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Flyers' Laughton could join Game 2 lineup

Philadelphia needs extra forward against Washington with Couturier out

by Katie Brown / Correspondent


Eastern Conference First Round

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WASHINGTON -- There will be 13 forwards dressed for the Philadelphia Flyers during pre-game warmup for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Washington Capitals and Scott Laughton could be one of them.

The Capitals won 2-0 in Game 1 on Thursday.

Laughton was scratched for eight of Philadelphia's final 10 regular-season games and in Game 1, but likely could make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut Saturday. Coach Dave Hakstol would not confirm if Laughton was playing and said it would be a game-time decision.

"We've got a couple different options and we'll wait until tonight to see those," he said.

The Flyers have an opening at forward because second-line center Sean Couturier will miss two weeks because of an upper-body injury sustained on a hit by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

Laughton had 21 points in 71 games during the regular season.

"Had a good morning skate and we'll see what happens tonight," Laughton said. "I haven't been told anything at this point. When my name is called I'm always going to be ready and that's what I'm focusing on doing. I'm excited for the opportunity."

If Laughton does play, he could slot in at right wing on the second line, with Brayden Schenn moving from that spot to replace Couturier at center.

"There has been growth in [Laughton's] game this year," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "He is a speed player, plays with a lot of pace, and that is what he adds to our team."

Washington had an optional morning skate but goalie Braden Holtby will start.

Steve Mason will be in goal for Philadelphia.

"We're ready to get back at it," Mason said. "We've had all day yesterday to kind of sit on the loss there which is never fun. So I'm looking forward to getting at it tonight, to putting it back behind us."

Here are the projected lineups:


Jakub Voracek - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl - Brayden Schenn - Scott Laughton

Matt Read - Nick Cousins - Sam Gagner

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Ryan White

Nick Schultz - Mark Streit

Andrew MacDonald - Shayne Gostisbehere

Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (wrist), Sean Couturier (upper body)

Scratched: R.J. Umberger, Jordan Weal, Evgeny Medvedev


Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams

Jason Chimera - Mike Richards - Marcus Johansson

Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Nate Schmidt - Dmitry Orlov

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Injured: None

Scratched: Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev, Michael Latta, Taylor Chorney

Status update: Giroux took a maintenance day and did participate in the morning skate but said he is fine and will play in Game 2.

Who's hot: Johansson had two assists in Game 1. … Mason made 29 saves Thursday.

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