Where the improvement has also helped most is at even strength. The
Flyers have won 52.9 percent of their 5-on-5 face-offs and are averaging
26.3 5-on-5 face-off wins per game; last season they were 52.6 percent
at 5-on-5 with an average of 25.1 wins per game.
It's led to an Jose Altuve Youth Jersey increase in 5-on-5 goals per game to 1.79 from 1.56 last season and
they're on pace for 146 5-on-5 goals, up from the 128 they had last
season, which was tied for the fourth-fewest in the NHL.
The mix of centers also is almost evenly split between left-handed
(Couturier, Filppula, Raffl, Laughton, Lehtera) and right-handed
(Giroux, Konecny, Patrick, Weal), which has allowed the Flyers to have
the best odds of keeping a center on his strong side.
"Especially with [Giroux] being a righty, that helps a lot," Couturier
said. "He can take a lot of face-offs on the right side. On the left we
have me, [Laughton and Filppula], a few other guys that can take draws. …
Lot of guys with strong sticks and strong on face-offs. It's obviously
is a big part of our team."
If the Flyers Craig Biggio Youth Jersey can find a level of all-around consistency similar to their face-off
success, it could go a long way toward them returning to the Stanley Cup
Playoffs after missing it last season.
"We are aware it's a big part of the game," Filppula said. "It's more
fun to start with the puck than chase it. If you can get it form the
face-off that's a big advantage." The smell is unmistakable, reminiscent
of standing next to a car doing a burnout. It regularly fills the nose
of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.
It's the smell of burning rubber, and it has become part of the life of
an NHL goalie.
"I smell it Nolan Ryan Youth Jersey all the time," Price said, "especially if you get a shot off the stick
or if it grazes your helmet or sometimes even off the corner of your
jersey, you can smell it."
The scent has become commonplace for this generation of goalies, mainly
because of the increase in the velocity of the shots they face, thanks
to the increased strength of players and technologically superior hockey
sticks. Few remember the specifics about the first time they smelled
it, but the aroma is unforgettable.
"It's the exact same as smelling burning rubber off a tire," said Los
Angeles Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper, who remembers his first encounter
from his time in junior hockey with Red Deer in the Western Hockey