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Flyers' Going Longer Without Pronger

How the Flyers have fared without Chris Pronger the last season-plus.

Flyers' Going Longer Without Pronger

Since they are facing at least four more long weeks sans defensemen Chris Pronger, we thought we'd take a look at how the Flyers have fared with and without him since the beginning of last season.

By the way, in order from the start of the 2010-11 season (and including playoffs), he has missed 2 games, played 31, missed 13, played 15, missed 1, played 4, missed 21, played 3, missed 3, played 8, missed 6, played 5 and missed 4 and counting.

Their overall record and power play success are just two of the numbers that bear out his importance.

   With
 Pronger     
 Without
 Pronger     
 Games  66  50
     
 Record  41-18-7  23-19-8
     
 Goals/Game  3.29  3.02
 Opp. Goals/Gm.       2.64  3.06
     
 Power Play Pct.  19.9%  12.3%
 Opp. PP Pct.  15.9%  19.6%
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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