The Flyers did not have much of an update on injured defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on Friday other than to say he would not play Saturday against the visiting New York Islanders.

The team will update his condition Saturday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Gostisbehere is listed as having a lower body injury.

He left early in the second period of a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota on Thursday. He was tripped by Mikko Koivu in the first period and his right knee appeared to collide with Koivu's knee. Gostisbehere landed on his left knee.

He played two shifts in the second period, totaling 1 minute, 25 seconds of ice time, and then left the game for good.

Gostisbehere missed most of last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

He has been a major producer since he was called up from the Phantoms, appearing in his first game this season for the Flyers on Nov. 14.

Gostisbehere leads NHL rookie defensemen with seven goals despite playing in just 23 games. He also has nine assists and is sixth on the team with 16 points. He has three game-winning goals in overtime.

The 22-year-old is also a plus-5, tied for second on the team behind defenseman Evgeny Medvedev, who is plus-6.

Four of his seven goals have come on the power play. Defenseman Mark Streit will take his place quarterbacking the first power-play unit.

There is no timetable for his return. His absence will hurt against an Islanders team that the Flyers are 0-1-1 against this season.

"It definitely is a big loss to the team," said defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who scored twice Thursday, including the game-winner. "We have healthy bodies in place and there are opportunities for other guys to step in and contribute."


Center Jordan Weal, acquired on Wednesday from the Los Angeles Kings, had his first practice with the Flyers. Coach Dave Hakstol said Weal will be considered for the lineup against the Islanders. When asked how he envisions his role, Weal said he will do whatever the coaches want. "I will try to work as hard as I can and earn the trust of the team and the coaching staff so they can trust to put me in whatever situation they feel needs to be," Weal said. . . . Streit returned Dec. 30 after missing 19 games following surgery to repair a pubic plate displacement. He said he has been passing up too many shots. "It is one of the things when you don't play for a while," Streit said. "For me, I get the puck and am making a decision and I pass. . . . I need to have that shot-first mentality and get more pucks to the net and take advantage of my shot, especially from the point."