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NFL to return to game to Mexico City in 2019

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

The NFL and Mexico’s President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed today that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca.

The announcement follows meetings this morning between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the President-Elect and was confirmed with Televisa Chairman Emilio Azcárraga in Mexico City.

The date and time of the game – which will help focus attention on the importance of participation in youth sports – will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule next spring

 

NFL Week moves into annual Thanksgiving Day Games

PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

For generations of Americans, the tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are historically intertwined.

On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 – then the largest in professional football history – watched the Chicago Bears play the Chicago Cardinals to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field. In 1934, the Detroit Lions and the defending world champion Bears squared off on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast, with NBC radio on the call. This year, the three holiday games will be played inside stadiums with a combined capacity of over 215,000 and will be aired to millions across the country and around the world.

The 2018 installment of Thanksgiving Day football will feature a tripleheader for the 13th consecutive season. For only the second time since 1970 (2014), the holiday will feature exclusively divisional matchups.

The first game showcases a battle of NFC North rivals as the Chicago Bears travel to Detroit to face the Lions (12:30 PM ET, CBS). The late afternoon game marks the 41st consecutive Thanksgiving Day contest hosted in Dallas as the Cowboys welcome the Washington Redskins to AT&T Stadium (4:30 PM ET, FOX). The holiday concludes at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the Atlanta Falcons take on the New Orleans Saints in the 99th regular-season meeting between the NFC South rivals (8:20 PM ET, NBC).

GAME NETWORK LOCAL TIME EASTERN TIME
Chicago Bears (7-3) at Detroit Lions (4-6) CBS 12:30 PM ET 12:30 PM
Washington Redskins (6-4) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5) FOX

3:30 PM CT

4:30 PM
Atlanta Falcons (4-6) at New Orleans Saints (9-1) NBC

7:20 PM CT

8:20 PM

The Lions will play their 79th Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 51st since 1966. The Bears and Redskins will play in their 35th and 11th games, respectively, on the holiday. The Falcons will play in their third and the Saints will play in their second Thanksgiving game.

The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:

TEAM WON LOST TIED
Atlanta Falcons 1 1 0
Chicago Bears 17 15 2
Dallas Cowboys 30

19

1
Detroit Lions 37

39

2
New Orleans Saints 1

0

0
Washington Redskins 3 7 0

CHICAGO (7-3) at DETROIT (4-6): Thursday’s matchup marks the 17th Thanksgiving Day meeting between the Bears and the Lions, dating back to November 29, 1934. Pro Football Hall of Famer BRONKO NAGURKSI threw a two-yard touchdown pass to BILL HEWITT for Chicago to secure a 19-16 victory over Detroit in the first holiday meeting between the two teams. In their last Thanksgiving Day matchup, Lions quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD completed 34 of 45 attempts (75.6 percent) for 390 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 116.0 passer rating in the Lions’ 34-17 victory on November 27, 2014.

Chicago sits atop the NFC North with a 7-3 record and has won four consecutive games. Bears quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY leads all NFL quarterbacks with 363 rushing yards this season and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry, the highest average in the league (minimum 50 attempts). Chicago’s defense, led by linebacker KHALIL MACK’s eight sacks and five forced fumbles, leads the NFL with 18 interceptions, ranks first in the NFC with 16 forced fumbles and ties for fourth in the league with 32 sacks.

Detroit enters Week 12 following a 20-19 victory over Carolina last week. Lions wide receiver KENNY GOLLADAY had eight catches for 113 yards, including the go-ahead 19-yard touchdown catch with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, and rookie running back KERRYON JOHNSON added a rushing score in the win. Linebacker JARRAD DAVIS, who leads the team with 63 tackles, is one of four NFL players with at least 60 tackles (63) and four sacks (four) in 2018.

The Lions have won four of its past five Thanksgiving Day games. In eight career games on Thanksgiving, Stafford has 2,469 passing yards (308.6 per game), the most on the holiday in league annals, and 17 touchdown passes, the second-most by a quarterback on Thanksgiving Day behind only TONY ROMO (18 touchdown passes).

The players with the most career passing yards and touchdown passes on Thanksgiving:

PASSING YARDS
PLAYER TEAM GAMES PASSING YARDS
Matthew Stafford* Detroit 8 2,469
Tony Romo Dallas 10 2,338
Troy Aikman^ Dallas 10 2,174
Danny White Dallas 10 1,545
Bart Starr^ Green Bay 8 1,345
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

     
TOUCHDOWN PASSES
PLAYER TEAM GAMES TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tony Romo Dallas 10 18
Matthew Stafford* Detroit 8 17
Bobby Layne^ Detroit 8 14
Danny White Dallas 10 14
Troy Aikman^ Dallas 10 11
Brett Favre^ Green Bay 4 11
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WASHINGTON (6-4) at DALLAS (5-5): The Redskins and Cowboys meet for the 118th time in series history (including the postseason), with Dallas holding a 70-45-2 advantage. Thursday marks the ninth Thanksgiving Day meeting between the two teams, with the Cowboys leading the holiday series 7-1.

​The first meeting between the two teams on Thanksgiving was played at the Cotton Bowl on November 28, 1968. Cowboys running backs DON PERKINS and CRAIG BAYNHAM each rushed for a score and rookie defensive lineman LARRY COLE had a five-yard interception-return touchdown in Dallas’ 29-20 victory.

Last week, Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for two touchdowns and safety HA HA CLINTON-DIX tied a career high with 13 tackles and recorded a forced fumble in the Redskins’ loss to Houston. Peterson has 105 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN RIGGINS (104) for the sixth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history. The five players with more career rushing touchdowns are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: EMMITT SMITH (164), LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (145), MARCUS ALLEN (123), WALTER PAYTON (110) and JIM BROWN(106).

Washington will make its 11th appearance on Thanksgiving Day and will play on the holiday for the third-consecutive season. Last year, wide receiver JAMISON CROWDER had 141 receiving yards with a touchdown and linebacker RYAN KERRIGAN recorded two sacks in the Redskins’ 20-10 victory over the New York Giants.

In Week 11, Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT totaled 201 scrimmage yards (122 rushing, 79 receiving) and a rushing touchdown and kicker BRETT MAHER converted the game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired in the Cowboys’ 22-19 victory over Atlanta. Elliott, who has 4,540 scrimmage yards and 32 touchdowns in 35 career games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (4,731 scrimmage yards, 38 touchdowns) and EDGERRIN JAMES (4,842 scrimmage yards, 38 touchdowns) as the only players in NFL history with at least 4,500 scrimmage yards and 30 touchdowns in their first 35 career games in NFL history.

In the last Thanksgiving Day meeting between the teams, Elliott rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback DAK PRESCOTT both passed and rushed for a touchdown and linebacker SEAN LEE recorded 14 tackles and one tackle for loss in Dallas’ 31-26 victory in 2016.

ATLANTA (4-6) at NEW ORLEANS (9-1): The Falcons and Saints close out an all-day spread of Thanksgiving football with a meeting of two NFC South rivals. Thursday marks the 100th overall meeting between the two teams (including the postseason), with Atlanta leading the series 52-47. The Falcons will make their third appearance on Thanksgiving and first since 2007, while the Saints will be playing in their second game on the holiday with their only previous appearance coming in 2010.

In Week 3, New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 39 of 49 passes (79.6 percent) for 396 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions and rushed for two scores, including a game-tying seven-yard touchdown with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter and the game-winning one-yard touchdown in overtime, in the Saints’ 43-37 overtime victory at Atlanta. Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN threw five touchdown passes, including three to rookie wide receiver CALVIN RIDLEY, in the loss.

Atlanta looks to rebound following a Week 11 loss to Dallas. Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES had six catches for 118 yards and a touchdown last week. Jones leads the NFL with 1,158 receiving yards this season and has 46 career games with 100+ receiving yards, the most by a player in his first eight seasons in NFL history. Ryan is averaging 330.6 passing yards per game this season, the highest mark in the NFL, and is the only player in the league averaging 300+ passing yards and completing at least 70 percent of his passes (71.1 percent).

Last week, Brees threw for 363 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 153.2 passer rating in the Saints’ 48-7 victory over Philadelphia. Brees has 23 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, including two this season, surpassing New England’s TOM BRADY (22) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history. New Orleans, which has won nine consecutive games and sits atop the NFC South with a 9-1 record, has scored at least 40 points in six games this season, the most by a team in its first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

For the Week 12 Thanksgiving Day capsules, click here​.

 

NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

PUBLICATION PRODUCED BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL.com media

 

TUESDAY’S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

Edmonton 4, SAN JOSE 3 (OT)

 

McDAVID SCORES 100TH CAREER NHL GOAL, ECLIPSES 30-POINT MARK

Oilers captain Connor McDavid scored the 100th goal of his NHL career (230 GP) and added two assists to boost his point total to 13-18—31 this season (21 GP). He became the second player to eclipse the 30-point mark in 2018-19, joining Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen (8-24—32 in 20 GP).

 

* Among players to debut with the Oilers franchise, McDavid required the fourth-fewest games to score 100 career NHL goals (all w/ EDM). McDavid (21 years, 311 days) also became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score 100 career goals with the Oilers, behind only Wayne Gretzky (20 years, 40 days) on March 7, 1981.

 

 

* McDavid became the fifth different player in franchise history to reach the 30-point mark in a season in 21 or fewer team games and first since Mark Messier in 1989-90 (19 GP). The franchise record for fewest team games to record 30 points in a season is 10, a mark set by Gretzky in 1984-85.

 

THORNTON TIES LEMIEUX FOR 11TH PLACE ON ALL-TIME ASSISTS LIST

Sharks forward Joe Thornton collected the 1,033rd assist of his NHL career to tie Mario Lemieux for 11th place on the League’s all-time list. Every player ahead of Thornton – other than Jaromir Jagr, who is not yet eligible – has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

DID YOU KNOW?

Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi opened the scoring 45 seconds into the game. He scored the 28th opening-minute goal of 2018-19, the highest such total through the first 317 games of a season since 1992-93 (29).

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Ken Hitchock replaces Todd McLellan as Oilers coach

· Craig Berube replaces Mike Yeo as coach of Blues on interim basis

· Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman joins ‘Executive Suite’ podcast

· Former Maple Leafs player, coach, Dan Maloney passes away at age 68

 

 

 

NHL 15-Game Days Stats and Information

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL.com media

 

Friday, Nov. 23 will mark the first of three 15-game days this season, and 14th in NHL history

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Highlighted by the 2018 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between the Rangers and Flyers, Friday, Nov. 23 will mark the first of three 15-game days this season. Only the Kings are idle.

* The other 15-game days slated for 2018-19 are Saturday, Dec. 29 (CBJ idle) and Saturday, April 6 (ANA idle).

* There have been 13 previous 15-game days in NHL history, including five which took place last season.

* The most combined goals scored on a 15-game day is 99 (including shootout-deciding goals), a mark set Oct. 25, 2008 (6.6 G/GP) on the second 15-game day in League history. The NHL record for most combined goals scored on any day is 103 during a 12-game day on Jan. 23, 1993 (8.6 G/GP).

* There have been 15 hat tricks scored on 15-game days, including seven in 2018-19. A player has scored four goals on a 15-game day twice, with both occurrences coming last season.

* The most assists recorded by a player on a 15-game day is four.

* The most points recorded by a player on a 15-game day is four, a feat accomplished 12 times including seven such occurrences last season.

* The most goals by one team on a 15-game day is eight (including shootout-deciding goals), a mark set by the Maple Leafs on Oct. 7, 2017 (8-5 W vs. NYR).

15-GAME DAYS IN NHL HISTORY, ENTERING 2018-19

Date Season Total Goals Goals/GP Most Goals, One Team
Saturday, April 7, 2018 2017-18 94 6.3 7
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 2017-18 90 6.0 6
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 2017-18 67 4.5 6
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 2017-18 80 5.3 6
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 2017-18 98 6.5 8
Saturday, April 9, 2016 2015-16 89 5.9 6
Saturday, April 11, 2015 2014-15 81 5.4 6
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 2014-15 86 5.7 6
Saturday, April 7, 2012 2011-12 88 5.9 7
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 2009-10 89 5.9 6
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 2009-10 96 6.4 7
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 2008-09 99 6.6 6
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 2005-06 95 6.3 6

^Upcoming 15-game days: Friday, Nov. 23, 2018; Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018; and Saturday, April 6, 2019

 

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES
A look at standout performances from the 13 previous 15-game days in NHL history:

MOST POINTS BY ONE PLAYER ON A 15-GAME DAY

Player Team Goals Assists POINTS Date
Jason Arnott DAL 1 3 4 Oct. 5, 2005
Milan Lucic BOS 3 1 4 Oct. 25, 2008
Michael Cammalleri MTL 3 1 4 Oct. 24, 2009
Jamie Benn DAL 3 1 4 April 11, 2015
Scott Hartnell CBJ 2 2 4 April 9, 2016
Alex Ovechkin WSH 4 0 4 Oct. 7, 2017
TJ Brodie CGY 2 2 4 Oct. 7, 2017
Mats Zuccarello NYR 1 3 4 Oct. 7, 2017
Johnny Gaudreau CGY 1 3 4 Oct. 7, 2017
Evgeny Kuznetsov WSH 0 4 4 Oct. 7, 2017
Alex DeBrincat CHI 3 1 4 Jan. 25, 2018
Mark Jankowski CGY 4 0 4 April 7, 2018

MOST GOALS BY ONE PLAYER ON A 15-GAME DAY

Player Team GOALS Assists Points Date
Alex Ovechkin WSH 4 0 4 Oct. 7, 2017
Mark Jankowski CGY 4 0 4 April 7, 2018
Marc Chouinard MIN 3 0 3 Oct. 5, 2005
Milan Lucic BOS 3 1 4 Oct. 25, 2008
Michael Cammalleri MTL 3 1 4 Oct. 24, 2009
Teddy Purcell TBL 3 0 3 April 7, 2012
Jiri Tlusty CAR 3 0 3 Oct. 11, 2014
Jamie Benn DAL 3 1 4 April 11, 2015
Alex Ovechkin WSH 3 0 3 April 9, 2016
Jason Spezza DAL 3 0 3 April 9, 2016
Mathew Barzal NYI 3 0 3 Dec. 23, 2017
Alex DeBrincat CHI 3 1 4 Jan. 25, 2018
Claude Giroux PHI 3 0 3 April 7, 2018
Filip Forsberg NSH 3 0 3 April 7, 2018
Jamie Benn DAL 3 0 3 April 7, 2018

MOST ASSISTS BY ONE PLAYER ON A 15-GAME DAY

Player Team Goals ASSISTS Points Date
Evgeny Kuznetsov WSH 0 4 4 Oct. 7, 2017

^28 instances of a player recording three assists on a 15-game day, including 14 last season

MOST SAVES BY ONE GOALTENDER ON A 15-GAME DAY

Goaltender Team SAVES Date
Cam Ward CAR 57 Oct. 25, 2008
Curtis McElhinney CBJ 48 April 11, 2015
Craig Anderson COL 48 Oct. 24, 2009
Jean-Sebastien Giguere ANA 47 Oct. 25, 2008
John Gibson ANA 45 Nov. 22, 2017
Roberto Luongo FLA 43 Nov. 22, 2017
Anders Nilsson VAN 43 Nov. 22, 2017
Andrei Vasilevskiy TBL 43 Oct. 7, 2017
Harri Sateri FLA 42 Jan. 25, 2018
Frederik Andersen TOR 42 Nov. 22, 2017
Mike Smith TBL 42 Oct. 25, 2008
Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 42 Oct. 25, 2008
Mike Condon OTT 41 Jan. 25, 2018
Jhonas Enroth BUF 41 Oct. 11, 2014
Mike Smith CGY 40 Nov. 22, 2017
Anton Khudobin BOS 40 Nov. 22, 2017
Cory Schneider NJD 40 Oct. 7, 2017
Antti Raanta ARI 40 Oct. 7, 2017

TOP CAREER PERFORMERS
A look at the top career performers on the busiest days in League history:

MOST CAREER POINTS ON 15-GAME DAYS

Player GP Goals Assists POINTS
Alex Ovechkin 13 18 5 23
Nicklas Backstrom 12 3 14 17
Patrick Kane 11 9 7 16
Sidney Crosby 11 4 12 16
John Tavares 11 7 7 14
Ryan Getzlaf 11 5 9 14
Scott Hartnell 12 5 8 13
Evgeny Kuznetsov 8 1 11 12
Anze Kopitar 11 3 9 12
Patrice Bergeron 12 4 8 12
Brent Burns 13 3 9 12

 


MOST CAREER GOALS ON 15-GAME DAYS

Player GP GOALS Assists Points
Alex Ovechkin 13 18 5 23
Patrick Kane 11 9 7 16
John Tavares 11 7 7 14
Patrick Marleau 13 7 4 11
Filip Forsberg 7 6 2 8
Brian Gionta 8 6 4 10
Cam Atkinson 8 6 2 8
Radim Vrbata 10 6 4 10
Jamie Benn 11 6 3 9
Wayne Simmonds 11 6 1 7
Eric Staal 13 6 5 11

 

 

MOST CAREER ASSISTS ON 15-GAME DAYS

Player GP Goals ASSISTS Points
Nicklas Backstrom 12 3 14 17
Sidney Crosby 11 4 12 16
Evgeny Kuznetsov 8 1 11 12
Corey Perry 12 1 10 11
Henrik Zetterberg 12 1 10 11
Ryan Getzlaf 11 5 9 14
Anze Kopitar 11 3 9 12
Brent Burns 13 3 9 12
Phil Kessel 9 1 8 9
Scott Hartnell 12 5 8 13
Patrice Bergeron 12 4 8 12
Thomas Vanek 12 0 8 8

 

MOST CAREER WINS ON 15-GAME DAYS

Goaltender GP WINS Losses OTL
Braden Holtby 9 7 2 0
Roberto Luongo 8 6 2 0
Ryan Miller 8 6 2 0
Frederik Andersen 6 5 0 1
Sergei Bobrovsky 6 5 1 0
Jaroslav Halak 7 5 0 1
Steve Mason 8 5 3 0
Marc-Andre Fleury 10 5 3 1
Pekka Rinne 5 4 0 0
Cory Schneider 7 4 2 1
Cam Talbot 7 4 2 1
Brian Elliott 8 4 1 3
Cam Ward 8 4 2 1
Henrik Lundqvist 9 4 3 1

 

 

 

Colorado’s Rantanen fined for Diving/Embellishment

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Mikko Rantanen 2016 photo By Don Bigileone, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Nov. 21, 2018) – Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

 

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

 

Citation #    Player Fine(s)   * Head Coach Fine(s)

1           Warning              N/A

2           $2,000                N/A

3           $3,000                N/A

4           $4,000                N/A

5           $5,000                $2,000

6           $5,000                $3,000

7           $5,000                $4,000

8           $5,000                $5,000

 

For head coaches, each FINE issued to a player on his club counts toward his total. Four FINES issued to one player or a club collectively results in the head coach receiving his first fine.

 

Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment, and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.

 

Rantanen was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 79 at New York Rangers on Oct. 16. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 19:11 of the second period during NHL Game No. 275 against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 14. Rantanen (embellishment) and Boston forward Patrice Bergeron (hooking) received offsetting minor penalties on the play.

 

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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