January 22 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“With 35 games left in the regular season, there is no way to gauge which of the Flyers’ dependable goalies – rookie Sergei Bobrovsky or veteran Brian Boucher – will get most of the playoff action.
“We’re a long way from the playoffs and still sorting it out,” goalie coach Jeff Reese said after Friday’s practice in Voorhees. “I know it’s a cliché, but we’re going one game at a time . . . and who gives us the best chance to win that night.”
Because of his success against New Jersey in last spring’s playoffs and this season, Boucher is expected to face the suddenly resurgent Devils at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Flyers will try to become the first expansion-era (post-1967-68) team to register 1,000 wins at home.
Throughout the season, coach Peter Laviolette has opted for the goalie with the hot hand. From Oct. 26 to Nov. 18, he went with Bobrovsky for a 12-game stretch mostly because he was so effective and partially because the confident 22-year-old Russian told the coaches he would not lose for a month.
Beginning Dec. 11, Boucher started eight of 12 games. Bobrovsky has started three of the last four contests.
“Right now, Lavvy is going with his gut,” Reese said, later adding that he and Laviolette also look at a goalie’s history against teams and factor that into their decision.”
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