Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen hit Flyers forward Sean Couturier knee-on-knee in the final minute of the first period this afternoon.
Couturier went to the room favoring his right leg, but did return in the second period.
Niskanen was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing on the play.
Last month Niskanen knocked Scott Laughton from a game between the Flyers and Capitals. Laughton was forced to miss seven games as a result.
The Buffalo Sabres announced Sunday that Cody McCormick will be out a while with a blood clot in his leg.
According to Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald, the blood clot is in McCormick’s calf muscle.
“I’m quite sure it’s somewhat serious if he’s still in the hospital,” said Ted Nolan. “I know he took a puck in the foot, he was limping around for a couple days, maybe it happened from there. I’m not 100 percent sure.”
McCormick, 31, has appeared in 33 games for the Sabres this season registering a goal and three assists to go along with 40 penalty minutes.
He is just the latest NHLer to be sidelined due to blood clots.
Flyers’ defenseman Kimmo Timonen has missed the entire season due to blood clots in his right leg and lungs.
Goaltender Tomas Vokoun missed the entire 2013-14 season due to blood clots and has since retired.
Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis is expected to miss six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lungs in November.
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There’s good news for Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie today.
The Flyers released a statement saying Downie was out of the hospital and doing well. They also added that Vincent Lecavalier is still day-to-day.
It was just on Saturday the team said Downie would be out indefinitely with a concussion. Him being out of the hospital is at least a good sign that he can recover at home.
In case you’d forgotten, Downie was injured in a fight with Washington Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti on Friday night and was taken to a Philly hospital following the game.
The hits keep coming for the Flyers.
Today, Philly GM Paul Holmgren told reporters Jaromir Jagr “probably” won’t play on Thursday against Florida, as the 40-year-old is still smarting from a collision during a 3-2 win over Detroit.
Jagr was injured when Braydon Coburn knocked Wings forward Valtteri Filppula into his path — while No. 68 was able to avoid most of the force of the collision, he left the game midway through the second period and didn’t return.
In other injury news, Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is also questionable for Thursday after being on the receiving end of a fierce Niklas Kronwall hit. Voracek said he passed a concussion exam Tuesday but needed stitches for cuts around his mouth and is suffering from a stiff neck.
“I feel different, but I think anyone would feel different after that hit,” he told NHL.com. “Sometimes you can get slightly hit to the chin and be out a few months; sometimes you can get run over like I did and you can be back the next game. We’ll see.
“I don’t want to say I feel too good, because every day is different. Hopefully, I can get back as soon as possible.”
The Flyers are already without the services of Kimmo Timonen (back), Andrej Meszaros (lower body), James van Riemsdyk (foot) and Chris Pronger (concussion). If Voracek and/or Jagr can’t play, the Flyers will have to call up a forward from AHL Adirondack.