Gostisbehere vows to improve next season, with the defenseman citing a lingering knee injury as a factor behind his relative ineffectiveness in the 2018-19 campaign, Sam Carchidi of The Inquirer reports. Ghost truly was tough to spot in the 2018-19 campaign, as he turned in a minus-20 rating and experienced a 28-point drop (nine goals, 28 assists) compared to last season. Perhaps his most noticeable dip took place on the man advantage, as he went from 33 to 14 points in that key special teams spot from one year to the next. Ghostisbehere explained that the knee injury -- sustained on a blocked shot in an Oct. 22 contest against the Avalanche -- affected his lateral quickness. "I got a little better toward the end of the year," he said. "But in the middle of the season, I didn't have the best pop in my step and it was tough for me."
Gostisbehere scored a goal on two shots and posted a minus-2 rating in a 6-2 loss to the Stars on Tuesday. The 25-year-old is a goal away from double digits, but that's about the only silver lining for Gostisbehere this season. If he goes scoreless for the rest of the week, the 25-year-old will post a career low in points, and he's only one away from a career worst in the plus-minus category. Gostisbehere has nine goals and 36 points with a minus-20 rating in 76 games.
Gostisbehere has two goals and eight points with a plus-1 rating in the last nine games. If he keeps this up, Gostisbehere is in for a really nice last quarter of the season, but it's too little, too late for the 25-year-old. He struggled in the first half of the season, and as a result, he isn't far from career lows in the scoring categories. He has eight goals and 28 points with a minus-15 rating in 73 games this season.
Gostisbehere gathered an assist in Sunday's 2-1 overtime win over the Penguins. Gostisbehere worked a two-on-one with Sean Couturier in the dying seconds of the extra frame to break hearts all across Pittsburgh. Gostisbehere is on a five-game point streak, with a goal and six helpers as well as 11 shots and eight blocked shots in that span. The 25-year-old blueliner has 35 points in 69 games this season, nowhere near the 65 he recorded last year.
Gostisbehere scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 7-6 loss to the Maple Leafs. The blueliner has hit the scoresheet in four straight games, producing a goal and six points over that stretch. Gostisbehere is still well off last season's scoring pace with only seven goals and 34 points through 68 games, but he seems to be gearing up for a big finish to the campaign.
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