Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: To set the scene: Karlsson recently told the Ottawa Sun that he’s not going to give the Senators a hometown discount when he hits unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2019. This sparked some league-wide speculation about his future in Ottawa, with “Hockey Night In Canada” analyst Nick Kypreos saying Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was upset over the declaration and Elliotte Friedman reporting that the Senators asked Karlsson for his list of approved teams for a trade — something he said was procedural, but no less intriguing.
The Jets can smirk at all the predictions about tanking and going winless, but they’ll also have to live with the chances they let get away, and the bad breaks they got, that might have them in playoff contention. This is a good break, though; the Broncos are hopeless at quarterback, and as long as that continues, they have almost no chance of beating anybody.
But the Vikings have proved they can win at home or on the road this season, despite suffering massive injuries. Running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon have picked up the slack for injured rookie Dalvin Cook, and they could both be heavily utilized against Carolina’s tough defense.
The Panthers are fighting for their playoff lives, but the Vikings have a great chance at making things more difficult for Carolina by stealing a road win.
Here are some more Week 14 questions:
What are the odds бн the Rams hand the Eagles their second straight West Coast loss?
Philadelphia crashed back to earth last week with a sloppy loss at Seattle. Carson Wentz and company struggled to find the same rhythm they’d enjoyed during their long winning streak, but they have a chance to turn the tables back in their favor against the Rams this week.