OF­FEN­SIVE PLAY

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AL­THOUGH THEIR STATS ARE com­pa­ra­ble, I give the edge to McAvoy. He is pro­duc­tive now and will only get bet­ter. His abil­ity to han­dle the puck with his head up and make quick de­ci­sions is ex­cep­tional. He’s more in­clined than Provorov to join the at­tack in the neu­tral zone and he has a quicker re­lease on his shot. McAvoy has an un­canny abil­ity to sense the proper time to move to the op­po­si­tion’s net for a cross-ice pass. His win­ning goal in a Dec. 21 shootout against Win­nipeg ex­hib­ited both his poise and puck­han­dling skills. Provorov makes good passes, but is more in­clined than McAvoy to carry the puck out of dan­ger. The Fly­ers de­fender will join the rush later in the game if his team is be­hind, but he isn’t look­ing for this op­tion on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. He ex­e­cutes well at the point, but is not par­tic­u­larly in­no­va­tive. He doesn’t have a quick re­lease on his shot, but any­body who saw the torque on his stick when he scored a laser against Columbus on Dec. 23 would never ques­tion his shoot­ing abil­ity.

EDGE: MCAVOY

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