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.
Couturier recorded two assists in Friday's 7-6 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The 26-year-old now has eight multi-point performances in his last 17 games, racking up six goals and 22 points over that stretch. Couturier remains on pace to match, or even exceed, last season's career-high 31 goals and 76 points.
Couturier recorded a pair of helpers in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals at home.
Since the beginning of February, Couturier, in 16 games, has totaled 22 points (eight goals to go along with 14 assists). The 26-year-old, despite the loss, is now up to 63 points in 2018-19, just 13 back of his career-best 76-point campaign from a season ago.
Couturier scored a goal in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Islanders.
The goal was Couturier's eighth in 15 games this month. The Flyers' forward now has 61 points in 64 games and needs 15 more to tie his career high 76-point campaign from a season ago. He finished Sunday's win with a plus-3 rating.
Couturier was dialed in with two primary assists in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Lightning.
The Flyers didn't generate any offense until the third period, when Couturier set up goals for Oskar Lindblom and Travis Konecny. One of the better two-way contributors around the league, Couturier is up to 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) to complement a plus-4 rating through 58 games. Neither of his helpers from this game were produced on the man advantage, but he needs just one more goal in that key special teams spot to establish a new career high; currently, he's at 14 power-play points.
Couturier notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's road victory over Minnesota.
In addition to his multi-point showing, Couturier also finished the contest with a plus-2 rating. The longtime Flyer has been immense in his last 15 games, scoring nine goals and 21 points while averaging over 22 minutes of time on ice. Once considered a lockdown center with limited offensive ability, over the past two seasons Couturier has blossomed into one of the best two-way players in the NHL.
Couturier scored a goal and added two assists, one on the power play, in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Ducks.
He also added five shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating to his ledger in the rout. Couturier has found the scoresheet in six straight games and 12 of the last 13, racking up eight goals and 19 points over that red-hot stretch with an eye-popping plus-14 rating. Rookie netminder Carter Hart is rightfully getting a lot of credit for the Flyers' recent turnaround, but Couturier's contributions have been just as important.
Couturier tallied an assist versus the Rangers on Tuesday.
Couturier has been on a tear of late, as he has 11 points in his last eight contests, including two on the power play. The center is behind his career-best pace from 2017-18, when he notched 76 points, but should still be capable of challenging the 60-point mark.
Couturier scored three goals in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Bruins.
Couturier scored two of his three goals in the second period, with the second one coming on a man advantage. His third and final marker would hold up as the game-winner. The 26-year-old, after logging 22:18 of ice time Wednesday and firing a team-high five shots on goal, is up to 19 goals and 19 assists in 45 games this season. The hat trick gives him nine points over his last five games, and Couturier will look to extend that point streak to six games when the Flyers travel to Montreal on Saturday. The forward has enjoyed quite a bit of success versus the Habs over his career, recording 15 points in 21 contests.
Couturier scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Devils.
The streaky center appears to be heating up again, scoring a goal and five points in his last three games. Couturier now has 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) through 43 games, and while that leaves him a little short of last season's 76-point pace, he's still proving his 2017-18 breakout was no fluke.
Couturier tallied two assists, three shots and won 13 of 19 faceoffs during Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals.
Couturier has been a little cool of late with just one goal and three points in his last seven games but remains on pace for a 60-plus point campaign. It's worth noting that the eighth overall pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft took off in the second half of 2017-18, so there's plenty of upside down the stretch for the 25-year-old center. Keep playing him as you normally would.
Couturier has 15 goals and 29 points with a minus-8 rating in 38 games this season.
As the Flyers approach the halfway point of the season, it's time to admit Couturier has been disappointing in 2018-19. It can't all be blamed on him, as he's holding up his end of the bargain in the goals and shots on net departments. But without much help, Couturier has just 14 assists along with a career-worst number in the plus/minus category. However, not all hope is lost. Couturier had 26 helpers and a plus-22 rating in the second half last season. He'll be hard-pressed to do that on this losing Flyers squad, but if he could come close, Couturier can still finish close to his preseason projections.
Couturier picked up an assist in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over New York.
Couturier has a point in his last three games and 27 in 33 games. He assisted on Wayne Simmonds' power-play goal in the third period that gave Philly a 2-1 lead, but the Rangers would waste little time getting back on even terms, tying the game 22 seconds later. It's been business as usual for the 26-year-old in 2018-19, with Couturier averaging 0.82 points per game.
Couturier scored two goals and added an assist with five shots on goal, three blocks and a hit in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Flames on Wednesday.
What a return. After not playing for nearly a week, Couturier didn't miss a beat, as his three points all came in different situations -- on the power play, at even strength and while shorthanded. Couturier has 12 goals and 23 points in 27 games, which puts him on pace, if healthy, to match his 31 goals and 76 points from last season. However, Couturier might have to get more pucks to the net to keep up this pace. After Wednesday, his shooting percentage jumped up to 16.2 percent, which is 2.5 percent higher than it was last season.
Couturier (lower body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Flames, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports.
The Flyers and fantasy owners will both welcome Couturier back to their lineups with open arms, as he's been productive when healthy this season, racking up 10 goals and 20 points in 26 appearances. The 26-year-old pivot will return to a prominent role Wednesday, skating on Philadelphia's second line and top power-play unit against Calgary.
Couturier (lower body) won't suit up for Sunday's game versus the Jets, Scott Billeck of NHL.com reports.
Couturier will miss his second game in two days, allowing Scott Laughton to ascend to the top six. The 26-year-old's having another solid campaign with 20 points in 26 games, so fantasy owners will hope he can shake his injury before Wednesday's matchup versus the Flames.
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