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Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 1:33 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PHILADELPHIA – A word you always here around hockey locker rooms after games is “chances.”

It’s referring to a statistical measurement that’s not officially tracked by the NHL. Probably because it’s a subjective statistic. One person may think a chance – or opportunity to score a goal – is legitimate while another might argue that it isn’t.

As such, it’s not kept by the league. But you can bet your life savings that each team keeps their own “chances” statistic to determine the success of the play in the defensive zone.

A chance is usually defined as a good scoring chance. Sometimes those chances end up in the net. Sometimes they are stopped by the goalie. Sometimes the shots miss the net, hit the post, or are otherwise blocked.

Regardless of the result, the chance is measured by the likelihood of scoring on that particular play.

As such, shots on goal aren’t always the best indicator. To the point, dump-ins that happen to go on goal and are easily controlled by a goalie count as a shot on goal – but not as a chance.

The same can be said as far as shots from the wall or the points that are seen cleanly by the goalies, again, shots on goal, but not chances.

Still, a fluctuation in the shots on goal can indicate the chances aren’t there as teams struggle to find the time and space necessary to try to make something happen.

In that regard, the Flyers are vastly improving. In six of the last seven games, the Flyers have held their opponent to fewer than 30 shots.

And if you break it out a little further, in the past 15 games, teams have averaged 29.5 shots on goal against the Flyers. In the previous 53 games, that average was 33.6 per game. That means defensively, the Flyers have figured out a way to trim off four shots on goal per game.

Which also means the chances they are facing are fewer and fewer.

No wonder they are 11-3-1 in the past 15 contests.

“We have the right mindset,” said coach Craig Berube. “We have everyone coming back and flooding the ice and doing a good job. It’s not leaky. That’s the thing. There’s no room. The forwards are doing a good job coming back and pressuring and getting to the slot area and stopping and not leaking away. That’s what it’s all about. It takes five guys to do it.”


NOTES: Steve Mason is back in net for the Flyers. He will be opposed by Tim Thomas for the Stars… Flyers prospect defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College) was named as one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award which recognizes the most excellent player in college hockey… A nine-year old Philadelphia Flyers fan, TJ Ramos

The Dallas Stars posed for a team photo with Flyers fan T.J. Ramos and his family. Ramos suffers from the same heart condition as Stars forward Rich Peverley, who collapsed on the Stars bench last week.

met Dallas Stars Athletic Trainer, Dave Zeis, before morning practice at the Wells Fargo Center. TJ suffered a heart attack last fall during a youth baseball practice and was revived on the field by his coach and a parent of a teammate, both local police officers. TJ was diagnosed with CPVT, the same condition as Dallas Star player Rich Peverley. Peverley suffered a cardiac arrest during an NHL game last week. The Stars were classy, rolling out the red carpet for Ramos and his family, allowing him to take pictures with the team in the locker room. Ramos wrote a letter to Peverley after his cardiac arrest last week. Peverley is not traveling with the team as he underwent a successful surgery this past Tuesday and is recovering. Ramos and his family will also attend the game tonight.

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1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31


J. Voracek 48 17 39 10 56
C. Giroux 47 16 35 6 51
M. Streit 48 7 27 -2 34
B. Schenn 48 10 19 -4 29
W. Simmonds 48 16 12 -5 28
S. Couturier 48 10 11 0 21
M. Read 48 3 15 -8 18
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 34 7 7 -9 14
M. Del Zotto 36 3 11 -6 14
S. Mason 8 12 6 .920 2.46
R. Emery 8 9 1 .890 3.27
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