Morgan Frost set to make season debut; Flyers @ Florida Preview
The 8-6-3 Flyers come into tonight looking to take down the 13-2-3 Florida Panthers. It’s not going to be an easy task with Florida possessing a 10-0-0 record at home this season. Morgan Frost is set to make his season debut in the same arena he made his NHL debut in, after getting called up earlier this morning by the Flyers. He had 15 points in 16 games (13 points in last 10) in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Martin Jones will get the nod tonight with Carter Hart starting the game against Tampa last night. Hart was good, but was left out to dry with no scoring support yet again from his teammates. Jones is currently 3-2-0 on the season with a 2.82 GAA and a .920 SV%. His latest two games haven’t been what we’re used to seeing from him at the start of the season.
In his last two, he has let in 5 goals each game (Dallas & Boston games), but has faced a total of 75 shots. Hopefully Jones can have a better night tonight and put himself back into the win column again.
Sergei Bobrovsky is the starter tonight for the Panthers. He’s currently 8-0-2 on the year with a 1.99 GAA and a .937 SV%. We all know how bad the Flyers offense has been struggling in the last couple weeks, I mean, for crying out loud the power play is 4 for their last 40. Tonight won’t be any easier for the Flyers, the Panthers are a sound defensive team that has been getting great goaltending lately.
The Panthers will be without the services of Barkov tonight though, helping make the task a little less daunting for the Flyers. Still, I can’t help but to think of the fact that Tampa was missing Point and Kucherov last night, and they still did what they did to us. The Flyers will definitely take it though, not having to face Barkov is good news for them.
I’m a huge fan of Barkov, I think if he didn’t play in a market like Florida, he’d get a lot more national attention. Imagine him in Toronto or New York, he’d be marketed so much better.
Zack MacEwen was the only Flyer that decided to show up last night. It really was an ugly game to sit down and go through, but MacEwen did make it at least a little bearable, I guess?
Derick Brassard is also out tonight according to AV, and will be evaluated back in Philadelphia. Brassard left 2 minutes into yesterday’s game and never came back. The Flyers really can’t afford anymore long-term injuries and the center position, I hope he’s okay.
There was no morning skate today for the Flyers. Here are the lines according to Oliva Reiner on twitter.
Projected Line Up vs the Florida Panthers
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee – Morgan Frost – Cam Atkinson
James van Riemsdyk – Scott Laughton – Zack MacEwen
Oskar Lindblom – Nate Thompson – Max Willman
Ivan Provorov – Rasmus Ristolainen
Travis Sanheim – Nick Seeler
Keith Yandle – Justin Braun
Look for Morgan Frost to get some power play time tonight according to AV. I don’t know whether it’s going to be PP1 or PP2, but he will be on one of the units.
Mandatory Credit: (Lynne Sladky/AP)