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Flyers made shootout count

Thursday, 09.30.2010 / 3:00 AM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Flyers made shootout count
Though historically not one of the NHL's better shootout teams, the Flyers used the penalty-shot tiebreaker to trigger their memorable playoff run last season.
Though historically not one of the NHL's better shootout teams, the Flyers used the penalty-shot tiebreaker to trigger their memorable playoff run last season.

Advantage Margin: -18
The Flyers still kept their penalty-killers busy killing 335 penalties, third in the League -- but that was nowhere near as bad as the previous season, when they allowed 393 opposition power plays.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +9
This number dropped from '08-09 (+19) largely because the Flyers came back to earth in the number of shorthanded goals they scored. Philadelphia penalty-killers scored six times last season, down from a League-high 16.       

Goals by defensemen: 32   
The addition of Chris Pronger (10 goals and 55 points) gave the Flyers an offensive boost from the back line after Philadelphia defensemen scored only 20 times in 2008-09.

Overtime Record
Total: 6-3-3
OT: 2-3 SO: 4-3
The Flyers, never among the NHL's best teams in the shootout, won the one that mattered when they beat the Rangers on the last day of the regular season to edge New York for the final playoff berth in the East.

Times Scored First: 49 Record: 33-10-6
Only three teams (Washington, Calgary and Chicago) scored first more often than the Flyers. Philadelphia got the first goal on the road 24 times, the most in the Eastern Conference, but turned only 12 of those into victories (12-9-3).

Best 09-10 Number: 68
Power-play goals scored by the Flyers, tying them with Vancouver for the second-highest total in the League. Five Flyers had eight or more PPGs.

Worst 09-10 Number: 8
Shorthanded goals allowed by the Flyers, a big jump from the previous season when they allowed only one -- on the final day of the season.
   
Scheduling
The Flyers open with road games at Pittsburgh and St. Louis before opening a five-game homestand that begins a stretch of nine in 11 games at the Wells Fargo Center. The toughest stretch comes right after Christmas, when they make a five-game trip, come home for one game and head out for four more.
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