Game 9: Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens... Hapless or Dangerous Habs?

Game 9: Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens... Hapless or Dangerous Habs?

The Flyers will take the ice tonight for the first time since losing Chris Pronger to that brutal eye injury on Monday against the Maple Leafs. Paul Holmgren said that Pronger saw the doctor again today and that "he continues to progress nicely." That said, the orange and black will be without their Captain for the foreseeable future including tonight's game up in Montreal as the Flyers take on the hapless Habs.

The Canadiens have been frightfully bad thus far this season. They've scored one goal or fewer in six of their eight games and have a pitiful power play success rate. They're converting just 9.4 percent of their PP opportunities and are 0-4-2 over their last six games. Not good.

Meanwhile, the Flyers power play has been banging as of late, but will they sustain their clip (4th best in NHL) without their top blueliner? The Flyers were not nearly as successful on the PP last season when Pronger was out of the lineup.

After Bob worked the net in Monday night's win over the Maple Leafs, Ilya Bryzgalov will be back between the pipes tonight.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin's job is probably on the line, with plenty of hot seat stories circulating and a Bell Centre crowd just waiting to rain boos down if the home team gets off to a bad start. Or Danny Briere touches the puck.

Puck drops at 7:30 on CSN. Will Jaromir Jagr show off his moves for the second consecutive game?

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).