by PuckStopsHere on 02/19/12 at 03:16 PM ET
The Philadelphia Flyers have recently become the highest scoring team in the league surpassing the Boston Bruins. The Flyers have 3.31 goals per game versus the Bruins 3.27 goals per game.
The Flyers have successfully remade their offence this summer as they traded Jeff Carter to Columbus and Mike Richards to Los Angeles. This season their top scorers are Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr. Giroux first showed his ability to be a top scorer last season when he led the team in scoring. He scored 76 points. This year he is on pace to eclipse that with 96 points.
Hartnell has a career best 60 points. He is currently on pace for 76 points. Jagr has had high scoring season in the past but he spent the last three years playing in the KHL and at age 40 it wasn’t clear that he this left in his career.
Their next depth scorers are newcomers to the team as well. Wayne Simmonds was acquired in the Mike Richards trade and Matt Read is a rookie.
Last year’s second highest scorer Danny Briere has not been able to match last year’s numbers. Ville Leino and Kris Versteeg were significant depth scorers with the Flyers last year and they both left as free agents. In fact only three of the Flyers top seven scorers from last season (Giroux, Hartnell and Briere) remain with the team.
It is expected with that kind of turnover that it will take a while for things to come together. That hasn’t happened with the Philadelphia offence. It has been strong this year. Their problem has been keeping the puck out of their net. The Flyers have the sixth worst goals against in the league this season.
Ilya Bryzgalov has not been the solution in goal. With Chris Pronger’s injury, the Flyers have taken a hit on defence. Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle and Braydon Coburn have been the top remaining Flyer defencemen. This group isn’t good enough without a healthy Pronger to dominate games.
The Philadelphia Flyers offence has been the best in the league so far this year. This is a surprise considering the level of turnover they have had. They have not been strong preventing goals but have been able to score more goals than they allow. This places them in fourth seed in the East Conference. It is strong enough that they may win a round or two in the playoffs. With a better defence this is a Stanley Cup contender.
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