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The Philadelphia Flyers: Is Sean Couturier Made of Sun Shine?

This demonstrates that basking in the glow of front and center Sean Couturier makes a person play better and facilitates the synthesis of vitamin D.



Philadelphia Flyers Sean Couturier Debora Robinson NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Debora Robinson NHLI via Getty Images

The 2017-2018 season has ended in round one elimination of the play offs for the Philadelphia Flyers. Now that we have time to reflect, we ask the big questions. One of those questions is “What ever happened with those predictions made in a super obscure article by a super obscure writer?”. Get ready to find out if said author is getting a new magic 8 ball.  Also, how has Sean Couturier’s move to the front line, center position has affected his play, his line mate’s play and the team as a whole?

Sean Couturier

Even though you’re an avid fan and have read the article preceding this one, here are the relevant numbers regarding Sean Couturier’s performance last year and over his career to compare with this season past.

Rounding is in use in the numbers below.

Over his career as a Philadelphia Flyer on the third line he has .17 goals, and .29 assists and .46 points per game.
In the 2016-2017 season, on the third line, he averaged .21 goals, .30 assists and .52 points per game.
All of the figures below regard regular season play for the 2017-2018 season.
Couturier scored 31 goals, made 45 assists and garnered 76 points in total playing on the first line.
This means he averaged .38 goals, .55 assists and .93 points per game.

Now for some comparisons!
Relative to his career as a Philadelphia Flyer on the third line, Couturier has seen a 124% increase in goals, a 90% increase in assists and a 102% increase in points per game this season on the first line.
Correlated to his 2016-2017 season on the third line, we witness a 81% surge in goals, a 83% up swing in assists and a 78% rise in points per game this season on the first line.
This is all very impression and shows that Sean Couturier’s move to the first line has yielded an oh so fabulous harvest.

However, the predictions made in the beginning of the season are the real meat and potatoes of this exercise.  Did they hold up?

Let us reminisce.
Sean Couturier, over the season,  was projected to score 27 goals, provide 59 assists and amass 82 points.
The prediction for goals was +7.8%, for assists was -24% and -7.3% on points. As far as predictions for an 82 game regular season based on a 3 game sample go, goals and points were mildly close. A little surprising.  Assists not so much.

Jakub Voracek

How has Jakub Voracek faired over the course of the regular season in the new age of Couturier? Let us ponder.
His career as a Philadelphia Flyer sees him averaging .26 goals, .53 assists and .80 points per game.
The 2016-2017 season had him averaging .24 goals, .50 assists and .74 points per game.
Whilst playing in the light of Sean Couturier front and center in the 2017-2018 season, Jakub
Voracek scored 20 goals, made 65 assists and gathered 85 points over an 82 game season.
This equals .24 goals, .79 assists and 1.03 points per game over the season.

More comparisons!
When held side by side with his career as a Philadelphia Flyer, Jakub Voracek has experienced a 7.7% decrease in goals scored, a 42% swell in assists and a 23% rise in points per game for the 2017-2018 season.
As to the 2016-2017 season, we observe the same number of goals scored, a 58% growth in assists and waxing 22% in points per game in the 2017-2018 season.
This demonstrates that basking in the glow of front and center Sean Couturier makes a person play better and facilitates the synthesis of vitamin D.

Progressively, we examine the truth and accuracy of this season’s predictions.
They were as follows; he was not to score any goals, make 1.33 assists and 1.33 points per game.
Okay the goal prediction was really, really, wrong.  No matter how many times it’s multiplied by something, 0 is still 0.  There’s not even an accurate percentage to describe how wrong it is.  It’s math’s fault.
As for assists, he made 41% fewer per game than predicted and 22.6% fewer points than predicted for the 2017-2018 regular season. The term “wildly inaccurate” would be a fitting description for the prophesized statistics.

Mean while, else where in the world, there is stability among the countries that gave their unconditional surrender to Voracek’s beard.  A new age of peace and enlightenment has begun in the affected nations.

Captain Claude Giroux

Captain Claude Giroux is the last individual in this captivating character study.
For the more nostalgic among you, his career as a Philadelphia Flyers Center saw him averaging .24 goals, .60 assists and .88 points per game.

In the 2016-2017 season he was averaging .17 goals, .51 assists and .71 points per game.
His term as a winger and Sean Couturier’s line mate generated 34 goals, 68 assists and 102 points in the 2017-2018 regular season.
This translates to .41 goals, .83 assists and 1.24 points per game.
Related to his career as a Philadelphia Flyer, this is a very impressive 71% increase in goal scoring, a 38% uptick in assists and a 40% swell in points per game.

Evaluated next to the 2016-2017, a time when rumors of injury were rampant, we witness a staggering 141% bloom in goals, a 63% rise in assists and a 43% increase in points per game.
This exhibits the positive impact Sean Couturier’s move to the first line has had on his team mates.

While this information is incredibly fascinating, the questions burns as to whether or not early predictions were accurate. It’s time to kick the tires and light some fires.

Captain Claude Giroux was prophesized to score 19 goals, provide 27 assists and collect 54 points.
He scored 78% more goals, made 152% more assists and an 88% increase in points per game than predicted.
The forecasted number were exceptional erroneous, though it is in all the best ways. Playing with Couturier on the front line has excelled Giroux’s awesomeness even more than a very small sample size would suggest.

The Philadelphia Flyers En Masse

How did the prognosis for the Orange and Black turn out? Not super accurate, but still good in the right ways.
They were cast to score 221 goals, make 385 assists and have 598 points by the time the regular season was all said and done.
In reality, they scored 260 goals, made 442 assists and collected 691 points over the 2017-2018 regular season.
This translates to 17.5% more goals, 15% more assists and a 16% overage in points than foretold. Not accurate but still pretty.

Now for the team statistics. 54 wins, 28 regulation losses and 108 game points were divined. When that “real world” thing happened, the Philadelphia Flyers has 42 wins, 26 regulation losses, 14 losses in over time.  This means 98 game points earned for the 2017-2018 season.

This discrepancy creates 28% fewer wins, 7% fewer losses in regulation (yay!), 14 more losses in over time (that whole math thing) and 10.5% fewer points than predicted for the 2017-2018 regular season.

The last and ever relevant act of soothsaying; did the Philadelphia Flyers make the playoff in the Metro Division? They did make the playoffs, but did so in a wild card spot. So the future was 50% right.  Perhaps your author needs a new magic 8 ball, but she is having the most fun.

The big question is did this happen because Sean Couturier was moved to the front line?

The 2016-2017 season ended with 88 points and no playoff spot for the Flyers, while 2017-2018 yielded 10 more points for the Orange and Black with Coots in front and center. It is plausible that the increased performance of himself, line mates and the team at large resulted in a play off spot due to the changes made on the front line. Once again, Sean Couturier is so very kind to arrange all that, it’s thoughtful to say the least.

Anon, we decisively arrive at two irrefutable facts. First; Sean Couturier front and center correlates to a good performance by the Philadelphia Flyers. Second; math is no ones friend.


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Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith



The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States



Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.


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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games



Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.


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