Couturier finished the 2018-19 season with a career-high 33 goals and 76 points with a plus-2 rating and 223 shots on net in 80 games. The 26-year-old was able to equal or best his offensive numbers from his breakout 2017-18 season. That should put to rest any doubt that Couturier's 40-point improvement from 2016-17 to last season wasn't for real. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Couturier's plus-minus. He posted a plus-34 rating last season while he was just a plus-2 player in 2018-19, but that was mostly because his team's goal differential was worst. All in all, Couturier experienced another very strong season, and he should be considered a top fantasy scorer moving forward.
Couturier posted a minus-1 rating with three shots on net and received a game misconduct during a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday. The 26-year-old had been lagging a little bit in the PIM compared to previous seasons, but after the game misconduct, he's right in the middle of where he's been in the category the past few seasons. Couturier has put together a very strong season with 32 goals, 74 points, a plus-6 rating and 32 PIM in 76 games. If he gets hot down the stretch, Couturier can average a point per game for the first time in his career.
Couturier contributed an empty-net goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. Couturier did all his damage in the third period, first assisting on James van Riemsdyk's go-ahead goal and then sealing the contest with an empty-netter. Couturier's three-game goal streak has enabled him to tie last season's career high of 31 tallies, and he's just four points from mirroring that 76-point campaign. It's been quite a two-year stretch for a guy who couldn't break 40 points in any of his first six NHL seasons.
Couturier picked up his 30th goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Canadiens. Couturier has 42 points in 35 games, dating back to Jan. 1. Since the new year, he's been on fire and is up to 70 points in 71 games, and he'll need to continue producing at an elite level if Philadelphia is to somehow find its way into the postseason. Couturier's PP goal was his 15th power-play point in 2018-19, marking a new career high for PP points in a season by the 26-year-old.
Couturier registered a goal and an assist in a 2-1 overtime with against the Penguins on Sunday. Couturier had the second assist on winger James van Riemsdyk's goal in the final minute of the third period to time the game, and then scored with 3.4 seconds left in overtime to seal the Flyers' rivalry game victory. Couturier is up to 29 goals and 40 helpers in 70 games, including 28 points in his last 20 games. It's a hot stretch even better than the one he had near the end of last season, when he collected 35 points in 37 appearances from the start of February. Fantasy owners surely appreciate the center's timing of his big runs.
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