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Danny Briere won’t play for Flyers against Rangers this afternoon

As opposed to the last time these two teams met, the Philadelphia Flyers actually have some serious incentive to go all-out against the New York Rangers. Unfortunately, they will have to try to earn two big points without one of their most explosive offensive weapons, as Danny Briere will miss today’s game with lower-body soreness according to (Tim Panaccio confirms this report.)

After struggling a bit in his first few seasons with the Flyers – leading to more than a few criticisms of the contract he received – Briere really hit his stride beginning in the 2010 playoffs. He actually lead the NHL in scoring during the postseason and continued that momentum this season, scoring 32 goals (second on the team) and 63 points (third on the Flyers) to produce arguably his best campaign with Philly.

Injuries have been one of the biggest obstacles in his less productive seasons with the Flyers, so the team is wise to let him rest if he needs it. Briere hasn’t missed any other games to injury this season after missing seven last season and only playing in 29 regular season games in 2008-09. He did, however, miss three games because he was suspended for cross-checking New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen earlier this season.

We’ll pass along word if Briere is expected to miss any more time, but he shouldn’t be in the lineup for today’s important game against the Rangers.

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

Mike Commodore

Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.