Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to make his 10th straight start Monday when the surging Flyers host the Ottawa Senators.
How hot is the rookie they call “Bob?”
Well, he has an 8-0-1 record with a 1.79 GAA and .944 save percentage in his last nine starts. Overall, the 22-year-old Russian is 10-2-1 with a 2.08 GAA and .932 save percentage.
Entering Sunday, Bobrovsky was among the NHL leaders in wins (tied for first), save percentage (tied for fifth) and GAA (seventh).
Bobrovsky is a legitimate candidate for the Calder Trophy, given to the league’s top rookie.
No Flyer has ever won the award.
In other news, left winger James van Riemsdyk figures to replace Andreas Nodl in Monday’s lineup. Nodl, who has points in six of his last seven games, injured his big toe when he blocked a shot Saturday and is day to day. Van Riemsdyk, a healthy scratch the last four games, was with Mike Richards and Nik Zherdev during Sunday’s practice. Nodl did not practice.
Consecutive games started by rookie goaltenders in Flyers history:
18 – Tommy Soderstrom (1992-93), Antero Niittymaki (2005-06)
16 – Pelle Lindbergh (1982-83)
12 – Ron Hextall (1986-87)
11 – Roman Cechmanek (twice in 2000-01)
9 – Ron Hextall (twice in 1986-87), Tommy Soderstrom (twice in 1992-93), Sergei Bobrovsky
8 – Roman Cechmanek (2000-01), Pelle Lindbergh (1982-83)
7 – Ron Hextall (1986-87)
6 – Roman Cechmanek (2000-01)