Bryzgalov 'Limping Badly' After Loss

Bryzgalov 'Limping Badly' After Loss

A 5-3 loss to the golf course-bound Tampa Bay Lightning -- a game in which the Flyers were doomed largely by mental mistakes -- likely had little significance in Philadelphia's post-season seeding, and probably was not a preview of what to expect when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 11.

An injury in goal, on the other hand, could prove to be a bit more detrimental.

According to CSN's Tim Panotch and several other scribes with access, Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was seen limping after the game. How badly? It was visible enough that virtually all of them saw it, and according to the Inq's Sam Carchidi, X-rays were taken.

For now, GM Paul Holmgren claims there is no injury, but Carchidi says Sergei Bobrovsky will start when the Orange and Black return to action on Wednesday in Toronto.

I don't recall a specific moment or play where it appeared Bryzgalov may have been hurt, though I flipped the channel in disgust after the Carle play. Bryz played the whole way, so perhaps it is actually nothing major.

But it is worth discussing what Bryz means to this team in net right now. Some months back, concern may have been minimal. After tonight, Bryzgalov is still 10-2-1 for the month of March, and the loss to Tampa can hardly be pinned on his play. Does anybody feel confident about this team making a run right now if he's not back there?

Bob has a 12-9-1 record this season, with a .899 SV% and 3.03 GAA.

Whether Bryz returns over the weekend or not should be a strong indicator about the seriousness of this so-called "limp." After the Maple Leafs on Thursday, the Flyers have Ottawa at home on Saturday afternoon, before heading west for their much-anticipated rematch with the Penguins.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Ben Simmons had himself a historic first week in the NBA and as a result, his MVP odds have changed substantially.

Listed by Bovada on Oct. 10 at 80/1 to win MVP, Simmons is now at 33/1, tied with DeMarcus Cousins and ahead of Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin and Damian Lillard.

Simmons became the first player since Oscar Robertson to produce at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in each of his first three career games.

Teammate Joel Embiid had a less successful start to the year, averaging 14.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two games but shooting just 35.5 percent from the field and missing all 10 three-point attempts.

And yet somehow, Embiid's MVP odds have changed from 40/1 to 25/1. He has the same MVP odds as Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis.

Griffin, at 50/1, is a sneaky good bet for MVP. The Clippers are his team now with Chris Paul in Houston, and Griffin has added long-distance shooting to his game, making three triples in each game. Two games in, he's averaging 29.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. 

If he can stay healthy (a huge if) and lead the Clippers to 52-plus wins in a loaded Western Conference, you'd have to think Griffin would be looked at more favorably in terms of MVP odds than someone on a star-studded team like any of the Warriors or Rockets, if Paul returns from his knee injury within a month and affects James Harden's stats even slightly. 

Giannis Antetokounpo and LeBron James look like the two players most likely to win MVP, but 50/1 for Griffin is good value if you think this is the year he stays healthy. If he didn't have a history of injuries, his odds right now would be closer to those of John Wall (28/1) or Towns (25/1).