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Bryzgalov will indeed debut for Wild on Sunday

Mar 9, 2014, 7:12 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov already made an impact in Minnesota, but he hasn’t played for the Wild yet. That will change on Sunday, as he’ll debut for his new team against the red-hot St. Louis Blues.

The Blues take their 17-0-1 record against Central Division teams into Sunday’s game, but they’ll give Ryan Miller a breather after their new No.1 rattled off four straight wins. Brian Elliott gets a chance to prove that he can at least spell Miller here and there if he can get this win.

Bryzgalov, 33, experienced ups and downs in his 20 games with the Edmonton Oilers, going 5-8-5 with a .908 save percentage and 3.01 GAA. Much like Tim Thomas in Dallas, those highs and lows with a team failing to contend don’t mean nearly as much as what he may do for a team battling for positioning.

It’s a crowded situation in the Wild net, so Bryzgalov has a lot to prove beginning tonight.

  1. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    A crowded situation in the Wild net? Did I read that right? By crowded you mean kuemper is the starter, Bryz the backup and there are two guys who are injured/unable to play? I guess you and I have different notions of what a crowded goaltending scenario would be.

    • guitarisgood4u - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      I was thinking the same thing, but if Harding comes back soon and in the form he left in (which I think pretty much everyone hopes he does) The Wild will have a very crowded net, and with the way all three goalies have played this year, Bryz would look like the odd man out.

  2. courtjester1234 - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Lets face it,it’s because of his time in Philly that people want see what this idiot is up to. No other reason

  3. getadealdonealready - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I’ve never been a big Backstrom fan, however watching Bryz play last night sure made me appreciate Back, and wish her were healthy.

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