The Philadelphia Flyers are the most penalized team in the NHL with 980 penalty minutes through 63 games. That works out to an average of 15.6 penalty minutes per game. Their 283 minors are second only to Ottawa’s 286. Philly’s 40 major penalties and 15 misconduct penalties both lead the league.
The Flyers’ 251 times shorthanded are also an NHL high. Thankfully, their ninth-ranked penalty kill (83.3%) has bailed them out.
Coach Craig Berube finds the calls against the Flyers a bit suspicious. When asked if he thought the team’s reputation factors in to their league-leading penalty totals, he said, “Call up the league and ask them. I’ll put it to you this way: We’re not going to get any breaks. You just deal with it.”
Since the Olympics, Berube’s pressed his team to be more disciplined in their play.
“Discipline is one thing we talk about,” defenseman Luke Schenn said via Philly.com. In Wednesday’s win, “we were in pretty good control of the game, and then a couple penalties ended up hurting us. There are some better penalties to take, obviously, if it prevents a scoring chance, but all in all, we have to be more disciplined.”
“I didn’t like the calls in the third period, to be honest with you,” Berube said, referring to an elbowing penalty against Steve Downie and a hooking infraction on Mark Streit.
“I don’t like to complain about refereeing because it’s a tough job . . . but I didn’t like the calls.”
“You guys shouldn’t ask me another question about penalties, and I probably shouldn’t say another thing to the team about it because it doesn’t work. Does it?”