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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Florida Panthers

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

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 10:04 PM / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 65 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 64 18 42 1 60
W. Simmonds 65 26 18 -1 44
M. Streit 65 9 33 -5 42
B. Schenn 65 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 65 13 16 4 29
M. Del Zotto 53 9 17 -3 26
M. Read 65 6 20 -7 26
M. Raffl 50 15 5 6 20
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 13 8 .926 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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