Third Star: Shayne Gostisbehere
Despite not playing Wednesday night, Gostisbehere is still leading all defensemen in points in the league with 10. He cemented that position this past week with five points in the two games.
First, against the Washington Capitals, the Florida native contributed three assists, one of which was on the power play. On Tuesday, Gostisbehere got his first goal of the season on the Flyers’ second marker against the Florida Panthers. He also added an assist.
With the week the Flyers had it should be no surprise that Gostisbehere is producing. He’s a pure offensive defenseman and when Philly’s scoring; most of it begins and ends with him.
Second Star: Jake Voracek
Even before this week, Voracek was producing offensively, but I didn’t think he looked at the top of his game. Turnovers were still common and the Czech Republic native didn’t have any games where he looked dominant.
That changed Saturday night against the Caps. In the Flyers’ 8-2 rout, Voracek was the offensive catalyst, assisting on the first goal and two more in the second period. He finished the night with three assists and a plus-three rating.
Voracek picked up where he left off against the Panthers, but wasn’t as successful on the scoresheet. He picked up just an assist and still doesn’t have a goal, though rang a shot on an empty net off the post.
If he keeps up his current play, though, Voracek will hit the back of the net sooner rather than later.
First Star: Sean Couturier
The arguments over Couturier being a second or third-line center is going to look silly soon enough. In six games this year, he has seven points and in the two games this past week, he recorded four points.
He scored the first goal of the game against Washington on the power play and added another in the third period. Before the night was over, he also picked up an assist.
Couturier got the ball rolling against the Panthers, also, scoring the first goal again in the second period. That was it for Couturier in the stats box but he played another strong game on the first line and is continuing to prove why coach Dave Hakstol put him there in the first place.
Dud: No One
I really don’t believe that I’m too bias when it comes to the Flyers — and I certainly never believed I wouldn’t have someone to put as a dud after a week of play. But after a seven-day period where the team played just two games and won both by a combined 13-3 score, it’s hard to pick anybody.
Dale Weise looked flat against the Capitals, but scored against the Panthers. Brandon Manning was fine, except for a bad interference penalty in the Florida game, and Andrew MacDonald deserves no criticism right now.
Hakstol made the unpopular move of scratching Travis Sanheim for Manning, but that move has worked out without issue so far.
So no one on the Flyers, including the usual culprits, was a dud this past week. Though, I wouldn’t expect that to become a regular thing.