How does the NHL Draft lottery work in 2020? Explaining Phase 2 odds, teams & date of draw

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first_imgWhat is Phase 2?If Phase 2 is necessary, it will occur after the eight teams are eliminated and before the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and will only include the eight teams eliminated to determine whichever top-3 seeds needed to be selected.Once the top three seeds are established, the remaining slots will be assigned to the 12 teams that did not win a draw in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the season’s pause.In this phase, all eight teams will have the same 12.5 percent odds. The 2019-20 NHL season going on pause back on March 12 brought the uncertainty of what it would mean for the 2020 NHL Draft and the lottery.While the timing for the NHL Draft is still technically to be determined — as it’ll be after the pushed-back start of Stanley Cup playoffs  — the date and format for the lottery were announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. And the format … it’s a doozy. With unprecedented times comes an unprecedented draft lottery regarding the order of selection of the next generation of NHL talent. “One of the things that went into the decision to create a new lottery system was for the advantage of the seven clubs who aren’t resuming play…that they have the ability to engage with their fan base on something during that long pause between games,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on a call with reporters Tuesday. “We thought the draft lottery was a way to create excitement, create a way for those teams to engage with their fan base, get some certainty early on and not going into kind of a long slumber of creating waves and buzz over the summertime.”NHL DRAFT 2020: SN’s latest mock | Central Scouting’s final rankingsWhat we do know is that the only officially postseason-eliminated team, the Detroit Red Wings still have the best chance of winning the top pick, and that pick is expected to be Alexis Lafreniere.The Rimouski Oceanic and Hockey Canada star has been the consensus No. 1 pick for months, if not years, and should be suiting up in 2020-21. The only question is for whom.There’s a lot to unpack for the lottery, but Sporting News has all of the info to get you primed and ready for where your team could be drafting come the fall.How does the NHL Draft Lottery work in 2020?PhasesThe NHL announced that the lottery could happen in two phases, depending on how Phase 1 goes.In the first phase, there will be three draws involving 15 teams — technically. The seven teams that do not make the Round Robin or Qualifying Round will automatically be entered into the lottery. To fill out the remaining eight teams, because it’ll be done before games are played, they’ll be listed Teams A-H.There will then be three draws, in order, for the first-overall pick, second-overall pick and third-overall pick.So, here’s when it gets a little tricky.If those three picks include any of the Teams A-H, there will be a Phase 2. If none of the top three picks are Teams A-H, there will not be a Phase 2. What happens when all three picks are won by Teams 1-7?So, if things play out properly where three of the seven worst teams garner the top three picks, the remaining four teams in the seven-team group will be slotted 4-7 based on points percentage at the time of the regular-season pause.Then, positions 8-15 will be assigned to the eight teams that do not advance from the Qualifying Round, in inverse order of their points percentage at the time of the regular-season pause.Stanley Cup playoffs: Everything we know about the NHL’s potential resumptionWhat time does the 2020 NHL Draft lottery start?Date: Friday, June 26Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PTTV channel: NBCSN (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)Phase 1 of the NHL Draft lottery drawing will take place at 8 p.m. ET on June 26. NBC Sports will broadcast the drawing live in the United States followed by a half-hour special NHL Live. For viewers in Canada, the drawing can be seen on Sportsnet.2020 NHL Draft lottery oddsTEAMPTS. PCT.ODDS1. Detroit Red Wings.27518.5%2. Ottawa Senators.43713.53. Ottawa Senators (via SJS).43711.54. Los Angeles Kings.4579.55. Anaheim Ducks.4728.5 6. New Jersey Devils.493*7.57. Buffalo Sabres.493*6.58. Team An/a6.09. Team Bn/a5.010. Team Cn/a3.511. Team Dn/a3.012. Team En/a2.513. Team Fn/a2.014. Team Gn/a1.515. Team Hn/a1.0*Buffalo Sabres ranked higher than New Jersey Devils on the basis of higher regulation/OT win percentage (Buffalo, .406 ROW%; New Jersey, .348 ROW%)NHL 2019-20 regular season: Bruins, Pastrnak, Ovechkin, Draisaitl and morelast_img read more


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first_imgSundowns are only the second sub-Saharan African club after TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo to compete in the Club World Cup.They debut at the quarter-final stage next Sunday against Kashima Antlers of Japan or Auckland City of New Zealand in Osaka.Kaizer Chiefs’ poor run continued as they conceded two goals within a minute en route to a 3-1 away defeat by Chippa United in Port Elizabeth.Siphiwe Tshabalala punished a careless Chippa back pass to give Chiefs a 15th-minute lead they retained entering the final quarter at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.But headed goals from Lerato Manzini and Tshwarelo Bereng on 71 and 72 minutes turned the tide and a late goal sealed the fate of the four-time Premiership champions.“We have to take it on the chin and move on,” was the defiant message from Chiefs coach Steve Komphela who dodged plastic bottles flung by disgruntled supporters after the match.Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro scored after 35 seconds and converted a second-half penalty for Orlando Pirates in Soweto, but bottom club Highlands Park levelled twice to force a 2-2 draw.Ndoro has averaged a goal a game in 11 league appearances for the Buccaneers this season and tops the Premiership scorers’ chart.Ajax Cape Town continued a revival under Dutch coach Stanley Menzo by snatching a late 1-0 home win over Golden Arrows thanks to a penalty that Nathan Paulse converted.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Free State Stars 4-1 in the South African Premiership on Saturday, two days before flying to Japan for a maiden FIFA Club World Cup appearance.Percy Tau added to his rapidly growing reputation with two second-half goals as the Pretoria club transformed a 1-1 half-time scoreline into a decisive home victory.Zimbabwean Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly, two of the five 2016 Africa-based African Footballer of the Year finalists, were the other scorers for the CAF Champions League title-holders.Thokozani Sekotlong was on target at Loftus Versfeld stadium for second-from-bottom Free State, who have won just once in 12 league outings this season.Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango’s Sundowns remain eighth, eight points behind leaders Cape Town City, but they have four matches in hand owing to postponements caused by African commitments.The wide winning margin was a relief for coach Pitso Mosimane, who had expressed pre-match concern that his players were being distracted by the Club World Cup.“Our focus today was on beating Free State Stars and that delighted me,” said the first South African coach to win the CAF Champions League.“Tau was unbelievable, he is growing from strength to strength. My main worry about him was a lack of goals and now he has scored three in three matches.”last_img read more


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first_imgMesut Ozil and his bride Amine Gulse stood next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan during the wedding ceremony in Istanbul.Istanbul, Turkey | AFP |  Former German international football Mesut Ozil was married in Istanbul on Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his best man.The 30-year-old Ozil, who has Turkish family roots, sparked controversy last year when he was photographed with Erdogan, raising questions about the footballer’s loyalty to Germany on the eve of their disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign.The Turkish leader arrived in the early evening for Friday’s ceremony at a luxury hotel on the banks of the Bosphorus to see the former Arsenal midfielder marry his fiancee, former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse.A smiling Erdogan and his wife Emine were seen standing next to the young couple as their marriage was formalised.After 92 appearances for Germany, including a key role in the 2014 World Cup victory, Ozil suddenly quit the national squad last July, accusing German football officials of racism.Ozil announced in March that he had asked Erdogan to be his best man.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff was part of a chorus of criticism of the invitation.Helge Braun, a CDU told the Bild newspaper then that it “makes one sad” that Ozil would make a such a move despite having already been sharply criticised by the German public over his first meeting with Erdogan. Ozil has dated Gulse since 2017 and the couple announced their engagement in June 2018.The footballer, a third-generation German, whipped up a political storm when he was pictured alongside Erdogan last May.Criticism intensified after the red-faced defending champions crashed out of the first round of the World Cup in Russia.In the wake of the World Cup fiasco, Ozil announced his resignation from the national squad, saying: “I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose”.Erdogan often attends marriages in Turkey of celebrities, whom he particularly seeks out during election campaigns.His presence at Ozil’s marriage comes ahead of a mayoral election in Istanbul on June 23, required after the original voting in March was annulled following a narrow victory for the main opposition Republican People’s Party.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


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first_imgHere are four organisms with surprising mental powers.BumblebeesA video clip at the start of a Washington Post article shows bumblebees trained to pull on a string to get a treat. Other bees, watching one do it, appear able to learn the secret. The one-minute video, often shared on Facebook, is well worth watching. Ben Guarino writes with astonishment:The bumblebee brain is puny, at least compared with the massive and fatty organ locked in your skull. At about 0.0002 percent the volume of yours, bee brains are close in size to the seeds stuck on a hamburger bun. Thinking about insect brains in terms of size alone, however, is a trap. The intelligence of sesame-brained bugs should not be underestimated.A study reported in the journal PLOS Biology on Tuesday [10/04/16], for instance, takes bee smarts in a surprising direction: Scientists from the Queen Mary University of London suggest that the “insects possess the essential cognitive elements for cultural transmission,” as they wrote in their new paper. It is possible to teach a single bee a new trick, in other words, and a different bee can learn that behavior from her peer.BatsYou’ve probably seen a swarm of bats blackening the sky at dusk as they emerge from a cave. Flying so close to one another, how do they avoid utter confusion as they utter clicks for echolocation? The interference would seem hopelessly confusing to them. An article from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology looked into this “question [that] has mystified scientists since the discovery of echolocation.” One thing the bats know to do is reduce their call volume in such conditions, a behavior called mutual suppression. Clever experiments at Texas A&M showed how bats demonstrated their smarts in an acoustic room rigged with “robobats” and a clutter of strings equipped with sensors. The researchers found that the collision-avoidance strategy is apparently hard-wired into the bats’ brains, since each individual behaved the same way.The press release concludes on a biomimetics note, with gratitude:Interestingly, Adams’s findings could be useful for improving wireless telecommunication networks. In a wireless network, information is sent from multiple computers simultaneously without much interference. Adams says, “You stop and listen for a second and go again. It’s the same thing we’re seeing with the bats.” The team’s future research will determine how bats handle interference from multiple individuals, which may shed light on how to develop better wireless networks.We have a lot of reasons to be thankful for bats. Who knows? We may soon be thanking bats for more efficient wireless communication.ChickensBecause the face of a clucking hen does not exactly induce thoughts of genius, this headline from science publisher Springer is bound to turn heads: “Think chicken – think intelligent, caring and complex.” Maybe you are assuming that if you eat the chicken, it will help you in those ways. Thou assumest wrongly. According to an expert in “chicken psychology,” chickens have a lot in common with us.Chickens are not as clueless or “bird-brained” as people believe them to be. They have distinct personalities and can outmaneuver one another. They know their place in the pecking order, and can reason by deduction, which is an ability that humans develop by the age of seven. Chicken intelligence is therefore unnecessarily underestimated and overshadowed by other avian groups. So says Lori Marino, senior scientist for The Someone Project, a joint venture of Farm Sanctuary and the  Kimmela Center in the USA, who reviewed the latest research about the psychology, behavior and emotions of the world’s most abundant domestic animal. Her review is published in Springer’s journal Animal Cognition.“They are perceived as lacking most of the psychological characteristics we recognize in other intelligent animals and are typically thought of as possessing a low level of intelligence compared with other animals,” Marino says. “The very idea of chicken psychology is strange to most people.”OK, Dr. Marino, prove it. She shows how chickens have a sense of numbers, even as newly hatched chicks. They can perform simple arithmetic, experiments have shown. They can remember the trajectory of a ball for up to three minutes. They “possess self-control when it comes to holding out for a better food reward,” the list continues. The article rubs it in:Chicken communication is also quite complex, and consists of a large repertoire of different visual displays and at least 24 distinct vocalizations. The birds possess the complex ability of referential communication, which involves signals such as calls, displays and whistles to convey information. They may use this to sound the alarm when there is danger, for instance. This ability requires some level of self-awareness and being able to take the perspective of another animal, and is also possessed by highly intelligent and social species, including primates.Chickens perceive time intervals and can anticipate future events. Like many other animals, they demonstrate their cognitive complexity when placed in social situations requiring them to solve problems.In addition, they display complex emotions. If you’ve ever watched a mother hen protecting her chicks, you know how aggressive she can be. “They make decisions based on what is best for them,” the article says, even stooping to deception or learning one another’s secrets (just like the bumblebees described above). Convinced? Reflecting on all this makes it hard to want to eat them. At least pay that bird a little more respect when you chew the chicken fat.Slime MoldsWe end with one of the most surprising examples of braininess: intelligence without a brain. Stephanie Pappas writes about slime mold intelligence for Live Science, claiming, “This Brainless Blob Learns — and Teaches, Too.” It may be difficult doing a mind meld with a slime mold without getting sticky, but scientists are impressed with what these colonial fungi can do.You don’t need a brain to learn and teach. New research finds that slime molds, goopy and rather uncharismatic organisms that lack a nervous system, can adapt to a repulsive stimulus and then pass on that adaptation by fusing with one another.Whether this shows that “learning may predate the evolution of the nervous system” seems debatable, but everyone can agree that “slime molds are truly bizarre,” almost alien.Previous studies of slime mold have found that they have a primitive form of memory based on information stored in their trails of goo. Despite being entirely brainless, slime molds can find the fastest route through a maze or between points.Related to amoebas, slime molds can become habituated to a favorable route, and can even cross unfavorable regions to reach their food. They can learn harmful substances from harmless ones, then pass on that information by fusing with other individuals. Fusing together, some slime molds can form a super-organism hundreds of square centimeters in area, sharing thousands of nuclei, only to later disperse and go their separate ways, all the better for information they shared.Pay someone a compliment today. Tell them they have the brains of a slime mold, a bat, an insect or a chicken. If they don’t smile and say “Thank you,” you may need to explain before they cry or hit you.Seriously, Stephanie, how could learning predate the evolution of the nervous system? That’s ridiculous. 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first_imgGulshan Devaiah aka Gullu is the undisputed ‘style guru’ for all his friends. After all, he’s a NIFT graduate. But having turned his back on fashion for acting, which he considers his first love, this 31-year-old has already made a convincing debut in Bollywood as Ricky, the drug peddler in,Gulshan Devaiah aka Gullu is the undisputed ‘style guru’ for all his friends. After all, he’s a NIFT graduate. But having turned his back on fashion for acting, which he considers his first love, this 31-year-old has already made a convincing debut in Bollywood as Ricky, the drug peddler in the film Dum Maro Dum. For Devaiah, June is the month to watch out for. His next movie Shaitan is slated for release during the month. The budding actor will also be performing in his favourite play Butter and Mashed Banana, both in Bangalore and Mumbai.Personal style: He might have sported a tattoo and worn colourful clothes on screen, but in real life he’s all for subtle sophistication. “I saw some lovely fabric recently and decided to make some summer pants for myself,” he says of his most recent tryst with fashion.Mumbai vs. Bangalore: I miss Mom and Dad and India Coffee House from Bangalore but otherwise I love it here in Mumbai, except during IPL matches when I’m ready to run off to Bangalore.Filmi effect: On how Bollywood influences his dressing style, he says, “Nothing really, I’ve lost a bit of weight, thanks to long hours of shoot followed by absolute joblessness, so things fit me well now.” He always takes time to dress and frantically changes his mind at the nth hour. “Almost as fussy as most women,” he laughs.-Nirmala RavindranOn the spotYash Raj Film’s new youth films studio, Y-Films, launched with a bang in a young and fun event, in line with the audience it catered to. Themed on an 18-year-old’s house party, the event unveiled its aggressive line up of three releases for 2011. Keeping with its vision of being a platform for new talent, Y-Films also showcased the fresh crop of directors and stars of upcoming movies.Subhash Ghai’s company, Whistling Woods International (WWI), is reported to be going global. It has joined hands with the New York University and New York Film Academy for the New York Indian Film Festival. Selected students of WWI will get an opportunity to have their short films screened at the esteemed festival every year to reach a wide audience in the United States.IPL party season seems to be in full swing. Chennai Super Kings’ captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team recently celebrated their victory over Pune Warriors at ITC Grand Central. Also accompanying the players was Mrs Saakshi Dhoni standing right next to her dear hubby throughout the evening.-Prachi Regeadvertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Navy needs to make a clear case to the public for a fleet of 355 ships, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, told reporters Wednesday at the Sea-Air-Space expo. “This wasn’t just a number just a number that was pulled out of the air, this was an objectively reached number, and we think that ought to be the central part of the discussion,” Wittman said, reported Defense News. His comments came in response to ones made earlier this week by Navy officials that did not embrace the goal of achieving a 355-ship fleet.The Navy completed a force structure assessment in December 2016 that determined the service would need 355 ships to meet combatant commander demand, but a subsequent Center for Strategic and International Studies report found the Navy would be unlikely to afford to operate a fleet of that size. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more