Although Sergei Bobrovsky is playing better than starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, he remains the backup.

Its that time of year. Fall is fading out, and the winter is moving into the City of Brotherly Love. The Alumni Game is being played today and the 2012 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic is just two days away. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the guys I watched as a child and some that I never got see play. This game is a big deal for Philadelphia and alot of hype is going around. Not as much as that for the Winter Classic though.

Now I’m going to plead my case, like every sports writer would do. Most will agree with me, and some won’t. Two words, Four Syllables: START BOBROVSKY. Yes, Yes, we are all very well aware that $51 million went into that 9 year contract that “NHL ELITE GOALTENDER” Ilya Bryzgalov was given. To be honest, I couldn’t care less. Bobrovsky is playing better, has more confidence, and is on a roll. Start him. Bryzgalov is either going to play really bad, or really good, you never know with him. Lately, he’s been playing very bad, so most would assume that the same thing would happen for the Classic. People, such as myself, spent a fortune on tickets to go watch this game, and I know I don’t want to see some over-payed Russian let in cheap goals. Lets look at the numbers:

Ilya Bryzgalov:

14-8-3    /    .890 save %    /    3.01 GAA

[NOTE: Bryzgalov is 1-4-1 in his last 5 games]

Sergei Bobrvosky

8-2-1    /    .915 save %    /    2.52 GAA

[NOTE: Bobrovsky has won the last 3 games he started]

That should explain enough. I’m looking forward to the Winter Classic, I’m thrilled that I got tickets, and I would be even happier if #35 was in net Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

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