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Provorov's Highlight-Reel Goal Lifts Flyers to OT Win Over Montreal

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

A grueling 16-game schedule, closed out with four games in six days, came to an end for the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. The workload started to show in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens fired 42 shots on goal including 13 in the third period. The Flyers were lucky to get the game to overtime to get a point for the 14th time this month.

Leave it to the workhorse of the team to make sure they escaped with the second one.

Ivan Provorov pulled off a highlight-reel goal, beating Keith Kinkaid 31 seconds into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Canadiens, their fourth straight win to close out the month.

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Report: Phillies Interested in Pair of Free Agent Yankees

Phillies manager Joe Girardi is new to the Phillies and is reunited with his former bench coach, Rob Thomson.  The Phillies were linked to free agent and former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.  But as the offseason moves forward, the Phillies are linked to two more ex-Yankees that Girardi and Thomson are familiar with.

According to George A. King, III of the New York Post, the Phillies are interested in catcher Austin Romine and reliever Dellin Betances:

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Phillies have an interest in the right-handed reliever and the catcher as the free-agent market is expected to gain more traction heading into the Winter Meetings that open next Sunday in San Diego.

The Winter Meetings are held December 8 through 12.

Romine would serve as a backup catcher to J.T. Realmuto.  Girardi did mention that he hoped to keep Realmuto fresh for a postseason run and having the veteran Romine might give them some options.  Austin Romine's brother, Andrew Romine, spent 2019 Spring Training with the Phillies and played in the organization at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  They are the son of Kevin Romine, the former Boston Red Sox player.

That would mean the Phillies could carry Andrew Knapp as a third catcher or stash him at Triple-A.  The Phillies also have Deivy Grullon on their 40-man roster.  Grullon tied Alec Bohm in the Phillies minor league system for the lead in home runs.  With a 26th player on the active roster in 2020, the Phillies could use Knapp at other positions beyond catcher.

Betances made just one appearance last season.  Coming off of an elbow injury, Betances returned for a single game against the Toronto Blue Jays.  He struck out both players he faced, but injured his Achilles.  The signing would represent somewhat of a risk for the Phillies, who could use some reliable relief help in the wake of injuries to David Robertson and Seranthony Dominguez.

Robertson is out for 2020 and Dominguez's status remains somewhat uncertain.

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Injury Report: Eagles at Dolphins

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Two weeks in a row now, the Eagles offense has been an embarrassment.

This weak they face a far worse opponent than either of the last two weeks and figure to get most off their offensive players back, though the team may be without one of their top targets once again.

This game might go a long way in deciding who will be in the Eagles future as far as receivers and tight ends go.

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Eagles Make Flurry Of Roster Moves Ahead Of Showdown In Miami

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Saturday, the Eagles made a flurry of roster moves.

Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the team waived Albert Huggins, promoted Josh Perkins and activated Cre'Von LeBlanc.

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Week 13 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins

By Matt Szczypiorski, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

If the Eagles lose this game, fire everyone. The season will be officially over with a loss this week.

Okay, technically it wouldn’t be, but if Philadelphia loses to this Miami team, who are as close to openly tanking as a team could be, then the Eagles don’t deserve to even sniff the playoffs.

The Eagles are coming off of a loss that was as humiliating as any loss in the Coach Pederson era. While Seattle is a good team, the Eagles had plenty of opportunities to win the game. The defense was spectacular, the offense was anemic.

Label this week’s game a “get right” game for the Eagles offense. Miami is 2-9 and trotting out players that probably shouldn’t even be on an NFL roster; very process Sixer esque.

This is the beginning of a five game stretch that is the softest schedule the league has to offer to close the season. Because of that, as well as Dallas’ ineptitude, the Eagles still have a strong chance to win the division. That won’t matter if the Birds don’t win this week.

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Flyers-Canadiens: Game 27 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers faced a difficult schedule in November, with 16 games on the schedule and very few breaks of note. It was going to be a test of fortitude for the team to stay afloat and put themselves in a playoff position at the crucial measuring marker of the season that is Thanksgiving.

The Flyers are looking to put a bow on a very solid month. They have points in 13 of 15 games played this month. They are currently on a three-game winning streak. They have 22 points in the standings this month and continue to hang around with the top teams in the league.

They face the Montreal Canadiens, a team they already defeated in overtime during the month back on Nov. 7. The Canadiens started the month on a decent stretch of their own, going on a six-game points streak from Nov. 5 to Nov. 16 where their only two losses were to Philadelphia and New Jersey. But that overtime loss to New Jersey started a six-game losing streak that continued with a Thanksgiving night loss to the Devils, 6-4. 

Game time is at 3 p.m.

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Flyers Score 6, Down Struggling Red Wings

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers were out-shot 13-2 in the first 13 minutes of game action on Friday afternoon and only locked in a 1-1 tie thanks to their goaltender. A late goal on the power play in the first period and another late goal in the second proved to be the difference-makers that set the Flyers on their way to another win.

The Flyers finished Friday's game strong with Sean Couturier scoring with 11.9 seconds remaining in the second period to give the Flyers a two-goal lead. Three goals in the third period capped off a 6-1 win over the struggling Detroit Red Wings on Friday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.

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Eagles Sign Lane Johnson To Four-Year Extension

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

When the Eagles lost Lane Johnson against the Patriots and were again without him against the Seahawks due to a concussion, it became clear to see just how important he is to the Eagles offense.

With the team recently extending long snapper Rick Lovato, kicker Jake Elliott and right guard Brandon Brooks, the team saw fit to extend Johnson on Friday afternoon.

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Flyers-Red Wings: Game 26 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Thanksgiving is considered the point in the schedule that many teams use as a benchmark. The teams that are in the playoff picture at Thanksgiving, usually a little past the quarter-point of the schedule, are the ones most likely to make the playoffs.

The Flyers reached that mark with a 13-7-5 record through 25 games, sitting in the second wildcard spot with a four-point lead on Montreal, tied with Carolina for the first wildcard and one point back of Pittsburgh for third place in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Flyers are also closing out a busy month of November with two games remaining in a 16-game schedule. They have points in 12 of 14 games so far with a 8-2-4 record so far and their 20 points in the month is the second-most in the NHL and tops in the Eastern Conference.

It starts with the Flyers annual Black Friday game, this year against the Detroit Red Wings, who enter the game coming off a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and with just one goal in their last three games. They have also lost seven straight games and have a 3-9-2 record this month.

Game time is at 4 p.m.

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What We're Thankful For in Philly Sports in 2019

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Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection. A time when people who care about each other come together and discuss the things that they are thankful for.

In the Philadelphia area and even for those fans that don't live in the area, Philadelphia sports teams play a major part in many of our lives.

With that in mind, we polled our Sports Talk Philly experts to see what they are most thankful about in regards to the teams they cover.

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