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Bobrovsky in net tonight

PITTSBURGH -- Sergei Bobrovsky did it once, a little more than 3 weeks ago, but can he do it again?

Bobrovsky in net tonight

Sergei Bobrovsky, looking for his second straight victory in Pittsburgh,  will start in goal tonight. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Sergei Bobrovsky, looking for his second straight victory in Pittsburgh, will start in goal tonight. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

PITTSBURGH -- Sergei Bobrovsky did it once, a little more than 3 weeks ago, but can he do it again?

That’s the thought process behind Bobrovsky making his second start in Pittsburgh tonight, at the Penguins’ new Consol Energy Center. Bobrovsky shut out the Penguins for 2 periods in the Flyers’ 3-2 win on opening night back on Oct. 7.

Face-off is at 7 o'clock on the Comcast Network.

“He’s won in this building and he’s won his last game, so we figured we’d go back with ‘Bob,’” coach Peter Laviolette said after the Flyers’ morning skate.

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Tonight will be Bobrovsky’s sixth start of the season. He is 3-2-0 with a .904 save percentage and a 2.83 goals-against average.

Pittsburgh (5-4-1) leads the Atlantic division in the early going. With a win tonight, the Flyers (4-4-1) would take over.

Laviolette was asked on Friday morning whether he is bothered by some people thinking the Penguins are the top team in the East.

“That doesn’t bother me,” Laviolette said. “They’ve been tops in the conference for a few years now. Any time you play the Penguins, you have to make sure you’re ready to play. If you don’t, you won’t find what you’re looking for at the end of the night.”

Sidney Crosby said the Penguins have been having trouble finding their identity this season. Laviolette concurred.

The Flyers are looking for their first win streak of the season, as they have not won two back-to-back games yet this season.

“Some nights we can see who we are, other nights we seem to forget,” Laviolette said. “It’s early, too. Usually teams seem to separate themselves around Christmas-time. Now, you’re 2 losses away from being last in your conference and 2 wins away from being first in your conference.”

PENGUINS LINEUP: Arron Asham will play against his former team for the first time this season. Asham missed the first couple weeks of the season with a shoulder injury.

Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Malkin - Letestu - Asham
Cooke - Talbot - Kennedy
Rupp - Adams - Comrie

*Roxborough native Eric Tangradi is not currently in the lineup for tonight’s game. He has 1 goal and 1 assist in 9 games. That's subject to change.

LEIGHTON ON TRIP: Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton, who is still rehabbing from his surgery that repaired a herniated disc earlier this month, is on the team’s annual father-son bonding trip with his father.

For the latest updates, follow Frank Seravalli on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DNFlyers.

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