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VOORHEES, N.J. -- Jake Voracek is willing to try anything to start scoring. Even if that means changing lines and moving from his traditional right wing position to the unfamiliar left side.

“I have one goal in 30 games,” he said. “I’ve got to find a way. It doesn’t matter where I play.”

Off to the worst goal-scoring start in his career, Voracek, whose only goal came Nov. 14, lined up on the left wing next to Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds on Sunday at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey.

It’s a strange spot for Voracek, who spoke with trepidation about the move.

“For right now, I think I’ll be on the left,” Voracek, who had 10 goals at this time last season, said. “I’ve never played left to be honest. It’s a new thing, hopefully it’s going to work.”

Though it might seem like a reach for Voracek to suddenly produce in unfamiliar territory, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol has a plan in mind regarding the switch.

“It changes things,” Hakstol said. “Jake is good at going up the rink on his off side. We slash our wingers across the ice a fair bit, so I think still, on the offensive side of the red line, we can still have Jake in a position of strength there. There’s a lot of things to consider and we’ll take it one step at a time.”

 

Hakstol, who noted the move wasn't completely set in stone, admitted the move would not just be to get Voracek going, but to balance the team’s offense as a whole. The Matt Read, Couturier, Simmonds line, which has been one of the Flyers’ best at times, has been held to one goal in its last four games. Couturier is on a five-game pointless streak.

“We’re trying to find a little more offense for our group,” the coach said. “That’s something we are consistently going to work to do without giving up a whole lot defensively.”

Frustrated and out of answers, Voracek is open to anything.

“Even if you struggle, you still get some bounces throughout 30 games,” Voracek, whose shooting percentage has hit 1.2 percent, said. “If you play the amount of minutes that I’ve played, you get some bounces and get two or three goals. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder what’s next.”

Hakstol, on the other hand, isn’t worried or frustrated about Voracek’s game.

“Jake is playing pretty well right now, I don’t know if people are noticing that,” he said. “He’s got the puck on his stick quite a bit. He’s just fine.”