5 reasons why Philadelphia Flyers will win Stanley Cup

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Claude Giroux
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Claude Giroux /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 22: Jimmy Vesey /

3. High-scoring defense

Shayne Gostisbehere finished fourth in the league in scoring among defensemen, with 65 points (13 goals, 52 assists).

Ivan Provorov did his fair share, as well, with 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points.

These two-way defensemen will be key to the Flyers’ playoff run. And their first-round opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins, know that all too well.

On March 25, the Flyers used the defense to the fullest.

In the inter-state rivals’ March 25 matchup, Flyers d-men Brandon Manning and Travis Sanheim both took advantage of Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray. Though Philly lost that game 5-4, the memory will stick in Pittsburgh’s minds as it prepares to host the Flyers.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 01: Jakub Voracek
PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 01: Jakub Voracek /

2. Jakub Voracek

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Brad Marchand all finished the season with about 85 points (89, 87, 86 and 85, respectively), and you hear their names all the time.

But lo and behold, Philadelphia right winger Jakub Voracek earned 85 points, as well, and you never hear anything about it.

Voracek also finished with 65 assists on the season, a personal best and the third-most in the league, rounding out the top three with his teammate, Claude Giroux.

The Flyers moved Voracek off the top line, formerly composed of Giroux, Sean Couturier and Voracek, and it made their scoring prowess that much more deadly — and helped them turn around their 10-game losing streak.

Voracek can also produce when it counts most, supplying the game-winning goal in the Flyers’ 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes last week that allowed them to control their own playoff destiny.