Bryz, Giroux sit vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH — The Flyers are giving team MVP Claude Giroux and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov a rest in Saturday's afternoon's meaningless game in Pittsburgh.

Officially, Giroux has an upper-body injury, the Flyers said. But if Saturday's game meant anything, he would be in the lineup.

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal against the Pens' Marc-Andre Fleury.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said he thought Bryzgalov was playoff-ready after a sharp performance in Thursday's 2-1 win over Bufflao. He said Bryzgalov had a busy March and wanted to give him a breather.

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Playoff dates. The NHL will officially announce the Flyers-Penguins playoff dates on Sunday, but a source said Games 1 and 2 will be in Pittsburgh Wednesday and Friday. Games 3 and 4 are expected to be Sunday (April 15) and Wednesday (April 18) at the WFC.

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