Let’s take a look at a few NHL injury news stories, including concerns for Sean Couturier of the Flyers and Semyon Varlamov of the Islanders.

For good reason, the Philadelphia Flyers generated some early optimism, in part because of positive signs from depth players. Top players still drive the bus for the Flyers, so it’s rough news that Sean Couturier is expected to miss at least two weeks with a rib injury.

Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia notes that the Couturier’s injury is a “costochondral separation, which is when one of the ribs comes apart from the sternum.” Sounds nasty, and makes you wonder if two weeks may indeed be the low-end.

It sounds like Couturier will miss at least seven games for the Flyers, then.

Ilya Sorokin will make his @NHL debut tonight after Varlamov left warmups with an injury#Isles | @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/8B7Ap1KNIw

— Isles on MSG+ (@IslesMSGN) January 16, 2021

Things did not go well for Sorokin and the Islanders in Varlamov’s absence.

After the Isles cruised in their season-opener against the Rangers, their rivals flipped the script. The Rangers beat the Islanders 5-0 on Saturday, with Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich collecting two goals apiece.

It’s not yet clear how long the Islanders will be without Varlamov.

Smith went on LTIR, and Mikko Koskinen‘s struggled early on for the Oilers. The Canadiens smoked Koskinen and the Oilers on Saturday, taking that one 5-1.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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