The Philadelphia Flyers are going to be with Sean Couturier for the next four weeks after he sustained a lower-body injury in Thursday’s game. That’s a big blow to the Flyers, who are working to get into a wild card spot.
Couturier is one of their best defensive forwards and his absence will leave a big hole in the lineup as the team hits the stretch. His 49.24 shot attempts against per 60 minutes of even strength play is the best mark among both forwards and defensemen on the team.
He also logs the third most short-handed ice time among Philly forwards. He also logs a fair amount of power play time — though the Flyers run the same five-man group at the top of the power play for a very long time and are having a lot of success with that.
The power play time just serves to highlight how versatile Couturier is and what a big loss this will be for the Flyers.
He has nine goals and 24 points in 40 games this season.
Flyers are 2-6-1 without Coots, 21-12-7 with him.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) February 5, 2016
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.