As for the forwards, there will also be a slight change in the lineup. Morgan Frost, who has been out of the lineup more than in, will play against the Islanders. It’s been hard for him to win over John Tortorella this season. After a career season and a new contract, Frost has yet to earn the full support of his head coach. He has been creating chances but his line mates haven’t cashed in on them. He has four points in 10 games, but had two against the Kings back on Nov. 11.
Bobby Brink comes out of the lineup again as Tortorella had recently seen a dip in his play since the start of the season. It’s possible this is just due to the back to back on the schedule and wanting Brink to watch from up top. But there were some other players who likely could benefit from a game off.
Noah Cates, who has struggled this season, needed 30 stitches around his upper lip last night. While he did return, this would’ve been a good moment to sit him down. Even Scott Laughton, who had been demoted to the fourth line and was benched for almost the entire third period the last time the Flyers faced the Islanders, could use a game off.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Cam Atkinson
Joel Farabee – Ryan Poehling – Noah Cates
Nicolas Deslauriers – Scott Laughton – Garnet Hathaway
Cam York – Travis Sanheim
Nick Seeler – Sean Walker
Marc Staal – Rasmus Ristolainen
Islanders Projected Lineup
Mathew Barzal – Bo Horvat – Simon Holmstrom
Pierre Engvall – Brock Nelson – Kyle Palmieri
Anders Lee – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Oliver Wahlstrom
Hudson Fasching – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck
Samuel Bolduc – Noah Dobson
Alexander Romanov – Ryan Pulock
Grant Hutton – Scott Mayfield
Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: UBS Arena
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Radio: 93.3 WMMR
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