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Sinners, Not Saints

Flyers are sinning again, and its costing them.

Sinners, Not Saints

Luke Schenn (22) fights with Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O´Meara/AP)
Luke Schenn (22) fights with Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Daily News Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli points out that the Flyers have ranked as one of the two most-penalized NHL teams in four of the last five seasons ... and they are right back in that area this year.

Here is where they have stood in every season since the 2004-05 lockout:

 
 Season
 Minor
 Pens.  
 Pens./  
 Game
 NHL
 Rank  
 
 Head Coach(es)
 2012-13       39   6.5  30th  Laviolette
 2011-12   382   4.7  30th  Laviolette
 2010-11   347   4.2  22nd  Laviolette
 2009-10   402   4.9  30th  Stevens/Laviolette  
 2008-09   446   5.4  30th  Stevens
 2007-08   461   5.6  29th  Stevens
 2006-07   465   5.7  19th  Hitchcock/Stevens
 2005-06   496   6.0    8th  Hitchcock
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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.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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