Flyers-Sabres Game 1: Enter the Playoffs

Flyers-Sabres Game 1: Enter the Playoffs

We've already covered many of our thoughts heading into tonight's series opener between the Flyers and the Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center. The Orange & Black left us with more questions than we'd have wanted to end the regular season, but I think that most of us know they are still good enough to come out hot, and from there, who knows what could happen. I still firmly believe this team has the talent to win it all, although I'm just interested in tonight at the moment. What I know for sure is that last year's playoff run was one of the great times in our lives as Flyers fans, and that's all I'm focusing on now that the 2011 postseason is about to begin.

I don't care about the losses down the stretch or really anything aside from the promise of another great ride with the possibility of something that would top any previous Flyers experience for those of us born after the mid-70s glory days. 

Rather than worry about a rookie goalie, I'm thinking about how the NHL has seen some kids really step up between the pipes and make history for their franchises this time of year. I'm thinking about what Bob's legacy would be if he joined those ranks. I don't mean to get ahead of myself, rather just to head into the postseason with great expectations rather than concerns. If the latter await, there's nothing anyone can do about it now. Time to just jump in. 

There's also been concern over the Flyers' recent record at home. Those of us who will be heading to the games need to help turn that all around by making the atmosphere something they have no choice but to respond to. One of the great thrills of being a fan is going to a Flyers playoff game. The place can just go absolutely insane. I think we can still take it up a notch though, and that starts with this series—tonight if you have tickets. Be the one getting loud early. Everyone else wants to, they might just need someone to start it up

We're all also really looking forward to what we hope is another great postseason ride with all our readers and commenters. One of the things that gets us going is reading your thoughts, good and bad, about these games and players. 

Who's ready?

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.