The Flyers purposefully had a banged-up Sean Couturier take only three faceoffs in last Friday’s 4-3 shootout win over the Devils.
Couturier’s workload in the dot then jumped to 10 draws the next night during the Flyers’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.
“I was reprimanded by our medical guys … ‘you told me you weren’t going to do it,’” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said with a laugh Monday following practice.
Couturier is dealing with a shoulder strain and the Flyers want to limit his faceoffs to help the injury improve. The problem is Couturier is a tough dude and one of the NHL’s best in the faceoff circle. The 26-year-old had the second-best faceoff win percentage (57.1) among the NHL's top-20 players in draws taken last season and is at 64.3 percent in 2019-20.