Gostisbehere out three weeks after knee surgery

Updated: January 13, 2020 at 3:29 pm by Zach Laing

Oct 21, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) during the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadephia Flyers will be without one of their top defenceman for the next three weeks.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that rearguard Shayne Gostisbehere, 26, is set to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Jan. 14.

Gostisbehere missed the Flyers game against the Washington Capitals with the injury.

The defenceman is amid a down year and had been on pace for just over 20 points this season. It would be the lowest point total by a longshot for the sixth-year player.

Gostisbehere was benched back in November for three games, a season turning moment as he’s season has begun to turn around.

“He was way more confident with the puck,’’ Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault told The Morning Call. “He was doing what you want a defenseman of his type to do, which is beat the forecheck, jump up in the play when the opportunity was there. He was playing good hockey for us.’’

Gostisbehere’s injury comes less than a week after the Flyers lost another defenceman in Justin Braun, who will be down until after the all-star game with a groin injury.

The Flyers, 23-15-6 — 52 points, are currently in the midst of a battle for the second wildcard spot. The Metropolitan team will be in tough trying to catch the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, or the New York Islanders, who hold the third and second spot in the division with 57 points.

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