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Pushing On Without Pronger

How his teams have fared without Chris Pronger in his career.

Pushing On Without Pronger

(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)<br /><br />
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer) Ron Cortes

After his being injured Monday night (left) and set to miss at least a few weeks, we have to ask ... Just how much better are Chris Pronger's teams when he is on the ice? How about 400 goals better?

Throughout his career, Pronger's teams haved scored 349 more total goals than their opponents while he is on the ice. With him on the bench or out because of injury, his teams have been outscored by 47 goals.

Those numbers, year-by-year, are below:

Noteworthy: In his first year with the Flyers, when he played all 82 games, they were a +33 with him on the ice and a -22 without him ... He was on the ice for exactly half of their 236 goals that season ... They actually did better in goal differential without him (+24) last season when he missed 32 games. They were only a +12 in the 50 games he played ... The Flyers were 31-14-5 (.670) in those 50 games; 16-9-7 (.65) in the 32 he missed ... In 2006-07, Pronger was on the ice for 147 of the Blues' 248 goals scored.

   WHALERS      PRONGER ON-ICE    NO PRONGER
Season GP GF GA Diff. GF GA   Diff.
1993-94 81 81 99 -18 146 189 -43
1994-95 43 40 55 -15 87 86 +  1
   BLUES
1995-96 78 86 106 -20 133 142 -  9
1996-97 79 103 90 +13 133 149 -16
1997-98 81 118 84 +34 138 120 +18
1998-99 67 109 88 +21 128 121 +  7
1999-00 79 147 72 +75 101 93 +  8
2000-01 51 93 49 +44 156 146 +10
2001-02 78 120 90 +30 107 98 +  9
2002-03 5 6 12 -  6 247 210 +37
2003-04 80 107 89 +18 84 109 -25
   OILERS
2005-06 80 128 93 +35 128 158 -30
   DUCKS
2006-07 66 116 55 +61 142 153 -11
2007-08 72 80 70 +10 125 121 +  4
2008-09 82 123 106 +17 122 132 -10
   FLYERS
2009-10 82 118 85 +33 118 140 -22
2010-11 50 66 54 +12 193 169 +24
2011-12 6 10 5 +  5 17 16 +  1
   TOTALS   1160   1651   1302   +349        2305   2352 -47
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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