Frost recalled to substitute for injured Laughton

Morgan Frost

With Flyers center Scott Laughton unofficially ruled out for Saturday afternoon’s game at Carolina, the team recalled Morgan Frost from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday.

Laughton suffered a head injury in Thursday night’s 6-3 loss at Florida. During the second period, Laughton was sent crashing into the boards back first after a hip check from the Panthers defenseman Petteri Lindbohm.

After the play, Laughton had to be helped off the ice and did not return to action.

The Flyers had not supplied an update on Laughton’s status by Friday afternoon.

Frost has appeared in 30 games for the Flyers this season with two goals/seven points with a minus-10. In 24 games with the Phantoms, he has registered six goals/19 points with a minus-9.

As part of the transaction, the Flyers loaned forward Max Willman back to the Phantoms.

The Flyers figure to have their hands full with the Hurricanes, who have solidified their hold on first place at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings.

Philadelphia will be looking to end a 10-game road winless streak, which is tied for the longest such skid since a 10-gamer in 1992.

Interim head coach Mike Yeo did see some positive developments in the Florida game but after giving up the first four goals of the game, it was too big a hole to escape.

Yeo raised a few eyebrows by taking Ivan Provorov off the power play. Rookie Cam York and Rasmus Ristolainen spent a lot of time on the points during the man advantage. During one power play, York’s point shot was tipped into the net by Travis Konecny.

“That’s one thing you always talk about,’’ Yeo said. “When your power play isn’t producing, get back to the basics. Have a little bit more of an attack mindset, which they did.’’

One thing the Flyers have to avoid on Saturday are trips to the penalty box. The Panthers’ power play, loaded with skill, made the Flyers pay three times in its first three attempts. Carolina has plenty of firepower in those situations as well.

“You have to stay out of the (penalty) box,’’ Yeo said. “You can’t make big mistakes in big moments of the game.’’

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