Philadelphia Flyers Continue To Demonstrate Scoring Depth
Scoring has never really been an issue for the Philadelphia Flyers — not in the past few seasons at least. This year is no different. They have proven time and time against this season that no matter who has control of the puck, they can score at any position on the ice and at any time during the course of the game.
The latest Flyer to join the 20 goal club is forward Brayden Schenn. Schenn has been switching back and fourth this season between center and wing, but it hasn’t hurt his ability to hit the twine at all. On Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres, he scored two goals to become the sixth Flyer to score at least 20 goals this season.
Among the other five players are Wayne Simmonds (26), Claude Giroux (25), Jakub Voracek (21), Matt Read (21) and Scott Hartnell (20). The Flyers’ scoring depth is so deep that they’re now the only team in the Eastern Conference with at least six players who have scored 20 or more goals.
Forward Vincent Lecavalier isn’t too far behind the pack. If Lecavalier can find the net one more time, he’ll become lucky No. 7.
The forwards aren’t the only ones scoring, though. Veteran defenseman Mark Streit has been able to find the net nine times this season, which is good enough for an eighth place tie among defensemen in the NHL.
The Flyers’ scoring has bettered dramatically compared to the first half of the season. In the first 41 games, Philly scored only 103 goals (not including shootouts). That was good enough for 2.5 goals per game. Since then they have scored 114 goals in 37 games — good enough for 3.1 goals per game.