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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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No Raffl, No Read, No Problem – Flyers beat the Coyotes 5-3 in Phoenix

The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a pair of key injuries and completed a comeback in Phoenix to beat the Coyotes by the score of 5-3. Jakub Voracek had the game-winning goal with a little over eight minutes left in regulation and set up Wayne Simmonds for the game-tying goal, while Steve Mason stopped 26 of the Coyotes’ 29 shots on net. Mikkel Boedker had a goal and an assist for Phoenix and Connor Murphy had a pair of assists, as Mike Smith recorded the loss by allowing four goals on 27 shots against. Down by one heading into the final period, …

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Game 39 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Vancouver Canucks

Philadelphia Flyers (18-16-4) @ Vancouver Canucks (23-11-6), 10:00pm, CSN-Philly/SNET-P After they edged out a shootout decision against a familiar face on Saturday night, the Philadelphia Flyers look to make it two straight road wins and three straight overall when they take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Although the Canucks will be without Roberto Luongo and a few other key players, the Pacific Division club is 10-1-1 over their last 12 games and are 6-0-0 at home in December. It goes without saying the Orange and Black can’t have the start they had in Edmonton, as Steve Mason saw Taylor Hall …

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Mid-season grade on Holmgren’s 2013-2014 offseason moves

Back on July 5, the first day of free agency, I wrote an article praising Paul Holmgren for his offseason acquisitions. A couple of months later, the Flyers signed Matt Read to an extension, which I felt desired even further praise. Now that we are 38 games into an 82 game season, I wanted to take a look back at each of this past offseason’s moves and see how they have fared until this point. 1) Mark Streit – 4 years $5.25 million cap hit The Flyers traded for the rights of the impending unrestricted free agent and signed him to …

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Why you heff to be mad? Raffl caps off Flyers’ shootout win against Bryzgalov, Oilers

Ilya Bryzgalov failed in the shootout yet again in his career, but this time it’s a good thing for the Philadelphia Flyers, as the Orange and Black grabbed two points in a 4-3 decision against the Edmonton Oilers on the road. Claude Giroux and Michael Raffl beat Bryzgalov in the shootout, while Wayne Simmonds recorded another multi-goal performance. The captain and Jakub Voracek each provided two-assist games, while Taylor Hall had the lone multi-point performance for the Oilers in the loss. Steve Mason stopped 13 of 16 for the win, while Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots in the loss. The shootout …