If the Flyers are going to start climbing in the crowded Metropolitan Division standings, their wildly productive first line is going to need some assistance. While the Ginger Line has done more than anyone could have expected — Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and Jake Voracek have combined for 23 goals and 60 points, which is behind only Tampa Bay’s No. 1 unit — the Flyers haven’t received much offense lately from their other forwards. The fourth line, composed of Scott Laughton, Taylor Leier, and Michael Raffl, has performed well. It has shut down other teams and has provided good offensive cycles, giving the team energy and momentum even if it hasn’t scored much. But most of the players on the second and third lines are in droughts. Wayne Simmonds, who has been playing through several nagging injuries after a hot start, is goalless in his last eight games. Lately, he has been on the second line with Val Filppula and Travis Konecny, who has been buzzing around the net but hasn’t scored in six games and has just one goal in his last 12 games.
Sizzling top line needs help for Flyers to climb in Metro
Philly.com | Nov 11