Game 21: Please Do Not Lose to the Black-Clad Islanders.

Game 21: Please Do Not Lose to the Black-Clad Islanders.

Coming off a pair of losses to two weaker NHL clubs, the Flyers get a crack at one of the absolute worst tonight up in Long Island. As is their custom, the Islanders are playing woefully bad hockey and currently sit in the cellar of the Eastern Conference with just 13 points on five wins.

In their last two games, the Isles have been shut out 6-0 and 5-0 by the Bruins and Penguins, respectively. They've won just twice this month, hell, just twice since the middle of October. The Flyers have scored more than twice as many goals in two more games (73 vs 35), with the Islanders posting the fewest goals in the league, averaging less than two per contest.

In other words, the Flyers should be able to reverse their two-game skid tonight. Of course, the Eagles lost to the Cardinals, so… let's not take anything for granted. Below, a look at goalies, lineup notes, and what the Mets Islanders will be wearing tonight.

Ilya Bryzgalov gets the start in net for the Flyers, facing Rick DiPietro. Look for the Isles to try get the game trending rough. They've called up Michael Haley to provide a spark. Katie Strang of ESPN says Brian Rolston, Marty Reasoner, and Nino Niederreiter won't play.  

Chris Pronger did not make the trip, still bothered by a virus. Braydon Coburn and Jaromir Jagr will suit up, per Neil Hartman.

AS IF ISLANDERS FANS NEEDED ANOTHER REASON NOT TO BUY A JERSEY
Finally, the Isles will debut a new third jersey tonight. Mostly black, it has the full team name rainbowed over the front. Looks pretty freaking weird without the logo if you ask me, but it beats the fisherman travesty. As for the black/blue/orange combo… pretty reminiscent of the black Mets jerseys (no longer in use), so it shouldn't be too hard to get your feelings in order about tonight's opponent.

We're headed out for the night, so it might be a little quiet with the posts later on. Should be around for a few tomorrow though. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.