The Blues have won each of their first three games.

Mike Epstein had 83 yards rushing on just seven carries, including one for 58 yards, for Illinois. …Easley caught a game-high seven passes for 59 yards and a TD for Iowa. …Stanley finished the first half of his first season as the starter with 15 touchdown passes. …Illinois was held to 49 yards rushing in the second half. ….Iowa has won four straight in the series, and its 45 points were the most against the Illini since 1990.

“We have to ask ourselves, `’Was there improvement from the Nebraska game to this one? Yes is the answer,” said Smith, whose team lost to the Huskers 28-6 last week. “You do have to trust the process. We are.”

Lundqvist is expected to start for New York while Carter Hutton, who backed up Jake Allen on Monday, was announced as St. Louis’ starter after the game.

Hutton appeared in 30 games for the Blues in 2016-17, posting a 13-8-2 record with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .913 save-percentage.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and converted in the shootout for St. Louis against the Islanders to begin the New York swing.

“It’s hard not to just sit there and be in awe of (Tarasenko’s) shot,” St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said.

The Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Saturday, and they edged the defending Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime Wednesday on opening night. Allen started Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys each of St. Louis’ first three games, stopping 107 of 115 shots, including 40 on Monday against the Islanders.

Mavericks reportedly offering Dirk Nowitzki new contract, will decline player option

Expect Dirk Nowitzki to be with the Mavericks for a little while longer.

The team told their star forward they will decline his $25 Cheap Jerseys Vip million player option next year and opt to sign him to a new contract, ESPN.com reported.

Bellinger broke the record of 20 home runs to begin a career set last year by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. After having a two-game MLB debut in 2015 without a home run, Sanchez got to 20 homers in his 49th game of the 2016 season. When Bellinger hit No. 21, he broke the MLB record set by Boston’s Wally Berger, who got to 21 home runs in 55 games in 1930.

Bellinger has been on fire since his April 25 call-up and passed Brewers Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping slugger Eric Thames for the National League lead with his two blasts on Monday.

His first-inning homer was a 414-foot, three-run shot to right field.

The two long balls helped the Dodgers build a commanding 7-0 lead after two innings. The Dodgers held on for a 10-6 win as Bellinger finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs.

Sliding Ward full-time inside, however, comes with the cost of having two new starting cornerbacks with Tramaine Brock not retained. It’s guaranteed to be wide open, and the “winners” will be based more on talent than experience. That favors third-year man Dontae Johnson, second-year man Rashard Robinson and rookie Akhello Witherspoon in the battle for two spots. With Keith Reaser and Will Redmond as the young recent draftees among those fighting for subpackage duties, the 49ers will be very green in coverage.

Without anything close to the Legion of Boom or even the Jaguars’ rising secondary from last season, Saled is under even more pressure to get the front seven right. The strength on defense is up the middle; the edges and corners will remain liabilities.