Sean Couturier Injury Update
Philadelphia Flyers will be without Sean Couturier for a minimum of two weeks with a Costochondral separation. If you’re not a doctor and are unsure of what a Costochondral separation means, with a quick Google search, it appears that this type of injury occurs when your rib tears away from the cartilage that connects it to your breastbone. Ouch.
The Flyers will play eight games over the next two weeks without Couterier, who has won back-to-back Bobby Clarke Trophies as the Flyers’ most valuable player and took home the 2019-20 Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward.
With the NHL season being only 56-games this year, losing a player for any period of extended time will definitely hurt. Two weeks is really the best case scenario here for the Flyers and they have Morgan Frost ready to fill-in during Couturier’s absence.
Expect each line to shift. You could see Kevin Hayes slide into the first-line center spot while Patrick or Frost play center on the second-line. According to reports, the Flyers don’t view Frost as a fourth-line guy so second or third make the most sense.
The Flyers will play the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday Night.
Mandatory Credit: NHL.com