Giroux scored two goals and added two assists in an 8-2 romp over Washington on Saturday.
Cha-ching! Giroux's big game gives him seven points in five games and rubbed salt in the wounds of the Caps players. Giroux's production in 2016-17 was his worst per-game production since 2009-10. He's just 29, so we find it hard to believe his game is deteriorating, so we're looking for 65-70 points (or more).
Giroux did not attend practice Thursday as he was dealing with a family matter, Dave Issac of the Courier-Post reports.
The Flyers aren't back in action until Saturday and Giroux is expected back at practice Friday, so he should be available against the Capitals. With a goal and three helpers to start the year, the center is off to a solid start.
Giroux was protected by Philadelphia and will not be available to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, NHL.com reports.
It was a disappointing season from Giroux, as he had his worst offensive season since the 2009-10 campaign. Additionally, his point total has now dropped in three consecutive years. While Giroux owns a high fantasy floor because of his astute power-play prowess, his even-strength numbers are dipping significantly. Among all forwards with at least 1,000 minutes last season, Grioux's 0.94 points per 60 minutes at five-on-five was the second-lowest mark in the league.
Giroux dished out helpers at even strength and shorthanded Tuesday in Winnipeg.
Giroux played a role in both of his team's goals in this 3-2 loss, with his shorthanded assist coming on a Matt Read tally with two seconds left. While he has eight points in his past eight games, this was only Giroux's second multi-point effort since Jan. 14. Unless he can muster 14 points over the final 10 games, the 29-year-old center will see a decline in scoring for the third consecutive campaign since putting up 86 points back in 2013-14.
Giroux's point streak stands at three games and three points (one goal, two assists) after getting an assist Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins.
Giroux is on pace to fall short of the 60-point plateau this season, which would be his worst point-per-game production since 2009-10 (his first full season). Giroux's production has been on steady decline since the lockout and at 29, he's not about to see a big uptick in output.