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Fake Hockey Help: Coyotes’ offense, Evgeni Nabokov, the shot-blocking Canadiens

For a team that is known for their goaltending and their young puck-moving defense, the Phoenix Coyotes are currently eighth in the NHL with 3.11 goals per game. Although most of the bigger names on Phoenix are 100-percent owned in ESPN leagues, there are still some players available who wouldn’t be a bad addition. One of those players is Antoine Vermette, who is still available in 7.8 percent of the ESPN leagues. He averages the third-most time on the ice for a Coyotes’ forward, as he is on the team’s first power-play unit as well as the team’s third line. …

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Crashing the Crease: Ray Emery Rewrites the Rulebook

This Flyers’ season has all the warning signs of becoming a hellish, merciless trek to the end, with Jay Rosehill and Kris Newbury continually making appearances (nothing personal, as I know they’re both approximately 1,394 times the hockey player I’ll ever be) and each game night’s posing the question of “Will we need our goalie to let up less than zero goals in order to win?” And then, adding to the misery, there was last week when the Washington Capitals, led by the rushing attack of Aaron Ward, put up a touchdown against the seemingly hapless Flyers. I say seemingly …

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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 QuantHockey.com, 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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Podcast Ep 77: Technical Difficulties

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal discuss whether the Flyers are coming back to the middle of the pack after their disastrous start. Topics include the Islanders trade with the Sabres for Thomas Vanek, Steve Mason, why the team kept Michael Raffl over Tye McGinn, and more. Please note that this was recorded on Monday and meant to come out on Tuesday. It also continues past the point it is meant to end due to a recording error. Technical difficulties isn’t just a title in this case. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 77: Technical Difficulties You can listen to the episode …

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Hockey Hilarity: Dwight King’s Big Break

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Last night the Los Angeles Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 7-4, which, incidentally, is a difference of three goals, which a certain King, named Dwight King, also incidentally, scored exactly that amount during the game (worst sentence ever, I know… Please bear with me, I’m ill). One of my favorite Tweeters and hockey people writer guys, Dave Lozo (you can follow him here: @DaveLozo) pointed out that …