Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Flyers' Defense Hits on 21

The Flyers have used 21 different defensive combinations this season.

Flyers' Defense Hits on 21

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Tuesday night, Flyers coach Pete Laviolette tossed out his 21st different six-man defense combination of the season.

None of the combinations have been together for as many as 15 games, and only three of them for as many as 10.

All together, 13 players have seen time along the blue line for the Flyers.

Here are those 21 combinations and the numbers of games they played together:

DEFENSEMEN  GP  
Carle   Coburn Timonen Meszaros Lilja Bourdon  14
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Bourdon Gustafsson  12
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Lilja Pronger  11
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Bourdon Marshall    9
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Grossman Kubina    5
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Lilja Gustafsson      5
Carle Coburn Timonen Lilja Gustafsson   Grossman    3
Carle Coburn Lilja Gustafsson Grossman Manning    3
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Pronger Walker    2
Carle Coburn Timonen Lilja Grossman Kubina    2
Carle Coburn Timonen Bourdon Grossman Kubina    2
Carle Coburn Timonen Gustafsson Grossman Kubina    2
Carle Coburn Lilja Gustafsson Grossman Kubina    2
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Bourdon Grossman    1
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Lilja Walker    1
Carle Coburn Timonen Meszaros Bourdon Walker    1
Carle Coburn Timonen Lilja Bourdon Gustafsson    1
Carle Coburn Timonen Lilja Bourdon Kubina    1
Carle Coburn Timonen Gustafsson Grossman Manning    1
Carle Coburn Bourdon Gustafsson   Grossman Kubina    1
Carle Timonen   Meszaros   Lilja Bourdon Marshall    1
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