Recap: Tulane (13) vs. Memphis (41) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Tulane (13) vs. Memphis (41) - Date: 10/31/2015 Paxton Lynch threw for 343 yards and a touchdown and ran for 43 more as 16th-ranked Memphis routed Tulane 41-13 Saturday night. Good Return on Investment. The Tigers (8-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) trailed 13-0 before answering with 41 straight points. Profitable NCAAF College Football Handicappers. This is the fifth game Memphis has trailed by at least 10 points this season. Doroland Dorceus, Anthony Miller and Jarvis Cooper each ran for a TD, and Jake Elliott kicked three field goals as Memphis won its 15th straight game. Only No. 1 Ohio State (21) and No. 5 TCU (16) have longer winning streaks than the Tigers. Sports Handicap. Tulane (2 -6, 1-4) lost its fourth straight overall and ninth in this series. NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Green Wave jumped to a 13-0 lead within the first 16 minutes with redshirt senior Jordy Joseph making the first start of his career with Tanner Lee and Devin Powell both injured.---Online:AP College Football website: Teresa M. Walker at

NCAAF Recap: Miami Florida (30) vs. Duke (27) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Miami Florida (30) vs. Duke (27) - Date: 10/31/2015 Corn Elder took Miami's eighth lateral of a wild final kickoff return and brought it back 75 yards for a touchdown that gave Miami a 30-27 victory over No. 22 Duke on Saturday night. Sports Betting Profit. Thomas Sirk seemingly had given the Blue Devils the win by scoring on a sneak with 6 seconds left. But in a final sequence reminiscent of California's unforgettable run through the Stanford band, Elder caught the last of eight laterals, and zigged and zagged through the Duke coverage team for the score. One problem: A penalty flag thrown on teammate Mark Walton for an illegal block in the back on Breon Borders at the Duke 25. But after a lengthy review, the officials determined the block was to Borders' side - not his back - and the touchdown stood.

NBA Recap: Brooklyn Nets (91) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (101) - 10/31/2015

NBA Recap: Brooklyn Nets (91) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (101) - Date: 10/31/2015 Mike Conley scored 22 points, including 10 straight in the fourth quarter, and had eight assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 101-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Conley, who was 7 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 7 from outside the arc, scored his 10 straight points to hold off the Nets who were trying to rally from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit. Zach Randolph and Courtney Lee scored 15 points each for Memphis with Randolph grabbing 13 rebounds. Jeff Green finished with 13 for the Grizzlies. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Jarrett Jack finished with 15 for the Nets (0-3). Brook Lopez had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Joe Johnson and Thaddeus Young added 11 points each for Brooklyn.

NCAAF Recap: Oregon State (12) vs. Utah (27) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Oregon State (12) vs. Utah (27) - Date: 10/31/2015 Devontae Booker rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown as No. 13 Utah handled Oregon State 27-12 on Saturday. Basketball Picks. The Utes (7-1, 4-1) hold a game lead in the Pac-12 South over UCLA (6-2, 3-2) with four games remaining, including the Bruins on Nov. 21. Utah jumped out to a 14-0 lead after its first two possessions of the game and cruised from there. Quarterback Travis Wilson completed 14 of 17 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown, and his 34th career start set a school record. Wilson ran for 56 yards and a score while tying Alex Smith's 21 wins as a starter for second place in school history. Oregon State (2-6, 0-5) was without starting quarterback Seth Collins, who didn't make the trip after injuring his knee Thursday. Freshman Nick Mitchell started and threw for 204 yards and a touchdown. Victor Bolden had 45 yards rushing and 34 receiving yards with a touchdown.

NHL Recap: Detroit Red Wings (5) vs. Ottawa Senators (3) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: Detroit Red Wings (5) vs. Ottawa Senators (3) - Date: 10/31/2015 Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Danny DeKeyser each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on Saturday night. Jonathan Ericsson and Dylan Larkin also scored as the Red Wings rebounded from a 3-1 home loss to the Senators on Friday night. Petr Mrazek made 33 saves. Detroit star Henrik Zetterberg also collected his 500th career assist in the first period and his 800th point in the second period with his second assist of the game. Free Picks Against the Spread. The Senators, who had won two in a row, got goals from Kyle Turris, Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan, along with 23 saves from Craig Anderson. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Senators are just 1-3-2 at home this season.

NCAAF Recap: Texas (0) vs. Iowa State (24) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Texas (0) vs. Iowa State (24) - Date: 10/31/2015 Joel Lanning threw a touchdown pass in his first start and freshman Mike Warren carved out another 100-yard rushing game, leading Iowa State to a much-needed 24-0 victory over Texas on Saturday night. Lanning, a sophomore who replaced senior Sam Richardson, struggled at times with his passing but did enough with his feet for the Cyclones (3-5, 2-3 Big 12) to break a three-game losing streak. He led a 66-yard scoring drive that gave the Cyclones a quick early lead and floated a perfectly thrown pass to Dondre Daley in the left corner of the end zone to make it 17-0 in the third quarter. Best Sports Picks of the Day. Texas (3-5, 2-3) had upset Oklahoma and dominated Kansas State in its two previous outings with an improved running game. But the Longhorns struggled to get anything going in thi s one and never advanced past the Iowa State 47 until the final 90 seconds.

NCAAF Recap: Vanderbilt (0) vs. Houston (34) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Vanderbilt (0) vs. Houston (34) - Date: 10/31/2015 Greg Ward Jr. threw for a score and ran for another and No. 18 Houston's defense forced four turnovers in a 34-0 romp over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Ward rushed for a 5-yard score with three minutes left in the first and then found Demarcus Ayers for an 11-yard TD in the second quarter as the Cougars led 20-0 at the half. Ward finished 15 of 23 passing for 221 yards, as the Cougars reached 8-0 for the fourth time in school history and first time since 2011. Kenneth Farrow carried 16 times for 82 yards and had a 15-yard rushing score near the end of the third quarter. Basketball Picks. The Cougars outgained the Commodores 371-185, as Houston's defense collected its first shutout since a 34-0 win over SMU on Nov. 29, 2013.

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (134) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (120) - 10/31/2015

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (134) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (120) - Date: 10/31/2015 Stephen Curry scored 53 points, taking over the game with a 28-point third quarter, and the unbeaten Golden State Warriors defeated the winless Pelicans 134-120 in New Orleans' home opener Saturday night. Curry outscored all the Pelicans by two points in the third period, giving the reigning NBA MVP a career-high for scoring in a quarter. He wound up shooting 17 of 27 from the field, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range, to go with nine assists and four steals. Draymond Green scored 21 points and Klay Thompson added 19 for defending champion Golden State, which has won its first three games this season. Anthony Davis had 26 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks for the injury-depleted Pelicans, who have lost their first three games under new coach Alvin Gentry. Sports Handicapping Software . Two of the losses have come against Golden State, where Gentry was an assistant last season.

NHL Recap: Winnipeg Jets (3) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: Winnipeg Jets (3) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2) - Date: 10/31/2015 Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist, helping the Winnipeg Jets beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night. Rookie Andrew Copp scored his first career goal and Ondrej Pavelec had 19 saves as the Jets improved to 4-1-0 on the road. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Blue Jackets dropped to 0-5-0 at home. NHL Hockey Handicappers. They were coming off a 2-1 loss at Washington on Friday night. Brandon Saad and Scott Hartnell scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped eight of 11 shots in the first period, and Curtis McElhinney had 16 saves in the final two periods.

NHL Recap: Washington Capitals (2) vs. Florida Panthers (1) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: Washington Capitals (2) vs. Florida Panthers (1) - Date: 10/31/2015 Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in overtime, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Saturday night. Kuznetsov skated the puck along the top of the zone, faked a pass to Ovechkin and then charged the net from the left side. He went untouched to below the left circle and beat Al Montoya stick side. Fox Sports Picks. The Capitals have won two in a row and seven of their past eight. Jussi Jokinen opened the scoring for Florida early in the second with assists from Dave Bolland and Alex Petrovic. Washington's Jay Beagle tied it 2:23 into the third period. Washington goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves. Montoya had 25 for Florida.

NHL Recap: Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (0) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (0) - Date: 10/31/2015 Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 40th career shutout and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 Saturday night for their fourth straight win in Phil Kessel's return to the Air Canada Centre. Handicapper Return on Investment. Toronto kept Kessel, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin off the scoresheet, but the Penguins stars had plenty of help in adding to the Leafs' early misery this season. Chris Kunitz, Eric Fehr, Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist scored before a Halloween crowd of 19,197 that included Gumbie, Super Mario and Superman. Many left before the final whistle. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Penguins outshot Toronto 32-21. Fleury picked up an assist on the Pens' fourth goal and improved his record against the Leafs to 18-9-3 with his first shutout against the club. Pittsburgh is 7-1-0 since losing its first three games of the season. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Leafs are winless in six straight. Kessel was booed whenever he touched the puck, with the volume increasing the longer he had it.

NBA Recap: Utah Jazz (97) vs. Indiana Pacers (76) - 10/31/2015

NBA Recap: Utah Jazz (97) vs. Indiana Pacers (76) - Date: 10/31/2015 Derrick Favors scored 18 points and the Utah Jazz outscored the Indiana Pacers by 33 in the second half of a 97-76 victory Saturday night. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Pacers led for almost the entire first half, but tables turned in the third quarter when Utah outscored Indiana 28-12 after trailing by seven at halftime. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Jazz (2-1) led by nine points at the end of the third quarter and by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter. Favors, one of six Jazz to score in double figures, had seven rebounds. George Hill scored 17 points and Paul George added 16 for Indiana (0-3), which has lost the lead in the third quarter and given up a total of 189 points in the second half of its three games this season.

NCAAF Recap: Clemson (56) vs. NC State (41) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Clemson (56) vs. NC State (41) - Date: 10/31/2015 Deshaun Watson accounted for six touchdowns to help third-ranked Clemson pull away after halftime to beat North Carolina State 56-41 on Saturday. Watson threw for 383 yards and five scores, and also ran for 54 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are closing in on an appearance in the ACC championship game and chasing a College Football Playoff berth. Professional Handicappers. The Tigers host No. 17 Florida State next week with a chance to wrap up the ACC's Atlantic Division title. Wayne Gallman ran for 172 yards and a touchdown for Clemson. NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Tigers led by 20 after halftime and finished with 623 total yards, spending the final quarter answeri ng desperate scoring drives from the Wolfpack (5-3, 1-3) to remain in firm control.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at and the AP's college football site at .

NCAAF Recap: Oklahoma (62) vs. Kansas (7) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Oklahoma (62) vs. Kansas (7) - Date: 10/31/2015 Baker Mayfield completed 27 of 32 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns and No. 14 Oklahoma beat Kansas 62-7 on Saturday. Sterling Shepard had 183 receiving yards and a touchdown on 11 catches. Samaje Perine added 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries for the Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12). Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is now 11-0 against the Jayhawks in his career. Kansas (0-8, 0-5) has dropped 11 consecutive games dating back to last season. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Sooners led 38-7 at halftime. Oklahoma scored on its first drive of the second half when Sam Grant snagged a 1-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield. Kansas fumbled on the first play of the next drive, and Oklahoma quickly took a 52-7 lead after backup quarterback Trevor Knight finished a short drive with a 1-yard to uchdown run.

NCAAF Recap: Maryland (15) vs. Iowa (31) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Maryland (15) vs. Iowa (31) - Date: 10/31/2015 Desmond King had an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and 10th-ranked Iowa beat Maryland 31-15 Saturday for its eighth straight victory to start the season. Akrum Wadley, LeShun Daniels and Derrick Mitchell had touchdown runs for the Hawkeyes (8-0, 4-0). Sports Handicapper Picks. They'll enter November unbeaten for just the second time in 17 seasons under coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa used a touchdown late in the second quarter to lead 21-0 at halftime. Free NCAAF College Football Picks. The Hawkeyes defense took over from there, and King's return put the Hawkeyes ahead 31-7 with 7:38 left. Will Likely had a 100-yard kickoff return for the Terrapins (2-6, 0-4), who threw for just 74 yar ds.---AP college football website: Luke Meredith on Twitter at and on Facebook at

NHL Recap: Nashville Predators (3) vs. Los Angeles Kings (4) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: Nashville Predators (3) vs. Los Angeles Kings (4) - Date: 10/31/2015 Jeff Carter scored at 4:42 of overtime, Tyler Toffoli continued his strong start with two more goals, and the Los Angeles Kings extended their winning streak to seven games with a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Rookie Andy Andreoff also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves for the Kings, whose streak began after an 0-3 start. Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis scored the tying goal with 6:04 left in the third period, and Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots for the Predators, who had won the previous five meetings - all by one-goal margins. James Neal and Shea Weber scored power-play goals less than 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second period for Nashville, and Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each had two assists.

NCAAF Recap: Colorado (31) vs. UCLA (35) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Colorado (31) vs. UCLA (35) - Date: 10/31/2015 Soso Jamabo rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:28 to play, and No. 24 UCLA blew an 18-point lead before escaping the Rose Bowl with a 35-31 victory over Colorado on Saturday. Josh Rosen passed for 262 yards and a touchdown for the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who avoided an embarrassing loss despite giving up 18 consecutive points in the second half and yielding 554 total yards to the Buffaloes (4-5, 1-5), who haven't beaten a ranked team on the road since 2002. Patrick Carr rushed for 110 yards, and his TD run put Colorado ahead with 12:04 to play. Handicapping Sports. The Bruins answered with Jamabo's score before stopping the Buffaloes twice in UCLA territory. NCAAF College Football Handicappers. Takkarist McKinley's p ressure forced a poor throw by Sefo Liufau on fourth down with 3:34 to play. Nate Meadors intercepted a pass by Liufau near midfield with 51 seconds left. Liufau went 37 of 57 for 312 yards while Colorado ran a school-record 114 plays, outgained UCLA by 144 yards and had the ball for more than 41 minutes.---AP College Football:

NCAAF Recap: Georgia Tech (21) vs. Virginia (27) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Georgia Tech (21) vs. Virginia (27) - Date: 10/31/2015 Matt Johns threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Canaan Severin in the third quarter and Virginia limited Georgia Tech to two long scoring plays until the final minutes of the Cavaliers' 27-21 victory Saturday. Daniel Hamm and Albert Reid also ran for touchdowns for the Cavaliers (3-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets. Best Sports Picks Service. The victory kept Virginia in the running for the Coastal Division championship and its first bowl game in four years if it loses just once more this season. Georgia Tech (3-6, 1-5) lost for the sixth time in seven games, with the only victory last weekend's 22-16 triumph against No. 17 Florida State on a blocked punt return touchdown on the game's final play. Coach Paul Johnson's team will have to win its final three games to extend its streak of seasons ending in a bowl to 19. Profitable NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Yellow Jackets made it a nail-biter late, scoring on a 22-yard pass from Justin Thomas to Clinton Lynch with 1:41 remaining, then recovering an onside kick. But after driving to the Cavaliers' 34, Thomas threw incomplete on fourth-and-4 with 1:11 left.---Follow Hank on Twitter: AP college football page:

NCAAF Recap: USC (27) vs. California (21) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: USC (27) vs. California (21) - Date: 10/31/2015 Adoree Jackson returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and Ronald Jones ran for 80 yards and a score to lead Southern California to its 12th straight win against California, 27-21 on Saturday. NHL Handicappers. Tre Madden also had a touchdown run and Cody Kessler threw for 186 yards to lead the Trojans (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12), who won for the second straight week under interim coach Clay Helton. Jared Goff threw the interception that put the Golden Bears (5-3, 2-3) in a 17-point hole in the third quarter and sent Cal to a third straight loss following a promising start to the season. Goff threw for 272 yards and two TDs, but was intercepted twice as the Bears are still searching for that elusive sixth win that will make them eligible for a bowl for the first time since 2011.

NHL Recap: San Jose Sharks (3) vs. Dallas Stars (5) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: San Jose Sharks (3) vs. Dallas Stars (5) - Date: 10/31/2015 Antoine Roussel broke a third-period tie for the second time in three games, and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Saturday. Sports Betting Handicapping. The game-winners are the only goals this season for Roussel, who also had two assists against San Jose. John Klingberg's shot from the right point hit Sharks goalie Alex Stalock's pads and Roussel's skate, and the puck trickled across the goal line with 6:23 to play. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Tyler Seguin added a power-play goal into an empty net. Dallas has won eight of the last nine games, including three in a row at home by a 4-3 score. San Jose has lost five of six. Patrick Sharp scored the first goal for the Stars, who didn't trail in the game. Vernon Fiddler had a goal and two assists. Jason Demers added a shorthanded goal and an assist. For San Jose, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward scored on the power play, and Matt Nieto had a short-handed goal.

NCAAF Recap: Syracuse (21) vs. Florida State (45) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Syracuse (21) vs. Florida State (45) - Date: 10/31/2015 No Everett Golson and Dalvin Cook? No problem. No. 17 Florida State showed no sign of a letdown despite missing its top two playmakers, putting up one of its best offensive games of the season in a 45-21 win over Syracuse on Saturday. Sean Maguire passed for three touchdowns and Jacques Patrick ran for three scores as the Seminoles put up 550 yards of offense at Doak Campbell Stadium. Free MMA Picks. The points tied a season high and the yardage was the second-highest this year for Florida State, which improves to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the ACC heading into next Saturday's Atlantic Division showdown at No. 3 Clemson. After winning its first three games, Syracuse has dropped five straight and is 1-3 in the ACC. Golson was held out due to a concussion, and Maguire was announced as the starte r before kickoff. Free NCAAF College Football Picks. The junior completed 23 of 35 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns. He had 302 yards in the first half, which is the first time a Florida State quarterback had done that since Chris Weinke had 302 yards in the first half against Clemson in 2000. Patrick got his first career start after Cook suffered an ankle injury in last Saturday's loss at Georgia Tech. Patrick, who had three carries coming into the game, had 24 carries for 162 yards and three touchdowns. His longest run of the day was a 28-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that extended the Seminoles' lead to 45-21. Sports Handicapper Records. Travis Rudolph caught all three of Maguire's touchdown passes and had five catches for 191 yards. It is the first time in Florida State history that it has had players with three touchdowns receiving and three touchdowns rushing in the same game. After Syracuse took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on an Eric Dungey 1-yard touchdown run, Florida State took control of the game by scoring on three consecutive drives. Rudolph tied the game with a 75-yard touchdown where he broke four tackles en route to the end zone after catching the ball at the Syracuse 31. Rudolph then gave the Seminoles the lead with a 45-yard catch in the end zone. Profitable NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Orange got within 21-14 on a Dungey 1-yard touchdown, but Syracuse decided to squib kick late in the first half despite Florida State having all three timeouts. Sports Cappers. The Seminoles took advantage as they got the ball on their own 42 and scored with nine seconds remaining in the half on a Patrick 1-yard run up the middl e. Dungey, who came into the game leading the ACC in passing efficiency, completed just 11 of 24 passes for 120 yards along with rushing for 46 yards on 10 carries.---AP College Football:

NCAAF Recap: Virginia Tech (26) vs. Boston College (10) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Virginia Tech (26) vs. Boston College (10) - Date: 10/31/2015 Michael Brewer threw a first-quarter touchdown pass and linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka returned a fumble 34 yards for a score early in the second, carrying Virginia Tech to a 26-10 win over Boston College Saturday. Joey Slye kicked four field goals for the Hokies (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Sports Handicappers Rankings. Travon McMillian carried 33 times for 105 yards. Virginia Tech led 20-0 at halftime. Boston College (3-6, 0-6) lost its fifth straight. Brewer, making his second straight start since sustaining a broken left collarbone in the opener against top-ranked Ohio State, hit a wide-open Cam Phillips down the right sideline for 27 yards to make it 7-0. Profitable NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Hokies increased it to 10-0 on their next possession when Slye kicked a 47-yard field goal. It was Virginia Tech's third trip into BC territory in as many possessions. Motuapuaka stripped running back Jordan Gowins and ran it back, making it 17-0.

NCAAF Recap: Nebraska (45) vs. Purdue (55) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Nebraska (45) vs. Purdue (55) - Date: 10/31/2015 David Blough threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score, and cornerback Anthony Brown intercepted three passes, leading Purdue to a 55-45 victory against Nebraska on Saturday. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The victory snapped the Boilermakers' nine-game Big Ten Conference losing streak and gave third-year coach Darrell Hazell his first conference victory in Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue (2-6, 1-3) improved to 6-26, 2-18 in the Big Ten under Hazell. It is the Boilermakers' first Big Ten victory since winning at Illinois last October. Freshman Blough finished 28 of 43 for 274 yards. Nebraska (3-6, 1-4) played without starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who has a right foot injury, and turned to junior Ryker Fyfe, who was intercepted four times. While Fyfe led back-to-back touchdo wn drives in the first 3:21 of the fourth quarter to pull his team to within 42-31, a 26-point deficit was too much to overcome. Fyfe finished 29 of 48 for 407 yards with four touchdown passes.

NCAAF Recap: Illinois (0) vs. Penn State (39) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Illinois (0) vs. Penn State (39) - Date: 10/31/2015 Christian Hackenberg threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, caught a scoring pass and Penn State beat Illinois 39-0 on Saturday. Hackenberg was 21 of 29 and connected with Chris Godwin and Geno Lewis for 5- and 6-yard touchdowns in the first quarter. He caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nick Scott in the third. Saquon Barkley rushed for 84 yards on 20 carries and added another 58 yards receiving. He scored on a 7-yard run to give Penn State (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) a 32-0 lead early in the fourth. After two of his extra points were blocked and he sailed a kickoff out of bounds, Joey Julius was replaced by Tyler Davis who made 42- and 28-yard field goals. Mark Allen added a 20-yard touchdown run to cap the scoring. Free Sports Betting Picks. The Fighting Illini (4-4, 1-3) managed just 167 y ards and punted on 12 of their 15 possessions.

NHL Recap: New York Islanders (2) vs. New Jersey Devils (3) - 10/31/2015

NHL Recap: New York Islanders (2) vs. New Jersey Devils (3) - Date: 10/31/2015 Mike Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson scored in the shootout, and the New Jersey Devils won for the sixth time in seven games with a 3-2 decision over the New York Islanders on Saturday. John Moore and Bobby Farnham each scored their first goal of the season and Cory Schneider made 24 saves for New Jersey, which lost all four games to the Islanders last season. Anders Lee and Frans Nielsen scored for New York, which played without captain John Tavares. He was scratched before the game for reasons the team said it would disclose after the contest. Nielson scored for New York's first attempt in the shootout. Schneider stopped Kyle Okposo and Kyle Clutterbuck and Josh Bailey hit the post. After Adam Henrique was stopped by Jaroslav Halak, Josefson scored. Lee Stempniak hit the crossbar on the third attempt and Cammalleri ended it with his backhander.

NCAAF Recap: Mississippi (27) vs. Auburn (19) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Mississippi (27) vs. Auburn (19) - Date: 10/31/2015 Laquon Treadwell caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and No. 19 Mississippi kept its Southeastern Conference title hopes alive with a 27-19 victory Saturday over Auburn. Sports Handicapping Services. The Rebels (7-2, 4-1 SEC) made two straight defensive stands after grabbing the lead. Chad Kelly hit Treadwell in the end zone with just over 10 minutes left and the league's leading receiver held onto it going down even with cornerback Carlton Davis draped all over him. NCAAF College Football Handicappers. Treadwell's 2014 season ended with a serious leg injury on a pivotal catch and fumble late in a loss to Auburn. Free Sports Picks Forum. This time the Tige rs couldn't punch it into the end zone after a first down from the 3. Auburn drove across midfield again before failing to convert on fourth down and Ole Miss ran out most of the clock. Auburn (4-4, 1-4) dropped its second straight after losing to Arkansas in four overtimes.

NCAAF Recap: Rutgers (10) vs. Wisconsin (48) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: Rutgers (10) vs. Wisconsin (48) - Date: 10/31/2015 Corey Clement ran for three scores and 115 yards in his first game in eight weeks, powering Wisconsin to a 48-10 victory on Saturday over Rutgers. Clement had 11 carries, including a 21-yard scamper to the end zone after the junior burst through a narrow hole on the left side of the line for a 24-3 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter. It was a Halloween to remember for Clement following his eagerly-anticipated return from sports hernia surgery. Baseball Predictions. The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights (3-5, 1-4) in their first trip to Madison. Under constant pressure, quarterback Chris Laviano was just 4 of 14 for 31 yards with an interception. Free NCAAF College Football Picks.& nbsp;The offense mustered a season-low 165 yards. Rutgers' only touchdown came when freshman Blessaun Austin intercepted a poor pass by Wisconsin's Joel Stave and returned it 50 yards for a score in the third quarter.---Follow Genaro Armas at

NCAAF Recap: South Florida (17) vs. Navy (29) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: South Florida (17) vs. Navy (29) - Date: 10/31/2015 Keenan Reynolds scored twice in the fourth quarter to tie the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns, and Navy set a school mark with three 100-yard rushers in a 29-17 victory over South Florida on Saturday. Navy (6-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) never led until Reynolds bulled in from the 1 to make it 22-17 with 6:58 left. After South Florida (4-4, 2-2) fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Reynolds clinched it with another 1-yard touchdown run with 1:49 remaining. Reynolds, a senior quarterback, has 77 career rushing TDs, tied with former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (2009-12) for most in NCAA history. Reynolds finished with 117 yards rushing, Dishan Romine had 115 and Chris Swain totaled 131 for Navy. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The victory made the Midshipmen bow l eligible for the 12th time in 13 years. Navy has ties to the Military Bowl but could go to more prestigious venue if it wins the AAC title game.

NCAAF Recap: South Carolina (28) vs. Texas A&M (35) - 10/31/2015

NCAAF Recap: South Carolina (28) vs. Texas A&M (35) - Date: 10/31/2015 Highly touted true freshman quarterback Kyler Murray ran for 156 yards and threw for 223 more in his first start for Texas A&M, and the Aggies ended a two-game slide with a 35-28 win over South Carolina on Saturday. Free Sports Picks Twitter. Tra Carson added 122 yards rushing and a touchdown and Donovan Wilson had a 60-yard interception return for the Aggies (6-2, 3-2 SEC). Brandon Wilds ran for 128 yards and two scores for the Gamecocks (3-5, 1-5). Free NCAAF College Football Picks. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin re-opened the competition for the starting quarterback job this week, and Murray was named the starter Friday. Murray completed 20 of 28 passes with a touchdown, and ran 20 times with the go-ahead sco re on a 1-yard keeper on fourth down after the game had been tied three times. Less than 2 minutes later, Wilson's pick-six put the Aggies up 35-21.

NHL Preview: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers - 10/31/2015 - 7:00 PM EST

NHL Preview: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 07:00 P.M. EST Venue: BB&T Center   As the Washington Capitals continue to succeed since one of their top players returned, the Florida Panthers struggled in their first game without one of theirs. Hot Sports Handicappers. The surging Capitals vie to maintain their recent dominance in this series Saturday night in Florida. Washington (7-2-0) scored 24 goals while winning five straight from Oct. 15-23, with Nicklas Backstrom returning from hip surgery to play in the final four. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Though the offense has cooled off some since, the Capitals got just enough to support Braden Holtby's 29 saves in Friday's 2-1 victory over Columbus that followed a 3-1 loss Wednesday to Pittsburgh.'' You're not going to score six, seven goals every game," said Backstrom, who set up T. J. Oshie's game-winning goal in the third period and has four goals and four assists since coming back. "This is the way the game's going to be in the future.'' Backstrom has 14 points in helping the Capitals go 11-0-2 in their last 13 meetings with Florida (5-4-1), while Alex Ovechkin has 12 goals and eight assists. World's Best Handicapper. The Panthers posted their last regulation win in the series on Feb. 1, 2012 at home. Holtby is 7-0-1 in eight career games against Florida and has yielded two goals or less in each of his last six overall outings, though it's unclear whether he or Philipp Grubauer will play Saturday in the second of a back-to-back. Either will be taking on a banged-up Panthers team that may be without two members of its top line. Young center Aleksander Barkov is out 2 to 4 weeks after breaking a bone in his hand on Oct. 22 and Jaromir Jagr is uncertain to return from a lower-body injury that kept him out of Friday's 3-1 home loss to Boston. Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is questionable as well after breaking his nose on an illegal boarding hit from the Bruins' Brad Marchand late in the third period. Jagr had scored in consecutive games prior to exiting Tuesday's 4-1 win over Colorado that opened this three-game homestand. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Though the Panthers had 32 shots in his absence on Friday, they finished 1 for 6 on the power play and allowed two goals on Boston's three chances." We had the momentum and had our chances; we just needed to get them in the net," Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck told the NHL's official website. Florida has allowed seven goals when short handed over the last five games, though the Capitals' usually potent power play is just 2 for 14 over its past five. Roberto Luongo made 27 saves against Boston in his sixth start in seven games, opening the possibility of Al Montoya drawing the assignment Saturday. Montoya has won each of his two starts and been sharp in both, most recently recording 33 saves in a 6-2 decision at Dallas last Saturday. Montoya is 0-2-1 in four appearances versus Washington but stopped 27 of 28 shots in his last start against them, a 2-1 shootout loss on Oct. 18, 2014.


NHL Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers - 10/31/2015 - 10:05 PM EST

NHL Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 10:00 P.M. EST Venue: Rexall Place   Connor McDavid made his first major impact for the Edmonton Oilers in his first meeting with the Calgary Flames two weeks ago. He hasn't let up since. McDavid tries to extend his point streak to eight games and help the Oilers end their six-game home slide against the Flames on Saturday night. McDavid mustered one goal and was a minus-5 through his first four games in the NHL after being drafted first overall last summer. Sports Handicapping Software. The center followed that slow start by scoring two goals and assisting on another in a 5-2 win at Calgary on Oct. 17, ending Edmonton's seven-game losing streak to the rival Flames. NHL Hockey Handicappers. That kicked off McDavid's seven-game streak, during which he has four goals and seven assists. He ranks among the league leaders with 12 points. He's the first Oilers rookie to put toge ther a streak that long since Sam Gagner's nine-game run in September 2008. McDavid had assists on two of Edmonton's three third-period goals in Thursday's 4-3 come-from-behind win over league-leading Montreal. Leon Draisaitl upstaged him with a pair of goals, including one with 62 seconds left in regulation, hours after being called up from Bakersfield of the AHL to make his season debut. Defenseman Darnell Nurse has also made an immediate impact with one goal and one assist in his first two games of 2015-16. Draisaitl and Nurse - first round picks in 2014 and '13 - are trying to prove they're worthy of staying with the Oilers. Draisaitl struggled last season, tallying just two goals and nine points with a minus-17 rating in 37 games." It would be weird if we would (want to go back), right?" Draisaitl said. "I think both of us want to stay here. We want to be here and we want to eventually play here and win championships here. I think this is a good time for us to show what we can do to improve." There is plenty of room for improvement for the Flames (2-8-1), who have yet to win in regulation and have dropped four straight for the second time this season. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. They're also surrendering a league-worst 4.09 goals per game after Friday's 6-2 loss to the Canadiens." We're giving up too many goals, way too many," defenseman Kris Russell said. "It comes down to individual efforts, I've got to be better, I don't look past that. I'm on for way too many goals and I'm not helping my team." It's unclear if Joni Ortio will be back in net after making 25 saves Friday. Calgary could opt for Karri Rammo, who was recalled from Stockton of the AHL to back up Ortio since starter Jonas Hiller is out with a lower-body injury. Rammo has lost all three of his star ts this season behind a 4.38 goals-against average. He's 2-1-0 with a 2.34 GAA in four career meetings with the Oilers - all in Edmonton - injuring his leg after 58 seconds in a 4-0 victory April 4. Johnny Gaudreau has collected seven of his team-leading 12 points in the past six games, but has gone nine straight since scoring his only goal Oct. 10. He has no points in four straight meetings with Edmonton.


NBA Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 10/31/2015 - 10:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 10:00 P.M. EST Venue: Moda Center   Tyson Chandler underwhelmed in his Phoenix Suns debut, while C. J. McCollum enjoyed one of the best performances of his career in the Portland Trail Blazers' opener. Both players and their teams flipped the script Friday, but will meet again Saturday night in Portland on the second half of a home-and-home. Chandler, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal in July, had only three points and six rebounds in 17 minutes in Wednesday's 111-95 loss to Dallas. He was a force at home against the Trail Blazers on Friday, however, recording 15 points and 13 rebounds. He also helped Phoenix score 58 points in the paint, illustrating the possibility of a more consistent interior game for the Suns. Sports Handicapping Software. They ranked 16th over the last three seasons with 41.8 points in the paint per game. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight also combined for 40 points in the backcourt, and coach Jeff Hornac ek said the pick-and-roll action ran by his two guards was reminiscent of Steve Nash, whom the organization inducted into its Ring of Honor at halftime." They made some great passes and Tyson finished on a couple and they had to foul him on others or he is going to dunk it," Hornacek said. "So that's what we need. When we can get that going then it's going to open up other things." McCollum lit up New Orleans in Portland's 112-94 home win on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 37 on 14-of-22 shooting, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range. He scored 16 on Friday but was 7 of 22 from the field and is 16 for 47 in six career games against the Suns. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 24 but was also shaky from the field, going 7 for 20 to fall to 15 for 41 in two games. He's averaging 16.4 points on 35.5 percent shooting in his last eight games against Phoenix compared to 26.3 and 49.2 in his first four career matchups. Lillard, who averaged 2.7 tu rnovers per game in 2014-15, is at 5.5 thus far after committing seven giveaways Friday. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Trail Blazers had 23 turnovers, leading to 29 points for the Suns. Portland seemed to take issue with the way the game was officiated, as it was 15 of 19 from the free-throw line compared to Phoenix hitting 32 of 42." It is frustrating," Lillard said. "The refs are going to call the way they see it. We just got to play." The Suns continued to struggle from 3-point range Friday and are 10 for 42 to begin the season. Soccer Picks. They ranked 21st in 2014-15 (34.1 percent). Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with Friday's win, but has dropped 10 of 12 at Portland, including both last year by a combined 44 points. Portland shot 50.0 percent at home Wednesday against the P elicans and its .768 home winning percentage over the last two seasons is tied with Oklahoma City and Houston as the NBA's fourth-highest in that span.


NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 10/31/2015 - 7:30 PM EST

NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: Smoothie King Center   Stephen Curry opened this season with another high-scoring performance against the New Orleans Pelicans, highlighted by a stellar opening quarter. He won't have to wait too long to face them again. Baseball Picks. The superstar looks to push Golden State to 3-0 on Saturday night and help the Warriors extend their recent dominance over New Orleans. Curry didn't let the pomp over the Warriors' NBA title celebration get in the way Tuesday as he scored 40 points in a 111-95 victory against the Pelicans, the second-most by a reigning MVP in a season opener. He tallied 24 points in the first period while connecting on seven of his first nine shots, including four 3-pointers. Curry has scored at least 39 points in each of his last three games against New Orleans, including the final two contests in an opening-round playoff sweep in April. He has multiple games of 39-plus points against only on e other team, four versus Portland." Some of those shots that Steph made, it doesn't matter who's out there, that's just who he is," said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, an assistant for Golden State last season. Curry followed with a game-high 25 points in a 112-92 victory in Houston on Friday in a matchup with James Harden, who finished second in last season's MVP voting. Harden had 16 points on 4-of-18 shooting and went 1 of 10 from 3-point range." The best players in this league learn every year how to get a little bit better, a little bit more efficient," Curry said. "I'm just trying to follow suit." Klay Thompson was on the court for 24 minutes due to an ailing back, and how much he'll play in the second of a back-to-back is unclear. Andrew Bogut is not traveling with the team because of a concussion he suffered in the season opener, and coach Steve Kerr is back home while continuing to recover from back surgery. Bo gut also got stitches for a cut above his right eye following Golden State's 15th win in the last 16 meetings, including the playoffs. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Warriors have won nine of their last 10 visits to New Orleans (0-2) but have needed overtime to earn two of their past three victories there. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. They'll next try to spoil the Pelicans' home opener while sending them to their worst start since dropping their first eight games in 2004-05. New Orleans has had plenty of time to rest since a 112-94 loss to Portland on Wednesday. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Pelicans allowed the Blazers' starting backcourt to score a combined 58 points with C. J. McCollum tallying a career-high 37. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. They were also outscored 43-18 in the opening quarter." Tonight we fought like crazy and competed, but we've got to get off to better starts," Gentry said. "We were playing uphill the rest of the game. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Then it has to be a perfect storm to come back. But I liked the fight." Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds after missing 16 of 20 shots while finishing with 18 points and six boards against Golden State. He averaged 30.9 points on 56.9 percent shooting and 12.3 rebounds in the previous seven matchups, including the playoffs.


MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets - 10/31/2015 - 8:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 08:07 P.M. EST Venue: Citi Field   Unexpectedly pressed into duty, Chris Young delivered a Game 1 victory for the Kansas City Royals. Getting another Saturday night would put them on the brink of their first World Series title in 30 years. Young tries to again stymie the New York Mets, who hope to build on an impressive offensive performance and even the series at two games apiece. Profitable Sports Handicappers. Tied at four after 11 innings Tuesday, Kansas City turned to Young after trotting out five relievers. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The veteran right-hander responded by tossing three hitless innings with four strikeouts before Eric Hosmer lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Alcides Escobar for a 5-4 victory. Despite throwing 53 pitches, the 36-year-old Young isn't concerned about taking the mound on three days' rest. He's 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts in that scenario this year." I came in (Thursday) and got my normal routine in and just treating it as a normal start," Young said. "Like I've said, 'I'm here to do whatever the team needs, whether that's relieve or start.' And my body feels fine, physically, I'm not worried about bouncing back and excited to be out there." Manager Ned Yost insists Young isn't under a pitch count." We do like we do with all of our starters, we'll continue to evaluate every inning how he's throwing the ball and how he's feeling, but there's no limitation," he said. Yost surely prefers to avoid going to the bullpen early after using six relievers over 5 2-3 innings in Friday's 9-3 loss at Citi Field." They did a good job of capitalizing on all our mistakes," Hosmer said. "Hopefully, we got them all out of the way." The Mets are encouraged by one of their best offensive show ings of the postseason. Professional Handicappers. They got 12 hits from nine players, including homers from Curtis Granderson and David Wright, who awoke from his playoff slumber by going 2 for 5 with four RBIs." We get our offense going a little bit, we play better baseball," manager Terry Collins said. Wright was 2 for 11 through the first two games of the World Series and had a .171 average with three RBIs in 11 playoff games before belting a two-run shot in the first inning of Game 3." Recently the hitting coach and I have been working on some mechanical things, some timing things," Wright said. "Just being a little bit more on time and being ready for the fastball." Wright, though, is 1 for 10 against Young, who has held the current Mets roster to a .136 average with 14 strikeouts. Young is 0-4 with a 3.61 ERA in nine career starts at Citi Field, but they all came w ith New York from 2011-12. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Mets give the ball to Steven Matz, who becomes the first New Yorker to start a World Series game for the Mets. Best Free Sports Picks. The rookie left-hander grew up a Mets fan in Stony Brook, roughly an hour away from Queens." This is where you want to be in baseball.," Matz said. "This is the dream. Free MLB Baseball Picks. This is what you write up in your backyard when you're playing Wiffle ball." I didn't know it was actually going to come to truth or whatever. It's actually amazing. It's pretty big blessing being here, especially my first year being a part of this team." Matz helped the Mets reach the World Series in his last outing. He yielded one run and four hits with four strikeou ts in 4 2-3 innings as New York completed an NLCS sweep with an 8-3 win at Chicago. He'll try build on Noah Syndergaard's outing from Friday and slow down Escobar, Kansas City's leadoff hitter who is batting .356 in the postseason. The shortstop went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in Game 3 and has hit safely in 13 straight playoff games. Syndergaard's first pitch of the game was a 97 mph fastball over the head of Escobar, who evaded it and ended up on the ground. Since Syndergaard made it public that he had a plan to deal with Escobar, the Royals responded by jawing at him from the dugout for several innings." It was the only location he missed all night," Hosmer said. "No one in here is stupid. We know what he said."


NBA Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 10/31/2015 - 8:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Memphis Grizzlies - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 08:00 P.M. EST Venue: FedExForum   Having started this season with contrasting performances, the Memphis Grizzlies will try to stay consistent Saturday night while carrying some momentum into their longest road trip. A visit from the scuffling Brooklyn Nets could aid the Grizzlies' attempt to accomplish those goals. A winner of 50-plus games the past three seasons, Memphis hardly looked like it in Wednesday's opener against reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland. Money Cappers. The Grizzlies absorbed a 106-76 thumping on their own floor but bounced back with a 112-103 win at Indiana the next night." (Wednesday) night, we got our butt whipped, so guys came out with a lot more energy in this game," forward Zach Randolph said. "We stuck with it. We stuck to our defense. Guys hit shots. It was a good team win." Memphis (1-1) outscored the Pacers 18-7 in the final four minutes to exit with it s first victory, and Marc Gasol registered eight of his team-leading 20 points in that closing stretch. Jeff Green contributed a pair of 3-pointers." We know in order to compete in the Western Conference, we can't come out the way we did (Wednesday) night," Green said. "Tonight was a prime example of what we need to do." After their brief return home, the Grizzlies will head out on a five-game Western trip that begins Monday against defending NBA champion Golden State. Memphis will try to go into that trek on a positive note by earning its third consecutive victory over the Nets (0-2). Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Grizzlies won 95-86 at home in the final of last season's two meetings Feb. 10. Brooklyn heads into this game after a miserable second-half showing in a 102-75 drubbing in San Antonio on Friday. Sports Bettor Leads. The Nets led 47-42 at the break then scored just 28 points over the final 24 minutes. NBA Basketball Handicappers. They had 16 points in the third quarter Wednesday en route to a 115-100 loss to visiting Chicago." Hopefully, we can bounce back (Saturday)," said guard Jarrett Jack, who made his season debut in the loss to the Spurs after dealing with an ailing hamstring. "We're playing a good Memphis team in its building, which is going to be tough as well. It's opportunity to get this first win out of the way." The Nets' start is their worst since they set an NBA record by dropping their first 18 games in 2009-10, but Brook Lopez has performed admirably in the first two games. Free Sports Picks Today. The center is averaging 21.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting, and had 17 w hile making six of 11 attempts Friday. Lopez wasn't allowed to shine while facing Memphis and Gasol last season, averaging 11.5 points while shooting 43.5 percent. Free NBA Basketball Picks. That was his third-lowest scoring mark against any opponent. Randolph, meanwhile, averaged 19.5 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 60.7 percent in last season's two games against Brooklyn. He's off to a slow start this season with an 11.5-point average on 36.4 percent shooting. Randolph missed eight of 11 shots and finished with 11 points in Thursday's victory.


NHL Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators - 10/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

NHL Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 07:00 P.M. EST Venue: Canadian Tire Centre   The Ottawa Senators are getting back on track after a sluggish stretch. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The Detroit Red Wings still have work to do to shake out of their funk. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Senators try to capitalize on another meeting with the struggling Red Wings as they go for a sweep of this home-and-home series Saturday night. Ottawa followed a season-opening 3-1-0 stretch by losing four in a row. Football Picks Today. The Senators, though, have put that slide behind them, ending a four-game home losing streak by beating Calgary 5-4 in a shootout Wednesday before edging Detroit 3-1 on the road Friday." We needed it," right wing Bobby Ryan said. "We've got to start to get on a roll. It's two points in a division road game, a four-point ga me." Ryan and Kyle Turris are keying Ottawa's turnaround. Ryan has two goals and two assists in the last three games, while Turris set up one of those goals while scoring two of his own in the past two. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The duo combined for two goals and one assist against the Red Wings. Unlike Ottawa (5-3-2), Detroit isn't having much luck in front of the net. Make Money Betting Sports. The team has been held to 12 goals during a 1-5-1 stretch after scoring 11 while winning its first three games. Coach Jeff Blashill wants to see the Red Wings (4-5-1) get closer to the net while also preventing opponents from crowding their goaltender." We talk about owning each crease and we didn't own each crease," Blashill said Friday. "They score two net-front goals and we couldn't get there." ; Henrik Zetterberg leads Detroit with 12 points after scoring Friday. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The center has five points in five road games and 11 in eight visits to Canada's capital, including two goals and one assist in the past two. Zetterberg got one of each before Gustav Nyquist scored with 48 seconds left in overtime of a 3-2 win at Ottawa on Dec. 27, giving the Wings a fifth win in six games there. Nyquist has six points in his last six meetings with the Senators, including one in each of the last four. The right wing's four goals are tied for the team lead with Justin Abdelkader and Teemu Pulkkinen. However, Abdelkader got all of his in the first two games. The left wing doesn't even have a point in eight straight, and he hasn't dealt with a longer drought since a 13-game stretch Feb. 9-March 5, 2013. The Red Wings will likely turn to Petr Mrazek after Jimmy Howard mad e 32 saves Friday. Mrazek is 2-3-0 with a 2.61 goals-against average in five appearances, with three of them coming in the back end of games on consecutive days. He had 33 saves before giving up three shootout goals - one to Turris - in a 2-1 home loss in his only career meeting with Ottawa on March 31. The Senators are also expected to make a switch in net, going back to Craig Anderson after Andrew Hammond's 29-save effort against the Red Wings. Anderson is 4-2-1 with a 2.78 GAA, and he's lost his last two matchups with Detroit by giving up seven goals on 70 shots, including Nyquist's winner in December.


NHL Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

NHL Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 07:00 P.M. EST Venue: Nationwide Arena   The Winnipeg Jets keep falling behind early, though they've been able to overcome those deficits more often than not. Sports Predictions. They'll look for a better start Saturday night when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets, who continue to struggle. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Jets (6-3-1) ended a six-game homestand with Thursday's 3-1 win against Chicago. Handicapper Return on Investment. They gave up a goal at the 1:26 mark, but improved to 5-2-1 when conceding the first goal. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. They were 11-16-6 when doing so in 2014-15. Winnipeg has been outscored 7-6 in the first period but holds a 26-18 edge over the final 40 minutes." We came out in the se cond with a style of game that we can be good at," coach Paul Maurice told the team's official website. "We couldn't contain it for the whole 20, but I thought after the first period, anyway, the compete was right and the battle was right." Columbus is 1-7-0 when allowing the first goal. Blake Wheeler scored his fifth goal and leads Winnipeg with 12 points, recording at least one in all but one contest. Bryan Little had two assists and has recorded all nine of his points in the last seven games. Little has three goals and three assists in his last four meetings with Columbus. After going 3-2-1 at home, the Jets open a four-game trip and play eight of their next nine on the road, where they opened the season by winning three of four while outscoring opponents 15-8. Winnipeg scored four power-play goals on 12 chances in those contests. Columbus (2-9-0) was unable to build on two consecutive victories, losing 2-1 at Washington on Friday. Matt Ca lvert scored his first but the Blue Jackets were held to fewer than three goals for already the seventh time after showing some offensive life in 4-3 and 3-1 wins at Colorado and New Jersey. NFL Handicappers. They haven't necessarily had trouble generating shots, averaging 30.3 per game, but cashing in on opportunities has been an issue. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Their 6.9 shooting percentage matches the league low by Arizona last season and is a drop-off from Columbus' own 9.6 mark." We've got to get our offense going," coach John Tortorella told the team's official website after his fourth game with the club. "We defended well. There were a lot of good things in it, but we didn't find a way to win this game. We're not looking for moral victories here, but we're going to move by it and learn from it." A second s tart in 24 hours might not be out of the question for Sergei Bobrovsky after he stopped 26 shots. He started Columbus' first two games of the season on back-to-back nights, though he surrendered eight goals on a combined 47 shots. He's also struggled historically against the Jets, going 1-4-1 with a 4.10 goals-against average in seven career starts. The Jets figure to have Ondrej Pavelec back in net after backup Michael Hutchinson made a career-high 45 saves against the Blackhawks. Pavelec gave up six goals on 26 shots in his last matchup with the Blue Jackets, a 6-3 home loss Jan. 11, 2014. Winnipeg has won three of the last four meetings.


NBA Preview: Utah Jazz vs. Indiana Pacers - 10/31/2015 - 7:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Utah Jazz vs. Indiana Pacers - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 07:00 P.M. EST Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse   The Indiana Pacers are showing more offensive punch than in recent years, but the defense is a bigger concern after losing their first two games for the first time in six seasons. Professional Sports Handicappers. They'll try to find their way into the win column Saturday night against the visiting Utah Jazz. Indiana is 0-2 for the first time since 2009-10 after Wednesday's 106-99 loss at Toronto and a 112-103 home defeat to Memphis the next night. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Pacers, who averaged 97.3 points last season and haven't finished better than 23rd in scoring since 2011-12, look improved offensively, though two of their most potent scorers are struggling to shoot. Paul George has scored 35 points but is 9 of 32 (28.1 percent) from the field with seven turnovers, though he's been contributing in ot her ways with 20 rebounds and 13 assists. New addition Monta Ellis, who averages 19.3 points for his career, has 18 points on 6-of-23 shooting." Those guys are proven offensive weapons," coach Frank Vogel told the team's official website. "They haven't got going yet and they will. You can rely on guys like Paul and Monta." The Pacers have had major difficulties on the other end of the floor, though, letting opponents shoot 47.5 percent. Fox Sports Picks. They have allowed 97.0 points per game or fewer each of the last four seasonsIndiana gave up 39 points in the final quarter to Memphis, and 35 and 34 in the third and fourth quarters at Toronto." It's going to be tough to win games when we give up 30 points and 40 points a quarter," said George Hill, who has scored a team-high 39 points. Utah (1-1) bounced back in resounding fashion from Wednesday's 92-87 loss in Detroit, winning 99-71 at Philadelphia two nights later. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Jazz limited the 76ers to 30.2 percent shooting and saw another strong performance by Derrick Favors, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds after recording 26 and 6 against the Pistons." I know a lot of people were expecting more out of me in the preseason," said Favors, who averaged 11.4 points in five preseason games. "But I used preseason to get myself in shape and work on things I worked on during the summer. When the season rolled around, I got focused." Gordon Hayward's slow start continued, as he has 25 points through two contests after averaging 19.3 per game a season ago. He was 3 of 12 from the floor Friday, though he added seven rebounds and four assists. He has averaged 25.0 points in his last three meetings with the Pacers. Utah tallied 23 second-chance points after scoring only thr ee against Detroit, while the Pacers have already conceded 41 second-chance points. Money Cappers. The Jazz ranked second with 15.1 per game last season with Favors and Rudy Gobert combining for 6.2C. J. Miles, who played 389 games for the Jazz from 2005-12, scored 18 points in each of his first two games, going 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Pacers will be playing for the first time since Hall of Fame center Mel Daniels died Friday at the age of 71. Daniels was a two-time American Basketball Association MVP and helped lead the team to ABA titles in 1970, 1972 and 1973. Indiana has won four straight and six of seven in the series.


NHL Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 10/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

NHL Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 07:00 P.M. EST Venue: Air Canada Centre   While Phil Kessel is contributing well to the Pittsburgh Penguins' current winning run, the Toronto Maple Leafs have kept on losing since he's been gone. Kessel returns to Toronto Saturday night looking to be part of a fourth consecutive Penguins' victory, a feeling he rarely experienced during six mostly unsuccessful and at-times turbulent seasons with the Maple Leafs that ended with the enigmatic forward's July trade to Pittsburgh. Best Sports Picks Service. The three-time All-Star's 181 goals during his Toronto tenure were the fifth-most in the NHL, but the Maple Leafs reached the playoffs only once over those six seasons and Kessel's relationship with fans and media was often contentious. With the team entering another rebuilding phase, he was shipped to Pittsburgh (6-4-0) for forward Nick Spaling, prospects Scott Harrington and Kasperi Kapanen and two conditional draft choices. Kessel has begun to settle in nicely with his new team, scoring three goals in five games as part of a 6-1-0 stretch that included a 2-1 home win over Toronto on Oct. 17.'' It's different, but it's part of the game,'' Kessel said following that victory. ''You just get used to it.'' Pittsburgh's other established stars are beginning to hit their stride as well. Evgeni Malkin has four goals and six assists over his last eight games after recording one of each in Thursday's 4-3 win over Buffalo. Sidney Crosby had two assists after notching only three points through the first nine.'' We know we have the guys that can score, but you're not going to win just on talent,'' said forward Pascal Dupuis, who notched his first goal since returning from an 11-month absence caused by career-threatening blood clots. ''You have to grind games and win them the hard way. It's what we're learning to do early in the year.'' Marc-Andre Fleury has posted a 1.50 goals-against average while starting the first six games of the surge, and will be back in action after Jeff Zatkoff amassed a career-high 50 saves against the Sabres. Fleury has won four straight meetings with Toronto (1-6-2) and stopped 26 shots in the most recent one, which began a five-game losing streak the Leafs extended with Friday's 3-1 loss at the New York Rangers. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Toronto has just nine goals during its skid and owns the NHL's second-worst power-play at 8.7 percent (2 for 23). Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Penguins have been only slightly better at 9.4 percent (3 for 32) and had an 0 for 11 stretch snapped by Malkin's goal on Thursday. Malkin has five goals and five assists while playing in five of Pittsburgh's six consecutive wins over Toronto, which last defeated the Penguins Oct. 26, 2013 at Air Canada Centre. He and defenseman Olli Maata scored 39 seconds apart during the first period of last month's matchup, spoiling an otherwise solid 31-save outing from Jonathan Bernier. Bernier fell to 0-4-2 in six career starts against the Penguins and is 0-5-1 this season despite stopping 23 of 25 shots in Friday's defeat." I thought we had some opportunities and thought Bernier had his best night of the year," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock told the NHL's official website. "We did some good things, but we have to find a way to win games."


NHL Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Dallas Stars - 10/31/2015 - 3:05 PM EST

NHL Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Dallas Stars - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 03:00 P.M. EST Venue: American Airlines Center   After failing to help bring a Stanley Cup to San Jose in five seasons with the Sharks, Antti Niemi has landed with a club that hopes to be a serious contender throughout this one. Dealt to Dallas over the summer, Niemi is likely to face the visiting Sharks for the first time since that trade when the Western Conference-leading Stars try to continue their early success Saturday. Niemi won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, then signed with San Jose following that season. Sports Picks. The Sharks reached the conference finals with him in 2011, but won one playoff series over the next three years and missed the postseason for the first time in 11 last season. After Niemi suffered a career-high 23 losses in 2014-15, the Sharks never made a serious offer to bring him back and traded his rights to Dallas on June 27 for a seventh-round pick. Free NHL Ho ckey Picks. Two days later, he signed a three-year deal with the Stars (8-2-0) worth $13.5 million." It's a great time to be able to play with one of the up-and-coming teams who has lots of talent," Niemi, who posted 163 wins and had a 2.40 goals-against average for the Sharks, told the NHL's official website this summer. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. Teamed with fellow Finn Kari Lehtonen, Niemi is 5-1-0 with a 2.32 GAA as a starter and came off the bench in another game this month. He's set to make a third straight start for the first time this season as the Stars look to keep surging following back-to-back 4-3 victories. Niemi made 29 saves, Patrick Sharp had two goals and Jamie Benn scored in overtime as Dallas rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat Vancouver on Thursday. Profita ble NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Stars overcame a 3-0 hole to top Anaheim on Tuesday." We're learning to battle through some tough situations and come up with some big wins," coach Lindy Ruff told the Stars' official website. Benn is among the NHL leaders with nine goals and eight assists, while Tyler Seguin has four assists in the last three games. Sharp has recorded all three of his goals in the past two." One thing we are learning is that we are never out of a game," said Sharp, Niemi's teammate in Chicago. "We've got some firepower in there, we've got some speed and we are well-conditioned. So, we are going to play great right to the end." Though the Stars dropped both home meetings with San Jose (5-4-0) last season, they snapped a four-game series skid with a 5-1 victory April 6. Benn had two goals and an assist in that contest. San Jose allowed two goals in the first four games this season but has sin ce yielded 18 in dropping four of five. Brought in to replace Niemi, ex-Los Angeles Kings backup Martin Jones stopped 108 of 110 shots in the first four but has posted a 3.02 GAA in losing three of his last four starts. He allowed the go-ahead score in the third period of Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Nashville." I give up a couple of soft goals and that's the difference in the game," Jones said. Professional Sports Handicappers. Teammate Joe Pavelski has two goals in as many games, and four assists in his last three at Dallas.


NHL Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings - 10/31/2015 - 4:05 PM EST

NHL Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 04:00 P.M. EST Venue: Staples Center   The Los Angeles Kings have rediscovered their dominant defensive form during their winning streak. Fighting Predictions. The Nashville Predators' performance at that end of the ice has keyed their best start in 10 years. Goals could be difficult to come by at Staples Center on Saturday when the Kings try for their seventh consecutive victory by snapping a five-game skid against the Predators. Since giving up 12 goals in the first three games, Los Angeles (6-3-0) has tightened things up and allowed six over the past six. Milan Lucic had the late go-ahead score and Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots in a 4-1 win at Winnipeg on Tuesday." I think the main thing is that we're having fun and we just have to keep having fun, working hard and that's going to (help) continue our success," Lucic said. Quick has posted an 0.99 goals-against average in winning his last fi ve starts, though he's struggled against Nashville with a 2-7-2 record and 2.93 GAA in 12 career starts. Los Angeles, among the top defensive teams in the NHL over the past several seasons, is second-best in the league this season with 18 goals allowed. It will face the No. 1 team in that category in the Predators (7-1-1), who have given up 17 and are off to their best nine-game start since they were 8-0-1 in 2005-06. Following last Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to Pittsburgh, Nashville bounced back by limiting San Jose to a season low-tying 21 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 win to open a four-game trip. Eric Nystrom opened the scoring before Calle Jarnkrok put the Predators ahead in the third period." You want to have success on the road and that first game is usually an indication of how you're going to come out of the gates and how you're going to play the rest of the trip," defenseman Barret Jackman told the team's official website. & quot;When you win the first game it's great for momentum and great for a blueprint of how you have to play the entire time." Pekka Rinne, with a 1.74 GAA in his eight starts, made 20 saves against the Sharks. He had been 4-3-0 with a 3.88 GAA at Staples before stopping 23 shots in a 2-1 win in the most recent meeting there March 14. Nashville has gone 5-0-1 against Los Angeles over the past two seasons, including five straight wins. Mike Fisher has three goals and four assists in his last four in the series, while defenseman Seth Jones has five assists in the past five matchups and three in his last three games overall. Free NHL Hockey Picks. Tyler Toffoli has stepped up offensively during the Kings' win streak with six goals in the six games. Jeff Carter, with a team-high nine points, has three goals and four assists in his last four overall and six goals over his last six against Nashville. Los Angeles, which has scored 14 times in the past four games, has gone 4 for its last 9 with the man advantage after a 1-for-21 start. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The Predators, though, rank among NHL leaders with an 88.5 penalty killing percentage. Nashville has yet to allow a first-period goal but the Kings have five over their last five games.


NHL Preview: New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils - 10/31/2015 - 1:05 PM EST

NHL Preview: New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils - Date: 10/31/2015 Time: 01:00 P.M. EST Venue: Prudential Center   Though the New Jersey Devils have enjoyed some early success on the road, they need to start winning at home. With five of their next seven at the Prudential Center, the Devils can begin Saturday by halting their recent struggles against the New York Islanders. Soccer Predictions. Two nights after its four-game winning streak ended with a 3-1 home loss to lowly Columbus, New Jersey (5-4-1) bounced back to win 4-1 at Philadelphia on Thursday. Free NHL Hockey Picks. Travis Zajac scored twice and Kyle Palmieri had a goal and two assists as the Devils improved to 4-1-0 on the road." Tribute to the guys, they've found ways to win," coach John Hynes said. Despite their embrace of the challenges of the road, the Devils' 1-3-1 mark at home is disconcerting. Profitable Sports Handicappers. They've totaled seven goals - compared to 18 away from home - and been held to one in four home contests." Very disappointing," defenseman Andy Greene said. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The good news for New Jersey is that it has the opportunity to improve quickly at the Prudential Center. Following this game, the Devils head to Brooklyn for Tuesday's rematch with the Islanders (6-2-2), then play the next three at home before visiting Chicago on Nov. 12 and returning to host Pittsburgh two days later. Sports Handicapping Sites. The next two games, however, will likely be anything but easy. New York looks to continue its strong start with a seventh consecutive victory over the Devils, who have managed to earn a point in four of the previous six meetings. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Islanders have also won six straight in Newark. New York salvaged a point in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina, but blowing a 2-1 third-period lead didn't sit well with some of its players." You're not going to win every night but we have to bring a better effort,'' said center Frans Nielsen, who has three goals in the last two games. ''Every point is huge." We were beating ourselves with turnovers. The good thing about hockey is when you lose a game, there's a new one two days later. We have to forget about this one quickly." The Islanders killed off both penalties Thursday to make them 23 for 23 in the last seven games. New York has killed a league-leading 91.7 percent of its short-handed situations after ranking 26th at 78 percent last season. New Jersey has gone 1 for 12 on the power play in the last six against the Islanders and 0 for 11 during i ts six-game home skid in the series. Jaroslav Halak has won four straight against the Devils and owns a 1.14 goals-against average with two shutouts in his last six matchups. Teammate John Tavares has been held without a point in two games after posting at least one in the previous six. He has six goals and four assists in his last seven games - all victories - against New Jersey. After spending parts of the past four seasons with New Jersey, Marek Zidlicky returns in his first with the Islanders. All of Zajac's four goals and three assists have come in his last five games.


Friday, October 30, 2015

NHL Recap: Vancouver Canucks (4) vs. Arizona Coyotes (3) - 10/30/2015

NHL Recap: Vancouver Canucks (4) vs. Arizona Coyotes (3) - Date: 10/30/2015 Rookie Jared McCann scored the first of two quick goals in the opening period and Vancouver held on for a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. Sports Handicapping Software. The Canucks were sharp after blowing a two-goal lead in a loss to Dallas the night before, taking a 3-0 lead in the first. Alexandre Burrows scored shortly after McCann's fifth goal of the season, and Brendan Gaunce added his first NHL goal about midway through the opening period. Arizona rallied in the second period on goals by Max Domi and Steve Downie, but Daniel Sedin quickly pushed it back to a two-goal lead heading into the third. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Tobias Rieder scored with 2:21 left after the Coyotes pulled goalie Anders Lindback, but the C oyotes couldn't get anything else past Richard Bachman. Bachman stopped 29 shots in his first start after Ryan Miller played the first 10 games of the season.

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (112) vs. Houston Rockets (92) - 10/30/2015

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (112) vs. Houston Rockets (92) - Date: 10/30/2015 Stephen Curry scored 25 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 112-92 on Friday night in a rematch of the Western Conference finals. Curry listened to the crowd frequently rain down ''MVP! MVP!'' chants on Rockets guard James Harden. But Curry outscored him 25-16 and got the win again, just as he did in the real MVP vote and in the Warriors' five-game victory that sent them to the NBA Finals. Best Sports Picks Service. The reigning champions improved to 2-0 while the Rockets fell to 0-2. Harden struggled with his shot for a second straight game. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The MVP runner-up finished 4 of 18, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range, but added seven rebo unds and five assists. Dwight Howard had nine points and seven rebounds for Houston in his first game after serving a one-game suspension for getting a fourth flagrant foul in the postseason.

NHL Recap: Montreal Canadiens (6) vs. Calgary Flames (2) - 10/30/2015

NHL Recap: Montreal Canadiens (6) vs. Calgary Flames (2) - Date: 10/30/2015 Dale Weise completed his first career hat trick midway through the third period and the Montreal Canadiens blew out the hapless Calgary Flames 6-2 on Friday night to end a two-game skid and become the first NHL team with 10 wins. Weise scored in each of the first and second periods, then got his third with 8:16 left by smacking in the rebound from Tomas Fleishmann's shot. Nathan Beaulieu, Devante Smith-Pelly and Paul Byron also scored, and rookie Mike Condon made 29 saves. Montreal got its first win since its nine-game season-opening win streak ended against Vancouver on Tuesday. NHL Handicappers. The Flames have lost four straight and are yet to win in regulation this season. Joni Ortio stopped 25 shots for Calgary. Jiri Hudler and Josh Jooris scored. Weise broke a 2-2 tie 6:57 into the second . He took the puck away from Benoit Pouliot, skated toward the right circle and beat Ortio with a wrister.