|Florida was Florida. Time to up the game a little bit.|
Peter Laviolette will give the call in nets to his $50 million dollar man, Ilya Bryzgalov. The former Coyotes and Ducks stopper has been superb since signing his massive free agent deal this offseason, posting a 3-0-1 record in four starts to go along with a 1.99 GAA, .927 save percentage, and one shutout. In terms of their lineup, the Flyers are missing defensive and faceoff specialist Blair Betts due to an injury that has kept him out all season. Other than that, though, Philadelphia brings all of their big guns to the table for tonight's game, including some number 68 guy. The Flyers will also debut shiny prospect Brayden Schenn, the crown jewel of the Mike Richards deal, tonight after he was recalled yesterday.
Bruce Boudreau is expected to start Tomas Vokoun in goal, his fifth consecutive start in the Washington blue paint. Vokoun has been absolutely superb the last week, and is coming off his first shutout in a Washington uniform; that came Tuesday night against the Panthers. On the year, Vokoun has posted a 4-0-0 record so far, which is accompanied by a 1.94 GAA, .935 save percentage, and the one aforementioned shutout. On the injury front, Washington is still missing the services of Tom Poti (groin), John Erskine (shoulder), and Jay Beagle (face/head). DJ King is expected to be the healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.
Puck drops 7:09-ish. Check back later.