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Examining the Philadelphia Flyers numbers

Monday, 09.24.2007 / 11:15 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Flyers Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin: -44
The Flyers’ penalty killers were the club’s biggest asset, despite getting a lot more work than the power play. Philadelphia allowed 12 extra power plays at home and 32 on the road. The Flyers’ total of 376 power plays was in the bottom 10 of the NHL.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: -73
Simon Gagne had 26 of his 41 goals at even strength; no one else was even close. Gagne and Mike Knuble each were plus-2, but seven Flyers were minus-15 or worse, with second-year center R.J. Umberger at minus-32.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -11
Gagne (13) and Knuble (10) were the main threats on a weak power play that should get help from ex-Predators Scottie Upshall and Scott Hartnell. What the Flyers did best was kill penalties, allowing only 65 goals on 420 chances and scoring 15 shorthanded goals.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 56
(15th East / 30th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 -45
Home Points 27
(15th East / 30th NHL)
Road Points 29
(15th East / 27th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 22
Newcomer Kimmo Timonen (13 goals with Nashville) outscored any three Philadelphia defensemen put together. Young defensemen Braydon Coburn and Ryan Parent, both acquired late in the season, should also help.

Goals by forwards: 165
Gagne (41) showed why he’s among the NHL’s best by breaking the 40-goal mark despite minimal help — Knuble (24) was the only other 20-goal scorer. Adding Daniel Briere (32-63-95 with Buffalo), Upshall and Hartnell should take some pressure off youngsters like Mike Richards (10) and Jeff Carter (14).

Overtime Record: 4-6-6 (OT: 3-6, SO: 1-6)
The Flyers’ offensive troubles extended to shootouts. They scored only two goals in their seven shootouts and missed all 13 attempts in the season’s longest shootout, a loss to the Rangers that set the tone for the rest of the season.

Times Scored First/Record: 30 (Record: 15-8-7)
The Flyers were next-to-last in the league in getting the first goal, and weren’t very effective when they did — especially at home, where they were just 6-5-4. But they were even worse when the opposition scored first, winning just seven of 52 games, a .135 percentage.

Best 06-07 Number: 86.2
Philadelphia’s penalty-killing percentage at home, seventh in the NHL and better than 12 of the 16 playoff teams. For the season, the Flyers finished 10th at 84.5 percent and were tied for third with 15 shorthanded tallies.

Worst 06-07 Number:10-35
Philadelphia’s record in games decided by more than one goal, the worst mark in the NHL. Amazingly, the Flyers were 0-12 in two-goal games at the Wachovia Center; they were also 3-12 in road games decided by three or more goals.

Scheduling:
The Flyers get their Western Canada swing out of the way early, playing their first three games in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver before coming home for four games. They then head out for an eight-game trip along the East Coast, and play six games on their annual post-Christmas trip.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Flyers Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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