A bright spot for the Flyers has been the improved play of their offense, specifically their forwards.
In January, Philly averaged two goals a game, but take away a seven-goal game against the Florida Panthers, and the team averaged only one goal per contest. The offense was flat and out of sync.
Additionally, all-star forward Scott Hartnell suffered a broken foot in the third game of the season and missed a month of action. Wayne Simmonds also missed a couple games due to a concussion.
But February was a different month, and the Flyers’ forwards elevated their play. Simmonds turned in two Gordie Howe hat tricks in one week and established himself as the best all-around player for the team.
Youngsters Brayden Schenn and Matt Read, who missed some time to injury, consistently played solid hockey each night—creating scoring opportunities and netting a couple goals themselves.
Captain Claude Giroux suffered a severe slump early on but reclaimed his elite status when Hartnell returned to the ice. His electric play has helped the Flyers battle in many games this season, yet he still has much to prove in his first year as the team's leader.
Zac Rinaldo has blossomed into a more disciplined player, now drawing more penalties than committing them. He has truly developed into a nice role player for the Flyers.
The Flyers MVP has been Jake Voracek, who leads the team in goals, assists and obviously points. Every time he touches the puck, good things happen. Voracek finished with 27 points through the team's first 24 games.
The Orange and Black entered the season extremely deep at forward and, despite their slow start, have proven their worth on the ice. Philly must now maintain its 11th ranked goals per game average, while understanding the importance of playing a full, 60-minute game each night.