Jagr Back as Flyers Host Jets. Pray for Defense.

Jagr Back as Flyers Host Jets. Pray for Defense.

Perhaps trying once and for all to determine which team has rightful claim to NHL flight-related nomenclature superiority, the Flyers and Winnipeg Jets have combined to score 17 and 10 goals in their two previous matchups this season. Perhaps more important than even that high distinction, the Flyers have ceded not only this title, but both games in the process. Second Best Flight-Related Team (as determined by head-to-head matchups) is no way to go through life, Flyers, and I hope Peter Laviolette has so advised you prior to puck drop tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

I also hope Lavvy's reminded you, somewhat uncharacteristically, that there's absolutely no reason the Jets should be able to put up those kinds of numbers against you. A look at why, as well as the return of a certain Mr. Jagr, below.

The Jets are hovering at 22-22-6, five points out of the playoff bubble. They're also 22nd in the league in goals per game, this despite hanging eleventy goals on the Flyers so far. They have a middle-of-the-pack power play and are missing a key offensive weapon from their blue line with Dustin Byfuglien out tonight. Also out is Evander Kane, whose 18 goals and 13 assists are sidelined with a dreaded concussion.

The Little C is still affecting the Flyers lineup too, with Danny Briere and JVR skating today but not ready to play yet. One top-six forward will return though, or at least will try to. Jaromir Jagr has declared himself ready to rejoin his All-Star linemates.

Ilya Bryzgalov gets the first post-ASG turn in net.

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.