Flyers centre Claude Giroux will not make the trip to Washington for Tuesday night's game as he recovers from a head injury.

Giroux, who leads the NHL with 39 points, was hit in the back of the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds on Saturday night against Tampa Bay.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement Monday. He says Giroux is feeling better and will get another checkup from the team doctors on Tuesday.

The Flyers put rookie centre Sean Couturier on the top line between Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell during Monday's practice.