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Flyers among best at making late leads hold up

Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 11:55 PM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Flyers among best at making late leads hold up
NHL.com takes a statistical look at the 2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers.
Advantage Margin: -18
The Flyers were among the NHL's best road teams despite surrendering 24 more power plays than they received away from home (156-132).

Special Teams Goal Margin: +3
Philadelphia's penalty-killers allowed 54 goals, five more than the power play scored. They more than overcame that difference by scoring 13 times while shorthanded, tied for second in the League.

Goals by defensemen: 22
Matt Carle had 39 assists but just 1 goal. The big surprise on the blue line was Andrej Meszaros, who led the team's blueliners with 8 goals, including a pair in overtime.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 106 (2nd East/3rd NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +18
Home Points 51 (5th East/13th NHL)
Road Points 55 (1st East/3rd NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 6-5-7 OT: 3-5 SO: 3-7

Shootouts never have been the Flyers' strong point (they're 19-34 all-time), and last season was no different -- especially at home, where they were 0-5 in the tiebreaker.

Times Scored First: 50
Record: 34-9-7

The Flyers were tied for second in the League in number of games scoring the opening goal, but they were just 20th in winning percentage (.680) and lost 10 of 27 home games when they scored first.

Best 2010-11 Number: 44
Number of games the Flyers led after two periods, the most of any team in the NHL. They did a good job of turning those leads into points -- Philadelphia's 38 wins when taking a lead into the third period tied Vancouver for tops in the League, and the Flyers lost in regulation just once in those 44 games.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 0
Shutouts by Philadelphia goaltenders. The Flyers were the only team in the NHL last season and the first since Vancouver in 2005-06 that went an entire season without a shutout.
   
Scheduling
After opening with games in Boston and New Jersey, the Flyers play seven of their next nine at home. They have a four-game trip after Thanksgiving and a five-game swing to end December, but end the season with eight of 11 at home, including five in a row in late March.
Quote of the Day

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