Philadelphia Flyers: Danny Briere Will Be Ready When It Counts

Ian Barry@@xIanxBarryxCorrespondent IIIMarch 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Danny Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers shoots during warmups before an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguis at Wells Fargo Center on December 8, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere has had some serious struggles with goal scoring during the second half of this season. While his regular season stats and current production are not as high as Briere is used to, he will make up for his regular season woes with playoff dominance.

Briere’s biggest struggle of the season so far has been his current goal scoring drought. Briere had a dominant game on January 7th, where he ended up with a hat trick, but in the 23 games since, Briere still has yet to score a goal.

At 34 years old, Briere is one of the veteran players on a very young Flyers team. With the loss of captain Chris Pronger, Briere’s veteran experience will be even more important to help the young team win in the playoffs.

Not only is Briere a player who has been through the playoffs several times before; he is also a player who has had large amounts of playoff success. Briere has a great track record: Throughout his career, he has averaged a point per game in the playoffs, and it is likely that he will have that same success when the Flyers reach the playoffs in 2012.

Briere might not be one of the all-time great players that is known by everyone for years to come, but he really is one of the best postseason players in recent history. While young players tend to dominate in the modern NHL that requires players to be strong, fast and skilled, the playoffs always seem to be the great equalizer where crafty veterans can often even the playing field.

Briere is a small, quiet guy, who can often get lost in the crowd. What also might get lost in the crowd is that Danny Briere is one of the most dominant in the postseason among all active players. When looking at all active NHL players, Briere is in the top ten for seven different postseason statistics, including: shooting percentage, points, goals, goals per game, power-play goals, game-winning goals and assists.

While Briere might be struggling currently for the Flyers, fans should not be worried about his slump continuing into the playoffs. Briere’s point production this season is the lowest he has ever experienced, but Briere is a great player. Great players always step up in big situations, and Briere has shown over his career that he excels in the playoffs. When the Flyers reach the playoffs this season, fans can expect to see the same dominance Briere has always shown.