The Flyers are counting heavily on Matt Read, a third-year winger, to have his best season.
But Read, who scored 24 goals as a rookie and had 11 in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, has no points and is minus-6 in the first eight games, contributing to the team's 1-7 start.
"I still feel confident in my game. Working hard. Just trying to do the best I can to help the team win," Read said after Monday's practice in Voorhees. "Maybe things aren't going in for me…. I've hit a couple posts, a couple crossbars."
Read, 27, signed a four-year, $14.5 million contract extension _ it starts in 2014-215 _ before the season. He is one of many key players _ Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and Sean Couturier are also in the group _ who have yet to score a goal.
"Everyone goes through these little streaks where nothing goes your way," Read said. "I just have to keep working hard, keep going to the net and keep doing those little things that eventually turn it around and help this team out.''
Read looked like he was pressing in the Flyers' last game, a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh. He flubbed one open shot from the left wing.
"When things don't go well, you hesitate a little bit and try to make a perfect shot out of nothing," he said. "Try to pick a corner rather than just do what quick goal scorers do. . .You get it and react as quickly as you can. I don't know what to tell you. I try to be the hardest-working guy every night and once things go my way, that's fine.
"As a team, (we have to) keep working hard, keep finding those soft areas and start scoring goals.''
They get their next chance Thursday against the visiting Rangers.
Breakaways. The Flyers have scored a total of 11 goals in eight games….. Voracek and most of the Flyers attended the Eagles game Sunday. "Somebody tweeted a pretty funny tweet," said Voracek, who hasn't lost his sense of humor. "They said the Eagles know the Flyers are at the game, so that's why they don't score." The Eagles lost to Dallas, 17-3……Eight games into the season, the Flyers are eight points out of a wild-card spot. "We've never thought we're not going to make the playoffs," Giroux said. "We've got to go game by game and we will make the playoffs."…. The Flyers are 29th out of 30 teams on the power play (9.1 percent success rate) and tied for 16th on the penalty kill (81.6 percent).
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