Flyers right wing Jake Voracek is off to a slow start, at least in the goal scoring department, but it's not something he is panicking about.
Voracek, a first-team all-star last year, has been through droughts at the beginning of a season before.
Voracek has no goals and one assist for the Flyers (2-1-1), who have been idle since they beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. The Flyers return to action Tuesday against the visiting Dallas Stars.
Last season, Voracek scored 22 goals, one off his career high, and added a career-best 59 assists
"Four games [of not scoring] is nothing," Voracek said Sunday as the Flyers returned to practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees after having Saturday off. "As long as we are winning games."
He does acknowledge being a slow starter. "Every single season my starts aren't the best and I am trying to find the quickest way possible to get to that midseason form," Voracek said.
Voracek has scored 13 goals in 68 career October games, his lowest total of any month. (He has played in only 46 April games but has 14 goals.)
Last year, he had no goals but four assists in his first four games. Voracek finished with 81 points, tied for fourth in the NHL.
In 2013-14, Voracek had no goals and three assists through the first nine games.
The slow start hasn't seemed to bother Dave Hakstol, the Flyers' first-year coach.
"Jake and his linemates are playing the right way and the points will come - they are great players," Hakstol said.
Voracek was candid when asked to grade his performance through the first four games. "I would say C-plus," he said.
He doesn't feel that teams are keying any more on him than in the past. "It is hard every game, no matter who you play against," he said. "I know if I am on top of my game, I can dominate. That is the bottom line."
And he feels it can happen at any time, even in October.
Hakstol wasn't ready to announce who will be his goaltender on Tuesday. Steve Mason missed the last two games because of a medical issue involving his family and Michael Neuvirth has stepped in and recorded consecutive shutouts, by 1-0 against Florida and 3-0 against Chicago. "It's a little early," Hakstol said about the decision.. . .
Forward R.J. Umberger, who missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, practiced full-tilt on Sunday but said he hasn't been told whether he would be in the lineup on Tuesday.