Subject: Philadelphia Eagles reportedly work out 3 free agent linebackers
The Philadelphia Eagles recently worked out three free agent linebackers, according to ESPN.
Source: after LB Jordan Hicks left Thursday's win with an ankle injury, Eagles worked out LBs Donald Butler, Jelani Jenkins & Sean Spence.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 16, 2017
While this news may cause concern regarding Jordan Hicks, it’s worth noting that Doug Pederson said the Eagles’ starting middle linebacker will be able to practice this week. From Friday (October 13):
Jordan's going to be okay. And we'll expect him this next week in practice.
Here’s a little more info on the players the Eagles worked out.
Butler, 28, is the most interesting name on this list. The 6-1, 244 pound defender was a third-round pick by the then-San Diego Chargers in 2010. Butler started in 62 of his 71 games with the Chargers. He logged 279 tackles, 14 passes defensed, seven sacks, six fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, three interceptions, and one defensive touchdown in that span.
So what went wrong? Well, Butler’s play declined. The former defensive captain was accused of quitting on the team after receiving a big contract. Butler also dealt with some injury issues.
The Chargers cut Butler in 2016. He signed with the Chargers last offseason before getting cut and then landing with the Dolphins. In five starts and 14 games played with Miami, Butler logged 17 tackles. He wasn’t re-signed.
There’s some talent here, but the Eagles would have to have some level of desperation to bring Butler in.
Jenkins, 25, measures in at 6-0, 243 pounds. He was selected by the Dolphins in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Jenkins has made 34 starts in 53 career games played. He logged 163 tackles, five passes defensed, 3.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles during that span. Jenkins has dealt with some nagging injury issues in his career. The Eagles may have wanted to work him out to check his health status.
The 27-year-old Spence is 5-11, 231 pounds. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Spence has made 19 starts in 49 career games played. He’s logged 97 tackles, five sacks, three passes defensed, and one forced fumble. Spence most recently spent time on the Colts’ roster before being waived in final cuts. He was brought back only to be released again earlier this month.
The hope is that Hicks and Bradham are both healthy and the Eagles don’t have to sign any of these players. But if they do, at least there are some players out there with starting experience.
Subject: The Silver Lining of Markelle Fultz Coming off the Bench
Subject: Titans vs. Colts: How to watch Monday Night Football, game info, live streaming, odds, more
Watch MNF here.
The Titans are 2-3 through their first five games. The good news for Tennessee is that starting quarterback Marcus Mariota is back in the lineup tonight.
The Colts are are also 2-3 through their first five games. Indy is trying to stay afloat while Andrew Luck prepares to return.
This game doesn’t really have much interest to the Eagles. It’s an AFC tilt between two teams they won’t play this season.
Philadelphia will be playing the Washington Redskins on next week’s edition of Monday Night Football.
Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears TV Schedule
Game time: 8:30 PM EST
Date: Monday, October 16
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Location: Nissan Stadium | Nashville, Tennessee
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Indianapolis Colts +7.5 (-130)
Tennessee Titans -7.5 (+110)
Open thread: discuss Monday night’s game in the comments below.
Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: Brandon Manning is your king now
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*It’s game day! Get pumped for tonight’s match against the Panthers by watching Jakub Voracek deke a bunch of Washington Capitals out of their skates over and over again. It’s fun. Puck drops tonight at 7PM, GO FLYERS. [ProHockeyTalk]
*Talent and depth have fueled this team’s pretty uncharacteristically fast start. It’s a nice change. [Philly.com]
*Being able to roll four actually-good lines is definitely a new thing for this team, and the fourth line has been an absolute delight. Also a delight? What they’re calling themselves. [The Athletic]
*Another big change for this team is the amount of speed we’ve seen out of these guys. Think they can keep it up? [Courier-Post]
*The coaching staff has primarily been using Valteri Filppula in the power play spot vacated by Brayden Schenn. Craig takes a deep dive in to see how that’s working so far. [BSH]
*Let’s check out how the kids did this weekend! [CSN Philly]
*And finally, we here at Broad Street Hockey like to keep a finger on the pulse of the fan base, so do us a favor and let us know: do you approve of the job Ron Hextall and Dave Hakstol have done? [BSH]
Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia has the NFL
Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/17/17.
Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...
Eagles CB Patrick Robinson off to hot start in 2017 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles CB Patrick Robinson has quietly jumped out to a tremendous start to the 2017 season, and is currently the highest graded cornerback in the NFL with an overall PFF grade of 92.6. Making his performance even more surprising, is that his elite level of play this season is on the heels of his worst season as a pro in 2016, in which he finished with an overall grade of 45.1.
Top 5 cornerbacks by playmaker index - PFF
1. Patrick Robinson, Philadelphia Eagles - Playmaker Index – 31.8 percent - With the amount of plays Robinson has made on the ball this year, it’s no surprise though five weeks of the season he is PFFs top graded CB at 92.6 overall.
Petition to ban Pete Morelli from Philadelphia Eagles games reaches over 40,000 signatures
Update: this thing has over 58,700 signatures now! Add yours if you haven’t already.
Eagles are all alone atop the NFC - PhillyVoice
With Brett Hundley filling in for Rodgers, the Packers' offense was ineffective, as Green Bay fell to the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers managed just 227 total yards and Hundley was intercepted three times. Meanwhile, the Eagles already beat one of the other 4-2 teams on the road (Panthers), one is quarterbacked by Case Keenum and/or Sam Bradford (Vikings), and the other is a team that hasn't had a winning record since 2003 (Rams).
A Different Kind of 5-1 - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are 5-1, their best start since they were 5-1 back in 2014. You’ll hear that phrase a lot for the next week. I remember the 2014 team peaked at 9-3 after crushing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. That might have been the peak of the Chip Kelly era. Life seemed so good, but the team went 1-3 down the stretch and didn’t even make the playoffs. Before that peak, the Eagles had been 5-1 earlier in the season. I was curious to see how that hot start stacked up against the current 5-1 start.
Resetting the NFC playoff picture after Aaron Rodgers' injury - ESPN
Carson Wentz ranked 21st over the summer in our 2017 QB Tiers survey of 50 NFL coaches and evaluators, but there was every expectation he'd be climbing up the list in a hurry. One general manager even thought Wentz in 2017 could join the top tier, reserved this year for Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan (barely). A defensive coach said he thought that was tremendously premature. "My eyes work better than my ears," this coach said. "Philly is good because they have an offensive-oriented head coach [Doug Pederson] who turns the entire defense over to a really good defensive coordinator [Jim Schwartz], they pressure the passer, play nasty D and have a young quarterback who has really made some strides." It's less ambitious to say Wentz is making the jump from the third tier into the second, which is generally reserved for quarterbacks who carry their teams some of the time but not consistently -- guys who can contribute significantly to a championship formula.
Eagle Eye: Panthers Recap And Redskins Preview - PE.com
Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell go back to the tape and break down what they saw from the Eagles big win over the Panthers before previewing the tough division matchup against Washington on Monday Night Football.
All-22: On Fletcher Cox's power and how the Eagles' offense got on track - The Athletic
“[Having Fletcher Cox back] changes a lot, especially in a game like [this] where you’re facing a quarterback that is kind of dynamic,” said defensive end Chris Long. “[Newton] doesn’t necessarily slow you down on the outside, but he makes you rush balanced. To have that push in the middle to kind of keep them honest and keep Cam honest, it makes a big difference. I mean if you look at some of his errant throws, some of his interceptions, that pressure in the middle is what creates that.”
Eagles rookie DE Derek Barnett finally records a sack; could more come in bunches? - Inquirer
It took Derek Barnett 355 minutes into his NFL career to finally record a sack, and the joy of the Eagles’ first-round pick was apparent. The sack came at a crucial time late in Thursday’s 28-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. Barnett rushed deep into the pocket, pushed through the left tackle, and dived at a slipping Cam Newton’s feet to knock one of the NFL’s strongest quarterbacks to the turf. Defensive tackle Justin Hamilton jumped on Newton to finish the play – both were rewarded with a half-sack — and the Panthers were left with a deep third down. Barnett didn’t celebrate with a planned sack dance. He hugged Chris Long, the veteran end who told him while he was sackless to keep playing as he was and he would be rewarded.
Roob's Random Points, part 1: Eagles' power ranking, playoffs, I-95 traffic tips - NBC Sports Philadelphia
A big theme on Twitter since Thursday night has been fans saying, "Calm down, don't get carried away, settle down, it's only six weeks." You know what? This team hasn't done anything since 2008 and they're now 5-1 with four straight wins, a hot quarterback and the best run defense in the NFL. There's nothing wrong with getting excited!
Redskins injury news: Jonathan Allen out 3-4 weeks with Lisfranc injury, Dustin Hopkins will miss Eagles game - Hogs Haven
The Redskins got the win yesterday against the 49ers, but also lost at least two players for next week's game against the Eagles. Rookie DL Jonathan Allen had an MRI for a foot injury today, and Head Coach Jay Gruden said Allen suffered a Linsfranc injury. He could miss 3-4 weeks according to Gruden, but that injury can linger. Anthony Lanier will be active with Allen out. The Redskins will be working out kickers today after Dustin Hopkins injured his hip. Hopkins last kick yesterday was a missed extra point.
Week 6 Quick Reads - Football Outsiders
Technically, "deep" passes are those that travel more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage, but if we extend that to throws that traveled more than 13 yards past the line of scrimmage, we get these numbers for Carson Wentz this week: 7-of-9 for 146 yards.
What do the Packers do without Aaron Rodgers? - SB Nation
The two-time MVP broke his collarbone, but Green Bay can still contend.
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Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup
Subject: NFL Power Rankings 2017: Week 7 Edition
Ranking all 32 NFL Teams.
Week 6 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 7 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 3) - Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Eagles have a strong case as the best team in the NFL. They’re the league’s hottest team with four wins in a row. Carson Wentz is an MVP candidate. Philly’s offense can put up points and their run defense ranks No. 1 in the league. Yes, the Eagles lost to the Chiefs earlier this season. But how could I not move KC down given how they struggled in Week 6? With their next three games all being played at home, the Eagles have a big opportunity to secure their lead and remain on top.
2 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 1) - Take away the Chiefs’ running game and all the pressure is on Alex Smith to perform. Smith couldn’t get much going against Pittsburgh’s defense. Down goes the consensus No. 1 team in the NFL.
3 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 10) - Pittsburgh bounced back from a bad loss at home to beat the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team on the road. Props. The good news is that Le’Veon Bell looks great. The bad news is that Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t look as good.
6 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 2) - With Aaron Rodgers potentially done for the season, the Packers’ streak of making the playoffs (currently eight years in a row) is in jeopardy. Brett Hundley didn’t look so great filling in for Rodgers.
7 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 5) - Cam Newton’s hot streak came to an end against Philly’s defense. The Panthers’ running game needs to take some pressure off his arm.
9 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 12) - Quality win for the Rams to travel across the country and beat Jacksonville. L.A. is on top of the NFC West right now.
10 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 6) - 17-0 is the new 28-3. This team is just really good at blowing big leads.
11 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 11) - Bye week. Buffalo could advance to 4-2 with a home game against the Bucs up next.
13 - Denver Broncos (LW: 8) - Rotoworld’s Evan Silva most accurately described the Broncos’ effort this week: “the most pathetic performance by any team in any game all season, all six Browns losses included.”
17 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 13) - The Jags are a roller-coaster. Win, loss, win, loss, win, loss. They’ve shown some positive flashes but they’ve yet to been able to play with consistency.
19 - New York Jets (LW: 21) - The Jets lost due to a bad call. That’s a shame for them because they could’ve been on top of the AFC East with a win. This team is showing a lot of fight despite expectations they’d be the worst team in the league. Props to them.
20 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 20) - Bye week. Still in the mix in the AFC North despite a bad start to the season.
21 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 24) - Things were looking ugly for Miami as they were down 17-0 in Atlanta. But then they fought back to beat the defending NFC champions. Impressive.
23 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 27) - Who knew a 32-year-old Adrian Peterson was the missing piece for the Cardinals?
24 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 26) - The Bolts are showing some signs of life after starting out 0-4.
25 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 18) - All three of the Ravens’ wins have come against bad teams. They’ve been beaten soundly by good teams. This squad just isn’t that impressive.
26 - Chicago Bears (LW: 29) - Want to hear a depressing stat? Chicago’s win over the Ravens was their first road victory since 2015. The Bears announced an extension with Fox.
27 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 23) - It felt like the Raiders turned a corner last season, but here they are with a 2-4 record. They’re actually last in the AFC West now. Yikes.
28 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 22) - It feels like the Bucs have been the “oh they’re actually going to be good this year!” team for quite some time now. The only problem is they’re never actually good. Jameis Winston hasn’t been awesome and now he’s dealing with a shoulder injury.
29 - New York Giants (LW: 31) - When you remove context, beating the Broncos in Denver was a great win for the Giants. When you add context, all the Giants are doing is blowing their shot at the No. 1 overall pick.
31 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 30) - The 49ers probably aren’t as bad as their winless record suggests. They’re the first team in NFL history to lose five consecutive games by three points or less. They have to catch a lucky break and win at some point. Right?
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - Going to be here all season.
The Browns are 1-21 since passing on Carson Wentz. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 15, 2017
Subject: Prospect report: Maksim Sushko channels his inner Jiri Dopita, scores four goals in one game
The prospects are scoring lots of goals, folks.
Phantoms update: The Martel, Vecchione and Aube-Kubel line is pretty good
The Phantoms improved to 3-1-0-1 after taking 2 for 3 this weekend. They are doing it without their captain, Colin McDonald, and local-beat idol Cole Bardreau. Here’s how the top prospects in Lehigh Valley fared:
Philippe Myers (D): 3 GP, 1 goal, 7 shots, 4 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent
So it begins! Myers scores his first AHL goal. He muffled a defensive zone exit before it got to the blue-line and was fed in the slot for a well-deserved goal. That brings Myers to 2 points (1 G, 1 A) in 5 AHL games.
Mark Friedman (D): 2 GP, 3 shots, 4 PIM
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall
Another quiet weekend that only saw the “rookie” defenseman play in 2 of the 3 games (he missed Saturday’s game). Friedman still sits pointless through 4 games.
Samuel Morin (D): 3 GP, 1 assist, 1 shot, 4 PIM
2013 1st Round Pick, 11th overall
Morin is back with the Phantoms after being benched through the the beginning of the West Coast road-trip for the big club. I know we’re all disappointed as there are Flyers defensemen that aren’t worthy of being given NHL minutes. Morin will be back in the NHL before the season is over.
Mike Vecchione (C): 3 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots
Undrafted Free Agent
Another first professional goal this weekend. Vecchione took this nasty wrister to beat the goalie top-shelf, stick-side.
Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (RW): 3 GP, 1 goal, 4 shots, 2 PIM
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
“NAK” is already 7 goals away from tying his high (9) from last season. This is a great start for the 21-year old winger (2 G, 1 A in 5 games)
Danick Martel (RW): 3 GP, 1 goal, 2 assists, 9 shots, 2 PIM
Undrafted Free Agent
Martel’s 7 points (5 G, 2 A) in 5 games are good for 3rd best in the AHL. This could be a deciding season for Martel’s chances at seeing the NHL.
Oskar Lindblom (LW): 3 GP, 8 shots
2014 5th Round Pick, 138th overall
All’s quiet on the Swedish front. The prospect darling Lindblom is pointless in his first 5 games.
Mikhail Vorobyov (C): 3 GP, 1 assist, 3 shots
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall
The assist in Sunday’s game gives Vorobyov two on the season. No goals just yet for the young Russian.
Alex Lyon (G): 3 GP, 9 GA, 72 saves
Undrafted Free Agent
Don’t let the 9 goals allowed fool you; Lyon was pretty good overall this weekend. Friday’s game saw Lyon give up four goals on 15 shots and got pulled from the game. He was excellent on Saturday/Sunday and was perfect in the shootout in Sunday’s win to boot. His season stats sit at .919 SV% and 2.53 GAA.
Notable Canadian junior performers this week:
Connor Bunnaman (C/LW), Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall
- 10/9 - 2 shots, 9 for 20 FOW
- 10/13 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots, 6 for 14 FOW
- 10/14 - 2 goals, 3 shots, 3 for 5 FOW
- 10/15 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots, 0 for 1 FOW
After going goal-less in his first 6 games, Bunnaman made up for lost time. This was his first goal of the season. The Kitchener captain has nine points (five goals, four assists) on the season, which is good for second on his team.
Anthony Salinitri (C), Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall
- 10/9 - 1 goal, 5 shots, 7 for 12 FOW
- 10/13 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 4 for 5 FOW
- 10/14 - 1 assist, 4 shots, 2 PIM, 3 for 5 FOW
- 10/15 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, 4 for 14 FOW
In only two games out of his first 10 this season has Salinitri been held point-less. Here is a goal from Sunday’s game. His 13 points (4 G, 9 A) are tied for 11th-most in the OHL.
Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall
- 10/11 - 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots, 9 for 24 FOW
- 10/13 - 1 goal, 1 shot, 4 PIM, 15 for 20 FOW
- 10/15 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 PIM, 10 for 18 FOW
Another prospect with a kick-start of a weekend. Frost’s five points last week gives him 10 (3 G, 7 A) this season. For those worried that the kid doesn’t have the “hands” or “speed”, check out this breakaway goal.
Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall
- 10/11 - 1 shot, 4 PIM
- 10/13 - 3 shots
- 10/14 - 5 shots
It might be worth noting that Guelph isn’t very good this year (3-5-0-1) and have only scored 23 goals as a team through 9 games. Ratcliffe sits at 5 points (2 G, 3 A) with 37 shots on goal.
Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall
- 10/9 - DNP
- 10/11 - 1 shot, 1 for 1 FOW
- 10/14 - 4 goals, 7 shots, 2 PIM, 2 for 4 FOW
- 10/15 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 PIM
Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall
- 10/9 - DNP
- 10/13 - 2 shots, 1 for 1 FOW
- 10/14 - 1 assist, 1 for 6 FOW
- 10/15 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 6 for 7 FOW
After missing a couple games with a shoulder injury, Strome returned to the lineup. He was named the game’s 1st star on Friday after scoring the shootout winning goal. His goal on Sunday was his 3rd of the season and first since 9/30.
Carsen Twarynski (LW), Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall
- 10/13 - 1 shot, 7 for 11 FOW
- 10/14 - 2 goals, 6 shots, 2 PIM, 0 for 1 FOW
- 10/15 - 2 shots, 4 PIM, 0 for 1 FOW
Though not really highly skilled, Twarynski is off to a decent offensive start to the season. After spending some time in Phantoms camp, Twarynski has 8 points (3 G, 5 A) in 6 games.
Pascal Laberge (C), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 36th overall
- 10/12 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, 4 for 11 FOW
- 10/13 - 5 PIM, 5 for 8 FOW
- 10/14 - DNP
Pascal Laberge isn’t one to shy away from contact or aggressive play. He received a game-misconduct on Friday and served a 1-game suspension on Saturday. With someone that has had head injuries such as his, I do wish he would not fight. His goal and assist on Thursday were both his 4th of the season.
German Rubtsov (C), Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
- 10/10 - 2 shots, 5 for 10 FOW
- 10/13 - 3 shots, 6 for 12 FOW
- 10/14 - 3 assists, 5 shots, 4 for 8 FOW
After a 3-game pointless stretch, Rubtsov gets back on the board. He has 6 assists on the season, but no goals in 5 games.
Notable European performers this week
Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
- 10/13 - 13:27 TOI
- 10/14 - 11:59 TOI
More 3rd-pairing minutes for the 19 year old.
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
- 10/12 - 14:59 TOI
- 10/14 - 16:25 TOI
The young Swedish defensemen have a tough hill to climb to start pulling in even 2nd-pairing minutes and responsibilities.
David Kaše (C/W), Mora IK (SHL)
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall
- 10/12 - 2 shots, 15:43 TOI
- 10/14 - 3 shots, 2 PIM, 14:49 TOI
After a point-less week, Kase sits at 6 points (2 G, 4 A) in 9 SHL games.
Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC J20 (SuperElit)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall
An encouraging start for Lycksell, who has 8 points (3 G, 5 A) in 11 games for Linköping. Here is his goal from Sunday.
Felix Sandström (G), Brynäs IF (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
- 10/12 - 3 GA, 6 saves
- 10/14 - 1 GA, 32 saves
Both Sandström and co-starter David Rautio were demolished in an 8-2 loss on Thursday. Sandström bounced back for an excellent effort in a 2-1 victory. His .921 SV% is 11th best in the SHL.
Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall
- 10/9 - 1 GA, 13 saves
- 10/11 - DNP
Ivan Fedotov is back with Toros after a brief stint backing up Ben Scrivens in the KHL. Fedotov carries an ugly .894 SV% in 7 games in the VHL.
Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall
- 10/10 - 0 GA, 17 saves
- 10/11 - 1 GA, 20 saves
- 10/13 - 1 GA, 21 saves
- 10/15 - 1 GA, 17 saves
Once again, all updates from Alex Appleyard and Flyers Prospect (give a friendly follow if you Twitter). Ustimenko has been absolutely scorching this month and holds a .927 SV% and 1.53 GAA in 13 MHL games this season.
Notable NCAA and USHL performers this week:
Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall
- 10/10 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 PIM
- 10/13 - 1 assist
- 10/14 - 2 assists, 3 shots
Points, points, points! The skilled sophomore winger has 7 points (2 G, 5 A), which is 2nd most on the Broncos.
Tanner Laczynski (RW/C), Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall
- 10/13 - 4 shots
- 10/14 - 3 shots, 2 PIM
Point-less through his first 4 games, Laczysnki will need to begin to channel that 2016-17 effort to right the ship.
David Drake (D), University of Connecticut
2013 7th Round Pick, 192nd overall
- 10/13 - 3 shots
- 10/14 - 0 shots
UCONN split the weekend roadtrip, beating American International, but losing to Sacred Heart. Next weekend they square off against Boston University.
Wyatt Kalynuk (D), University of Wisconsin
2017 7th Round Pick, 196th overall
- 10/13 - 3 shots
- 10/14 - 3 shots, 4 PIM
Still no points for Kalynuk through 5 games.
Terrance Amorosa (D), Clarkson University
2013 5th Round Pick, 132nd overall
- 10/13 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 PIM
- 10/14 - 1 goal, 1 shot
Amorosa is on quite the pace to start the season for a college defenseman. The senior has 6 points (2 G, 4 A) in his first 4 games.
Noah Cates (LW), Omaha Lancers (USHL)
2017 5th Round Pick, 137th overall
- 10/13 - 1 goal, 2 shots
- 10/14 - 3 shots
- 10/15 - 1 shot
Cates’ first goal of the season! Combined with his assist in his first game, he has 2 points in 4 USHL games.
NCAA/USHL Notes: University of Michigan hockey took a break this week, so no updates for Cooper Marody and Brendan Warren. Goalie Matej Tomek was the back-up and did not play in any of Waterloo’s (USHL) games this past week.
Subject: Remember How Horny You Were for Marcus Mariota? That Was Awesome
Subject: The Flyers are off to a strong start!
The gang gets positive this week, which feels a little weird.
It’s almost a full hour of positivity on BSH Radio this week as the gang breaks down the 3-2-0 start. The Ginger Line is killing it, Ghost and Hagg are becoming a legitimate pairing and the Flyers have the 2nd most goals per game in the league. There's a line called The Honey Bees. But then, there’s the Travis Sanheim situation, which we can’t really figure out. But we try!
Subject: Carson Wentz is the favorite to win NFL MVP after the first six weeks of the season
Just like everyone thought.
Sorry, that’s not entirely accurate.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-1 and Carson Wentz is the MVP favorite.
Just check the latest Most Valuable Player odds from Bovada:
Now’s the time where everyone points out that it’s only been six weeks, still early in the season, etc. And that’s all obviously true.
But it’s incredible to think Wentz is already getting this kind of buzz despite the fact he’s only in his second year.
Through six starts this season, Wentz has completed 60.9% of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 99.6 passer rating. (He has also rushed for 133 yards.) If Wentz keeps on this pace, he’ll finish the season with 4,224 yards, 35 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Prior to this season, Bovada listed Wentz’s MVP odds at 100/1. 28 players had better odds. And Wentz was tied with eight others for 29th.
Wentz is far from a finished product; there are still aspects of his game that can afford to improve. But there’s no denying the progress No. 11 has made is very impressive.
The Eagles will hope Wentz can continue to stay hot as the team looks to clich their first playoff berth since the 2013 season.
Subject: Joel Embiid Pranks Fans with The Help of Draft Kings
Subject: Carson Wentz nominated for weekly award you can vote on (for the second week in a row)
Vote for Carson, again.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback (and MVP favorite) Carson Wentz has been nominated for one of the NFL’s weekly awards (for the second week in a row) thanks to his performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6.
Wentz is one of three players eligible to win the “Fedex Air Player of the Week” award. The other two quarterbacks he’s going up against: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. You can [CLICK HERE] to vote for Wentz.
Here’s a look at how they all performed stat-wise.
Carson Wentz: 16/30 (53.3%), 222 yards (7.4 average), 3 TD, 0 INT, 110.7 passer rating
Carson Palmer: 18/22 (81.8%), 283 yards (12.9 average), 3 TD, 1 INT, 139.4 passer rating
Kirk Cousins: 25/37 (67.6%), 330 yards (8.9 average), 2 TD, 1 INT, 102.3 passer rating
Wentz doesn’t have the sexiest numbers from this group but one must keep in mind he also faced the toughest defense. The Panthers appear to be a much better team than the Buccaneers and 49ers. Not to mention Wentz was playing on the road while Palmer and Cousins were not.
Subject: Flyers vs Panthers preview: Looking for four in a row vs. Florida
Can the offense stay hot?
After an 8-2 rout of the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in the home opener, the Flyers look to keep the pedal to the metal tonight against the Florida Panthers. Philadelphia comes into the game 3-2-0 while Florida has begun their season 2-2-0 and coming off of a 4-3 loss at the hand of the reigning champion, Pittsburgh Penguins.
PHI point leaders:
- Voracek (0G, 9A)
- Gostisbehere (0G, 8A)
- Giroux (3G, 4A)
FLA point leaders:
- Huberdeau (3G, 2A)
- Dadonov (1G, 4A)
- Bjugstad (2G, 2A)
Last season, the Flyers did not lose a game to the Panthers, winning each of their three meetings.
Now, who knows if this factors into the predictions on corsica.hockey, but according to those, the Flyers are the favorites in tonight’s matchup. The average puts the Flyers at 54.7% favorites compared to 45.3 for Florida.
Philadelphia heads into this game looking to get further dominance from their first and fourth lines. The Giroux-Couturier-Voracek line had their first truly overpowering game of the season on Saturday, and Scott Laughton is coming off a two goal game.
This game will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia and 97.5 The Fanatic. Outside of the Delaware Valley, it’s the NHL.tv free game of the week.
Here’s your (subject to change) Flyers lineup:
Giroux - Couturier - Voracek
Weal - Filppula - Simmonds
Weise - Patrick - Konecny
Leier - Laughton - Raffl
Provorov - MacDonald
Gostisbehere - Hagg
Sanheim? Manning? - Gudas
Subject: Joel Embiid Thinks His Minutes Restriction is
Subject: Eagles Injury Updates: Two players return to practice ahead of Redskins game
Good news for the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have to release an official injury report until Thurday this week since they play the Washington Redskins on Monday night. With that said, a few injury updates emerged following the Eagles’ light practice session on Tuesday.
Eagles starting right tackle Lane Johnson practiced on Tuesday, which indicates he passed through the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol. The Eagles were without Johnson in Week 6 against the Panthers. Now Halapoulivaati Vaitai will be headed back to the bench with Johnson set to return. Great news for Philly.
Smallwood has been out ever since suffering a knee injury in Week 4. On Tuesday, however, he returned to practice and told reporters he expects to play against Washington. Smallwood ranks second among Eagles running backs in attempts (29) and yards (113) this season. He also still ranks first in snaps played (138) despite missing two games.
Smallwood isn’t a dynamic rushing talent but he’s easily the team’s best receiving back. He’s also shown improvement in pass protection. Getting him back is good for the Eagles, especially since it’ll mean less offensive snaps for Kenjon Barner.
Smallwood has been dealing with knee swelling. Didn't want to go into specifics. Same knee as last year's MCL injury, but said unrelated.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) October 17, 2017
As of last Friday, Doug Pederson said Darby wouldn’t be practicing this week. He did say Darby is “close” to returning, though.
Non-injury: Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long
Both Jenkins and Long were excused from practice on Tuesday as they attended NFL meetings in New York to discuss social issues. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was also among those in attendance.
Washington is dealing with some significant injury issues this week.
After suffering a rib fracture and a lung puncture on Oct. 2, Norman said he’d be out for four weeks. That timeline suggests he shouldn’t be able to play against the Eagles. It sounds like Washington isn’t ready to rule him out just yet, however.
Norman played well against Alshon Jeffery and the Eagles in Week 1. It’d be a big loss for Washington if he misses this game.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (knee sprain) could be limited some this week, too, but Gruden believes there's a chance he could still play against the Eagles.
Washington being without both of their starting corners against the Eagles would obviously be a big concern for them.
Allen has played well for Washington since they selected him with the No. 17 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s expected to miss the next three-to-four weeks after suffering a foot injury (Lisfranc sprain). Allen had four tackles and one quarterback hit in the first Eagles-Washington game this year.
Washington’s kicker will reportedly miss this week’s game due to a partially torn hip muscle. Washington will be forced to sign a new kicker. Keep an eye on how this could impact the special teams battle on Monday night.
One of Washington’s running backs is expected to return to practice this week.
Subject: Checking out the competition: Florida Panthers with Todd Little
Yes, they miss Jagr too
BSH Radio’s Steph Driver sat down with Todd Little from Litter Box Cats to get an idea of what the Florida Panthers have looked like so far this season and what THTTF can expect. While Todd says there isn’t much rivalry between the two teams, Mama (cat) Driver disagrees and declares her undying allegiance for the Florida Panthers. Other topics include*:
- The War On Stats
- Did your team really leave your head coach on the side of the road after he was fired?
- HOW IS IT POSSIBLE AARON EKBLAD IS ONLY 21?
- Do you miss Jagr? We miss Jagr. :sigh: Jagr.
*may or may not be accurate
Subject: Brett Brown Says It
Subject: Fun With Numbers: Radko Gudas
As other defensemen have taken on more responsibility, a mainstay of the Flyers’ defense has seen his role shrink. What does it mean?
We’re just under two weeks into the NHL season, which means that while we’re still probably not far enough into the year to actually try and draw many meaningful conclusions from early trends that we see, we’re probably far enough in that we can pretend, right?
With that, let’s take a look at three numbers pertaining to the Flyers’ first five games, discussing what they mean and how much they matter.
15:36 — Radko Gudas’ average ice time per game so far this season, courtesy of hockey-reference.com’s numbers.
If that doesn’t sound like a lot, that’s because it isn’t. 15:36 per game is sixth among Flyers defensemen this season in ice time per game; only Travis Sanheim’s 11:55 per contest so far is less. By comparison, Gudas played 19:51 per game in his first year with the Flyers, and 19:18 last season.
Why’s Gudas finding himself on the ice less often? Some of it could be a matter of his defensive partner. While the Ivan Provorov-Andrew MacDonald and Shayne Gostisbehere-Robert Hagg partnerships have held steady through the first five games of the season, Gudas has spent time with both Brandon Manning and Travis Sanheim. The team has never been afraid to give Manning minutes befitting of a third-pair defenseman, and Sanheim — if his own average ice time per game wasn’t enough of a hint — clearly still hasn’t quite earned the full trust of the coaching staff just yet.
Particularly of note here is who seems to have stepped ahead of Gudas in the pecking order, and that’s rookie Robert Hagg. While his being paired with Gostisbehere certainly helps him get on the ice a fair bit (Ghost is actually leading the Flyers in 5-on-5 ice time so far this season), Hagg has done a lot to impress the coaches here, and his 16:56 of even-strength ice time per game is more time than Gudas is receiving across all game states.
We noted this past offseason that Gudas’ role this season was an unknown, and it was always possible that he was one who may end up seeing some ice time taken away as young guys emerge a bit (emphasis mine):
It’s possible that, while guys like Morin, Hagg, or Sanheim get their feet under them, Gudas is asked to do even more than he has been in recent years. On the other hand, if any of those guys really get out to a hot start to their NHL careers, it wouldn’t at all be surprising if any increase in responsibility given to them comes at the expense of Gudas’ ice time. Radko Gudas could realistically serve almost any role on the Flyers’ defense this season, from top-pair/top-PK guy to veteran mentor to third-pair support piece. The wide range of potential outcomes is what makes the task of guessing what to expect from him so difficult.
Right now, things are trending more towards “third-pair support piece”. But on the other hand, it’s also possible that as the team starts to trust Sanheim more, Gudas’ ice time climbs as a result. (It’s also possible that the team throws its current pairings in a blender before too long, of course, and that could change the picture up here as well.)
If that doesn’t happen, though, should the Flyers be willing to tweak their pairings a bit — even if just for a few shifts a game — to get the burly Czech blueliner a bit more ice time? Gudas’ possession numbers, which have been routinely fantastic since he became a Flyer, are outstanding again so far this season, obvious small sample caveats acknowledged. And numbers aside, we know that the Flyers like and value Gudas. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have protected him over MacDonald (who they also like and value) in the expansion draft last June. The sudden shift away from him is a bit curious, even if on the surface it can seemingly be explained as a matter of circumstance.
It’ll be interesting to see how Gudas’ role changes throughout the season. At some point between now and April, Samuel Morin is probably going to be playing on this team, and someone’s going to find himself out of a regular lineup role for it. Do the team’s early actions suggest that may be Gudas? I still think that, when push comes to shove, the team will blink and move MacDonald out of the lineup before they do that with Radko, but I’m certainly less sure about that than I was at the start of the season.
24th — the Flyers’ rank among the NHL’s 31 teams in 5-on-5 pace this season, which we’ll define as total shot attempts (including blocked shots) by both teams per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. At 110.56 total attempts for and against per 60 (via corsica.hockey, through Sunday’s games), only seven teams have seen fewer total shot attempts in their games at even strength.
First of all, a quick note here that either paces as a whole are going to have to fall back soon or we’re truly in a different era of offense this season. So far this year, the NHL-average pace is 115.8 attempts per 60; in 2016-17, only two teams (Dallas and Toronto) were above that mark. Some regression is likely in store for the league here, but hopefully there’s more fun, high-event hockey coming for the league this season than in seasons past.
It’s interesting, however, that the Flyers are in the lowest quarter of the league’s pace rankings this season. Particularly considering where they’ve been relative to the rest of the league in Hakstol’s first two seasons in charge of the team.
Does this matter? Maybe, maybe not. Playing a up-tempo style with lots of shots isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for winning, and it’s not like doing so led the Flyers to greatness under Hakstol in the past two seasons. Plus, again: five games. It’s entirely possible this is just a small sample-fueled coincidence and the team will be trading shots and chances with its opponents regularly before long.
Do the Flyers think that slowing things down a bit may be the best chance they have to win with their current roster? It’s too early to say that with certainty. Still, the sudden shift here is intriguing enough that we can file this one under “something to possibly revisit down the road”.
What’s curious about that number, though, is that it may not jive with some of what you’ve seen at a high-level. The Flyers have topped 30 shots on goal in each of their first five games. How can they be getting so many shots on goal if their pace is relatively slow? Some of it’s the power play, but that can’t be all of it, right?
It’s not — and that brings us to our third number.
59.9% — the percentage of Flyers shot attempts so far this season at 5-on-5 that have counted as shots on goal, also per Corsica. That’s the third-highest percentage of any team in the NHL, trailing only Ottawa and Florida.
If you think that’s an improvement from previous years, you’re not wrong:
Again, we’re early enough into the season that this is probably, at least to an extent, just a blip on the radar. Last year, the league-leader in this category was the Penguins, who hit the net on about 56.8 percent of their attempts. The Flyers will probably fall back a bit here in time.
But what should be interesting to see is if this is a sign of a different offensive zone plan of attack for the Flyers. Much has been made of the team’s tendency to rely on point shots over the past couple of seasons, as low-to-high play was a crucial part of the team’s offensive strategy. Long shots like those are going to have less of a chance at hitting the net, for multiple reasons, and it’d be interesting to see if this uptick is a result of less reliance on those kinds of plays.
Microstats tracker and game-watcher extraordinaire Corey Sznajder had an interesting note on this front following the Flyers’ beatdown of the Capitals on Saturday:
Only five of Philly's 52 shots on Saturday were off passes back to the point. Who is this team and what happened to the Flyers?— Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine) October 16, 2017
Again, it may be too early to really tell what’s just noise and what’s a true sign of things to come, and we’d need to take a deeper dive to really look at that. But it’s hard to imagine that getting more shots on net is a bad thing, at the very least.
Subject: Flyers vs. Panthers lineups, start time, TV, radio, live stream and discussion