Flyers' Couturier leaves practice with apparent injury

Annette Crawford
April 18, 2018

The Penguins and Flyers might both be missing a key forward Wednesday in Game 4 at the Wells Fargo Center. He had 29 goals - including a team-high 15 on the power play - during the regular season.

Couturier left Tuesday's practice session with a limp after absorbing an open-ice hit, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

"I didn't see him, and he didn't see me", Gudas said.

"Whatever the lines, 'we have to play with confidence, ' said captain Claude Giroux, subdued and mindful that the Penguins make that hard". Hextall said an update would not come until Wednesday.

There was one person who was upbeat.

"Coots will be fine". Couturier has three points in the series.

Jake Voracek was moved to the top line alongside Couturier and Claude Giroux.


Should Couturier be unavailable, "we'll have that [lineup] answer at game time", coach Dave Hakstol said. Couturier's goal and two assists in Game 2 helped propel his team to victory.

Hornqvist, 31, is listed as day to day. The 12-year veteran is pointless in the series, but has over 100 games of National Hockey League playoff experience under his belt.

Regarded as one of the game's top defensive centers, the Flyers have matched up Couturier against Crosby more than any other player in 5-on-5.

It's been a odd series that has had three one-sided games.

BLUE JACKETS 5, CAPITALS 4 (OT): In Washington, Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves and the Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday night.

The Pens now enjoy a 2-1 series lead after embarrassing the Flyers 7-0 in Game 1 and trading lopsided 5-1 wins in the next two meetings.

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