Considering the cold conditions at Wrigley Field, it’s not a surprise that Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will miss his fourth straight game Monday with lower back tightness.
Rizzo, 28, missed the final three games of the Cubs series in Milwaukee this past weekend after experiencing tightness going back to last Monday in Cincinnati. He played through the pain on Thursday before missing the next three games.
An altercation between Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn and Ducks forward Nick Ritchie in the first period resulted in minor penalties for both. That was followed by another confrontation involving Arizona’s Brad Richardson and Anaheim’s Derek Grant, with Richardson sent to the penalty box for two minutes.
The power play for the Ducks helped when Henrique muscled in a backhand for a goal at 10:54 of the period, giving Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Rakell got an assist, his 35th.
Richardson and Anaheim’s Corey Perry served five minutes for fighting early in the second period. The Ducks missed a chance to add to their lead when Jakob Silfverberg hit the post with a shot at 13:07 of the second.
Rakell scored off a pass from Ryan Getzlaf with 3:43 left in the second. Getzlaf picked up his team-leading 50th assist of the season.
Perry earned his 400th assist on Henrique’s goal.
Lane is due back in court in May. He could face up to 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
Earlier this month Lane was released by the Seahawks after spending his entire NFL career with the team. He was picked in the sixth round of the 2012 draft and became a member of the “Legion of Boom” secondary during Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning season.
The Panthers and Redskins from 2014 to ’15, the Cowboys and Giants from ’15 to ’16 and then the Panthers again from ’16 to ’17 are even more proof of how quick teams can go from worst to first.
The team-building model of drafting a franchise quarterback and then spending big to surround him with weapons and defensive help is already in place, and teams like the Eagles and Rams are proof it works. Teams like the Bears are choosing to follow suit.