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From the other bench: 'Yotes look to clinch

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From the other bench: 'Yotes look to clinch

In their 15 years of existence, the Coyotes have yet to win a playoff series. Leading the series 3-2 the Coyotes are hopeful that they can get that elusive playoff series win; while the Blackhawks are looking to extend their season with a victory on home-ice behind an invigorated United Center crowd.

Shane Doan, the only Coyote who made the move from Winnipeg to Phoenix, knows that closing out a series is never an easy feat to accomplish.

I know better than anyone its the hardest to win, Doan said in reference to the series-clinching fourth win in a conversation with NHL.coms Jerry Brown. Because Ive never done it.

When asked if there was cause for concern that the Coyotes failed to clinch at home, Doan expressed confidence while also complimenting the Blackhawks.

You want to find ways to win at home for your fans, but they played incredibly and we didnt play as well as we needed to, said Doan. But were pretty comfortable playing on the road and we did just beat them twice in their building.

With Andrew Shaw returning to the line-up tonight, look for the Blackhawks to antagonize goalie Mike Smith early and often. Speaking with the media today, Shaw told Blackhawks Insider Tracey Meyers that he will provide gritty play that was greatly missed during his three-game suspension.

It sounds like Jay Cutler is bored in retirement

It sounds like Jay Cutler is bored in retirement

After a week off the air, “Very Cavallari” was back with a new episode, which meant more Jay Cutler in retirement.

This week we were treated to Cutler being as sarcastic as ever and sulking about having nothing to do. Cutler’s first scene involved him and his wife, Kristin Cavallari, talking about their relationship and spending time with each other. Cavallari is going to do another pop-up shop for her fashion store, which means more travel. Jay, your thoughts?

“Oh, great,” Cutler said with his trademark sarcasm.

Later in the conversation we get a bleak look into Jay Cutler post-football.

“I just hang out and clean up,” Cutler said.

Sounds like he may want to hit up the announcing gig he had lined up before coming out of retirement and heading to the Dolphins for the 2017 season.

Next, we got Cutler shopping for birthday presents for their 3-year-old daughter. If nothing else, this was amusing to see Cutler shopping for gifts for little girls.

Watch the video above to see all of the best of Cutty, which also features him designing jewelry for some reason.

Cubs Talk Podcast: David Bote’s wild ride and a huge test for Cubs pitchers

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Cubs Talk Podcast: David Bote’s wild ride and a huge test for Cubs pitchers

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ series win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, which capped off with yet another David Bote walk-off and a surprising performance from Tyler Chatwood. They also break down where this Cubs team is at as they get set to welcome the high-powered Dodgers offense into Chicago later in the week.

:30 – The Kelly Effect

1:00 – David Bote’s wild ride

2:00 – El Mago’s magic pays off for Cubs yet again

3:30 – Bote’s adjustments

6:40 – Chatwood’s big day

8:50 – What’s next for Chatwood?

10:10 – Lester’s return is right around the corner

11:30 – Cubs pitching firing on all cylinders

12:00 – Did Kap jinx Strop?

13:30 – Dodgers pose a big challenge for Cubs pitching staff

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: