Gostisbehere 7-10 days for Flyers with knee injuries
Shayne Gostisbehere came out 7-10 days for the Philadelphia Flyers with an MCL strain.
The defenseman won’t play the New Jersey Devils on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; ESPN +, NBCSP, MSG +, NHL.TV).
Gostisbehere was injured in a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday, Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. He played 8:17 pm and was on the ice at the end of the game. He has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and has averaged 19:59 of ice time in 37 games this season.
Samuel Morin will play Sunday on the third pair of defense with Philippe myers.
Vigneault said on Sunday that he and general manager Chuck Fletcher also discussed the possibility of having defenseman prospects. Cameron York and Egor zamula play in one of Philadelphia’s last nine games.
York has played three games with Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League since signing a three-year entry contract on March 31. The 20-year-old has 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in 24 games for the University of Michigan this season.
Zamula was called back to the taxi squad on Sunday after getting five assists in 17 AHL games. The 21-year-old was with the Flyers in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, but did not play.
“We’re going to work to win a few games, and we’re starting that tonight,” said Vigneault. “And if we get the chance to take a look at a few guys, we’ll probably do that in the future as well.”
Goalkeeper Flyers Carter Hart still feels pain from a sprained knee and is not available on Sunday. Hart hasn’t played since making 31 saves in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 15.
“It’s just taking a little longer than expected,” said Vigneault. “I know Carter wants to start playing with his teammates again, but he still feels a little uncomfortable. We asked four different doctors to take a look at the MRI scans, they all say the same thing, that it is a slight sprain … Usually a slight sprain doesn’t take more than 7-10 days, but Carter still feels a little uncomfortable, and we’re just a little cautious there. … He wants to come back and help his teammates, but we’ll see here in the next few days how he feels, and hopefully he can get the green light to come back to skate and play with his teammates. “
Hart is 9-11-5 with a 3.67 goals-against average, 0.877 save percentage and one shutout in 27 games (25 starts). Brian Elliott will start against the Devils with Alex Lyon the backup.
The Flyers (21-19-7) are sixth in the MassMutual East Division, 11 points behind the Boston Bruins, fourth. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs.