NEWARK, N.J. --
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky
will get his first start in almost a month on Sunday when the Philadelphia Flyers
visit Prudential Center for an Atlantic Division showdown against the New Jersey Devils
The Flyers scored a 1-0 shootout victory less than 24 hours earlier behind Ilya Bryzgalov
's fifth shutout of the season. It was Bryzgalov's 11th straight start between the pipes. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette
told the media prior to faceoff that Bobrovsky would get the nod -- Bryzgalov is the likely starter on Tuesday in Philadelphia when the Flyers close out the home-and-home set with the Devils.
Bryzgalov is 8-2-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and three shutouts in Philadelphia's last 11 games -- including a no-decision. He's posted a 0.99 GAA and two of the shutouts during the Flyers' current five-game winning streak.
"We talked about this, looking at the schedule and what was coming up," Laviolette said. "The back-to-back and the fact Bryz has played 11 in a row, every other night, pretty much. It's a chance to get a fresh goaltender in there."
Bobrovsky, who last started Feb. 18 in a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins
, is 12-8-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .900 save percentage in 24 appearances for the Flyers this season. He is 1-1-1 with a 4.71 GAA and .864 save percentage in three career games against New Jersey.
"You look at the schedule and what you have available, we got a guy who has been waiting and wants to get in there and play and this is a perfect spot to get him in there, as opposed to running Bryz down," Laviolette said.
Bobrovsky had lost four of the five starts he made in February.
The Flyers are 2-0-1 against the Devils in 2011-12 and have won five of eight and eight of the last 12 meetings. New Jersey has won its last two at the Wells Fargo Center, including a 4-3 shootout decision when the teams last met on Nov. 3.
The Devils will counter with Martin Brodeur
in goal. Brodeur is 44-29-9 in 83 career games against the Flyers with a 2.50 GAA, .904 save percentage and nine shutouts.
Here are the projected lineups for each team:
- Adam Henrique
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Patrik Elias
- Dainius Zubrus
- Jacob Josefson
- David Clarkson
- Ryan Carter
- Steve Bernier
- Mark Fayne
- Adam Larsson
- Marek Zidlicky
Brodeur will start and Johan Hedberg
, who earned a 23-save, 2-1 victory on Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs
, will serve as backup.
- Claude Giroux
- Jaromir Jagr
- Danny Briere
- Wayne Simmonds
Max Talbot - Sean Couturier
- Zac Rinaldo
- Eric Wellwood
- Brayden Schenn
- Braydon Coburn
- Erik Gustafsson
- Andreas Lilja
Bobrovsky gets the start in goal, with Bryzgalov serving as backup.