Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 12/11/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, December 11, 2015

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Nashville Predators 5, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Red Wings 3, Canadiens 2 – Helm’s 2nd goal gives Red Wings 3-2 victory over Canadiens
Darren Helm’s second goal with 6:01 left in the third period broke a tie and lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.  Helm scored 1:12 after Justin Abdelkader pulled Detroit into a 2-all tie, scoring off his right skate on a goal that stood after video review. Petr Mrazek made 21 saves for the Red Wings, whose 12-game point streak matches their longest since 2010. The Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens have lost four straight, their worst skid in a season that started with a 9-0 record and 18 wins in their first 24 games.  Montreal’s Tomas Fleischmann scored a go-ahead goal 4:30 into the third period, but goaltender Dustin Tokarski could not make enough saves to seal the win.

Predators 5, Blackhawks 1 – Preds beat Blackhawks 5-1, Kane extends streak to 24 games
James Neal, Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg each scored in the first period and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 even though Patrick Kane extended his franchise-record points streak to 24 games. Kane scored his 18th goal this season at 5:43 of the third. He’ll have a chance Friday night against Winnipeg back in Chicago to match Sidney Crosby’s 25-game streak, set in 2010-11, for the longest since 1992-93. Neal sealed the victory with his second goal unassisted at 14:55, and Eric Nystrom scored a short-handed empty netter with 1:14 left.

Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Week 14
Last Night
Arizona Cardinals 23, Minnesota Vikings 20

Cardinals 23, Vikings 20 – Cards top Vikes
The Arizona Cardinals have clinched an NFC playoff berth by hitting a late field goal before holding off Minnesota 23-20. Chandler Catanzaro nailed a tiebreaking, 47-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining, but the Vikings got to the Arizona 31 before Dwight Freeney forced Teddy Bridgewater to fumble the ball, allowing Calais Campbell to recover it with five seconds left. Carson Palmer threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns for the 11-2 Cardinals.

Sunday
Detroit at St. Louis, 1:00 p.m.                                WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:00
Washington at Chicago, 1:00 p.m.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Saturday
Delaware State at Michigan, 12:00 p.m.                  WSJM-AM 11:30
Eastern Michigan at (22) Louisville, 2:00 p.m.
Texas Southern at Central Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Marygrove College at Western Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Florida at (1) Michigan State, 6:00 p.m.                  WCSY-FM 5:00

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Eastern Michigan 78, Monmouth 68

Saturday
(3) Notre Dame at TCU, 12:00 p.m.
Detroit at Western Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Illinois, 3:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 83, Los Angeles Clippers 80

Bulls 83, Clippers 80 – Gasol scores 24, Bulls beat Clippers 83-80 to stop skid
Pau Gasol scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers 83-80 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak. The Bulls caught a big break midway through the third quarter when Clippers Al-Star Blake Griffin was ejected for a hard foul against Taj Gibson, and they came away with the win after blowing a 16-point lead. Derrick Rose banked in a floater with 45 seconds left to make it 83-77 before Los Angeles’ Wesley Johnson buried a 3-pointer. The Clippers then rebounded a miss by Chicago’s Jimmy Butler with six seconds left, but Chris Paul’s tying 3-point attempt hit the just before the buzzer. Butler finished with 14 points after pouring in a career-high 36 the previous night against Boston. Rose scored all of his 11 points in the second half, and Gibson finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Tonight
Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Football
Saturday – Division 1
Army vs. (21) Navy, 3:00 p.m.               at Philadelphia

Saturday – Division 2 Semifinals
Grand Valley State (12-2) at Shepherd (12-0), 12:00 p.m.                     at Shepherdstown, WV

NCAA Football – New deal for coach
Football coach Pat Narduzzi has earned a contract extension at Pittsburgh. After leading the Panthers to a record of 8-4 and a second-place finish in the ACC behind North Carolina in the Coastal Division, his contract has been extended through the 2021 season.

MLB – Winter meetings over, sluggers still waiting
The winter baseball meetings ended Thursday in Nashville without any blockbuster signings for hitters. Baseball executives headed home with top free-agent sluggers still on the market. Outfielder Jason Heyward and first baseman Chris Davis figure to strike the largest deals among hitters. Second baseman Daniel Murphy also remains available, just weeks after he was named MVP of the NLCS. The top pitchers already have signed, with David Price getting a $217 million, seven-year contract with Boston and Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) a $206.5 million, six-year deal with Arizona.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at Lake Erie Monsters, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Brampton Beast at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:00 p.m.
Wheeling Nailers at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.

NBADL – NBA Developmental League
Last Night
Grand Rapids Drive 106, Westchester Knicks 100

NCAA Hockey
Tonight
Wisconsin at Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.
Colorado College at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota at Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Ferris State at Northern Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Lake Superior State, 7:07 p.m.
MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Swimming
Portage Central 107, St. Joseph 59
Battle Creek Lakeview 117, Bridgman 81

Boys Basketball
Dowagiac 76, Otsego 44

Girls Basketball
Otsego 58, Dowagiac 10
Vicksburg 44, Paw Paw 31
Brandywine 67, Buchanan 47
Cassopolis 37, New Buffalo 29

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC – 7:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at St. Joseph    Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Benton Harbor at Portage Central
Portage Northern at Niles
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mattawan
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Gull Lake

Wolverine – 7:15 p.m.
Sturgis at South Haven    Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Edwardsburg at Allegan
Three Rivers at Plainwell
Vicksburg at Paw Paw

BCS – 7:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Comstock
Watervliet Grace Chr. at Mich. Lutheran
Countryside at River Valley
Bridgman at Parchment
Centreville at Mendon
Lake Mich. Cath. at Howadsville Chr.
Brandywine at Buchanan
Cassopolis at New Buffalo

SAC – 7:15 p.m.
Coloma at Hartford
Watervliet at Saugatuck
Marcellus at Bloomingdale
Martin at Eau Claire
Bangor at Gobles
Fennville at Kalamazoo Christian
Decatur at Lawrence
Delton-Kellogg at Lawton

Girls Basketball
SMAC – 5:45 p.m.
Lakeshore at St. Joseph    Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Benton Harbor at Portage Central
Portage Northern at Niles
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mattawan
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Gull Lake

Wolverine – 7:15 p.m.
South Haven at Sturgis
Allegan at Edwardsburg
Plainwell at Three Rivers

BCS – 5:45 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Comstock
Watervliet Grace Chr. at Mich. Lutheran
Countryside at River Valley
Bridgman at Parchment
Centreville at Mendon

SAC – 6:00 p.m.
Coloma at Hartford
Watervliet at Saugatuck
Marcellus at Bloomingdale
Martin at Eau Claire
Bangor at Gobles
Fennville at Kalamazoo Christian
Decatur at Lawrence
Delton-Kellogg at Lawton

ISHSHA – High School Hockey
Tonight
Central Indiana at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 7:20 p.m.            (Howard Ice Arena-SJ)

Saturday
Bloomington Blades at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 10:40 a.m.   (Howard Ice Arena-SJ)
Zionsville at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 4:25 p.m.                    (Howard Ice Arena-SJ)

Sunday
Columbus at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 9:20 a.m.                     (Howard Ice Arena-SJ)