(As of 12:01 a.m.) by Hartley Miller

WHL: (PG Cougars)

The PG Cougars have three games in four days to conclude their 6-game East Division road trip.

The Cougars, who have picked up four out of a possible six points on the swing, play tonight in Winnipeg against the East-Division leading (25-15-1) Ice.

The Cats also face off Wednesday in Brandon and Friday in Moose Jaw.

The (11-22-3-4) Cougars are eight points behind the (17-20-2-1) Seattle Thunderbirds for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.

P.G. is also four points back of the (14-19-4-1) Tri-City Americans.

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51 WHL players have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft.

The only PG Cougar on the list is Taylor Gauthier who is ranked 27th among North American goalies.

The NHL Draft will take place in Montreal June 26th and 27th.

The PG Cougars schedule/results right here.

The WHL standings are right here.

 

BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings)

The Prince George Spruce Kings visit the (22-18-1-1) Salmon Arm Silverbacks Wednesday before hosting the Langley Rivermen Friday.

The Friday game will be Mohawks night at the RMCA.

With 16 regular-season games left, the (14-23-2-3) Spruce Kings are last in the Mainland Division, seven points behind (17-19-2-4) Surrey and eight back of (19-20-1-1-1) Langley.

The BCHL standings are right here.

The Spruce Kings 2019-20 schedule/results right here.

 

BCMML: (Cariboo Cougars)

The Cariboo Cougars host the (20-7-0-1) Vancouver NW Hawks in the second annual Winter Classic in Fort St. James.

The doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday night at 5:30 on outdoor ice at Ernie Sam Memorial Arena and Sunday afternoon at 12:30 at the Fort Forum.

The (17-7-1-1) Cougars are in fifth place in the 11-team BCMML, two points behind the Vancouver NE Chiefs, four points back of the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, five behind the Vancouver NW Hawks and 10 back of the (22-2-1-1) Okanagan Rockets.

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The Major Midget League schedule/results/standings right here.

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The Northern Capitals of the B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League will also participate in the Winter Classic.

The (10-7-2) Capitals will play three games against the (16-1) Greater Vancouver Comets – on Friday in Vanderhoof (7 p.m.), Saturday at the Fort Forum (2 p.m.) and Sunday at Ernie Sam Memorial Arena (9 a.m.).

The outdoor game will be a first for the Capitals.

 

NHL: (5 Monday games)

Montreal  2  Calgary  0
(Carey Price picked up his second shutout of the season with 31 saves)

St. Louis  4  Anaheim 1
Washington  2  Carolina  0
Philadelphia  6  Boston  5  (SO)
NY Rangers  6  NY Islanders  2

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The Vancouver Canucks are 2-2 on a five-game road trip that concludes tonight in Winnipeg (5:00 p.m. PT) against the (24-18-4) Jets.

The (25-17-4) Canucks are tied with Vegas for third in the tight Pacific Division, only a point behind Calgary and Arizona and only a point ahead of Edmonton.

Vancouver has won nine of its last 11.

Just two points separate the top five teams in the Pacific.

There are 11 Tuesday NHL games with Calgary and Montreal the only Canadian teams idle.

Edmonton is home against Nashville, Toronto entertains New Jersey and Ottawa hosts Chicago.

Elsewhere, San Jose plays in Arizona and Vegas visits Buffalo.

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The NHL has suspended Zack Kassian of the Edmonton Oilers two games for his role in an on-ice altercation with Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost defenceman Morgan Rielly for at least eight weeks due to a fracture in his foot.

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The NHL schedule is right here.

The Canucks schedule is right here.

The NHL standings are right here.

The NHL scoring leaders are right here.

 

Canada West Basketball: (UNBC Timberwolves)

The UNBC Timberwolves visit the UBC Okanagan Heat Friday and Saturday in Canada West basketball.

The 4-8 UNBC men are 11th out of 17 teams.

The 3-9 UNBC women are 13th.

The top 12 will advance to the playoffs.

UBCO is 1-13 (men) and 2-13 (women).

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The Canada West men’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West men’s basketball standings are right here.

The Canada West women’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West women’s basketball standings are right here.

 

High School Basketball:

The Duchess Park Condors should move to the top of the B.C. Triple-A senior boys basketball rankings after they won the St. Thomas More Collegiate senior boys basketball tournament in Burnaby.

The No. 2-ranked Condors whipped No. 1-ranked G.W. Graham Grizzlies of Chilliwack 108-88 in the final.

6-foot-4 Grade 11 guard Caleb Lyons was named MVP after he hooped 35 points.

 

U.S. College Football: (Championship game in New Orleans)

LSU Tigers  42  Clemson Tigers  25

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had five touchdown passes to give him an NCAA single-season record of 60.

The Tigers complete a perfect season going 15-0.

 

NFL:

The NFL is down to its final four with the Conference Finals on Sunday.

Tennessee visits Kansas City (12:05 p.m. PT) in the AFC followed by Green Bay at San Francisco (3:40 p.m.) in the NFC.

The winners advance to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2nd in Miami.

Both the Chiefs and 49’ers are favoured by 7 1/2 points.

The NFL odds are right here.

 

MLB:

The Houston Astros fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after both were suspended one year by Major League Baseball for the sign-stealing scandal.

A  league investigation confirmed the Astros had cheated by using a camera-based sign-stealing system during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title.

As part of the league’s penalty, the Astros will also lose first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, and the organization was fined a record $5 million.

 

NBA:

The (25-14) Toronto Raptors play Wednesday (5:00 p.m. PT) in Oklahoma City against the (23-17) Thunder.

Toronto is 4th in the Eastern Conference, two games back of Boston and Miami.

The NBA standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule/results right here.