As if the soap opera that defines this season couldn’t find any more ways to twist the plot and keep us on edge, now we have this:
Starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is hurt. Paul Holmgren with the matter-of-fact revelation…
“An MRI revealed a chip fracture in his right foot. He will be unavailable for Thursday’s game and is day-to-day.”
Prior to the game, it was widely reported, that Bryzgalov took a shot to his right skate. The Flyers suffered a bizarre 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay at home on Monday, with Bryzgalov allowing four goals on 14 shots — though none of which could be obviously traced to the ailment suffered in warmups.
Following the game, there were multiple reports of the hottest goalie in the NHL this month limping noticeably.
It’s an imperfect capper for a near-perfect month for the 31-year-old, who has been outstanding in March, posting a 10-2-1 record. For the season, he carries a 2.46 goals-against average with six shutouts this season and a 32-15-7 overall mark.
According to several sources this afternoon, Jason Bacashihua will get the call from Adirondack. Once again, we’ll note that the Michigan native hasn’t actually appeared in an NHL game since the 2006-07 season for St. Louis.
There are six games remaining in the regular season, beginning with Thursday night’s season-series capper with Toronto at Air Canada Centre. Depending on the severity of the chip (and it can be as serious as one in the ankle which sidelined Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Galinari for a month), Sergei Bobrovsky is in for some unexpected extra work as the stakes get higher.
And th-th-that’s not all, folks.
Kimmo Timonen is now listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury of unknown origin. Timonen, you’ll recall, missed five games from March 4-11 with a lower-body injury.
Marc-Andre Bourdon is set to be recalled from Glens Falls to fill that now-vacant roster spot.