Some NHL records are untouchable. Advances in defense and a bit more parity will prevent some of the scoring and winning marks from eve being topped. The league website had this article about a few of those records. Which got me thinking about our own club records, and whether anyone on the team right now can break any of them.
Here’s the full list that I’m using as a starting point.
Powerplay goals, defenseman: The current records is 8 by Mark Howe and Eric Desjardins. It doesn’t seem like such a huge number, but it’s been a longstanding team record. Still, it seems like it’s within reach for both Chris Pronger and Andrej Meszaros. Both have heavy shots and don’t mind letting it rip. It’s tough, but doable.
Game winning goals: 12, by Brian Propp and Jeff Carter. When you look at this roster, and think clutch goals, Danny Briere’s name comes to mind. But I don’t think we can rule out Jaromir Jagr from this discussion either.
Shutouts: Bernie Parent had 12 shutouts, two years in a row. Last year, the Flyers didn’t have any in the regular season or the playoffs. With all of the changes the team made, the team concept has to focus on defense more because they just don’t have the same scoring depth as they did the last few seasons. With an upgrade in net, and better team D, Ilya Bryzgalov has a shot at quite a few blank sheets. Not to mention that fact that he usually carries a heavy workload and will probably start a lot more games than we’re used to seeing a goalie play in this town.
If there’s a breakout night, we can beat some of the single game records. There are a few guys who can have more than 6 assists or 8 points. It just takes a decent amount of playing time and a horrible night from the other team. Other than that, I don’t see anyone having a ridiculous offensive season and breaking any sexy records like most goals or most points. Maybe one of the young guys can do it down the road, but probably not this year. I’m also not making any playoff predictions because I’m still not sure about this team and how far they can go. It would take a run to the Finals for anyone to top of postseason marks.
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Tags: Andrej Meszaros Bernie Parent Brian Propp Chris Pronger Danny Briere Eric Desjardins Ilya Bryzgalov Jaromir Jagr Jeff Carter Mark Howe NHL Philadelphia Flyers Playoffs Stanley Cup Finals Team Records