Flyers Playoff Notes & Video: Pronger, Lappy, and Ghosts of Series Past

Flyers Playoff Notes & Video: Pronger, Lappy, and Ghosts of Series Past

As is usually the case with injuries during the NHL playoffs, the Flyers are keeping us guessing on Chris Pronger's availability for the opening round. We could type up each development here (Briere's radio comments, coach's demeanor, Pronger's own words, etc.), but I really don't think any of them are giving us anything more than smoke given how the story keeps changing and never seems to be anything solid. With a player that impacts as many minutes of a game as Pronger does, opposing coaches could factor his presence (or lack thereof) into strategies, and the Flyers aren't giving Lindy Ruff much to go on at the moment. [Frank Seravalli

Obviously #20 would be a huge addition to the Flyers' blue line, which Keith Jones says is better than that of the Sabres with or without Big Pronga. [Dan Roche talks with Keith Jones]

This week's opening round series against the Sabres marks the eighth time the two teams have met each other in the postseason. The Flyers won the first, which was the Stanley Cup Finals matchup in 1975 and featured the Fog/Bat game:

Lisa Hillary takes us through a few more of the highlights of the storied Flyers-Sabres series: 

The beats were atweet with the news that Ian Laperriere was skating with the team today, although not as a player. Panotch says he will assist the coaches with the scratches throughout the playoffs. Sounds like great news to me. When I heard the local hockey writers had nominated Lappy for the Masterton Trophy, of course I was happy for him, but it also reminded me that this team has been lacking a certain Lappiness lately. Goddamn I miss that guy. Hopefully just having him around on the ice will remind everyone, but especially the role players, what is expected of them. [@tpanotch]

The Flyers depth in the forward lines and defense pairings is a well-known obstacle for opposing teams in a seven-game series, even though they haven't all played to their potential lately. But the Sabres aren't as top-heavy as they may seem, with a strong second line that may not have the name recognition of their top line, but they are dangerous. [Broad Street Hockey

Interested in seeing how previous Eastern Conference playoff matchups have gone, and whether that has predictive value for the Flyers going forward? [The Checking Line]

How about a no-nonsense, just the facts interview with a Sabres blog, with no sarcasm of any kind? [Flyers Goal Scored By]

Finally, some more great work by Mr Flyer Guy, who brings us this pump-up video:

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.