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Rangers, Flyers missing key forwards

New York's Nash, Philadelphia's Couturier out with injuries

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

RANGERS (28-18-5) at FLYERS (23-18-8)

TV: NHLN, MSG, CSN-PH

Season series: The Philadelphia Flyers have beaten the New York Rangers twice in three games this season. On Oct. 24 Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux scored in the shootout in a 3-2 Flyers win at Wells Fargo Center. On Nov. 28 Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist and Steve Mason made 24 saves in a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden. Mats Zuccarello scored the only goal of the shootout in the Rangers' 3-2 win at Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 16.

Rangers team scope: New York will be without forward Rick Nash for a fifth straight game because of a bone bruise to his left leg. Coach Alain Vigneault said Friday that Nash would not travel to Philadelphia and instead will stay behind to receive more treatment, according to NorthJersey.com. Vigneault said Nash has not felt any signs of improvement, but was hopeful that treatment would help him at least be able to skate at some point during the weekend. Defenseman Kevin Klein said he's ready to play if needed. Klein sustained a broken thumb Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils but said he could have played Thursday against the Minnesota Wild. "It's just one of those things where they thought I should do some battle drills to make sure I'm ready," Klein said Friday, according to NorthJersey.com. "I feel good." Vigneault said he would not make a lineup decision until consulting with the medical staff.

Flyers team scope: Center Sean Couturier will be out four weeks because of a lower-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall said Friday. Couturier was injured during the second period of Philadelphia's 6-3 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. He had missed three games before the All-Star break because of a lower-body injury; Hextall said the latest injury is the same as the previous one. "It just got to the point where he could not play anymore," Hextall said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "This is nothing serious and nothing that will affect [Couturier] down the road. In terms of the injury, if you had to pick one to be out four weeks, there is no lasting effects of this." Center Nick Cousins was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Friday. He had no points in four games with the Flyers earlier this season but leads Lehigh Valley with 38 points in 38 games.

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