Game 13: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers ... Helping to 900

Game 13: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers ... Helping to 900

The Flyers are back at it tonight in the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center to take on the rival Devils. The Orange and Black will try to recapture the red hot start they got off too last night in Buffalo while the W.F. Center will try to brush the dirt off its shoulders after hosting Hov and 'Ye on Wednesday -- plenty of ice in the building last night as well.

A fun random anecdote about tonight's matchup with the struggling New Jersey Devils? The Flyers could hand Jersey their 900th franchise loss. Always fun to help a rival reach ugly milestones.

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Carlos Figueiredo Tonight was the 899th regulation loss in #NJDevils history. Let's hope # 900 comes to someone other than Philly...
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Both team's having played last night -- coupled with the neutral zone trap -- could make for some sluggish hockey this evening. I'm not saying I won't be paying any attention to the Flyers tonight, but there is a do-or-die Philly playoff game that should start around second intermission.

There was some speculation that former worldwide trend Harry Z would be in the lineup against Jersey if Danny Briere were not able to go, but it sounds like Briere will be back on the ice.

Flyers fans have to be excited to get his skills back out on the ice, with Danny B. adding depth and balance to all four lines.

No Marty in net tonight for the Devils who will instead go with Johan Hedberg. Brodeur had started the first match up this season as well as all six games against the Flyers last season.

7:00 p.m. puck drop.

Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

You probably remember Emmanuel Acho more for his Twitter exploits than for anything he ever did on a football field. That was the case once again over the weekend when another former Eagle had a huge game for the Patriots in their win over the Houston Texans in the AFC playoffs.

Oh, and former Philadelphia Eagles decision maker Joe Banner was also involved.

All of it started because Dion Lewis, a one-time Eagles running back drafted in the 5th round in 2011, scored three TDs in a variety of ways on the Patriots way to another AFC title game.

The joke here is that Banner -- then with the Browns -- was on the winning end of the Lewis-for-Acho trade and was himself eventually fired from his job in Cleveland. But hey, at least Acho got out of that awful city.

Lewis has battled injury for much of his career and hasn't exactly been the second coming of LeSean McCoy but he's yet another case of the Bill Belichick Patriots finding a player who had floundered with other teams only to flourish in big moments in New England.

And Joe Banner may have seen that potential early on.

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was originally scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. in Miami on Tuesday for the beginning of his trial on a felony battery charge. 

Now, that trial won't be until April. 

A motion for continuance was filed and the new trial date is set for April 10, according to the Miami-Dade State State Attorney's Office. Eagles OTAs will begin in May. 

The felony charge stems from a July 25 incident in Miami, when the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham allegedly assaulted a hotel employee. The altercation reportedly arose from the length of time it took 50-year-old hotel employee Jean Courois to bring Bradham's group their beach umbrella. 

Bradham pleaded not guilty and has said he "most definitely" expects his name to be cleared from this incident.

This was the first of two arrests for Bradham since July. He was arrested coming home from Miami from the bye week after he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun in his backpack. 

After the second arrest, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz famously said, "You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass." 

Bradham, 27, signed a two-year deal to join the Eagles last offseason and proved to be a good investment on the field. He played 97 percent of the defense's snaps and played at a high level as the team's starting SAM linebacker. He will have a base salary of $3.5 million this year, with a cap hit of $4.25 million.