Flyers-Devils: We Need More Intensity edition

Flyers-Devils: We Need More Intensity edition

Although their most recent effort wasn't
disappointing (at least not for me), the outcome certainly was, and the
Flyers are in search of some rebound action tonight in New Jersey after
getting blanked by the Thrashers at home. Here's hoping for a lot of
fight and a little justice from the law of averages. With zero goals on
43 shots last night, maybe the Flyers can open it up and find the top
shelf, five-hole, or just about any vacant space between Johan Hedberg
and his posts. 

Yep, it's Hedberg again. If this is to be his final NHL season, it
will oddly end with Martin Brodeur not having started once against the
Flyers in six meetings.

He relieved Hedberg in a January game, allowing no goals in 44 minutes,
but other than that, our final memory of Brodeur could be dispatching
him and the Devils in last year's playoffs. I can live with that. Marty
has previously said he'll be back next season, so we'll see.    

Meanwhile, Hedberg hasn't started since February, but Jacques Lemaire
has decided to give him a go tonight. Brian Boucher will start for the
Flyers, with Sergei Bobrovsky having started last night.

It's Friday night, and we spent last night watching the Flyers get
shut out. Just like that Japanese director wanted from Bob Harris, we
want more... INTENSITY. If Lost In Translation references don't get you going, how 'bout some Ween?

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.

Eagles Injury Update: Mathews and Matthews to return to practice

Eagles Injury Update: Mathews and Matthews to return to practice

If you're searching for some good news following the Eagles' dismal 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday afternoon, here it is. 

Jordan Matthews (ankle) and Ryan Mathews (knee) are going to return to practice this week, head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. 

Ryan Mathews, who suffered an MCL sprain against Seattle, has missed the last two weeks. The Eagles averaged just 77 yards rushing in those two losses, going with Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner. 

Jordan Matthews, who has been the Eagles' best and most consistent receiver this season, suffered an ankle sprain against the Packers and was inactive on Sunday against the Bengals. It was the first game he ever missed in college or in the NFL. 

Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, who injured his midsection and got X-rays during the game, has an oblique contusion, according to Pederson. Green-Beckham is sore and will be held from practice on Wednesday, but Pederson expects him to be "OK" for the Washington game on Sunday. 

Pederson said right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is "coming along," but isn't yet ready to return. 

"He's going to do a little more this week, not from a practice standpoint but from a rehab standpoint, and he's doing good," Pederson said. "But we'll see where he is again later in the week."

In Vaitai's absence, left guard Allen Barbre has shifted from left guard to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski has replaced him at left guard.