Flyers get a forward back from injury; Couturier ‘doing real well'


VOORHEES, N.J. — Considering the number of serious injuries Wade Allison endured before the age of 25, you can't blame him for fearing the worst when he went down in pain on Nov. 12.

"I was like, 'Holy s---, what the hell is going on?'" Allison said with a laugh Monday. "It turned out to be better than I thought. We're good."

After missing five weeks with an oblique strain and a hip pointer, Allison will return Tuesday when the Flyers host the Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

Allison, who celebrated his 25th birthday a day after the Flyers' Oct. 13 regular-season opener, got back on the ice in early December. He felt he turned a corner last week in his recovery.

"Probably this past week here, I've been able to get out and actually work on some stuff, compete out there fully," Allison said. "So I can get back to my cardio and that mental belief. Each day I feel a little bit better. This last week here has been real big for me."

The Flyers (10-15-7) could use his help at forward. They've struggled to score goals all season and are missing Cam Atkinson (neck), Sean Couturier (back) and Tanner Laczynski (lower body) up front.

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"I can see how effective he can be if he just concentrates on his game, being who he is," head coach John Tortorella said Monday about Allison. "I think he kind of gets lost sometimes. Still a young guy, has to learn, but I think he's been very coachable. We've had a number of conversations.

"I do think he was playing really well at the time that he was injured. I just want him to pick up where he left off there. He'll have some struggles, there will be some rust, he's been out a while."

General manager Chuck Fletcher said Couturier is "doing real well."

The 30-year-old center, recovering from a second back surgery, could start skating in two to three weeks.

Couturier is over a month and three weeks into his three-to-four-month recovery.

Prospect Bobby Brink will see Dr. Christopher Larson in Minneapolis this week with the hope of the 21-year-old winger being fully cleared. Brink, a 2019 second-round pick, underwent surgery during July to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

"He's been skating regularly, but getting into the contact, getting in lines, doing the line drills, all that," Fletcher said, "hopefully that comes pretty quickly for him."

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