Archive for Sergei Bobrovsky

Upcoming Week Looms Large for Flyers

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

There seems to have been quite a few moments this season when Flyers fans have said, “This upcoming stretch will really tell us a lot about this team and the direction their headed.” While, in most of these instances, such a thought was warranted, few times has it applied so meaningfully as it does to this upcoming week.

Little has been accomplished thus far in the minds of Sergei Bobrovsky and the Flyers

After an All-Star vacation for everyone not named Danny Briere, Claude Giroux, Peter Laviolette, and hopeless romantic Sergei Bobrovsky, the orange and black get right back into the swing of things with a gigantic tilt against a team nipping right at their heels in upper echelon of the Eastern Conference this week. February 1, 2011 brings with it a contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the second place team in an extremely tight Eastern Conference, and a team that has defeated the Flyers in their only two head-to-head match-ups this season: 3-2 and 8-7 victories in South Philadelphia. While the scene now shifts to Tampa Bay, the stakes do not decrease in the slightest. In fact, a regulation victory by Tampa Bay means that the Flyers would hold a narrow two-point cushion (with a game in hand, mind you) over the Bolts. Still, there is something to be said for the Flyers’ ability to be able to continue their tremendous first-half success into a difficult stretch out of a week-long break.

After squaring off against the Lightning on Tuesday, the Flyers head home on Thursday to take on the seemingly always-dangerous Nashville Predators, a team that sits just six points behind Detroit in the West’s Central Division. The Preds seem, once again, to be a lock for the postseason, despite the predictable picks against them being involved in the NHL’s second-season before the 2010-2011 campaign began. Three more difficult home games remain for the Flyers, as they welcome in possibly the greatest surprise in the NHL this season in the Dallas Stars, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Los Angeles Kings to round out a tough five-game span. And, for what it’s worth, the sixth game following those tilts is the season series finale against Tampa Bay right back in Florida.

Hartnell and the Flyers are in for a tough test against Tampa Bay Tuesday night

All together, those five games right out of the All-Star Break gate will be against clubs with a combined record of 140-88-23, certainly reflective of a tough bunch of contests. View the team schedule here: Philadelphia Flyers schedule

The Flyers have been the best through the first 50 games, but they will be up against some challenges after what has been a relaxing week for the majority of the members of the orange and black. Sure, all those other teams are going to be against the same obstacles as far as getting back into a rhythm of playing in games is concerned, but I don’t think I need to remind all of you about how the Flyers have fared after long layoffs (a 6-2 loss to Vancouver after an 8-day layoff around Christmas time comes to mind). Still, this stretch presents the Flyers with a great opportunity: continue to build upon their record so far – the league’s best – and make a statement during this “unofficial” second half start that the Flyers are the team to beat not only in the Eastern Conference, but in the entire National Hockey League. That message starts to be delivered Tuesday night in Tampa Bay. Until then, enjoy the break, but don’t lose sight of what looms ahead.

ESPN.com: Cross-Checks Blog

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 29, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

CROSS-CHECKS BLOG: STOCK UP, STOCK DOWN

STOCK UP:

Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers: So much for hitting the rookie wall. After a slight wobble, Bobrovsky (Bob to most around the NHL) is on a tear heading into the All-Star break. Bobrovsky has won six straight starts and has allowed two or less goals in each of those contests, while facing just over 30 shots a game during the streak. No wonder the Flyers hit the break as the NHL’s top team and the annual talk of Flyers goaltending uncertainty has quieted to a faint hum.

– Scott Burnside, ESPN.com

Bobrovsky to Start vs. Senators

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Previews with tags , , on January 20, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio is reporting that Peter Laviolette will turn to Sergei Bobrovsky for the second consecutive game, as the rookie Russian netminder will start tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

…Why not? Bob shut down one of the NHL’s more explosive offenses in Washington on Tuesday, and is closing in on his 20th win of the season. All year long, Lavvy has made a living riding the hot hand between Bob and Brian Boucher, and in Bobrovsky, Laviolette has the streakier goaltender at the moment.

Video: The VERSUS Crew Talks Flyers Netminders

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 16, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…REALLY enjoyed this one.  Thanks to Mr.FlyerGuy on YouTube for this video.

Bob in Net

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Previews with tags , , on January 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Per Mike Zeisberger, who is covering tonight’s Flyers contest in Atlanta for CSNPhilly.com, Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in goal for the Flyers tonight.

Bobrovsky has never started against the Thrashers before, and is coming off a 5-2 victory in his last appearance on Tuesday night against Buffalo.

@Kausatoday Says “Bob” is Calder Trophy Winner in First-Half Awards

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on January 13, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Top rookie: Sergei Bobrovsky (Philadelphia): He’s 16-6 with a .917 save percentage for the best team in the East. With Brian Boucher playing more, it’s possible that Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes) or Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks) will contribute more in the second half. But the first-half performance by “Bob” can’t be ignored.

– Kevin Allen, USA Today

Inquirer: Bobrovsky Beats Buffalo with ROY Form

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 13, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

BOBROVSKY REVERTS TO ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR FORM

How Bobrovsky wasn’t selected as one of the twelve Rookies for NHL-All Star Weekend is beyond me.  As a rookie, who STRUGGLED in the KHL, he’s one of the brightest points on a team that has had quite a few of them through the first half of the season.  Bob is incredibly quick post to post and after a bit of shaky start Tuesday night, recovered to make 38 saves for his 16th victory this season.  He’ll likely get the nod tomorrow night against Atlanta.