April 20, 2023

Round 1 Headlines: Bunting Suspension, Draisaitl Dominance, & Teravainen Injury

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In-between covering games for ESPN, Ray provides a glimpse into ‘glamorous’ life on-the-road, and gets chirped by Dregs for his hotel room backdrop. The guys delve into all the latest storylines from the first-round of Stanley Cup playoff action, answer your questions, and even mix in a little golf-talk on the latest instalment of Ray & Dregs!

Headlines kicks off with the 3-game suspension for Michael Bunting’s hit on Erik Cernak, the difference in playoff and regular season suspensions, and why Ray thinks the time fits the crime for the Leafs forward. Ray talks Leafs lineup changes, and why Sheldon Keefe should split up Ryan O’Reilly and John Tavares. 

A heated battle between the Bruins and Panthers has the guys asking if the Bruins are fatigued after a record-setting season, and the need for a Patrice Bergeron debut after missing Games 1 & 2. Leon Draisaitl’s hot-start for the Oilers is making up for Connor McDavid’s lack of offensive output; Ray lauds the German star’s underrated speed and confidence.

Marc-Andre Fleury took full accountability after he was unable to follow-up the stellar performance of Filip Gustavsson in the Minnesota Wild crease. Ray gives his opinion on Fleury’s start and why the decision makes sense, despite the Wild’s loss to the Stars. Rod Brind-Amour’s fiery presser and the Carolina Hurricanes losing Teuvo Teravainen to a broken hand, has Ray addressing the lack of protection on player gloves, and the need for management to force equipment changes.

The guys round-out a segment with a look at the Golden Knights/Jets series, the Jets ‘finding it’ at the right time, and what it will take for the Golden Knights to bounce-back in Game 2.

Betano’s Kris Abbott continues to see dividends in his ‘bet against the Leafs’ strategy, but explains why he’s considering hedging his bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Should he take the guaranteed win? Or, go for the home-run bet?? Kris discusses the odds shifting, and potential savvy betting opportunities with the Panthers, or Golden Knights to win their respective series. 

The guys answer your questions in Ask Ray & Dregs Anything! Given Ray’s ‘hot-mic’ clip circulating on social media; a perfectly timed question on the chirps between-the-benches, the best leaders from each of the guys’ careers, and Ray’s go-to breakaway/shootout move. Plus, a 9-year-old listener asks a hilarious question that brings up a story on broken dry-wall in Ray’s NHL dressing room. 


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