Things could be going from bad to worse for the Philadelphia Flyers. First-line center and reigning Selke Trophy winner Sean Couturier is being evaluated for a lower-body injury.
Flyers forward Sean Couturier (lower body injury) is being evaluated today. More information will be provided on Monday. pic.twitter.com/WyxSHekE1T
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 21, 2021
From the Flyers:
“Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier is being evaluated today and we will know more tomorrow.”
Ideally, you’d like to see an update that Couturier is simply day-to-day. An evaluation brings the potential for a more serious issue that could keep Couturier out long term.
Couturier was a late scratch for Saturday night’s game on Long Island after skating in pregame warmups.
“He has a lower-body injury,” Alain Vigneault said after Saturday’s game. “Tried this morning, thought he’d be alright tonight. Went out for warmup and him and [athletic trainer Jim McCrossin] discussed it and felt it was better for him not to play.”
Couturier’s absence was felt in the Flyers’ 6-1 loss to the Islanders, much like it was earlier this season. The Flyers went 5-3-2, were outscored 32-28, and outshot 328-238 in the 10 games Couturier missed from January 18 to February 5.
The Flyers are back in Philadelphia for a four-game homestand this week. They will finish their three-game series against the Islanders on Monday before facing the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. The Rangers then come to town for two games to close out the homestand.
After an uninspiring 1-3-0 effort on their four-game road trip, the Flyers need to turn it around fast. Hopefully, Couturier can be a part of that. If not, the Flyers could be looking at another 1-3-0 stretch as their playoff hopes dwindle.
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