Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons They Still Have the Best Front Line in the NHL

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons They Still Have the Best Front Line in the NHL
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I wish I did not have to write this.

A few days ago it would have been a simple enough article to write, as the top three Philadelphia forwards—Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell, centered by the league's leading scorer, Claude Giroux—had combined for 41 of the Flyers' 106 team goals (nearly 40 percent) and had amassed 91 points in their relatively short time together.  

Let us not forget their combined plus-33 rating in 18-and-a-half minutes of average combined ice time.  

But now, with emerging superstar Claude Giroux out indefinitely with an apparent concussion, naming Philadelphia's top line the best in the game becomes difficult. 

Sure, Jagr and Hartnell are excellent wingers, but now centering this high-powered tandem is 19-year-old rookie Sean Couturier.  

While Couturier has exceeded expectations playing mostly with Philly's bottom six forwards and in special teams and defensive situations, he is now expected to replace Giroux, an unbelievably talented playmaker in the middle of an Art Ross/Hart Memorial push, who had amassed 39 points through 28 games (on pace for approximately 114 points).

Yet I hold my contention that even in Giroux's absence—the Philadelphia Flyers STILL have the best front line in hockey, and here is why.  

As always, I love knowing what you think, so be sure to leave plenty of comments. 

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