Sticking together is an oft-used cliche, but it cannot be underestimated in these circumstances.
Whether the captain be Eric Lindros, Keith Primeau, Peter Forsberg or Mike Richards, uncertainty with the 'C' has torn past Flyers teams apart.
Chemistry is this season's theme, as has been suggested by the offseason roster turnover and current marketing campaign.
Even without their appointed leader in Pronger, the Philadelphia Flyers have a ton of experienced veterans in Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr, Scott Hartnell, Max Talbot, Kimmo Timonen and Andres Lilja.
Braydon Coburn, Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk have all been around long enough to take on an expanded role in the locker room, as has been evident by Giroux wearing a letter on his sweater in Pronger's absence.
Proving they can maintain solid play without Pronger, whose importance to the Flyers is on par with Peyton Manning's to the hapless 0-8 Indianapolis Colts, can be a rallying point for the rest of the players on the team.
The Flyers wagered three first-round picks, a third-rounder and Joffrey Lupul that Chris Pronger, at 35 years old, was the missing piece to Philadelphia's Stanley Cup puzzle.
Overcoming such a valuable player's injury will ultimately make the Flyers a better team, and give them further experience in grinding it out—an experience that comes in handy right around playoff time.
To do so, the remaining leaders must lead by example so the young players follow suit and Pronger's status now, and for the rest of the year, is a more seamless transition.
If everybody is prepared to play without him, his return will only make the team that much better and he can be eased back into the lineup rather than depended on for 20-25 minutes per night right off the bat.
It will come down to the leadership, a question of whether things really are better now than they were last year. Philadelphia put up 106 points in 2010-11 despite Pronger missing 32 regular season games.
This year the chemistry of the club was supposedly improved. If that is, in fact, the case then this Flyers team should be able to deal with the short-term short comings of the team while Pronger is out and and continue to improve even when things are not going their way.
This will lead to more success overall, and an unstoppable machine of a hockey team once the captain returns.
These are my keys to overcoming Chris Pronger's eye injury, and the potential future instances where the Flyers may be without their best defenseman's services. Let me know if you agree or think I'm writing nonsense.