Oilers vs. Ducks, NHL playoffs 2017: Start time, TV channel, and live stream for Game 7

The Ducks can’t really lose another Game 7, can they?

Connor McDavid looks for his first trip to the conference finals in the NHL as the Oilers face the Ducks in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night. The Oilers crushed the Ducks in Game 6, 7-1, to force the deciding final game, which is set for 10 p.m. ET in Anaheim.

McDavid has lived up to the hype in his first two seasons with the Oilers, including a league-leading 100 points during the 2016-17 regular season. He hasn’t been as productive in the playoffs with nine points in 12 games, but others have stepped up to put the team just a game away from advancing to the next round.

Leon Draisaitl has been the biggest star for the Oilers with six goals and 10 assists. The 21-year-old may not be a star on the level of McDavid, but he’s proving to be a strong complement to Edmonton’s speedy cornerstone. Mark Letestu (11 points) and Patrick Maroon (eight points) have also been productive, while Cam Talbot (.924 save percentage) has been fantastic in goal.

The Ducks are looking to avoid blowing a 3-2 series lead for the fifth consecutive postseason. It’s been an incredible run of poor fortune for Anaheim, which has gotten knocked out four straight years by losing Games 6 and 7. The Ducks already got blown out in Game 6, so now the pressure is on.

Western Conference semifinal, Game 7

Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks
Time: 10 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Stream: NBCSports.com

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Open thread for night owls: The voting technology we really need? Paper—ballots or backup

Lawrence Norden at The Atlantic writes—The Voting Technology We Really Need? Paper. Software-independent backup systems are more important than ever:

In January, America’s main intelligence agencies issued a report concluding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, using a combination of cyber-intrusion, espionage, and propaganda. In addition to the details provided in this account, media outlets have since reported that several election databases were hacked before and after the election.  While the Department of Homeland Security found no evidence any of these efforts manipulated vote tallies, the assaults have left many Americans asking: Just how safe are voting machines from cyberattack?

The answer is not reassuring.

For more than a decade, independent security experts have repeatedly demonstrated that many electronic voting machines are dangerously insecure and vulnerable to attack and manipulation by bad actors. […]

study I co-authored last year with a colleague at the Brennan Center showed that 43 states were using voting machines that were at least a decade old, perilously close to the end of the projected lifespans for most of these systems. Not surprisingly, election officials in 31 states told us they hoped to replace their equipment within the next five years.

Security experts and voting-machine vendors are already exploring what’s needed to make the next generation of machines more secure. Among the wide variety of solutions being explored or proposed are use of encryptionblockchain, and open source software.

While each of these technologies can offer a path to more secure voting, the most important technology for enhancing security has been around for millennia: paper. Specifically, every new voting machine in the United States should have a paper record that the voter reviews, and that can be used later to check the electronic totals that are  reported.

This could be a paper ballot the voter fills out before it is scanned by a machine, or a record created by the machine on which the voter makes her selections—so long as she can review that record and make changes before casting her vote. […]

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2010—Kagan Filibuster? All Part of the GOP Plan:

TWI’s Mike Lillis catches Mitch McConnell mid flip-flop. Last month, he ruled out a Republican filibuster of any Obama nominee, unless that person had “really bizarre [views].”

But today he’s saying that “it’s way to early to be making a decision about the issue of whether there should be a 60-vote threshold on the nominee.” Way too early, because it’s not like they’ve already been through a nomination process for Kagan when she received confirmation as Solicitor General, or as Lillis put it, as if she “just arrived in a coffee can from Pluto.”

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, well, come on. You know what today’s show was about. Greg Dworkin and Armando survey the wreckage of the Comey firing, and generally pick the whole thing apart. In other news: the Census Bureau chief quits, and Jared & Ivanka got a sweetheart rent deal. 

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The Celtics played exactly like the team they were built to be

This is what the Celtics can do at their best, and now they’re just a game away from the conference finals.

Game 5 was Brad Stevens’ dream. The Celtics head coach has built Boston into a specific type of team over the past few seasons, one that has risen from rebuilding to playoff team to, now, Eastern Conference contender. On Wednesday, in a 123-101 win against the Wizards in Game 5 that put the Celtics a game away from the conference finals, Stevens must have been beaming internally pretty much the whole time.

It started quickly, with the Celtics leading 16-4 and then 31-16 in the first quarter, ending the frame up by 12 points. By halftime, it was 16, and after three quarters, the lead was 17. Not for a moment did the Wizards seriously threaten to comeback, not against a hostile Boston crowd and a Celtics team that kept hitting timely buckets that never let Washington feel any sort of momentum going their way.

In that decisive first quarter, the Celtics leaked out aggressively and had 13 fastbreak points in the opening 12 minutes alone. Al Horford took an active role in the offense at the top of the key, flustering Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi, lumbering centers who prefer the paint. It’s curious why that hasn’t been an even bigger part of Boston’s offense before this game, but his 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting in Game 5 speaks for itself.

Boston’s dream offense is a five-out offense that will never let any defender rest, and of the nine players who earned rotation minutes in this game, all nine attempted at least one three-pointer. Seven hit at least one three, and five hit multiple shots from behind the arc. Avery Bradley, in particular, was unconscious in the first half, scoring 25 points with four triples in the first half alone (he finished with 29).

Defensively, the Celtics bent occasionally without breaking. They allowed John Wall to score 21 points but limited him to four assists and just 17 shot attempts. Washington only managed to shoot 7-of-29 from behind the arc. Boston’s defensive versatility gave the Celtics the chance to switch frequently and handle mismatches, something they did well.

It wasn’t a perfect performance — none are — and the Celtics can’t always expect things to go so well, but Stevens has to be nodding his head somewhere pleased with the team he has built. This is what they can do at their best, and now they have the three games to two advantage in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, just a game away from advancing.

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