By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Flyers have finally reached the elusive .500 mark (11-11-1), after beating the Senators 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, and jumping back into the playoff picture. The Flyers currently sit eigth in the Eastern Conference with 23 points, one point ahead of the also disappointing Rangers and two points behind the Devils. With only 25 games remaining in the lockout-shortened season, the Flyers embark on their biggest week of the season, beginning tonight in New York.
The most compelling figure on the Flyers team for the last two seasons has been controversial, quirky, and unorthodox goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who has had his share of ups and downs. This season, he’s 21st in the NHL in GAA (2.61) and tied for 27th in the NHL in save % (.907). However, Bryzgalov hasn’t received much help from his defense and is tied for first in the NHL in games played, with 21. Many have called Byrzgalov the Flyers’ top player in the first 23 games of the season, while others have criticized his behavior and inconsistent play.
Matt Leon previews the week’s games with Sarah Baicker of Comcast Sportsnet: