Carolina Hurricanes New York Rangers Tony DeAngelo Jesper Fast


Friday night, the previously 26-8-2 Carolina Hurricanes faced the 26-10-4 New York Rangers in a high-level matchup between the top two teams in the Metropolitan. The Canes were able to head out on top in a 6-3 win, with the help of quite a few former Rangers.

Aho’s landmark night

Friday night was full of big moments for Sebastian Aho, as he reached his 400th career game and notched his 200th career assist. Since he was drafted 35th overall by Carolina back in 2015, his time with the Canes has been monumental. He’s amassed 162 goals and 200 assists for a total of 362 points, and he’s given this current Canes squad the starpower and playmaking they need to (hopefully) make it far.

“Time flies, I guess,” Aho said. “It’s already my sixth year here and it feels like I just got here.”

With a few minutes remaining in the first period, Aho tallied his 199th assist on Seth Jarvis’s wrist shot that put the Canes up 2-0, and with just five remaining in the second period, he scored his 17th goal of the season with a gritty rebound shot that gave the Canes a three-goal lead.

Finally, he was able to grab his 200th career assist on Tony DeAngelo’s power-play goal. It was a well-deserved night for Aho.

“His evolution right now, as a player, has been great,” Rod Brind’Amour said.

Just last week, it was announced that Aho made the 2022 All-Star Game, his second appearance of the kind. He’s claimed the top-line center spot in the lineup and won’t be a free agent until 2024, so here’s to looking forward to more of Sebastian Aho in the future of Carolina.

Former Rangers shine

A number of Carolina’s current players have spent some time with the New York Rangers, but Tony DeAngelo’s first appearance against his former team was definitely notable.

And his performance was no different than what Canes fans have learned to expect. Just over 13 minutes into the first period, DeAngelo notched his 12th power play assist of the year on a tip-in from Trocheck.

Then, early in the second period, another former Ranger extended the lead to 3-0, and it was Jesper Fast with his ninth of the year (and first against his former team), with a helper from DeAngelo.

To finish it off, DeAngelo was able to score the last goal of the game and end it with a three-point night.

“He’s a great player for us,” Aho said.

The former Rangers were scoring, and it was for their new squad instead of the red, white and blue.

The kid scores again

Seth Jarvis has been making waves ever since he entered the league earlier this season, and Friday was no exception. Jarvis scored his eighth goal of the year to extend the Canes lead late in the first period.

In just 27 games, the rookie now has 17 points and has been consistently promoted by Brind’Amour, now logging solid minutes on the top forward lines.

Svechnikov is everywhere

We’ve always known how impressive Andrei Svechnikov’s playmaking is— it’s absolutely no surprise. This game was just a reminder of that fact, as Svechnikov was able to set up two key goals last night.

First, he tallied the secondary assist on Trocheck’s first goal, but more impressively, his playmaking abilities were put on full display when he set up the Nino Niederreiter goal that gave the Canes a 5-1 lead. He faked the Michigan move and was able to deke out the Rangers defense and hand it over to Niederreiter to finish it off, getting his 100th assist along the way.

“His ability to pass the puck is elite,” Brind’Amour said.

The Canes offensive abilities have been clearly demonstrated lately, especially following the 7-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, and Svechnikov seems to always be a part of setting up these victories.

Penalty kill struggles, power play thrives

Carolina’s penalty kill went 1 for 3 Friday night, which is somewhat of an anomaly for this team. Throughout the season, special teams have never seemed to be too much of a struggle, but last night, they were what allowed the Rangers to fight their way back into the game with a goal on the man-advantage during the third period. This gave the Rangers the offensive momentum that led them to score another quick goal, cutting the Canes lead to just two goals at 5-3.

Luckily, play with the man-advantage went 2 for 2 Friday night, which was able to propel the Canes to this impressive win. Their power play is now 30 for 112 (26.8%) and their penalty kill is now 119 for 134 (88.8%).

What’s next?

The Canes have now won three straight and are looking to continue their streak as they travel to New Jersey tomorrow to face the Devils (14-19-5) at 7pm ET at the Prudential Center.



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The Jet bus offers an alternative to Amtrak for trips from D.C. to New York


For now, during the initial launch, The Jet only offers direct service between New York City’s Hudson Yards development and Washington D.C.’s Metro Center. Over the next couple of years, the company plans to expand with pickup and drop-off points in Arlington, Va., Tysons, Va., Hoboken, N.J., and Brooklyn.



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New Yorkers Urged To Wrap Up Holiday Weekend Travel Before Sunday Evening Storm – CBS New York




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Testing French bee’s cheap flights from New York to Paris


Although buying a Premium ticket bumps the price closer to competing rates, there are few options that can compete with French Bee’s Basic and Smart ticket prices. Premium, while higher in cost, adds in comfort that you would give up in an economy class while staying within the price range of other airlines’ economy tickets. Regardless of where you sit, there are few frills on French Bee, but it is a direct, clean and price-conscious way to make it to Paris. The three flight rotations per week can, in theory, be limiting for planning purposes, but if you don’t anticipate needing to change the dates of your flight while on your trip, the times aren’t too confining.



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Winter Storm Izzy: States Declare Emergencies; Travel Advisories Issued for Major Airports from Iowa to New York | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel


  • A portion of I-35 in Des Moines was closed.
  • Several airlines issued travel advisories for dozens of airports.
  • Schools closed Friday in Des Moines and some other districts in Iowa.
  • Residents in affected areas are asked to stay home.

Residents in some areas are being asked to stay home, airlines are preparing for delays and crews are working to clear and prep roads from Iowa to New York as a winter storm is set to bring snow, ice, wind and frigid temperatures across a wide swath of the U.S. over the upcoming holiday weekend.

The storm, named Izzy by The Weather Channel, left roads covered with snow and ice in parts of Iowa and Minnesota Friday as officials in points south and east declared emergencies ahead of the storm.

(FORECAST: Winter Storm Izzy to Spread Mess of Snow, Ice from Midwest into South and East into MLK Weekend)

Here’s a look at the effects of – and planning for – Izzy so far:

Emergency Declarations Issued in Southern States

The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina all issued emergency declarations on Friday. All advised residents to prepare before the storm moves in.

“This storm will bring significant impacts from snow, sleet and freezing rain in different parts of the state, with likely power outages and travel disruptions,” Cooper said in a news release. “North Carolinians should pay close attention to their local weather forecast over the next few days, and make sure they are personally prepared before Saturday afternoon.”

Several Airlines Waive Change Fees for Holiday Weekend

American, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue and Spirit airlines issued travel advisories and waived change fees at dozens of airports in the path of the storm.

Major citites affected include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

West Virginia in ‘State of Preparedness’

Gov. Jim Justice placed the state on alert to prepare for winter weather. The move signals the state Emergency Operations Center and related agencies to be ready to posture personnel and resources should an emergency develop.

Iowa Interstate Closed

A portion of Interstate 35 was closed at around 12:30 p.m. CST due to a sideways truck blocking both lanes. The road reopened about an hour later. Travelers should check 511 for current road conditions.

Schools Closed in Some Areas Friday

Des Moines Public Schools canceled classes Friday. Several other school districts in Central Iowa also called off school or announced early dismissals.

Drivers Faced Slick Commutes

More than 200 plows were on the roads in Iowa Friday morning and operations continued throughout the day and evening, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s road conditions map.

Roads were already slick in the early morning and the Iowa State Patrol asked motorists in affected areas to stay home if possible.

Kansas City’s Snowplow Map Was Busy, Too

Kansas City’s snowplow map showed crews active on streets across the city Friday evening. Some schools in the region closed Thursday and Friday, but that was due to issues related to COVID-19.

Next Up for Izzy: The Southeast

The storm is moving to the East and into the South.

“This will lead to snow for some and ice for others, and for parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, it means rapidly changing conditions from snow to ice and possibly back again,” weather.com meteorologist Belles said. “Saturday and Sunday will be nasty for driving in some of these spots, but the last part of the holiday weekend on Monday will give some drier and warmer weather. Be prepared for bad road conditions and the possibility of losing power from north Georgia to the inland Carolinas.”

You can track Izzy with our maps, radar, forecasts, timing and other information here.

Georgia One of Many States Prepping Roads

The Georgia Department of Transportation has more than 50,000 tons of salt and about 46,000 tons of gravel on hand, as well as 407 snow removal dump trucks.

“Winter weather is predicted in North Georgia and metro Atlanta this weekend. GDOT is preparing brine operations, equipment, materials, and staff to respond to the threat,” the agency said in a tweet. “We will continue to monitor conditions as the storm evolves.”

A GDOT official told The Weather Channel Thursday that people in affected areas should stay home and avoid travel.’

Here are five things to know about snow and ice in the South.

Shoppers Face Shortages that Could Get Worse

Shelves that held ham products are partially empty at a grocery in Fairfax Virginia, on January 13, 2022. - On Thursday grocery stores still have empty shelves amid supply chain disruptions, omicron and winter storms. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Shelves that held ham products are partially empty at a grocery in Fairfax Virginia, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

(OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

While shoppers stocked up on the usual bread, milk and other goods, one expert warned that the storm could impact the already stressed U.S. supply chain.

”From an impact perspective, with this kind of weather scenario, all it would take is an accident or two for major Interstate closures to occur,” Francisco Alvarez, lead meteorologist for trucking network Convoy, told weather.com in an email Thursday.

Alvarez cited Midwest highways as a major concern, for example.

“Basically if you could make a box between Omaha, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Des Moines, that will be the most dangerous travel area for truckers,” as Izzy moves through the region, he said.

Safety Tips

All drivers need to be aware in areas that the storm will pass through.

Click here for our list of “9 Things to Keep In Your Car If You Must Travel in a Winter Storm.”

And here are some driving safety tips and other winter storm advice issued ahead by the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management ahead of the storm:

-Avoid unnecessary travel in affected areas. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition, your cell phone is charged and extra blankets and snacks are packed in case of delays.

-If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your utility company and have alternate, safe means of staying warm.

-Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold and prevent freezing, which causes pipes to burst.

-If you have a fireplace, have plenty of dry seasoned wood.

-Winter is the most active season for house fires. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.

-Practice proper carbon monoxide safety: Vent kerosene heaters, do not burn charcoal indoors and keep portable generators outdoors away from windows and doors.

-Have a stock of batteries.

-Keep pets and domestic animals in a warm place with access to food and water.

-Check on anyone who may need extra help during winter weather.

The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.





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Nearly 300 Flights Canceled In Tri-State Area As Holiday Travel Chaos Continues – CBS New York




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New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder odds, picks and predictions


The New York Knicks (17-18) travel to Paycom Center Friday to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-22). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Knicks vs. Thunder odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

The Knicks are coming into this matchup having won three straight. In their last two, they’ve scored less than 100 points but allowed under 90. The Knicks will be without their star forward Julius Randle in this one.

This season, New York has been one of the worst covering teams in the league, a drastic difference from a season ago. As for the Thunder, while they’re still near the bottom of the West, they’ve covered at a high rate, sitting with a 21-13 ATS record.

Led by G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder will be the healthier team in this matchup. They’ve covered six of their last games, failing to do so as 16-point underdogs in their last game against Phoenix.

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Knicks at Thunder odds, spread and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Knicks -200 (bet $200 to win $100) | Thunder +160 (bet $160 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Knicks -4.5 (-120) | Thunder +4.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 206.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

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Knicks at Thunder key injuries

Knicks

  • G Evan Fournier (ankle) questionable
  • F Julius Randle (health and safety protocols) out
  • C Nerlens Noel (health and safety protocols) out
  • G Derrick Rose (ankle) out

Thunder

  • PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) questionable
  • F Darius Bazley (health and safety protocols) out
  • G Josh Giddey (health and safety protocols) out
  • Aleksej Pokusevski (health and safety protocols) out

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Knicks at Thunder odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Thunder 99, Knicks 96

Money line

SPRINKLE on the THUNDER (+160). OKC is a young team and has played far better at home this season. They’re 12-22 on the season but 7-10 at Paycom Center.

With that in mind, the Knicks will be without two of their top four scoring threats while OKC’s best two players could be active.

While they’re missing three role players, SGA and Dort, are the only players averaging over 11 points per game. Wait until the final report on SGA to bet this game at all, especially in favor of the Thunder.

If he’s active, consider the sprinkle and ensuing bet on OKC. The Knicks are led by a slew of players, so missing several key rotational players should be more detrimental.

Against the spread

BET on the THUNDER +4.5 (-105). The Knicks are getting more tickets, around 58% per Pregame.com at the time of writing, but are getting just slightly more cash at 55%.

The sportsbooks have reacted by dropping this from +6 to +4.5 despite more money being on the Knicks. With that in mind, I’ll side with the sportsbook and take the side getting some reverse line movement.

Over/Under

“LEAN” to the UNDER 206.5 (-115) as the Knicks just haven’t been playing at a high speed lately. Their last two games have both separately totaled under 190 points.

New York will again be without a key three-point shooter and their top scorer. That should be consequential to their offensive efficiency.

At the same time, the Knicks are 15-20 O/U while the Thunder are 14-20 O/U. It’s been far more profitable betting against points for both teams this season.

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Californians Remember Joan Didion – The New York Times


Shortly after Joan Didion’s death late last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed that she had been “the best living writer in California.”

A fifth-generation Californian, Didion was raised in Sacramento, earned an English degree at U.C. Berkeley and lived for years in Los Angeles. Her career took off in New York, but it was her keen observations of her home state that often struck a chord with readers.

“All that is constant about the California of my childhood is the rate at which it disappears,” Didion wrote in “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” her 1968 collection of essays. “California is a place in which a boom mentality and a sense of Chekhovian loss meet in uneasy suspension.”

After Didion’s death, New York Times readers shared how her 60-year career affected their understanding of their own lives and the world around them. Here are some remembrances from fellow Californians:

“I first read Joan Didion as a teenager growing up in California in the ’70s. Until then, I felt alienated from the world. I hadn’t met or read anyone who thought like I did, felt like I did, looked at life and the world like I did. She helped me realize I wasn’t freakish or crazy, that my point of view was grounded in truth and reality, that I belonged in this world.” — Glenn M., Sacramento

“Joan showed us how beautiful writing can be. Her clear, resonating prose touched our hearts and left us breathless.” Lisa K., San Jose

“In my history courses I always assigned Didion’s memoir ‘Where I Was From.’ Didion writes about the gap between what Californians want to think of themselves and what they in fact are:

‘I was born in Sacramento, and lived in California most of my life. I learned to swim in the Sacramento and the American, before the dams. I learned to drive on the levees up and downriver from Sacramento. Yet California has remained in some way impenetrable to me, a wearying enigma, as it has to many of us who are from there. We worry it, correct and revise it, try and fail to define our relationship to it and its relationship to the rest of the country.’

Thank you for your revisions and corrections, Ms. Didion. They instruct and inspire.” — Monica A., Los Angeles

“Joan Didion really captured a certain slice of Southern California, with its promise and ennui, its freeways and haze and haunted places, just past all the Hollywood glitter.

She forever linked the land, the psyche and the times in very personal ways that spoke to me and continue to influence me, almost 50 years later. Joan Didion was California Journalism Royalty. RIP.” — Suz L., Mill Valley

“She captured my experiences as a bicoastal Californian perfectly. Love, loss, adventure, fire, screaming down the coast highway to San Francisco. Finally aging and anticipation of death around the corner. My husband is 71. ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ undid me. I treasure every waking moment.” — Patricia G., Los Angeles

“She altered my worldview, my sense of self, my appreciation of women writers, and writing structure and style. I have read every published work she wrote — starting when I was a young teenager.

Waking on a rainy day, I read that she has passed, but there’s a new star in the sky.” — Michelle L., San Francisco

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Today’s travel tip comes from Renee Vlitos Rowe, who recommends Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in Orange County:

“Its wide open spaces means that you can have a leisurely hike alongside bikers (no e-bikes allowed), small birds, hawks and, depending on the time of day, deer. I have yet to encounter a mountain lion, although I suspect they’re never far away.”

Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected]. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.


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A paddle boarder near Laguna Beach had an awe-inspiring experience this month when a massive fish swam up to him a few hundred yards from the shore.

A nine-foot sunfish, also known as a mola mola, hung out with the man, Rich German, and his friend for about half an hour before it disappeared into the sea, KCAL9 reports.

“It looks like a mutilated alien shark that got bit in half,” German told KCAL9. “He just kind of lay there. It’s a bizarre animal; they’re just completely docile.”

See German’s photos of the huge, odd-looking fish.


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Travel Woes Worsen, Around 175 Flights Canceled At JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airports Sunday – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday was another busy day at area airports, where thousands of travelers came and went this holiday weekend.

As CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported, many passengers were greeted again with delays and cancellations.

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The monitoring website FlightAware has been tracking the numbers. At least 68 flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport. John F. Kennedy International Airport had 73 cancellations, and there was another 33 flights called off at LaGuardia Airport.

Airlines have been struggling to handle the increase in air traffic, coupled with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.

COVID VACCINE

Passengers said they felt the pressure of traveling during yet another wave of coronavirus cases.

One man and his girlfriend flew in from Phoenix. They were planning to go to JFK, but their flight was delayed in Salt Lake City.

“It is really, really stressful,” Christian Klein said. “We actually lucked out. We walked by this flight and said, ‘Hey, can we hop on?’ And we ended up here in Newark.”

Their travels started nearly a day ago, and it wasn’t ending in Newark. They said they were to take a car to see family in Connecticut.

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Swani Schobert and her son from Stratford, Connecticut said they were planning to navigate their way to Germany.

“You definitely have to look for more things, do you need tests, do you need to be vaccinated, both or nothing. If you stop in another country, then the destination, what are there rules? It’s very confusing, but we managed,” Schobert said.

Nationally, United and Delta cancelled hundreds of flights over the holiday weekend. The airlines have been short staffed with COVID cases on the rise. They’ve offered employees all sorts of incentives to pick up extra shifts, on what’s one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Back at Newark Liberty, looking at the arrivals and departures, if flights weren’t cancelled, there’s a chance they were delayed.

Antoinette Randolph and her family said, despite the issues, there was still a willingness to fly.

“We still gotta do it. We still can’t just live our life in a nutshell. We all gotta work together to stay safe,” Randolph said.

One thing travelers said is that they have felt safe with all the added precautions in place. That said, it will take time before we see things improve in terms of delays and cancellations, as more people either continue to try and see family during the holidays, or try to get back for work.

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CBS2’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report.



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