The easiest place to start explaining why the Flyers have won three straight and six out of eight is that Jakub Voracek is second in the NHL in points and Claude Giroux is eighth. But those two players were scoring while the Flyers started 1-3-2, so there are more encompassing reasons for this turnaround
- 16 different Flyers have scored a goal so far this season, led by Wayne Simmonds with 7
The distance between the forwards and the defense made an ugly reappearance in the third period Saturday night against the Avalanche and almost cost the Flyers a point. But overall, the urban legend that the Flyers have no legs on their defense is losing legs. Even with Andrew MacDonald out, the addition of Michael Del Zotto still gives them one defenseman on each pair that is getting up into the play and they have been successfully doing so.
“When the D get up in the rush and joins the forecheck the gaps are going to be [smaller],” said Craig Berube. “There is a reason that (Colorado third period) happens, the gaps get spread out, the forecheck gets tentative and you let the other team come at you too much.”
The NHL game has become so structured that it is not only difficult to score three-on-three but almost impossible to create a rush without a fourth attacker. It’s never the worst play to bank the puck up off the glass and out of the defensive zone, but that’s not going to get you any offense. The D moving up to take the pass off the sideboards improves the breakout.