In-Depth Look At The Flyers Forward Lines Through The First 38 Games

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With the Flyers done for 2017, lets take a look at how the forwards have faired in the first 38 games to the 2017-2018 season.

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A TP Shots Plus / Minus
Claude Giroux 38 13 33 46 78 10
Jake Voracek 38 8 38 46 130 3
Sean Couturier 38 18 18 36 118 13
Wayne Simmonds 38 12 11 23 89 -9
Valtteri Filppula 38 9 8 17 42 -3
Travis Konecny 38 4 9 13 68 1
Scott Laughton 38 6 5 11 57 3
Michael Raffl 38 6 5 11 51 7
Jordan Weal 32 3 6 9 45 -3
Nolan Patrick 29 2 5 7 29 -4
Dale Weise 32 4 2 6 35 -5
Taylor Leier 30 1 3 4 41 -2
Jori Lehtera 21 0 2 2 12 -5
Danick Martel 4 0 0 0 6 -1
Matt Read 4 0 0 0 1 1

8 Flyers have more than 10 points – Giroux, Voracek, Couturier, Simmonds, Filppula, Konecny, Laughton, Raffl

7 Flyers have more than 5 goals – Couturier, Giroux, Simmonds, Filppula, Voracek, Laughton, Raffl

4 Flyers have more than 10 assists – Voracek, Giroux, Couturier, Simmonds

7 Flyers have a plus (+) rating – Couturier, Giroux, Raffl, Laughton, Voracek, Konecny, Read

8 Flyers have played in every game – Giroux, Voracek, Couturier, Simmonds, Filppula, Konecny, Laughton, Raffl

 

The Flyers have used 32 different line combinations this season.

Flyers Line Combinations GP G A TP
Giroux -Couturier- Konecny 3 2 9 11
Giroux -Couturier-Simmonds 9 5 9 14
Giroux – Couturier- Voracek 26 25 40 65
Konecny-Filppula-Simmonds 4 1 3 4
Lehtera – Filppula – Konecny 1 0
Lehtera -Filppula-Simmonds 2 1 2 3
Lehtera -Laughton- Konecny 1 0
Lehtera – Laughton – Weal 1 0
Lehtera – Laughton – Weise 4 0
Lehtera – Patrick – Konecny 1 0
Leier – Laughton – Konecny 4 2 1 3
Leier – Laughton – Lehtera 2 2 2
Leier – Laughton – Raffl 17 1 4 5
Leier – Laughton – Weal 7 4 3 7
Martel – Patrick – Simmonds 4 1 1 2
Raffl – Filppula – Konecny 7 3 4 7
Raffl – Filppula – Voracek 10 6 13 19
Raffl – Laughton – Read 1 0
Raffl – Patrick – Voracek 2 1 1
Read – Lehtera – Konecny 3 1 1 2
Weal – Filppula – Konecny 1 0
Weal – Filppula – Simmonds 10 4 6 10
Weal – Lehtera – Weise 4 1 1 2
Weal – Patrick – Simmonds 3 1 1
Weal – Patrick – Weise 5 1 3 4
Weise – Filppula – Konecny 2 0
Weise – Filppula – Simmonds 2 0
Weise – Laughton – Raffl 1 0
Weise – Lehtera – Konecny 1 0
Weise – Patrick – Konecny 10 4 4 8
Weise – Patrick – Simmonds 3 1 1
Weise – Weal – Simmonds 1 0

9 Flyers have played on more than 5 line combinations

Only 5 of the 32 Flyers Line Combinations have been together for more than 10 games

18 of the 32 Flyers Line Combinations have a goal

18 of the 32 Flyers Line Combinations have an assist

20 of the 32 Flyers Line Combinations have a point

 

No matter how you look at it, the main reason for so many line combinations is the 1st line.  The 1st line, Giroux-Couturier-Voracek, were together for the first 26 games. The Flyers rode Giroux-Couturier-Voracek for the first 26 games to a 8-11-7 record. Instead of breaking them up, Hakstol tried to find something with the other 3 lines.

However, towards the end of the 26 games, the Flyers struggled badly. Other than the 1st line, the bottom 3 lines accounted for only 6 points in the first 3 weeks of the November. But, Hakstol decided to ride them out a little bit longer, capped by the Flyers 10-game losing streak.


Therefore, after losing their 10th straight, Coach Hakstol had enough and broke up the 1st line. Since doing so, the Flyers have rebounded on backs of some new lines.

Since the line juggling, the Flyers have a 8-3-1 record. During those 12 games, Hakstol has found something in the newly formed 2nd line of Raffl-Filppula-Voracek.  n 10 games together, the line has accounted for 6 goals and 13 assists.

Therefore, with the promotion to the top line for Travis Konecny, this new 2nd line, and a new mix in the bottom 6, the Flyers might be onto something.

With that in mind, according to their stats together already, the best chance of balance and point producing lines would be…

Giroux – Couturier – Konecny

Raffl – Filppula – Voracek

Weise – Patrick – Simmonds

Leier – Laughton – Weal

This combination would net the Flyers an 6.8 PPG average if those lines could produce to the level they are now.

 

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

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