Giroux continues to see plenty of time on the power play, averaging 4:14 of ice time in that special-teams situation through the first three games. After seeing the pivot's point totals dip in the last two seasons,
Giroux has seen his scoring totals dip in three straight seasons, so it's refreshing to know that the Flyers are looking at reducing his shorthanded ice time, presumably in an effort to maximize his production within the attacking zone. Of course, keeping the prolific playmaker in good health is also a top priority, especially since he underwent surgeries to correct his hip and abdomen this offseason and had briefly left a World Cup exhibition game with an undisclosed issue -- he has only drawn into one of a possible three World Cup contests to date.
Giroux exited Friday's game in the second period after he was smacked into the end boards by Joe Pavelski but returned shortly thereafter. The
Giroux underwent surgeries on his hip and abdomen in mid-May, though he expects to be ready for the international tournament. Given that the World Cup promises to be intense and precedes the start of the NHL season, this will give fantasy players a golden opportunity to confirm whether Giroux looks to be at full speed. We'd be cautiously optimistic on the captain since his rehab seems to be going well, though his detractors won't soon forget about how Giroux produced just one point with a minus-2 rating against the Capitals in the conference quarterfinals of the playoffs this past April.
The report specifies that it's a hernia. Either way, this might explain why Giroux struggled versus the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, recording just one point and a minus-2 rating in six games. He looked bogged down on the ice and only managed 10 shots in the series. We'll keep you posted on Giroux's status once he officially goes under the knife and begins the rehab process.