|Go go gadget...power play!|
Huge offseason free-agent prize Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start for Peter Laviolette's Flyers. Despite the fact that he has been winning games to the tune of a 13-5-2 record, Bryz has not had a stellar season otherwise, with a 2.83 GAA and .897 save percentage so far. He gave up five goals the last time these two teams met. Elsewhere, the Flyers will be without three of their top players for this game. Their leading scorer Claude Giroux, up and coming center Brayden Schenn, and star defenseman and captain Chris Pronger will be absent with concussion symptoms, though Pronger is also sidelined with a knee injury. Tough break for the Flyers to be without some of their best players; the Caps must take advantage.
Dale Hunter will give the call to Tomas Vokoun in goal for the third consecutive game. Vokoun has won his last two starts, and on the year is 12-7-0 with a 2.70 GAA, .910 save percentage, and one shutout. He was brilliant the first time he faced the Flyers, stopping 40 of 42 in that 5-2 win in October. On the injury front, the Caps will be without Mike Green (groin), who is on injured reserve and travelled to see a groin specialist in Vancouver over the weekend. He has not skated in four days. Jay Beagle is also out with a concussion, while Matt Hendricks will miss another game with a knee injury. Jeff Schultz will be the healthy scratch among the defensemen for the second game in a row.
Puck drops for this one 7:09-ish. Check back later.