The Flyers six game win streak has had a lot of factors to it. The offense and goaltending are just the beginning of how good the team as been.
The Flyers play as of late has helped move them into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Whether it’s the offense, special teams or goaltending, the team has found a way to win in a variety of ways.
And some of those wins have come against teams they are battling with for playoff positioning. They swept a home and home against the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers. They also defeated the Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks. They outscored their opponents 27-13 in that stretch.
Their 4.5 goals per game are first in the NHL over that stretch. Travis Konecny has led the way with 12 points while Kevin Hayes has the lead with five goals. The power play has been kicking as well as their 46.7% unit is first in the NHL in that stretch.
Carter Hart has carried the load since coming back from injury. In five games he has a 2.00 GAA and a .929 SV%. Brian Elliott has a 2.82 GAA and a .903 SV%. Neither goaltender let up more than three goals in a game.
That’s just a quick look at some of the numbers that have gone into this win streak. To take a deeper look, we’ll start by looking at some of the players that have had a key role on offense.
Unsurprisingly, Sean Couturier has played a big role in a number of different categories. The following numbers come from Natural Stat Trick and are looking at even strength specifically. His 63.16 CF% and 63.48 FF lead the team over the six games. His 62.74 xGF% is second. He’s had four goals and two assists overall.
Jakub Voracek has also played a huge role on the offensive side. He had four assists against the Rangers on Friday and has nine points total during this streak. He sits behind Couturier with a 61.84 CF% and 62.93 FF%. His 63.57 xGF% leads the team.
Claude Giroux has helped lead the team during this streak. He sits third with a 60.90 CF% and is tied with Voracek with a 62.93 FF%. His 62.13 xGF% rounds out the three Flyers who have over 60% on that stat. His five total points are seventh on the team.
18 Flyers have had at least one point during this streak. 13 of those players have scored at least one goal. These include even strength, power play and shorthanded points.
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The Flyers have scored seven power play goals in six games. Giroux leads with two goals while five other players account for the others. Konency leads in total points with five. Nine players total have registered a point on the power play in that stretch.
The Flyers have had 15 power play opportunities in the six games. Their 46.7% on the power play is over 10% better than the next closest team. They’ve scored the second-most power play goals and have yielded no shorthanded goals. They’ve averaged 1.17 power play goals per game, the best in the league. This comes averaging the fourth least amount of time on the man advantage per game.
While the penalty kill hasn’t been the team’s biggest strength, the team is running at 73.7% over the six games. They’ve allowed five goals in 19 opportunities. The team has scored one shorthanded goal courtesy of Michael Raffl. While averaging 3.17 times shorthanded per game, they are allowing 0.83 power play goals against per game.
Hart has had a lot to do with the goaltending for the Flyers as he has appeared in five of the six games. At even strength, Hart has made 111 saves while facing 116 shots. He’s averaging 1.18 goals against per game. High danger chances can typically be shots that are closer to the net or coming off rebounds or rush opportunities. Looking at those chances, Hart has 29 shots against and saved 26 of them. That’s a .897 HDSV% and .71 HDGAA.
Another essential stat to take a look at is goals saved above average. According to In Goal Magazine, the stat takes the league’s average save percentage and then applies it to the number of shots a particular goalie has faced. For Hart, his GSAA is 1.18. That means that he has saved over a goal more than the league average goaltender would. His HDGSAA is 1.14.
Overall, Hart has made 130 saves on 140 shots. His total HDGAA is 1.40 while his HDSV% is .806. As for Hart’s GSAA and HDGSAA, they sit at 0.64 and 0.53.
Elliot’s stats are a much smaller sample size as he has only appeared in one game. He made 24 saves on 27 shots against the Columbus Blue Jackets at even strength. Overall he made 28 saves on 31 shots in the game. He saved all four chances for the Blue Jackets’ power play. Despite giving up two goals in the first period, Elliott settled down to allow the Flyers to come back and win in overtime.
In that game, Elliott actually allowed slightly more goals than the league average goaltender. His GSAA was -.64. As for high danger chances, Elliott faced seven shots against and saved five of them. That gave him a HDSV% of .714 and a HDGAA of 1.88. As for HDGSAA, that was -.53. So while Elliott’s numbers were slightly negative, he performed well enough to get the win in that game.
The Flyers have another big test ahead of them when they take on the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. A win in that game will not only stretch their season-high win streak to seven, it will also bring them back to within one point of first place.