Jakub Voracek was, in my opinion, clearly the team MVP last season. He hit a career high 81 points, and was all over the ice. Therefore, you probably don’t need me to use any advanced stats or graphs to tell that his stat line as of Thursday of 12 games played, 0 goals, 4 assists, and -6 is not very good.
If you’ve been a paying a little bit more attention, you might have heard on the Flyers broadcasts how Voracek is getting plenty of chances. The puck just refuses to go in. Voracek, in fact, has 50 shots on goal, way more than anyone else on the roster.
If you’re inclined towards advanced stats like Corsi percentage, percentage of shot attempts for versus against while on the ice, you also may have noticed that night after night the Raffl-Giroux-Voracek line gets very high marks by that scale. While other lines are all over the place, and usually underwater at less than 50%, this line is consistently operating at 60%+. The puck just refuses to go in.
Is this all bad luck? What’s going on here?