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Alain Vigneault named finalist for NHL's Jack Adams Award

Flyers head coach earns record fifth nod as a finalist for NHL Coach of the Year

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault has been named one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, selected in a poll by the NHL Broadcasters' Association "to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success."

The announcement was made by the National Hockey League today, which also includes Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
 
This is the fifth time in Vigneault's career that he has been named a finalist, which is an NHL record.
 
He previously won the award for the 2006-07 season when he helped the Vancouver Canucks in his first season to a 49-26-7 record for 105 points to win the Pacific Division after the club finishing fourth with 92 points a year prior. Vigneault was previous named a finalist in 2000 (Montreal), 2007 & 2011 (Vancouver) and 2014-15 (New York Rangers).
 
Should Vigneault win, he would be the fifth Flyers head coach to be awarded the Jack Adams, which would be an NHL record. It was last awarded to Bill Barber in 2001.
 
2000-01: Bill Barber
1984-85: Mike Keenan
1979-80: Pat Quinn
1973-74: Fred Shero
Some notes on Vigneault's first season behind the bench of the Flyers:
 
* The Flyers finished the shortened regular season with a 41-21-7 record for 89 points and second Place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the Washington Capitals.
 
* The Flyers went into the NHL pause as one of the hottest teams in the NHL - Since Jan. 8, the club went 19-6-1, which was tied for the best record in the NHL since that point.
 
* The Flyers Home record drastically improved from the previous season - The Flyers finished with the best home record in the NHL with the most wins (25) and highest winning percentage (.771).
 
* Goals for and goals against drastically improved from the previous season - The Flyers finished in NHL's Top 10 (7th) in both goals for (3.29) and goals against (2.77), compared to 2018-19 in goals for (18th - 2.94) and goals against (29th - 3.41).
 
* The team's penalty kill has completely turned around - It ranked 26th in NHL last year, compared to 11th this year.
 
* The Flyers had the best winning percentage among Eastern Conference teams against the Metropolitan Division with a 16-4-4 record (.750) and second-best in the NHL.
 
* The Flyers also had a 30-10-5 record against Eastern Conference teams, which is the most wins and best winning percentage in the NHL -- by comparison, last year the team went 22-26-4 against the East and 10-12-6 against the Metro.

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