The Philadelphia Flyers have been on a tear as of late. The team is 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. As a matter of fact, the team’s last regulation loss was the very first day of the month. Such an impressive run has allowed Philly to become tied for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The charge has been led by Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, and Shayne Gostisbehere. Their play has the franchise on pace for a playoff berth and, if they can keep up this level of play, a lot more.
Claude Giroux has had a fantastic season to this point, and just a phenomenal February. This month alone, Giroux has notched 15 points in 11 games. He is a +10 this month, further cementing how strong he has been playing. Last night, versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, Giroux won his first 16 faceoffs. He is the catalyst for this team and must continue to be down the stretch and into playoffs.
Travis Konecny has had one of the best Februaries of any National Hockey League player. He has been an explosive goal scorer as of late and has 11 points in 10 games this month. Konecny has come into his own during the last half of this season. His game is a combination of skill and grit. He should figure to be a key player for this squad come playoff time.
Sean Couturier was snubbed of the NHL All-Star Game in January. He has refused to stop playing like an All-Star, however, as he has continued to play the way he has all season. Couturier has racked up 11 points in the past 11 games for his club and is currently riding a four-game point streak, as well. His strong two-way play (+25 this season), is one of the biggest driving forces of this team. His play may very well dictate how the postseason goes for Philly.
Shayne Gostisbehere has truly returned to form this season. “Ghost” is third in the NHL in points among all defenseman with 49 (trails John Klingberg-54). He is a +16 on the season and is the backbone of this defensive unit. He has silenced the critics this year and is well worth Norris Trophy hype. If the Flyers can stay on this roll, the hype may turn into a win.
In addition to the prolific scorers, the Flyers are getting contributions up and down the lineup. Such depth is necessary if a club wants to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
Nolan Patrick, the former first-rounder, has started to find his game. The rookie has recorded a point in four consecutive games.
Wayne Simmonds is continuing to be a menace of the power-play and on the forecheck.
Ivan Provorov has played well alongside Shayne Gostisbehere. The second year D-man is +13 on the campaign.
After the Flyers missed the playoffs last season, fans and critics were calling for a roster and management shakeup. Instead, this group has stuck together and hasn’t looked back. They are putting themselves in a position to have success come postseason. This is a franchise starving for a deep run, as the team hasn’t gone further than the second round since 2010.