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Bryz and the Defense 'Bounces' Back

Deflections and bounces have become a dirty word for the Philadelphia Flyers.

At least that’s been the case in Ilya Bryzgalov’s most recent starts.

Whether it’s been on purpose or by accident, pucks have seemed to grow a pair of eyes prior to reaching Bryzgalov.

On Tuesday night, in the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 trouncing of the Minnesota Wild, the puck began to bounce in the troubled goaltender’s favor.

Rinaldo out; Bryzgalov In against Wild

Zac Rinaldo is injured and Ilya Bryzgalov gets a vote of confidence from his coach.

A Matter of Defense

While the Philadelphia Flyers have a successful record halfway through the season, there are still things that need to be improved upon down the stretch -- namely, defense.

The Flyers are 26-13-4 heading into their 43rd game of the season. They have the offensive depth it takes to make them Stanley Cup contenders, but a team needs to be balanced throughout the entire roster to go all the way.

The struggles of Ilya Bryzgalov in net for the Flyers has been highly publicized.

He is not playing at the level expected of him.

However, the 128 goals allowed by the Flyers so far this season have not all been Bryzgalov’s responsibility. The defense has struggled, and struggled mightily in some cases.

The Story of Bob, Bryz and Defense

It’s an issue divided.

When it comes to the Philadelphia Flyers defense, Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky, opinions vary across the gambit.

Following the Flyers most recent loss to the Nashville Predators, the debate has seemed more like a “Choose your own Adventure” book more so than a discussion.

Bryz struggles again in 4-2 Loss to Preds

The next few days are going to be full of debate.

Following the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, more fuel was added to the goaltender fire as Ilya Bryzgalov returned as the starting goalie.

Following two strong efforts by Sergei Bobrovsky, Bryzgalov was given an opportunity to display his talents.

Instead, more questions arose about his weaknesses.

No Controversy; Bob is the Starter

Despite playing the first two periods of Thursday night’s 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders like a virtuoso, Bobrovsky lost his shutout only 22 seconds into the final period.

After stopping 22 consecutive shots that had him sprawling across the crease for two periods, it merely took a tap from Kyle Okoposo to end his perfect night. Then to pile it on, the Islanders snuck a second goal by him with only 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

Not that it mattered at that point, but it distorts what otherwise was a phenomenal night from the 23-year old goaltender.

That’s the most important point to take away from Thursday night. It doesn’t matter that Bobrovsky wasn’t flawless, what matters is that he looked exceptionally good.

It’s something he has been doing a lot of lately.

Bob Expected to Lead Flyers into Long Island

The philosophy is simple enough to understand.

It’s a standard that Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette holds all of his players to; the security of your play, not your contract, will determine how much playing time you will receive.

While Ilya Bryzgalov has more than enough security in his lucrative nine-year contract, he will (in all likelihood) be viewing tonight’s game against the New York Islanders from the bench rather than the goal crease.

Bobrovsky Shelters Goaltender Storm

After Ilya Bryzgalov failed to earn back the confidence of his coach, it was Bobrovsky who got the call Tuesday night in the team’s final game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes.

It turned out to be the right decision.

Where there is smoke, there is Bryzgalov

Ilya Bryzgalov’s time in Philadelphia has been contentious to say the least.

Coming into town on the back of one of the most dramatic shakeups in team history (in addition to one of the largest contracts in league history), the 31-year old goaltender had a giant “X” on his back long before he ever wore an orange sweater.

For a franchise that has had inconsistency at the position since the late 1970s, Bryzgalov is expected to add stability to a role that has been lacking.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case thus far.

Matt Brigidi explains why there is no reason to worry about Bryzgalov

Alumni Game is a reminder of Flyers goalie past

Only the Chicago Bears really understand what's going on in Philadelphia.

The National Football League's Bears have had 15 different starting quarterbacks since 1992. No other sports franchise recently has had one of the most important positions in its respective sport be in so much flux.

That is until the Philadelphia Flyers and their perennial problems in net get tossed into the discussion.

Since Ron Hextall was "the guy" in between the pipes, the goalie position has been a revolving door for the Flyers from 1999 until today. They are hopeful the big money they spent on Ilya Bryzgalov this off season finally pays off, putting a stopper on the door.

The alumni game this Saturday is a reminder of the Flyers lack of any consistent goaltending in the last 15 years.