In case you didn’t hear recently, the Philadelphia Flyers won their fifth straight game against the St. Louis Blues yesterday at the Wells Fargo Center, making them the best team in the NHL as of late.
Yes, I’m fully aware that the Boston Bruins have won a dozen straight games, but as far the last five games are concerned, sorry Boston, but Philly has you beat. The winning percentage of Boston’s last five opponents only totals .492. Meanwhile, the Flyers have had to go against a .606 win percentage in their last five contests. The numbers don’t lie. Speaking of numbers, they’ve been scattered all over the place during the current streak. Let’s take a look at the streak by the numbers, shall we?
Aside from being 5-0, the Flyers have outscored their opponents by a score of 19-8. They’ve been able to do so with the help of some amazing shooting displays. Philly’s 32 shots per game towers over their foes’ total of 28.2 shots per game. A little help from the power play unit always helps too. Of those 19 goals, five have come with a man advantage.
Over the course of the five games, nine different Flyers have scored, and 13 of them have tallied an assist; eight players have been able to score a goal and record a helper.
Individual efforts have not gone unnoticed either. Wayne Simmonds has scored five goals in the last five games, and captain Claude Giroux has steered the ship with 10 points. Goalie Steve Mason has been magnificent with some of the flashiest saves we’ve seen all year; he has a 4-0 record behind him along with a shutout. In those four games, he’s managed to put together a .945 save percentage.
At this point, it’s hard for Flyers fans to feel any kind of nerves going into a game. The confidence and energy inside the locker room is matching those that are in the seats. When those two entities come together, good things happen.