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Hart in Parent company and more in 5 impressive stats from 2019-20 Flyers season

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Despite playing 13 fewer games in 2019-20, the Flyers finished with seven more points than their output in 2018-19, when they went 37-37-8 for 82 points.

The Flyers this past season finished 41-21-7 with 89 points over 69 games, making the biggest jump of any NHL club.

Alain Vigneault and his experienced coaching staff were important. General manager Chuck Fletcher put many key pieces in place, including the aforementioned head coach.

The players also had good seasons to push the Flyers back into contending mode. Let's look at five impressive statistics from the 2019-20 season. Later this week, we'll look at five unimpressive stats.

Home is where the Hart is

Playing goaltender in Philadelphia is no cakewalk. Carter Hart made it look easy at times as he made the Wells Fargo Center a hot ticket.

The 22-year-old went 20-3-2 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .943 save percentage at home. The last Flyers goalie to have 20 or more wins and a sub-1.63 goals-against average at home was Hall of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup champ Bernie Parent in 1974-75 (27 wins, 1.40 goals-against average).

When it's safe and permitted for fans to be back in the building, Hart will have them there.

"It's a good thing that he's a little a bit too oblivious to some things as a goalie in Philadelphia," Jakub Voracek said with a laugh during the playoffs. "He's really strong mentally. He's a young kid that works really hard."

 

Pay that man his money

Kevin Hayes delivered in Year 1 of his seven-year, $50 million contract. Hayes scored 23 goals and would have broken his career high of 25 had the season finished in normal 82-game fashion. Including the playoffs, the Flyers went 22-0-1 in games that Hayes scored at least one goal.

The Flyers were not drawn to Hayes last offseason for just his offensive attributes. Half of the equation was his ability to change games defensively at 5-on-5 and on the penalty kill.

The 6-foot-5 center scored four shorthanded goals in 2019-20 after the Flyers scored only four as a team in 2018-19.

An All-Star is born

Travis Konecny's jump into an All-Star was crucial to the Flyers' jump back into the postseason.

The 23-year-old led the team in goals (24) and points (61) through 66 regular-season games, while his 37 assists were a career high and he was one marker away from a new personal best.

After inking a shiny new six-year, $33 million deal at the start of training camp, Konecny put up six three-point performances in 2019-20. He had a total of two over his first three NHL seasons.

Yes, we'll get into his goalless playoffs later this week, but ...

A powerful machine

Vigneault's system welcomes defensemen to push the puck and join the play. Flyers blueliners, who are pretty young and mobile, scored 44 goals, the second most in the NHL from the position.

Ivan Provorov's growth into a power play quarterback was a huge development for the Flyers. The 23-year-old led all NHL defensemen in man advantage goals with seven after scoring a combined two over his first three seasons. He finished with 16 power play points after amassing 12 over those first three seasons.

The Flyers will hope he gets more love at the position on a league-wide scale.

A shot in the arm

Fletcher wanted the Flyers to be tougher to play against and they were in 2019-20. Much tougher to play against.

Unlike in 2018-19, they dictated play significantly more often in Vigneault's system, which allowed them to play less defense. The Flyers ended up surrendering the NHL's fewest shots per game at 28.7. The last time the Flyers yielded the league's fewest shots per game was 1974-75, when they gave up only 25.3 and went on to win their second Stanley Cup.

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