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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Florida Panthers

Berube takes over behind the bench as Flyers return home to face Cats

Monday, 10.7.2013 / 10:04 PM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Florida Panthers
Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-0)
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Florida Panthers (1-1-0)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

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1. NEW CHIEF IN TOWN
Tonight will be the first game behind the bench for Craig Berube who was named head coach of the Flyers on Monday… Berube is the 18th head coach in Flyers history and FIFTH person to have played as a Flyer and become head coach… He spent the previous five seasons and parts of seven seasons as the club's assistant coach… He spent a total of 17 seasons playing in the NHL, recording 159 points, and over 3,000 penalty minutes - his 3,149 penalty minutes rank seventh all-time in NHL history.

2. TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
The Flyers play the first of three meetings against the Panthers and only meeting on home ice against Florida… Last year, the Flyers went 1-1-1 against the Panthers, but over the last two seasons, have lost three straight games at home to Florida… Overall, the Flyers own a 44-26-7-3 record against the Panthers, and a close 17-16-6-3 record in Philadelphia…   Matt Read has six goals in six career games against the Panthers, while goaltender Steve Mason has a perfect 4-0-0 career mark against Florida with a 1.21 GAA and 9.57 save percentage… The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the NHL's best rookie, Jonathan Huberdeau has four points (2g-2a) in three career games against the Flyers.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers return home after a two-game road trip over the weekend, dropping both contests on back-to-back nights… The Flyers have never lost four consecutive games to start a season in their 45 seasons of play… The Panthers come into tonight's game with 73 penalty minutes in just two games so far this season (29th in NHL)… The Flyers have trailed after the first period in two of their three games thus far… Sean Couturier leads the Flyers in face-off percentage (56.1%, 23-for-41) of players who have taken more than 10 face-offs this season through the first three games… Couturier also went 57.7 percent (49-for-85) during five preseason games.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux - (C) #28
Look for the Flyers captain to start producing… Giroux has yet to record a point in three straight games on the year - Giroux went three games without recording a point only once last season (Jan. 27-Feb. 1) and dating back to 2010-11, Giroux has not gone four straight games without a point since Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2010… Against the Panthers, Giroux has 11 points (4g-7a) in 19 games.

5. Player to watch PANTHERS: Tim Thomas -  (G) #34
Thomas returns to the NHL after taking the 2012-13 season off for personal reasons… The two-time Vezina Trophy winner has not once lost a game at Philadelphia, posting a perfect 8-0-0 record with a 1.86 goals against average and .947 save percentage in his NHL career… He has allowed just 15 goals over those eight games… His last visit to Philadelphia was Mar. 17, 2012 with Boston, a 3-2 shootout win… Overall, Thomas has a 13-3-0-2 record against the Flyers, with a 2.18 GAA.

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"We’re going to put some different systems in place. I have 100 percent belief in every player we’ve got on this team, and we’ll be successful."
- Flyers head coach Craig Berube

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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