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Quick Hits: January Wrapup

January 31, 2023, 6:33 PM ET [61 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Quick Hits: January 31, 2023

1) The Philadelphia Flyers finished their January schedule with a .643 points percentage (8-4-2 record), tying them with the Toronto Maple Leafs (also 8-4-2) for the NHL's ninth-best points percentage during the month. If extended back to the end of the leaguewide holiday break, the Flyers went 10-4-2 for a .688 points percentage (6th-best in the league).

Dating back to the resumption of play after Christmas, the Flyers averaged 3.25 goals per game to rank 12th leaguewide. They yielded 2.69 goals per game on average, tied with Nashville for 7th-best across the league. The Flyers recorded their first two shutout wins of the season during the month of January (Samuel Ersson @ Buffalo, Carter Hart @ Winnipeg).

Over the 16-game span since the holiday break, the power play went 9-for-51 (17.7 percent, ranked 22nd) while the penalty kill was 37-for-44 (84.1 percent, 12th). The Flyers scored three shorthanded goals and yielded one opposing SHG.

At 5-on-5, the Flyers scored 36 goals (tied for 11th) and yielded 29 (9th best) for a team plus-7 since Christmas. They allowed one goal at 4-on-4 and did not score any. In 3-on-3 sudden death overtime, the Flyers are 1-2 since Christmas but just 1-8 overall in games decided in OT and 1-9 when shootouts are included.

In terms of individual scoring, below are the skater and goalie stats since Christmas:

On a teamwide basis, the club's underlying stats have also trended up since the Christmas break: 5-on-5 expected goal differential at 50.98 percent (18th) and 5-on-5 shot attempt differential at 49.12 percent (22nd).

There is still significant room for improvement in various areas but, on the whole, things trended positively after the club reconvened after the holiday break. They will face a similar challenge after their current week-long hiatus in the game schedule at the All-Star break this weekend.

On Sunday, the Flyers have a 2 p.m. ET practice scheduled at the FTC in Voorhees. The next night, the Flyers (21-21-9) will host the New York Islanders (25-22-5) at the Wells Fargo Center for a 7:00 p.m. ET game.
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