Flyers-Caps: Part the Red Sea Edition

Flyers-Caps: Part the Red Sea Edition

What up Flyers fans. I'm sorry to say I'm not among you back in Philly, nor getting ready to descend on the Verizon Center this afternoon. Instead I'm in Florida for a bit, and it ain't a bad day to be here. 

But enough about partly cloudy and 81. You can bet I'll be done outside by 3PM, because we should be a helluva game between the Caps and Flyers. The Capitals are a legitimate, no-joke contender of a team, and winning in their barn won't be easy. Say what you will about their fair-weather fans, but there's little question it's a tough building these days, and that's a great thing for hockey and the budding mini-rivalry between these teams. 

The Caps are playing for the top seed in the conference, tied with the Sabres at just a point behind the Devils. The Flyers have obviously made some progress recently, but they're still sitting a point out of the way-too-early playoff picture. Funny thing is, while those two scenarios show how critical two points in the standings would be for both teams, I don't think either club is thinking about the leaderboard this afternoon. 

The recent history between these teams should be more than enough motivation to fire both sides up. For the Flyers, getting past an awful loss to the Maple Leafs and beating a team like the Capitals will help them stay on the course they've set with 8 wins in their last 11 games. Maybe falling to earth against Toronto was a good reality check that they won't all come as easy as they have lately, especially not today. The Caps are also coming off of a game against the Leafs—but they won theirs by a 6-1 count. 

Fella by the name of Mike Knuble scored two of those goals. We wish Knuble well and all, but I really hope we don't see a repeat performance. Of all the departed Flyers from last season, his absence has been the one the team has felt the most. With 12 goals and 12 assists, it hasn't been quite the great season many were expecting from Knuble on the high-scoring Caps, but he's on a bit of a hot streak now, so he could be a handful for the Flyers' d-men. Oh, and that newly captain'd Ovechkin guy hasn't been too bad either (29 goals, 33 assists, 62 points). 

We've seen 60-minute shootouts between these two teams before, and there's a good chance this one will go that way too. Sorry to cut this short, but there's a beach run between me and this nice little boardwalk breakfast joint, then some pooltime calling me. I'll be testing out's Gamecenter Live for the first time today, which sounds like a good fix for my out-of-market Flyers jones. 

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.