The Philadelphia Flyers received a boost as Sean Couturier returned to the lineup after missing two games due to a lower-body injury. With Couturier’s comeback, the team faced the decision to scratch Morgan Frost for the seventh time this season. The Flyers opened their California road trip against the San Jose Sharks.

In Couturier’s absence, the Flyers went 1-1-0, underscoring his importance. The 30-year-old center, who recently recovered from back surgeries that kept him sidelined for nearly 22 months, contributed eight points in 10 games this season.

The decision to bench Frost, a young playmaking center, has been a surprising move. Despite being part of the team’s rebuilding phase, Frost had shown promise, leading the Flyers in scoring from January 1 last season.

Frost expressed his commitment to the team, highlighting his desire to stay in Philadelphia and make a significant impact. However, he has been sidelined for more than half of the season’s games, despite not performing poorly.

The Flyers aimed to capitalize on San Jose’s struggles, as the Sharks had yet to secure a win and had the league’s worst goals-against average. Nonetheless, Frost’s absence raised questions about the team’s offensive opportunities. Samuel Ersson was set to start in goal for the Flyers, as Carter Hart remained sidelined with a mid-body injury.