Bryz ill; Bob will start

(UPDATED at 3:15 p.m.)

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was ill and did not participate in the Flyers' optional morning skate on Thursday, and Sergei Bobrovsky will start tonight against visiting Toronto.

GM Paul Holmgren said Bryzgalov has the flu. "We will know more later in the day," he said in a text message.

Jason Bacashihua was recalled from the Phantoms to be Bobrovsky's backup. With the Phantoms, Bacashihua was 7-6-1 with a 2.98 GAA and .902 save percentage.

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Bacashihua, 29, appeared in 38 NHL games for St. Louis from 2005-07, going 7-17-4 with a 3.19 GAA.

The Flyers will be trying to end a season-high three-game losing streak.

Coach Peter Laviolette said the Flyers need to generate more traffic in front and be in an attacking mode.

"You want to go out and do the right things and play with a certain identity," he said.

Said center Danny Briere: "It'll be a dangerous game if we start playing a river-hockey game against the Leafs. We don't want to do that. We know they have a lot of firepower."

As for Bobrovsky, the Flyers are confident with him in the net.

"To be honest with you, it doesn't really matter who starts for us," Briere said. "Bob has played tremendous hockey throughout the year. I'm never worried about him. He had a great season last year _ obviously not the way he wanted to end it _ but he was good for us for the most part. He seems to get better and quicker. He's definitely a goaltender who in the futiure is going to be one of the tops in the league. I'm guaranteed of that."

It should be pointed out, however, that Bryzgalov, the usual starter, has a nine-year contract.

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At the morning skate, Justin Musciano, 27, from Delaware County, replaced Bryzgalov as one of the goalies.

Musciano was playing in a game with several Comcast-Spectacor employees when he was asked to stay for the Flyers' skate.

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Defenseman Luke Schenn said he loves playing in Toronto, but he hopes to one day be teammates with his brother, Brayden, who is with the Flyers.

Luke Schenn has been on the Flyers' radar. The trade deadline is Feb. 27.

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Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski said he feels bad about hitting Chris Pronger in the eye with his stick in October, but that it was "100 percent accidental."

Pronger will miss the rest of the season, and his career is in jeopardy.

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