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Camper has 'awesome' first taste of NHL experience

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Camper has 'awesome' first taste of NHL experience

ST. LOUIS, MO Carter Camper made it through his first NHL practice at the Scottrade Center on Tuesday afternoon a lengthy 70 plus minute affair and it was tough to tell if it ever actually sank in for the rookie.

The 23-year-old Camper was called up on Monday and skated with Jordan Caron, Josh Hennessy and Benoit Pouliot at practice, and could get pulled right into the lineup following a hat trick Sunday for the Providence Bruins. Camper was leading the P-Bruins in points and assists at the time of his recall, and was on Cloud Nine for the duration of the practice session.

"It was awesome," said Camper following the practice. "I felt good out there. To be out there was a bit of a whirlwind, but just seeing some of these guys out there on the same line is humbling.

"I played with Caron for a little bit down in Providence and Hennessy has been a great guy for me to look up to as well. So theres a little bit of familiarity. Its a little easier coming up here and seeing guys youve been rolling with for the better part of the year. Down in Providence, Coach Cassidy tries to have the same game plan as they do up here so theyre grooming players for the big time.

The scouting report on Camper: good offensive instincts and strong with the puck on his stick in high traffic area, but hes not the fastest skater or a player that will blow the casual observer away with his skills. But hes produced at every level hes reached, and now gets a chance to do that at the NHL level with the Bs in need of some energetic playmaking.

Its not exactly easing into the NHL action when Camper is dropped into a situation where the Bruins are riding a two-game losing streak smack dab in the middle of a February malaise. But thats the situation Camper, Hennessy, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Jordan Caron find themselves in with the Bruins needing some kind of spark until they get some healthytraded bodies to lend a hand.

"The four guys that are coming up are coming into a team right now that is struggling a bit and is frustrated, and certainly not the best situation," said Claude Julien. "Its always easier to come in when a team is rolling and going well and you just kind of slide in there.

"But when youre not, you kind of expect a little bit more out of those guys. Those guys want to do a little bit more so its not always easy."

Theres also the chance Camper is being mentioned in trade talks with other NHL teams as one of the few assets at the AHL level that other GMs might just be interested in, so perhaps a few games before the deadline will serve as an audition of sorts for the former Hobey Baker Finalist.

Beyond all the back-stories and trade hysteria entering the final week before the deadline, it will be about the team getting the win Wednesday against the Blues and a rookie potentially getting his first taste of the Show".

Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

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Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

LANDOVER, Md. - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time. Click here to read more. 


 

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

That Celtics win streak was dope. Let’s map out an even longer one that probably won’t happen. 

Nobody’s actually expecting them to keep the pace they’ve established with their recently concluded run. Still, with 63 games remaining, there’s still time for the Celtics to have up to three win streaks of even longer than 16 games. So, because it’s the holidays and the holidays are all about positivity (fun move you’ve probably picked up from movies: You can say “the holidays are all about _____” and just put in whatever you want and it will work), let’s map out the next win streak. 

MORE CELTICS:

A big part of the Celtics’ 16-gamer (and get ready to say “duh”) is that they were better than a lot of the teams they beat. But they also beat one team that was without question better than them and beat a few teams that could certainly beat them on any given night. 

Here’s a rough breakdown of the 16 games: 

- Even if they didn’t go as smoothly as anticipated, nine games were against what could be classified as easy prey based on their rosters and how those teams were playing: The 76ers, the Knicks, the Kings, the Hawks twice, the Lakers, the Hornets, the Nets and the Mavericks. 

- Let’s say that the Heat (whom they played and beat during the streak before Miami snapped the streak Wednesday) and Magic weren’t perceived pushovers, but rather unremarkable opponents. 

- Four games were against what one could call worthy opponents for the Celtics: the Bucks, the Spurs (though they were missing Kawhi Leonard), the Thunder and the Raptors. 

- Nobody was ever pretending the Celtics were actually better than the Warriors. 

So that breaks the 16 games into one game against an unequivocally superior opponent, four against worthy opponents, two against unremarkable teams, and nine joke books. 

Of course, there are several variables that can be thrown into that, such as the fact that the C’s beat one of the aforementioned good teams (Toronto) without Kyrie Irving and nearly lost to two of those trash teams (Charlotte and Dallas). You can’t predict injuries just like you shouldn’t predict win streaks, but let’s take all the information we have and try to find the next one:

STARTING FRIDAY

Friday vs. Magic (trash; probable win)

Saturday at Pacers (unremarkable; potential loss)

A back-to-back after a holiday with the second game on the road against a team that’s been way better than expected? I don’t like the sound of it. 

Nov. 27 vs. Pistons (worthy opponent; potential loss)

Are they overrated? Maybe, but Pistons currently hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s the Pacers or the Pistons, I think this short stretch prevents a speed bump. The streak might have to wait. 

STARTING NOV. 30

Nov. 30 against Sixers (upgraded to unremarkable based on recent play; still win)

Remember: The last streak started against the Sixers. Hopefully, Kyrie pays that fans’ way to Boston for a halftime reunion. 

Dec. 2 vs. Suns (trash; win)

Dec. 4 vs. Bucks (worthy opponent; win)

Celtics aren’t losing to those sons of guns twice at home. 

Dec. 6 vs. Dallas (trash; win)

Can you get revenge on a team for almost beating you? Yes. The Celtics will. 

Dec. 8 at Spurs (worthy opponent; win)

Until I see Kawhi on the court, this one is a win. 

Dec. 10 at Detroit (worthy opponent; win)

The Pistons play the Spurs, Bucks and Warriors the three previous games. They’ll be all tuckered out. 

Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 (mix of unremarkable and trash opponents; seven wins)

Dec. 25 vs. Wizards (worthy opponent; win)

Terry Rozier becomes a household name with a Christmas performance for the ages. 

Dec. 27 at Charlotte (trash; win) 

Dec. 28 vs. Houston (worthy opponent; win) 

Dec. 31 vs. Brooklyn (trash; loss)

The Celtics are 0-1 the days prior to holidays this season. The streak ends at 18. 

THE REST OF THE SEASON

We'll assess it then, but for now, let's say undefeated (including playoffs).