Game 9: Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens... Hapless or Dangerous Habs?

Game 9: Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens... Hapless or Dangerous Habs?

The Flyers will take the ice tonight for the first time since losing Chris Pronger to that brutal eye injury on Monday against the Maple Leafs. Paul Holmgren said that Pronger saw the doctor again today and that "he continues to progress nicely." That said, the orange and black will be without their Captain for the foreseeable future including tonight's game up in Montreal as the Flyers take on the hapless Habs.

The Canadiens have been frightfully bad thus far this season. They've scored one goal or fewer in six of their eight games and have a pitiful power play success rate. They're converting just 9.4 percent of their PP opportunities and are 0-4-2 over their last six games. Not good.

Meanwhile, the Flyers power play has been banging as of late, but will they sustain their clip (4th best in NHL) without their top blueliner? The Flyers were not nearly as successful on the PP last season when Pronger was out of the lineup.

After Bob worked the net in Monday night's win over the Maple Leafs, Ilya Bryzgalov will be back between the pipes tonight.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin's job is probably on the line, with plenty of hot seat stories circulating and a Bell Centre crowd just waiting to rain boos down if the home team gets off to a bad start. Or Danny Briere touches the puck.

Puck drops at 7:30 on CSN. Will Jaromir Jagr show off his moves for the second consecutive game?

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

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

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP