If you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Maryland Terrapins football team, you were wrong.
Already forced to play linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback for the remainder of the season, the injury bug has now claimed emerging stars Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown.
Diggs, who was in the middle of breakout year at wide receiver and kick returner, had been the lone bright spot for the struggling Terps. But his services will be sidelined with an ankle injury when the team travels to Death Valley the weekend to play Clemson.
Brown had been coming on of late at running back, but like his Good Counsel High School teammate Diggs, he too will miss the Clemson game with an ankle injury.
Other notable players to grace Maryland's injury report this week are defensive leaders defensive lineman Joe Vellano (questionable) and linebacker Jenny Tate (probable).
The Terps have already lost nine players for the season including quarterbacks CJ Brown (knee), Devin Burns (foot), Caleb Rowe (knee), and starters Kerry Boykins (WR, hip), Nick Ferrara (PK/P, hip) and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield (knee).
The Caps will look to put the finishing touch on their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a Game 6 win and prevent a return to trip to Verizon Center (7 p.m., CSN). Here are three bold predictions for Game 6.
1. Toronto will score in the third period
Facing elimination, Toronto will show an extra level of desperation in Game 6 and that will manifest itself especially in the third period. When the Leafs are pushing the pace in the third, the Caps have struggled this series. It’s hard to see the Leafs not come out guns blazing in the third period Sunday considering what’s at stake.
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2. Someone will take a penalty against Alex Ovechkin
The Leafs made clear after Game 5 that getting under Ovechkin’s skin was a priority for them this series. Obviously Nazem Kadri succeeded in Game 5 with his monstrous hip check to the knee and Ovechkin looked more focused on getting to Kadri the rest of the game than getting to the net. Barry Trotz will have reminded the captain of what the ultimate goal is for this game, but that won’t stop Toronto from trying to get him angry again. A young team will take things too far and it will cost someone two minutes.
3. If Toronto leads after the first period, the series is going 7 games
If there is one thing the Caps have figured out this series, it is how to start games. Washington has scored first in each of the past three games, it’s just everything that happens after that seems to give them trouble. I expect a big push from the Maple Leafs at the start of the game and at the end. If they dominate Washington in the first 20 minutes and the final 20 minutes, I do not see the Caps being able to do enough in the middle to get the win.
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It's a great time to live near the Beltway, which is probably the first time in the highway/parking lot's history that people can say that. 20 games into the season, and both the Nationals and Orioles find themselves among the league's elite. Baltimore's dominance has been more surprising, given that their starting pitching was supposed to be terrible and is instead just average. That doesn't sound encouraging, but go ask an Orioles' fan if, before the season, they'd have taken a year of average starting pitching. The Nats look like a real contender once again, and Ryan Zimmerman's resurgence would be the most talked about part of this Nats season if it wasn't overshadowed by Bryce Harper's resurgence. How have the other 28 teams fared through the early part of the season? To the rankings!
30. ATLANTA BRAVES
The Dansby Swanson Era has gotten off to a rocky start. Some time in the 8-hole might help.
29. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
What a historically brutal start. At this point, they have to play .600 baseball for the rest of the year to even get to 90 wins.
28. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Madison Bumgarner is out for two months after injuring himself in one of the most Madison Bumgarner ways possible, so crawling out of the NL West basement is only going to get harder.
27. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The Marte suspension was shocking, and now the Pirates have to compete all summer against the Cubs and Cardinals without one of their best outfielders.
26. SEATTLE MARINERS
James Paxton has looked like an ace, which is great because Felix Hernandez has not.
25. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
That window sure closed quickly, didn't it?
SEE THE REST OF THE RANKINGS HERE