Flyers captain Claude Giroux’s production is down from 1.21 points per game in 2011-12 to 0.89 this season.


“I don’t see the multiple of chances or the creating that Giroux did last year,” NBC Sports hockey analyst Ed Olczyk said Wednesday before the Flyers’ 5-2 loss in New Jersey. “I just don’t see as many offensive opportunities.

“He doesn’t have as much room anymore. That’s a fact. Teams are fronting him a lot more, taking away time and space, so now it’s up to him to make that adjustment.”

Olczyk still is a big fan of Giroux, who has 25 points in 28 games after scoring a career-best 93 in 77 games last season.

“Oh, he’s dangerous,” Olczyk said. “Claude Giroux is a world-class player and you have to account for that. And you’ve got to know where he is on the ice because he also has that ability to change a game with a hit.”