If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place!
1. One playoff spot remains in NHL
The Ottawa Senators secured a playoff berth last night with a win over Boston, while at the same time, a collective panic shot through the streets of Toronto. Not because the Leafs hated rival got in the dance, but because Toronto’s 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay left the Lightning and New York Islanders just three points back of the final playoff spot.
Maple Leaf fans don’t have to think too far back to recall a time when their team collapsed late in the season: that was the central theme of the Randy Carlyle era. But this is a new team with a new coach and, most importantly of all, Toronto is playing two teams this weekend that do not give a crap. To guarantee their first playoff appearance in four years, all the Leafs need is one win (or two OT losses) versus Pittsburgh and Columbus, who are locked in a first-round matchup against each other.
There is no way they can blow this one.
2. Wichita State moves to American Athletic Conference
The AAC made a big move to boost its basketball reputation, approving the Shockers as the 12th team in the conference. Already home to strong programs like UConn, Cincinnati, SMU and Temple, the addition of Wichita State just makes the AAC conference schedule that much more impressive. It also lengthens every other team’s odds at winning the conference championship next year, so if you liked the Mustangs to repeat for example, they just got added value.
What’s really interesting, from a betting perspective, is who will rise to take the Shockers’ spot as the perennial power in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State has been the only thing resembling a stable program since Creighton left the MVC in 2013. Now there’s an opening for Illinois State or perhaps Northern Iowa to become the new standard in the valley.
3. Rodgers and Munn are no more
Is this news? It’s being treated like news. I guess it’s news.
How will such a devastating breakup affect Aaron Rodgers? Badly? Or maybe he was the one who instigated the separation and is super relieved? Perhaps this will springboard him to yet another MVP?
All I know: I hate how long the NFL offseason is.
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