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New Faces for NOLA?

By Shawn Dennis Going into the 2020-2021 season, the New Orleans Pelicans had much higher expectations in comparison to last season. When the Bubble came, Alvin Gentry couldn’t get his team to make the playoffs, as they ended with a disappointing 2-6 record and fired Gentry in the process. Moving Jrue Holiday to the Bucks in the offseason to provide Lonzo Ball with more minutes, as well as getting Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe in return, was arguably the best

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What is the best Hornets lineup?

By Shawn Dennis Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets has been getting the most media coverage since he first bought the team in 2010. This is in large part due to the fact that the man who said he’d beat the owner in a game of 1v1 has a son that’s on the roster (LaMelo Ball.) Perhaps MJ giving the injury-ridden Gordon Hayward a max deal worth $128 million over four years might have something to do with it as well.  The

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Beal needs to be a Wizard elsewhere

By Shawn Dennis Whenever your wife gets into your work affairs, you know something isn’t right. After coming off another game with 40-plus points and scoring 24 of those in the third quarter against the Pelicans on Wednesday night, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards lost once again.  Beal’s wife Kamiah Adams-Beal had this to say in defense of her husbands performance in spite of another loss: Sick of it — Kamiah Adams-Beal (@KamiahAdams) January 28, 2021 A reporter asked

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Early Trophy Predictions: Hart Trophy

By Chris Nosek Last season, Leon Draisaitl walked away with the Hart Trophy after posting 110 points for the Edmonton Oilers. Who will be deemed the most valuable to their team for the 2020-21 season? Vegas Favorites: Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, and Auston Matthews are the favorites in Vegas and rightly so – they will all likely be high up on the scoring list when the season is over. All three are poised to have fantastic seasons and help get

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Early Trophy Predictions: Vezina Trophy

By Chris Nosek It was determined last season (as I mentioned on Puck Off many times) that Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets was the best goaltender in the National Hockey League – he even beat out Boston’s Tuukka Rask (and Dillon’s favorite, Andrei Vasilevskiy) for the Vezina Trophy. After starting in 52 games last season for Winnipeg, it’s clear the Jets will look to ride their netminder during the course of the shortened season as well, but will he

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Early Trophy Predictions: Selke Trophy

By Chris Nosek Named after the former Montreal and Detroit general manager, this award is granted to the forward who plays the defensive aspect of their game the best. Only 5 players have taken the award home at least 3 times, with only Montreal’s Bob Gainey and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron having taken it home 4 times.  Elite Options: Patrice Bergeron, Ryan O’Reilly, and Sean Couturier are going to be on the list for most people. O’Reilly won the award in

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Early Trophy Predictions: Norris Trophy

By Chris Nosek The hardware given to the best defender in the league can be one of the hardest to project because we are in a time where the top defensemen must also produce offensively instead of just being relied on to shut down the other teams best players. With Roman Josi taking the hardware home last season, he showed the incredible balance of defending while jumping up into the offense from the blueline. So will Josi be good enough

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What’s the future for Lampard and Chelsea?

By Shawn Dennis Sitting at the 8th spot with a disappointing 29 points through 19 matches. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea squad has been the definition of disconcertment. Speculation of Lampard getting the boot has been the team’s topic of conversation lately, being the team he played 429 matches for and holds the clubs record for most goals all time, 211.  The Hall of Famer has always shown his emotions while playing on the field and has stayed true to his character

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Early Trophy Predictions: Calder Trophy

By Chris Nosek The one trophy that can never be won by the same person a second time is also one of the most exciting to see won. Last year, Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar joined the likes of guys like Barzal, Matthews, Panarin, and MacKinnon by taking home the Calder Memorial Trophy and edging out Quinn Hughes and Dominik Kubalik. So, who will be the best rookie of this season? Vegas Favorites: Igor Shesterkin, Alexis Lafreniere, and Kirill Kaprizov lead

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