It's Getting to the Point Where the Union Need Three Points

It's Getting to the Point Where the Union Need Three Points

Due to bad weather the Union have not played a league match in two weeks. Due to poor play the Union have not won a league game in over six weeks -- going 0-2-3 over that stretch. The Union, who look to get back to their winning ways, will face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium (9PM/The Comast Network).

The Union, who were victimized by a dubious hand ball call against Columbus two weeks ago, are due for a break or two. They'll catch one tonight as Real Salt Lake will be without leading scorer Alvaro Saborio, who was on international duty last night with Costa Rica. Considering how physical he was for the Ticos last night it's a good thing he's not playing.

This is particularly true considering the Union will be without Carlos Valdes, who is suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Real Salt Lake center back Nat Borchers is also suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

It'd be nice to see the Union take advantage of these absences, but Jason Kreis has a resilient group of players, as evidenced by their 2-1-1 record in games where they've had a player sent off. That's the sign of a mentally tough side. Combine that with the cross country travel and the Union will have their hands full tonight.

Bottom line, the Union need to find a way to score. I'd like to see Peter Nowak give Freddy Adu a start tonight, but not in the center of the field. I feel like Adu's creativity and ability to run at people would best be utilized on the flanks. With Keon Daniel away with the Trinidad & Tobago team there will be an opening on the flank. There's so much traffic in the center of the field. Why not create some width and play Adu wide on the touchline?

The Union find themselves out of the top two in the Eastern Conference for the first time all season (they currently sit in fourth). Could the loss of Carlos Ruiz have really affected them this much?

Here's the lineup I hope we see tonight: Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Stefani Miglioranzi, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp, Brian Carroll, Kyle Nakazawa, Adu, Le Toux, Paunovic.

Final Score Prediction: I just can't see the Union walking out of Utah with all three points. I'll say 2-1 RSL.

The Toni Stahl Memorial Union Player Most Likely to See Red: Gabriel Farfan, who has shown a bit of a chippy side lately.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.