Flyers Staying Out Of Penalty Box

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For Rinaldo, there is a direct correlation to staying out of the box and increased ice time: He is averaging a career-high 8:42 per game on a fourth line that can actually generate scoring chances. For that to continue, Berube stressed the Flyers will need to continue to “check properly, not react and initiate cleanly.” No one is ready to crown the Broad Street Bullies as golden boys, but so far, it’s been a marked improvement. “It’s been way better,” Berube said. “Trust me, it’s early. We’ve got to continue working on it and harping on it. It’s important. It will pay benefits down the road.” Scared straight Its early, but it appears the Flyers have responded to GM Ron Hextalls preseason plea for fewer penalties: Year Minor Penal. PIM PIM/GM 2014-15 *197 (1st) 574 7.0 (1st) 2013-14 357 (29th) 1,180 14.4 (30th) 2012-13 213 (30th) 755 15.7 (29th) 2011-12 382 (30th) 1,318 16.1 (30th) 2010-11 347 (T-23rd) 1,119 13.6 (24th) 2009-10 402 (30th) 1,350 16.6 (29th) 2008-09 446 (30th) 1,408 17.1 (29th) 2007-08 461 (29th) 1,457 17.9 (28th) 2006-07 465 (19th) 1,285 15.9 (26th) 2005-06 496 (8th) 1,187 14.6 (10th) *-on pace Coburn update Defenseman Braydon Coburn classified himself as a “game-time decision” to return to the Flyers’ lineup tonight. He has been out since the Oct. 8 season-opening loss in Boston with a vague, “lower-body” injury, but has practiced for a week. source: | Meriden, CT |

A Western tilt stands out for healthy, happy NHL

Stastny, who’s father Peter and brother Yan both played for St. Louis , was one of the biggest names on the free agent market this offseason. The Blues also added forwards Jori Lehtera and Joakim Lindstrom, as well as defensemen Carl Gunnarsson and Petteri Lindbohm. As far as losses go, goalie Ryan Miller left St. Louis in free agency for greener pastures in Vancouver. The team also lost forward Vladimir Sobotka to Avangard Omsk of the KHL. Sobotka, a fan favorite with the Blues, left for the KHL after contract negotiations with St. Louis management went sour. Overall, a solid foundation returns to try and bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to the Gateway City. The offense will be anchored by Captain David Backes, and Alternate Captains Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie. source:

Blues begin season with hopes of hoisting cup | | Columbia, MO |

Someone is going to have to dethrone L.A. to say the West is not the best. While the other 29 teams get to work on that project, there are plenty of intriguing subplots to the season. With labor peace and no momentum-killing Olympic break, the NHL is back on a normal schedule this winter. Many players believe the quality of games will rise with fewer back-to-back sets and less disruption. Six teams have new head coaches, with Peter Laviolette taking over in Nashville for Barry Trotz who moved to Washington and Willie Desjardins helming Vancouvers rebuilding project. The highest-profile job belongs to Pittsburghs Mike Johnston, a 57-year-old NHL coaching rookie who must gain the trust of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to spur the underachieving Penguins back into Cup contention. The NHL reduced its slate of outdoor games from six to two this season, hitting only Washington, D.C., and Californias Bay Area, while adding an old-fashioned indoor All-Star weekend for Columbus in January. The league and the players union also are inching toward reviving the World Cup of Hockey, likely celebrating a 2016 return for the summer showcase event. The league made some minor rule tweaks, notably banning the spin-o-rama move on penalty shots and shootouts a huge disappointment for the few players capable of doing it effectively. The NHL also instituted slightly bigger fines for players caught diving and for their coaches, who will be charged for repeat offenders on their rosters. source:

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Editors Note: Pro Hockey Talks partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $25,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Tuesdays NHL games. Its just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Heres the FanDuel link. If we can get our game going five-on-five and draw some penalties on them, then we can go to work on the power play, said Wayne Simmonds , per CSN Philly . Philadelphia is off to a hot start with the man advantage, capitalizing on 31.8% of its opportunities. At the same time, the Flyers have been one of the worst teams in the league when it comes to killing penalties, so theyll need to play a disciplined game. Thats something they havent been known for traditionally, but this year might be different as theyve been charged with the least minor penalties in the league thus far (12). Theyll also be looking to forward Jakub Voracek to play a big role in beating Crawford. Hes on a five-game point streak to start the season and is currently tied for the team-high with seven points in 2014-15. source:


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