NHL Power Rankings: December 2nd
Photo courtesy of Paul Beaty - The Associated Press
1. St. Louis Blues -203 I won't knock the Blues from top spot following a loss in San Jose. After all, it was preceeded by five consecutive wins.
2. Chicago Blackhawks -202 The 'Hawks are right there neck-and-neck with the Blues following a perfect 4-0 week. Each of their last six wins have come on the road.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins -197 Pittsburgh seems to have regained its offensive mojo. A tough week lies ahead with games against the Sharks and Bruins following Tuesday's date with the Islanders.
4. San Jose Sharks -194 Look who's back. The Sharks have turned things around once again, reeling off five straight victories.
5. Colorado Avalanche -193 The Avs continue to play outstanding hockey but I still question whether they have staying power in the top five.
6. Boston Bruins -190 Here's a trend for o/u bettors: Boston has seen just two of 17 home games play 'over' 5.5 goals this season.
7. Montreal Canadiens -187 The Habs are hot right now, winners of five of their last six games to make a big move in this week's rankings.
8. Anaheim Ducks -183 While the Ducks have been struggling, I still believe they have the make-up of a Cup contender.
9. Los Angeles Kings -179 During their current 1-4 slide, the Kings have produced only six goals in regulation time.
10. New York Rangers -175 Who would have thought Brad Richards would be leading the Rangers in scoring nearly two months into the season?
11. Minnesota Wild -171 After a red hot run, the Wild have hit the skids, dropping four in a row while scoring a grand total of four goals.
12. Phoenix Coyotes -166 The 'Yotes can't get out of their own way right now, and things won't get any easier with a four-game road trip on deck.
13. Detroit Red Wings -162 Maybe I was a little hard on the Wings last week. They've gone on a serious tear with Pavel Datsyuk sidelined.
14. Toronto Maple Leafs -158 The Leafs are in a nose-dive and now their schedule is about to get an awful lot tougher.
15. Washington Capitals -155 Washington has gotten its money's worth lately, going to overtime or a shootout in five of its last nine contests.
16. New Jersey Devils -153 The tried and tested formula has been working for the Devils, as they've allowed two goals or less in eight of their last nine wins.
17. Vancouver Canucks -148 The Canucks are about to begin a five-game homestand, where they've posted a 2-9-2 o/u mark this season.
18. Tampa Bay Lightning -145 Tampa Bay is just trying to tread water right now, and doing a pretty solid job of it.
19. Philadelphia Flyers -141 Claude Giroux got off to a miserable start, but he's hot right now, having recorded at least a point in 10 of his last 11 games.
20. Nashville Predators -136 They're not winning pretty, but the Preds have hung tough, notching five wins in their last eight games.
21. Dallas Stars -133 The Stars have looked good at times, but have been anything but consistent in the early going this season - a growing problem in Big D.
22. Ottawa Senators -129 After making such gains last year, the Senators have run into a brick wall here in 2013.
23. Winnipeg Jets -125 The Jets are competitive on most nights, but look like they're at least a year away from being a playoff team.
24. Columbus Blue Jackets -121 We've seen some life from the Blue Jackets lately, but not much consistency.
25. Carolina Hurricanes -117 The Canes had a chance to build some serious momentum this past week, but ultimately fell short, dropping back-to-back home games against the Devils and Canucks.
26. Edmonton Oilers -113 Don't look now but the Oilers are playing their best hockey of the season, winners of five of their last seven contests.
27. New York Islanders -108 There's an awful lot of talent being wasted on Long Island these days.
28. Calgary Flames -103 Having split their last six games, I'll give the Flames an 'A' for effort. They'll get four of their next five games at home.
29. Florida Panthers 104 The Panthers last two games haven't gone so well, as they've been outscored by a 10-3 margin.
30. Buffalo Sabres 108 Buffalo has scored two goals or less in six of its last seven games overall. Needless to say, it has notched only one win over that stretch.
- LA Dodgers
- Larry Ness
- June 30, 2015 - 9:40 PM
- Offered at:
- williamhill @ -115 LA Dodgers
I want NO part of De La Rosa against LA (12.50 ERA in two tries TY) or an Arizona team which LA has beaten 23 of the L30 meetings...
My free play is on the LA Dodgers at 9;40 ET.
The Dodgers scored six runs on 10 hits Monday night but Arizona overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4 to win 10-6. LA had been 26-1 when scoring at least six runs. LA had allowed just 11 runs during the first seven games of its 10-game road trip but the D'backs almost equaled that total in the opener of a three-game set Monday, as Arizona pushed across 10 runs over its final four at-bats in the 10-6 victory, halting a stretch of SEVEN straight losses to the Dodgers.
The teams are back at it tonight, as Carlos Frias (5-5, 4.31 ERA) squares off against Rubby De La Rosa (6-3, 4.69 ERA). De La Rosa has faced off with all four of the Arizona's divisional opponents in his last four outings. He's had no problems with San Francisco, San Diego and Colorado from June 14-25, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in that span. Opposing batters hit just .222 over those three contests with a .547 OPS and De La Rosa walked only one in seven innings while allowing one run Thursday in a 6-4 loss at Colorado.
However, back on June 8, De La Rosa (a former Dodger) got 'rocked' in Chavez Ravine, allowing 10 hits, one walk and nine ERs is just five innings of a 9-3 loss to the Dodgers. It was reminiscent of his May 1 start in LA, when he allowed three hits, five walks and five ERs over five innings on an 8-0 loss to the Dodgers. That's 10 IP, 13 hits allowed, four walks and 14 ERs for a 12.60 ERA against his former team in two meetings this year!
I want NO part of De La Rosa here or for that matter the D'backs, as prior to last night, the Dodgers had won SEVEN straight and 23 of their previous 29 against Arizona. Frias had gone 0-3 during a four-start stretch before defeating the Chicago Cubs in his last outings, when he pitched five shutout innings against Chicago and allowed seven hits and three walks to land his second victory (4-0) in his last nine starts.
Frias pitched opposite De La Rosa in the May 1 meeting and also took down Arizona on June 9, 3-1. His 'line' is 12 IP, with one ER allowed for an 0.75 ERA In the two starts vs the D'backs here in 2015. A concern here is with Frias' endurance, as he has gone more than six innings in only THREE of 11 starts this season and has not reached 90 pitches in any of his last four appearances. That could become a problem considering LA's fatigued bullpen, as SIX Dodgers relievers combined for 107 pitches and allowed all 10 runs Monday after Mike Bolsinger exited after four innings with flu-like symptoms.
That said, I repeat, I want NO part of De La Rosa against LA or an Arizona team which LA has beaten 23 of the last 30 meetings!
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