Matt Read off to orange hot start

Updated: October 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm by Sean Cobourn

The Flyers have been lighting the lamp with efficiency in the early going averaging 3.80 goals per game. They have flipped the script on their usual ice cold start to campaigns. A resurgent Matt Read has lit the fuse on this offensive outburst.

Matt Read

The 30 year old looks like his old self (or better) really early after two disappointing years.

5 GP, 5 G, +1

Read is currently on a four game goal streak and was temporarily tied for the NHL lead in goals on Saturday night. Reader is benefiting from a generous shooting percentage (33.3%) at the moment, but credit to him for putting a ton of shots on net with limited ice time (14:25). He’s third on the Flyers in shots on goal (15), right behind Claude Giroux (17) and Jakub Voracek (16).

Read also started the season on the fourth line with Chris VandeVelde and Boyd Gordon and worked his way up to the third (Nick Cousins, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare). Four of these five goals have come at even strength, which makes his numbers look even more impressive. The lone power-play goal coming last Tuesday against Chicago. Dad Read isn’t just scoring goals, he’s showing speed and finesse while doing it.

Here’s hoping Matt Read can continue contributing and add a third 20 goal season to his career. When Read is having a good season, his shooting percentage is above 14%.

2011-2012: 79 GP, 24 G, 155 S, 15.5 S%

2012-2013*: 42 GP, 11 G, 72 S, 15.3 S%

2013-2014: 75 GP, 22 G, 151 S, 14.6 S%

2014-2015: 80 GP, 8 G, 142 S, 5.6 S% (Played through high ankle sprain last two months)

2015-2016: 79 GP, 11 G, 127 S, 8.7 S% (Played with RJ Umberger)

* – Lockout

Matt Read’s possession numbers aren’t the best, but the Flyers as a whole are struggling with only Michael Raffl (59.7%), Jakub Voracek (50.9%), and Ivan Provorov (50.9%) above the fifty percent mark in shot attempt percentage. Relative to his linemates though, Read (46.8%) looks really good: Nick Cousins (34.8%), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (39.5%)

Ron Hextall: “You know what, Reader came in early before camp, he’s absolutely worked his tail off. He understood that he hadn’t been as good a player as he should have been last year. He understood it, he took it upon himself, put in a great summer, came in early, got himself in great shape, and he’s a hungry hockey player right now and he’s been back to where he was.”

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