Flyers to Host the Travel-Inept Wild, Welcome Back Darroll Powe

Flyers to Host the Travel-Inept Wild, Welcome Back Darroll Powe

The Philadelphia Flyers return home to the Wells Fargo Center for the
first time in over a week this to take on the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m.  this evening.

For the Flyers, this will be their first game at home since defeating
Ottawa in overtime ten days prior. After splitting two of their last
four on the road, the team will play 11 of its next 15 at the Center, a
welcome change from playing that exact same stretch (11 of 15) away from Philadelphia in recent weeks.

The return to the friendly confines couldn't come any sooner for the
team, as Minnesota, thankfully, is just atrocious on the road.

How bad you ask? The Wild have not won a game away from the Xcel
Energy Center since defeating the Phoenix Coyotes on Dec. 10. The team
is 0-7-2 on the road over that stretch.

Even better for the Flyers, starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom is
expected back in net for the Wild after missing time with an illness.
Though that sentence may sound somewhat surprising given Backstrom's
resume as one of the better goaltenders in the league, he has struggled
against the Orange & Black. In four career games against
Philadelphia, Backstrom sports a 1-3-0 record and 3.72 GAA. Should he
not be able to go, backup Josh Harding will be between the pipes.
Harding, who has had his struggles of late, was plenty solid in his last
start against the St. Louis Blues, stopping 47 of 49 shots in his
team's 3-2 overtime loss.

One member of the Wild who will not be returning to the lineup is
captain Mikko Koivu. Koivu is expected to miss the next two weeks with
an upper-body injury, an ailment that could open up a spot on the
NHL All-Star roster for Flyer Scott Hartnell.

Also, be on the lookout for the return of former Flyer Darroll Powe,
who will be making his first trip back to the Wells Fargo Center since
being swapped for a third round pick this past summer as part of Paul
Holgren's massive roster overhaul.

Puck drop, again, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Ilya Bryzgalov is expected in goal for the Flyers since he's the No. 1 and Laviolette doesn't believe
in numbers and some other stuff.

See you post-game.

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).