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Matt Carle has already topped his goal total from last year
Don’t let that minus stat fool you. With Chris Pronger injured, Andrej Meszaros wandering and Braydon Coburn keeping to his usual up-and-down trend, Matt Carle has stepped up in a huge way. He’s been arguably the Flyers’ best defenseman, putting up seven points while playing smart, positionally sound defense.
People may want to use his current minus-three, and that he was on for five goals against in the Jets game, as a counterpoint. However, other than losing position to Tanner Glass, Carle played his position perfectly on each of the goals.
He gets a wacky deflection off his stick, Meszaros loses his man, a lucky Glass tip-in, a goofy bounce to Nik Antropov and a Bryzgalov softie for his troubles. Only one could he really have prevented. An improved Carle helps Bryzgalov hold the fort that much more effectively.
And you can mark this down: If any Flyers’ defenseman makes the All-Star team, it will be Matt Carle.