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The trio of Giroux, Hartnell and Voracek is certainly capable of producing offense. Unfortunately, through Philadelphia’s first 30 games, they haven’t converted at the clip the Flyers are used to.
Moving forward, that line must convert more of its offensive opportunities if Philly is to have any chance of returning to the playoffs.
Through a combined 86 games to date, Giroux, Hartnell and Voracek have combined for just 15 goals. Hartnell leads the trio with six tallies while Giroux checks in with five conversions and Voracek just four markers.
Meanwhile, Philly’s top line accounts for three of the club’s top four shot producers having registered 228 shots through just over a third of the 2013-14 season. Giroux leads the Orange and Black with 83 shots on goal while Hartnell and Voracek are second and fourth with 75 and 70 shots respectively.
That means Philadelphia’s most imposing offensive unit is connecting on just 6.6 percent of its scoring chances. In a division featuring top lines that boast the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Eric Staal, John Tavares and Rick Nash, that simply isn’t good enough.
Philadelphia’s captain averaged a goal every 3.05 games over the last two seasons but is lighting the lamp in just one out of every six games this year. Meanwhile, coming off a career-high 22 goals in last season’s lockout-shortened campaign, Voracek is connecting in just one out of every 7.5 outings this year.
Teams go as their stars go and Philly’s top line stars must get going.