Perhaps the key to beating Braden Holtby comes down to introducing a fresh face.
With Sean Couturier out approximately two weeks, the Flyers will ask other players to step up against the Washington Capitals. Laughton hasn’t been lighting up the scoreboard, yet like Couturier, his two-way game ranks as one of his calling cards.
It sounds like Sam Gagner will also get a promotion to the second line. If nothing else, different Flyers -some veterans, some young players – will receive chances to prove themselves.
That’s not to say that there won’t at least be a little of the status quo.
We’ll find out soon enough if these tweaks will pay off.
* – He went 20th overall in 2012.