Couturier has been ruled out for at least two weeks with a Costochondral separation. Couturier suffered this injury, which is torn cartilage in the rib, during Friday's win over the Penguins. This will be a major loss for the Flyers, as the Selke Trophy winner handles major minutes and is a significant two-way contributor. Nolan Patrick and Kevin Hayes are both candidates to slot in as the first-line center during Couturier's absence. Couturier is expected to miss at least six games, and the two-week timeline would target a Jan. 30 return date.
Couturier will get an MRI on his shoulder Saturday after leaving Friday's game against the Penguins. An update on Couturier will likely be available Sunday or Monday after his MRI results come back. Should he miss some time, Morgan Frost could replace him in the lineup.
Couturier (undisclosed) left Friday's contest against the Penguins in the first period, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. Couturier suffered an apparent injury in the first period and has yet to return to the contest. Until more information is available, he'll be considered day-to-day and questionable for Monday's game against Buffalo.
Couturier (knee) participated in the first day of training camp Monday, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports. Couturier skated on a line with fellow Flyers first-round picks James van Riemsdyk and Tyson Foerster, as head coach Alain Vigneault tried to create a comfort level for Foerster by placing the team's most recent first-round selection on a line with two guys who have experienced what he's going through at his first camp. Those lines will likely change as the Flyers get deeper into camp, with Couturier projected to center the top line now that he has healed from the sprained MCL he sustained in the postseason.
Couturier (knee) won the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward Thursday, David Satriano of NHL.com reports. The 27-year-old had an outstanding season for the Flyers, racking up 22 goals and 59 points across 69 games this campaign. On the defensive sign, the centerman dished out 60 hits, 26 blocks and a plus-21 rating during the regular season. Couturier earned his first ever Selke Trophy, beating out finalists Ryan O'Reilly and Patrice Bergeron.
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||77||29||42||70||19||6||2||5||609||469||210|