Game 4: Los Angeles Kings at Philadelphia Flyers Richie's Return

Game 4: Los Angeles Kings at Philadelphia Flyers Richie's Return

We've already talked quite a bit about Mike Richards' return to Philly tonight, both here and over at Puck Daddy this morning. Given how infrequently the Flyers play the Kings, it feels a bit odd to have the event happen so quickly. Four games into the season, the Flyers will have played the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, who bounced them last season, the rival Devils, and the Western Conference Champs, plus their former captain, who was dealt in one of the most shocking trades in franchise history this summer.

Fortunately for the front office, the early returns have been outstanding. Can you imagine what the past few days of coverage would have been like if the Flyers were winless rather than undefeated when Richards came to town?

Plus, they've had great contributions from Wayne Simmonds, whose versatility is paying dividends with speed up the flanks, size in front of the net, and nastiness all over the ice. This guy's a Flyer.

Meanwhile, Brayden Schenn got his name in the paper with a hat trick for the Phantoms last night.

Richards came on the scene in a hurry for the Kings, scoring a goal and assisting on another in his debut, a 3-2 OT win over the Rangers in Stockholm. However, Richie hasn't factored into the scoring since. The Kings come to Philly 1-1-1 after a pair of losses to Buffalo and New Jersey (shootout loss).

Flyers West features some familiar and well-liked faces beyond that of Mr. Richards. Ron Hextall. Simon Gagne. Justin Williams. Terry Murray and John Stevens. LA is hardly a rough landing place for those allowed to leave or firmly shoved out of Philly. We hope the Wells Fargo Center is though, at least after that first introduction, when we think Richards deserves a standing O. He was a hell of a Flyer, and if he had his way, he'd be wearing Orange tonight. At least, that's how he felt in the summer months in the wake of the trade. Lately, he appears happy to have moved on.

It's not hard to imagine Richie being a major factor in tonight's action. He'll be as fired up to take the ice against the team that sent him away, to show his former home crowd that they shouldn't have. Wouldn't be surprised at all to see him lay a big hit on a key forward…

Should be a great one down in South Philly tonight.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP 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.