Holy Sht This Claude Giroux Goal

Holy Sht This Claude Giroux Goal

Ilya Bryzgalov backstopped the Flyers to their second straight shutout and fifth straight win, and they've now gone 136+ minutes without allowing a goal. Neither the Flyers nor the Toronto Maple Leafs could score in regulation or the OT, and Bryz was also perfect in the shootout. Jonas Gustavsson did his part for the Leafs as well, stopping all but Claude Giroux's shootout attempt, which was simply gorgeous. 
Watch this. 
Doesn't get a whole lot prettier than that… 
With the win, the Flyers are still in the fifth seed in the East despite having the third best point total behind only the Rangers and Penguins. The state of PA is tearing up the league right now. 
Not the best offensive showing for the Flyers (obvo), who couldn't get too many clean opportunities with the Leafs boxing them out pretty well. I did like seeing their grit show up in the second period though, when they took exception to a Dion Phaneuf slash on Claude Giroux. If you ever wonder why they try to hide injuries in the NHL, watch the tape of the last few games and see how many opposing sticks end up on G's gloves. They all know about whatever hand/wrist injury is ailing him. 
Scott Hartnell came right to his defense though (suck it, Phaneuf) followed by the whole line. Wayne Simmonds found his way into the action as well, ultimately getting Joey Crabb to drop the gloves for a pretty entertaining fight. 
Bryz and the defense were the story in this one though, and G's goal was certainly fun. The question now is, will Lavvy sit a goalie coming off back-to-back shutouts in tomorrow's game? Tomorrow is a pretty important matchup as well, with the Devils hanging right with the Flyers in the standings… 

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

VOORHEES, N.J. — Radko Gudas (wrist) is closer to game action as the Flyers’ defenseman has been cleared to shoot pucks for the “past couple of days.”
 
The 26-year-old, recovering from a fractured right wrist (his shooting hand), was shooting and hitting in practice Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone. Gudas has yet to play in a preseason game, but said he’s “pretty close” to 100 percent.
 
“I can’t say it’s really 100 percent, but it’s getting there soon,” Gudas said following practice.
 
“There’s a lot of time for me to get in top, game-like shape. There’s not a chance I would miss the start of the season.”
 
Gudas said the most important aspect of the wrist’s healing is keeping it stable by wearing a brace to limit too much moving.
 
“It’s better, I’m shooting on it in practices, feels better every day,” he said. “I’m working on a lot of it every day with the strength guys and the doctors here. We’re going day to day, I’m seeing myself sooner than later jumping on the ice.”
 
The second-year Flyer would like to play in preseason games before the start of the regular season, but also understands the importance of not rushing to avoid costing him regular-season games as a result.
 
“That’s the main part — feeling pain-free,” Gudas said. “Throughout the season, there’s not a lot of time off so we need to make sure everything is the best it can be before the season starts.
 
“Obviously it’s going to be the coaches’ decision when to put me in. I’m sure they’re talking with the staff for when would be the proper time.”
 
Gudas signed a four-year contract extension in June after playing a career-high 76 games and recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 2015-16.
 
After practice, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol did not have an update on Gudas or defenseman Nick Schultz, who was shaken up Tuesday night.
 
“Everybody wants to play at least a game or two before the season,” Gudas said. “I don’t think it needs to be said.
 
“He wants to have me ready and I want to be ready.”

Now 22/1 to win Super Bowl, Eagles also the NFC East favorite

Now 22/1 to win Super Bowl, Eagles also the NFC East favorite

The Eagles crushed a Super Bowl contender on Sunday at the Linc. And Vegas took notice.

According to Bovada, the Eagles' odds to win the Super Bowl went from 33/1 to 22/1. Just nine teams have shorter odds to win the Super Bowl. The Patriots are tops at 15/4, followed by the Packers (8/1) and the team the Eagles beat, the Steelers (9/1).

With the win, the Eagles also became the favorite to win the NFC East, going from 11/4 to 2/1. They're followed by the Cowboys and Giants (both at 11/5) and last year's division champs, Washington, is at 6/1.

The Eagles are also 12/1 to win the NFC.

Of course, the biggest story for the Eagles this season has been the emergence of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. He had his first 300-yard passing game Sunday and was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. His odds to win MVP went from 50/1 to 33/1. Those are the same odds as Drew Brees and Eli Manning.

Meanwhile, former Eagles quarterback and current Minnesota Viking Sam Bradford went from 50/1 to 25/1 to win MVP.

While Wentz's MVP odds shortened, his odds to win Rookie of the Year actually got longer, going from 8/5 to 7/4. That could have something to do with the odds of Ezekiel Elliot (7/4), Dak Prescott (5/1) and Sterling Shepard (7/1) all improving.