Jake Voracek added two goals on Tuesday to increase his points total to 18 through 12 games this season.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
Make no mistake, the Flyers top line has been incredibly productive over the course of the first month of the season.
Jake Voracek leads all NHL players with 13 assists. Michael Raffl is on pace to trump his goal total from his rookie season in 2013-14 with six goals already. Claude Giroux remains at the center of the production - just two goals but 12 assists.
But all hot streaks go south as some points. Take away the top line, and the Flyers have just 39 points divided among the remaining 11 forwards that have played in a game this season, the same amount as the top line.
When the cold spell comes and the top line can't seem to buy a goal, with the rest of the forwards be able to step up in their place?
Jake Voracek scores his first of two goals in the Flyers 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38 Photography)
The Flyers were dealt a similar hand to the one they couldn't take advantage of on Saturday. The Oilers were coming in without their captain and leading scorer Taylor Hall. Craig Berube didn't want to hear it.
After Saturday's loss, the Flyers didn't care who was playing or who was hurt. Play a solid game, get a solid result.
The Flyers turned in their best game of the season on Tuesday night. Behind two goals from Jake Voracek and 35 saves from Steve Mason, the Flyers defeated the Oilers convincingly, 4-1, at Wells Fargo Center.
Vincent Lecavalier was the premiere free agent during the 2013 offseason, and the Flyers went out and signed him. At the time the Flyers needed defense and goaltending, but after buying out Daniel Briere they also needed a veteran center; enter Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier signed with the Flyers on July 2, 2013 to a five-year deal. Unfortunately, July 2 just might be the high point of Lecavalier’s tenure in Philadelphia.
Since joining the team in the 2013 offseason, Lecavalier has struggled mightily. The surface numbers of 20 goals might not stand out to you as a struggling player, but as you look deeper into the numbers it only gets worse and worse. Were there underlying signs that the Flyers front office missed when signing Lecavalier? Perhaps, let's take a quick look.