NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks underlying numbers and determines that they are a considerably better hockey team than their record would indicate. Using possession metrics and graphs, J.D. shows that the Canucks have actually been controlling play for the majority of this streak and by all means should turn it around and work their way back into the playoff picture. Get it in gear Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.
NWSB Insider and Seahawks blogger Dave B previews Seattle’s Week 13 Monday Night Football matchup from Seattle. He gives you his prediction on where your bets should be put. Pro Bowlers LT Russell Okung and RT Breno Giacomini will be back on the field to protect Russell Wilson as will Pro Bowl center Max Unger. That said, Drew Brees and company have been much-improved this season on both sides of the ball.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Ottawa Senators matchup. After struggling to get things going at home the Canucks are back out on the road to take on the Sens in the nation’s capital. Craig Anderson is expected to start opposite Roberto Luongo tonight in a matchup of goaltenders trending in opposite directions.
NWSB insider and Seahawks blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at how the suspensions to Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond will affect Seattle’s secondary. Taking a look at organizational options and free agency, the depth chart and how it will be arranged is all looked at in depth. Is the return of Antoine Winfield on the horizon? SSeahawks have activated DeShawn Shead off their practice squad. Tharold Simon, a fifth-round pick is finally practicing.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox wonders if the Portland Trail Blazers have found their newest NBA rival. In a recently matchup with the Golden State Warriors, a fight broke out that sparked some bad blood. Both teams are finding success, and both teams have star performers such as Damian Lillard, Lamarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and David Lee.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges wonders aloud where the team can go from here. As the memories of that long road trip and the dominance of the Sedin/Kesler line fade, the Vancouver Canucks are stuck in a rut of playing well, but not good enough to win. It’s a familiar feeling over the past few years.
NWSB Fantasy Football Insider and Seattle Seahawks’ blogger Dave B delivers to us his Week 13 NFL fantasy football forecast for the New Orleans Saints vs. Seahawks matchup on Monday Night Football. Dave says Has thrown for multiple TDs in each of the last four weeks and should do so again. His arsenal is complete with Percy Harvin back in the fold which makes him even more dangerous than before.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down the Canucks after the 20 game mark in the 2013/14 season. The indifferent? Zack Kassian has been frustrating to watch all season. Flashes of brilliance coupled with prolonged periods of looking lost and like nothing more than a fourth liner. How much longer is Alex Burrows going to need to shake off the rust? $4.5 million dollars is a lot of money for a good work ethic and solid effort.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in with his thoughts on Mike Gillis possibly going after Martin Erat. You probably cringed as you read that. If you didn’t you’re one of the few who assumes that the Washington Capitals are shipping the disgruntled forward out-of-town and taking back a terrible contract, perhaps David Booth? Is this a player that the Canucks want in their locker room?
Vancouver Canucks blogger & insider J.D. Burke examines whether it would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Canucks to try and trade for Martin Erat of the Washington Capitals. Under the right circumstances, such a deal could work, but the question of whether it is worth while or not is explored in depth. His Corsi Rel. (which is his Corsi relative to the team without him on the ice) is 2.4%, which suggests he’s not a possession liability to his club.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the 2013 Civil War between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers and explains why it is must-watch TV. At this point in the college football season, neither UO nor OSU is where they wanted to be. This game is about bragging rights, but it’s also about salvaging the year. Having players like De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota, Sean Mannion, Brandin Cooks, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner on the field doesn’t hurt, either.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went a perfect 4-0, taking down the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of sticking to his game plan. Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum have all been hot from downtown, and Stotts is playing to their strengths. Unfortunately, the team is getting down early, which could be a problem late in the year.