Couturier's injury he suffered during practice Tuesday was revealed to be a torn MCL in his right knee, Charlie O'Connor of The Atlantic reports. Despite the severe injury, Couturier continued to gut it out and after scoring the game-winning goal in Game 5, he exploded for three goals and two assists during Game 6. Unfortunately, his heroics weren't enough to carry Philadelphia into Game 7, though it's hard to put any of the blame on the Selke Trophy finalist. The injury won't require surgery, but will sideline Couturier from offseason workouts for at least the next four weeks, though barring potential setbacks it appears he'll be ready for the start of training camp.
Couturier (lower body) potted the game-winning goal Friday, as the Flyers avoided being eliminated by the Penguins in Game 5. Couturier missed Game 4, but the newly minted Selke Trophy finalist toughed it out and played the role of hero in a game that the Flyers absolutely had to win. His goal was a beauty, too, as he lifted the puck from just inside the blue line and sent it directly between Conor Sheary and Brian Dumoulin and past netminder Matt Murray. Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
Couturier (lower body) will dress for Friday's Game 5 against the Penguins, Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post reports. Couturier was centering Scott Laughton and Wayne Simmonds during warmups and will slot in there for the contest. It's possible the Flyers are limiting his even-strength time on ice by putting him on the third line, allowing him to contribute when they earn a man advantage. Either way, those considering the Selke Trophy finalist in daily formats should note that he may not see his usual allotment of ice time because of the shift down the lines.
Couturier (lower body) will be a game-time decision against the Penguins on Friday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. The Flyers have been relatively mum about Couturier's status after he was inadvertently upended in a practice session Tuesday and sat out Game 4. With his team down 3-1 in the conference quarterfinals, Couturier should be watched like a hawk leading up to this must-win playoff contest. His 31 goals from the regular season were second only to Claude Giroux (34) among Philly's skaters, and Couturier is a legit special teams weapon as well. If you're depending on him in playoff pools that permits daily lineup changes, consider setting your lineup as late as possible to account for his potential activation.
Couturier (lower body) indicated Thursday that he is considered day-to-day and wouldn't rule out a return for Friday's Game 5 against the Penguins, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. Couturier also relayed that he skated both Wednesday and Thursday, but his status for Friday's contest remains up in the air. More information regarding the star pivot's availability should arise on game day, but it's possible official word won't surface until the team takes the ice for pregame warmups. If he remains unavailable, Jordan Weal could draw into the lineup again for the elimination game.
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