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Flyers used their heads in '07-08

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Advantage Margin            -3

Despite their reputation for playing physical hockey, the Flyers were far more disciplined than they were in 2006-07, when they allowed 44 more power-play opportunities than they received.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        -8   

The Flyers were still a minus team at even strength, but they made huge strides from the previous season, when they were minus-73. Only Daniel Briere (minus-22) struggled badly at even strength.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        +26

The Flyers' special teams also made major improvements. Philadelphia was second with 84 power-play goals and a 21.8 percent percentage; their penalty-killers were tied for third with 13 shorthanded goals.

Goals by defensemen            26


The tandem of Braydon Coburn (9) and Kimmo Timonen (8) provided most of the offense from the blue line, with eight of those goals coming on the power play. The two were a major reason the extra-man unit excelled.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 95
(6th east/11th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +39
Home Points 48
(8th east/17th NHL)
Away Points 47
(4th West/7th NHL)
Overtime Record             Total: 6-5-6 | OT: 3-5 | SO: 3-6

The Flyers are annually among the NHL's weakest teams in shootouts, and last season's performance was actually an improvement from a 1-6 mark in 2006-07. Philadelphia goaltenders stopped only 43.5 percent of opposition attempts.
   
Times Scored First            43, Record  29-7-7
       

The Flyers were two different teams: At home, they got the first goal 25 times and went 18-4-3; on the road, they scored first just 18 times and were 11-4-3.

Best 07-08 Number             70

Decline in goals-against from 2006-07. The Flyers' League-leading improvement in keeping the puck out of their net was the major reason for their revival.

Worst 07-08 Number          4-8-2


Flyers' record in February, by far their worst month of the season. That included a 10-game winless streak that had the Flyers headed for a non-playoff season before they righted the ship in the final weeks of the season.
   
Scheduling

As usual, the Flyers have their longest road trip right after Christmas -- this time, it's only six games, but includes visits to Vancouver and Southern California. That comes after they play eight of 11 at home before the holiday.

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