Flyers Host a Capitals Team Battling for Division

Flyers Host a Capitals Team Battling for Division

The Flyers face a Washington Capitals team this evening in a similar position to that of the Florida Panthers team they faced on Tuesday. Washington is battling for the division lead while also possibly fighting for the final playoff spot. Alexander Ovechkin is heating up just in time to face a Flyers team that he's performed well against throughout his career with 22 goals in 25 games.

"It's another desperate hockey team that needs to win a game," Lavvy said of tonight's opponent. "We've got to win some games ourself here, so it should be a great hockey game."

NHL's Adam Kimelman points out the dominance Ovie's club has had in Philly over the past few years: "Caps are 8-1-2 in last 11 games in Philly. Haven't lost in regulation in Philly since Dec. 20, 2008." Let's fix that.

Ovechkin has been hot, scoring five goals in the Caps' last four games. While the goal is to win every night they step on the ice, the Flyers know that first place isn't out of reach and that gaining momentum heading into the playoffs is important.

"We want to finish as high as possible. I don't think first place is even out of reach at all," Scott Hartnell said. "I think it's five points, we play [the Rangers] once. We win that game it's down to three points. We play Pittsburgh twice. We're trying to think finish as high as possible. I know it may be a little out of reach but it's something we're trying to keep our minds on for sure.

"The team with the most momentum, the confidence, the swagger I guess you could say, going into the playoffs is the team that usually goes on a bit of a run," Hartnell added. "It happened to us a few years back, we went to the Finals, winning the last game in the fashion that we did. We did everything but win the Stanley Cup."

Looks like Bryz will get the start tonight. Dude has been a beast. Hopefully they can continue to limit opposing scoring while also regaining their own production.

Time to get some of that swagger going tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. 7:00 puck drop against the Caps.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P