One of the more startling stats following the Flyers' tense 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday was individual faceoffs.
Claude Giroux won 72 percent of his draws. He was a perfect 7 for 7 against righthander Steven Stamkos and won 6 of 9 from lefty Vinny Lecavalier.
“Didn’t know that,” Giroux said.
As of Wednesday, Giroux had taken the highest number of faceoffs in the league -- 242 -- with the best percentage of anyone who had taken more than 230 draws -- 55.4 percent.
Recall he led the team last season at 53.7 percent -- the only Flyer regular over 50 percent.
“It’s something that I have been working on a lot lately,” Giroux said. “It’s going to be up and down during the season.
“You have stretches where the bounces don’t go your way. The puck hits the ref's skate and doesn’t go on your side. Right now, I will take them for sure.”
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said he sees nothing really different about Giroux in the circle, other than maturity.
“As you get older and stronger and more experienced with the people you are taking faceoffs against, that can improve you through the course of time,” Laviolette said.
While Giroux is strong on the draws, overall, the Flyers as a team remain rather poor, ranked 27th in the league at 46.5 percent.
There was some genuine concern over the summer about Giroux’s faceoff ability this season following dual wrist surgery.
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