Since 1989 Rock Westfall has been a sports gambling handicapper, writer, and radio commentator. The Winner's Circle of Sports handicapping champion has covered all sports extensively throughout his career with an emphasis on college football and the National Hockey League.
International politics has cost the New York Rangers their best player. Artemi Panarin is out indefinitely for the Rangers. Panarin has not been silent about his opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. And the Russian political system countered this week. Specifically, the Russian government claims Panarin abused a woman a couple of years ago. Panarin adamantly denies the charges and is on indefinite leave because of this situation. Panarin supplied most of what little offense the Rangers had. The Boston Bruins have no such problems as the East Division's top team.