Thursday, September 3, 2015

Flyers welcome being home; Bryz still No. 1

After spending most of November and December on the road - and then going on a recent week-long trip to Ottawa, Carolina, Long Island and Nashville - the Flyers are grateful to be home for nine of the next 12 games.

Flyers welcome being home; Bryz still No. 1

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Peter Laviolette has made it clear that Ilya Bryzgalov is still his No. 1 goalie. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Peter Laviolette has made it clear that Ilya Bryzgalov is still his No. 1 goalie. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

After spending most of November and December on the road - and then going on a recent week-long trip to Ottawa, Carolina, Long Island and Nashville - the Flyers are grateful to be home for nine of the next 12 games.

Since Nov. 9, the Flyers have played 29 games - 20 on the road.

“It was a grind,” coach Peter Laviolette said after Monday’s practice in Voorhees. “It was good to get through it and still be in good shape, and we look to make some hay down the stretch here.”

The Flyers host Minnesota on Tuesday.

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Though Sergei Bobrovsky has played like the Flyers’ top goalie, Laviolette made it clear that Ilya Bryzgalov is still his No. 1.

“I don’t use numbers, you know that,” Laviolette said when asked who was his No. 1. “Now Bryz has gotten a majority of the starts. I don’t know if that answers your question or not…Bryz was brought here to be a horse, and he’s received a majority of the games. I don’t see that changing.”

Bryzglaov is 16-10-3 with a 3.07 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.

Bobrovsky is 10-3-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .921 save percentage.

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Feisty winger Zac Rinaldo was hit in the mouth and left the ice during Monday’s practice, but general manager Paul Holmgren said the injury wasn’t serious and that he would be available to play on Tuesday.

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Center Blair Betts, sidelined with a knee injury all season, skated before practice again and said he hopes to play this season.

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