About those Flyers/Capitals 2015 Winter Classic rumors and reports

About those Flyers/Capitals 2015 Winter Classic rumors and reports

No matter how good, bad, mediocre or dysfunctional the Philadelphia Flyers may be, they almost always draw the eyes and attention of North American viewers.

The latest proof of that is another potential Winter Classic appearance for the Orange and Black.

This came up a few days ago – sorry, that whole Christmas thing kind of got in the way – but CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio cited a Hockeybuzz.com report that the Flyers will travel to our nation’s capital to play the Washington Capitals outdoors in January 2015.

While nothing is in any way confirmed  - Panaccio noted a Flyers official didn’t verify anything and only said the team was a “finalist” - and the Boston Bruins have also been mentioned as an opponent for the Capitals in the game, the Flyers make sense as an opponent from both rivalry and geography points of view.

Have you seen any of the three games the new Metropolitan Division rivals have played against each other this season? Each contest has been action-packed and entertaining for a variety of reasons. The teams don’t seem to like each other and play great games against each other.

And let’s be honest, the shenanigans that occurred between the teams in early November – our worst Philly sports moment of 2013 – probably did nothing but help the Flyers’ chances of being the Caps’ opponent. You know NHL and NBC executives’ eyes just lit up upon seeing that.

As far as geography goes, D.C. is obviously just a short drive from Philadelphia and the game would be an instant sell out.

Panaccio mentioned Nationals Park and FedEx Field as potential game sites.

Nationals Park is kinda cool and just a few years old, but there’s nothing really special that sticks out about it. FedEx Field is in the middle of nowhere in some Maryland suburb and has that Dan Snyder stench all over it. That place may have to be crossed off the list just for the fact Snyder will almost certainly have his grimy hands in on any deal.

The Broad Street Hockey guys and Yahoo’s Puck Daddy both brought up an interesting prospect: Baltimore.

Baltimore is almost smack-dab, directly between D.C. and Philadelphia and has top-notch, downtown facilities in the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium and the Orioles’ beautiful Camden Yards.

I don’t know about you guys, but a neutral-site Winter Classic between the Flyers and Caps at Camden Yards sounds pretty damn cool to me.

Again, nothing has been confirmed yet. Just strong speculation. But it’s worth talking about.

If true, it would be the Flyers’ third Winter Classic appearance in six years.

Best of NHL: Ryan White scores in winning debut with Wild

Best of NHL: Ryan White scores in winning debut with Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund beat two defenders to find open ice and wrap the winning shot around goalie Jonathan Quick just 12 seconds into overtime, giving the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Granlund's 20th goal of the season gave goalie Devan Dubnyk his NHL-leading 33rd win and the Wild their 15th comeback victory. They answered all four goals in regulation by the Kings, from Nick Shore, Tanner Pearson, Jake Muzzin and Marian Gaborik.

Jason Zucker's spinning wrist shot midway through the third period tied the game for the Wild, who also had goals from Nino Niederreiter, Jordan Schroeder and Ryan White in his debut. White and Martin Hanzal were acquired in a trade with Arizona the night before (see full recap).

Kucherov's hat trick carries Lightning past Sens
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov scored three power-play goals in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Kucherov had the second hat trick of his career and added an assist in the third period. Jonathan Drouin assisted all three of his goals and Victor Hedman assisted on two.

A day after trading goaltender Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and just hours after trading forward Brian Boyle to Toronto, the Lightning improved to 6-1-2 over their past nine games.

The Senators, who won at Florida on Sunday night, are 6-6 over their past 12 games (see full recap).

Galchenyuk lifts Canadiens over Devils in OT
NEWARK, N.J. -- Alex Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:54 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Monday night.

Max Pacioretty scored twice in the final 11:23 of regulation to tie the game and Alexander Radulov added a goal for the Canadiens, who won consecutive games for the first time since early January. Al Montoya had 34 saves for Montreal.

Kyle Palmieri, John Moore and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who have lost four straight games (0-2-2), the past two in overtime. Cory Schneider made 29 saves.

Galchenyuk beat Schneider with a shot from between the circles less than a minute after Damon Severson was penalized for hooking (see full recap).

NHL Notes: Capitals acquire Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

NHL Notes: Capitals acquire Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games (see full story).

Senators: Alex Burrows acquired from Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Ottawa Senators are gearing up for a push to the postseason, acquiring forward Alex Burrows from Vancouver for prospect Jonathan Dahlen.

The trade gives the Senators a skilled pest with plenty of playoff experience at forward.

Burrows, 35, has played 822 regular-season games with the Canucks, with 193 goals, 191 assists and 1,066 penalty minutes. He has added 19 goals and 15 assists in 70 playoff games.

He had four straight seasons of at least 25 goals from 2008-09 to 2011-12 playing largely with the Sedin twins. His best offensive days are behind him -- he has nine goals in 55 games this season -- but he will still bring an edge to a Senators team that is pressuring Montreal for the top spot in the Atlantic Division (see full story).

Wild: Parise, Pominville out with mumps
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with mumps and must miss at least three games.

The Wild announced Monday, shortly before faceoff against Los Angeles, that Parise and Pominville have the highly contagious virus along with other members of the organization. The veteran wings have been placed in isolation for a five-day period, meaning they'll at least miss games Tuesday at Winnipeg and Thursday at Columbus.

The Wild said players and staff were recently provided with a measles-mumps-rubella vaccination.

Vancouver played Saturday night without five players because of the mumps or symptoms associated with the virus.

With Parise and Pominville out, forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White made their well-timed debuts Monday after being acquired Sunday in a trade with Arizona.