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Nodl claimed by Carolina; season by the numbers

With the Flyers enjoying their second-longest layoff of the season between games - and no practice for the second day in a row - here is a look at the team by numbers:

Nodl claimed by Carolina; season by the numbers

Claude Giroux and the surprising play of Jaromir Jagr have brought the Flyers to 13-7-3 so far this season. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Claude Giroux and the surprising play of Jaromir Jagr have brought the Flyers to 13-7-3 so far this season. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Andreas Nodl was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes today, according to the team's official Twitter acount.

Nodl was placed on waivers yesterday only 2 days after leaving the Flyers’ loss to the Rangers with an upper-body injury. General manager Paul Holmgren said he was “fine” after getting checked out by team doctors on Sunday.

Nodl, 24, has one assist in 12 games. He had 22 points in 67 contests last year. Aside from being a healthy scratch, Nodl has dealt with three to four separate injuries this season.

“Andreas hasn’t played much,” Holmgren said yesterday. “We’ll just gauge interest and see what happens. We’ll decide his fate tomorrow after we find out whether he clears or not.”

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As expected, the Flyers announced that they have recalled Brayden Schenn from Adirondack. They also have recalled defenseman Kevin Marshall.

SEASON by the NUMBERS

With the Flyers enjoying their second-longest layoff of the season between games - and no practice for the second day in a row - here is a look at the team by numbers:

(All stats are through Sunday’s action)

11,718: Miles the Flyers will fly in the month of December (including return trips home) before playing the Rangers in the Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park. That is just 2,987 less miles than they will fly in January, February, March and April combined.

34,193: Total number of miles flown by the Flyers this entire season.

19.1: Max Talbot’s team-high shooting percentage, barely nudging out Claude Giroux’s 19.1 percent. The difference, though, is that Giroux has taken 37 more shots than Talbot.

16.8: League-high penalty minutes per game. Flyers also have a 124 minor penalties, most in the NHL.

100 percent: Kimmo Timonen’s face-off percentage on his 1 draw this season. He is one of only 6 defensemen in NHL to take a face-off this season.

481: Hits for the Flyers this season, 17th in NHL. That’s 20.9 hits per game.

1: Goals scored for the Flyers in the shootout this season. They’ve gone to the shootout just once (Nov. 3 vs. NJ) and lost. Danny Briere has the team’s only shootout goal and overtime goal (Nov. 23 at NYI)

Plus-10: Scott Hartnell’s team-high plus/minus rating.

2-3-0: Record over the last 5 games. They are 6-3-1 over their last 10 games.

29: Goals in the first period this season, more than any other team.

21: Matt Carle’s team-high giveaways this season.

6-1-3: Record in one-goal games, 8th in NHL.

6-4-3: Home record, tied for worst among NHL playoff teams if playoffs were to start today.

5: Power play goals for Scott Hartnell, one more than he has at even strength.

29: Rank among teams in face-off percentage (664-for-1427, 46.9 percent). Claude Giroux has won 75 percent of his face-offs (39-for-52) over the last 3 games. Giroux has also taken a team-high 33 percent of the Flyers’ face-offs.

8: Shots Sean Couturier has missed the net on 44 attempts, a pretty low number.

352: Blocked shots this season, 6th in NHL.

3.48: Goals per game, tops in the NHL. 80 goals scored in 23 games, 1 more than the Blackhawks’ 79 in 24 games.

3: Misconducts for Zac Rinaldo this season, two more than the rest of his teammates combined. Rinaldo leads the league with 82 penalty minutes, 4 more than Ottawa’s Zenon Konopka, a player who Rinaldo has fought this season.

2: Coaches in the NHL who lost their job on Monday morning. Bruce Boudreau was canned in Washington after George McPhee said the players stopped responding to him. Paul Maurice was fired for the second time in Carolina after accumulating 20 points in 25 games. Former Flyers nemesis Dale Hunter takes over as the Caps’ head coach after a decade behind the bench in the OHL. The Hurricanes made a bold move to hire former player Kirk Muller for his first NHL head coaching job.

1: Guy who shouldn’t answer the phone: Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. He is next. Only the Blue Jackets are worse than the Ducks (6-13-4) this season.

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD: Since we wrote today about how the Flyers have handled goaltending, former Flyer Brian Boucher - who knows the circus in Philadelphia’s crease quite well - is fine after recovering from a scary situation in Carolina on Friday night. Backing up Cam Ward, Boucher was minding his own business on the Hurricanes’ bench when he was struck in the face with an errant puck.

Boucher was not wearing his helmet on the bench. He told the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer that the puck hit him “flush in the temple” and didn’t hit a bone or break skin. Boucher did not return to the bench during the game but practiced on Saturday.

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