Max Pacioretty to miss 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty will miss four to six weeks with a knee injury suffered Friday, the team announced Monday.

Pacioretty suffered the injury in the third period of Friday night’s win over the New York Islanders. He was the subject of trade rumors ahead of the Feb. 26 trade deadline but denied reports last week that he requested a deal to a new team.

Mark Stone passed from the left faceoff circle across to Hoffman below the edge of the right circle. His shot went off the sprawling Lehtonen’s upper left arm and into the net.

Duchene has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 35 career games vs. Dallas. … In the last six games, Seguin has seven goals and four assists. … Ottawa RW Marian Gaborik returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. … The Senators had killed 13 of 14 penalties in the previous six games. Dallas had been 17 for 18 over five-plus games.

The Wizards (28-22) are now 2-0 since Wall was sidelined (they beat the Hawks Saturday). They need every win they can get with Wall out. They’re currently in fifth place in the East, but they’re only up a couple of games on the eighth-place 76ers. So this win, against a tough visiting team, was big. Coach Scott Brooks liked what he saw.

“We fought, we battled, we clawed. We didn’t complain; we just played,” Brooks said.

Before the game, Brooks had said he didn’t think the Wizards would acquire a guard before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

“This is a minor setback. (Wall) will be back,” Brooks said. “We’re not gonna change things up just because of this.”

Tuesday night, the crew the Wizards had on hand was enough to get the job done.

The Celtics dropped to 34-11 but remain in first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic needed only one half to log a double-double against the Mavericks, as his 20 points and 11 rebounds helped Denver take a 61-48 lead into the locker room. He finished with 29 and 18, and the big man can pass, too. Here’s one of his seven assists in the Nugs’ 105-102 win.packers_157

Who made the bigger jerk exit: Josh McDaniels with the Colts or Bill Belichick with the Jets?

If McDaniels doesn’t eventually take over for Belichick, he might never be an NFL head coach again. (Oh, who are we kidding. This is the NFL, where Jeff Fisher gets 20-plus years to play .500 football. The league never rejects a familiar mediocre white man who’s been around long enough).

Then again, when Belichick leaves, there’s a good chance Brady won’t be there anymore. I just don’t see the Patriots as successful without Brady and Belichick.

Belichick, hands down. There’s the whole dynasty thing mentioned above. But it also helped fuel a rivalry between the two AFC East teams. There’s a palpable hate in the air every time these two teams meet.

“I have won it plenty of times. Again, it’s hard to even answer that question. There’s really no basis for it. It’s hard to — I don’t know. I just shake my head,” Brady said, via WEEI.

“Until Monday at the trade deadline—I believe that was Oct. 30—the last time I talked to Bill about Jimmy’s situation was in a group with Bill, [club president] Jonathan [Kraft], [director of player personnel] Nick Caserio … a small group of us, I think in June. That is the last time I talked to Bill about it. I would see Nick occasionally and say, ‘Anything going on?’

Arizona’s Zac Rinaldo hammered Matt Stajan with a shoulder check early in the first, and the Flames’ Micheal Ferland retaliated by fighting Rinaldo the next time the Arizona forward hit the ice. Stajan returned to the game for his next shift.

TOMS makes sturdy, reliable shoes that were once the hippest thing in America, but have comfortably found a place being solid. That and the company donates a lot of money to charity, and is socially conscious. This aligns with Long to a T.

Mall of America, you’re beautiful. Thank you for giving me 500 options to choose from. Y’all really don’t need 6.5 lids and five Caribou Coffees, though.

The Hall of Fame has been known to be unreasonably slow to elect wide receivers. Only four have ever gotten in on the first ballot: Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield, and Raymond Berry.bears_142

The western Pennsylvania native rarely misses a game, nor does he plan to, but he is not thrilled.

“I canceled my hotel for December in Pittsburgh for the family; I was going to surprise them with tickets to the game. We are not going now,” he said.

Mike Mikus, a Democratic strategist, has had Steeler tickets forever.

“Before this past weekend, I always disagreed with the tactic of not standing for the national anthem, but I appreciated the cause for which they were protesting,” he said.

Mikus says he believes everyone should stand for the anthem, but doesn’t blame the players for their actions. “While I know that public opinion most likely sides with Donald Trump, I do not blame the players for uniting against his hateful, divisive attacks against those who have protested,” he said.

“Just running out of the locker room, being able to stand next to those guys on the sideline for the national anthem, it just all boiled up,” Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater did not need to enter the game, as Case Keenum had them covered, throwing for 304 yards and four touchdowns — to four different receivers in a challenging 38-30 win over the Redskins at FedEx Field. Adam Thielen had 166 yards receiving and a touchdown, after which he led a handful of teammates in a wholesome celebration — a game of leapfrog.

It was only fitting, for the Vikings and the other three also-ran teams who have leapfrogged into the top spots with seven weeks to go.

That was just one of several players-fans skirmishes at the end of the game, the result of what ESPN analysts have blessed as school-spirited fun.

This one led to Harris’s public reprimand and Texas Tech being fined $25,000 by the Big 12 for its inability to ensure the safety of the visiting team.

Apparently the Big 12 is less concerned about whether court-rushing audience participants are swept up, knocked down and trampled.

40. Darrelle Revis, cornerback, Jets (32): Revis showed he was mortal last year with woeful outings against DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins, but it’s far too early to bury him. He’s still one of the league’s best corners, and an angry Revis — who always has been his own toughest critic — is the most entertaining Revis.

41. Mika Grimes, wife of cornerback Brent Grimes, Buccaneers (NR): Brent Grimes would probably still be with the Dolphins if not for his wife’s profane, rant-filled Twitter feed in which she feuded with and mocked everyone from her husband’s bosses to his teammates to the Miami media. Now that Grimes is in Tampa, it will be interesting to see how long the Bucs consider his talents worth the headache of her outbursts.

What are the most compelling on-field story lines so far of the 2017 season?

Putting aside the off-field trouble that cast a shadow over his legacy, on the field, Peterson is in the same class as legends like Barry Sanders, Jim Brown and Walter Payton. After all, Hall of Famers Sanders, Brown and Payton are the only other backs to ever rush for 150-plus yards in 19-plus games.

Much has been made of the fact that Goff and the Vikings’ journeyman-turned-standout quarterback, Case Keenum, were together on the Rams’ roster last season. But don’t forget that the Eagles’ Nick Foles, currently filling in for Wentz as the starter in Philadelphia, also was there during the 2016 offseason. The Rams released Foles at his request just before training camp. …

“It’s awesome,” Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio said in a postgame interview with CBS, which carried the game.

Indeed it was. It was a game with a little bit of everything. There were officiating controversies. There was Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch being ejected for running on the field from the sideline during a scuffle between the teams and making contact with an official.

One thing that would help in that regard is a team or two and a few players emerging to make this season considerably more captivating. Thursday night’s game was only a start.

Think about it.

Fitzgerald seems slightly underrated, probably because he’s spent his career on a team that does not often make its way into the national limelight. He’s also been held back by quarterback play that could charitably be termed “spotty.” And yet, he’s third all-time in receptions (1,234) and third in receiving yards (15,545). He’s caught passes in 211 consecutive games, second in history only to Jerry Rice’s 274.

When he was a kid growing up in Minneapolis, Fitzgerald had access to Vikings training camp, thanks to his sportswriter father, and current Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter took the younger Fitzgerald under his wing. It’s crazy to think about, but there was some question as to whether Fitzgerald had the speed to succeed coming out of college. Now 34, Fitzgerald has shifted more to the slot — and he’s still performing at a Pro Bowl level, thanks to his impeccable work habits.

It had been thought that the two sides would meet Tuesday in New York.

The Patriots have been known to use trick plays in the playoffs before, and against an aggressive Jaguars defense Sunday might be the perfect time to use them.

“If you’ve been working on a play all year, a lot of coordinators, you might as well call it,” Belichick told reporters a year ago.

Which team will win the turnover battle? Despite Bortles’ 13 interceptions this season, the Jaguars were fifth in turnover margin this season thanks to the defense’s 33 takeaways, second in the NFL behind only the Ravens.

Brady tossed just eight interceptions all season, but six came in the final six weeks of the regular season. (Some speculated whether his throwing hand was bothering him before this week.) Still, Brady threw three touchdown passes without a pick in the 35-14 divisional win over the Titans, but the Jaguars were second behind only the Ravens with 21 interceptions.

The league and teams are to provide approximately $90 million between the onset of the arrangement and 2023 to social causes deemed important by the players, focused in particular on African American communities, a person familiar with the talks confirmed earlier Wednesday. The terms of the league’s proposal were first reported Wednesday morning by ESPN.

Now Pederson will face perhaps the best coach the NFL has ever known. If Pederson can solve Belichick’s creativity and deliver the Eagles their first Super Bowl championship, he will forever be a legend in Philadelphia.

Eagles tackle Halapoulivaati Vatai against Patriots pass rushers — Vaitai has struggled at times while filling in for Jason Peters, but the second-year player from TCU kept Minnesota’s sack leader at bay. Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who had 13 sacks during the regular season and another in last Sunday’s win over the Saints, had just one tackle on Sunday and zero sacks in Philadelphia’s 38-7 win.

NFL officials had no immediate public response. Many of them are in London for Sunday’s game there between the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns, and it is not clear if the offer to meet Monday will be accepted.

An NFL spokesman said last week that the league expected Kaepernick to be invited to that meeting by players.patriots_037_38b52494b1ae61ae-180x180

The New Orleans Saints were one of the biggest surprises in the regular season.

A resurgent running game has them as a favorite in the NFC, with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram getting most of the credit in the backfield.

But there’s a weapon on the outside who has continued to improve: Michael Thomas. Thomas had a standout rookie season coming out of Ohio State in 2016, but it went unnoticed because the Saints finished 7-9.

Perhaps the most crucial play, though, came on a third-and-8 in the fourth quarter. Wilson escaped through a crease in the pocket and, five yards past the line of scrimmage, pitched the ball laterally—or was it forward?—to his running back as two defenders were closing in. The Seahawks went on to score on that drive, all but securing their 24-10 win.

“He caught me off guard,” defensive end Chris Long says at his locker afterward, still shaken by his empty lunge at Wilson right as he took off running.

Post-game, a common adversary emerges: a bad week of practice, in which the Eagles say they made mistakes like turnovers and penalties that are starting to show up on Sundays. Wentz, whose heroics carried the team for much of the season, is particularly hard on himself. He overthrew Nelson Agholor, underthrew him another time and fumbled the ball away on the goal line while diving in for a score.

Knowing his penchant for extending plays with his legs, the Seahawks are not shy about hitting him. “He likes to find the extra yards,” says Sheldon Richardson, who forced the fumble. A few times through the night, Wentz appears to wince and one time signals back to the sidelines with a thumbs-up that he’s OK to keep going.

The highest salary among NFL head coaches is Bill Belichick’s. He’s only gone to seven Super Bowls, winning five. To the Patriots, he’s clearly worth every penny of that $12.5 million he’s reportedly bringing in per year.

Until the Raiders decided to give Gruden this blockbuster deal, the Seahawks’ Pete Carroll was reportedly the league’s second-highest-paid head coach at about $8 million per year. Carroll signed an extension prior to the 2016 season, after he’d led the team to four straight playoff appearances, two Super Bowl bids, and a 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Broncos after the 2013 season.

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James Reimer is earning his teammates’ confidence with starter Roberto Luongo on the shelf.

Reimer stopped 37 shots for his second shutout in three games and the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Saturday night.

It’s been a busy month for Reimer since Luongo was injured Dec. 4, and he capped December with another stellar show. He also beat Ottawa 1-0 a week ago with a 38-save effort. The Panthers won their fifth straight game with Reimer in goal.

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Philadelphia has won two straight and three of four. It is the Sixers’ first winning streak since they took three in a row (Nov. 20-25).

The Sixers received more good news Tuesday, when rookie guard Markelle Fultz, the top overall pick in the 2017 draft, played four-on-four in practice. It is the most he has done since he was shut down four games into the season because of a shoulder injury. Though no definitive timetable has been announced for his return, he is in the “final stage of his return-to-play program,” according to a news release.

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Newton was 0 for 9 before finally completing his final seven passes of the first half.

Newton completed his first pass to McCaffrey — for a loss of 3 yards — midway through the second quarter.

Jones caught a 14-yard pass midway through the third quarter to reach 9,000 career yards faster than any receiver since the 1970 merger.

The two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection last month set the league mark with the most catches and yards receiving in a receiver’s first 90 games.

Jones finished with five catches for 80 yards. He survived an injury scare after he took a big hit from Carolina strong safety Mike Adams on the opening drive. He returned to the field on the same drive, which ended with Ryan’s touchdown pass to Freeman.

Kirk Cousins, who also might be playing his last game for the Redskins, scored on a 12-yard run for Washington (7-9), which has missed the playoffs the past two years. He was 20 of 37 for 158 yards and three interceptions.

“We have to have stability at that position, somehow, some way. Not everybody has it,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

“That’s the way it is in pro football nowadays. If you’ve got one, you’d like to keep one. We’ll have to make that decision here pretty soon. Kirk will also. It’s not totally up to us. Kirk’s got to buy in also.”

Cousins, who finished with his third consecutive 4,000-yard passing season, sidestepped questions about his future.

“I need to catch my breath. We’ll have plenty of time,” he said, adding he might have more to say on a radio show Friday.lions_012

Garoppolo might not even be starting today barring a leg injury suffered in Week 12 by rookie C.J. Beathard,

The Patriots didn’t play well Monday night. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were visibly unhappy with what happened in Miami. But that only means they’ll go “on to Pittsburgh” with a clear focus. Nothing related to the Patriots’ bigger goal was lost against the Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski is back to wreak havoc on the Steelers like he always does. The Patriots will have their hands full with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, but their depth, versatility and diversity will allow them to win an expected shootout, as Brady and Belichick will continue to have Mike Tomlin’s number.

The Patriots and Bills get their two meetings in a span of four weeks, unfortunate for a Buffalo team that will need help down the stretch to make the playoffs. The Bills have managed to beat the Patriots twice in the last four seasons and five meetings … and have lost their coach at the end of the season each time (Doug Marrone, Rex Ryan). Last year’s win, of course, was during Tom Brady’s suspension. That suspension is over.

Yet in some ways, Garoppolo wasn’t much better off than Trubisky upon joining the 49ers at midseason despite having three and a half years of NFL experience as a backup in New England.

Garoppolo might not even be starting today barring a leg injury suffered in Week 12 by rookie C.J. Beathard, who drew praise from Lynch for his efforts this season under trying circumstances on a rebuilding team.

A good (and rare) Thanksgiving rematch, with the Lions having won last year on a last-second field goal. The Lions have won four straight on their traditional Thanksgiving date, a little treat for those who are perpetually looking for a reason to fire Jim Caldwell. It’s a tall order to pull off this year with the way the Vikings are playing right now on both sides of the ball. Matthew Stafford’s Lions still have a habit of putting themselves in position to have to come back late; they can’t get away with that against this team.chargers_023-180x180

The damage for this fiasco will linger long after Manning is playing elsewhere or even retiring if so inclined.

The Saints and Panthers are even with an 8-3 record, but the Saints won earlier in Charlotte and can complete a season sweep next week in New Orleans. The Saints dominated the earlier game and will be favored to win next week.

Sean McVay is a lock for Coach of the Year — Even if the Rams don’t win another game this season, McVay will be the NFL’s Coach of the Year and deservingly so. The Rams will not have a losing season for the first time since 2006 and, with just one more victory, they will clinch their first winning season since 2003.

In a weak top of the draft, offensive lineman always rise. Taking a guard in the top five looks crazy, but the Redskins don’t seem to regret Brandon Scherff. The Broncos will likely look to free agency to find their quarterback.

The Bears need young talent on their defense, and James can find a role alongside Eddie Jackson in the defensive backfield. With James and Jackson, the Bears can begin to star their defensive rebuild.

Asked whether he had spoken to Mara, Manning responded, “He hadn’t been in today, but he knows what’s going on. I’ll probably try to speak with him tomorrow at some time.”

That’s far too late.

If the Giants can treat Manning — the face of the franchise, the two-time Super Bowl MVP, the guy who was universally respected by past and present teammates for his work ethic and leadership — like a nobody, why should any player believe the “family” narrative New York, like every NFL club, tries to spout in team-building?nike_chargers_541-180x180