Sean Allen breaks down fantasy hockey matchup data heading into the week of Jan. 1-7 and reviews players who are impacted by new line combinations in 2018.


The Texans will not face disciplinary action from the NFL for the team’s handling of quarterback Tom Savage’s concussion sustained in Week 14 against the 49ers.

A joint statement released Friday by the NFL and NFL Players Association said further review of the play found that the medical staff followed the protocol but the outcome was unacceptable and therefore further improvements in the protocol are necessary.

I’ve been blessed to play with one of the best guys, football players, a friend for a long time. We played in a lot of games together, the biggest games. He made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history. It’s truly been an honor to call him a friend and a teammate. I’ll miss him. I only had to go against him a few times when he was in Cincinnati. It won’t be the same in here without him, especially since he was the oldest and now I’m the oldest. I count my blessings for all the time I got to share with him.

The Steelers and Patriots each secured a bye through to the divisional round, though New England can clinch homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Jets in its regular season finale Sunday.

After posting a penalty-kill save percentage of .873 with the Calgary Flames last season and .906 with the St. Louis Blues the season prior, Elliott sits at .831 with the Flyers this season. While we could take a similar approach as we did with Talbot and guess that Elliott is due for an improvement, there’s an interesting underlying tidbit here. Among goaltenders with at least 30 starts during the past two seasons, Steve Mason’s .837 penalty-kill save percentage was the worst in the league. The players and coaching in front of Elliott remain very similar to those who were in front of Mason for both of those seasons. While luck plays a big role in how penalty-kill save percentage seems to work, it doesn’t account for all of the results. It certainly looks like the Flyers’ goaltender might be at a disadvantage when it comes to a bounce-back in the save percentage department.

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When the guards are playing well and making shots, it makes it easy on me and DeMarcus down low.


Memphis, which trailed early, carried a 54-52 lead into halftime and extended the advantage to 79-70 entering the fourth. The Pelicans only got the deficit to single digits once in the fourth.

We got real stagnant, and we started forcing the issue, Cousins said. We didn’t make the defense work. We started to settle for the initial drive. They are very fixable issues.

The Pelicans relied on 33 points and 18 rebounds from Anthony Davis, while DeMarcus Cousins finished with 28 points and 10 boards. But the frontcourt pair got little help as the Pelicans shot 38 percent. Starting guards Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore were a combined 7 of 22 from the field, including missing all five of their shots outside the arc.

His replacement, third-year pro Brett Hundley, believes he can continue what the two-time NFL MVP started. His first start comes Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Packers enter that game in a first-place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North at 4-2, and Hundley intends to keep them there.

I’ve been doing this my whole life, Hundley said. Aaron’s a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day. I will lead this team. We’re all going to have fun, we’re all going to go out there and play football. It’s still football at the end of the day, and our goals are still in front of us.

Hundley spoke in front of his locker — one stall down from where Rodgers usually holds court with the media on Wednesdays — and admitted it was a different feeling for him. Rodgers was nowhere to be seen by the media, but Hundley said his mentor has been helping him even while trying to figure out when he’ll undergo surgery to repair the broken right collarbone he suffered in Sunday’s loss at Minnesota.

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