Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lavvy Rising

Pete Laviolette is high on three teams all-time coaching victories list.

Lavvy Rising

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If the Flyers could shake their early-season slump, Peter Laviolette could move into third place on the club´s all-time coaching victory list. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
If the Flyers could shake their early-season slump, Peter Laviolette could move into third place on the club's all-time coaching victory list. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

If the Flyers could shake their early-season slump enough to win at least 14 more times over their final 32 games — and he sticks around for all of them — Peter Laviolette could move into third place on the club's all-time coaching victory list. And that would be impressive, since he is already among the top three on that list for two other NHL clubs, including the New York Islanders, whom the Flyers face Monday afternoon.

Throw in the Carolina Hurricanes, for whom Laviolette has a Stanley Cup ring, and that is a pretty impressive top three threesome.

 FLYERS' COACHING VICTORY LEADERS
 Coach    W    L  OL/T
 Fred Shero  308  151  95
 Mike Keenan  190  102  28
 Pat Quinn  141    73  48
 Ken Hitchcock  130    77  39
 Peter Laviolette  128    82  27
    
 ISLANDERS' COACHING VICTORY LEADERS
 Coach    W    L  OL/T
 Al Arbour  740  537  223
 Terry Simpson    81    82    24
 Peter Laviolette    77    62    25
    
 HURRICANES' COACHING VICTORY LEADERS
 Coach    W    L  OL/T
 Paul Maurice  384  391  129
 Peter Laviolette  167  122    30
 Jack Evans  163  174    37
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