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Flyers play hot hand

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 5:30 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / At the Rink blog

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Flyers play hot hand
PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, in assessing the play of his goaltenders following Thursday's win against the Penguins, said it was important to him that Ilya Bryzgalov play back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday -- especially Thursday against the Pens, with first place in the conference at stake -- but that backup Sergei Bobrovsky would get games down the line.

That made tonight's game against the Lightning seemingly a good opportunity to give Bobrovsky his first action since Nov. 26. Instead, Laviolette has opted to start Bryzgalov for a fifth straight game. Bryzgalov has won four in a row, allowing just 11 goals in that span.

"He's rested, he's ready -- he's playing," said Laviolette. "It's a chance to get Bryz back in the nets. We brought him here for that reason. He's been winning games and we're going to put him back in there. Doesn't have anything to do with Tampa. I think it's different than what I said that last time, because we were playing the Penguins, they were the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference and we wanted to put Bryz in there. Tonight is just a game."

Here's how the rest of the lineup for the Flyers -- and the Lightning -- could look tonight.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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