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[#] Mon Nov 28 2016 15:16:25 EST from Jay Polinsky

Subject: Flyers prospect report: Alex Lyon, Carter Hart are shutting everybody out

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The Flyers goalie prospects are looking good. That and more in this week's prospect update.

Phantoms sweep Binghamton, Lyon gets his first shutout

It was a quiet game from the scoresheet on Wednesday, with the only goal being scored halfway through the third period. Captain Colin McDonald notched his 8th goal of the season with assists from Taylor Leier and Corban Knight. Alex Lyon preserved the victory with his first professional shutout, making 28 saves.

Friday's rematch with Binghamton was a more goal-filled affair than Wednesday's game. Lehigh Valley took an early lead in the 1st with an even strength goal from Jordan Weal, his 5th of the season. He would also go on to score the go-ahead goal late in the 3rd period for his 6th. The Phantoms also got goals from Mark Zengerle (5) and Taylor Leier (5). Alex Lyon made 32 saves en route to his 6th win.

Things didn't click in Saturday's contest with Hartford. The Wolf Pack scored 3 straight goals until the Phantoms got a tally from Sam Morin, his first goal of the season. The power play went 0 for 3, the penalty kill was 0 for 1 and Alex Lyon only made 22 saves.

Travis Sanheim (D): 0 points, 3 shots
2014 1st Round Pick, 17th overall

Sanheim remains at just 8 points (all assists) in 16 games played this season. Tony Androckitis has the good stuff on Sanheim and Morin's blossoming rapport. 

Taylor Leier (LW): 1 goal, 1 assist, 11 shots
2012 4th Round Pick, 117th overall

Leier stays red hot, with 11 points in his last 10 games. His 11 assists are tied for the team-lead and is good for t-10th in the league. He is a better version of Chris Vandevelde, but that is an incredibly low bar.

Jordan Weal (C): 2 goals, 5 shots, 4 PIM
2010 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall (LA Kings)

Speaking of players with not much left to prove in the AHL, Weal has been a force this season with the Phantoms. His 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) leads the team.

Alex Lyon (G): 3 GP, .932 SV%
Undrafted Free Agent

Have we mentioned yet that Alex Lyon has been quite good? Discounting his first two games this season, he has a .934 SV% in 8 games.

Notable junior performances this week

Connor Bunnaman (LW/C), Kitchner Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall

Bunnaman pots his first goals since 11/11, his 9th and 10th of the season. He has 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists) in 23 games.

11/23 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots, 2 PIM, 2 for 3 FOW
11/25 - 1 assist, 2 PIM
11/26 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 3 for 5 FOW

Anthony Salinitiri (C), Sarnia Stings (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall

Salinitri was a little snake-bitten this week, not picking up any points despite getting 15 shots on goal. It didn't help that he was also a minus 5 on the week while on the ice. He has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games.

11/23 - 2 shots, 4 for 9 FOW
11/25 - 4 shots, 3 for 5 FOW
11/26 - 9 shots, 4 for 13 FOW

Carter Hart (G), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by this anymore. With two shutouts last week, he improved his GAA and SV% to 1.67 and .937, respectively. Of any goalies that have played more than 5 games in the WHL this season, he leads in both of those categories.

11/23 - 37 saves, shutout
11/25 - DNP
11/26 - 26 saves, shutout

Carsen Twarynski (LW), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall

All was not lost for Carsen, who picked up his 7th goal of the season, a shorthanded tally.

11/22 - no points
11/25 - 1 goal
11/26 - no points

Philippe Myers (D), Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Undrafted Free Agent

Myers' torrid point pace continued last week, giving him 14 points in 15 games. Even more impressive is 10 of those points have come in his last 7 games.

11/23 - 3 shots, 1 hit
11/25 - 2 assists, 6 shots, 2 hits
11/27 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 PIM

Samuel Dove-McFalls (C), Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 98th overall

After a points surge the last couple weeks, Dove-McFalls has been kept off the scoresheet the last 3 games. He has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 23 games.

11/23 - 2 shots, 2 for 6 FOW
11/25 - 5 shots, 3 for 6 FOW

Pascal Laberge (RW/C), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 36th overall

After a 16-game absence from a concussion from a nasty hit, Laberge makes his return to the ice. Hopefully everything is okay and Laberge can continue to build upon what was looking to be a pretty promising season.

11/25 - 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 PIM, 1 hit
11/27 - 2 shots, 2 for 5 FOW, 1 hit

Notable European performances this week

Felix Sandstrom (G), Brynas IF (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall

After a nice string of starts, Sandstrom drops his only game this week. 

11/22 - 3 GA, 20 saves
11/24 - DNP
11/26 - DNP

Oskar Lindblom (LW), Brynas IF (SHL)
2014 5th Round Pick, 138th overall

With a 4-point week, Lindblom now sits tied for 2nd in the SHL lead in scoring. For a little perspective, the guy that leads the league in scoring is 28 years old. The two players he is tied with are 32 and 26. Lindblom doesn't turn 21 until next August.

11/22 - 2 assists, 1 shot
11/24 - 1 goal, 2 shots, 4 PIM
11/26 - 1 assist, 1 shot

Linus Hogberg (D), Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall

All's quiet on the Hogberg front as he consistently skates as the 7th defenseman for Vaxjo.

11/22 - 2 shots, 3:48 TOI
11/24 - 7:03 TOI
11/26 - 2:40 TOI

David Bernhardt (D), Djurgardens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall

The time on ice starts to come and so do the points for Bernhardt. The pair of assists last week gave him 4 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 16 games.

11/22 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 11:35 TOI
11/25 - 1 shot, 13:37 TOI
11/27 - 1 assist, 7:15 TOI

German Rubtsov (LW/C), Vityaz Podolsk (KHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall

And all the ruckus of Rubtsov's departure from Russia was for naught as the KHL heard Rubtsov's cry for his promotion from his MHL squad. However, it looks as though he is more or less right back where he started with his TOI.

11/23 - 8 shifts, 6:39 TOI, 1 for 2 FOW
11/25 - 13 shifts, 9:52 TOI, 2 for 7 FOW
11/27 - 9 shifts, 5:38 TOI, 0 for 6 FOW

Mikhail Vorobyov (C), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall

Vorobyov remains a 4th line center for Salavat and sits at 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 32 games.

11/23 - 2 shots, 6 for 11 FOW, 8:41 TOI
11/25 - 0 shots, 6 for 11 FOW, 16:04 TOI
11/27 - 1 shot, 6 for 9 FOW, 10:34 TOI

Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftemkamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall

Another start for Fedotov! Just his 3rd this season. He has a 1.34 GAA and .951 SV% in those games.

11/21 - DNP
11/23 - DNP
11/27 - 2 goals, 35 shots

Euro Notes: David Kase remains out of the lineup for KLM Chomutov with an undisclosed injury.

Notable NCAA performances this week

Mark Friedman (D), Bowling Green State University
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall

Friedman adds a primary assist to give him 12 points in 15 games this season.

11/25 - no points
11/26 - 1 assist

Merrick Madsen (G), Harvard University
2013 6th Round Pick, 162nd overall

An unfortunate clunker for Madsen on Tuesday last week led to just his 2nd loss of the season, but the junior came back with a great effort on Saturday. Madsen has a .915 SV% in 9 games this season.

11/22 - 5 GA, 26 saves
11/26 - 2 GA, 32 saves

Terrance Amorosa (D), Clarkson University
2013 5th Round Pick, 132nd overall

Amorosa slowed down after a hot start coming back from injury to begin the season. The 3rd year junior has 4 points (1 goal, assists) in 7 games.

11/25 - 1 shot, 2 PIM
11/26 - 2 shots

NCAA Notes: Wade Allison and Tanner Laczynski both had off this week, but will be back in action next week for their respective colleges. Matej Tomek (G) continues to sit for University of North Dakota and has not appeared in a game this season. Cooper Marody remains out of the lineup for University of Michigan because of academic ineligibility.

[#] Tue Nov 29 2016 06:31:54 EST from Kelly Hinkle

Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: More like POOINS right?!

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*The dumb stupid Bruins are in town tonight, kicking off a tough stretch of games during which Dave Hakstol would like to see some consistency from his team. Hmm maybe less lineup juggling then I dunno. [Inquirer]

*Ahead of tonight's game let's look back at Sundee's nice comfy win over those Calgary Flames. [BSH]

*Anthony Stolarz might be proving that you can find good goaltending talent in unusual places. [The Hockey News]

*Stolarz became one of few Flyers goalies to win their NHL debut. [BSH]

*The kid was pretty psyched about the win. As he should be. [Sons of Penn]

*Dale Weise: not actually that bad. [BSH]

*Most of Claude Giroux's points come on the power play and it'd be nice to see the captain score some more at even strength. [CSN Philly]

*Anthony Stolarz isn't the only good goalie in the Flyers' farm system. Let's check in on the prospects! [BSH]

*DGB on the league's most average team. [Sportsnet]

*And finally, a major junior team is thinking about banning its players from using their cell phones on game/practice days. I'm sure that'll work well with a bunch of teenagers. [Sportsnet]

[#] Tue Nov 29 2016 12:37:53 EST from Travis Hughes

Subject: Flyers vs. Bruins preview: Steve Mason back in goal for Philadelphia

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Local ice hockey franchise to compete in athletic contest

The Philadelphia Flyers are an American professional ice hockey club from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tonight, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the members of this club will put their bodies inside privately-owned motor vehicles and step on the gas pedal, following traffic laws and a government-funded road system on their way to a building in the southern section of the city. At this building, there is ice, and on that ice, they will use foot blades and hand sticks to compete in a sporting event against the Boston Bruins, an American professional ice hockey club from Boston, Massachusetts.

There will be a winner and a loser of the contest, as per rules of the National Hockey League, a professional sports organization based in New York, New York.

It should be a fun time. Or, maybe it won’t, because many, many professional sports teams from Philadelphia are bad at what they do. Below is a preview of tonight’s Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins ice hockey game.

The Bruins are very shorthanded on the defensive side of the puck tonight, and ... well ... uh yeah, this is quite the opportunity for two points:

While the Flyers have been one of the highest-scoring teams in hockey, balanced by a completely inability to keep the puck out of their own net, on their way to sheer hockey mediocrity. The Bruins are balanced in sort of the opposite way: they have some terrible offensive depth (despite scoring four goals on Sunday), which has resulted in them scoring just 2.36 goals per game thus far. But they’ve been led in net by Tuukka Rask, who has carried them along with a 0.940 save percentage this season.

Rask will be in net for Boston tonight, but hopefully the Flyers can take advantage of an already-thin defense that’s also missing Zdeno Chara and John-Michael Liles.

Steve Mason gets the start in goal tonight for the Flyers. Brandon Manning is out of the lineup again after the team announced that he’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Tonight’s game is on NBCSN across the country, unless you are in the Boston area. The local broadcast there is on NESN. In Canada, the game can be seen on Sportsnet Ontario. 97.5 The Fanatic will carry the Flyers radio call. A live stream can be found here.

Philadelphia lineup

  1. Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
  2. Travis Konecny - Nick Cousins - Jakub Voracek
  3. Meat Read - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Dale Weise
  4. Chris VandeVelde - Brayden Schenn - Roman Lyubimov
  1. Ivan Provorov - Radko Gudas
  2. Andrew MacDonald - Shayne Gostisbehere
  3. Michael Del Zotto - Mark Streit
  1. Steve Mason
  2. Anthony Stolarz

Scratches: Nick Schultz, Scott Laughton

Injured: Boyd Gordon, Michal Neuvirth, Sean Couturier, Brandon Manning

Boston lineup

  1. Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
  2. Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Backes
  3. Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Austin Czarnik
  4. Ryan Spooner - Dominic Moore - James “Jimmy” Hayes
  1. Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
  2. Joe Morrow - Brandon Carlo
  3. Kevin Miller - Colin Miller (no relation)
  1. Tuukka Rask
  2. Anton Khudobin

[#] Tue Nov 29 2016 15:10:23 EST from Ari Yanover

Subject: Philippe Myers, Connor Hart named to Team Canada World Junior selection camp

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It’s almost time for the World Juniors - and that means Flyers prospects!

December is almost here. You know what’s in December? Hockey. And Christmas. And the day after Christmas, more hockey. Specifically: the World Junior Hockey Championships.

The fun thing about the U-20s is that most of the players on these teams have already been drafted, which gives us a little extra incentive to watch them. Sure, there’s Team USA, and we all hope the Americans do well - but the Philadelphia Flyers have prospects of other nationalities, too.

In this case, we’re talking about Canada.

Team Canada has released its selection camp roster, and good news: two Flyers are on it. Both Philippe Myers and Carter Hart will have the chance to play for Team Canada on one of the world’s biggest international stages.

Myers turns 20 on Jan. 25, so this is his last year to play in the tournament. He’s 6’5, he’s 209 lbs., and he’s a defenseman who currently has 14 points in 15 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He’s second in team scoring for defensemen - and that’s with having played 11 fewer games than the other guy.

Hart, meanwhile, was picked up just this past June when the Flyers took him at 48th overall. He’s the youngest of the three goalies Team Canada has chosen to take, and with a .937 save percentage for the Everett Silvertips through 20 games this season, he has the best numbers of the three, too. Scratch that, aside from a rookie who has only played a quarter of the games he has, he leads the entire WHL in save percentage.

Also, he’s Everett’s noted #Number1HockeyBoy.

Neither Myers nor Hart have officially made the team yet, but it’s pretty easy to see both of them playing in a Canada jersey come Dec. 26.

[#] Tue Nov 29 2016 15:40:53 EST from Ari Yanover

Subject: Philippe Myers, Carter Hart named to Team Canada World Junior selection camp

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It’s almost time for the World Juniors - and that means Flyers prospects!

December is almost here. You know what’s in December? Hockey. And Christmas. And the day after Christmas, more hockey. Specifically: the World Junior Hockey Championships.

The fun thing about the U-20s is that most of the players on these teams have already been drafted, which gives us a little extra incentive to watch them. Sure, there’s Team USA, and we all hope the Americans do well - but the Philadelphia Flyers have prospects of other nationalities, too.

In this case, we’re talking about Canada.

Team Canada has released its selection camp roster, and good news: two Flyers are on it. Both Philippe Myers and Carter Hart will have the chance to play for Team Canada on one of the world’s biggest international stages.

Myers turns 20 on Jan. 25, so this is his last year to play in the tournament. He’s 6’5, he’s 209 lbs., and he’s a defenseman who currently has 14 points in 15 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He’s second in team scoring for defensemen - and that’s with having played 11 fewer games than the other guy.

Hart, meanwhile, was picked up just this past June when the Flyers took him at 48th overall. He’s the youngest of the three goalies Team Canada has chosen to take, and with a .937 save percentage for the Everett Silvertips through 20 games this season, he has the best numbers of the three, too. Scratch that, aside from a rookie who has only played a quarter of the games he has, he leads the entire WHL in save percentage.

Also, he’s Everett’s noted #Number1HockeyBoy.

Neither Myers nor Hart have officially made the team yet, but it’s pretty easy to see both of them playing in a Canada jersey come Dec. 26.

[#] Tue Nov 29 2016 18:59:08 EST from Travis Hughes

Subject: Flyers vs. Bruins: Lineups, game time, live stream, TV coverage and discussion thread

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Steve Mason is back in net as the Flyers host Boston for the first time in 2016-17

Tonight’s game is on NBCSN across the country, unless you are in the Boston area. The local broadcast there is on NESN. In Canada, the game can be seen on Sportsnet Ontario. 97.5 The Fanatic will carry the Flyers radio call. A live stream can be found here.

Philadelphia lineup

  1. Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
  2. Travis Konecny - Nick Cousins - Jakub Voracek
  3. Meat Read - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Dale Weise
  4. Chris VandeVelde - Brayden Schenn - Roman Lyubimov
  1. Ivan Provorov - Radko Gudas
  2. Andrew MacDonald - Shayne Gostisbehere
  3. Michael Del Zotto - Mark Streit
  1. Steve Mason
  2. Anthony Stolarz

Scratches: Nick Schultz, Scott Laughton

Injured: Boyd Gordon, Michal Neuvirth, Sean Couturier, Brandon Manning

Boston lineup

  1. Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
  2. Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Backes
  3. Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Austin Czarnik
  4. Ryan Spooner - Dominic Moore - James “Jimmy” Hayes
  1. Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
  2. Joe Morrow - Brandon Carlo
  3. Kevin Miller - Colin Miller (no relation)
  1. Tuukka Rask
  2. Anton Khudobin

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 00:04:08 EST from Bill Matz

Subject: Flyers vs. Bruins recap: Oh hey, look, the Flyers won a shootout

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Mason is spectacular in a marathon shootout victory over Boston.

Coming off a convincing 5-3 victory over the lowly Calgary Flames, the Philadelphia Flyers seem to be stabilizing. Michael Raffl appears to have brought balance and chemistry to the Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek pairing. Nick Cousins, while not an ideal fit centering the second line between Wayne Simmonds and Travis Konecny, brings an element of speed and a bit of skill in Sean Couturier’s absence. And these new top-six combinations evened out the third and fourth lines, with Brayden Schenn returning to his natural pivot position, creating the ability for head coach Dave Hakstol to more confidently role four lines heading into a national television showdown with the Boston Bruins.

Missing Zdeno Chara and John Michael-Liles, Boston’s blueline was light coming into the game, giving Philadelphia’s third-ranked scoring offense (3.13 goals/game) its best chance to beat Tuukka Rask, the Bruins’ superstar goaltender who ranks near the top of the league in save-percentage (.940), GAA (1.63) and wins (12; yay wins!).

Struggling to score goals (2.36/game; 24th in NHL) and facing off against Steve Mason, a netminder with a sub-.900 save-percentage, the Bruins enabled the strategy of throwing anything and everything at the net, shooting from everywhere in the first and directing 19 pucks (on 28 attempts) on Mason in the opening twenty minutes. Mason, however, was up to the task.

The Flyers, despite coming in to the contest averaging the second-most shots on net per game in the league, were more selective. Halfway through the game shots were 24-12 in favor of Boston. However, Philadelphia piled up several high-danger chances in the first, capitalizing on traffic in front of Rask to take the 1-0 lead on a Michael Del Zotto point shot, and extending the lead to 2-0 on a power play goal by Giroux, ending his nine-game goalless drought.

Mason’s effort was the highlight of the night for the orange and black, turning away an early scoring chance with a kick save and never looking back, stymying the Boston bombardment for much of the night. Mason’s 44 saves included a short-handed try by an unchecked Patrice Bergeron in the slot, preventing what could have been a league-leading seventh short-handed goal against on the year for the Flyers.

The first goal he allowed was on a Boston power play, a knuckling puck that Mase looked to get a piece of with his waffle board, but couldn’t slow its momentum enough from finding the back of the net. Boston tied the game in a 4-on-4 situation following a tripping minor to Cousins and a questionable embellishment call against David Pastranak.

Raffl continued to look strong as the top-line’s left winger, as Giroux and Co. appeared to be on the attack much of the night. Raffl nearly cashed in with his second goal in as many games on a sweet tic-tac-toe play, similar to the one that resulted in Voracek’s lucky bounce goal against Calgary, that left Rask completely out of position, but Raffl was unable to convert on the back end, simply missing on the tap-in on an empty net. Still, more offensive zone time and chance-generation for first line, which is a great sign moving forward.

Voracek had a chance to give his team the lead when he drew a penalty shot following a strong pass from Giroux, but Rask was up to the task.

Even Andrew MacDonald got in on the action. On top of drawing a couple of penalties, he seemed more aggressive, especially in the neutral zone and at the point, stepping up on several occasions to deny puck-carriers easy exits from their own end.

The third period was a serious problem for the Flyers, as they bled chances and couldn’t stop Boston from tying the game within the first six minutes of action. They’d played bend-but-don’t-break defense all night, and Mason was unable to hold the Bruins off the board.

The tied score seemed to wake the Flyers up as they went back on the attack midway through the third, and with 6:36 got a power play opportunity on a what could have been a number of calls against Brad Marchand, but were unable to convert.

The Flyers own penalty kill continued to show signs of life, killing off all four of Boston’s chances, including a tripping minor against Travis Konecny with under four minutes left in regulation, and held off one final push by the B’s to send the game to 3-on-3 overtime.

The Flyers just weren’t able to find their shot in overtime, and Mason continued his stellar effort making five huge saves in the extra frame, where tensions were extraordinarily high, with several scrums in front of Mason, eventually resulting in Simmonds and Marchand being penalized for matching roughing minors with 1:07 left. Neither team was able to end the game in OT, so we got a skills exhibition to award the extra point in the standings.


  1. Cousins went backhand glove side and was denied.
  2. Ryan Spooner lost his edge trying to cut on Mason in close and never got his shot.
  3. Giroux used his slow down, speed up move and lost his handle, allowing Rask to poke check.
  4. Riley Nash missed over Mason’s glove.
  5. Simmonds went five hole and Rask didn’t open up.
  6. Bergeron seemed to have Mason beat to his stick side, but lost control.
  7. Konecny beat Rask on the glove side after a fake, but Rask deflected the puck off the post.
  8. Mason made a ridiculous sprawling save on Pastranak.
  9. Voracek cut right and beat Rask five hole with a shovel-shot.
  10. Marchand came in with speed and scored backhand over the blocker.
  11. Roman Lyubimov was stoned on a backhand-forehand deke.
  12. David Krejci missed wide.
  13. Brayden Schenn took a quick snapper that Rask swallowed.
  14. Jimmy Hayes deked to his backhand and got Mason down but couldn’t finish.
  15. Matt Read came in slowly and tried to out-wait Rask, but to no avail.
  16. Torey Krug rang a backhander off the crossbar over Mason’s blocker.
  17. Shayne Gostisbehere popped the puck over Rask’s glove to give the Flyers the lead.
  18. Mason gloved a David Backes attempt to win the game.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from Ben Natan

Subject: 2017 NFL Draft Awards: Dalvin Cook, Corey Davis clean up

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Get a load of these fellas.

With the college football regular season sadly coming to a close, there are weeks of awesome games to look back on and, more importantly, fantastic individual performances. At the end of the college football regular season, it is customary to hand out a series of awards to accolade players for various aspects of football and awarding guys at different positions... I thought it would be fun to do the same, but focusing on players who are specifically eligible for the NFL draft this season. So let's hand out some internet trophies!

  • Doak Walker Award for Best Running Back- In a class loaded with truly awesome and highly productive running backs, this award still goes to FSU's Dalvin Cook. Cook finished the regular season with over 2000 yards from scrimmage with 19 total touchdowns while averaging six yards per carry. Cook was a big play threat on a young FSU team where defenses knew the ball was going his way. Despite a slight dip in rushing production from last season, it could be argued that Cook became a more complete back this season, making more consistent down to down plays while also becoming an awesome passing game threat.
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award for Best Wide Receiver- Though he somehow was not nominated for the real award, it seems silly to give this honor to anyone but Corey Davis, who finished his four year career at WMU as the leading receiver in NCAA history. After posting almost 1300 yards this season and an outstanding 17 touchdowns, Davis is up to 5068 yards and 50 touchdowns for his entire college career. The 6-3, 215 pound star made plays in every way for the Broncos during his career and he looks like a prototypical NFL receiver poised to make an impact the moment he makes the league.
  • John Mackey Award for Best Tight End- Despite a down season for Ole Miss, Evan Engram seems like the obvious choice after going for over 900 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Though Engram is undersized by tight end standards (6-3, 230), he still has the dependability of a tight end with the ability to block. He is an outstanding athlete for the position and will be a match up nightmare in the NFL.
  • Rimington Award for Best Center- With the success of their running game, Pat Elflein runs away with this honor. The Ohio State center switched to center before this season after a successful few years playing guard and played even better at the center position. His athletic ability, consistency and intelligence made him so valuable for the Buckeyes and he looks the part of a long time NFL starter.
  • Outland Trophy for Best Lineman- With the option to go with offensive or defensive lineman, there was a wide range of talent to go with. However, considering it is a weaker offensive line class, I wanted to recognize Jon Allen's outstanding career at Alabama playing all over their defensive line. Allen is a versatile defender who has played inside and on the edge for the Crimson Tide and his motor, technique and athletic ability makes him a pain in the ass for offenses. He is one of the safest players in this class and deserves recognition for his productive career and bright future.
  • Lombardi Award for Best Front Seven Player- Just for the sake of changing it up and spreading the love, I want to go with different names and Harold Landry deserves recognition for his awesome season at Boston College. The 6-3, 250 pound defensive end led the nation in sacks, but was also one of the best run defenders in the country. Landry has flown under the radar due to his team not having great name recognition, but I would not be surprised if he went on to have a very strong NFL career.
  • Butkus Award for Best Linebacker- On an undefeated team in the most popular conference in the country, it is still surprising how little we have heard Reuben Foster's name. The Alabama linebacker has been an absolute star for the Tide, using his incredible sideline to sideline speed and football intelligence to be an asset on defense. He looks every bit of an NFL star.
  • Jim Thorpe Award for Best Defensive Back- This was a tough choice because there is an insane amount of draft eligible defensive back talent, but in the end I had to give it to LSU's Jamaal Adams. Though Adams does not have the gaudiest stat sheet, he is an incredible athlete with great size and versatility. His skill set made him LSU's biggest impact defender both as an intimidator and a cover guy. I expect him to be a star NFL strong safety sooner than later.
  • Bronco Nagurski Award for Best Defender- As for the best defender int he draft, that honor goes to none other than Myles Garrett. The Texas A&M defender battled through some injuries this season and did not enjoy his normally productive season. However, with 8.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and 10 QB hurries, Garrett still had a strong year. However, it is his incredible potential married to his overall production in college that make shim such an attractive NFL prospect and the best defender in this draft.
  • Paul Hornung Award for Most Versatile Player- The obvious choice here would be Jabrill Peppers, but after much deliberation, it is hard not to give this honor to Adoreé Jackson. The outstanding USC defender had four total return touchdowns, a receiving touchdown, four interceptions and 11 passes broken up  this season. For his career, Jackson has 15 touchdowns coming on offense, defense and special teams. This season, Jackson progressed into an outstanding perimeter defender for the Trojans, making him not only a legit threat on special teams, but also a very good NFL cornerback prospect.
  • Spirit Award for Most Inspirational Player- Though this is not consequential to NFL prospects necessarily, it felt important to honor Pitt's James Connor for an admirable fight against cancer and miraculous return to be one of the more productive running backs in the country. Connor averaged 5.1 yards per carry on his way to almost 1100 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. On top of that, he added a new component to his game, gaining nearly 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Connor was impressively productive on a Pitt team where he was one of the only options to score. His character and emotional strength propelled him to return so strongly after enduring cancer treatment for all of the 2015 season. I have a feeling he will be a special NFL player with that character and wish him nothing but the best.
  • Davey O'Brien Award for Best Quarterback- In a year where some people are decrying the quality of quarterbacks, this was a harder choice than many folks would thing. However, Deshaun Watson deserves the recognition for being the best draft eligible quarterback. Though Deshone Kizer is a good prospect and Patrick Mahomes' numbers and potential make him a consideration, Watson's potential, production and on the field product is hard to ignore. Though Watson will likely not match his incredible total yardage numbers from last season, he is poised to break his passing numbers from last season and is on his way to the Playoffs for the second year. Watson started the season slow, but consistently came on at the right times in games and he seems to have a special "it-factor" that has given Clemson a chance every week. I am excited about what he is going to do in the NFL.
  • Heisman Award- This is a tough choice because quantifying the best prospect is a bit different than doing so with the best player in college football. Though it would make sense to give this award one of the two players I think would be first overall picks (Myles Garrett or Deshaun Watson), I want to give this award to the player that is not only outstanding, but is also so much better than the next best player at his position. That is why I believe the most outstanding player is Dalvin Cook. Although Cook will not be a first overall pick or maybe even a top 10 pick, he is far and away the best running back this year and his complete game and consistent production at the college level are mind boggling. I am ecstatic about seeing his athletic ability on display at the combine and I am sure he will be a dangerous player at the next level.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from AdamHermann

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Plus, Doug Pederson talks a struggling Fletcher Cox.

Doug Pederson met with reporters Tuesday afternoon to discuss the aftermath of the Eagles’ loss to the Packers. Here’s what he touched on:

Injury updates

  • Ryan Mathews had a right knee MCL sprain. Pederson said he was day to day, and they’ll have more evaluation on him this week.
  • Jordan Matthews had a right ankle sprain in the game, but everything came back negative. Pederson said he’ll be fine and will be good for the game against the Bengals on Sunday. He probably won’t practice on Wednesday.
  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai is “still a ways away,” and is still week to week.
  • Brandon Brooks, who was hospitalized on Monday with an illness, will be back in there this week according to Pederson. He said everything checked out fine.
  • Marcus Smith left the game with a left shoulder contusion, but Pederson said he’ll be fine, and he’s just sore.

On Fletcher Cox’s waning production

On Cox’s recent struggles:

“I think he’s, he draws a lot of attention. He draws a lot of double teams, gets a lot of hands on him. He still is very, at times, disruptive and can be a force inside. It’s just, he’s mentally good, physically he’s good. It’s just a matter of the sheer determination and wanting to get the job done. He’s still a very capable defensive lineman for us, and we do expect, and I expect, a lot from guys like Fletcher, and he does as well.”

On Cox’s personal fouls:

“What I saw, and what the officials saw, is I think any time you strike the quarterback in the head or neck area, which is what they saw, then obviously the flag’s going to be thrown. Some of it ... I’m not going to slow his aggression down based on penalties. ... Then I need to sit down with him, and say, ‘Hey, Fletcher, let’s keep our hands down. Let’s not hit the quarterback. Let’s lower our target. Let’s do a lot of other things.’ Next thing you know, we’re going low and it’s a flag for hitting the quarterback at the knees. This game happens so fast that it’s hard sometimes when you’re in the heat of the moment. Was that a pass interference on Bryce Treggs? It’s bang-bang. Who knows? It’s those types of things that happen so fast in this game that I can’t ... all I can do is grab him and say, hey, we’ve got to be careful.”

On getting away from the run game in the loss

Why’d the Eagles not run very much?

“Well we started to get into what we call our Mock, or our tempo world, there a little bit. Mixed it up. Carson actually managed a couple situations for us where he got us from a couple passes to a couple runs, and vice versa, based on what they were doing defensively. You can always look back on a Monday or Tuesday and say we should’ve done this, or should’ve done that, but I think the way things were going in the game, and we didn’t have a ton of touches offensively, it was giving us the best opportunity to keep ourselves in the football game last night.

Couldn’t you have used the run to balance time of possession?

“I think that’s a possibility, yes. I think that’s a possibility in any football game. If you can do that against good offenses, I think you can control the clock. The thing that gets you is you’ve got to make sure your execution is pretty much flawless at the time so you can stay on the field. You can’t have penalties, obviously. You can’t have negative rushing plays, things like that. Things like that will hurt you.”

Wendell Smallwood was running well, right?

“He was having himself a pretty good day, and we were doing a good job in the run game, so yeah, looking back on it today, with different eyes, you could probably say that.”

How do you figure out how to run more in the future?

“I’m constantly monitoring the run-pass ratio during the football game. Constantly. And, you know, series starts, first down within a series, always monitoring that and asking upstairs, because they’re keeping track of it for me, and Frank and I are always dialoguing on the sidelines, so there’s ways we monitor that to keep ourselves as manageable as we can in those situations.”

On Nelson Agholor’s taking the day off

Will Agholor play on Sunday? Or is he sitting again?

“I’m not going to come out and say that today. I’m going to get through this week of practice again. Jordan will be okay with the ankle, and we’ve just got to see, again, where Nelson’s at, where his mind and head are at. He had a good week last week, so we’ll monitor that again.

What did he learn from Monday night?

“I just think he ... the biggest thing is just seeing the way the offense works, the way the game kind of unfolds, and how guys react in certain situations. And I wanted him to put himself in the game situations and see how he’d react, how he’d play, how he’d run that route. It’s a lot easier to do that, obviously, from a removed position, where you can see that big-picture and a little bit calmer eyes where the pressure and stress aren’t on you to perform. That’s what I hope he takes away from this and learns for down the road.”

On whether he’s okay with Jim Schwartz not talking after games

“Ultimately, I have to answer for it all. I’ll stand up here and take the heat. I’ll take the good, the bad, the ugly, the indifferent. It doesn’t make me one way or the other. It’s not difference to me. It’s what I signed up for. I’m okay with that.”

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from AdamHermann

Subject: Eagles fans should be content knowing Carson Wentz is the future

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Rome wasn’t built in an offseason.

As the Eagles tumbled toward obscurity on Monday night, an adage at least 130 years old wormed its way into my brain. Many people are believed to have uttered some version; one possible originator is 19th century French writer Alphonse Karr.

“Some people,” Karr supposedly said, “are always finding fault with Nature for putting thorns on roses; I always thank her for having put roses on thorns.”

The history and wording of the quote is contended, but the sentiment remains clear. In most situations, there are two ways to look at things. One is to be discontent with negatives because of expected positives. The other is to be content with positives because of expected negatives. How you approach this dichotomy will decide how you feel as the Eagles play the final five games of this year.

Eagles fans, of course, were treated to a delightful first three weeks of the season, back in September when everyone was naive and everything was possible. The Eagles won three games and lost zero, and all of a sudden the expected positives were great.

Could Carson Wentz make the Eagles a playoff contender? Could they be… Super Bowl contenders?

These questions were asked. They probably weren’t smart, but they were asked because, at the time, everything was roses and nothing was thorns.

And then, as should have been expected, everything regressed to the mean. Those preseason expectations of six wins and a lot of work to do? They were correct. Wentz finally threw an interception. Jim Schwartz’s impenetrable defense proved fallible. Even Dave Fipp’s special teams unit, the best in the league, lost a matchup on Monday Night Football.

As the Inquirer’s Mike Sielski wrote in this morning’s paper, the Eagles are still very much learning who they are:

They need to learn more about which players ought to have a chance to grow with the two of them, because make no mistake: Neither Pederson nor Wentz is near being a finished product yet, and the longer the season has gone on, the more flaws they've shown.

I’ll take it one step further: the Eagles are not a very good football team right now, and that is okay. It might even be better than okay that they’re not a very good football team right now. Can you imagine the kinds of problems this team might create for itself if Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie were accidentally convinced they’d fixed the team by simply adding a rookie quarterback and trading for a guy like Dorial Green-Beckham?

There need to be clear goals for this offseason. Roseman and Lurie need to know what the Eagles are bad at if they want them to be consistently good for years to come. By losing games, and losing them in ways that highlight the roster’s shortcomings over and over again, we’re being shown a road map to improvement. It’s like being given a puzzle half-completed.

This puzzle’s holes are clear. Eagles desperately need wide receivers. They need cornerbacks, and they need a running back, and they need some offensive line depth. And those are fixable problems, through free agency and the draft.

And the pieces in place? Also clear. The Eagles have their quarterback of the future. They have talented linebackers, key to any team interested in defending the pass and the run equally well. Their safeties are stout and young.

So, to Eagles fans who got really angry last night as they failed to beat a Packers team which, while underperforming this year, is still quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers, I suggest you try to reel it in and save the anger over these next five weeks for something that matters.

This is the team we expected before the season began and, except for a very enjoyable first three weeks of the season, this is the team the Eagles always were, thorns both included. Just be glad for the roses.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from Dave Mangels

Subject: 8 Things we learned or re-learned in the Eagles loss to the Packers

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More of the same as the season hits the homestretch

The Eagles lost to the Packers on Monday Night, and they keep having the same issues nearly every week. Again, that is by comparison a good problem to have. A rebuilding team that encounters the same issues week in and week out is, in terms of offseason strategy and future improvement, in a better spot than another struggling team that has a different problem every week. A team with different problems each week has deep systemic issues that probably require a full reboot. The Eagles are freshly rebooted, and it’s going to take at least another season to fully get up and running. A lot of the growing pains are ones we expected.

Like last week, we’re once again not really learning anything new anymore. But unlike last week, the Eagles didn’t go on the road and face the best home team over the past half decade. They played a team that hadn’t won on the road all year, and the things that led to their loss were, frustratingly, not anything new. We’re no longer learning anything, we’re running around the block.

1 The wide receivers are fucking terrible

We’ve known this all season long, but it really got hammered home on Monday against a truly awful Packers secondary. Dorial Green-Beckham is only good at catching slants. Nelson Agholor wouldn’t have done anything to positively change the game if he played. Bryce Treggs has speed and nothing else. Paul Turner did nothing. Jordan Matthews is the best of the bunch, and he’s had some brutal drops, though not on Monday. There isn’t a worse group in the NFL.

2 The tight ends stink too

Another year, another season where Zach Ertz doesn’t do much for the first three months of the season. Ertz was given a huge pay day to be one of the best players on the Eagles offense and a great safety valve for Wentz. Instead he’s having the worst season of his career, and it isn’t for a lack of opportunities, only Jordan Matthews has more targets per game. He can’t separate from defenders and when he catches the ball he almost never breaks a tackle or has any yards after the catch. Trey Burton looked like he could have a bit of a break out season as a dependable receiver, he’s been mostly invisible when he’s not on the sidelines. This was supposed to be a position of strength.

3 This team lacks depth

Marginal differences add up, and the Eagles lack of depth on both sides of the ball leave them at a stark disadvantage. The lack of starting talent at WR is compounded by the depth players being a UDFA waiver wire pick up and a UDFA practice squad player. The lack of depth at defensive back means when a 7th round rookie or a backup safety who was cut twice last year comes in to play, QBs have targets to pick on. The lack of depth at DT made it easy for offensive lines to double team Fletcher Cox, and the lack of depth at pass rusher meant the Eagles can’t take advantage of those double teams. This is all to be expected of a rebuilding team, but in the middle of a season it’s easy to get frustrated by it.

4 All things considered, the OL has held its own

Offensive line depth has been tested all year through suspension and injuries, but unlike the rest of the Eagles, the o-line keeps on keeping on. Brandon Brooks was hospitalized with an illness and the Eagles had to make a last minute adjustment and start Isaac Semualo at right guard, giving the Eagles three different starters from just a few weeks ago. The patchwork line held last week against Seattle, and they kept the pace this week despite the last minute adjustments. Sure, the line could be better, Jason Kelce and Stefen Wisniewski had bad games and Jason Peters could be more disciplined this season, but around the league there are teams with first choice lineups getting less than the Eagles are with rookies and journeymen.

5 Jim Schwartz isn’t going anywhere

There’s an underlying fear that Jim Schwartz will leave the Eagles after this season to take a head coaching job, and it rises after every win. Schwartz is a damn good coordinator, but the past two games show that teams won’t be lining up to interview him in January. His defenses have always been overly aggressive, and it’s burned the Eagles:

And too often after the offense scores the defense lets the opposition march down the field and into the end zone. Schwartz might want to unwind his players a little.

6 Doug Pederson makes a pretty good game script

A staple of West Coast offenses is to script the first 10, 15, sometimes even 20 plays. For the most part this season, especially the last couple of games, the Eagles offense has played very well on the opening drive. They scored on their first drives in seven games, and did it by moving the ball in a variety of ways. That’s a great start in any situation, to do so with the skill position players the Eagles have is impressive work by the coaching staff.

7 Cornerback is a big draft need

We’re going to have months and months to talk and debate all the various needs the Eagles have and how to fix them, but we know and have known that corner is a serious draft need, and Monday showed it. Leodis McKelvin and Nolan Carroll are about what you’ll get in free agency: fine “#2s” who can give you a good game but rarely a really strong one. There doesn’t look to be a guy worth paying big money to in free agency (not to mention it’s never worked out for the Eagles), so the draft will have to be the way to get some corners who can run with top tier WRs. Luckily, this draft looks to be a good one for them.

8 Screw the numbers with Wentz

Way back before the season started, I said don’t worry too much about the numbers with Carson Wentz. He’s got a terrible supporting cast, a rookie head coach and he is a rookie. The naysayers will point to the stats, and they’re not pretty. But statistically, Donovan McNabb was worse in his rookie season than Tim Tebow’s career. Worse than Tim Tebow. But you could tell he had the tools to be great. It’s the same with Wentz, he’s clearly the best player on the offense and makes plays that only a handful of QBs can make. Everyone relax.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from AdamHermann

Subject: The Linc: The Eagles were never contenders

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It was all a dream.

Eagles news and notes for 11/29

Sielski: Loss reveals Eagles’ true nature as rebuilding team - Inquirer

Enough with the illusion that the Eagles were happy to try to sell: that they could have it both ways, that they could compete for the postseason and rebuild at the very same time, that they could rotate callow players into the lineup and love up the ones who couldn't quite cut it and it would all be A-OK.

Enough with all of that. After their 27-13 loss Monday night to the Packers, the Eagles are 5-6, alone in last place in the NFC East. They are winless against their three intradivisional opponents and have a better record than just five of the other 15 teams in the conference. With each successive week, with each injury or coach's decision that makes another starter unavailable, they're revealing how thin their roster was and how far they have yet to go to replenish their talent supply.

They have a rookie head coach in Doug Pederson and a rookie quarterback in Carson Wentz, and the primary purpose of this season always should have been their development in their respective roles. That mission became easy to abandon in the heady rush of that early success, those three dominant victories over the Browns, the Bears, and the Steelers, but it should be their focus from here until that New Year's Day game against the Dallas Cowboys. They need to learn more about what they have in Pederson and Wentz. They need to learn more about which players ought to have a chance to grow with the two of them, because make no mistake: Neither Pederson nor Wentz is near being a finished product yet, and the longer the season has gone on, the more flaws they've shown.

Eagles-Packers: Instant Observations - Birds 24/7


*As a whole, the Eagles’ offense put up a poor performance against a bad defense. The Packers allow 28 points per game this season, but the Birds scored just 13. The defense certainly didn’t help, but the Eagles’ lack of commitment to running the ball contributed to them holding the ball for more than 10 minutes less than the Packers did. They averaged 4.5 yards per carry, but they totaled just 81 yards on the ground. Running backs carried the ball just 13 times for Philadelphia.

*Carson Wentz looked good in the first half, completing 13 of his 17 passes for 147 yards, 8.6 yards per attempt and a 101.8 passer rating. He threw a beautiful ball to Jordan Matthews for a 20-yard gain to get out of the shadow of the Eagles’ end zone late in the first half, which also contributed to the field goal they converted with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter. He had good, consistent ball placement in the first half, and he finally got some help from his receivers as they didn’t drop a pass. Wentz was also a threat on the ground, as he ran one yard for his first NFL rushing touchdown. He had a 17-yard gain as well, compiling 26 yards on three rushes.

Bowen: Eagles’ front seven fails vs. Packers - Daily News

The bigger problem, as it was in Seattle, was the Eagles' supposedly dominant front seven, which didn't dominate a patchwork Packers offensive line. Rodgers easily escaped pressure early, as Russell Wilson had done in Seattle. As the game wore on, Rodgers didn't really have to escape, he just stood patiently in the pocket until a receiver came free. One almost always did. If Leodis McKelvin was on the field, Rodgers targeted him. Otherwise, it was Jaylen Watkins, who is starting to look a lot like the guy Chip Kelly cut last year. Rodgers was not sacked, which was the key stat of the game.

Fletcher Cox took his third crucial, drive-extending roughing-the-passer penalty of the season. Each time the opposition has gone on to score a touchdown.

The evening began on a jarring note, when the Eagles announced that starting right guard Brandon Brooks had been hospitalized with an illness Monday, giving rookie Isaac Seumalo his first NFL start. Allen Barbre was already moving from left guard to right tackle, with Halapoulivaasti Vaitai injured, and Stefen Wisniewski was replacing Barbre. You could tell the group hadn't played or practiced together.

For a while, it seemed the Eagles had a puncher's chance. Rodgers and Wentz dueled up and down the South Philadelphia turf in the first half, Rodgers and the Packers going to the locker room with a 14-10 lead. Both defenses went to the locker room desperately seeking answers. Green Bay found some, the Eagles did not.

The Packers converted 10 of their first 12 third downs, a stat that doesn't include two more converted via penalty.

Eagles-Packers: Roob’s 10 observations - CSN Philly

7. Not much to say about the defense. They just didn’t show up. No sacks. No takeaways. Terrible on third down (10-for-14, 71 percent, highest vs. the Eagles since the Raiders converted 82 percent in Oakland in 1995 in Randall Cunningham’s final start as an Eagle). Allowed nearly 400 yards. Gave up a 50-yard play. Just a meek effort by a group that was allowing less than 10 points per game at the Linc before tonight. First time since the Steelers in 2012 and second time since 2008 the Eagles have failed to record a sack or takeaway in a game. First time since the Bills in 2007 it’s happened at the Linc.

8. We’re seeing a real trend this year of the Eagles just not being ready at the start of games. In Detroit, they were down 14-0 before the end of the first quarter. The Redskins were up 14-0 in the middle of the second quarter. The Giants were up 14-0 after just 5 ½ minutes. The Seahawks got a 72-yard TD run on their fifth play from scrimmage. And Monday night, the Packers drove 75 yards on each of their first two drives to take a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. It’s happening too much to be a coincidence. The Eagles generally calm down after their slow starts and play better, but when a team repeatedly is digging itself into a big hole in the first quarter, it’s an issue. And it’s something Doug Pederson has to stop very quickly.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from Dave Mangels

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Eagles drop a must win game

The Eagles lost to the Packers 27-13 on Monday Night Football. It was bad.


The Packers

Green Bay won, convincingly, to snap their road losing streak, snap the Eagles home winning streak, and improve their playoff chances. Both teams desperately needed a win, and the Packers were the only team that played like it.


There were no drops until late in the 3rd quarter. Baby steps!

Caleb Sturgis

A 48 and a 50 yard field goal after missing a 44 yarder two weeks ago (no attempts last week) and having a 40 yarder blocked the week before. Confidence restored.

Wendell Smallwood

Smallwood looked like a good change of pace back, showing burst and vision. That's kind of a backhanded compliment for a guy who started, but in the context of a 5th round rookie behind a patchwork OL, he had a nice game.


Eagles playoff chances

The Eagles aren't eliminated, but with 6 losses it's hard to see them making the playoffs. Winning out to get to 10-6 would be a hell of a finish, but 10-6 might not get a team into the playoffs on record alone this year. Five teams are ahead of them for the Wild Card.

Doug Pederson’s challenge

Even though he won it, Pederson challenging a complete pass for 2 yards on 1st down is one of the worst challenges of the season. This challenge by Mike Tomlin is probably the worst, but Pederson’s is charging up the field for a podium finish like it’s Max Verstappen. At least Tomlin was hoping to get the ball.

Pass catchers

Good hands aside, and with the caveat that Jordan Matthews missed a large portion of the game with an ankle injury... against the worst pass defense they will face all year, Eagles pass catchers had a terrible game. Dorial Green-Beckham led the team with 82 yards but was nearly invisible for the second half. Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner did nothing, and Zach Ertz once again had no yards after the catch against a Packers defense that couldn’t stop tight ends coming into this game. It’s hard to imagine that Nelson Agholor would have made any kind of a difference. You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and Eagles receivers are one of the weakest links in the league.

Jim Schwartz

Schwartz has had some great games this season. And he's had some clunkers. Monday night was one. Yeah, it's Aaron Rodgers, and he's still great. But this defense kept Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown out of the end zone, and gave the top scoring Falcons offense their worst game of the season. They’d been tested before. Rodgers made them look silly, dropping pin point passes for his third best passer rating this season and had the Packers looking like a team storming to the playoffs rather than a 4-6 team.

The Packers came out and consistently moved the chains with short passes, and Schwartz and his defense couldn't do anything about it. His line again did little against an elusive QB behind a struggling offensive line, incapable of containing and frustrating Russell Wilson and now Aaron Rodgers. And they got sliced in the secondary, Rodgers is the only QB to throw for over 300 yards against the Eagles this season. Green Bay was 10 of 14 on third down, Green Bay scored on 5 of 6 meaningful possessions (not counting the end of half kneels), with drives of 5:09, 7:48, 6:28 and 8:21. Jim Schwartz got out coached by Mike McCarthy, who’s probably on the hot seat, the Packers beat the Eagles at their own game.


Yeah, no need for full time officials. Everything is fine!

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from AdamHermann

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The Eagles lost. Your thoughts?

We watched the Eagles lose to the Packers on Monday night. Here’s what we saw:

Pass offense: B-

One overthrown interception aside, Carson Wentz looked very good on Monday night, as he should’ve against a decidedly bad defense. He made a few very impressive throws, and showed some really solid poise against the pass rush.

And he did it all without Jordan Matthews for the majority of the second half, with a man named Paul Turner lining up outside, and Dorial Green-Freaking-Beckham as his most productive wideout.

In fairness, Green-Beckham looked better in the first half than he had all season long. He caught five passes for 58 yards in the first 30 minutes, played physically, and made contested catches. The young wideout has a very long way left to go if he wants to be any kind of consistent contributor, but at least Monday night he showed a couple of flashes of what the Eagles were hoping to get when they traded Dennis Kelly for the young pass-catcher.

One other thing? Paul Turner didn’t show up at all. The greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL was inexplicably silenced both by his head coach and by an atrocious secondary. I can’t imagine why a guy who was unable to get off the practice squad for 11 weeks wasn’t the instant fix.

Run offense: C+

Remember when Carson Wentz was teased as a mobile-friendly quarterback? The kind of guy who could scare opposing defenses by threatening to make plays with his feet? His impact through 11 games on the ground was pretty darn limited. On Monday night, the rookie made a handful of very impressive plays on the run, including a 17-yard gallop and his first career rushing touchdown.

It was exciting, and it helped hide the fact that, without Ryan Mathews available, the Eagles weren’t very effective on the ground outside of their quarterback. Wendell Smallwood showed plenty of burst early in the third quarter, but Doug Pederson only afforded the rookie running back nine attempts, which he took for 37 yards. Smallwood needs more touches in the ground game.

With a slapdash offensive line, it makes more than enough sense to not want to run the ball a whole lot. But the Eagles had run for at least 94 yards in each of their first 11 games this year. Being held to 81, against a bad defense, is at the very least a bit surprising.

Pass defense: C-

Rodgers had basically whatever he wanted all night long against a fairly talent-less cornerbacks corps. He finished 30 of 39 for 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sheesh.

To be honest, Jalen Mills and Leodis McKelvin didn’t even play poor games. Rodgers’ 50-yard completion to Devante Adams was simply a perfectly-thrown ball. His second touchdown pass, also to Adams, was equally so.

Sometimes you play a quarterback who is very good and, despite your best efforts, you get eviscerated. That’s what happened to the Eagles on Monday night. They don’t have playmaking corners, the kinds of guys who can change the way an opposing quarterback operates, and so they suffer. Especially when the pass rush is non-existent.

Which, by the way, is a problem. Fletcher Cox has no sacks and three personal fouls since Week 5. Brandon Graham was silenced on Monday night. Vinny Curry, per usual this season, was invisible. The Packers drew up plenty of quick throws, sure, but there were also plays which could have resulted in sacks or at least significant pressures with any semblance of a pass rush. One great Jordan Hicks play aside, there was nothing of the sort.

Run defense: B-

Aaron Rodgers ran the ball well against the Eagles, which is less than ideal. The rest of the Packers? Well, they haven’t been able to run on anyone this season, so holding them to 76 yards on 26 carries isn’t exactly impressive. Allowing a rushing touchdown to a 23-year-old named Aaron Ripkowski isn’t, either.

Overall, though, the Eagles’ defense kept the Packers’ runners in check. Not a whole lot to complain about. Certainly better than the other half of the defense looked on Monday night.

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[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 05:55:21 EST from AdamHermann

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Done in by a better offense.

Try as he might, Carson Wentz isn’t yet good enough to overcome playing with a decidedly mediocre team all on his own.

Wentz was short his best wide receiver for the second half of Monday night’s game against the Packers, his defense couldn’t hold a candle to a rejuvenated Aaron Rodgers, and the Eagles lost to the Packers, 27-13.

The Eagles are now 5-6, under .500 for the first time this season. After starting the year 3-0, they are 2-6 in their last eight games. With five left to play this season, the postseason looks effectively unattainable for Wentz’s first season as the team’s quarterback.

Rodgers and the Packers faced little to no resistance for the majority of Monday’s game. He finished 30 of 39 for 313 yards and two touchdowns, slicing up the Eagles’ defense all evening and converting 10 of 14 first downs. The Eagles’ vaunted defensive line didn’t show up all night, except when Brandon Graham committed a neutral zone infraction and Fletcher Cox committed a personal foul on a tackle against Rodgers.

On the offensive side of the ball, Wentz threw the ball to whoever happened to wander on to the field, which, as has been the case for the majority of the season, was no one with much talent. Dorial Green Beckham caught six passes for 82 yards, but he was mainly invisible in the second half.

Doug Pederson’s offense limited Wentz to a bunch of tight end snag plays and screen passes, especially once Jordan Matthews left the game with an ankle injury. It’s hard to blame Pederson for reigning Wentz in considering the lack of skill at wide receiver, but it’s also hard to blame Wentz for struggling to find much footing for a complete game. He’s playing with eminently replaceable skill players.

In general, what we watched on Monday night was a matchup of a hamstrung, middling team with plenty of growing to do and an underachieving, middling team with plenty more upside. The Eagles have holes all over the field, and with six losses in eight games, those holes have been shown off and paraded on national television.

Which, of course, is fine! It really, truly is. This team entered the season with zero postseason expectations. That they aren’t going to the playoffs isn’t some damning failure, nor an indictment of Wentz or Pederson. It is simply a note on where they stand after one year, and a treatise on what needs to be better if they would like to compete in a suddenly-talented NFC East moving forward.

Things are fine. It, as former Philadelphia resident Sam Hinkie would say, is a process. Don’t expect much from the last five games of the season. Because this Eagles team isn’t going anywhere too fast.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 06:10:36 EST from Kelly Hinkle

Subject: Wednesday Morning Fly By: Woo!

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*Oh baby that was a fun win! Sometimes sports are fun and good. RECAP!

*The Phantoms won last night too, woo! [Highland Park Hockey]

*We are still without Brandon Manning, who is now officially "day to day" with an upper body injury. [Sons of Penn]

*So Claude Giroux's five on five production is now officially a story. [CSN Philly]

*So, how about this Ivan Provorov fellow? Not bad eh? [Pattison Ave]

*Anthony Stolarz considers Steve Mason a mentor. Probably because Steve Mason is a good goaltender. [CSN Philly]

*What's super cool about the Flyers organization is how many of the team's alumni stick around; the new guys get to learn from these guys, and that's awesome. [Sports Illustrated]

*Speaking of Flyers' alumni, Mark Howe is being honored for his service to USA Hockey. [Inquirer]

*Looks like we'll be seeing some Flyers prospects at the next World Junior Championship. [TSN]

*Trade deadline rumors in November? WHY NOT?! [The Hockey News]

*And finally, DGB brings us the seven best kinds of NHL contracts. Notably missing is anything involving the words 6 years, $30m. [Sportsnet]

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 09:44:05 EST from Charlie O'Connor

Subject: Flyers 3, Bruins 2: 10 things we learned from two points stolen

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On a number of occasions this season, the Flyers have dominated the opposition but ended up on the short end of the result. Last night’s game helped make up for that.

Morning Observations is a feature where we break down the previous night's game with an analytical eye.

#1: Steve Mason basically the only reason the Flyers won

For all of the (justified) concern surrounding the play of the Philadelphia goaltending in general and Steve Mason’s play specifically so far this year, it seems only fair to note that last night was the second time in six appearances that saw Mason bail out a poor play-driving performance from the skaters. However, his performance against the Jets back on November 17th even paled in comparison to the game that Mason put forth against Boston.

For about a 45-minute span in the middle of the contest, the Flyers’ netminder was legitimately the only player doing anything right, aside from two good shifts in the first period that ended in Philadelphia goals. Other than that, the team was getting bulldozed on almost every 5-on-5 shift. Mason ended up facing 47 shots during regulation and overtime, stopping 45 of them. But let’s not stop there. Boston finished with 23 regular scoring chances, 12 high-danger chances, and 3.69 Expected Goals. But Mason would allow just two goals in 65 minutes, and then only one tally in the shootout on a whopping nine opportunities for the Bruins.

To a man, every Flyers player admitted that the team doesn’t win this game without Mason. He hasn’t been perfect over the past few weeks, but it would be tough to argue that he hasn’t put his spotty start to the season far behind him after this dominant showing. He’s up to an 0.898 overall save percentage on the year, and I’d expect that rate to keep rising in the weeks ahead. After the game, I asked Dave Hakstol what he believed changed in Mason’s game from the start of the year to now, and he had an interesting answer. “Oh, very little,” he said, before noting, “It’s not even a game of inches as a goaltender.” Essentially, he was saying that Mason wasn’t in need of some massive overhaul even when he was struggling mightily, but just little tweaks here and there to get back to his old self. He sure looked like it last night.

#2: Flyers were obliterated at 5-on-5

Philadelphia’s performance against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night was the team’s most complete 60-minute performance of the season, a domination on every level imaginable. So of course, as an encore, the Flyers went out last night and did the exact opposite. If you’re looking for a metric that didn’t have Philadelphia getting taken to the cleaners last night at 5-on-5, you’ll be scouring stat websites until puck drop of tomorrow’s game against the Senators. They finished with an awful 32.69% score-adjusted Corsi, lost the scoring chance battle 16-1, and watched Boston rack up 82.07% of the Expected Goals in the game. It was a shellacking.

Interestingly enough, the Flyers didn’t get off to a terrible start. In fact, they held their own over the first five minutes, until a few extended shifts in the Philadelphia end by Boston began to turn the tide. That trend basically held until Boston tied the game in the third, which sparked the Flyers to at least come close to breaking even with their opponent the rest of the way. But Philadelphia executed poorly for over two-thirds of the game, and most nights that’s not going to be enough to give you a victory. Steve Mason truly bailed them out here. Report & Highlights | Corsica.Hockey Game Recap Page | Recap | NaturalStatTrick Recap | | BSH Recap | Meltzer’s Musings

#3: Fair to note that the players and coach seem to get it

One thing that I noted while interviewing players during the Craig Berube era is that often there was a disconnect between what advanced metrics told us about how a team performed and the narratives coming from the players and coach after the game. For example, if the team spent the entire third period in their own zone protecting a lead and came away with a win, the mantra out of the locker room would have been that the final stanza was a success and that they really tightened up defensively in the end, not that they were buried under a deluge of shot attempts and maybe would have been better off trying to push the play more.

That’s not the case under Hakstol. It’s rare when the narrative presented by the stats fails to match what the players (or Hakstol himself) say after the game. Sure, this one was particularly easy, as it was obvious that the Flyers were dramatically outplayed. But each and every player noted dissatisfaction with the performance despite the win, and Hakstol specifically stated, “You take the two points, you move forward and take a look at ourselves and make sure we’re better the next night out,” making it very clear that this wasn’t a game for anyone (aside from Mason) to take pride in. I suspect he made similar comments directly to his club before the media was given access to the locker room, considering how the all of the players echoed his sentiment.

Truthfully, I’m not sure to what degree Hakstol and the coaching staff use analytics. I know from off-the-record conversations that the current front office is aware of them and has been open to their application in the recent past, but that’s about it. However, even if Hakstol isn’t checking Corsi charts period by period, it’s clear he has an intuitive understanding of what a winning process should look like. He’s understandably received criticism from fans this year (specifically for lineup choices), but that fact should be encouraging.

#4: Giroux breaks scoreless drought

Since Sunday’s comfortable victory over the Flames provided little to criticize, certain pockets of the fanbase moved to another favorite topic — fretting over Claude Giroux. After all, he hadn’t scored a goal since November 8th, and his even strength scoring rates have been more befitting a low-end third liner than the 1C that the Flyers expect him to be. So it was definitely encouraging to see Giroux halt his scoreless drought last night, blasting a power play goal past Tuukka Rask in the first period to extend his team’s lead to 2-0.

However, it was a power play goal, and no one has any real worries about Giroux’s PP prowess disappearing in the near future. The big concern in his 5v5 play, and like his teammates, Giroux wasn’t good in that regard last night, finishing with a 26.98% score-adjusted Corsi. However, I was enthused by one thing I saw from Giroux last night — it seemed like he was making an extra effort to carry the puck through the neutral zone and generate controlled zone entries. His drop from being a 60% Controlled Entry rate player to a sub-50% one has mirrored his decline in terms of 5v5 efficiency, and I can’t help but theorize that the two issues are connected. I believe that if Giroux can return to his attacking ways in the neutral zone, better scoring (and play-driving) at even strength will follow. It was nice to see him take a step in the right direction in that regard last night, regardless of the raw results.

#4: Boston played like the well-coached team that they are

The Bruins were missing Zdeno Chara and John-Michael Liles, two of their four most effective defensemen, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by looking at the 5v5 charts. Boston thrived despite the injuries using a method that the Flyers took full advantage of last season when they were trying to shelter a limited blueline corps — completely avoid spending time in the defensive zone due to an aggressive forecheck and tight neutral zone checking.

The goal is essentially to cut the ice in half, forcing the vast majority of play to occur on the opponent’s side of the red line. Offensive zone forecheck with two men below the red line were the standard, and the Bruins’ neutral zone line was stationed dangerously close to the Philadelphia end, ready to gather zone exits that weren’t right on target. So far this season, Boston has been one of the NHL’s best play-driving squads at 5v5, and in watching last night’s game, it was easy to see why. Their execution was fantastic, despite being undermanned.

#6: Flyers actually matched up well with Bergeron line

The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak has arguably been the NHL’s most effective trio over the first quarter of the season. Bergeron is obviously elite, but Marchand established himself as a top-tier goal scorer last year to match his play-driving skills, and Pastrnak is clearly a future star. So in a game that saw the Flyers be butchered at 5v5, the Bergeron line had to be a driving force behind that, correct? Surprisingly, it wasn’t the case. In fact, Pastrnak, Marchand and Bergeron finished with -20.21%, -21.72% and -22.31% score-adjusted Corsi relative to their teammate rates respectively, and they all just barely finished above break-even on a night when the best-performing Bruins were over 80%.

It wasn’t as if the Flyers tried to hard line match, either. Giroux’s line got the most time against Bergeron, but Cousins, Bellemare and Schenn’s lines all faced them as well. In fact, it was the Cousins and Bellemare units that had the best shifts against Bergeron and company, which I certainly wouldn’t have predicted going into the game. Unfortunately, the dominant performance of the Boston second line (centered by David Krejci, long a Flyers killer) nullified the team’s decent play against the top unit, but preventing the Bruins’ top trio from running wild definitely made life a little easier for Steve Mason, at least.

#7: Gudas - Provorov pairing got buried

The pairing of Ivan Provorov and Radko Gudas was one that fans had wanted to see for quite a while. After all, both defensemen seem to be play-drivers, both have plus instincts in the neutral zone, and they bring a perfect lefty-righty handedness combination to boot. The pair showed real potential against Calgary, posting strong advanced metrics and looking great doing so, but they took a real step back last night.

The biggest problem was passing. You expect it from Gudas, who goes through stretches of being incapable of completing a tape-to-tape pass from time to time. But Provorov has been the blueline’s most accurate passer this season, and even he was making bad reads and even flat misfiring on feeds. The result was a 20.77% score-adjusted Corsi For percentage from Provorov and 18.84% from Gudas — both season-lows by far. One bad game certainly isn’t enough to give up on a pairing, especially because I don’t expect Provorov in particular to repeat his poor passing performance. But a couple more nights of poor results and it might be time to shake up the pairs again.

#8: Andrew MacDonald had a solid game

It’s not inaccurate to say that if Andrew MacDonald has a case to be considered one of your team’s best players on the night, then you probably didn’t deserve to win the game. However, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that MacDonald did truly play well, and it’s not even grading him on a curve because the rest of the team looked so bad. The 30-year defenseman was consistently making positive plays, whether it was timely clears of loose pucks from the crease area (this happened at least twice) or even defensive disruptions in the neutral zone. MacDonald also drew two Bruins penalties, the second of which was a borderline roughing penalty sold perfectly by the oft-criticized Flyers defenseman.

Now, one game doesn’t change the fact that Andrew MacDonald has been ineffective for Philadelphia during the 2016-17 season. But if we’re going to criticize him for poor performances, it’s only fair to praise him when he provides positive results for the Flyers. The numbers back it up as well — MacDonald led the defense in score-adjusted Corsi For percentage and was +28.32% relative to his teammates. With Brandon Manning dealing with a possible concussion and Nick Schultz little better by advanced stats than MacDonald, this isn’t time for fans to fret that one good game may blind the coaching staff to his obvious limitations. MacDonald is going to play for a bit, so you might as well root for more games like this one rather than scream for a benching.

#9: Raffl not at his best

Following the same line of thinking as the MacDonald praise despite my negative overall opinion of his play this season, I believe the reverse was true for Michael Raffl last night. I’ve advocated for Raffl to return to the top line with Claude Giroux, and while it wasn’t all bad for Raffl against the Bruins, he definitely looked like the “just a bottom-sixer” guy that his critics often accuse him of being. His worst moment came early, after he squandered a picture-perfect passing play by Giroux and Voracek by pushing the puck wide past an open net.

Raffl was also suffering from the same team-wide epidemic that sapped their effectiveness in puck battles, usually a key strength for the Austrian winger. When Raffl isn’t exerting his dominance down low, it’s pretty difficult for him to justify his spot up the lineup, simply because his whole role is that of support. If he’s not doing the little things, the high-end skill just isn’t there to make up for it. I still fully expect Raffl to bounce back, and he even seemed to improve as the game progressed, eventually setting up Bellemare for a rare Flyers scoring chance later in the game. But like with MacDonald, I feel like it’s important to note when usually-good players aren’t at their best, just to ensure I don’t travel down the road of personal bias overshadowing critical evaluation.

#10: Schenn not ready for promotion

Midway through last night’s game, Dave Hakstol apparently chose to move Brayden Schenn up from the “fourth” line alongside Chris VandeVelde and Roman Lyubimov to the pivot position flanked by Matt Read and Dale Weise, dropping Bellemare down to 4C. You could see where Hakstol was coming from — Schenn remains a scoring forward, and linemates like VandeVelde and Lyubimov aren’t exactly going to be making creative moves to get Schenn the puck in high-danger areas. Read and Weise bring a bit more skill to the table, and the hope was probably that they could drag Schenn to play-driving respectability as they’ve done with Bellemare.

But the trio delivered disastrous results. In fact, in over four minutes with Weise and Read, Schenn was not on the ice for even one Flyers shot attempt. More importantly, he directly helped to cause the ineptitude, consistently fumbling passes in all three zones and constantly turning over pucks. Again, I understand why Hakstol wants to give Schenn every chance in the world to move back up the lineup. But when you’re on the ice for a team-low three Flyers shot attempts over eight minutes of ice time, it’s tough to justify even a minor promotion.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2016 13:17:36 EST from Ari Yanover

Subject: Steve Mason made a bit of history with a nine-round shootout win

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Winning a nine-round shootout after making 45 saves? Just Steve Mason things.

Friends, let’s talk about Steve Mason.

Specifically, let’s talk about how he won the Philadelphia Flyers’ latest game. Charlie touched on it some; now I’m here with a couple more numbers, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau, to highlight just how ridiculous he was - and just how much the rest of his team owes him.

Steve Mason stopped 45 of the 47 shots on goal against him during regulation time and overtime, and then allowed only one goal as he prevailed in a nine-round shootout which gave him and the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Bruins. Mason is the first NHL goaltender to win a shootout which lasted nine rounds or more after making as many as 45 saves in the "real hockey" portion of the game.

In fairness, this was the first 40+ save game Mason had to have this year for the Flyers, although he did come close back on Nov. 22 when he made 38 of 39 stops against the Panthers.

Last season, though, he had three 40+ save games (one of which was a 50+ saver). The season before that, he had four, but six games in which he saw at least 40 shots, and simply couldn’t save them all.

The point here is: seeing 40 pucks a night isn’t the most common thing in the world for Mason, but it’s not completely new to him, either. But following it up with a nine-round shootout - that’s new.

And winning, after all of that? That’s something only Mason has ever done, now.

[#] Thu Dec 01 2016 06:27:01 EST from Kelly Hinkle

Subject: Thursday Morning Fly By: OttaWOO though, right?

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*The Flyers are in Canada's Most Exciting City™, Ottawa, to face Future Flyer Cherry Hill Native Bobby Ryan. The game is, for some reason, at 730. WIN STREAK TIME BABY.

*In other "awesome things that are happening today" news, you folks get a new BSH Radio this morning! Woo!

*Let's look at ten things to take from Tuesday's fun, exciting, and totally stolen victory against the Bruins. [BSH]

*Also fun: gifs of Steve Mason absolutely crushing it. [Sons of Penn]

*Speaking of Steve Mason's performance last game, it was not only good it was also historic. [BSH]

*Travis Konecny is kind of pesty on top of all of the awesome and that's pretty fun for us, folks. [Courier-Post]

*Meltzer on the 50th Anniversary game and what it means to be a Flyer. [Flyers Alumni]

*Steve Coates is a real treasure. Dare you not to enjoy this. [Flyers]

*Have you heard of Phantoms forward Corban Knight? No? Well here you go. [Highland Park Hockey]

*Let's have a little look-see around the Metro Division, shall we? [Canes Country]

*Fans really like it when players shoot. They like it so much they yell about it. But is shooting really better than passing? [Raw Charge]

*Once again, the New York Rangers are the most valuable team in hockey. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, the NHL wants you to treat the All-Star Game as a Very Serious and Important Event, so definitely don't have fun and vote for these players. [SB Nation]

[#] Thu Dec 01 2016 11:20:22 EST from Ari Yanover

Subject: Claude Giroux is getting married

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It looks like he proposed!

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the Boston Bruins. They ended up besting them in the shootout, winning 3-2.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Flyers play in Ottawa against the Senators. We don’t yet know how that will turn out, but of course we hope it’s a win.

That leaves a gap. What did the Flyers do on Wednesday, Nov. 30? Other than probably travel up to Ottawa, that is.

Well, Claude Giroux got engaged, for one thing.

There are no words! This home. This man. My heart is so full.

A photo posted by Ryanne Breton (@ryannehaileyb) on

Aw, this is so sweet! And wow, that’s a nice-looking ring. Also, props to Giroux for awkwardly holding the light source.

Congrats to the two of them! I’m assuming a summer wedding down the line, so as to not conflict with Giroux’s general, let’s say, work schedule. It’s probably going to be awesome.

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