Bob to face Carolina; Leino ready

Sergei Bobrovsky will make his second consecutive start tonight in Carolina. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

   RALEIGH, N.C. _ Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will make his second straight start when the Flyers face Carolina Friday night at the RBC Center.

   After the morning skate here, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was asked if he thought Bobrovsky deserved to be in the rookie-of-the-year hunt.

    "He should be in the conversation," Laviolette said. "If he's not, then maybe I need to start rattling that cage."

   "Bob" is 23-8-3 wth a 2.42 GAA and .920 save percentage. Carolina's Jeff Skinner (21 goals, 45 points), San Jose's Logan Couture (24 goals, 37 points) and Boston's Brad Marchand (16 goals, 31 points, plus-21) are also among the NHL's top rookies.

   The Flyers have never had a rookie-of-the-year winner.

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 Winger  Ville Leino, who missed the last game with a groin/hip injury, said he felt fine at today's skate. He is expected to be in Friday night's lineup.Look for Jody Shelley, Nik Zherdev and Oskars Bartulis to be scratched.

   (BTW, the Flyers do not forsee any problems signing Leino after the season.)

   Before Friday's game, former Flyer Rod Brind'Amour will have his No. 17 jersey retired by the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. CSN will show the event on its pre-game show, which starts at 7:30. The game starts at 8.

   Brian Boucher was one of Brind'Amour's teammates with the Flyers. His work ethic, said Boucher, "set him apart."

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