Couturier expected back for Flyers, but no Giroux

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They won’t have Claude Giroux for a second straight game, but at least the Flyers are expected to get Sean Couturier back when they play tonight in Carolina.

“I feel ready to play,” Couturier said yesterday at practice, per CSN Philly. “I’ve been skating the past days pretty hard and trying to get back into shape. It might take a little while to get in that game shape but I’m not worried. I’m just going to keep it simple if I get to go.”

The 23-year-old, two-way center was hurt Feb. 4 in Nashville. He was originally expected to miss four weeks with a lower-body injury, so if he does play tonight, his return will be ahead of schedule.

After tonight, the Flyers play six in a row at home, with five of those games against teams currently outside a playoff spot.

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Five points back of Pittsburgh for the final wild-card spot in the East, if the Flyers are ever going to make a run at the postseason, that stretch seems like a good opportunity to make it happen.

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