It’s interesting how quiet things have gotten in Philadelphia when it comes to the play of Ilya Bryzgalov. For the longest time this season, doubts were sky high as to whether or not Bryzgalov was going to be able to handle playing in Philly and his play certainly seemed to indicate that he couldn’t handle it.
Now that he’s shutting things down and playing very solid in goal, the howls for Sergei Bobrovsky to start have died down and Bryzgalov is set to make his 11th straight start tonight for the Flyers, this time in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. As Peter Laviolette tells Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com, Bryzgalov is looking good lately.
“Bryz is fresh. He’s ready,” Laviolette said after the morning skate. “Our team is fresh and ready, and we’ve got a big game tonight. Two points at stake against a team that’s desperate to win. We’ve got a guy who’s coming off a great game, and I’m putting him back in. No, it wasn’t a tough decision.”
Getting things settled down in goal has been huge for the Flyers considering their problems injury-wise elsewhere. With Pavel Kubina and Kimmo Timonen both banged up and Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek dealing with separate issues as well as Danny Briere being mired in a 21-game goalless funk, things could be dramatically worse if not for Bryzgalov.
Who would’ve thought we’d be saying that a couple months ago? In his last 10 games, Bryzgalov is 7-2-0 with a no decision and two shutouts. Keeping that solid play going would help make life a lot easier in Philly come playoff time.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)