As the Flyers try to halt a three-game skid, Morgan Frost will see his first chance to revive the team's sluggish offense.
The 22-year-old center is expected to make his season debut Wednesday night when the Flyers (8-6-3) play the Panthers (13-2-3) in Sunrise, Florida.
Let's get into the essentials for the game:
- When: 7 p.m. ET with The Warm Up at 6 p.m. ET and Flyers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. ET
- Where: FLA Live Arena
- Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• The Flyers' growing concerns offensively coupled with the reinjury to Kevin Hayes made Frost's call-up simply a matter of time. With Derick Brassard exiting Tuesday night's game with a lower-body injury, the time became now for Frost.
The Flyers have summoned Frost to Florida under emergency conditions. The playmaking prospect had started to hum at AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, putting up three goals and 10 assists over his last 10 games.
Brassard left the Flyers' 4-0 loss Tuesday night to the Lightning in the first period. The 34-year-old center was listed as questionable to return but never did. The fact that Brassard had a chance to come back into the game has to bode well for the severity of the injury and his status moving forward. In the grand scheme, that's good news for the Flyers.
But the Flyers are playing the second game of a back-to-back road set, so they are in a time crunch and likely don't want to risk Brassard trying to play but not feeling right, putting them at 11 forwards. They already had to play the majority of Tuesday night's game short one forward.
The Flyers are desperate for a jolt from Frost. Since Oct. 30, they've scored 1.64 goals per game, the fewest in the NHL over that span. They've gone 4-5-2 during that stretch.
Interestingly, on Nov. 19, 2019, Frost made his NHL debut in Florida against the Panthers and scored a goal.
"We like the overall package, we like the potential, we love the skill level," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said last month when Frost didn't make the big club's season-opening roster. "He's going to get a chance to play and at some point I'm sure he's going to be helping us win some games here in Philly."
• The Panthers haven't played since last Saturday and are a dominant team at home.
They've gone 10-0-0 at FLA Live Arena, where they've scored 4.80 goals per game and have allowed only 2.20.
• Below is the Flyers' lineup, via the Philadelphia Inquirer's Olivia Reiner.
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee-Morgan Frost-Cam Atkinson
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Zack MacEwen
Max Willman-Nate Thompson-Oskar Lindblom
Ivan Provorov-Rasmus Ristolainen
Travis Sanheim-Nick Seeler
Keith Yandle-Justin Braun
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