Game 6: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia FlyersEnter Brayden Schenn

Game 6: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia FlyersEnter Brayden Schenn

When a kid gets dealt for a team captain and puts up 8 points over 4 games—including a hat trick—in the minors, it's pretty hard not to play him.

Just five games into the regular season, Flyers fans will get their first taste of Brayden Schenn in a meaningful hockey game. While Wayne Simmons has certainly been a pleasant and wholly welcome addition to the club, it's Schenn who was really the focal point of the Mike Richards deal, and the player who will most make or break that trade as time goes on and the team moves forward.

Now that GM Paul Holmgren has decided to bring Schenn up to the big club, it's up to coach Peter Laviolette to find a place for the young star.

The talk over the last two days has the twenty-year-old center potentially playing wing opposite Matt Read on the Sean Couturier line. Thus far this season, it seemed as though the Flyers had escaped their perennial glut of centers forced to play wing. But with Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and Max Talbot anchoring the other center positions, and Couturier looking equally strong in the middle of the ice, someone is going to have to adapt to life on the wing.

Laviolette has remained non-committal in regard to announcing any potential combinations, though it wouldn't be surprising to see the lines evolve throughout the night. Regardless of who ends up with who, the coach should be able to roll all four lines tonight, a potentially unappealing reality for any opponent who will try to skate with this quick, young hockey club.

Speaking of opposition, tonight will mark the first of four meetings this season between the Flyers and Washington Capitals. Led by the high-powered scoring attack of Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin, the Caps are off to a perfect 5-0 start. And though Ovechkin has been off to something of a slow start by his own other-wordly standards—1 G, 2A in 5 GP—Washington plays more than well enough at both ends of the ice to be plenty dangerous with or without him.

Tonight's match up will be a good test for this young Flyers team against a club that has consistently been at, or near, the top of the Eastern Conference standings the past few years.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

Other Notes:
(1) Ilya Bryzgalov is expected back in net tonight after receiving a night off on Tuesday against Ottawa.

(2) Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk have been sent back to Adirondack to make room for Schenn and the returning-from-what-he-deemed-akin-to-a-prison-sentence Jody Shelley.

(3) Jaromir Jagr has 4 assists in 5 games and had 4 in 4. He is not off to a slow start. Let's just drop that talk.

(4) Brayden Schenn tonight…get amped.

See you post-game.

TicketIQ: Affordable seats available to see Sixers face marquee opponents

TicketIQ: Affordable seats available to see Sixers face marquee opponents

Editor's Note: The following is sponsored content written by TicketIQ.

The improvements have been obvious for the 76ers this season. Just months removed from a franchise-worst 10-72 record, the Sixers have begun to see return on their rebuild with rookie Joel Embiid leading the charge.
 
December will be a big month for the team as it looks to rise in the Eastern Conference. Attending an upcoming game won’t come attached with big ticket prices, either. With several marquee opponents headed to Wells Fargo Center over the next four weeks, including the Lakers, Celtics and Raptors, fans can find relatively inexpensive ticket prices on the resale market all month long.
 
On TicketIQ, a ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the resale market, the average resale price for 76ers tickets in December is just $58. That makes December among the cheapest months to see the Sixers this season.

 
With the Lakers in town for a December 16 game, it will be the only 76ers home game this month that commands an average resale price above $100. On TicketIQ, 76ers vs Lakers tickets own a $112 average and the most inexpensive are listed from $27 each. It will be the Lakers’ sole visit to Philadelphia this season.
 
The Celtics will be the Sixers’ second most expensive opponent this month, but their December 3 visit is currently averaging nearly half the price the Lakers are seeing when they’re in town two weeks later. As it stands now the average resale price for tickets against the Celtics is $69 with a get-in price of $13.
 
The Nets, Pelicans and Raptors are all generating similar demand for their respective stops in Philadelphia later this month. With all three teams visiting over a six-day period between December 14 and 20, no game will average over $55 on the secondary market. Tickets start from as low as $7 each to when Anthony Davis and the Pelicans come to town on the 20th.
 
For those fans with interest in attending the most inexpensive games at Wells Fargo Center this month, the struggling Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets will serve as the most affordable opponents to see in action in December. The Magic play the Sixers on Friday night, where last-minute 76ers vs. Magic tickets are averaging $43. Their next home game against the Nuggets have an average resale price of just $35.

Instant Replay: Magic 105, Sixers 88

Instant Replay: Magic 105, Sixers 88

BOX SCORE

One way to try to win a game: Go up by six early in the first quarter and look to build on that lead.

One way to lose a game: Squander that advantage and give up a 16-0 run to the opponent. 

The Sixers' effort to beat the Magic ended almost as quickly as it began. The Magic outscored the Sixers 21-14 in the first and put the game out of reach in the third with a 21-point lead going into the fourth.  

The Sixers fell, 105-88, to the Magic in spite of increased playing time for Joel Embiid (26:56).

Inside the stats
Joel Embiid recorded a double-double with 25 points (10 for 21 from the field) and 10 rebounds, as well as four assists. Jahlil Okafor did the same with 16 points (8 for 10 from the field) and a season-high 13 boards.

Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 20 points (9 for 14 from the field).

Nikola Vucevic also had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double with five assists off the bench.

The Sixers shot just 6 for 26 (23.1 percent) from the field in the first quarter.

Embiid, Okafor play together
As anticipated, Sixers head coach Brett Brown paired Embiid and Okafor together against bigs Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo. 

They shared the court for 5:29 in the second quarter, during which the Sixers outscored the Magic, 12-9. The duo scored all of the Sixers' points during that span and combined for five rebounds. This combination allowed the Sixers to stretch the floor; Embiid made two threes in this spurt. 

Brown gave them another look in the fourth for over seven minutes when the Magic already had put the game away. This time they totaled 12 points and four rebounds, as the Sixers and Magic both scored 19 apiece during this stretch. Toward the end, Okafor was matched up with swingman Jeff Green. 

Injury updates
Robert Covington left the game in the fourth quarter with a left knee sprain after colliding with T.J. McConnell in front of the Sixers' bench chasing for a loose ball.

Jerryd Bayless (left wrist soreness) missed his third straight game. He is questionable for Saturday against the Celtics.

Familiar competition 
Before Embiid and Biyombo faced off in the NBA, they got to know each other before Embiid entered the league. The two bigs became friends in 2014 when they met training in Los Angeles while Embiid was preparing for the draft.

“He’s still the same guy,” Biyombo said. “Nothing’s changed with his goofy personality.” 

Up next
No rest for the Sixers. On Saturday they will host the Celtics for the back end of a back-to-back. Two days later, they play the Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday.