Gostisbehere has served his two-game suspension and is expected to rejoin the lineup for Monday's season finale against the Devils, Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Gostisbehere participated in Monday's morning skate, suggesting he'll return to his customary position on Philadelphia's blue line. He was handed the suspension for boarding Pittsburgh's Mark Friedman. The offensively gifted blueliner will have a nice opportunity to finish his season on a high note against the defensively challenged Devils.
Gostisbehere was issued a two-game suspension by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for boarding the Penguins' Mark Friedman on Tuesday. Gostisbehere cross-checked Friedman after Friedman scored an empty-net goal, sending him into the boards at speed. Assuming Gostisbehere sits out the next two games Friday and Saturday, he'll be eligible to return Monday against visiting New Jersey for Philadelphia's final game of the season.
Gostisbehere recorded an assist, two hits and two PIM in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Penguins. Gostisbehere had the secondary helper on a Travis Konecny goal in the third period. The 28-year-old Gostisbehere has enjoyed a bit of a bounce-back year with 20 points through 40 contests. He also carries a minus-5 rating with 84 shots on net and 45 blocked shots this season. His appeal in fantasy comes from his power-play role, where he's earned nine of his points.
Gostisbehere scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Monday's 7-2 victory over Pittsburgh. He also had three blocks, two shots and one hit. Gostisbehere picked the corner with a slap shot from the point to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead with 5:52 left in the opening period. He later drew a helper on Wade Allison's goal in the second stanza. Gostisbehere has nine goals and 10 assists in 39 games on the year.
Gostisbehere (knee) is expected to skate Friday, and if all goes well, he'll be able to return Saturday versus New Jersey, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Gostisbehere has missed Philadelphia's last two games with a knee injury, but he's evidently on the verge of returning to action. The 28-year-old blueliner has picked up 16 points through 37 games this season.
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