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NOT BY CHANCE

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 1:33 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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NOT BY CHANCE

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.”

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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.

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

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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