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Flyers update: Briere and Grossmann will play tonight, Bryzgalov to start

Apr 11, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

Danny Briere, P.K. Subban AP

There was the possibility that the Flyers could be going without a pair of key players in tonight’s Game 1 against Pittsburgh, but that won’t be the case because hockey players are tougher than you are.

Forward Danny Briere and defenseman Niklas Grossmann will both suit up for the Flyers tonight the team announced after this morning’s skate. Briere is a key offensive player for the Flyers while Grossmann is a needed presence on defense to try and slow down the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and James Neal.

The team will be hoping Briere’s contributions can be big as he’s had a rough go of it all season long thanks to nagging injuries. Grossmann, meanwhile, will give the Flyers a bit more of a defensive edge along the blue line.

One move that’s less surprising is Ilya Brygalov getting the start in goal for Philly. Bryzgalov missed the last few games of the season thanks to a chip fracture in his foot and some thought Sergei Bobrovsky might get the call in Game 1. After seeing the Penguins score easily on Bobrovsky in the season finale, Bryzgalov getting the call is no shock. While Bryzgalov didn’t participate in this morning’s skate, he said he was just resting for tonight.

  1. psujay - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Philly isn’t shorthanded? Aren’t they missing Pronger, vanRiemsdyk, and Meszaros? That’s a lot of talent….

  2. psujay - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    And also, saying Philly won’t be shorthanded…I mean, they’re playing the Penguins. They’ll probably take a penalty.

    • epictron1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Because of Crosby taking a dive.

  3. The Baseball Gods - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    The Flyers look like they will be missing Kubina along with Van Riemsdyk, Meszaros, and Pronger…..so they are still a little shorthanded. Also, Bryzgalov played two of the last three games of the regular season after he got the chip fracture. Get your facts straight Yerdon!

    • epictron1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Kubina is a healthy scratch.

      • The Baseball Gods - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        I have to think there is still something lingering with him because I would take somebody with 13 years experience and a Stanley Cup winner over a rookie who has struggled at points during the season.

      • phillyphever - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        Good, he’s been a bust since he got here.

  4. penzfan329 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    and the excuses start flowing in, the game hasnt even started yet…

    • The Baseball Gods - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Nobody is making excuses….just pointing out mistakes by the writer.

    • psujay - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      not really an excuse, as it’s not my team.

      But it’s clearly the main event in round 1.

    • billsfan13594 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Just because your whining about people whining, doesn’t mean that you aren’t, in fact, whining.

      • obamablowz - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Who the Sabers play in the first round?

      • billsfan13594 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        They don’t. I live in Philly you idiot. Bleed orange and black. I am huge flyers fan. But my dad first introduced me to sports with the bills. I will always root for the bills.
        Go fck yourself.

      • obamablowz - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        Fluck you and fluck your father u scumbag

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