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2013 Year in Review: Zac Rinaldo

For a franchise that is known and loved for their pugilistic dominance, it’s not surprising that one of the team’s favorite players amongst the fans is a fourth-line pest that always picks on somebody bigger than him. Winning the Gene Hart Memorial Award, helping to put one of the league’s best power plays on the ice, and leaving the goal scorers in a favorable position to start their shift is a good summary of Zac Rinaldo’s season. In terms of goals and assists, Rinaldo was on a similar pace as to what he posted in 66 games for the Philadelphia …

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Around the Net May 21,2013: NHL playoffs, US grabs bronze at Worlds, more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. In case you missed it Team USA take bronze at the World Championships and Erik Gustafsson wins gold: [Hockeybuzz- Bill Meltzer] [Philly.com] NHL Draft talk Will the Flyers draft Donovan McNabb’s nephew, Phil Nurse? If he’s there at 11, yes: [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] NHL Playoffs Red Wings take a 2-1 lead over Chicago: [The Hockey News] [Puck Daddy] Roy to coach Avs Reports say Patrick Roy will be the next coach of the Colorado Avalanche: [Eklund] [The Hockey News] [Kuklas …

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2013 IIHF World Championship Semis and Finals – Bronze Age for the USA, Gold for Gus

5/18/2013 Semifinals Finland-Sweden 0-3 Vaananen 0+0, 17:47 TOI Kukkonen 0+0, 6:37 TOI Gustafsson 0+0, 24:17, +1 Sweden became the first finalist to play in their home World Championship. They won against Finland scoring three goals while Jhonas Enroth earned a shutout. Loui Eriksson scored twice and Henrik Sedin buried the empty netter. Switzerland-USA Carle 0+0, 22:59 TOI, -1 Switzerland remains unbeaten, gaining 3-0 victory against USA and they advanced into the finals. They will earn the first medal in 60 years. USA will fight with Finland for the bronze medal.   5/19/2013 Bronze-medal game Finland-USA 2-3 in SO Vaananen 0+1, …

My non-sports fan, philosophy major friend on plus-minus and statistics in sports

Recently I witnessed a discussion in which two people were arguing whether or not Luke Schenn had a good season. Broad Street Hockey had a great article breaking down his season recently. The individual who was stating that he had a poor season was arguing that his high number of hits mean next to nothing (perhaps true), and that his plus-minus was poor; therefore he is not a good defenseman. That is funny in itself because Schenn was a plus-three, good for third on the team in plus-minus among players playing 10 or more games, and second among defenseman. The …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Anthony Mantha, from the Valley of Gold to the City of Brotherly Love?

It seems that Sean Couturier has become the popular comparison for NHL draft prospects eyeing a roster spot in their draft year. Tom Zulewski compared Sean Monahan to the Flyers’ forward, and others have raised associations between Couts and Rimouski Oceanic forward Frederik Gauthier. The latest to be linked to the former Drummondville Voltigeurs star is Anthony Mantha. Mantha and Couturier have nearly identical size, immediately drawing a link between the two players. Both also entered the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as pure scorers, who play to put the puck in the net. Couturier altered his game to …