Flyers vs Capitals - A Look At Offensive Depth

 I’m crossing my fingers that tonight will be a high scoring offensively charged game. The Washington Capitals are in Philadelphia tonight to face the Flyers. The Caps are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games. The Flyers are 7-3-0 and have won their last two. It goes without saying that this is a big game and the Flyers need to bring their “A” game tonight. The Caps have been inconsistent this season and their top scorers aren’t producing as expected.  The Capitals are only 6 points behind the Flyers in the eastern conference but if you combine the points of the top six forwards on each team there is a obvious difference.

Philadelphia Flyers 

Danny Briere – 40 points

Mike Richards – 40 points

Claude Giroux – 39 points

Jeff Carter – 38 points

Ville Leino – 35 points

Scott Hartnell – 31 points                     223 points combined                        

Washington Capitals 

Alex Ovechkin – 45 points

Nic Backstrom – 41 points

Alex Semin – 35 points

Brooks Laich – 27 points

Mike Knuble – 19 points

Eric Fehr – 17 points                             184 points combined

If you look at the point comparison the Capitals are clearly struggling offensively. Their forwards have been inconsistent and the Caps are fighting to remain one of the top teams in the NHL.  The Flyers depth is much greater on all four offensive lines and we are getting productivity from all the players. Alex Ovechkin and Nic Backstrom are putting up some decent numbers but the Flyers top six players have notched 39 points more than Capitals top six so far this season. Every team has their core franchise players but if the subsequent lines aren’t scoring or if your top players are in a scoring drought the entire team pays the price. The Flyers have been successful because of their depth on offense accompanied with a solid defense. It’s obviously to me that the Capitals don’t have that depth right now and seem reluctant to build their team around this concept. You can have some of the best players in the world but if you don’t have the supporting lines it will only carry a team so far. 

Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start tonight in goal against a few of his fellow countrymen.  The Flyers have come out strong in their last 4 games and have been playing competitively for a full 60 minutes. The power play is looking better and Chris Pronger is set to return soon. Tonight the Flyers need to start strong and play a complete game.  If they sit back against this Caps team they will take full advantage.  Flyers are the team to beat right now in the east and guaranteed the Caps are going to come to play tonight. 

Thanks for reading!    Go Flyers!!

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