Game 29What's Left of Flyers Visit Capitals in DC

Game 29What's Left of Flyers Visit Capitals in DC

With the news
coming over the wire today that Claude Giroux's Hart Trophy campaign has
been interrupted by a concussion, placing the team's best offensive
player alongside Chris Pronger in the abyss of indefiniteness, the
feeling among fans going into tonight's matchup with the Washington
Capitals is muted. We're not riding high on first place, a five-game
winning streak, or having the NHL scoring leader as our top centerman.
We're wondering how long "indefinitely" equates to in terms of days on a
calendar and games on a schedule.

The scariest word in sports right now is Concussion, and the Flyers
are without three key players tonight because of it. We've already
discussed the concussion thing a few times, and we'll get into it more
in the coming days and possibly weeks. But tonight, there's what could
be a very fun game in DC, the flames of a Patrick Division rivalry to
stoke.

Our title is perhaps a bit melodramatic; the Flyers may be without
their top offensive and defensive players, respectively, but they still
have every bit a team that should be expected to be in every game they
play.

Cooter
Rookie Sean Couturier filled in for Giroux between Scott
Hartnell and Jarormir Jagr, and he will presumably do so again tonight,
at least to start. Hopefully his veteran linemates can get his offensive
career going after spending most of his minutes as a low-liner and
penalty killer so far. Those minutes could serve him well in handling
expanded duties, provided his natural scoring abilities click as well.

Bryz Again
Peter Laviolette will stick with Ilya Bryzgalov in net, we hope sending him a message that he is the man for the long haul.

Dale Hunter Era
It's
kind of awesome and amazing that we'll see Dale Hunter behind the bench
for the Caps tonight. If that isn't the most 'hockey' thing… Tough and
talented, his number in the rafters, Hunter will be remembered by many
hockey fans for one of the dirtiest hits the sport has ever seen. But
most also know he was a smart player, a legend in a hockey town that had
few, and he's said to be a pretty good coach. The Bruce Boudreau Era
was a significant one in Capitals history, in that the Capitals were
significant for its duration. That hasn't always been the case. Whether
Hunter can take them beyond that, and beyond the first round of the
playoffs, is what everyone's wondering now. The Caps certainly didn't
get any less interesting in bring Dale to the bench. [More from the WaPo]

Another Jagr Reunion
We haven't heard nearly as much about Jagr
facing this former club as we did last week when he suited up in Orange
& Black to face the Penguins, but Jags did don that hideous Capitals
eagle jersey for a few seasons before being dealt to the Rangers.
Former Flyers scribe Chuck Gormley has more on that dynamic here. [CSN
Washington
]

Hopefully we'll have another win to talk about in the comments tonight, and not just e-prayers that our guys are okay.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.