Feb. 21, 2023

Deadline Buyers or Sellers, Makar/Barzal Injuries, O’Reilly Trade, & More

Whether it's the Penguins and Islanders (literally) fighting for playoff position, or the Maple Leafs making a blockbuster trade; things are getting HEATED in the NHL. Ray gave his impressions from broadcasting the Stadium Series in Carolina over the weekend, the ‘college tailgate’ atmosphere, and a tidbit from Don Waddell on Hurricanes trade targets.

In Headlines, the guys discuss potential landing spots for Patrick Kane, and if the Rangers could still acquire the star forward. Cale Makar is back in concussion protocol and his absence from the game prompts a discussion on stricter penalties for head contact. Matt Barzal is expected to miss significant time just as the Islanders need him most, Islanders playoff chances are examined in a tight Eastern Conference race. 

Who are the buyers and who are the sellers? The guys discuss the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals, teams with expiring player contracts but still in the hunt for the playoffs. Ray tells us why he approves of the Maple Leafs blockbuster trade for Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari, and who else he thinks the Leafs should target. Plus, Brad Marchand’s ‘ice-cold’ All-Star game comments.

Kris Abbott looks at a BUSY Tuesday night in the NHL, and why Betano’s powerplay goals prop bet might be worth the wager. He discusses the change in odds for the Leafs after making the O’Reilly deal, and bettors trying to beat sportsbooks to the punch as trades potentially change the odds for a team’s success.

In Ask Ray & Dregs, the guys answer your questions! This week’s questions include dream sporting events, and who makes the guest list, A switch in home & away jerseys; what Ray thinks is a happy medium, and the Lawson Crouse to the Buffalo Sabres rumours. Plus, Sara Civian chimes in with a question on who’s the better brawler between Ray & Dregs.

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