21-year-old Sean Couturier is becoming an excellent all-around player right before our very eyes. Last week, Coots set a career high with four points in a game. On Monday, he experienced his first NHL fight.
The Philadelphia Flyers are no strangers to fighting. According to HockeyFights.com, the Bullies are second only to the Toronto Maple Leafs this season when it comes to dropping the gloves. The usually mild-mannered Couturier on the other hand had managed to avoid the fisticuffs… until now.
Couturier did battle with Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris, another not known for his fighting. For a couple of amateur brawlers, they put on a good bout.
Turris is listed at 6’1”, 191 lbs. Couturier has him by two inches and six pounds according to his NHL.com profile, although he’s still a growing boy, so he might be even bigger than that. He sure seems to engulf his opponent at one point during this fight, which not to spoil the ending, Couturier wins with the help of a big uppercut.
Turris and the Senators would have the last laugh though in a shootout. Couturier had a chance to keep the game alive, but his attempt rang off the pipe to seal Ottawa’s 5-4 win.
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CAMDEN, N.J. — Whether or not Joel Embiid suits up against the Raptors tonight remains to be seen. He is listed as questionable because of illness and did not participate in shootaround. On Tuesday, Brett Brown said Embiid was dealing with the flu.
If Embiid is unable to play, Jahlil Okafor would see more playing time. After four straight DNPs, Okafor started in Embiid’s absence on Saturday against the Wizards and had 26 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. The following game, he came off the bench against the Bucks (10 points, two rebounds, 20 minutes) without Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle).
Noel went through shootaround and is probable for Wednesday.
“I know I can’t control what’s going on with all the DNPs,” Okafor said after shootaround. “I just try to work as hard as I can to stay prepared for whatever happens.”
T.J. McConnell has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after he was able to go through shootaround with a right wrist sprain. He wore a splint on Tuesday but just had his wrist wrapped to limit swelling. The Sixers' medical staff will evaluate McConnell before the game to determine his status.
“A lot better today,” McConnell said. “Optimistic about tonight. We’ll see how it responds this afternoon during warmups and make a decision there.”
Richaun Holmes remains on assignment with the Delaware 87ers. He is currently participating in the NBA D-League Showcase, which runs Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario.
When he's not battling bridge scandals, getting kicked off trains, falling out of chairs, making trips to McDonald's for Donald Trump, or eating M&M's, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure seems to be fond of insulting Philadelphia Eagles fans.
The oversized personality was at it again this morning when he spoke with the Boomer and Carton show up on New York's WFAN.
Christie is a well-documented Dallas Cowboys fan and again discussed his fandom and why people seem to care about it.
And in case you needed a reminder, the Cowboys' season is currently over and they didn't even win a single playoff game. Sad!
“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I can understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”
He then goes on to say he's not a front runner for liking the Cowboys because they've been far less successful over the last ten years than the New York Giants. Mostly true.
You can listen to the whole interview right here. Via CBS Philly