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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
FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Florida Panthers - Berube takes over behind the bench as Flyers return home to face Cats
Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-0)
vs
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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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