Matine Hockey Games: Perfect for Ruining Saturday Productivity

Matine Hockey Games: Perfect for Ruining Saturday Productivity

There's a slight chance we had too many Jäger and car bombs last night. I blame Daulerio for the idea and Meech for the execution. But, anticipating this might happen, our friends up at the league office scheduled the perfect cure for a hang over: some matinée hockey. I've always been a fan of the Saturday afternoon games, and it seems like there are never enough of them. These vacuums of personal industry often encourage one or more of the following: (1) staying in bed all day, wishing water were nearer-by; (2) hair-of-the-dog drinking; (3) failure to show up for planned appearances; and my personal favorite,  (4) convincing yourself you'll only have the game on as background noise while cleaning. I'ma shoot for at least a trifecta today.

The Flyers are coming off their first win since 'Nam, a 4-1 shellacking of the Maple Leafs, halting a 6-game losing streak. Joffrey Lupul continued his recent tear with another multiple-goal game, and Marty Biron and the defense stepped it up. Today they'll face-off with the Lighting down in south Florida. The 'Ning have struggled to keep the puck out of their own net this year, but with Vincent Lecavalier (55 points in 38 games) and Marty St. Louis on the ice, they can still light the lamp fairly well too. If the Flyers can contain their top line, we should see a W.

The Orange & Black will face Florida tomorrow at 5, and taking these two games will go a long way toward getting the team back on track. Their recent struggles have dropped them to 3 games over .500, and tied for last in the Atlantic, although they've played the fewest games in the division so far, and they're only 2 points out of second.

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.