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Through six games faceoffs have been much improved for Sean Couturier

In his first two seasons in the NHL the faceoff dot has not been kind to Sean Couturier, but perhaps he is beginning to turn the corner in 2013-2014. In his rookie season Couturier took the third most faceoffs on the team at 804, trailing Claude Giroux and Danny Briere, but he won only 47% of them. That placed him at a cool 71st in the league among all forwards that qualified. The sophomore campaign actually proved to be worse as he took 553 draws (remember, it was a shortened season), only trailing Giroux in attempts, but he only won …

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Flyers should be much improved in the faceoff circle

While many Flyers fans are quite pleased with the Flyers’ offseason so far, one area where I am most excited to see some probable improvement is in the faceoff department. With the re-signing of fourth line center candidate Adam Hall, and the signing of Vincent Lecavalier, the Flyers add some capable centerman to a young group. The Flyers finished 23rd in the league in faceoffs as a team in 2012-2013. Claude Giroux was their only reliable drawman which resulted in him taking a league leading 1182 faceoffs. The next closest Flyer was Sean Couturier at 553 attempts. While Giroux was …

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Flyers need to address faceoff-dot issues

Forgetting the back line for a moment, one of the Flyers’ most glaring weaknesses is in those eight little circles found throughout the ice surface…the faceoff dots. While Claude Giroux continued to improve in that department, to the tune of 54.5 percent this past season — good for 19th in the league — he was pretty much the only option the club had when they needed to win a draw. Subsequently, nobody in the entire league took more faceoffs than Giroux. Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn took the second and third most draws on the team, but only won them …

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Analyzing Giroux’s faceoff opponents; is he just cleaning up on weak competition?

Through 20 games in the 2013 season, Claude Giroux has been winning faceoffs at a clip of 55 percent. That places him at 18th in the league in faceoff percentage for anyone playing at least 10 games (as of Sunday 2/24). Last Wednesday against Pittsburgh, Giroux struggled winning only 12 of 31 for 38.7 percent, while Sidney Crosby–who many of those draws were against, who ranks 10th at 57 percent–was 21 of 28 for 75 percent. It got me thinking, is Giroux just not good enough to hang with the big boys? As our only good faceoff man, is Giroux …