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Fake Hockey Help: Flyers’ offense, Steen’s shooting percentage, and Varlamov’s issues off the ice

One statistic several people are referencing as to why they think the Philadelphia Flyers’ offense will rebound is shooting percentage. Of the 24 skaters to suit up for at least one game for the Orange and Black this season only Tye McGinn (42.9), Vincent Lecavalier (19.2), Braydon Coburn (15.4), and Brayden Schenn have (12.0) have shooting percentages over 10 percent. According to, the average shooting percentage across the NHL hovers around the 9.0 mark, as the average right now is 8.89, last season’s average was 9.11, and the 2011-2012 campaign produced 8.94. Philly, as a team, has a shooting percentage …

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Examining the Mike Richards-Brayden Schenn Comparison

Hi everyone! My name’s Stephane Hardinger, and I’ll be doing some writing here at Flyers Faithful for the foreseeable future. This is my first post, and I hope you enjoy it! Disclaimer: this post features a sizable chunk of analysis via advanced statistics. These numbers can all be found at For those who are unfamiliar with how advanced stats work in hockey, here’s a pretty good primer from SB Nation’s Tampa Bay Lightning blog Raw Charge. I really liked the way my Sean Couturier-Jordan Staal post turned out (you can read it here if you’d like), so I figured I’d tackle the …


The pros and cons of the Talbot/Downie swap; a quick analysis of the trade

So the Philadelphia Flyers traded Max Talbot for former Flyer first-rounder Steve Downie, eh? I was stuck with an exceptionally busy workday so I haven’t even had the pleasure of reading other opinions yet. All I’ve seen are a few tweets on the matter. With that, I wanted to quickly comment on some of the common themes I’m seeing from people on why this was a good trade, and why it was a bad one. Please forgive my stream of consciousness and lack of editing. Let’s start with the bad… Why people are saying the Flyers made a bad trade: …

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After Video Review: Power Play Zone Entries

After Video Review is a feature that I will run a few times throughout the Flyers’ season. I’ve played hockey for about ten years and one of the things I enjoy (or get frustrated over) about watching the Flyers is the strategies they employ in different situations. After having the chance to attend a few Flyers games this season and being able to take in the entire ice at once, one of the things that jumped out at me was how the Flyers attempt to enter the offensive zone on power plays. 
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College hockey is thriving in Rhode Island ; Jordon Cooke has been stellar for Kelowna

When most people think of college hockey in New England they automatically think of Boston College, Boston University, Maine and Vermont among others. However, the Ocean State this year has two quality college teams playing at a high level. The Providence College Friars are the No.3 team in the country, after an overtime win and tie over then No.3 Miami of Ohio Red Hawks. Providence is 4-0-1 on the year. Just across town, the Brown University Bears are enjoying early success this season. The Bears are 2-0 on the year as they defeated the defending national champion Yale Bulldogs 4-1, …