First of three in a row on the road for your first-place boys, on a five-game winning streak.
A 7:30 start for Versus (exclusive telecast). Followed by episode 3 of “24/7″ at 10, and replayed at 11, on HBO. (Nine more days before I can cancel my HBO!).
Martin Biron starts in goal, vs. Tomas Vokoun.
Jeff Woywitka is expected to return from a foot injury, and Stu Bickel is expected to play despite his facial injuries.
So Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Tim Erixon will be prucha’d. Erixon will be sent to Connecticut (AHL) if all the D-men come out of this game healthy. Who knows if Avery, Christensen or Wojtek Wolski (who’s almost ready to return) will be joining him in the Nutmeg State?
As for my (and your) complaints earlier about the Empire State Building being lit on two sides with Flyers orange crud — could you think of something more despicable? — the NHL sent along this today:
In Philadelphia, the PECO Main Office Building’s iconic Crown Lights,
which display scrolling text around the top of the 23rd and Market Street
building, also will celebrate the Rangers, Flyers and 2012 NHL Bridgestone
Winter Classic on Dec. 28 with scrolling text in recognition of the outdoor
match-up between the two storied teams. The Crown Lights will also display
2012 NHL Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic text on Thursday, Dec. 29 and
Monday, Jan. 1.”
So, in Philly, the cruddy fans don’t have to be subjected to Rangers colors on their building (Iconic? the PECO Main Office Building? Yeah, exactly like the Empire State Building. Give me a freakin’ break).
Somebody who works for the Rangers told me they’re going to stick the NYR alternate Liberty logo on the Liberty Bell. He laughed when he said it.
Oh, did you also see the story where the ticket dispersal went something like 20,000 to Flyers season ticket holders, 10,000 to Rangers season ticket holders, and the rest (more than 10,000) to the NHL, sponsors (legal scalpers) and no doubt NBC TV stars and quasi-celebrities? The funny part is that in order to get tix for Monday’s game, the Flyers’ season ticket holders also were forced to buy tickets for the Alumni game on Saturday and a Phantoms game Sunday. Suckers.