Harry Zolnierczyk Called Up In Place Of Ill Couturier
By Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky)
As the Philadelphia Flyers prepare for their game Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets, another new face joins the Flyers lineup. The team has sent home center Sean Couturier, who is apparently battling flu-like symptoms. Couturier took part in the team’s skate Monday morning before their matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but was scratched at the last moment. His absence inserted Tom Sestito into the starting lineup, and caused a massive shakeup in the lines. Philadelphia would drop Monday’s game to Toronto 5-2, and fall to a miserable 1-6 away from the Wells Fargo Center this year.
In Couturier’s place, Philadelphia has opted to call up left winger Harry Zolnierczyk from the Adirondack Phantoms. Undrafted in 2010, Philadelphia signed Zolnierczyk to an entry-level deal in 2011, and has been in the Flyers organization ever since. The 25 year-old spent 37 games with the Flyers last year, scoring 3 goals and adding 3 assists, as well as 35 PIM. In 46 games with the Phantoms this season, he has 9 goals and 8 assists. Despite the fact the Flyers will miss Couturier’s goal scoring ability, Winnipeg ranks 5th worse in the NHL in goals allowed, a good sign the loss of the Canadian forward won’t be too great. Philadelphia’s next game is against the New Jersey Devils in Newark on Friday, February 15th. Couturier’s status for that game is unknown.
To make room for Zolnierczyk, Philadelphia has placed Jody Shelley on the IR with a hip injury.
Notes: Al Montoya will be the starter for the Jets on Tuesday night. Montoya has a 2-0 record, but a save percentage of just .899%. He’ll start the second game in a row for Winnipeg, after stopping all 33 shots in a 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night. Although being relieved by Brian Boucher, Ilya Bryzgalov will start for Philadelphia. Boucher relieved starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on Monday, and stopped 9 of 10 shots in just over 33 minutes of action on Monday.
Jake Pavorsky is a contributor for TheHockeyGuys.net. You can follow him on Twitter @JakePavorsky.