The Philadelphia Flyers won their game Thursday but lost a center as Sean Couturier exited the 6-3 road victory over the Nashville Predators with an undisclosed injury.
He left the contest with just over two minutes remaining in the second period and remained in the locker room for the final session. He registered an assist and won six of his 10 faceoffs in 11 minutes, 35 seconds of ice time.
Thursday’s game was just Couturier’s second following a three-game absence due to a lower-body injury. The 23-year-old has recorded nine goals and 15 assists in 40 games this season.
Selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft, he made his NHL debut in 2011-12, recording 13 goals and 14 assists in 77 games. He matched that goal total two seasons later, when he set career highs with 26 assists and 39 points, before netting a personal-best 15 tallies last campaign.
The 6-foot-3, 197-pound Couturier has collected 54 goals and 88 assists in 327 regular-season games while notching three tallies and four points in 18 playoff contests. A native of Phoenix who has dual citizenship, Couturier won the silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship and the gold at last year’s World Championship while representing Canada.