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6 things to know about Katie Emmer, NBCSP's new Flyers Pre & Post Game Live host

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6 things to know about Katie Emmer, NBCSP's new Flyers Pre & Post Game Live host

One of Katie Emmer's earliest childhood memories involves putting on ice skates.

She says she might have been 3 at the time, but could have been younger. Katie grew up in a household that loved hockey. She and her six brothers -- yes six -- would play on the pond in their backyard.

Katie turned her love of hockey and other sports into a broadcasting career. She most recently worked at Fox Sports North where she covered the Minnesota Wild, Twins, Lynx, Golden Gophers, and Timberwolves. In 2018, she was honored with the Jim Nantz Award as the top collegiate sports broadcaster in the country and is the first woman in history to receive the award. She graduated from St. Cloud University with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Television Broadcast Journalism.

Her knowledge and passion for sports, particularly hockey, make her a great host for Flyers Pregame Live and Flyers Postgame Live.

Here are 6 other things to know about Katie, who you can follow on Twitter @katieemmer or on Instagram @katie.emmer

Nickname?  

Kemmer 

You're from Minnesota. What drew you to Philly?

Without a doubt, the city's love of sports. I went to church here on Sunday and saw fans wearing Eagles jerseys and I couldn't stop smiling.

Go-to beverage?

I consider myself a cold brew connoisseur and I really like coffee, but I'm trying to cut down on it.

In addition to hockey, what other sports did you play as a kid?

Volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer.

Hobbies?

Rollerblading, and I can’t wait to do it on Kelly Drive. 

What's it like growing up the only girl with 6 brothers?

It was. ... competitive, and I was always up for a challenge. One of my brothers once dared me to throw a baseball over our house. I was really young at the time and didn't have the arm strength to do it. So I wound up throwing it straight into the house, and broke a few windows.

My brother laughed.  My parents, not so much.

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Katie will make her hosting debut on Friday, Oct. 4 as the Flyers begin their season against the Chicago Blackhawks. She will be joined by analysts Colby Cohen, Chris Therien and Al Morganti throughout the season. 

2020 NHL playoff odds: A look into 1st-round series on Day 2

2020 NHL playoff odds: A look into 1st-round series on Day 2

The time has finally arrived — the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs are here and you can just feel the excitement in the air. The top 16 teams are set and ready to push toward the Final. 

Day One already brought the heat, with a five-overtime Blue Jackets and Lightning game, postponement of the Hurricanes and Bruins and pure chaos in the west. 

As the second day of the first round is underway, let’s take a look at the series odds for each matchup facing off for the first time today, per DraftKings: 

Islanders-Capitals 

NY +113 WSH -136 

The Capitals had a rocky start after entering the Toronto bubble, only winning one of the three round robin games — and that one win only decided if they would enter the playoffs as the third or fourth seed. 

The most surprising aspect of the tournament was the lack of production from captain, Alexander Ovechkin. Normally a point machine, Ovechkin didn’t register a single one against the top teams in the east. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes before he becomes the offense force the whole league knows him for — but if for some reason he still looks off his game — the Islanders have to capitalize on it immediately. 

In the qualifying round, the Islanders simply outplayed the Panthers. Through the four games, the Islanders got on the board a total of 13 times. In a best-of-seven series, a buzzing Islanders team could mean trouble for Braden Holtby. 

After splitting the regular season series at two games a piece, this first round has the potential to be much closer than originally anticipated. 

Coyotes-Avalanche 

ARI +235 COL -286 

The Avalanche were just an overtime goal away from claiming the top seed in the west, but a loss to the Golden Knights locked them in at second. 

Special teams look like they’re going to play a big factor in this series and it largely benefits Colorado. The Avalanche did some impressive numbers on the power play (25%), scoring four different times throughout the round robin. On the other side of things, the Coyotes struggled on the penalty kill (71.4%) — that is the third worst since the NHL returned to play. 

Flyers-Canadiens 

MTL +195 PHL -240

On paper, this series seems pretty much in favor of the Flyers in all aspects of the game — but after watching the Canadiens take down the Penguins, it’s not going to be as easy as many think. The Flyers climbed their way from the fourth seed to the top of the east and rightfully earned the opportunity to face the 12th seed Canadiens. 

The Flyers are riding alongside the success of 21-year-old goaltender, Carter Hart, who hasn’t had much difficulty so far in a playoff setting. If he has the ability to adapt to a seven-game series, they should be in good shape. 

Hart is also about to face one of the most respected (and one of his childhood favorites) in the NHL — Carey Price. Price is not new to the postseason scene by any means, but a goaltender has the ability to steal a game or two in a series. However, if the Flyers come out with the same intensity they had in the round robin, they should still come out on top. 

Canucks-Blues 

VAN +167 STL -200 

The defending Stanley Cup champions are ready to fight and defend their title, but the Canucks won’t be an easy battle at the starting line. 

Essentially a dark horse in the west, the Canucks quietly had a decent qualifying round. After being shutout in the first game against the Wild, the Canucks took the next three and hit the ground running to the first round. After not making the playoffs for the previous four seasons, the Canucks are ready to make some noise. 

The Blues didn’t win a single round robin game, so it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for them to adapt to a series. Jordan Binnington, the Blues’ go-to goaltender, has had some difficulty adjusting to play, especially when he faced the Golden Knights and allowed six goals. When goaltenders have the potential to steal a game or two in a series, it’s crucial for him to get back to his A-game.  

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Flyers-Canadiens playoff series reminds us of a brawl that changed hockey

Flyers-Canadiens playoff series reminds us of a brawl that changed hockey

“Hey Dad, why is that guy on the ice with no jersey or skates on?” 6-year-old me said while watching the Flyers in Darby, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1987. That “guy” was the Flyers’ Dave Brown, who came onto the ice with no jersey and in flip-flops to join a brawl before Game 6 of the 1987 Wales Conference Final between the Flyers and Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. 

When you think of Flyers rivals, the Canadiens are not always near the top of the list. But for those fans who go back to the 80s, they’ll always remember one of the most unique and intriguing brawls in the history of professional hockey.

The Flyers weren’t lacking in the toughness department with the likes of Brown, Rick Tocchet and Scott Mellanby, and the Canadiens were always ready for rough stuff with players like Shayne Corson and Chris Nilan, among others. The pregame brawl may have been what sunk the Canadiens, as the Flyers won the series, 4-2. Thirty-three years later, the NHL still hasn’t seen something like what it saw that night in Montreal.  

Unwritten rules in sports are usually associated with baseball but there are some in other sports. In hockey, one of the unwritten rules is to not cross center ice during pregame warmups but the Canadiens had their own ideas. The Habs developed a pregame ritual of shooting the puck in the other team’s net when warmups were wrapping up, and the Flyers seemingly had had enough of it.  As the players made their way to exit the ice after warmups, Ed “Boxcar” Hospodar and backup goaltender Chico Resch waited by the door of the bench. When Corson and Claude Lemieux re-entered the playing surface for their ritual, Boxcar and Resch went right after them, with Hospodar dropping the gloves and pounding Lemieux, while Resch paired off with Corson who had shot the puck.

As word got back to the dressing rooms, more players came back to the ice, some of them only in warmup shirts and hockey shorts, and others (including Brown) not even wearing skates. The lasting image that remains in Flyers lore may be that of Brown, wearing sandals and without a jersey, fighting Canadians tough guy Nilan. Nilan later said that he remembered fighting Brown for eight to 10 minutes and then having to play an entire game, but that he was spent before the game started. The pregame brawl delayed the start of the game, but when the game eventually got underway, the Flyers pulled out the win to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Hospodar was suspended for the remainder of the playoffs, which included the seven-game Stanley Cup Final series, but there were no other penalties handed out during the brawl. The incident at the Forum, however, changed the sport forever. Following the brawl, rule changes were implemented to severely punish any player who leaves the bench during a fight, effectively ending bench-clearing brawls.

Many would consider this a black mark for the league, which dealt with protests of the violence following the incident. However, for a fan base who grew up on the Broad Street Bullies, the brawl is part of the fabric of the Flyers franchise.  

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