Going from junior hockey walk-on to first-round NHL draft pick to NHL All-Star takes equal parts skill and confidence. For Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux who traveled that very path to becoming one of the top players in the League neither seems to be in great abundance right now. Through four games he has no points and a minus-2 rating. He says the lacerated tendons in his right index finger sustained in a summer golf outing are not a problem. His other numbers appear to prove him right. He's tied for second on the team with 10 shots on goal and he's won 52 percent of his faceoffs. Still Giroux admits that his confidence has dipped as the Flyers have gotten off to a difficult start to the 2013-14 season that cost coach Peter Laviolette his job. "The confidence is not there" he said following the Flyers' 2-1 defeat of the Florida Panthers on Tuesday the team's first game with new coach Craig Berube behind the bench. "I don't think it's related to the [finger]. It's just that confidence is not there." Giroux isn't the only top Flyers forward not scoring. Scott Hartnell Wayne Simmonds Jakub Voracek Sean Couturier and Matt Read have combined for zero goals and two assists. But Giroux is the captain centers the top line plays in all situations and is the player counted on the most to produce offensively. It's something he's always done. In fact the last time he went as many as four games without a point was Nov. 24 to Dec. 1 2010.
Flyers' Giroux trying to regain confidence
NHL.com | Oct 11