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Blocked shots, hits, and fourth liners: Part 2

Two weeks ago I took a look at blocked shots and hits as it may relate to team success. Fans, media, and broadcasters alike frequently cite either statistic as an indication of a player performing well. I wanted to see if those statistics, at the team level, had any correlation with team success. The short answer is that I saw no obvious correlation. This week I wanted to take the topic a bit further and see how teams employ their fourth lines. Blocked shots and hits are statistics many people would typically want to see out of their fourth liners, …

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Game 37 Preview: Minnesota Wild @ Philadelphia Flyers

After a disappointing third period effort in Columbus, Philadelphia returns to the Wells Fargo Center to face Minnesota before the three-day Christmas break takes effect.  Minnesota has lost 7 of their last 8 on the road, so you know what that means..   Minnesota Wild (20-13-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (16-16-4), 7:30 PM EST TV: NBCSN, TSN2, CSN-PH RECORDS: Minnesota Wild: 20-13-5 Away: 6-10-3 vs. Eastern Conference: 9-6-2 vs. Metropolitan Division: 4-3-1 Philadelphia Flyers: 16-16-4 Home: 10-7-0 vs. Western Conference: 3-6-1 vs. Central Division: 2-3-1 GAME 37 PREVIEW: The Philadelphia Flyers (16-16-4) play host to another central division playoff-picture team in …

That patch should say 'G' for Grinch after Claude Giroux ruined the holiday season for hundreds of Philadelphians.

The Wolf of Broad Street (aka What Claude Giroux Did Last Night)

While several Flyers spent their Wednesday giving back to the community, one particular player spent his Wednesday taking away from the community. A Flyers Faithful source who cannot be revealed told us of a troubling situation that occurred on Wednesday night at the Landmark Ritz Five theater in Olde City: People were waiting in line for upwards of three hours to get into a private screening of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the highly-touted Martin Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, due to start at 7:30. At twenty after, Claude Giroux was spotted entering the theater with three unidentified guests. Soon …

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Game 34 Preview: Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers

Washington Capitals (18-12-3) @ Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-4), 7:30pm, TSN/NBCSN/CSN-Philly/CSN-DC The Philadelphia Flyers look to rebound after a frustrating loss on Sunday to the same team they collapsed against in the Washington Capitals. This time around, the clubs will play in Philly, as the Flyers look to gain confidence against a Caps’ club, which they handed confidence to on Sunday thanks to a horrendous third period. For a team that has been struggling over their last few games, this game is huge for the Flyers in a handful of ways. For one, the comments from Ed Snider following the loss on …

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Game 33 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Washington Capitals

  Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-3) @ Washington Capitals (17-12-3), 3:00pm, NHL-CA/CSN-Philly/CSN-DC After concluding their lengthy road trip with a 7-2 beating from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Flyers rebounded with a 2-1 decision over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at home. The Orange and Black seemed to have returned to their defensive play, as they only allowed one goal against in the win after allowing four goals against or more in the previous three contests. Today will be another challenge for the Flyers, as they take on the squad that is currently second in the Metropolitan Division. Hopefully for Philly, the …