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Comparing the Flyers’ five-on-five play to past Flyers teams

I’ve always felt that five-on-five play is a good indicator of a team’s true talent. Strip away the special teams and you’re left with a true representation of the team. (Not to take away the importance of special teams. Some teams can ride them deep into the playoffs.) Our Nick D recently suggested I take a look at the Flyers five-on-five play and compare it to the past few Flyers teams to see they stack up. I’ve written about the topic a couple times over the past year or so, so I wanted to take it a bit further now …

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Five-on-five suggests the Flyers still aren’t very good

We’re only three games into the 2013-2014 season but it appears as if the Flyers’ faults remain. The five-on-five numbers indicate that the Flyers just might not be very good. If you know me you know that I am not an emotional fan. I tend to approach the Flyers much like I do everything else in my life, logically and with rationale. If the title of this article looks a bit familiar it may be because I wrote a similar piece last February. I don’t want to be one to jump to a conclusion after three games. Three games is …