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Flyers GM Ron Hextall gives timeline for Sean Couturier's knee injury

Flyers GM Ron Hextall gives timeline for Sean Couturier's knee injury

Sean Couturier will be out four weeks and miss the majority of preseason games after sustaining a knee injury on Aug. 10 in Canada.

According to general manager Ron Hextall on Wednesday, the Flyers' No. 1 center suffered the setback at a charity event in Quebec City. He returned to Philadelphia shortly after to meet with team physicians.

The latest injury is not an aggravation of the MCL injury he sustained back in April, although it is the same knee in which he tore the ligament after colliding with defenseman Radko Gudas during a practice ahead of Game 4 in the first round of the playoffs.

“It’s not the exact same spot,” Hextall said. “This type of injury heals fairly quickly. It was a play in front of the net and there was a rebound and his leg just went the wrong way. It was more of a freak play than anything.”

Once he returns, Couturier will wear a knee brace. He’ll be skating and going through non-contact drills at the start of camp that begins on Sept. 14.

“We anticipate Sean participating partially at the start of training camp and then halfway through camp we believe he’ll be full go and participating in the last number of preseason games,” Hextall said.

Couturier missed Game 4 of the Flyers’ series against the Penguins, but returned to play in the final two games, which included his heroic five-point effort in an 8-5 loss in Game 6 that eliminated the Flyers from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Couturier made a full recovery over the summer without surgery.

The 25-year-old center is coming off a career season, scoring 31 goals along with 76 points and finishing second in voting for the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward.

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Why Flyers fans should be concerned about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Why Flyers fans should be concerned about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

On Saturday, we broke down why Flyers fans should be hopeful for the post-All-Star break stretch. Today, we look at the reasons for concern.

Alain Vigneault has 11 playoff berths on his résumé. He knows the requisites for a postseason club and the Flyers have failed to look like one in a key aspect.

"As a team that considers themselves a playoff team, you need to have a good road record," Vigneault said last month.

The Flyers do not through 25 road games. As stingy as they have been at home, they've been the polar opposite away from home. On the road, the Flyers are 10-13-2, have a minus-30 goal differential and are allowing the NHL's second-most goals per game at 3.80.

The figures above are a major concern and the Flyers must stem the tide over their final 16 road games. Vigneault's team still has two trips to Washington, D.C., two to Tampa Bay, Florida, two to Madison Square Garden and one more to Pittsburgh. Those matchups with the Capitals, Lightning, Rangers and Penguins will be stiff tests.

Speaking of the schedule, the Flyers are battling in the NHL's deepest division and have 14 games remaining against Metro teams. The Flyers are in sixth place of the Metropolitan Division (three points out of third place) but would be in first place of the Pacific Division.

The Flyers will be challenged the rest of the way and so, too, will their depth at forward. The Flyers are a middle-of-the-pack scoring club (15th in the NHL with 3.06 goals per game) and without Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder).

Is the team's youth in the bottom six enough for the playoffs and a competitive shot? Or will (and can) general manager Chuck Fletcher add at the Feb. 24 trade deadline?

Big questions and we'll have answers soon.

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2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

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Travis Konecny stormed into the NHL All-Star break already with a new career high in assists. The Flyers' winger has 26 helpers and is projected to finish with 44, a sign of significant growth in a breakout 2019-20 season for the 22-year-old.

On Saturday night in the 2020 All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Konecny put his facilitating on display during the 3-on-3 action featuring the world's best players. He finished with three assists in the Metropolitan Division's 9-5 semifinal loss to the Atlantic Division.

"I had a lot of fun," Konecny said Saturday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "It was pretty funny, I was watching my parents in the stands and my mom didn't understand why we weren't playing like a real game.

"It's my first game and it's her first time seeing it. I don't know if she was expecting me to be blocking shots and forechecking, stuff like that. I had a lot of fun with it.

"It was a really cool experience, getting to play with some players, too, that I usually won't get the chance to play with was fun."

Konecny playing in his first All-Star Game at 22 years old should be exciting for the Flyers. Claude Giroux was 23 years old for his first All-Star Game back in 2011. The future looks bright for Konecny, who signed a new six-year, $33 million contract back in mid-September.

With 17 goals and 43 points through 47 games, Konecny is eight goals and seven points away from setting career highs across the board.

A breakout, indeed.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's first All-Star Game:

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