Sports Interaction News Week 9 2019 – Here is the action report for the ongoing NHL season with Stanley Cup odds, plus odds for the the upcoming UFC 235 this Saturday in Las Vegas. Check below to find all the great action available at Sports Interaction during week 9, 2019.
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Monday’s NHL trade deadline brought a flurry of moves that helped a number of contenders bulk up for the upcoming post-season push. The Winnipeg Jets, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights all made significant moves. The Jets were involved in six different trades on Monday, the biggest of which landed centre Kevin Hayes, while the Blue Jackets held onto Artemi Panarian and Sergei Bobrovsky, then added Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel from the Senators. Vegas waited until the last possible moment before acquiring Mark Stone and the Capitals made a couple of depth moves to bring in Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen a few days before the deadline.
Despite all of the wheeling and dealing, one of the quietest teams at the deadline saw its stock rise up the NHL futures board. The Calgary Flames just made one minor move to acquire defenceman Oscar Fantenberg but are now set at +900 to win the Stanley Cup, second only to the heavily-favoured Tampa Bay Lightning (+250). The Toronto Maple Leafs and the San Jose Sharks check in just behind the Flames at +1000 apiece, followed by the Jets and Nashville Predators at +1200. The Golden Knights are at +1600, while the defending champion Capitals are at +1800.
The deepest and most exciting MMA card of 2019 goes this Saturday from Las Vegas with Jon “Bones” Jones defending his light heavyweight championship against challenger Anthony Smith. The 31-year-old champion came off a PED suspension to earn a TKO victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 at the end of December. Oddsmakers have Jones pegged as a big -850 favourite. Smith, the +500 underdog, has a lot of experience with 44 professional fights under his belt, but most of those came at middleweight. His career really took off when he moved to light heavyweight. Smith has won three in a row since moving up with victories over Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Volkan Oezdemir to rise to the No. 3 contender in the division.
The co-main event features another title fight with Tyron Woodley putting his welterweight belt on the line against the No. 2 contender Kamaru Usman. After fighting Stephen Thompson to a draw in 2016, Woodley beat Wonderboy in the rematch and then added wins over Demian Maia and Darren Till. The champ was set as a -250 favourite earlier this week but has dropped to -205 with action coming in on the challenger. Usman is a very dangerous underdog here. Usman is 13-1 and has decision victories over Emil Meek, Maia, and Rafael Dos Anjos to head into this bout. Another popular bet is former champ Cody Garbrandt (-190) to defeat Pdro Munhoz, while the action is split between Robbie Lawler (+180) and UFC-newcomer Ben Askren (-245).