Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers

A DIFFERENT CHIEF

Craig Berube the coach thinks alot differently than Craig Berube the player did.
Friday, 12.20.2013 / 5:36 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
X
Share with your Friends


Flyers Inside Out
A DIFFERENT CHIEF

VOORHEES, N.J. – Only nine players in the history of hockey have amassed more than 3,000 penalty minutes in their career.

Flyers coach Craig Berube is one of them.

So, to hear him lament his team’s propensity for taking too many penalties is one of the more interesting dichotomies you’ll find in professional sports.

But Craig Berube the player had one philosophy. Craig Berube the coach has one that’s completely different.

“Special teams are always important,” he said. “I think our special teams has been pretty good around here for awhile. We’ve done a better job around here of not taking penalties too and that’s important, but we still go in stretches of like five games were we take too many penalties and then we stop taking them, but we need to be better there all around.

“I don’t want to be the most penalized team in the league. I don’t even want to be in the top five. It doesn’t help you at all, in any way. It hurts you. It hurts players. It kills your bench. It skews the ice time. All that stuff. Certain guys play too much. Then you have guys sitting there and they can’t get into the game. All those things come into play. We need to cut down on the penalties. “

Looking at the penalty statistics around the NHL, it’s easy to see why this is a cause for concern for Berube the coach.

The Flyers average the most penalty minutes per game (17.6) in the league, and second place Toronto (14.6) isn’t really close.

The Flyers have 162 minor penalties, second-most in the league behind only Ottawa (168). They have 27 majors, second most behind Toronto (28). They have the most misconducts in hockey with 11, meanwhile three teams (Carolina, Detroit and Montreal) don’t have any. They have the most game misconducts (four), the most total penalties takes (206) and the most penalty minutes total by a wide margin (Flyers – 615. No. 2 Toronto – 540. No one else has more than 500).

“It’s about being smarter,” Berube said. “The more you move your feet, the fewer penalties you’ll take. If you don’t move your feet, you’ll take penalties.

The other night (against Washington) we did a good job when [Brayden] Schenn got ran over, we did a good job of taking care of business without losing the five minute power play. That’s what I’m preaching around here. You don’t have to be stupid. You can stick up for your teammate but you don’t have to lose your power plays. It’s about not losing your head. It’s going to be an ongoing thing to teach and preach to get through to everybody.”

One of the affects though of taking a lot of penalties is that officials are more inclined to call more penalties on your opponents as well as they try to keep most games as close to evenly called as possible.

That’s why the Flyers also rank near the top of the NHL in power play chances. Their 133 power plays rank third-highest in the league.

And yet, Berube would rather there be less special teams in his team’s games moving forward.

“I want 5-on-5 play,” he said. “We’ve improved in that area tremendously and I think we’re going to still improve more. That’s what the game’s about. When you get into the playoffs it’s all about 5-on-5 play. There’s not that many power plays in the playoffs. It’s 5-on-5 hockey. You want to be successful in the playoffs, you play good 5-on-5 hockey.”

Now the question is, will Berube get the Flyers on the right path discipline-wise in time to first make the playoffs and second be successful in them?

……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

An interesting note about penalty minutes:

When looking up where Berube ranked all-time in the NHL in penalty minutes (seventh, by the way, with 3,149 minutes) it was interesting to see how many players among the all-time leaders spent a portion of their careers with the Flyers.

There are 55 players who have amassed at least 2,000 penalty minutes. Of them, 21 players (21.8 percent) played at one point for the Flyers.

Here they are, with their minutes and ranking:

7. Craig Berube 3,149

10. Rick Tocchet 2,972

15. Donald Brashear 2,634

17. Gino Odjick 2,567

23. Scott Mellanby 2,479

25. Ulf Samuelsson 2,453

27. Jay Wells, 2,359

34. Dave Schultz 2,294

38. Kevin Dineen 2,229

39. Rob Ramage 2,226

46. Al Secord 2,093

50. Luke Richardson 2,055

The list grows longer between 51-100. Included there are Andre Dupont (56), Ian Laperriere (57), Joel Otto (59), Michel Petit (64), Chris Simon (66), Sean O’Donnell (69), Paul Coffey (71), Dave Brown (74), Ken Linseman (85), Paul Holmgren (92), Chris Gratton (97), Mel Bridgman (99).

That makes 24 out of 100 (24 percent). Oh, this is fun… let’s go further….

Between 100 -150 the Flyers employed:

Petr Svoboda (102), Chris Pronger (103), Terry Carkner (105), Gordie Roberts (106), Derian Hatcher (107), Glen Cochrane (113T), Keith Primeau (119), Jody Shelley (121T), Jim Cummins (121T), Sandy McCarthy (123T), Behn Wilson (133), Kevin Stevens (135), Reggie Fleming (137), Bob Kelly (145), Bobby Clarke (146).

That runs the number to 39 out of the top 150 (26 percent), an impressive total for sure.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.