They had the worst record among the 24 teams invited to the bubbles, and they ended up the regular season 8 points behind the East's next-worst playoff group. The Oilers discover themselves on the wrong end of a wild, high-scoring series that has seen each group pot 13 goals in three video games. The stakes aren't as high in these games, however they will determine how the top 4 groups in each conference are seeded for the round of 16. The NBA is more than a week into its restart -- and about midway through the completion of the last eight regular-season video games for each team. At the very first blockage in play with 4 minutes or less staying in the final quarter, the game clock is turned off and the teams play to a target rating.
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It's a huge day in the NHL playoffs
By the end of the night, it's possible that all 8 qualifying-round series will be decided. Three are currently in the books: Carolina swept the Rangers on Tuesday, Calgary closed out Winnipeg last night, and this afternoon the Islanders rounded off Florida with a 5-1 thrashing. The other five best-of-five series all stand at two games to one, and all the Game fours are today. Even better, the last four on the schedule include Canadian groups. Here's a fast look at the matches:
Nashville vs. Arizona:This one was in development at our publish time. The Coyotes can liquidate the qualifying round's least-interesting series with a win. If the Predators dominate today, the choosing Game 5 is Sunday.
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal (4 p.m. ET):Heading into the playoffs, no team was disrespected more than the Canadiens. And not for absolutely nothing. They had the worst record amongst the 24 groups invited to the bubbles, and they ended up the regular season eight points behind the East's next-worst playoff group. In a typical year, the Habs would have had no hope of making the post-season. Talent-wise, none of their skaters can compare to Pittsburgh's 2 superstars, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And yet, Montreal is up 2 video games to one. Carey Price is basing on his head in internet, and goals are coming from unlikely sources (defenceman Jeff Petry leads the team with 2, consisting of the game-winning snipe on Wednesday). The 12th-seeded Habs can knock off the 5th-seeded Pens either today or in Game 5 on Saturday. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan announced a change in goal this afternoon, replacing Matt Murray with Tristan Jarry, who will make his first playoff start.
Edmonton vs. Chicago (6:45 p.m. ET):The Oilers are basically on the opposite end of the circumstance described above. They're seeded 5th in the West but find themselves down 2-1 to 12th-seeded Chicago. Like Pittsburgh, Edmonton has two super stars. Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid completed 1-2 in the NHL scoring race this season, and they're both near the top of the playoff leaderboard. However the Oilers find themselves on the incorrect end of a wild, high-scoring series that has seen each team pot 13 objectives in three games. If Edmonton makes it through tonight, the rubber match is Saturday.
Toronto vs. Columbus (8 p.m. ET):Oh, boy. The Leafs and their tortured fans are on the brink of their 4th successive opening-round exit after Toronto blew a 3-0 lead last night and lost 4-3 in overtime. At least in the last 3 years the Leafs could state they weren't supposed to win-- Boston and Washington were favoured to win those series. This time, Toronto is the higher seed and far more gifted than Columbus. However heaven Jackets appear to have a flair for this example: last year, they swept a juggernaut Tampa Bay group that had actually just finished one of the best routine seasons of perpetuity. Pierre-Luc Dubois played the hero last night, topping a hat trick with the OT winner. Columbus is sticking to Elvis Merzlikins in net after he stopped all 21 shots in relief of Joonas Korpisalo. If the delicate Leafs can make it through the night, Game 5 is Sunday.
Vancouver vs. Minnesota (10:45 p.m. ET):The 10th-seeded Wild were a stylish upset pick versus 7th-seeded Vancouver, which completed simply one point much better in the regular season. After getting blanked 3-0 in Game 1, the Canucks have roared back with 2 straight wins -- including a 3-0 shutout last night. Six various gamers have scored the Canucks' 7 goals, led by Brock Boeser with two. If Vancouver can't complete it off, the choosing Game 5 is Sunday.
The West and East round robins likewise finish up on Sunday. The stakes aren't as high in these video games, but they will determine how the top four teams in each conference are seeded for the round of 16. With one video game staying for everyone, Colorado and Vegas lead the West with 2-0 records, while Tampa Bay and Philadelphia top the East at 2-0. Boston, which completed the routine season with eight more points than anybody else in the league, can do no better than the No. 3 seed in the East. Same for safeguarding Stanley Cup champ St. Louis in the West.
It's a huge basketball weekend too
The NBA is more than a week into its restart -- and about halfway through the completion of the final eight regular-season video games for each group. The Raptors have an essential one tonight at 9 p.m. ET. They clinch the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference if they beat Boston. That'll most likely happen anyhow, but doing it with a win over the No. 3-seeded Celtics would be a strong declaration. Toronto, which is 3-0 in the Disney bubble and has actually won seven straight games, likewise plays Sunday vs. Memphis.
The Raptors' really slim hopes of catching Milwaukee for the front runner in the East were officially quashed last night when the Bucks beat Miami. The front runner in the West has actually been clinched by the Lakers.
One last Raps note: the team announced today that reserve guard/forward Patrick McCaw is leaving the bubble for treatment on a benign mass on the back of his left knee. It's unsure the length of time he'll be gone.
The WNBA is about a quarter of the way through its reduced 22-game season. 2 fascinating members of the Canadian national group are in action tonight. Minnesota's Bridget Carleton wishes to build on Wednesday's advancement 25-point efficiency, which nearly doubled her profession WNBA overall. And New York's Kia Nurse will try to break out of an awful depression that has actually seen her shoot just 18.6 percent from the floor because the season started. Minnesota and New York are both in action Sunday too.
But the highest-stakes games today remain in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, which is heading into its championship weekend. In last night's quarter-finals, the Hamilton Honey Badgers clipped the Niagara River Lions 85-83, and the Ottawa Blackjacks beat the Guelph Nighthawks 83-75. Read more about those games and view highlights here.
Saturday's semifinal matchups are Hamilton vs. the Fraser Valley Bandits at 1:30 p.m. ET, and Ottawa vs. the top-seeded Edmonton Stingers at 3:50 p.m. ET. The winners bet the title Sunday at midday ET. All three video games will be transmitted live on the CBC TELEVISION network. They'll likewise be streamed live here, on the CBC Sports app and on the CBC Gem streaming service.
If you're simply leaping into the CEBL now, you'll see an intriguing twist late in video games: the Elam Ending. At the first interruption in play with 4 minutes or less remaining in the last quarter, the video game clock is turned off and the teams play to a target rating. That number is identified by including nine indicate the leading team's overall. Say the ball goes out of bounds with 3:57 left and Fraser Valley leading Hamilton 80-75. The groups now play to 89. So Fraser Valley needs 9 indicate win the video game, while Hamilton needs 14. The appeal of this system is that every game ends with somebody sinking a basket -- either from the flooring or the free-throw line. There's no going out the clock by the leading team, and no purposefully fouling to get the ball back by the trailing group.
The Elam Ending has actually been a hit, and the CEBL has actually pulled off this competition after it appeared like its second season may be cancelled altogether due to the pandemic. Check out commissioner Mike Morreale's thoughts on the "roller-coaster" ride in this piece by CBC Sports' Devin Heroux.
The No. 1 choice in the NHL draft will be granted Monday -- possibly to a really great team.One of the peculiarities of the disturbed season is that the NHL chose to divide the draft lotto into two phases and to provide the teams who get eliminated in the qualifying round a shot to win it. Sure enough, the first draw led to the leading choice going to one of the placeholders for those future losers. So on Monday, the day after the certifying round is finished, all eight groups eliminated in it will have an equivalent opportunity (12.5 per cent) of landing presumptive No. 1 pick Alexis Lafreniere. Far, we understand Winnipeg, Florida and the New York Rangers are in the draw -- not terrific teams by any stretch, however better than your normal lottery game individuals. Depending what happens over the weekend, the other groups with a shot at Lafreniere might consist of already-talent-rich Pittsburgh, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. Needless to say, Monday's lottery will be more interesting than usual. It's at 6 p.m. ET. Read more aboutit here. A French soccer team is paying huge bucks for increasing Canadian star Jonathan David.Together With 19-year-old Alphonso Davies, the 20-year-old David is a huge factor why Canadian soccer fans are delighted about the future of the males's nationwide team. David has 11 objectives in 12 matches for Canada, and this season he tied for the scoring title in the Belgian league with 18 goals in 27 matches. Numerous teams in the English Premier League were apparently thinking about getting him, however it looks like French club Lille won the bidding bar. They've reportedly concurred to pay EUR30 million (about $47 million Cdn) to acquire David from the Belgian group KAA Gent. That would be a record transfer fee for a Canadian player, quickly topping the EUR11 million that German club Bayern paid the Vancouver Whitecaps for Davies 2 years earlier.
2 more top-10 women left of the U.S. Open.World No. 1 Ash Barty had already revealed she's out, and today No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 7 Kiki Bertens withdrew over coronavirus/travel issues. Sixth-ranked Canadian Bianca Andreescu's name was on the main entry list launched this week, however the reigning champ stays notably silent about her plans. Reigning males's champ Rafael Nadal bailed this week, and Roger Federer is done for the season after knee surgical treatment.
An unlikely player took the lead at the year's very first golf major.China's Haotong Li (ranked 114th in the world) shot 5-under in the 2nd round today to surge into top area at 8-under. The tournament is occurring in the Pacific time zone at San Francisco's Harding Park, so the majority of the first-round leaders had yet to tee off at our release time. Those consist of two-time protecting champ Brooks Koepka, who shot 4-under yesterday, and Tiger Woods, who shot 2-under. The top Canadian at our release time was Adam Hadwin. He was tied for 37th after shooting 1-over to be up to 1-under for the competition. See the updated leaderboard here.
The final of the MLS is Back tournament is set.Orlando beat Minnesota 3-1last night to sign up with Portland, which beat Philadelphia in the other semi, in the championship match on Tuesday night. Orlando is the hot team right now: they distress tournament favourite Los Angeles FC on penalty shot in the quarter-finals. All 3 Canadian groups -- Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal -- were gotten rid of in the round of 16. MLS commissioner Don Garber stated this week that the league hopes to reveal a schedule for the resumption of the regular season "soon." Apparently, the strategy is to begin Aug. 22.
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