HERE’S WHY THE FLYERS ARE THE HOTTEST TEAM IN HOCKEY!

By Harvey Hoffman

The Flyers are 16-7-5 and in third place in the Metro behind the Caps and Isles.

And their top line of Claude Giroux, Morgan Frost and Travis Konecny have been electric on the ice.

Giroux and Konecny are developing chemistry and have been tearing it up during the win streak.

“Top line” is a bit of a misnomer as coach Alain Vigneault likes to distribute ice time almost evenly to all four lines.

Giroux and fellow center Sean Couturier are both averaging more than 19 minutes of ice time per game. “Third-line center” Kevin Hayes averages just under 18 minutes per game. Having this sort of center depth allows for all four lines to get chances in the offensive zone. With players like Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl, and Tyler Pitlick starting to tally points, this team becomes even tougher to play against.

“Fourth line winger” James van Riemsdyk has started to return to his scoring ways during the win streak. He finished a beautiful breakaway goal against the Maple Leafs off an incredible feed from defenseman Philippe Myers. If van Riemsdyk can find his game down the stretch, he will surely be promoted with more ice time and with more potent linemates.

Laughton, who spends most of his time in the bottom six, also contributed against the Maple Leafs, potting his third goal in four games. Since returning from injury, Laughton has settled into his wing responsibilities extremely well. His chemistry with Hayes is apparent and they are ferocious on puck pursuit and puck protection.

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