The Philadelphia Flyers embark on a vital three game trip to Western Canada, starting Wednesday in Calgary against the Flames. They then face the Connor McDavid led resurgent Edmonton Oilers on Thursday before concluding their trip on Sunday night in Vancouver against the Canucks. Lets take a look inside the numbers as the Flyers head out on the road.
Even strength goals for Brayden Schenn. He does lead the NHL in power play goals for the season with 12, one more than teammate Wayne Simmonds. But he must improve on his even strength scoring. Schenn is scoring 75% of his goals with the man advantage. Hopefully moving back to wing a line with Simmonds and Giroux takes some of the pressure off of him and he starts scoring like he did last year. The Flyers need his offensive production.
The number of goals the Flyers have scored in the last six games, five of which were at home. The Flyers will be dealing with some of the best offensive talent in the league over the next three games. Johnny Gaudreau for the Flames, McDavid for the Oilers and the Sedin brothers for the Canucks can all fill the net. The Flyers have to find offense. Captain Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek have to start scoring and jump start the offense, having gone a combined 15 games without a goal.
Projected goals for Flyers all star Wayne Simmonds which would eclipse his career high of 32 that he set last season. The Wayne Train is the engine for the Flyers. He is the heart and soul of the team. He is arguably the best power forward in the league and isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas in front of the net and get the ugly goals. For a team starving for offense, they need as many ugly goals as they can get.
Flyers goals against in the last ten games. Goalies Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason have let up only 20 goals over the last 10 games. But unfortunately, the offense has dried up as the Flyers have only gone 5-4-1 over that stretch.
26:Games remaining for the Flyers. 15 of which are on the road where they have had their issues. It all begins on Wednesday in Calgary.
Flyers projected point total for the season. That pace would put the Flyers out of the playoffs both the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders not only have games in hand on the orange and black, but also a better win percentage.
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