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HOT: QUICK HANDS
The Kings have a real chance to win the NHL's West, and the reason is Jonathan Quick. The 26-year-old goalie's 95.5 save percentage leads all keepers left in the playoffs, and his nine goals against are, by far, the lowest of anyone who's played at least six games.
NOT: AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
For the first time since 1977, neither Florida nor Florida State had a player taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. By the time the Bills picked Seminoles LB Nigel Bradham at No. 105 last Saturday, Stanford already had four players taken, a school record.
HOT: CHELSEA LATELY
Since Roberto Di Matteo took over in March, the Blues have lost just one of 16 and last week took the scalp of Barcelona in the Champions League semis, a win that marked the return to form of Fernando Torres. Five days later, against QPR, El Niño had his first hat trick in almost three years.
NOT: PUNCHLESS PIRATES
Pittsburgh's pitching? Superb (2.77 team ERA). But Clint Hurdle's offense has been a disaster. Through Sunday they had 11 HRs, tied for second fewest in MLB, and hadn't scored more than five runs in a game in 21 outings, a franchise record and the longest such streak since the Brewers in 1972.
HOT: CHARMED CITY
Baltimore is balanced and atop the AL East (for now). The O's boast the AL's third-best defense and have hit 30 HRs (Adam Jones, below, has six), third most in the AL. It's been four years since they were above .500 on May 1, and fans seem to have noticed: Attendance is up 2,504 per game.