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Different Net Approaches Working for Flyers, Coyotes

by Mike Morreale | / Arizona Coyotes
PHILADELPHIA -- If you think the road to success is the same for every NHL team, better think again.

Ilya Bryzgalov
Take, for instance, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Philadelphia Flyers, who meet for the first and only time this season at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. The Flyers (39-15-5, 83 points) stand atop the Eastern Conference behind the two-headed monster in goal that is veteran Brian Boucher and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky.

During February, Boucher (15-6-2, 2.26 goals-against average, .922 save percentage) has started four of nine games. Bobrovsky (23-9-3, 2.44 GAA, .919 save percentage) has started five.

The Coyotes (32-19-9, 73 points) are currently third in the West due in large part to the play of one masked man, Ilya Bryzgalov. The Russian-born netminder will make a career-high 19th straight start for the Coyotes on Tuesday. He'll go head-to-head against Bobrovsky, his fellow countryman, for the first time in his career.

The thing is, despite the contrasting styles in choosing a starting goalie from game to game, the Flyers and Coyotes have persevered this season. There's no reason to believe either coach will make any drastic changes down the stretch...

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