Voracek on 100-point pace but he’s focused on team’s play

VOORHEES – Jake Voracek is on pace to become the Flyers’ first 100-point scorer in more than 20 years but points are just about the farthest thing from his mind.

Voracek, who has 37 points in 30 games (a rate which could possibly give him 105 points for the season, says he’s more concerned with the overall contributions he’s making to the team.

There have been eight 100-point scorers in team history, the last being Eric Lindros in 1995-96.

But Voracek would rather talk about what he can do as a veteran to make the Flyers more consistent.

And, make no mistake, this is a team which is struggling for consistency.

Case in point: It goes 10 games (0-5-5) without a win, then runs off four victories in a row.

“I don’t think I’ll get there to be honest,’’ he said after Wednesday’s practice at the Skate Zone. “Look at the past years, you know what I mean? Not many people hit a hundred. (Chicago’s Patrick) Kane last year.

“You can be on that pace for a while but it gets even more tighter as the season goes on.’’

Three years ago, Voracek was actually leading the NHL in scoring going into the final two months but then he tailed off and finished fifth.

“Let’s put it this way,’’ he said. “If I hit a hundred points and we do make the playoffs, I’ll be happy.’’

Voracek was asked if he changed anything up for his preparation to this season. Before that great season three years back, he lost about 10 pounds during the summer and came to training camp super-fit.

“You look at the big picture, I had a bad start two years ago,’’ he said. “Then I got hurt, but I still hit 60 points pretty easy. Last year I was on a point-per-game pace and then I dropped off.

“It’s something you have to keep going all season long, even if you have a bad game. You have to find a way to produce, that’s how you keep a point-per-game mark.’’

Again, point production is not the main concern.

“It’s about winning the game,’’ he said. “I would rather have a good stick position in the D-zone than thinking about points on offense.

“I’m not thinking about the scoring race. We didn’t make the playoffs last year. We have to make them this year.’’

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Konecny also not offense-minded: Travis Konecny broke out of a long goal-scoring drought on Tuesday night when a goal originally credited to Taylor Leier went back to Konecny.

But he doesn’t sound concerned, even though that was his first goal since Oct. 26.

“No pressure, the team’s winning right?’’ he said. “Guys are playing good, I’m not really concerned about it. But it’s definitely nice to get one there.’’

Coach Dave Hakstol moved Konecny back to the fourth line with Leier and Scott Laughton. The new configuration has a lot of speed.

“Yeah, they get pucks in, grind away and you get the puck back,’’ Konecny said. “It’s nice playing with the puck. Their speed allows us to pressure their ‘D’ in the offensive zone.’’

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