Winnipeg Jets’ Patrik Laine emerging as reliable playmaker

first_imgFor Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, 2018-19 was a season to forget, as his production dipped toward the end of the year as he played through a lingering back injury. Followed by an offseason of uncertainty given his restricted-free-agent tag, Laine came out swinging to kick off 2019-20 in the way some may not have expected.The 21-year-old is known for his wicked shot, one that has defined his role as a goal-scorer and has made him comparable to the likes of Alex Ovechkin. However, this season, he’s using a different route to emerge as a playmaker. Through 28 games with Winnipeg this season, Laine has accumulated 28 points but 20 of those were assists. At his current scoring rate, he’s on pace for a career-high 80-point season (he missed the first two games toward the end of October) which would also be a 30-point increase from his lackluster showing last season.RELATED: Is Mikko Koskinen emerging as the Oilers starter?Not only that but he has hit the 20-assist mark already which was the exact number of helpers he ended with last year in 54 more games.Looking at his overall play this season, the Finnish forward has been more confident on the forecheck and has also transitioned to more of a pass-first mentality. He’s utilizing his vision and craftiness to not only make creative plays on-the-fly but also by finding his teammates on the ice and giving them the time and space they need to score. Beautiful drop pass by Laine and a sweet finish by KC! #GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/9KjQjITEve— Daley (@Daley_17) November 3, 2019Over the last two seasons, it’s been Blake Wheeler who’s led the way in assists, all while putting up back-to-back 91-point campaigns in 2018 and 2019. However, this season, the captain is seeing his production take a bit of a toll with just seven goals and 14 assists through 30 games, putting him on pace for 57 points this season.Given that drop, it’s been Laine who has filled the gap, and it’s paying off big-time for Winnipeg. He’s one point behind Mark Scheifele for the team lead in scoring and has helped the Jets go 7-2-1 in their last two games, moving them four points out of the Central Division lead.Winnipeg next faces the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Maple Leafs teen Nick Robertson scores first NHL goal

first_imgIt was 411 days ago that Nick Robertson flashed what may have been the biggest smile of his life when he met the media at Rogers Arena. Why? Because on June 22, 2019, the kid from California was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall, by the Maple Leafs.On an August night in 2020, he had a bigger smile after he scored his first career NHL goal. Playing on Thursday against the Blue Jackets, Robertson skated down the left wing in the second period and stepped into a pass from Kasperi Kapanen, sending a one-timer squeaking past netminder Joonas Korpisalo.He is the first 18-year-old to score a playoff goal for Toronto since Ted Kennedy in 1944.After an impressive junior season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes, where he posted 86 points (55 goals, 31 assists), Robertson was invited to the Leafs’ Phase 3 training camp in July.MORE: Leafs to miss Jake Muzzin for remainder of qualifying round Before Toronto’s first qualifying round game Sunday, coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that the young forward “is a guy who has got a great skill set. If he gets an opportunity, he can make a difference offensively. The big thing that we have seen is the way he has been able to work — his work habits and the way that he skates and the way that he is on the puck.”Playing on a line with Alexander Kerfoot and Kapanen, Robertson has shown a high hockey IQ and strong offensive skills in the team’s first three games of the postseason. That’s not surprising, considering he registered five points (two goals, three assists) in five games for the United States at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.The veteran Jason Spezza, who was drafted three months before Robertson was born, grabbed the keepsake.last_img read more

Shining Light for Easter Sprint

first_imgIt’s holiday racing at Caymanas Park today, the 11-race programme featuring the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race for the Easter Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres.Ten starters have been declared, including leading lights SHINING LIGHT, DWAYNE STAR, RED FLAG, SILVER CLOUD and ACTION MAN.All should ensure a keenly contested race over this snappy trip, with the likes of RED FLAG, ACTION MAN and LADY SHANKARI coming to make things pretty hot on the headlines, with the trio of SHINING LIGHT, SILVER CLOUD and hat-trick seeker DWAYNE STAR coming on strongly in the last furlong.The veteran campaigner RED FLAG from the Solomon Sharpe stables has been knocking at the door for the longest while and could prove strongest of the speedsters. However, they should play into the hands of the progressive four-year-old colts SHINING LIGHT and DWAYNE STAR, both winners in recent months.The Patrick Lynch-trained DWAYNE STAR looked much improved when slamming hot favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by 7 1/2 lengths over the round five course in high claiming company on February 13 and now steps up to overnight company. Having worked well, this will not deter the son of Storm Craft, who looks tempting at the weights with 51.0kg and in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard.Still, preference is for the Gary Griffiths -trained SHINING LIGHT, who notched his last win over this trip in restricted company on January 16 and has run some big races in defeat since, despite not having the best of luck in running.SHINING LIGHT failed by only half a length to catch EDISON over 1300 metres in overnight company when last raced on March 5, but could well have won had he not encountered traffic problems. Back in action from the convenient mark of 52.0kg, the chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of Bachelor Of Arts is preferred to DWAYNE STAR.His ability to quicken under pressure in the closing stages should make the difference. Shamaree Muir, who won aboard him on January 16, again has the ride.last_img read more

Christie wins host Indonesia’s signature gold at Asian Games

first_imgNCAA: Arellano recovers from San Beda loss, rallies to beat Perpetual DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The Jiang twins from China created history by winning the duet in the synchronized swimming, returning to the Asian Games after extended breaks to have children.Jiang Wenwen and Jian Tingting won the duet titles at the 2006 and 2010 editions of the Asian Games and reunited for another gold in Jakarta.The 32-year-old siblings, the oldest artistic swimmers to compete at the Asian Games, topped the technical and free routines to win with 186.5101 points, more than four clear of Yukiko Inui and Megumu Yoshida who took silver for Japan. Another set of twins, Yekaterina and Alexandra Nemich, collected bronze for Kazakhstan.There are 31 gold medals on the line in 12 sports on the 10th day of competition in the co-host cities of Jakarta and Palembang.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jonatan Christie of Indonesia celebrates after defeating Kenta Nishimoto of Japan during their men’s badminton singles semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)JAKARTA, Indonesia— Every host has a signature event that defines the success of the games, at least in context of sport.Jonatan Christie won that for the 2018 Asian Games hosts with a 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 win over Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen to secure the badminton men’s singles gold medal for Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The 21-year-old Christie, nicknamed Jojo, grabbed the national attention with his shirt-shredding celebration following his semifinal win over Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto and enhanced it with his pressure-packed win in the final.Just like national hero Tan Joe Hok did in 1962 when Indonesia last hosted the games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Badminton is the national sport in Indonesia, although it hasn’t won the men’s singles title at the Asian Games since Taufik Hidayat won back-to-back golds in 2002 and ’06. China’s Lin Dan won both in between.The hosts picked up another badminton gold in the men’s doubles — it was an all-Indonesian final — after top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan beat India’s Olympic and world championship silver medalist and millionaire Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 21-13, 21-16 in 36 minutes for the women’s singles final. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

Has Anti-Semitism Been Good for Jewish Evolution?

first_imgNational Geographic News gave favorable coverage to a controversial theory by anthropologists at University of Utah that anti-semitism was a form of natural selection.  The racism against Jews in Europe, while selecting for higher intelligence, also selected for certain types of diseases.  Reporter James Owen did point out that not all anthropologists agree with the hypothesis that IQ differences can have a genetic basis.That such poor reasoning and lousy science would get prominent coverage in the leading popular geographic magazine in the world is an illustration of the pernicious influence of evolutionary thinking on our society.  This hypothesis downplays the intellectual and moral factors involved.  Consistently followed, it would lead one to believe that anti-Semitism has been a good thing, if it led to the genius of Einstein.  If this kind of sloppy research, based on faulty assumptions and selective statistics, were published in some other field, it would be quickly scorned by academics.  The phrase “natural selection” is like a free pass around the security guards of science.  Should evolutionary anthropologists watch an Auschwitz as detached observers, measuring what genetic traits are being naturally selected by the process?  It’s time to call moral evils evil instead of rationalizing them on evolutionary grounds.  Let’s see how they explain it when the public has had enough, and there is a widespread outcry against Darwinian thinking.  Would that prove survival of the fittest ideas?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more