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Comparing the Flyers’ five-on-five play to past Flyers teams

I’ve always felt that five-on-five play is a good indicator of a team’s true talent. Strip away the special teams and you’re left with a true representation of the team. (Not to take away the importance of special teams. Some teams can ride them deep into the playoffs.) Our Nick D recently suggested I take a look at the Flyers five-on-five play and compare it to the past few Flyers teams to see they stack up. I’ve written about the topic a couple times over the past year or so, so I wanted to take it a bit further now …

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A detailed look at the Couturier, Read, and Downie line

Ask anybody who’s been watching the Philadelphia Flyers over the past two weeks who their best line has been and they’ll reply the Sean Couturier, Matt Read, and Steve Downie line. Since Downie returned from the injury he suffered in his first game back as a Flyer, the line has some impressive numbers; a combined 6 goals, 11 assists, for 17 points in 6 games. And if you’re a fan of +/-, a combined +21. When the Flyers traded for Downie many people weren’t overly enthused. Some viewed it as maintaining the same rough-and-tumble Flyers culture that many people are …

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Flyperbole: Rumor Ruminations on Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn, Sean Couturier

Rumors, rumors, winning certainly doesn’t stop them. Brayden Schenn seems to be the focus of the rumor mill this week.   BRAYDEN BONANZA Darren Dreger mentioned on TSN that he’s been hearing Brayden Schenn’s name pop up in trade rumors. Per the transcript on TSN:   “Now the Flyers aren’t trying to push out Schenn – they may want to push out his brother Luke – but what they’ve told teams quietly is that if there is the right deal available, if they can find the right fit, then absolutely they would include Brayden Schenn in a trade scenario. And …

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Undrafted Mitch Holmberg is terrorizing opponents in Spokane

4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points in 52 games. 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 59 games played. 27 goals and 28 assists for 55 points in 66 games played. 39 goals and 41 assists for 80 points in 66 games played. The following stats were from Spokane Chiefs forward Mitch Holmberg’s first four seasons in the WHL. As you can see, every year Holmberg has improved in each offensive category yet why has he been passed over in the last two NHL drafts?  After having an impressive 80 point season last year, one would …

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Video: How to use advanced statistics

I wanted to do something a bit different this week by recording a quick video that shows how I like to use advanced statistics (at least in one example). As I’ve said many times, I like to use advanced statistics as a tool to support what it is that I see, or that I think I see. When used with observation I think it is very powerful. It can help lend context to my observations, or simply support them. Additionally, it can help bring to light something I may not have noticed which will prompt me to watch more closely …