Game 22: Orange & Black Friday, JVR Out With Montreal Canadiens in Town

Game 22: Orange & Black Friday, JVR Out With Montreal Canadiens in Town

There's
a lot to love about Thanksgiving. Wednesday can be a good bar night or a
night to just relax in your house with a day off on the way. Thursday
needs little explanation. Many folks have Black Friday off, with two
more weekend days to follow. For Flyers fans, an annual home matinee
game on Black Friday is an added bonus.

Today at 3:00 p.m., the Flyers host the Montreal Canadiens, who have picked
up some steam since a terrible start had them sitting at 1-5-2 in late
October. Now 10-9-3, les Habs are still toward the bottom of their
division, evenly trading wins with losses lately. Habs notes and Flyers injury news, including one to James van Riemsdyk, below.

They won their last contest, 4-3 in a shootout at Carolina, coming
off a fan-brawl-filled 1-0 loss against Boston. The last week or so has
also seen Montreal win a pair of games 4-0 each, over the Hurricanes and
Rangers, but also drop one to the Islanders. Both shutouts came with
Carey Price in net.

The Habs have been solid in net and defensively, with good marks in
the goals against category (7th) and on the penalty kill (3rd), but they
rank in the bottom third in goals per game (20th) and power play
percentage (23rd).

Jagr remains out with his reaggravated groin, Pronger's illness still has a hold of him, and JVR will join the press box party with an undisclosed UBI. The Flyers say he'll miss 1-2 weeks.

Sergei Bobrovski starts in net.

Report: Andrew Bogut expected to sign with Cavaliers after buyout from Sixers

Report: Andrew Bogut expected to sign with Cavaliers after buyout from Sixers

Andrew Bogut, we hardly knew ye. 

After coming over from Dallas as part of the Nerlens Noel trade, Bogut is already thinking about his next move.

With the Sixers expected to buy out Bogut's contract, the former No. 1 overall pick will look to sign with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. 

The Sixers swapped Noel for Bogut, Justin Anderson and a top-18 protected first-round pick — which will likely turn into two second-round picks — last Thursday. 

With LeBron James begging the front office for help, the Cavaliers are also expected to sign Bogut's former Dallas teammate Deron Williams in Monday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania

La Salle suffers demoralizing loss to struggling UMass

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La Salle suffers demoralizing loss to struggling UMass

AMHERST, Mass. -- Zach Lewis scored a career-high 37 points, including six three-pointers, and Massachusetts pulled away from La Salle 84-71 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Lewis, whose 37-point effort was the best for any player in the Atlantic 10 this season, hit nine of his 16 field goal attempts overall and was a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Dejon Jarreau added 20 points and four three-ponters for UMass (14-15, 4-12).

Pookie Powell hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and B.J. Johnson added 20 points to lead La Salle (14-13, 8-8).

Both teams shot similar percentages and had similar three-point totals, but the Minutemen finished with a plus-14 advantage at the free throw line.

La Salle remained within striking distance but a 13-4 stretch for UMass midway through the second half pushed its lead to 63-51. The Minutemen kept the Explorers at arm's length the rest of the way.