Which Flyers Do You Want to See Against Buffalo Tonight?

Which Flyers Do You Want to See Against Buffalo Tonight?

With the Flyers having three consecutive days off after losing five of six, everyone's had some time to let their recent struggles in a variety of scenarios marinate. The current sentiment among fans and media seems to be uncertainty at best. So far, the Flyers can't hold a candle to the team at the top of the East, were dashed by the top team in the West, and the middle of the pack is engulfing them in the standings. Special teams woes have joined injuries, goaltending issues, and defensive lapses to derail the Flyers into a state of upper-middle-class performance that has Frank Seravalli even saying that maybe they should be sellers at this year's trade deadline.

We're still a bit ahead of the market frenzy, with some important games to play tonight and this weekend. The Flyers aren't trying to answer all of the questions listed above. Just beat the Buffalo Sabres, who might be the perfect opponent for them right now.

Although not division rivals, the Sabres and Flyers have for years had a tendency to get chippy early, with more than just goals on the line in their meetings. The Flyers have appeared a little flat (if not a lot) in recent showings, despite national spotlights and marquee matchups. Not a good sign for a contender, but there's still time to strengthen their identity and get hot headed into the postseason. It is, after all, only February.

With that being said, we're still not exactly sure what this team's identity is. Their system and personnel are hemorrhaging goals, too often at a greater pace than their deep attack can counter them. They've been pushed around in games in which they also lost the penalty box battle. And worst of all, they've been outplayed by a few inferior teams.

So tonight, I ask y'all, which team do you want to see take the ice for the Flyers? The group of lunchpailers who love to see Lindy Ruff (god rest his ribs) turn beet red and Ryan Miller throw a hissy fit for various encroachments into the paint? Miller isn't playing tonight, but you get the point. Or do you want to see the team that just tries to play a smooth but attacking system and avoid the box (and resultant power plays) at all costs? Does this team need to come out swinging, or skating?

Don't say both, chicken.

Scouts in the House, New Face on the Way
Dave Isaac says there are scouts from Columbus, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Washington, San Jose, Colorado, and Ottawa at the Wells Fargo Center. Probably just because they like hockey, no other reason…

The Flyers have made their first trade of the season, adding defenseman Nicklas Grossman, previously of the Dallas Stars, for a pair of picks. Will any of the currently rostered players be dealt to a team represented in the press box tonight?

Ville-fied
Buffalo has had a well-documented poor showing this season, including getting only four goals from the high-cost Ville Leino, who visits his previous NHL home for the first time since inking a big free agent deal over the summer. Ville wasn't here particularly long, though he was part of one of the most potent playoff lines in the team's history, if not the most. Still, I don't think the reception will be particularly warm... 

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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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

Requirements

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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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

CHICAGO -- Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Jake Arrieta pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning to held the defending World Series champion Cubs close their deficit to 3-1. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected for the second time in this series in the eighth, and a packed Wrigley Field crowd watched Davis get Cody Bellinger to ground into a game-ending double play.

Maddon was heavily criticized for not using Davis during a 4-1 loss in Game 2. This time, the Cubs closer threw 48 pitches to finish the job.

Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs. Bellinger and Justin Turner connected for the Dodgers, who had won a team-record six straight playoff games.

Game 5 is Thursday, with Jose Quintana pitching for Chicago against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (see full recap).

Tanaka, Yankees blank Astros to take ALCS lead
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans (see full recap).