The frustration was clear right away on Couturier's end when he suffered an injury during Tuesday's practice since the Philadelphia star wants to be part of the action more than anything on Wednesday night, especially when looking at everything on the line.
Friday's game back in Pittsburgh has been announced as a 7pm face-off. In total, 19 goals have been scored in the series, but the lowest margin of victory has been four goals.
With another shot at getting a win over the Penguins in the series on home ice, a lesson learned from a hard loss, and the overlaying adversity of a 3-1 series deficit, expect Philadelphia to give it their all in tomorrow's game.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (-144) are favored against the New Jersey Devils (+130) for their Game 4 matchup on Wednesday. Crosby leads in goals with 4 while Dumoulin tops in assists with 4. The Penguins are the superior team. However, Tampa Bay is only 5-5 in its last 10 games as a road favorite and two core players, right wing Ryan Callahan (shoulder) and left wing Tyler Johnson (held out of practice Tuesday) are question marks. Game 2 provided hope for the Flyers and their fans, but their goaltending isn't good enough and they don't have to scoring depth of Pittsburgh. He has also been playing valuable minutes as the Flyers number one centre both at even strength and on the power play. They can't go 0-6 with the man advantage while giving the Penguins seven power play opportunities like they did in Game 3.
Bettors have to weigh recency against sample sizes with the Nashville Predators (-165), who are deep into minus money against the Colorado Avalanche (+149), even though Colorado won in Game 3 of the series on Monday.
The Flyers are resourceful, but there's too much working against them in Game 4.