Sunday, January 25, 2015

Zac Rinaldo is a beast

Zac Rinaldo has played 4 less games than his Flyers teammates - having been shipped to Adirondack for a brief stint - but is ranked 5th on the team in hits with 15.

Zac Rinaldo is a beast

Zac Rinaldo is fifth on the Flyers in hits, despite missing four games. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Zac Rinaldo is fifth on the Flyers in hits, despite missing four games. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Zac Rinaldo has played 4 less games than his Flyers teammates - having been shipped to Adirondack for a brief stint - but is ranked 5th on the team in hits with 15.

The number is particularly impressive considering Rinaldo's 5:54 average ice time is less than any other player on the team. Meaning, Rinaldo - who is just 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds - has tried to do anything he can to make an impression on coach Peter Laviolette.

He's also among the league leaders among hits per 60 minutes of ice time.

Kudos to TSN's Scott Cullen for the research.

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RANK    PLAYER      TEAM      POS.   HITS/60
1. Paul Bissonnette   Phoenix     LW      27.92
2. Zac Rinaldo   Philadelphia  LW     25.54
3. Kris Newbury   N.Y. Rangers   C       23.88
4. Cam Janssen    New Jersey    RW     23.13
5. Matt Martin    N.Y. Islanders   LW     22.57
6. Chris Porter        St. Louis      LW     22.46
7. Mark Fistric        Dallas           D      20.39
8. Cody McLeod      Colorado      LW     19.57
9. Derek MacKenzie Columbus     C       19.31
10. Troy Brouwer   Washington   RW     18.67
11. Michael Rupp   N.Y. Rangers  LW     18.42
12. Dan Carcillo      Chicago        LW     17.91
13. Aaron Volpatti   Vancouver    LW     17.89
14. Brad Staubitz    Minnesota     RW    17.17
15. Colton Gillies     Minnesota     C       16.91
* - Minimum 5 games played.

Rinaldo was back in the Flyers' lineup on Thursday night against Winnipeg, just hours after being re-called, skating with Max Talbot and Jody Shelley in place of healthy scratch Andreas Nodl.

BOUCHER STARTS: According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Brian Boucher will start tonight against his former team, as expected, at the Wells Fargo Center.

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