Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bobrovksy to start tonight in Detroit

UPDATE: Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in goal tonight against Detroit, coach Peter Laviolette announced.

Bobrovksy to start tonight in Detroit


UPDATE: Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in goal tonight against Detroit, coach Peter Laviolette announced.

Laviolette said he did not like that Ilya Bryzgalov did not have a chance to practice. "He's still battling," the coach said.

Also, Eric Wellwood, called up from the Phantoms today, will be in the lineup, replacing Jake Voracek. Voracek is day-to-day with an upper body injury, general manager Paul Holmgren said.


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DETROIT -- Ilya Bryzgalov traveled with the Flyers to Detroit on Saturday, according to a team spokesman.

The Flyers did not have a morning skate on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena in preparation for their 7:30 p.m. game, so it is unknown whether Bryzgalov is even available to play tonight against the Red Wings.

Bryzgalov, 31, has missed the last 2 games with flu-like symptoms.

Sergei Bobrovsky started both games, allowing 8 goals on 53 shots (.849 save percentage).

Extra goaltender Jason Bacashihua, a former first round pick who was re-called under emergency conditions on Thursday, did also travel with the team in case Bryzgalov cannot dress. Bacashihua has not appeared in an NHL game since 2007.

More from the rink later.

DETROIT ROCK CITY: The Red Wings seek to tie the 1975-76 Flyers and 1929-30 Bruins with their 20th straight win Joe Louis Arena. They have the league’s best record (22-2-1) at home this season.

The most startling stat? Detroit has given up just 27 goals during their 19 consecutive wins at home. Goaltender Jimmy Howard won the first 17 games before Joey MacDonald picked up the slack when Howard sat out the last 2 wins with a broken finger. Howard, who leads all goalies in wins, could be back in net tonight.

"We don't give up much, that's the facts," Wings coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. "We don't give up much at home. We seem to be aggressive. We seem to play with good tempo and move the puck. That's why we've had success."

The Red Wings weren’t particularly impressive at home last season, when they posted a 21-14-6 record at the Joe. The Flyers won there, 3-2, last January - also on a Sunday - which was their first win in Detroit since 1988.

The Flyers are 19-33-10 all-time in Detroit.

VORACEK UPDATE: Jakub Voracek, who played sparingly after a first period hit on Saturday, has an upper-body injury according to general manager Paul Holmgren. Voracek skated just 6:46 total and did not play at all in the third period.

Voracek did travel with the team to Detroit but it is unknown if he is available to play against the Red Wings. If Voracek were to miss the game, Jody Shelley would likely re-join the lineup after being a healthy scratch for 3 straight games.

BACK-TO-BACK: It hasn’t been pretty for the Flyers (3-4-2) in the second half of back-to-back games this season, which isn’t good news for their remaining February and March schedule.

Five out of their 8 remaining weekends in the season have games on both days.

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