These two are fun to watch.
The Flyers are coming off a strong weekend performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins sweeping the home-and-home. One of the most telling statistics from the weekend was Pittsburgh going 0-for-9 on the power play while the Flyers managed to capitalize twice shorthanded in the two games.
A lot of that is due to the play of Matt Read and Sean Couturier.
Read and Couturier stymied the Penguins top lines in 5-on-5 play but also paired together nicely on the penalty kill to minimize the threat. Couturier fed Read for a one-timer on Saturday that beat Marc-Andre Fleury for Read's third shorthanded goal of the season. Read broke in on a shorthanded two-on-one with Couturier on Sunday and let a wrist-shot got that beat Jeff Zatkoff top-shelf.
Read and Couturier.
Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman took notice of the strong play of Read and Couturier this weekend saying they “manhandled” the Penguins. Friedman also gave credit to the Flyers front office noting the team takes a lot of heat for poor contracts but “the duo is signed for the next two years at a combined salary-cap hit of $5.375 million.”
Read and Couturier are both tied for sixth on the Flyers with 34 points entering tonight’s tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks. Read, 27, has 19 goals and 15 assists on the year and is tied for the league lead with four shorthanded goals. Couturier, 21, has tapped into his offensive potential this season with 10 goals and a career-high 24 assists while evolving into one of the top shutdown forwards in the NHL.
Hopefully this is just the beginning for these two.