Game 23: Flyers Shorthanded for Winter Classic Preview

Game 23: Flyers Shorthanded for Winter Classic Preview

The jerseys have been unveiled (the important ones anyway), the Alumni Game rosters released, and we even got a preview of HBO's 24/7 last night. Today, it's time for an on-ice appetizer for January 2nd's main event.

The Flyers are pretty banged up, not the best time to face the Rangers, but they showed resiliency enough to win without Pronger, Jagr, and JVR yesterday, and they should be pretty pumped for this one.

The Rangers played yesterday as well, topping the Capitals in Washington, 6-3. They've been nothing short of amazing over the month of November, winning seven of nine. I guess the good news is those two losses have come in their last three games, a 4-0 shutout in Montreal and a 2-1 loss in Florida.

While the Flyers sent Sergei Bobrovsky out for the first of their back-to-back games yesterday, Henrik Lundqvist went for the Rangers. Does that mean we'll see Martin Biron between the pipes against Ilya Bryzgalov today? No word on that as of this posting.

The Atlantic Division looks like it will be a great battle this season, with just five points separating first from fourth place and the Rangers being behind in games played. There's still a long stretch of season ahead, but with division schedules picking up, the games are starting to feel a bit more important. Plus, while the Winter Classic is just another game on the schedule when it comes to point-earning potential, it will feel like a mid-season hockey Super Bowl, only against a hated rival rather than a seldom-seen club from the other conference.

The HBO 24/7 episodes leading up to it will no doubt have us salivating, and the showdown this afternoon kickstarts the run-up to the Classic.

It sucks we won't have those three key players, but the Flyers have the firepower to be down a few wingers and still score, and the full-team defense to slow an opposing attack. Kevin Marshall has rejoined the team as a result of the injury to Andreas Lilja. Marc-Andre Boudon is also still with the club.

Who's gonna step up and be a hero?

Update: Sergei Bobrovsky, and
not Ilya Bryzgalov, will be making his second consecutive start in goal
for the Flyers. King Henrik Lundqvist is in net for the Rangers.

Christopher Szagola-US Presswire

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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Wizards 120, Sixers 115: Studs, duds, turning point and more

Wizards 120, Sixers 115: Studs, duds, turning point and more

The Sixers put on quite a show in the season opener before ultimately falling to the Wizards, 120-115, Wednesday night (see observations).

The biggest story, of course, was Joel Embiid playing 27 minutes after head coach Brett Brown said the 23-year-old big man would play "in the teens." Both Embiid and Ben Simmons shined but it wasn't enough.

After struggling in the first half, All-Star point guard John Wall took over in the second in leading Washington to the win. Wall finished with 28 points, but it took 28 shots to get there.

Despite the loss, there was plenty to like about the Sixers' performance. They'll start the season 0-1 but have plenty to build off of going into Friday night's home opener.

Turning point
With the Sixers battling back and down just two after a Simmons layup, Bradley Beal missed a three from the corner. If the Sixers could've corralled the rebound, they would've been looking at an opportunity to tie the game. Instead, Kelly Oubre Jr. timed it perfectly for a put-back slam to make it 106-102 with 5:50 left.

After getting a stop, the Wizards came right back down in transition and Beal threw a pretty alley-oop to Wall. It pushed the lead to six and got the crowd on its feet. 

The Sixers had three different opportunities to tie the game with less than a minute left, but two killer turnovers and a missed three from JJ Redick ended the comeback attempt.

Key stat
We all knew the Sixers' three-point shooting would be improved this season with the addition of Redick (4 of 8) and a healthy Jerryd Bayless (3 of 7), but my goodness. The Sixers shot 15 of 35 as a team. And that's after starting the game 2 for 9.

Offensive stud
Speaking of threes, Robert Covington was lethal from beyond. After getting off to a horrendous shooting start last season, Covington was on fire Wednesday. He led all scorers with 29 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including 7 of 11 from three.  

Embiid and Simmons also get an honorable mention here. Embiid dominated early and late, going for 18 points, 13 boards and dishing out three assists (see highlights). Simmons looked in control as the team's point guard, finishing with 18 points (7 of 15), 10 rebounds and five assists in his NBA debut. Most importantly, Simmons had just one turnover.

Offensive dud
For the most part, the team performed really well offensively. Amir Johnson had a forgettable stretch offensively with a couple of ill-advised post-ups in the third quarter. The Sixers' newest big man finished 2 of 7 and fouled out in the third quarter.

Defensive stud
T.J. McConnell did an excellent job leading the second unit on both ends of the floor. Including pestering Wall. Before Wall got into a rhythm in the second half, McConnell held him to just 3 for 13 in the first. When McConnell was in the game, nothing was easy for Wall.

Defensive dud
Redick and Bayless certainly struggled with the combination of All-Star guard Wall and Beal. Then again, there are many across the NBA that have had the same struggles. And in reality, Redick and Bayless aren't here for their defense. They're here to make shots, which they did plenty of.

Exhale, Sixers fans. The team got out of this game healthy.

Up next
The Sixers play their home opener against Kyrie Irving and the Gordon Hayward-less Celtics on Friday night at 7 p.m. on NBCSP.