In his latest effort to generate offense from his sputtering team, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on Thursday stuck Danny Briere on the left wing of his buddy Claude Giroux's line. Wayne Simmonds remains on the right wing.

Laviolette used the combination late in the 2-1 loss at the Rangers on Monday. It produced no goals, but it looked good enough to give it another chance in Washington tomorrow night.

"We had some success with Matt Read on there," Laviolette said. "We weren't generating as much offensively as we would have liked, in New York, so we put Danny there. There's probably going to be more switches, even if we reel off 10 in a row."

Actually, if they reel off 10 in a row and stay healthy, nothing this important will change.

At this point, reeling off two in a row would be a godsend.

The Flyers are 2-5 in the lockout-shortened, 48-game season. They lost their first three, beat the Rangers and blew out the Panthers, then lost their last two.