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NFL Capsule: Lions at Packers

NFL Capsule: Lions at Packers

DETROIT (4-8) At GREEN BAY (8-4)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE - Packers by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 5-7; Green Bay 6-6

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 92-65-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 22; Packers No. 7

LAST MEETING - Packers beat Lions 45-41, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK - Lions lost to Indianapolis 35-33; Packers beat Vikings 23-14

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (21), PASS (1)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (19), PASS (18)

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (20), PASS (11)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (15), PASS (17)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Green Bay has won 21 straight against the Lions in Wisconsin, streak that dates back to Dec. 6, 1992, win at County Stadium in Milwaukee. ... The 20 straight regular-season wins (Packers won another in playoffs) is longest in NFL history. Washington has won 18 straight against Lions, and Pittsburgh has 16-game winning streak against Cleveland. ... Lions have lost four straight, last three by combined nine points. ... Teams meeting for second time in three weeks. ... With 1,428 yards receiving, Lions WR Calvin Johnson needs to average 105 yards over last four games to match Jerry Rice's single-season NFL receiving record of 1,848 yards. Johnson averaging 119 yards per game. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford leads NFL in attempts (534) and yards passing (3,742) and second in completions (323), but ranks 21st in completion percentage (60.5). ... Lions RB Mikel Leshoure has seven rushing touchdowns, half of Detroit's total on ground. ... Lions on pace to average over 400 yards per game for first time in team history. ... Packers have won 10 straight against NFC North opponents, longest divisional winning streak in NFL. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been sacked NFL-high 39 times, including three by Lions in Nov. 18 meeting at Ford Field. Lions DT Nick Fairley sacked Rodgers twice. ... Packers have three rushing touchdowns this season. ... Since opening season 2-3, Green Bay has won six of last seven. ... Green Bay has won 24 of last 26 regular-season games at home. ... Green Bay has won six of last eight Sunday night games and its overall record of 19-6 is best in NFL.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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