The Philadelphia Flyers are behind 2-1 in the series against the defending champions Pittsburgh Penguins, and there might be more bad news coming their way after Tuesday.
During practice on Tuesday morning, top forward Sean Couturier left practice limping after an open ice hit by teammate Radko Gudas. He needed help from the team's trainer, Jim McCrossin, to make it back to the dressing room. As of now, there is no additional detail on his condition.
In the last three postseason games between the Flyers and the Penguins, Couturier has managed to tally a goal and two assists, and added two penalty minutes to his playoff record. The young forward recorded the goal, two power-play assists and a plus-2 rating with a whopping 27:15 of ice time on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Friday.
The team's practice has continued since Couturier exited in pain, and he has yet to return. We will keep you posted on his condition once the team allows the media in. The next contest between the Flyers and the Penguins is set to take place on Thursday night, which is a good news for Philadelphia. Couturier will have an additional rest day if ever he needs it as both teams who last met on Sunday afternoon had a three-day game break between Game 3 and Game 4.
According to Philly.com, the Flyers were shaking up lines ahead of the fourth game of the series before Couturier was injured. Here is a look at what the lines looked like before Couturier left for the dressing room to receive treatments:
"Sean Couturier centering Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.
Nolan Patrick centering Travis Konency and Wayne Simmonds.
Val Filppula centering Michael Raffl and Jordan Weal.
Jori Lehtera centering Scott Laughton and Matt Read.
The defense will remain the same."
Couturier was a key player to the Flyers' success this regular season, and a major reason why the team was able to clinch a playoff spot this year. His promotion to the number one line was a smashing success for the 25-year-old centre and his team, as his 31 goals and 45 assists obliterated his previous career high marks (15 and 28). He also deserves some credit for Claude Giroux's huge offensive rebound this year, as the Flyers captain struggled offensively last season.