Beninati: Hot Devils Cool Caps

Beninati: Hot Devils Cool Caps

Saturday, November 14, 2009

There is a reason why the Devils have won 8 in a row, they stick totheir game plan, even when their opponent scores two quick ones onthem.

Things started out beautifully for the Caps tonight. TomasFleischmann and Mathieu Perreault each converted off silky smoothpasses to give the visitors a two goal advantage. Maybe the Caps becamecomplacent, maybe they were out of gas playing their third game in fournights, but for whatever reason, they didn't maintain nearly the samezip with which they started the game.

After Colin White and JamieLangenbrunner tied the score, the Devils could see a surge in theirconfidence level. They move the puck very well, and when their passinggame is clicking, they tend to produce strong goal totals.

Alex Seminmade a critical mistake on the goal which gave the Devils a 3-2 lead.He should have played the puck in deep along the wall, instead heforced the pass into the middle which Travis Zajac turned into a quickcounter breakaway for Zach Parise. He put a pretty finish on JoseTheodore, and the Devils were on their way to another victory, theirthird straight against Washington.

Coach Boudreau was critical ofTheodore's play in net tonight. But I respectfully disagree with him.The goals by Langenbrunner, and Matt Halischuk, were very strong shots.I know Boudreau believes if an NHL goalie sees a shot, he should stopit. He is also not fond of any goals that go in on the short side. Butto me, in those instances tonight, you have to tip your cap to theshooters for those two tallies.

Bad news for Boyd Gordon, who appearedto re-injure his back in his first game back in the lineup after alengthy absence.

Good news it seems is on the rise for Alex Ovechkin.Most signs indicate he'll be ready to go against the Rangers Tuesdaynight. A game you can see on Versus.

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Melo Trimble is a Philadelphia 76er, for now at least

Melo Trimble is a Philadelphia 76er, for now at least

On Thursday night, the 76ers landed a decorated point guard who grew up in the DMV. His name? Melo Trimble.

Oh, sorry, was that misleading? 

After being passed over in the NBA Draft, Trimble decided to sign a free-agent contract with Philadelphia. The former Maryland star will now audition for a more solidified role with the 76ers by playing for the team's summer league squad

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It'll be a tough task for Trimble, however, considering he'll only have a handful of games starting in early July to make his case. He'll also be sharing the floor with guys he's never done so with before, and that unfamiliarity will make his job as a point guard that much more difficult.

But Trimble does have at least one basketball figure on his side.

"I think he will play in the NBA," John Feinstein told the Sports Junkies on Friday. "I really do. He's the kind of guy you want on your team." 

Whether the 76ers want him on their team is something that'll be sorted out in the near future.

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One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.

He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out. 

There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss. 

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Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it. 

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