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Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux, who had an iconic career with the Philadelphia Flyers, was named the NHL’s No. 1 star of the week Monday.

Traded to Florida last year and now piling up points for the Ottawa Senators, the 35-year-old right winger had a league-high seven points while leading his team to a 3-0 record last week.

He had multiple points in all three games as the Sens beat the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Montreal Canadiens.

In the latter game, he had two goals and an assist. It was his 65th three-point game of his career and third this season.

Giroux is averaging nearly a point per game; he has 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 49 games.

For his career, Giroux has 970 points (313-657) in 1,067 games. If he continues to pile up points at his current pace, he will greatly increase his chances of one day going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Former Flyers star Bill Barber is in the Hall of Fame with more goals (420) than Giroux but fewer points (883). Barber played in just 903 games, but he was instrumental in the Philadelphia Flyers winning two Stanley Cups.

Giroux has never been on a Cup champion. Will that one day hurt his chances?

Stay tuned.

Breakaways

The Flyers are on their All-Star break and don’t play again until Feb. 6, when they host the New York Islanders. … At the break, Travis Konecny leads the Flyers in goals (24) and points (49), while All-Star left winger Kevin Hayes paces the team with 30 assists. … Wade Allison (plus-11) and Cam York (plus-10) are the Flyers’ plus-minus leaders; Tony DeAngelo is last at minus-16. … Konecny (150) and Hayes (146) are one-two in shots on goal. … Patrick Brown is the Flyers’ best center in the faceoff circle (53.6%). … Nick Deslauriers leads the Flyers and is second in the NHL with 202 hits. Former Flyer Luke Schenn (237 hits) of Vancouver is the only player with more.

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