Three things to watch: 1. Battle for 8th seed in the East The Eastern Conference playoff race has gotten a lot more interesting in the last few days. Five teams – Winnipeg, Washington, Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Toronto – are all within three points of each other from seeds 8 through 12. Tonight will be a big game in this race. With a regulation win the Sabres can move into a tie with the Jets for the 8th seed. 2. Suddenly-surging Sabres How have the Sabres put themselves in a position to tie Winnipeg tonight? They’ve taken advantage of an average conference by surging into 11th in the East with a 6-0-1 stretch in their last seven games. Ryan Miller has been spectacular in net, while the offense is getting contributions from all around. 3. Winnipeg’s power play The Jets are 3-1-2 in their last six games, thanks in part to their white-hot man advantage. The power play unit has vaulted to seventh in the league after a 10-for-26 (38.5%) run in the aforementioned six-game stretch. They’ll be facing a Buffalo penalty kill that his killed off its last 11 power plays against.
Final thoughts: The Sabres have won three in a row, while Claude Noel’s Jets are coming off a dominant 7-0 victory over Florida on Thursday. This game could easily go either way. I’ll take Winnipeg on home-ice. Prediction: Jets 2, Sabres 1 (OT)
The rest of today’s predictions: Coyotes over Penguins Ducks over Oilers ---
Five must-read links: - NHL.com: Injury woes continue to plague Red Wings - The Hockey News: Getting To Know: Cory Schneider - Puck Daddy: Please don’t ask Ilya Bryzgalov about how well Ilya Bryzgalov is playing - NESN: Tuukka Rask’s injury comes at tough time - Edmonton Journal: How to prevent “Fall for Hall” and “Fail for Nail” campaigns ---
Ilya Bryzgalov's most impressive save Sunday came off the face of Philadelphia Flyers teammate Pavel Kubina.
Bryzgalov used his blocker to shrug off the third-period volley initiated by Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, one of 34 saves in the Flyers' 1-0 victory at Verizon Center. More games like this and maybe "embattled" or any other negative adjective...
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Sacramento Bee, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov looks as if he is finally starting to get his mojo back.
Or as the Five-Man Electrical Band put it, long before Bryzgalov was born:
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign ...
Sign: Bryzgalov stopped four of five shots as the Flyers actually won a shootout (Stop the presses!) in Calgary...
Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his third shutout of the season. He is just the third Flyers goaltender to record three shutouts in a season since the lockout (Biron 5, 07-08; Emery 3, 09-10).
The game was the Flyers’ first 1-0 win since Dec. 30, 2007 at Florida (Niittymaki).
Claude Giroux took 10 faceoffs tonight, the fewest he’s taken in a game this season.
You never know what you're going to get on a particular day when you walk into a dressing room.
After watching Ilya Bryzgalov over the last several weeks, I feel he has gotten his act together since coming back from the flu. Yeah, he had a couple gaffes in giving up the first goal on the first shot, but his game seems to be getting better.
He exudes confidence.
Over the course of the Flyers' recent westerly road trip and home victory over the Islanders, Ilya Bryzgalov's game started to come together. There were still some letdowns and potentially stoppable early-game goals against, but the goaltender increasingly stepped up in crunch time.
Last night, it all came together in a 1-0 road win in Washington. By the early stages...
Eric Wellwood scored less than a minute after Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout to give his players an earful, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves, leading the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
Bryzgalov earned his third shutout of the season, and the 26th of his career, even though the Flyers were missing two defensemen who sat...
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With less than a minute remaining in a tightly contested battle between the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, the 6-3, 218 pound forward Johan Franzen tried to manuever into scoring position in front of Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. With one goal already on the night and time winding down, “The Mule,” as he is often called...
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