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Analyst predicts New Jersey iGaming Revenue to Surpass Atlantic City Casino Earnings

It’s a matter of when, not if, iGaming gross gaming revenue (GGR) in New Jersey exceeds that of the nine casino hotels on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

That’s the outlook offered by Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli who in a recent report to clients estimated that internet casinos operating in the Garden State could generate as much as $2 billion in GGR this year. That confirms the notion that iGaming is the next significant growth frontier for the industry because in 2019, online casinos operating in New Jersey notched just $483 million in GGR.

Last year, Atlantic City casinos combined to generate $2.85 billion in GGR while online equivalents in New Jersey notched $1.9 billion, but Santatrelli said the chasm between the two is narrowing.

“While the gap between land-based and digital casino gaming still stood at over $900 million for 2023, it has tightened meaningfully from the $2.2 billion GGR outperformance of the land-based operations in 2019,” observed the analyst.”

New Jersey is one of six states that permits iGaming. The other five are Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Some studies suggest that iGaming is complementary to casino operators’ land-based venues and that’s a plausible claim, particularly for large gaming companies that can leverage loyalty programs to entice bettors to occasionally visit brick-and-mortar properties to enjoy the benefits of points earned online.

However, Atlantic City could be vulnerable to online casinos. It’s widely believed the market is over-saturated with nine gaming venues and some operators there haven’t made the necessary investments to keep their casino hotels in prime shape, which discourages bettors from driving to Atlantic City and spending money at the city’s gaming venues.

Those issues were amplified last year when operating profits for the nine casinos there shrank on annual basis with just three — MGM Resorts’ Borgata, Ocean Casino Resort, and Bally’s — posting increases.

iGaming isn’t the only source of credible competition to Atlantic City. There’s the specter of three casino hotels eventually calling the New York City area home. A potential response to that scenario by New Jersey could be a new casino at the Meadowlands, but that would represent more competition for Atlantic City.

New Jersey’s internet casino market is robust in terms of the number of choices consumers have, but data indicate a small amount of operators dominate market share in the state.

Those include Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG), which is a unit of DraftKings (NASDAQ: DKNG). Resorts Casino, which uses the DraftKings iGaming platform in New Jersey, is also one of the leaders there as is Caesars Digital, which leverages well-known brands such as Harrah’s and Tropicana in the state.

Deutsche Bank’s Santarelli noted a wildcard for iGaming operators in the Garden State comes in the form of a proposal to lift taxes on that activity to 30% from the current level of 15%.

“While there are many blind spots with respect to promotional tracking … make no mistake, net revenue continues to grow healthily, despite the promotional acceleration, though the [current] 15% tax rate is important to facilitating this,” observed the analyst.

NFL Transactions 4-22-23

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​​​​​​​​The following are the NFL transactions for Monday, April 22​. Transactions will be published each day after they are circulated to NFL clubs. This public version will include waiver requests, assignments via waivers, terminations, free agent signings, reserve list and practice squad additions and deletions, and trades.

WAIVER SYSTEM TRANSACTION


WAIVER REQUEST (NO RECALL)

WASHINGTON
    Toney, ShakaDEPenn State   


    CLAIMING DEADLINE: 4:00 p.m., N.Y. Time, Tuesday, 4/23/24



ACTIVE LIST ADDITION


FREE AGENT SIGNING

ATLANTA
    Ryan, MattQBBoston College   



FREE AGENCY SYSTEM TRANSACTIONS


SIGNINGS:  UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

DENVER
    Wallace, LeviDBAlabama   
         Old Club: PITTSBURGH

HOUSTON
    Ogunbowale, DareRBWisconsin   

NEW ENGLAND
    Wilcox, MitchellTESouth Florida   
         Old Club: CINCINNATI

Match Recap: Seattle Reign FC Falls One Goal Short Against Chicago

SEATTLE, WA. – Returning to Seattle after a three-game road stretch, the Reign fell 2-1 to the Chicago Red Stars. The Red Stars scored both of their goals in the first half of the match, while the Reign pulled one goal back in the second half, but their momentum came too late to score an equalizer before the clock ran out.

Seattle was on the back foot starting the match, conceding a goal in the fourth minute of the match. On a counterattack, Chicago forward Mallory Swanson played forward Ally Schlegel in behind the Reign’s defense, allowing her to find the back of the net in two touches.

The Reign spent the majority of the first half defending, fielding seven shots from Chicago, five of which were on target. In the 14th minute, Swanson fired a shot toward goal, but the crossbar prevented another goal, keeping the ball out of the back of the net. In the 20th minute, Reign goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, in her first NWSL regular season start, made a crucial save to stop Chicago from doubling their lead.

Just after the half hour mark of the match, the Red Stars netted their second goal of the match, from the foot of Swanson. The Reign saw the rest of the half through, heading to the locker room down 2-0.

After halftime, the Reign took the field with more energy than the first half, displaying more urgency and quality. The team opted to press Chicago higher up the field, finding success when applying pressure to the backline of the visitors.

In the 57th minute of the match, the high press won back-to-back corner kicks for the Reign, building even more momentum in their favor. Rookie forward Emeri Adames fired off one of the most threatening shots of the match, volleying the ball toward the lower corner of the goal, but it was saved off the line.

The 77th minute of the match brought a pair of changes for the Reign, who continued to build momentum toward goal. Forward Tziarra King came onto the field for forward Emeri Adames and forward McKenzie Weinert slotted in for forward Veronica Latsko.

King made an immediate impact in the match, scoring the Reign’s lone goal of the evening just two minutes after coming onto the field. In the attack, midfielder Jess Fishlock played the ball to the feet of King outside the 18-yard box, who took one touch before launching the ball into the upper right corner of the goal and recording her first goal of the 2024 season.

The Reign pressed on, earning over 66% of possession in the final fifteen minutes of the match, in addition to four more shots, but time ran out before the team was able to find the all-important equalizing goal. When the final whistle sounded, the Reign fell 2-1 to the Red Stars.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

• NEW STARTING XI: Today’s matchup featured a new starting XI for the Reign for a fifth consecutive time this season. Defender Sofia Huerta is the only player to play every minute of all five games for a total of 450 minutes.

• EMERI ADAMES: Forward Emeri Adames became the youngest player in club history to start in a regular season game (18 years, 19 days). Adames finished the match with two shots, tied for the most on the team.

• Adames has appeared in all five games this season and has totaled five shots, the third-most shots on the team.

• JESS FISHLOCK: Midfielder Jess Fishlock assisted the Reign’s lone goal when connecting with King in the 79th minute, marking her first assist of the 2024 season.

• Fishlock’s assist ties former Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe for most assists in club history (26), which is also tied for the fifth-most assists in NWSL history.

• TZIARRA KING: Forward Tziarra King scored in the 79th minute, just two minutes after entering the match, to bring the score 1-2. The goal marks King’s first goal of the 2024 season and fourth in her career.

• LAUREL IVORY: Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory made her first-ever NWSL regular season start. Ivory previously started four NWSL Challenge Cup games in 2023.

• Ivory finished the match with six saves, the most by a goalkeeper on the Reign this season and tied for the fifth-most saves in a single game throughout the league.

• SERIES: The loss brings the all-time series to 11W-12L-8D between the Reign and Chicago Red Stars.

UP NEXT: Seattle Reign FC travels to North Carolina to take on the Courage on Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. PT. The match is available to stream on NWSL+ or KING 5+ and KONG locally.

MATCH SUMMARY 

2024 NWSL Regular Season

Seattle Reign FC 1 – 2 Chicago Red Stars

Date/Time: Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. PT 

Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington

Weather: 56, sunny

Scoring Summary 

SEA: King – 79′

CHI: Schlegel – 4′, Swanson – 31′ 

Discipline  

SEA: Ji (Caution – 51′), Huerta (Caution – 66′)

CHI: Malham (Caution –7′), Hocking (Caution – 54′), Bianchi (Caution – 90+5′)

Lineups 

SEA: GK Ivory, D Huerta, D Barnes (c), D Cook, D Woodham (McClernon 46′), M Van der Jagt (Quinn 46′), M Ji (Athens 72′), M Fishlock, F Latsko (Weinert 77′), F Adames (King 77′), F Balcer

Unused substitutes: GK Perez, D Holmes, D Brown, M James-Turner

Total Shots: 14 (Four tied with – 2) 

Shots on Goal: 3 (Three tied with – 1) 

Fouls: 10 (Ji– 3) 

Offsides: 3

Corner Kicks: 7

Saves: 6 (Ivory – 6) 

CHI: GK Naeher, D Malham, D Staab, D Kuikka, D Milazzo, M Roccaro, M Bianchi, F Hocking (Joseph 70′ (Gomes 90+3′))), F Swanson, F Schlegel (Cook 70′), F Bike

Unused substitutes: M Groom, M Nesbeth, GK Wood, M Franklin, D Biegalski, D Anderson

Total Shots: 12 (Swanson – 6) 

Shots on Goal: 8 (Swanson – 4)

Fouls: 9 (Bianchi – 4) 

Offsides: 3

Corner Kicks: 5

Saves: 1 (Naeher – 1)  

Player of the Match: Emeri Adames

Referee: Elton Garcia

Assistant Referee 1: Christian Clerc

Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez

4th Official: Justin St. Pierre

Var: Adorae Monroy

Avar: Kaili Terry

Twins return Max Kepler from rehab assignment, reinstate from 10-day injured list

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Ronny Henriquez contract selected, Jair Camargo and Louie Varland optioned

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced that they have returned outfielder Max Kepler from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 10-day Injured List. Additionally, the Twins have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ronny Henriquez, and optioned catcher Jair Camargo and Louie Varland to Triple-A St. Paul.

Kepler, who missed the Twins last 13 games with a right knee contusion, played in three games on rehab assignment for Triple-A St. Paul, going 4-for-10 (.400) with three walks and three runs scored. Prior to landing on the 10-day IL, Kepler played in five games for Minnesota, going 1-for-20 (.050) with one walk and six strikeouts.

Henriquez, 23, has appeared in seven games for the Saints this season, posting a 4.05 ERA (13.1 IP, 6 ER) with one save, two walks, 14 strikeouts, a .235 (12-for-51) opponent batting average and a .637 opponent OPS. The Bonao, Dominican Republic native made his debut for the Twins in 2022 and appeared in three games that season, going 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA (11.2 IP, 3 ER) with three walks and nine strikeouts.

To make room for Kepler and Henriquez on the 26-man roster, the Twins have optioned catcher Jair Camargo and right-handed pitcher Louie Varland to Triple-A St. Paul. Camargo, 24, appeared in two games for the Twins, going 0-for-4 with one walk and one run scored, including making his major league debut on April 16 at Baltimore. Varland, 26, made four starts for the Twins, going 0-4 with a 9.18 ERA (16.2 IP, 17 ER), nine walks and 18 strikeouts.

To make room for Henriquez on the 40-man roster, the Twins have transferred right-handed pitcher Daniel Duarte to the 60-day Injured List. Duarte is scheduled to have surgery on his right elbow on May 8 and will not pitch again in 2024.

Phillies place Harper on paternity list; recall Clemens

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Prior to tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies placed first baseman Bryce Harper on the paternity list. To fill his spot on the 26-man roster, the club recalled infielder Kody Clemens from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Harper, 31, played his 600th game as a Phillie this past Friday. He is currently riding a six-game hitting streak where he is slashing .381/.462/.571 with seven RBI and a 1.033 OPS. Defensively per Sports Info Solutions, Harper ranks tied for second among major league first basemen with four Defensive Runs Saved. According to Statcast, he ranks tied for first among all first basemen with four Outs Above Average.

Originally selected first overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft, Harper signed with the Phillies as a free agent on March 2, 2019.

Clemens, 27, has slashed .270/.333/.508 with four doubles, one triple, three home runs, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored for the IronPigs through 16 games this season. From April 9-17, Clemens collected six extra-base hits in a seven-game span and registered two three-hit games during the stretch. Defensively, he has made seven starts at second base, four starts in left field and two starts at third base.

Clemens was acquired by the Phillies in a trade with the Detroit Tigers on Jan. 7, 2023. He was originally selected by the Tigers in the third round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Lightning recall Defenseman Max Crozier from Syracuse

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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Max Crozier from their American Hockey League affiliate the Syracuse Crunch, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Crozier, 24, played in 13 regular games for the Lightning this season, recording two assists and averaging 12:56 time on ice. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound defenseman made his NHL debut January 13 vs. Anaheim and recorded his first NHL point in his fifth career game January 23 at Philadelphia and posted another assist in the following game January 25 vs. Arizona. He last appeared for the Lightning on March 7 vs. Calgary.

Crozier skated in 49 games for the Syracuse Crunch during the 2023-24 regular season and posted totals of four goals, 17 assists and 21 points. He ranked fifth among Crunch defensemen for scoring and second among rookie blueliners. Crozier ranked tied for 12th among AHL rookie defensemen for assists and tied for 15th for scoring.

The Calgary native was a fourth-round selection (120th overall) of the Lightning in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Recap: Revolution Play to 1-0 Defeat at Toronto FC

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New England returns home to face Inter Miami CF next Saturday at Gillette Stadium

TORONTO, Ontario  The New England Revolution (1-6-1; 4 pts.) played to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Toronto FC (4-4-1; 13 pts.) on Saturday night at BMO Field. The Revolution controlled the ball and threatened Toronto with chances throughout the night, finishing with an 18-15 edge in shot attempts, but could not overcome a 66th-minute goal by Toronto forward Prince Owusu. New England goalkeeper Henrich Ravas kept New England within striking distance with a single-game high seven saves, including his first MLS penalty stop. 

In the first half, New England tested Toronto with several scoring opportunities, including a well-struck shot by Nacho Gil in the 39th minute that looked destined for the back of the net, before a timely block by Toronto defender Nicksoen Gomis denied the opening goal. After halftime, Giacomo Vrioni nearly put the Revolution in front on a breakaway attempt, but Toronto goalkeeper Sean Johnson parried the shot wide with one of his six saves on the night. Vrioni finished with two shots on target, while Carles Gil paced the team with three attempts on frame.

New England saw another quality chance following a free kick from Esmir Bajraktarević, which fell to Andrew Farrell, but the defender was unable to find the target. Bajraktarević was one of two 19-year-old Homegrown players to start the match along with Noel Buck, who exited in the 44th minute with an injury and was replaced by Toronto native Mark-Anthony Kaye. Bajraktarević played the full 90 minutes and recorded three key passes, tied with Carles Gil for the team lead.

After the half, Toronto forward Prince Owusu broke the deadlock in the 66th minute with the opening goal. The hosts then looked destined to double their lead when they were awarded a penalty in the second half, but Ravas made the save down to his left in the 76th minute to keep the Revolution within one. In search of an equalizer, Caleb Porter deployed forwards Tomás Chancalay and Bobby Wood off the bench in the 72nd minute. The pair combined for five shot attempts over the final 18 minutes, but the visitors could not find the net.

New England returns home next Saturday, April 27 for a matchup with Inter Miami CF at Gillette Stadium. The 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff is available to watch on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV in English and Spanish. Listen to the Revolution’s local radio calls on 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 (WBZ-FM), with Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies, and on 1260 AM “Nossa Radio USA” in Portuguese.

MATCH NOTES

  • New England held the shot advantage in shot attempts (18-15), passes completed (534-351), and passing percentage (86.9%) in the narrow loss.
  • Carles Gil (3) and Giacomo Vrioni (2) were the team leaders in shots on target.
  • Gil and Esmir Bajraktarević each recorded three key passes in the match.Bajraktarević, a Homegrown Player, logged 90 minutes in his seventh appearance and fourth start of the 2024 MLS season.
  • Henrich Ravas made a MLS-career high seven saves, including his first penalty save with New England in the 75th minute.
  • Matt Polster played all 90 minutes, surpassing 10,000 minutes played for with New England across all competitions.
  • Andrew Farrell recorded his 325th MLS regular season start, most in team history, and his third of the season.
  • Nacho Gil recorded two shot attempts in his eighth appearance and fourth start of the MLS campaign.
  • Toronto native Mark-Anthony Kaye entered the match in the 44th minute, making his fifth league appearance of 2024 in relief of an injured Noel Buck.

GAME CAPSULE

New England Revolution 0 at Toronto FC 1

April 20, 2024 – BMO Field (Toronto, Ontario)

Referee: Mark Allatin

Assistant Referee: Jeremy Kieso

Assistant Referee: Adam Garner

Fourth Official: Renzo Villanueva

Video Assistant Referee: Sorin Stoica

Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jozef Batko

Weather: 44 degrees and partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:

TOR – Prince Owusu 1 (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty 2) 66’

Misconduct Summary:

TOR – Raoul Petretta (Yellow Card – Hard Foul) 8’

NE – Nacho Gil (Yellow Card – Hard Foul) 30’

NE – Matt Polster (Yellow Card – Dissent) 42’

TOR – Jonathan Osorio (Yellow Card – Dissent) 43’

TOR – Matty Longstaff (Yellow Card – Hard Foul) 65’

New England Revolution: Henrich Ravas; Ryan Spaulding (Emmanuel Boateng 85’), Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Nick Lima; Matt Polster, Nacho Gil (Tomas Chancalay 72’), Noel Buck (Mark- Anthony Kaye 43’); Giacomo Vrioni (Bobby Wood 72’), Carles Gil ©, Esmir Bajraktarević.

Substitutes Not Used: Dave Romney, Ian Harkes, Earl Edwards Jr.

Toronto FC: Sean Johnson; Nicksoen Gomis, Sigurd Rosted, Kobe Franklin (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty 62’), Raoul Petretta (Aime Mabika 62’); Matty Longstaff (Kosi Thompson 71’), Tyrese Spicer, Deybi Flores, Jonathan Osorio ©; Frederico Bernardeschi, Prince Owusu (Deandre Kerr 85’).

Substitutes Not Used: Ayo Akinola, Cassius Mailula, Andrei Dumitru, Luka Gavran.

Toronto FCTeam StatisticsNew England Revolution
15 (9)Shots (on Target)18 (6)
5Blocked Shots7
6Saves7
0Corner Kicks8
1Offsides1
12Fouls15
351 (79.2%)Passes Attempted (%Completed)534 (86.9%)
41.4%Possession58.6%

New York City FC defeats D.C. United, 2-0

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New York City FC recorded an impressive 2-0 win against D.C United on Saturday night at Citi Field. The hosts took control of the game early on and that pressure continued in the 20th minute through Santiago Rodríguez’s opener. The lead would be doubled in second-half stoppage time after more brilliant play from Rodríguez teed up Julián Fernández to slam his second goal in as many games.  

KEY POINTS

  • New York City FC has faced D.C. United 21 times in the regular season and the ‘Boys in Blue’ have a record of 11-7-3 (W-L-D) against the ‘Black and Red.’ New York has scored 40 goals (1.9 per match), and taken 348 shots (16.6 per match), with 137 shots on goal (6.52 per match). 
  • This was the 11th time that New York City FC has hosted D.C. United, and the ‘Boys in Blue’ have an extremely favorable record in ‘The Big Apple.’ New York has a record of 8-1-2 (W-L-D) at home, with 29 goals scored and 10 conceded.  
  • This is New York City FC’s second time at Citi Field in Queens this season. In their last match at Citi Field, New York City tied with Atlanta 1-1. DC United made its first-ever visit to Citi Field tonight. 
  • Tonight, marked the third of a five-game homestand for New York City. In two previous five-game homestands (2022 and 2023), NYC went undefeated in both, winning seven times, drawing three times, and scoring 24 goals over those 10 matches.  
  • New York has earned points in five of the last six matches, with a record of 3-1-2 (W-L-D). In those six games, New York scored eight goals. The win against D.C. also extends New York’s undefeated streak at home, which now stands at four matches, with three wins and one draw in that run, scoring seven goals and collecting two clean sheets. 
  • After conceding five goals in the first three matches of the season, New York has conceded only one goal in their last three games. 
  • This is New York’s first win when leading at halftime this season. Also, it is New York’s first win at Citi Field this season. 

PLAYER MILESTONES

  • In the last eight home matches, Midfielder Santiago Rodríguez has scored four goals and provided four assists, totaling eight goal contributions.
  • In his 100th appearance with New York City FC, Santiago Rodríguez scored his fourth goal of the season in the 20th minute to put New York City up 1-0. Rodriguez becomes the 13th player in Club history to reach the century mark, including the fourth out of the current roster (Moralez, Parks, Sands) and the second to do it this season (Sands).   
  • Forward Julián Fernández scored his second goal in as many matches, marking the first time he has recorded goals in back-to-back games with the Club.  
  • Goalkeeper Matt Freese now has two consecutive clean sheets.  

​​​​​​Up Next: New York City FC continue their homestand against Charlotte FC on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm ET at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. Broadcast: Apple TV | Radio: newyorkcityfc.com/radio

D-Backs make two roster moves

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The Arizona Diamondbacks made the following roster moves:

Recalled from Triple-A Reno:

RHP Slade Cecconi (No. 43)

Optioned to Reno:

RHP Justin Martinez

The D-backs’ 40-man roster remains at 39.

NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – April 22, 2024

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* The Jets outlasted the Avalanche in a 13-goal, back-and-forth thriller that concluded as just the second game in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to feature two teams combine for at least six goals in multiple periods.

Dakota Joshua appeared in just his second-ever postseason game, scored one of two Vancouver goals in 12 seconds and helped the Canucks rally to a Game 1 win against the Predators.
 

* Home teams improved to 6-0 in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only four other postseasons in NHL history have featured the home team win the first six or more games to begin a playoff year: 1965 (10), 1959 (9), 1970 (8) and 1962 (8).
 

* The last two Western Conference series begin Monday as the Oilers and Kings meet in the First Round for the third straight season while the Stars and Golden Knights face off in the postseason for the third time.

JETS OUTLAST AVALANCHE IN RED-HOT START TO “WINNIPEG WHITEOUT”

In the first opening-round playoff series since the 1968 Quarterfinals (BOS vs. MTL) to feature a head-to-head meeting between a team with the outright lead in goals (COL: 304 in 2023-24) and the team with the outright lead in fewest goals against (WPG: 199 in 2023-24), it was the latter who skated to a Game 1 victory and did so after the clubs wowed the “Winnipeg Whiteout” at Canada Life Centre with 13 combined goals – including three apiece in the first and third periods.




Mark Scheifele (1-2—3) capped the six-goal first period with his 20th career playoff goal (20-15—35 in 38 GP) – the third tally in a 66-second span by the two clubs. The Jets and Avalanche became the eighth pair of teams in Stanley Cup Playoffs history – and second in as many years (DAL vs. SEA, 6 in Game 1 of 2023 R2) – to combine for at least six goals in the opening period of a series.
 

Kyle Connor (2-1—3) scored two of the six third-period goals as the Jets tallied seven goals in a playoff game for the second time in franchise history (also 7 in Game 3 of 2018 R2). Connor has found the back of the net in four consecutive series-opening contests dating to Game 1 of the 2021 First Round and now sits one shy of the longest such stretch by an active player (Tomas Hertl: 5 GP from 2014 R1 – 2016 SCF).

Cale Makar (1-2—3) also found the score sheet during the frantic first period to collect his 50th career postseason assist and 66th career postseason point as he moved past Sandis Ozolinsh (65) for most points by a defenseman in franchise history. He then factored on two more third-period goals in an Avalanche comeback attempt that fell short to record his eighth career three-point outing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs – tied for the seventh most by a blueliner in NHL history.

QUICK STRIKES GUIDE CANUCKS TO VICTORY AS POSTSEASON RETURNS TO VANCOUVER

On the night the Stanley Cup Playoffs returned to Rogers Arena for the first time since Game 5 of the 2015 First Round, Pius Suter (1-0—1) and Dakota Joshua (2-1—3) scored two Canucks third-period goals in a span of 12 seconds to lift their club to a comeback win in their series opener and help home teams improve to 6-0 this postseason.


* Joshua, a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (No. 128 by TOR), appeared in just his second career postseason contest after first doing so with the Blues during Game 3 of the 2022 First Round (8:36 TOI). He joined Geoff Courtnall (3-1—4 in Game 1 of 1991 DSF), Cliff Ronning (1-2—3 in Game 1 of 1991 DSF) and Brian Bradley (0-3—3 in Game 1 of 1989 DSF) as the fourth player in Canucks history to register at least three points in his playoff debut with the franchise.


* Vancouver established a franchise record for fastest two goals in a playoff game. Two teams scored a faster pair of goals during the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Seattle (0:11 in Game 1 of 2023 R2) and Minnesota (0:11 in Game 2 of 2023 R1).

PANTHERS, RANGERS EARN GAME 1 WINS IN THE EAST
After the Hurricanes and Bruins earned victories Saturday, the other two Eastern Conference First Round series got started Sunday as the Panthers and Rangers skated to Game 1 victories against the Lightning and Capitals, respectively.

* The Panthers are looking to win a series against their state rival, the Lightning, for the first time in three attempts. Florida’s Game 1 victory marked its first playoff win over the Lightning since Game 5 of the 2021 First Round, after Tampa Bay completed a four-game sweep during the 2022 Second Round.

* The Panthers’ top three goal scorers from the 2023-24 regular season accounted for the three goals in Game 1: Sam Reinhart,Carter Verhaeghe and Matthew Tkachuk. Since joining the Panthers to begin 2022-23, Tkachuk (12-14—26 in 21 GP) is tied with Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel (6-20—26 in 22 GP) for the most playoff points among all skaters.



* The Rangers broke a scoreless tie with three goals in a span of 2:06 during the second period with markers from Matt RempeArtemi Panarin and Jimmy Vesey. Rempe became the first Rangers player to score a goal in his first career playoff game since Matt Gilroy in Game 1 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals. Gilroy also did so against the Capitals.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced and has now allowed two goals or fewer in 10 consecutive postseason home starts. In doing so, he became one of six goaltenders in NHL history with a streak of that length and the first since Martin Brodeur (14 GS from Game 3 of 2002 CQF – Game 2 of 2003 SCF). Brodeur’s stretch is the longest in NHL history.

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FINAL TWO WESTERN CONFERENCE SERIES GET STARTED MONDAY

The 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue Monday with a four-game slate, including two Western Conference series that will contest Game 1: Golden Knights-Stars and Kings-Oilers. Additionally, Eastern Conference series will resume in Boston and Carolina, where the home teams are up 1-0 after Game 1 victories Saturday.

* The Stars and Golden Knights will meet in the playoffs for the third time, with the previous two instances contested with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line. Vegas eliminated Dallas in the Western Conference Final in 2023 on the path to the franchise’s first championship, returning the favor after Dallas did the same to them to advance to the Final in 2020.

* The Stars enter as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the first time since 2015-16 and boast a well-rounded offense that included a League-leading eight 20-goal scorers in 2023-24. That group includes 39-year-old Joe Pavelski, who is six tallies from joining the top 10 on the NHL’s all-time playoff goals list.
 

* The Golden Knights start the defense of their 2023 Stanley Cup championship in an unfamiliar spot – this is the first time the franchise has qualified for the postseason as a Wild Card team. Vegas has won at least one playoff series in four of its five previous trips to the postseason, and since entering the NHL in 2017-18, its 11 series wins rank second among all teams behind Tampa Bay (13).
 

* The Oilers and Kings will meet in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight season, with Edmonton winning in 2022 and 2023. Edmonton and Los Angeles are the 13th set of teams in NHL history to square off in the opening round in three or more consecutive playoff years and first since the Oilers clashed with the Stars in three straight from 1999 to 2001.

Connor McDavid has recorded 7-17—24 in 13 career playoff games against the Kings. McDavid’s career 1.85 points per game rate against Los Angeles in the playoffs is the third highest of any player behind Wayne Gretzky (2.46 P/GP; 13 GP) and Bernie Nicholls (2.17 P/GP; 6 GP).

Adrian Kempe has led the Kings in scoring in each of their past two playoff series against the Oilers, tallying six and eight points in the 2022 and 2023 First Round, respectively. He can become the first player since Wayne Gretzky to be the Kings’ outright leader in points in at least three straight series – Gretzky paced the club in each round of the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading them to the Final for the first time.