Flyers Lose Coots for Series

April 16th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Filed under Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly.
Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

When the Flyers clinched the final playoff spot just about a week ago, they knew that a tough assignment awaited them in the NHL-best Washington Capitals. Unfortunately, they didn’t realize that road would get tougher before the series even got into the full swing of things.

Resulting from an ugly collision last night with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, the Flyers have confirmed via Twitter that they will now have to unseat the Capitals without their best lockdown forward in Sean Couturier. As seen in the video below, Coots is crushed into the boards shoulder first by Ovechkin, a hit that sprained Couturier’s AC joint.

This loss is a crushing blow to the Flyers hopes of beating Washington, as Couturier was the teams’ secret weapon in hopes of locking down the duo of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Coots earned the reputation of a “lockdown forward” back in the 2012 playoffs, when he shut down the pair of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Since then, he’s been the Flyers “go-to-guy” for shutting down star players. He will be badly missed in this series.

Scott Laughton will be taking Couturier’s spot in the lineup.

While this doesn’t rule out a Flyers upset of Washington, it further stacks the odds against them. Following a disheartening loss in game one, the Orange and Black must take game two on Saturday to avoid having the series spiral out of control.

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