The return of Ghost would be a boost to a defense corps that has been decimated by injury of late. Andrew MacDonald, seen on crutches after the skate, is at least two weeks from playing. And Radko Gudas, who suffered an apparent concussion against Chicago Wednesday, did not participate in the morning skate. Asked if he had cleared all the protocols, Gostisbehere said, "Yeah. Like you said. I feel good. I feel like I'm ready to go."
Two thoughts here: One is that the concussion-like symptoms Patrick experienced after having his head bounced against the boards Tuesday against Anaheim have lingered unexpectedly. The other is that the Flyers are being extremely careful with their 19-year-old second-round pick.
Here's Jake after Thursday's morning skate: "When you are younger, you get down on yourself. But I've been through that so many times. So it doesn't even surprise me. I'm really focused on the way I play and so far I would say that I'm playing a pretty good two-way game. I take that to heart because last year the plus-minus number for me wasn't good.''
Sam Donnellon is a Flyers beat writer for the Daily News and Inquirer. His career has spanned four decades and has taken him all over the world. Prior to joining the Daily News in 1992, he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and has been honored repeatedly by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Associated Press Managing Editors.