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|
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- Voracek||26||25||40||65|
|Lehtera – Filppula – Konecny||1||0|
|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.
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