Shayne Gostisbehere (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Flyers rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is putting together a great season, but he could be sidelined after suffering a lower-body injury Thursday. Gostisbehere, 22, has scored seven goals and 16 points in 23 games and leads the Flyers with three overtime game-winning goals.
Shayne Gostisbehere didn’t start the season with the Philadelphia Flyers, but the rookie blueliner has quickly made himself a fixture of the starting lineup and has even put himself in the conversation for the Calder Trophy. Bad news struck Thursday night, though, as Gostisbehere was forced to leave the game with a lower-body injury.
The Flyers haven’t specified what is ailing Gostisbehere, but he did take a knee-on-knee hit in the first period of Thursday’s game from Wild captain Mikko Koivu. The hit left Gostisbehere down for a moment, and Koivu was whistled for tripping on the play:
Gostisbehere returned for the second period, but skated just two shifts. His first shift lasted 48 seconds and he took another 37-second shift two minutes later, but he headed to the Flyers dressing room following that and did not return. The Flyers announced Friday that Gostisbehere will be out for Saturday's game, and said they will update Gostisbehere's status again on the weekend.
Gostisbehere, 22, has been one of the best stories of the season and his play for the Flyers has been impressive. He has only played 23 games, but he is tied for seventh in rookie scoring with seven goals and 16 points, and he’s tied with St. Louis’ Colton Parayko for the lead in scoring among rookie defensemen. Gostisbehere has scored 0.7 points per game, tying him with rookies Dylan Larkin and Max Domi in terms of offensive production per outing.
Gostisbehere’s success in overtime has made him a fan favorite in Philadelphia. Of the seven goals Gostisbehere has scored, three have been game-winners.
If Gostisbehere is out for a few games, it won’t be the difference between making or missing the post-season for the Flyers, but with the way the rookie has been playing it certainly won’t help Philadelphia’s chances of putting together a winning streak. The Flyers are currently three points out of a wild-card spot and seven points out of a divisional berth.