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Flyers’ Sean Couturier Making Progress; Montreal in Town Fri.

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Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier, arguably the Philadelphia Flyers’ best player, continues to make progress from two back surgeries.

Couturier, 30, skated freely and took shots at a mannequin goalie at the Flyers Training Center on Thursday morning.

He was not available to the media.

Earlier this month, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said there was a possibility Couturier would return this season. He has had two back surgeries since he last played on Dec. 18, 2021.

Fletcher said the Flyers were doing things “methodically” in Couturier’s rehab.

Here’s a video of the Flyers’ top-line center skating around the ice today at the team’s practice facility in Voorhees.

Couturier won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team’s MVP in each of last three full seasons. Can Atkinson won the award last year, when Couturier was limited to 29 games.

The Flyers have faded from playoff contention, but Fletcher said “ideally” it would be great if Couturier could return this season and feel confident his back was ready for NHL rigors.

But the Flyers will be cautious and won’t push him.

Breakaways

Still awaiting word on a Travis Konecny update. The Flyers’ 25-year-old right winger was injured in Monday’s gutty win in Calgary, then sat out Tuesday’s loss in Edmonton. … The Flyers host the Montreal Canadiens (24-29-4) on Friday (NBC Sports Philadelphia) at 7 p.m. It will be shown on NBC Sorts Philadelphia. … Konecny, despite missing almost 1 1/2 games, leads the Flyers with five points and three goals over his last five contests. … Two of the NHL’s lowest-scoring teams will meet Friday. The Habs are 29th in the 32-team NHL, averaging 2.67 goals per game; the Flyers are 27th (2.68 goals per game). … In the teams’ first meeting, Montreal scored a 5-4 shootout win on Nov. 19. … After hosting Montreal on Friday, the Flyers play in New Jersey on Saturday. Sam Ersson (6-0) figures to get one of the starts.

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