20 Fantasy Thoughts: Blues’ Jake Allen finally turning corner

The best holiday gift for Oilers fans in 2018 may actually turn out to be their new head coach.

Out of the four NHL teams to do so thus far this season, the Edmonton Oilers – far and away – have benefited the greatest from making a coaching change. Since Ken Hitchcock replaced Todd McLellan on November 20th, the Oilers have surrendered 21 goals over a nine-game span where they’ve gone 6-2-1.

Suffice it to say, Edmonton’s renewed attention to detail defensively has propelled them back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference.

1. It’s a small sample size but Cam Talbot has won back-to-back starts for the first time since late October. The 31-year-old has surrendered a total of seven goals over his last three appearances. With defensive wizard Ken Hitchcock now in town, expect those numbers to keep on rising. Talbot and Mikko Koskinen will each get their fair share of playing time.

2. Jake Allen is finally turning a corner. Although St. Louis is just 3-4-0 under interim head coach Craig Berube, they’ve really tightened things up defensively. Over his last 10 appearances, Allen is 3-3-3 with a 1.92 goals against average and a .934 save-percentage. Those numbers are still relatively unknown so I think that the 28-year-old Allen can still be had for cheap on the fantasy trade market right now. Be alert.

3. Having some trouble trying to find a suitable replacement for the injured Alex Pietrangelo? The logical in-house candidates in St. Louis are Colton Parayko or Vince Dunn.

Here are some external looks:

EDM Oscar Klefbom

TOR Jake Gardiner

DET Mike Green

ANA Brandon Montour

CHI Duncan Keith

4. Don’t read much into William Nylander’s (C/RW) lack of production and line assignments thus far. It’ll take him a bit of time …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

Your Horoscope This Week

Feel that? We’re all a little more confident now that Mercury is direct and picking up steam, but the week starts off on a more serious note with a waxing moon in Capricorn. This somewhat restrictive energy will last until Monday night at 6:39 p.m. EST, when it moves into Aquarius that evening. We’ll inspired to study up on a subject we’re passionate about then share our learnings with others until Thursday. That morning, at 7:39 a.m. EST, the moon enters Pisces, pushing us straight into our feels!

Also on Thursday, Mercury moves houses, changing the way we communicate with each other. This movement, paired with the moon’s placement, could leave us feeling a little vulnerable until Saturday morning, when we’ll endure a void of course moon period from 6:49 a.m. EST to 7:44 p.m. EST. Plan to chill all day, since VOCs are a time where it’s harder to get things accomplished (luckily, Saturdays were made relaxing anyway). On Saturday evening, the moon will break out that funk and enter action-oriented Aries!

March 21 to April 19

You’re ready to move and groove this week, Aries! Mercury, your personal planet of health and work, is moving direct and you couldn’t be more prepared for it. If you want to get a little more planning done for the weeks ahead, think about downloading a moon calendar. The moon is the ruler of your home and family life, meaning you can build a healthy, helpful schedule by following and planning around its movement through the signs. Breaking your week down by each sign that the moon passes through can help you find balance.

Venus, your personal planet of love and money, ended its retrograde last month and you’re still flying high on that transition. Take every opportunity you can find this week to manifest the …read more

Source:: Refinery29

An economist who predicted Trump’s rise as early as 2011 explains how he’s changing the face of American capitalism forever

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Chicago Booth Business School professor Luigi Zingales believes that President Donald Trump is fundamentally altering the face of American capitalism.
Trump’s embrace of so-called “crony capitalism” could lead to a permanent shift in how American politics functions.
“It’s like when everyone waits in line to get the bus, or the ski lift, or to go to the office … If one person deviates, you yell at him. If two deviate, you yell at them. If three deviate, you join them.”
In 2011, Zingales wrote a book in which he predicted the rise of a Trump-like figure in American politics, citing the success of Silvio Berlusconi in his native Italy.
The chapter of the book discussing that possibility was never published as colleagues said the idea was so far-fetched it would damage Zingales’ reputation.

A widely respected economist who predicted the rise of Donald Trump as early as 2011 believes that by the time Trump’s time in the White House is over, the face of American capitalism may be fundamentally altered forever.

Speaking to Business Insider in October, Luigi Zingales — a professor of entrepreneurship and finance at Chicago Booth Business School, whose work focuses on crony capitalism — said that Trump’s willingness to appoint friends and allies to positions of power, particularly in the judiciary, has the potential to entirely shift how American politics functions.

Zingales, an Italian, has frequently compared Trump to four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, says what is likely to happen if Trump continues along that path is similar to what occurs in his native land — politicians of all stripes trying to influence people in positions that are meant to be free from political interference like judges and central bank governors.

In Italy, Zingales says, the probability senior members of the judiciary being leaned on by politicians prior to making important …read more

Source:: Business Insider

5 things we learned in the NHL: Ovechkin takes over scoring lead

Alex Ovechkin takes over the goal-scoring lead, Nathan MacKinnon joins Joe Sakic with a milestone goal and Lukas Radil scores a memorable first goal.

Here are five things we learned in the NHL.

Ovechkin alone on goal-scoring leaderboard

It has been a tight race for the NHL goal-scoring lead so far this season and Ovechkin is showing why he’s won five of the past six “Rocket” Richard Trophies.

With his first-period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ovechkin passed Brayden Point and Patrik Laine with his 22nd of the season. He has been a force the past 11 games with 10 goals and 16 points.

Alex Ovechkin of the @Capitals scored his League-leading 22nd goal of the season and collected an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games (10-6—16). #NHLStats #WSHvsCBJ pic.twitter.com/wtTSyMXuSo

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 9, 2018

After passing Jarome Iginla for 15th place on the all-time goal-scoring list, the 33-year-old scored his 389th career even-strength goal passing Joe Sakic for 21st on the all-time list and is four behind Johnny Bucyk who rounds out the top 20.

Ovechkin also needs 11 goals to tie Dave Andreychuk for 14th on the all-time goal-scoring list and needs only eight more to reach the 30-goals which he has done in every season since entering the league in 2005-06.

MacKinnon’s goal puts him in rare company

Despite a tough loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, MacKinnon scored his 20th goal of the season. It was a rare accomplishment as Joe Sakic is the only other Colorado Avalanche to score 20 in his first 30 games of the season.

Great company to keep.#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/76UiGPpjsF

— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) December 9, 2018

With 45 …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca