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Phreezing in Philly

PhanaticPHILADELPHIA -- Hello and good evening from beautiful Philadelphia, the Land of Lincoln. Well, Lincoln Financial Field, anyway.

Had a good cheesesteak this afternoon for lunch at the market, and otherwise stayed in my hotel and watched basketball. Bad day for the Zips, a good one for the Hurricanes and Wildcats (Kentucky and Villanova).

-- Craig Anderson gets the call in nets tonight. Tomas Vokoun tomorrow.

-- No morning skate today because of Villanova/UConn game at the new Spectrum this afternoon. Good game. Second straight Saturday the Panthers have followed a college basketball game. Last week it was N.C. State/Clemson at RBC....

-- D Bryan Allen is here (flew up separate) and is in the lineup.

-- Mike Van Ryn and Noah Welch are both here, both send their best to fans back in South Florida.

-- Did you know the name Philadelphia comes to us from Greece? Well, sure. It's literal translation is "Killer Cheesesteaks."

-- Flyers have lost nine straight games. That can't be good for the Panthers...

Banana -- Philadelphia doesn't have an inflatable dancing banana, but they do have an inflatable dancing sandwich.

"Peanut Butter Cheesteak Time!"

-- Beezer is here, so the game is on HDNet for those who have it. He sends his best as well.

-- Magnum has been scratched, so Branislav Mezei is back in the lineup.