Flyers Release National Television Schedule

Flyers Release National Television Schedule

The Philadelphia Flyers have officially announced their television schedule for the 2011-2012 National Hockey League season. The club is set for 13 national appearances split between NBC and Versus/NBC Sports.

The Flyers' season opener versus the Bruins, season closer versus the Penguins and, of course, Winter Classic match up versus the Rangers are all on the schedule. Starting with their February 12th contest against the Detroit Red Wings, the Flyers will finish their 2012 stretch run with six NBC/Versus dates. A March 26th meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning is definitely set for Versus while the five other dates are subject to a "flex-schedule" in the interest of possibly being chosen for the NBC Game of the Week.

Given the Flyers traditionally high cross-country ratings as well as Comcast's new partnership with NBC, the number of dates, especially those potentially "flexed," come as little surprise.

A copy of the national TV dates along with a link to Flyers' complete 82-game regular season schedule can be found below.

10/6/11   @ Boston       7:00 p.m. on Versus
11/2/11   @ Buffalo       7:30 p.m. on Versus
11/9/11   @ Tampa        7:30 p.m. on Versus
12/7/11   @ Buffalo       7:30 p.m. on Versus
12/21/11 @ Dallas         7:30 p.m. on Versus
1/2/12     vs New York    1:00 p.m. on NBC
1/22/12   vs Boston        3:00 p.m. on NBC
2/12/12   @ Detroit        7:30 p.m. on NBC/Versus
3/4/12     @Washington  7:00 p.m. on NBS/Versus
3/18/12   vs Pittsburgh   3:00 p.m. on NBC/Versus
3/26/12   vs Tampa        7:30 p.m. on Versus
4/1/12     @Pittsburgh    7:30 p.m. on NBC/Versus
4/7/12     @Pittsburgh    4:00 p.m. on NBC/Versus

The Flyers full 82-game schedule here. For which games are you most the most jacked?

Shocker: Phillies interested in getting one of baseball's best players

Shocker: Phillies interested in getting one of baseball's best players

We're all looking forward to the free-agent class of 2018.

If Maikel Franco doesn't shape up, the Phillies could make a hard push for Manny Machado. Franco after a two-game benching is back in the lineup for this afternoon's game against the Rockies (see story).

Then, of course, there's Bryce Harper, who earlier this month agreed to a one-year, $21,625,000 deal for next season. 

And guess what? If Harper becomes a free agent after next season, the Phillies would be interested in signing him.


According to a FanRagSportsNetwork, citing a Phillies source, the Phils would be interested luring Harper to Philly.


It'd be big news if a Phillies source said the team wasn't interested in signing Harper. 

Anyway, the story also quotes a National League scout.

“Could you imagine what he could do in that ballpark playing 81 games a year in that bandbox?” the scout said.

Chances are every Phillies fan has already imagined it. Harper this season alone is hitting .351/.400/.784 with five homers and 12 RBIs in nine games against the Phils. In three games at the Bank, he's hitting just .250 with a homer and two RBIs.

But in 38 career games at CBP, he's hitting .296/.361/.627 with 12 home runs and 26 RBIs.

In 89 career games against the Phillies, he's hitting .282 with 20 homers and 54 RBIs.

At the risk of stating the obvious, here's one thing to remember: If the Phils sign Harper, then he'd no longer benefit from facing them.

Today's Lineup: Franco batting cleanup as Phillies try to snap skid

Today's Lineup: Franco batting cleanup as Phillies try to snap skid

Well, this hasn't gone well. 

Coming into Thursday afternoon's game against the Rockies, the Phillies have lost five straight. They've lost nine of their last 10. They've lost 20 of their last 24. 

At 15-29, they're not just the worst team in the NL East. They're not just the worst team in the National League. 

Through 44 games, the Phillies are the worst team in baseball. 

Just to make it to a .500 record this season, they would need to go 66-52 (.559) the rest of the way. 

Their four-game series against the Rockies will mercifully come to a close on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. In the first three games of the series -- all losses -- the Phils have been outscored 23-5. 

Maikel Franco returns to the four-hole as the Phillies try to snap out of their funk.

The Phillies on Thursday also activated right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list. Gomez takes Adam Morgan's spot on the roster. Morgan was reassigned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after throwing three scoreless innings during the Phillies' 7-2 loss to the Rockies.

Gomez hasn't pitched since May 4 because of an elbow injury. He began the season as the Phillies' closer but was demoted after blowing two saves and allowing seven runs in his first five innings. In 11 1/3 innings this season, Gomez has a 7.94 ERA.

Here's the full lineup: 

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Aaron Altherr, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Michael Saunders, RF
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Vince Velasquez, P