The Philadelphia Flyers will now be without two starting defenseman for the remainder of January.
After having an MRI on his left knee on Wednesday, Shayne Gostisbehere will have arthroscopic surgery and be sidelined for three weeks, the team announced Thursday. Gostisbehere joins Justin Braun on the injured list, with both not slated to return until the start of February.
Injury update: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, Jan. 14. He is expected to return to play in approximately three weeks.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 9, 2020
Gostisbehere suffered the injury late in Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He missed the Flyers 3-2 home win over the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center yesterday, with Mark Friedman being called up.
“It was fun. I was really excited and still kind of in shock and very, very thankful,” Friedman said after playing in first game of the season.”
The 26-year-old Gostisbehere has five goals and seven assists in 40 games this season, and is one point shy of 200 for his career. This isn’t Gostisbehere’s first knee injury of his career after tearing his ACL in his left knee in 2014, then playing for the AHL affiliate Phantoms.
With Gostisbehere sidelined, the Flyers also recalled winger David Kase from Lehigh Valley. Kase scored one goal in five games for the Flyers earlier this season, finishing with a -1 rating. The 22-year-old takes the spot of Mikhail Vorobyev, who was demoted back to Lehigh Valley.
A former fourth-round pick back in 2015, Vorobyev has been back and forth between the Flyers and Phantoms this season. The 22-year-old registered one goal and three points over 20 games with the Flyers and 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 19 games with the Phantoms.
The Flyers return to play on Saturday at home (7 p.m., CSN) against the high-flying Tampa Bay Lighting, led by Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.