Through three-quarters of the 2013-14 regular season, no team had committed more penalties than the Philadelphia Flyers with their 338 infractions.
No team is guilty of more minor penalties (277), major infractions (38) or misconducts (15). What's more, no squad has accumulated more total minutes in penalties (948) than the Orange and Black—and as a result, no team is guilty of more penalty minutes on a per-game basis (15.3) than Philadelphia.
In short, the Flyers are the most penalized team by far in the NHL.
And yet, Philadelphia boasts one of the most successful penalty-killing units in the league.
After a 6-of-6 performance Sunday against the vaunted Washington power play, Philly's penalty kill jumped to seventh in the league at 84.2 percent. The Flyers have now allowed just three power-play goals against over their last nine games, posting a 90.6 percent penalty-killing percentage during that time.
Dynamic two-way forwards like Giroux, Jake Voracek, Sean Couturier and Matt Read all have above-average foot speed paired with active sticks. And when all else fails, Mason has been exceptional as the team's last line of defense.
Obviously, it's an extremely risky proposition to continue taking penalties at the rate at which Philadelphia is taking them. As such, the Flyers have two choices: They must either quickly become a considerably more disciplined team than they presently are, or they'll have to maintain their tremendous penalty-killing work to remain in the playoff fold in the East.