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Voracek says no excuses for lack of production

by Dan Rosen / NHL.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Even though he's had some quality scoring chances and leads the team with 34 shots on goal, Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek isn't one to make excuses for why he has no goals and three assists through eight games after scoring a career-high 81 points in 82 games last season.

"I think if I say I'm not getting the bounces, it's the easy way out," Voracek said Thursday before playing the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; MSG, CSN-PH).

Voracek is instead taking the honest approach, which is to say he's playing OK, but OK isn't good enough for him.

"I haven't played my best game yet," Voracek said. "Points are important."

Voracek said his shot quality could be better, even though he has gotten some looks around the net.

"I have had some quality chances and I have close to 40 shots, but I have to make sure I pick the spot better and I hit them better if I get the opportunity," Voracek said.

He won't blame his lack of scoring on lack of puck possession or scoring chances. Voracek is third among Flyers forwards with a 51.28 SAT percentage and is second with 94 scoring chances, according to war-on-ice.com.

The only player on the Flyers with more high-danger scoring chances is Claude Giroux, Voracek's center. The only forwards with a higher SAT percentage are Voracek's linemates, Giroux and Michael Raffl.

"Oh we're not scoring, but let's be honest, 'G' [Giroux] is going, 'G' is working, 'G' is playing some of his best hockey I've seen him play since I got here," Voracek said.

A problem for Voracek has been the Flyers' power play is not going or working well. The Flyers are 1-for-10 in the past four games and 2-for-19 in the past six.

"When the power play is going to start clicking a little better and when our line is going to end up plus-2 or plus-3, the game is going to be even better," Voracek said.

It's not too bad now, which is keeping Voracek's spirits high. The Flyers are 4-2-2 entering their game against New Jersey on Thursday. They haven't had as many as four wins or 10 points through the first eight games of a season since 2011-12, Voracek's first season in Philadelphia.

"I think everybody who knows me knows I'm a pretty honest guy, I don't mess around," Voracek said. "Can I be better? A hundred percent. Will I be better? A hundred percent. Am I going to have more points? A hundred percent. But as long as this team plays with an identity, the way we've started the season, I'm fine if the team is making the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs."

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