It was just two weeks ago the 26-year-old captain had worked his way into the Hart Trophy conversation.
The Flyers’ struggles over the last four games have coincided with Giroux’s own struggles. He was held off the scoresheet for three consecutive games for the first time all season before registering an assist on Wayne Simmonds’ power play goal on Saturday.
The success of Flyers depends on the play of Giroux and it has all season. Look no further than the Flyers’ 3-9-0 start to the season as Giroux posted just six assists and no goals over that span. Philadelphia is 19-2-1 this season when Giroux lights the lamp and 31-14-3 when he registers at least one point.
He just hasn’t been the impact player the Flyers need over the last week.
Giroux has not only been held off the score-sheet but he has not looked comfortable on the ice. He has struggled controlling the puck while make sloppy passes on top of that. The intense, yet controlled, Giroux has even allowed his emotions to get the best of him last in games as he has taken a slashing penalty inside of five minutes in each of the last two games.
The Flyers need Giroux to reel it in and get back to doing the things that make him one of the most feared players in the NHL.
While all of this is well-and-good, fixing these things do not make the Flyers an invincible team, it just helps make them a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
Their next chance to turn things around is tonight against the lowly Buffalo Sabres.