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    January 12, 2018 10:22 AM EST

    "There are certain nights when as a centerman you may get into a matchup you're struggling with and that's the guy you're lining up against 90 percent Carlos Correa Youth Jersey of the time," Hakstol said. "If that's not going well, maybe we have an option there to switch up what that matchup is without having to switch up the matchup of the full line that we like." Where the improvement has also helped most is at even strength. The Flyers have won 52.9 percent of their 5-on-5 face-offs and are averaging 26.3 5-on-5 face-off wins per game; last season they were 52.6 percent at 5-on-5 with an average of 25.1 wins per game. It's led to an Jose Altuve Youth Jersey increase in 5-on-5 goals per game to 1.79 from 1.56 last season and they're on pace for 146 5-on-5 goals, up from the 128 they had last season, which was tied for the fourth-fewest in the NHL. The mix of centers also is almost evenly split between left-handed (Couturier, Filppula, Raffl, Laughton, Lehtera) and right-handed (Giroux, Konecny, Patrick, Weal), which has allowed the Flyers to have the best odds of keeping a center on his strong side. "Especially with [Giroux] being a righty, that helps a lot," Couturier said. "He can take a lot of face-offs on the right side. On the left we have me, [Laughton and Filppula], a few other guys that can take draws. … Lot of guys with strong sticks and strong on face-offs. It's obviously is a big part of our team." If the Flyers Craig Biggio Youth Jersey can find a level of all-around consistency similar to their face-off success, it could go a long way toward them returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing it last season. "We are aware it's a big part of the game," Filppula said. "It's more fun to start with the puck than chase it. If you can get it form the face-off that's a big advantage." The smell is unmistakable, reminiscent of standing next to a car doing a burnout. It regularly fills the nose of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. It's the smell of burning rubber, and it has become part of the life of an NHL goalie. "I smell it Nolan Ryan Youth Jersey all the time," Price said, "especially if you get a shot off the stick or if it grazes your helmet or sometimes even off the corner of your jersey, you can smell it." The scent has become commonplace for this generation of goalies, mainly because of the increase in the velocity of the shots they face, thanks to the increased strength of players and technologically superior hockey sticks. Few remember the specifics about the first time they smelled it, but the aroma is unforgettable. "It's the exact same as smelling burning rubber off a tire," said Los Angeles Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper, who remembers his first encounter from his time in junior hockey with Red Deer in the Western Hockey League.