The Philadelphia Flyers were down two important players and it showed their weak side.
The four game stretch after the All-Star was an important one to the Philadelphia Flyers. They needed to win at least three of the four games in the week that followed and it would help to give them a chance in the playoff race. They easily locked away wins over the Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens. Yet another overtime loss at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon to the New York Rangers stopped their hunt in its tracks. They have a chance for redemption as they head down to Washington D.C. Sunday afternoon in a Metropolitan Division match up with the Capitals. It’ll be a tough battle for the Flyers as they lose one of their strongest players to injury. So before the Super Bowl today, grab a cup of coffee and catch up on the Sunday edition of Buzz on the Street.
Dave Issac for Courier-Post
Without Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds Saturday, the Flyers had some role players step up. Ryan White was one of them. Although the Flyers expect to have Simmonds back Sunday against the Capitals, they’ll need more of players of that ilk to pick up some slack.
Scott Polacek for Bleacher Report
Couturier exited Philadelphia’s victory over the Nashville Predators Thursday with the injury. The team confirmed on Twitter the center will be “out approximately four weeks,” per general manager Ron Hextall. The Flyers drafted Couturier with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft, and he was turning in one of the better seasons of his career before this injury. He has nine goals and 15 assists, and his plus/minus rating of plus-nine is his highest mark since his rookie campaign when he posted a plus-18, per ESPN.com.
Ian McLaren for The Score
Shayne Gostisbehere is already making Philadelphia Flyers history. With a goal and an assist in Saturday’s loss to the New York Rangers, the rookie defenseman pushed his point streak to seven games, the longest ever by a first-year Flyers blue-liner. Gostisbehere achieved the feat by opening the scoring with a power-play goal, his fifth of the season.
Scott Burnside for ESPN.com
Although plans for next year’s Winter Classic remain fluid, what does seem to be virtually locked in is an outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers sometime in 2017. The unresolved question is whether the game, likely to be held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, will stand as the 2017 Winter Classic or part of the Stadium Series held a few weeks later, a source familiar with the proceedings told ESPN.com