The Philadelphia Flyers dropped Game 1 of their series with the Washington Capitals 2-0, but more importantly, Sean Couturier may be out the rest of way
Tonight’s playoff opener for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Washington Capitals was not a pretty sight in many ways. After a good start, the Flyers couldn’t capitalize on a few power plays, and it was all downhill from there en route to a 2-0 loss.
Worse than the loss, however, is the injury news. Sean Couturier left the game in the second period after a heavy hit from Alex Ovechkin.
— Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) April 15, 2016
Couturier got up and skated immediately after the hit, but his left arm was hanging limp the whole time. Couturier gingerly played the puck a moment later, but then Couturier skated to the bench and went straight down the tunnel to the locker room. He did not return.
After the game Tim Panaccio reported that Couturier will miss the rest of the series with a shoulder injury.
Couturier has an A/C sprain to left shoulder. Done for series
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) April 15, 2016
As yet, the Flyers are not confirming this prognosis.
#Flyers maintain that Couturier’s status is unknown and will be re-evaluated tomorrow despite report that he’s out for the series.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) April 15, 2016
Couturier didn’t look very good after the hit, and the more negative forecast rings more true.
Assuming Couturier is out for the rest of the series, it creates a huge challenge for the Philadelphia Flyers. Just this afternoon we posted about how Couturier was the key man for the Flyers in the series, primarily because of his ability to play against Alex Ovechkin and possibly relieve Giroux from a tough matchup against Nicklas Backstrom. Now all of that goes out the window.
The Flyers will now have to make at least one lineup change, and coach Dave Hakstol may be inclined to blow up the forward lines top to bottom. Whatever the next step, there is no one in the Flyers lineup who can step into his role. The matchup task for every Flyer in this series with the Caps just got a whole lot more difficult.
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