Despite finishing a sweaty grind of a Sunday morning workout, smiles covered the mahogany oval dressing room at the Flyers Skate Zone. Perhaps none beamed brighter than the one emanating from the deep right side of the Flyers’ room. Winning can do that. So can scoring goals in three-straight games, as Michael Raffl has. Raffl had an injury-plagued 2016-17 season in which he missed a total of 30 games with abdominal and knee injuries. This is the first time he’s been healthy in two years and the 29-year-old left winger has recently been paired on the Flyers’ second line with Valtteri Filppula and newly shaven Jake Voracek. At the same time, Raffl's production and level of play has also been elevated – and playing alongside Filppula and Voracek likely has something to do with that. He’s been a key reason why the Flyers went 3-0 during their Western Canada road swing – each goal during Raffl’s three-game run has been the difference in the Flyers’ current winning streak. Hopefully, Raffl can rediscover the form that led to his 21-goal campaign in 2014-15. Through 29 games this year, he’s scored 5 goals and has 2 assists, almost equaling his point-total of 8 goals and 3 assists through 52 games last year.
Forward Michael Raffl thriving after move to Flyers' second line
Philly Voice | Dec 12