Flyers Notes: Defensemen adding their share of goals

"We're jumping into the play more," said Flyers defenseman Mark Streit. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
"We're jumping into the play more," said Flyers defenseman Mark Streit. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Posted: January 03, 2014

DENVER - Each of the Flyers' top three lines has taken turns leading the offense recently, but the team's much-improved attack has also received a boost from an unexpected source: the defense.

In the last 12 games, Flyers defensemen have scored 11 goals.

Before that, their defensemen had just six goals in the first 28 games.

"We're jumping into the play more," said defenseman Mark Streit, who has four goals in his last eight games. "The forwards are driving to the net and it's opening up the blue line. They're making good plays as well, so I think overall the team is playing well."

The Flyers have scored four goals or more in seven of their last eight games, and they have moved into a tie for 18th in the 30-team league, averaging 2.55 goals per game.

In the season's first five weeks, the Flyers were at the bottom of the league - or near it - in scoring. They were averaging just 1.47 goals in their first 15 games, and seemed a threat to the all-time franchise-low: 2.29 goals per game in 1968-69.

Read update

Winger Matt Read apparently took a hit to the head and left Tuesday's 4-1 victory in Calgary in the first period. He did not return. The injury is not serious, general manager Paul Holmgren said. He listed Read as day-to-day.

Breakaways

The Flyers, off to a 3-0 start on the six-game trip, are 9-9-4 on the road. . . . Claude Giroux had his career-best nine-game points streak stopped Tuesday, but he won 14 of 21 faceoffs. . . . The Flyers will face former teammate Max Talbot on Thursday in Denver. Flyers winger Steve Downie will oppose his former team. . . . Wayne Simmonds has 11 points in his last seven games. . . . Ray Emery, who was solid in the win over Calgary, has a 1.37 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage in his last eight games against the Flames.

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