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OTF: Ghost a game-time decision

Defenseman participates in morning skate ahead of Flyers-Avs

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Prior to the Flyers trip to Chicago and St. Louis, GM Ron Hextall announced that Shayne Gostisbehere wouldn't be available for the two-game set. 

He was, and still is, listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but the 24-year-old took part in a full team morning skate in Voorhees. It was revealed afterwards that he will also be taking part in warmups tonight and is a game-time decision.

"Morning skate is a small part of the evaluation process," said Hakstol, who also said that the team will dress seven defensemen for warmups, but still go with the standard six by the time the final roster card needs to be filled out. 

"We'll go through a process every game day and it's not particular to any one player. There are so many things that go into it. We'll do as we always do, we'll go through the proper process."

This morning wasn't his first time on the ice however. Gostisbehere used the Flyers time away for practice sessions skating along side Nolan Patrick, who is also day-to-day with am upper-body injury that has kept him out for five games.

"I feel great… I feel like I'm ready," said Gostisbehere after his time off. "You just have to be smart about it and listen to your body. That's the biggest thing for me and that's what I think I did over the last week." 

A return to the lineup would be his first action since leaving the game at Toronto on Oct. 28 and missing the last three games. Despite the absence, Gostisbehere continues to rank fourth overall on the team in scoring, while also being tied for the overall NHL lead among defensemen with 13 points (1g-12a) in 11 games.

 

MORE OF NEUVIRTH

Michal Neuvirth was the first off the ice at the morning skate today, indicating that he'll get the nod against the Avs. Neuvirth is coming off a 33-save shutout against one of the best teams in the league in St. Louis. Tonight's game will be Neuvirth's sixth of the season. 

Despite a rough outing at Ottawa and a 2-3-1 record, he still ranks among the NHL's best goaltenders who have played a minimum of four games thus far. His goals-against average is second in the league at 1.83, while his save percentage is tied for third at .941.

Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. and can be viewed on NBC Sports Philadelphia, while also catching the game live on 97.5 The Fanatic or worldwide at FlyersRadio247.com.

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