Mike Richards, Justin Williams Help Deliver Flyers' First Loss

Mike Richards, Justin Williams Help Deliver Flyers' First Loss

Well that was a bit of a gut punch… After a hard-fought battle went to overtime, Mike Richards helped to deliver his former team its first loss with a nice assist to Jack Johnson. It came on a powerplay in overtime, but the set up was vintage Richards, a fake slapshot turned to a pass for the winner off the stick of Johnson.

Richards received a mostly warm welcome at first, with some Flyers fans on their feet to start, and an even better reception when Lou Nolan announced him with a brief showing on the main screen. Others booed, a trend that would grow every time Richards touched the puck. Surreal.

The Flyers played well but were unable to break out in this one, leaving open the opportunity that Richards would factor into a Kings win. Unfortunately, he did.

It was a damn good game, very physical from both sides while not being particularly dirty. Zac Rinaldo sent Drew Doughty to the dressing room on his first shift, in my opinion with a clean hit. The Kings were up to the task though, banging away throughout the game and ultimately cashing in after the Flyers went to the kill one too many times.

It wasn't Richards, but rather another former Flyer that did his old team in tonight; Justin Williams notched a pair of goals. Definitely a blow for Flyers fans, who saw Williams score a pair and Richards and Simon Gagne each notch an assist. Goalie Jonathan Quick was probably the biggest factor for the Kings though, making some huge saves during stretches in which the Flyers dramatically outplayed LA.

Ilya Bryzgalov had a solid night in net too, his fourth straight showing in which it was hard to pin any goals directly on him. The power play was also a strength for the Flyers, who scored both of their goals with the man advantage.

All in all, not the worst loss for the Flyers, and they did get a point. Still, it stings  a bit that so many former Flyers factored into the winning effort for the Kings. It's been a long night, so we'll leave it at that. Not a terrible loss for the Flyers at all, but it's a bit more painful given how many former popular Flyers contributed to the win.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs 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.