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Jice update, Games of February 5, 2019

Posted on: February 6th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Not much left to write about until baseball season starts. Football is over and Omri Casspi — the lone MOT in the NBA — is out with his meniscus tear. I might have to result to reporting about — gasp — college sports.

Brandon Leipsic contributed his 10th assist of the year to help the LA Kings beat the host NJ Devils, 5-1. He was on the rink for 12:20 while teammate Nate Thompson had 14:46 of TOI.

Jason Zucker posted his 14th assist in a 5-4 shootout loss for the Minnesota Wild (26-22-5) to the host Buffalo Sabres.

Andre Burakovsky was on the ice for just 8:53 as the Washington Capitols (29-18-6) beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. The more he slumps, the louder the chatter about a possible trade.

Related imageJakob Chychrun, who is suffering with a”lower body injury,” did not travel with the Arizona Coyotes (23-25-5) who lost, 5-2, to the host Nashville Predators. His team placed him on the injured reserve list which means he will also miss the Coyotes’ against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and the Dallas Stars on Saturday. According to the CBS sports fantasy site, Chychrun will be eligible to come off injured reserve in time to play next Tuesday in Vegas, though the Coyotes have yet to provide an official timeline for his return.

 

 

And then there were none: Omri Casspi update, February 5, 2019

Posted on: February 5th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

So much for Jewps.

Omri Casspi‘s knee injury was more serious than first thought. He will undergo surgery to repair a torn right meniscus.

No word on how long he will be out, but we won’t be seeing the 30-year-old Israeli back on the hardwood this season.

This year, Casspi appeared in 36 games for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 14.4 minutes per game, way down from his career stat of 20.3. The team was 14-22 with Casspi in the game, 7-11 with him not seeing any action.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES’ forward Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi update, January 31, 2019

Posted on: January 31st, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

The Israeli import missed his third straight game due to knee soreness as the Memphis Grizzlies (20-32) lost a tough one in overtime to the host Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-97.

The Grizzlies have now lost 21 of their last 25.

Give credit to the 13,000-plus rugged souls who braved the -20-degree Minneapolis weather to attend the game.

Omri Casspi Update

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for omri casspi, grizzliesWhat, hurt again?

Yup, Omri Casspi has missed the last three games for the Memphis Grizzlies (19-30, 14th in the Western Conference) with an apparent knee injury.

In his last game, Casspi scored 18 points with five rebounds, and four steals in 25 minutes during Friday’s 99-96 loss to the visiting Sacramento Kings, one of his former teams.

CBSSports.com noted that “Casspi swiped a season high steal total while reaching double figures in scoring for the fourth time in his last six appearances. The 30-year-old veteran is averaging more minutes per game here in January than he had in any previous month this season.”

If only he could stay healthy.

The Grizzlies have lost 20 of their last 24 games.

Jice update, January 29, 2019

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

With only two games on the docket last night and neither of them involving MOTs, here’s a very “fast break” as the NHL resumes from its brief All-Star respite. By standings…

  • Toronto Maple Leafs (30-17-2), featuring Zach Hyman (eight goals, 10 assists) are third in the Eastern Conference and second in the Atlantic Division. Here’s a Q&A with him from the Toronto Sun.
  • Washington Capitols (27-17-6), featuring Andre Burakovsky (six goals, six assists), are fifth in the East and second in the Metropolitan Division. He broke his 14-game goalless streak last week.
  • Minnesota Wild (26-21-3), featuring Jason Zucker (13 goals, 12 assists), are fifth in the Western Conference and third in the Central Division.
  • Arizona Coyotes (23-23-4), featuring Jakov Chychrun (three goals, eight assists) are eleventh in the Western Conference and sixth in the Pacific Division.
  • Los Angeles Kings (20-26-6) featuring Brendan Leipsic (four goals, nine assists) and Nate Thompson (three goals, two assists) are last in the Western Conference and the Pacific Division.
  • Other notables:
    • Josh Ho-Sang (NY Islanders) was sent back to the Bridgeport Sound Tiger of the AHL on Jan. 8.
    • Jason Demers (Coyotes) sustained a season-ending injury in November.

Jice/Jewps update, Jan. 22, 2019 (Games of Jan. 21)

Posted on: January 22nd, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

Omri Casspi did not appear for the Memphis Grizzlies in their 105-85 loss to the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, for whom the Israeli baller appeared in one game before going down with an injury and subsequently being traded away. Casspi also missed the Grizzlies’ previous game, a 119-90 loss to the host Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Memphis — 19-28 and next to last in the Western Conference — has lost 12 of their last 13 games.

NHL

In the only two MOT-inclusive games…

Brandon Leipsic contributed two assists to help the LA Kings beat the visiting St. Louis Blues, 4-3. The first put the Kings (20-26-4, next to last in the Western Conference) on the board, trailing 2-0 in the first period. The second came on the game-winner 9:53 into the third. Leipsic did not take a shot on goal in 15:50 of ice time. Nate Thompson took zero SOG in 11:21.

Jason Zucker played 14:30 with one shot on goal as the Minnesota Wild (29-21-3. sixth in the West) beat the host Las Vegas Knights, 4-2.

JFL Update, AFC Championship

Posted on: January 21st, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Either way it came out, you knew there would be one Jewish player going to Super Bowl XLIII. As it happens, that MOT will be free safety Nate Ebner, whose New England Patriots needed overtime to beat Mitchell Schwartz‘s Kansas City Chief, 37-31.

Ebner appeared on 26 special teams plays (84 percent), making one tackle. Schwartz completed a “perfect” season, appear on 100 percent (52) of his team’s offensive downs, plus another five (16 percent) on special teams.

This will be the third Super Bowl for Ebner; Mitchell has yet to appear. The last time the Chiefs were in the championship game was in SB IV way back in 1970 when they beat the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7.

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The Patriots — who will be making their ninth Super Bowl appearance since 2002 — take on the Los Angeles Rams, who also won in overtime over the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. According to the ESPN.com, as of right now there are still more than 1,000 tickets available for as low as $3,123.

Jice Update, Jan. 18, 2019 (Games of Jan. 17)

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (29-15-2, 2nd Atlantic Division, 2nd Eastern Conference): Notched the final goal with 51 seconds left to play in a 4-2 win over the host Tampa Bay Lightning. It was one of three shots on goal (SOG) he took in 17:55 playing time (Time on Ice/TOI). For those of you who subscribe to The Athletic, here’s a story on Hyman’s philanthropic interests.

Brendan Leipsic, LA Kings (19-25-4, 8th in Pacific Division, 14th) Western Conference): Took two SOG in 12:21 in a 2-1 win over the host Dallas Stars. Nate Thompson took one SOG in  13:19.

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (23-21-3, 5th Central Division, 8th Western Division): One SOG in 17:11 in a 3-0 loss to the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Luke Kunin had 13:51 TOI.

 

 

Jice update, January 16, 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals (27-14-5, T-1st Metropolitan Division, 3rd Eastern Conference): No points or goals in two games — a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on 1/14 (10:46 time on ice) and a 7-2 loss to the host Nashville Predators yesterday (10:49 TOI) He was a healthy scratch — the fourth straight game with such status — against the Boston Bruins on 1/10.

Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes (20-22-3, 7th in Pacific Division, 13th Western Conference) Had an assist on the game-winning overtime goal against the host Vancouver Canucks on 1/10, one of two assists he had in the 4-3 victory (19:32 TOI). No goals or assists in his other two games — a 3-2 win over the host Edmonton Oilers (17:19 TOI) on 1/12 and a a 7-1 loss to the host Calgary Flames on 1/14 (19:45 TOI).

Jason Demers, Coyotes: Has not played since sustaining what has turned out to be a season-ending “lower body” injury on Nov. 15. Not to make light of the situation, but I always found it funny how non-specific the NHL is when discussing injuries, as if teams would deliberately target a player’s weak spot.

Josh Ho-Sang, New York Islanders (26-15-4, 3rd Metropolitan Division, 7th Eastern Conference): The Islanders sent Ho-Sang back to their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, on Jan. 8.

Zach Hyman, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs (28-15-2, 2nd Atlantic Division, 4th Eastern Conference): Had an assist in a 4-2 win over the host NJ Devils on 1/10, (16:44 TOI), his first game back after missing eight games with an injury (his last game before that was also against the Devils back on 12/18). Hyman also played 17:58 on 1/12 in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins and 16:08 in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on 1/14

Brendan Leipsic, LA Kings (18-25-4, 8th in Pacific Division, 15th (last) Western Conference): Scored a goal in a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 1/12 (10:39 TOI). That was sandwiched between two other games — both of them losses — without a point: 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on 1/10 and a 3-2 shootout to the host Minnesota Wild on 1/15.

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (23-20-3, 5th Central Division, 8th Western Division): Scored the game-winner in yesterday’s shootout over Leipsic’s Kings. It’s been a good stretch for Zucker, who has 13 goals and 11 assists to lead the Jice men.:

  • 1/10: Two goals in a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets
  • 1/12: An assist in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings
  • 1/14: Another goal in a 7-4 loss to the host Philadelphia Flyers

Oops: In the previous update, I omitted Zucker’s teammate, Luke Kunin. Apologies. The 21-year-old center also contributed a goal in that loss to Detroit. Kunin, now in his second NHL season, has one goal and four assists in 17 games. He was promoted from the team’s AHL affiliate in Iowa on 12/9.

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Finally, we have a new addition to the fold in 34-year-old Nate Thompson, a 34-year-old center now in his 12th NHL season. According to the latest issue of the Jewish Sports Review, Thompson — currently with the Kings — is a convert. Shalom, landsman. He has also played for the Bruins (for whom he made his NHL debut in the 2006-07 season), Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, NY Islanders, and Ottawa Senators for a total, as of right now, of 666 games.

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Omri Casspi update, Jan. 16, 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

In our last episode, Omri Casspi is making his way back after missing several games between injury/illness and “DNP (Did Not Play) Coach’s Decision.” But in his last three games:

  • Four points and five rebounds in 17 minutes in a 96-86 win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 9.
  • Four points and six rebounds in 19 minutes in a 112-108 loss to the host Miami Heat on Jan. 12.
  • Twelve points with three rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot in a season-high 25 minutes a 112-94 loss to the host Houston Rockets. James Harden scored 57 points in 35 minutes for Houston on Jan. 14. Casspi had originally been listed as a starter in that one, but no. As in every other game this year, this one came off the bench. In 583 carer games, Casspi has started 145.

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The Grizzlies have lost eight of their last 10 and are 19-24, fourteenth in the Western Conference.

   
 

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