Flyers-Bruins Series Odds, Ends, and Extras

Flyers-Bruins Series Odds, Ends, and Extras

All is relatively quiet on the Flyers front as they get ready to open their second round series with the Boston Bruins today. The past few days have been filled with references to last postseason's matchup that saw the Flyers stage a historic comeback that no one reading site this needs further reminding about. But, the players themselves aren't too focused on 2010, which despite its unforgettable place in team history, is only a footnote in the current series once the first puck drops. Fans can and should enjoy The Comeback at any opportunity though, particularly when the trash talk gets going. It's hard to imagine the players won't be chirping about it too.

Here's a look at some of the other storylines heading into the series, including the odds the Flyers are being given to advance, and win the Cup.

Simon Gagne factored heavily into the Flyers' last series win over the Bruins, but his second round has begun on a very scary note. Gags was hit hard into the boards and tossed to the ice, with his head bouncing on impact. He was alert and talking in the locker room after refusing the stretcher, but with Gags' concussion history there's certainly added concern. Hell, watch the impact. He didn't need to have history for this to be a worry. [Puck Daddy]

The Lightning did still win that game, beating the Capitals, 4-2.

Beyond last year's matchup, here's a look at how teams have fared in the second round in a historical sense. [The Checking Line]

How glad are you that Flyers hometown broadcasts aren't dominated by the  egos of their broadcasters. Can you imagine having to listen to Jack  Edwards on a regular basis? [Broad Street Hockey]

Ryan gets a few shots in before the opening faceoff. [Flyers Goal Scored By]

Perhaps the biggest difference between last year's series and this one is that the Flyers will face Tim Thomas instead of Tuukka Rask. Meanwhile, two current Flyers who played on opposing sides in the Stanley Cup Finals no longer have lockers at the Skate Zone. [CSNPhilly]

Thinking about heading down to the game today? The Flyers have released some of the NHL's unused tickets, which are available here, or call 215-218-PUCK.

Finally, the odds for the series and the Stanley Cup. We have these courtesy of www.Bodog.com.

Odds to win the 2011 Stanley Cup     
Vancouver Canucks                   11/4
Washington Capitals                  4/1
San Jose Sharks                       5/1
Detroit Red Wings                      11/2
Boston Bruins                            8/1
Philadelphia Flyers                     8/1
Tampa Bay Lightning                  12/1
Nashville Predators                    14/1
 
Odds to win the 2011 Eastern Conference     
Washington Capitals                  7/5
Philadelphia Flyers                     7/2
Boston Bruins                            11/4
Tampa Bay Lightning                  9/2
 
Odds to win the 2011 Western Conference    
Vancouver Canucks                   7/5
San Jose Sharks                       5/2
Detroit Red Wings                      5/2
Nashville Predators                    7/1
 
What will be the Matchup in the Stanley Cup Final?
Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks                   9/2
Washington Capitals vs. San Jose Sharks                       6/1
Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings                      13/2
Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators                    17/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vancouver Canucks                      10/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. San Jose Sharks                          13/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings                        14/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Nashville Predators                       35/1
Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks                             9/1
Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks                                 12/1
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings                               13/1
Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators                              30/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vancouver Canucks                   12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks                       16/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings                     18/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators                    42/1

Series Prices
Washington Capitals                    -190
Tampa Bay Lightning                  +165
 
Philadelphia Flyers                     -110
Boston Bruins                             -110
 
Vancouver Canucks                    -255
Nashville Predators                    +215
 
San Jose Sharks                          -110
Detroit Red Wings                      -110

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins Player Props
Claude Giroux 2nd Round Points vs. Boston Bruins              
Over/ Under                   5
 
Danny Briere 2nd Round Points vs. Boston Bruins                             
Over/ Under                  5
 
Mike Richards 2nd Round Points vs. Boston Bruins               
Over/ Under                   4
 
David Krejci 2nd Round Points vs. Philadelphia Flyers                     
Over/ Under                   4.5
 
Milan Lucic 2nd Round Points vs. Philadelphia Flyers                      
Over/ Under                   4
 
Patrice Bergeron 2nd Round Points vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Over/ Under                   4
 
Zdeno Chara 2nd Round Points vs. Philadelphia Flyers                    
Over/ Under                   3

 

We'll be back with a gamethread a little closer to puck drop. Until then, an oldie but a goodie, Bruins Escalator Girl.

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).