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Fun with numbers: Couturier, Read, and Coburn are good; Streit and Schenn…perhaps not

I think one of the most important things to consider when evaluating a player, which also happens to be why I like advanced statistics so much, is understanding the context around a player’s role. It’s not enough to just watch the games and then look at the box score to see a player’s point totals and plus/minus (yuck) and draw a conclusion. In recent years I think a lot of fans have at least started to look at time-on-ice and special teams time to give some semblance of context. I think advanced stats help take that a step further. With …

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Fake Hockey Help: Star goalies return, Horton and Doan return to action

Although it might be considered the year of the backup netminder, a lot of franchise goaltenders returned to action this week. The group of Corey Crawford, Jonathan Quick, and Jimmy Howard all made their way back to the blue paint. How does this impact your fantasy team? In Chicago and Los Angeles, both Crawford and Quick are back in action. Since both players are owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues, it’s not a matter of picking them up, but if it’s worth keeping their backups. For Crawford, his numbers haven’t been the best, but he will definitely be the …

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Flight Plan: Home After the Holidays

Last week, the Philadelphia Flyers won three of their four games. Their wins came against the Vancouver Canucks via the shootout, the Calgary Flames, and the Phoenix Coyotes. The lone loss came against the Colorado Avalanche in a game where the puck just wouldn’t go for them and Semyon Varlamov was marvelous. That being said, the second line has started to click a little bit with Brayden Schenn scoring five points in his last four games, Wayne Simmonds garnering four points in his last four games, and Scott Hartnell quietly netting six points in his last five games. Claude Giroux …

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Around the Net January 3,2014: Flyers fall to Avs, lose Raffl to head injury

Welcome to Around the Net, a bi-weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Happy New Year! The Flyers started off 2014 in Colorado and came up short 2-1: [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] [Flyerdelphia.com-Kevin Durso] [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Raffl injured Michael Raffl was checked headfirst into the glass and no penalty was called. Should there be a suspension? [Philly.com-Frank Seravalli] NHL Capsules A look at all of last night’s action:[The Hockey News] ICYMI A photobomb goes wrong: [Puck Daddy] The Flyers have turned their season around. Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for today,join us next …

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Flyers Future Report: World Junior Championship update

With several NHL prospects and draft-eligible players, the World Junior Championship is always entertaining to watch. For Philadelphia Flyers fans, five of the organization’s prospects are taking part in the tournament over in Malmo, Sweden. For Canada, the tandem of Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier made the trip, while Anthony Stolarz is representing the U.S.A. Also from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is Valeri Vasiliev, who is representing Russia. In terms of Flyers’ draft picks from 2013, Robert Hagg is representing the host country. Canada is currently at the top of Group A, as they are 3-0-1 with a plus-7 …