Gostisbehere recorded a power-play goal among a team-high six shots in Tuesday's 8-2 home loss to the Sharks. The shot was an absolute blast from Ghost for his first point of the season. He's skated to a minus-4 rating through the first three games, but the more impactful stat (at least in fantasy hockey) is that he's averaging a whopping four shots and two blocks per game in the early going.
Gostisbehere (undisclosed) practiced Saturday, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. Gostisbehere left Friday's 3-2 loss to the Islanders for precautionary reasons, but his presence on the ice Saturday suggests he was able to avoid injury. The 25-year-old blueliner will be one of the most sought-after options at his position after racking up 13 goals and 65 points last campaign.
Gostisbehere (undisclosed) won't return to Friday's game against the Islanders as a precautionary measure, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. With little details available, it's tough to put a timeframe on Gostisbehere's recovery. He could potentially be fine but the team simply wants to run additional tests before re-inserting him into a game. There's no reason to push the top blueliner, either, as he racked up 52 assists and 65 points last season.
Gostisbehere recorded two power-play goals in Monday's 3-1 preseason home win over the Islanders. Gostisbehere blasted home a pair of one-timers from the helping hand of Claude Giroux. Philadelphia ranked 16th in power-play conversion percentage (20.7) last season, despite Ghost notching seven goals and 26 assists on the man advantage through 78 games.
Gostisbehere set a new career high with 65 points (13 goals, 52 assists) in 2017-18, and also averaged a new best of 21:27 of ice time. With the emergence of Ivan Provorov, Gostisbehere had less eyes and pressure on him, as he wasn't the only prolific young defensemen in Philadelphia. The 25-year-old has also developed into a clear power-play threat, as his 33 points on the man advantage led all defensemen, and his seven goals tied for first as well. Although the elite goal-scoring that made headlines when Gostisbehere was a rookie has been dialed back -- he's scored 20 goals the last two seasons compared to 17 in his debut 64-game stint -- he's more than made up for the dip with his increased assist total.
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