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Emery looks to improve already stellar home record

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Emery looks to improve already stellar home record

Ray Emery doesnt have an explanation for his record at home. It is, as the old saying goes, what it is. And right now, the Blackhawks goaltenders home record is very, very good.

Emery is 10-0-2 at the United Center this season, and hell look to better that mark tonight when they faces the St. Louis Blues. For a goalie whos preseason numbers were not very good, Emery has been stellar this regular season. Hes lowered his season goals-against average to 2.66 and in his home games this season that number is a slick 1.70.

Considering his current play, Emerys arguably been the teams most-valuable player recently. But if theres some explanation to his home prowess, Emery doesnt know what it is. And hes not going to dwell on the numbers, either.

Each nights a new night, Emery said. And as soon as you start looking at that stuff, thats when you slip up.

Whatever the reason, the Blackhawks are grateful. For a team thats had its ups and downs the last month or so, Emerys been a relative constant. He deserved a better fate on Sunday, too, when he stopped five straight shootout attempts by the Los Angeles Kings.

Hes been consistent for us, coach Joel Quenneville said. Its unfortunate he stops five in a row in a shootout and we couldnt get him a win, but hes doing what he can. Hes big, hes square, he anticipates well and he has some confidence.

Emery has been what the Blackhawks have needed him to be this season, especially at home. Nobody knows why the home numbers are what they are. They just like the results.

Im a part of the team and its definitely a boost to play at home, but I dont know if you can read too much into it, he said. Each nights a different night. You just have to stay sharp and not get ahead of yourself.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

Mark Schanowski is joined by Will Perdue and Mark Strotman to preview the NBA draft.

0:50       Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and expectations for the Lakers

3:20       What’s next for the Lakers?

4:15       Is the ‘3-star’ approach the right way to win a title?

6:55       Were Bulls even close to trading Zach LaVine? Would a trade for Ball have been a positive?

10:45    On the best type of point guard to pair with LaVine and rumors on Darius Garland

14:08    Would Coby White be a good fit for the Bulls?

16:55    On the potential wings available at 7

18:50    Perdue on Reddish upside

19:35    Concern over the ‘low-motor’ red flag with Reddish, are Bulls able to take a risk?

22:30    On finding a point guard in free agency

24:10    Predictions for Bulls at 7

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Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

In the second and final update before the first round of voting closes, the Cubs are still all over All-Star Game voting.

It’s basically status quo in the update. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez are still blowing away the field at their positions, with more than twice as many votes as the closest player.

Kris Bryant remains solidly in second at third base. Anthony Rizzo fell to third behind Freddie Freeman of the Braves, but he is still comfortably ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers for the top three spot that will advance him to MLB’s new Starters Election.

All three Cubs outfielders are set to advance as well. Albert Almora Jr. moved up from fifth to fourth and Jason Heyward moved up from seventh to fifth. Interestingly, Bryce Harper is the odd man out, for now, sitting 10th among NL outfielders.

That gives the Cubs seven players set to advance to the Starters Election. Voting for this round closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT. The Starters Election features the top three at each individual position and top nine among outfielders.

 

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