Flyers rookie Gostisbehere ruled out vs. Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has been ruled out for Saturday's home game against the Metropolitan Division-rival New York Islanders, general manager Ron Hextall said on Friday.
The team announced that it will have another update on Saturday for Gostisbehere, who suffered a lower-body injury during the first period of Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Goaltender Steve Mason was quick to note the impact made on the team by Gostisbehere, who appeared to absorb a knee-to-knee hit from Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu in the opening session.
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"He's just got a different skill set that not many players have. He's extremely shifty, sees the ice well. He's got a really high reward, high risk type of game to him, but you can just see when he has an opportunity he can make plays that not many guys can."
Gostisbehere, who has provided a jolt for the Flyers, missed the majority of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The most important day of the rest of the #Flyers' season is Sat.: That's when we will learn the extent of Ghost's injury. He's out Sat.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 8, 2016
The 22-year-old has scored seven goals to lead all rookie defensemen entering play on Friday - with three serving as game-winning tallies.
Gostisbehere also has nine assists for Philadelphia (17-15-7), which has won two in a row heading into the opener of a three-game homestand versus the Islanders (22-14-5).