With two teams in the East Division currently in covid lockdown, it was only a matter of time before changes would have to be made. Changes that have effected the Philadelphia Flyers schedule.
Due to those teams being unable to play, the NHL has revised the East Division schedule to accommodate the missed games. Four of which impact the Flyers.
On Saturday, the NHL announced the following changes to the Philadelphia Flyers schedule.
– 2/16 Philadelphia at NY Rangers is now scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. ET.
– 2/26 Philadelphia at Buffalo is now scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. ET.
– 3/30 Philadelphia at Buffalo is now scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
– 4/20 Philadelphia at New Jersey is now scheduled for Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. ET.
With these changes, the Flyers now will play an additional three more back-to-back games. 2/13 vs NJD & 2/14 @ NYR , 2/27 @ BUF & 2/28 @ BUF , 3/31 @ BUF & 4/1 @ NJD.
This was only a matter of time & could also not be the last time the Philadelphia Flyers schedule is changed.
But, with these changes, the Flyers now have some much needed rest to get healthy. Starting on Feb 15th, the Flyers will only play three games over a 12-day span. This was due to the Flyers originally scheduled matchup with the New York Rangers being moved from Feb 16 to Feb 14th.
Sean Couturier Returning Soon?
Injured center, Sean Couturier, is nearing his return to the Flyers lineup & it could come tomorrow.
On Friday, during the Flyers morning skate, Couturier ramped up his rehab with an extended workout with the Flyers taxi-squad. Today, Couturier returned to practice with the Flyers. Which is a possible sign of return tomorrow.
More Couturier here in drill with Mark Friedman. pic.twitter.com/gYEJ8FkPz2
— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) February 5, 2021
GM Chuck Fletcher said “we’ll try to get a better update in the next day or soon” during his media availability on Tuesday about Couturier’s status. It seems the update was a positive one as Couturier has now returned to Flyers practice.
It’s hard-pressed not to think Sean Couturier will push HC Alain Vigneault to play tomorrow vs the Capitals. If Couturier is ready & returns tomorrow, it would be 23-days since his injury that occurred on his 2nd shift in the Flyers 2nd game of the season on 1/15.
If Couturier doesn’t return tomorrow vs the Capitals, his return will more than likely come Tuesday against the Capitals.