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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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Game 13 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils

Philadelphia Flyers (3-9-0) @ New Jersey Devils (3-5-4), 7:00pm, TCN-PH, MSG PLUS 2 RECORDS: Philadelphia Flyers: 3-9-0 Away: 1-3-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-6-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 2-3-0 New Jersey Devils: 3-5-4 Home: 2-0-2 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-3-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-2-1 PREVIEW: Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing showing at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (3-9-0) head up Interstate 95 to face a well-rested New Jersey Devils team (3-5-4) in Newark, NJ.  This is the first of four meetings between the two teams; the Devils come to the Wells Fargo Center for a rematch this coming …

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Immediate change is inevitable, necessary

Though I have not been very active on Flyers Faithful recently, long term readers know that I am a huge advocate of patience and letting players work through their issues. Sadly, the Flyers are well beyond that point. They are in desperate need of sudden and drastic changes. To use the buzzword of the moment, the “culture” within the locker room is a huge issue. Players lack confidence. The team views themselves as a group of losers. Worst of all, nobody has stepped up to take charge. Against all of my innate instincts, I would like to advocate for changes …

Wayne Simmonds

Game 12 Preview: Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers

Washington Capitals (5-7-0) @ Philadelphia Flyers (3-8-0), 7:00pm, NHLN-US, CSN-DC+, CSN-PH RECORDS: Washington Capitals: 5-7-0 Away: 2-4-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-2-0 Philadelphia Flyers: 3-8-0 Home: 2-5-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-5-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 2-2-0 PREVIEW: The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves back at home this evening (7 PM) against the visiting Washington Capitals after a disappointing loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.  Despite playing what was arguably their best period of the season in the first 20 minutes, a disastrous third period showing from the Flyers allowed the Ducks to overcome a 2 goal deficit, …

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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.