Earlier, we took a look at some of the top performers at home. It’s only fitting that we now take a look at the top performers whilst on the road. It’s no secret that the Flyers have been incredible at home. That’s not the case on the road. Mainly in part due to a west-coast road trip over the New Year, the Flyers road record this season stands at 16-15-3. Without the road trip, their record on the road is 15-10-3. Much better discounting the five blemishes suffered around the end of 2019, beginning of 2020.
Their special teams are an interesting case. Most of the year, their home powerplay was outperforming their man-advantage on the road. Now as it stands, the Flyers are converting on 21.30% of their chances. Compare that to the 20.34% conversion rate at home. Their penalty kill is a different story. At home, the Flyers are killing off 85.58% of their disadvantages. On the road, they’re killing off 78.10% of their penalties, a difference of 7.48%.
The players have seen a little bit of a dip in production as well. While it’s understandable, they’re still performing very well while away from the Wells Fargo Center.
You can’t talk road games without bringing up Brian Elliott. Due to the struggles of Carter Hart away from home, Elliott was tasked with carrying a majority of the road-load. While his stat line isn’t exactly impressive, (61 goals against, .896sv% & 3.06GAA) his record shows differently. In 23 appearances, he’s gone 12-5-2. He’s kept the Flyers in games that they’d otherwise have been out of from the get-go. The backup goaltender position was in question at the end of last season. Suffice to say, Elliott has proved his worth.
Scott Laughton falls in this category once again, and for the same reason. While his seven goals and three assists in 22 games won’t open any eyes, it’s the fact that his shooting percentage is nearly double what his previous career high had been. Coming into this season, his previous season high came in 2017/18 with a 9.3 shooting percentage. He’s currently shooting at a 17.6% clip overall, and 17.07% on the road. If he keeps this up, it will be the best season of his career in regards to shooting percentage.
Sample size be damned, Oskar Lindblom deserves a shoutout for his solid play before the unfortunate diagnosis. While Lindblom only played 14 games away from home this season, he made them count. He netted seven goals and added two helpers while averaging a shade under 17 minutes per night. Like Laughton, his shooting percentage was sky-high. Albeit on 31 shots, Lindblom’s percentage stands at 22.58%. Here’s to hoping Lindblom can get back to the ice fully healthy, and replicate these types of numbers when he does.
Once again, Voracek finds himself as one of the Flyers’ top performers, this time on the road. While not as impressive as his home stats, Voracek has six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 34 away games. He may not listen when you yell shoot, but he sure knows how to set up goals. He’s also averaging 17:02 per night on the road, and is shooting at 10.34% away from home.
Coots has been an all-around star for the Flyers. He’s been great at home, and on the road, he’s been pretty solid as well. In 35 games on the road, Couturier has notched nine goals and 17 assists. He’s averaging a shade under 20 minutes per night as well. His +4 at home is good considering the rest of the team and where they stand, and his 10.71% shooting clip is pretty solid as well.
While Giroux has been alright at home, he hasn’t been one of the Flyers’ top performers in that regards. Here we are, talking about away games, and Giroux has been shining. With 11 goals and 17 assists, he’s second on the team in scoring away from home. Considering his 19:36 average time on ice per night and his shooting percentage of 11%, it’s safe to say that Giroux is starting to make the road his home.
Here we are once again, singing Travis Konecny’s praises. We can’t say it enough, TK has been worth every penny of his six year, $33 million deal he signed in the offseason. With 11 goals and 18 assists on the road, it’s very evident. He’s averaging around 17 and a half minutes per night on the road, and is shooting 15.71% as well. He’s the top-performing Flyer when it comes to games on the road, and we better get used to talking about him like this.
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