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The NHL season drops the puck Wednesday night, with the
defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings hosting
California rivals, the San Jose Sharks. What will surely be a
night for celebration, as the Kings lift their second Stanley
Cup banner to the rafters of the Staples Center, could turn
sour quickly if L.A. follows the path of those Cup winners
During the post-lockout NHL, defending Stanley Cup champs
have fallen flat in their first game of the season, producing
a 2-6 SU record in those openers, with an average of 5.9
goals per game in that stretch. Only the 2013-14 Chicago
Blackhawks and 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins were victorious in
their first defense of the new season. The Kings, who won
their first title back in 2011-12, lost 5-2 to the Blackhawks
in their first game of the 2012-13 campaign.
With a slew of crazy upsets knocking off many of the NCAA
College Football Playoff contenders this past weekend, two
programs are on a collision course for a game that could make
or break national title hopes. The defending national
champion Florida State Seminoles take on No. 5 Notre Dame –
both undefeated – in a massive showdown in two weeks.
But before FSU and the Fighting Irish butt heads, the
Seminoles must travel to Syracuse for an ACC matchup in the
Carrier Dome. Florida State is a terrible bet to start the
season at 1-4 ATS, including a 0-2 ATS record on the road.
This Noles team seems disinterested at times and often
cruises against big pointspreads, much like the 22.5 point
Florida State is giving to the Orangemen. With Notre Dame
waiting in the wings, expect another barely-there performance
from the Seminoles.
The Washington Redskins make a cross-country trip to the
desert to play the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. The Redskins
are on a short week, coming off a physical affair against the
defending Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks and their
bruising defense Monday, and now face another daunting NFC
West stop unit on the road.
Washington has lost both road games this season, splitting
those results ATS, and was just 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS away from
D.C. last season. The Redskins are just 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS in
their last eight clashes with the NFC West and could not only
be suffering from aches pain on a short week but also some
jet lag as well.