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Flyers vs Canucks by the numbers: Carlo Colaiacovo really wants a new contract

The Flyers waste several stand out performances with a 3rd period let down.

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Flyers didn't play all that horribly in Vancouver, despite the lopsided result on the scoreboard. Even strength play and special teams both fell in their favor. They benefited from several outstanding individual performances up and down the lineup. But as they've done all season, this team found a way to lose.

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An outstanding evening from the Top-6 helped build up the Flyers large advantage in even strength chances. And the bottom two lines were good enough to break even.

The top line didn't miss a beat with the addition of Michael Raffl, taking a big bite out of the middle of Vancouver's lineup. If Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek keep bowling over teams like they have in recent games, they might finish the season on a tear in the point column.

Meanwhile, the Sedin twins struggled to generate much offensively against Sean Couturier. But what few chances they did get ended up in the back of the net.

It's not hard to see why Carlo Colaiacovo has suddenly started turning some heads. This former resident of the NHL scrap heap went off on the Canucks, putting up by far the best chance differential on the night.

  • Set Up - The primary pass on a scoring chance, including rebounds.
  • Chance - The primary shot on a scoring chance, including deflections.
  • Involved - The sum of both set ups and chances.

Flyers fans expect this kind of individual performance from Jakub Voracek. To see a defenseman nearly match his offensive output in a game is a rarity. Colaiacovo is showing off great instincts for joining the rush and achingly close to notching his first goal in the orange and black.