The L.A. Lakers are in Philadelphia today to take on the Sixers this evening in a basketball game. The Calgary Flames are in town to take on the Flyers in a hockey contest tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.
This convergence led to an amazing moment this afternoon when Flames winger Jiri Hudler took to the Wells Fargo Center court this afternoon while the Lakers were having a shoot around.
By the looks of all of the bricks Hudler was tossing up, he'd probably fit right in on the Lakers' roster.
So what the heck was Jiri doing in full gear plus sneakers? We asked Flyers' writer Sarah Baicker, who explains, "when NHL teams arrive in Philly early and the ice isn't down at the Center, they practice at the rink at UPenn. But it's a very old and crappy rink. So the players dress in the NHL visitors locker room at the Wells Fargo Center, except for their skates. Then take a bus to and from Penn."
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Flyers winger Matt Read will miss approximately a month with an upper-body injury suffered in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Predators when he was checked by Filip Forsberg. Sources tell CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio the injury is an oblique muscle pull in Read's upper torso.
The 30-year-old has six goals and four assists for 10 points through 27 games. Five of those goals came in the Flyers' first five games.
To replace Read's roster spot, the Flyers recalled Taylor Leier and sent Scott Laughton to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. That likely means penalty-kill specialist Boyd Gordon (back), who is eligible to come off long-term injury reserve, will be activated.
Leier, 22, has been playing well with the Phantoms, posting six goals and 14 assists in 22 games (see Future Flyers Report). This is Leier's second stint of the season with the Flyers, albeit his first was short — one game on Oct. 25 in which he was a healthy scratch. He made his NHL debut last season and played six games.
Laughton was a healthy scratch the past five games.
If for some reason Gordon is not activated, the Flyers can call up another forward from Lehigh Valley. Jordan Weal is tied for second in the AHL with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 20 games, while veteran winger Colin McDonald is an experienced, bottom-six option.
A popular food vendor at Citizens Bank Park who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired.
Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after "publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values."
Youcis, aka "Pistachio Girl," tweeted Monday that she was let go last week.
Youcis was involved in a tussle last month outside the conference of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist group. Youcis tried to interview protesters, asking questions like: "Do you hate white people?" A protester spray-painted Youcis' hair and a photographer was bloodied. Some protesters were taken into police custody.
The conference drew headlines after some attendees evoked Adolf Hitler's Third Reich with cries of "Heil Trump" and use of the Nazi salute.
CSNPhilly.com added to this report.