Pressure is something that the Philadelphia Flyers have seemed to thrive on over the past few years — at least in the months of March and April, that is. When the sight of the playoffs get nearer, the Flyers seem to pick up the pace and charge at it like a raging bull. Over the past three seasons, Philly has accumulated a 33-22-10 record in the months of March and April. So, why is it that they seem to get so hot at the right time? Poise isn’t something that is built without leadership, and leadership doesn’t exist without a captain. Strap on your seat belts, folks. Claude Giroux is going to make this final stretch one to remember.
The 26-year-old captain of the Flyers is salivating over the remaining schedule for this season. With 23 games left for Philadelphia, 14 of them will be played at home. So what, right? Well, this guy dominates in front of the home crowd. In 27 home games this season, Giroux has managed to put up 29 points. His home plus/minus is a plus-7 which is solid when compared to the minus-6 he has on the road. The remaining home schedule isn’t the only thing weighing in his favor.
Giroux has played in 37 games against Eastern Conference opponents this season. In those 37 games, he’s averaged exactly one point per game. Of the 23 remaining games, 17 will be against Eastern Conference foes. Hold on a second. It gets better. Of the 14 remaining home games, nine of them will be played against a team from the east — double whammy.
Expect to see Giroux at his finest this season during these final two months. He’s on a pace to tally 79 points this season. It would be just the second time in his career and the first in two seasons in which he has reached that feat.