Flyers have some early misfortunes on their plate.
Their Se-Couturier first-line center will do everything for at least two weeks with costochondral detachment when one of the ribs separates from the sternum.
Starting Saturday, the Flyers will play seven games over the next two weeks. Flyers will have to hope that trophy winner Frank J. Selke 2019-20 will only need two weeks to recover. Flyers started 2-0-0 in their shortened regular season of 56 games, which put them in perhaps the most competitive reset.
Couturier was injured in Flyers’ 5-2 victory over the Penguins on Friday night. The 28-year-old was forced to leave the game and did not return after taking a shot from Jared McCann 1
The two-week deadline is January 30. Flyers played for the Islanders on January 31 and then the Bruins on February 3.
In the last two seasons, Couturier has won the Bobby Clark trophy as the club’s most valuable player. He does everything for the Flyers, playing big minutes with equal force against the best lines of the opposition, as well as in the top units of the club for both power play and penalties.
Last season, Couturier ranked first on Flyers with steady power points (46), a face-to-face victory rate (59.6%) and a plus-minus (plus-21), second in points (59) and shots. ), equal for second in assists (37), third in goals (22) and reduced ice time (140: 29), fourth during ice in a match (19:50) and a draw for fifth place in the points of power play (13).
Couturier, who can’t return to the game on Friday night, tells you well about the pain of the injury. It is not easy to be thrown out of the game or stopped by it. In the first round of the playoffs for the Stanley Cup in 2018, Couturier scored six points (four goals, two assists) for games 5 and 6, playing on a torn MCL. Last season, as Flyers tried to keep track of the tension in his shoulder, he continued to clash somewhat vilely. Couturier also played Game 7 since their exit from the second round of the islanders with MCL sprain. It has a quiet, internal type of hardness.
“He’s an elite player and you realize how good he is when you see him every day on the rink and see how he’s doing in his life,” Kevin Hayes said last July.
Couturier’s injury opens the door for the talented 21-year-old promising center Morgan Frost and will force Flyers to adjust in the middle.
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