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Could Ilya Bryzgalov actually play worse in 2012-13 than he did in his first season in Philadelphia?
The 32-year-old goaltender probably won't have the same defensive depth and talent in front of him that he did last season, and without a true No. 1 defenseman, Bryzgalov will have to play much better for the Flyers to earn a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Most of Bryzgalov's success happened in Phoenix, where he excelled in the Coyotes' defense-first style of play, which is what current Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is playing well in.
The Flyers don't play a defensive style of hockey because their offense is so talented, among other reasons.
Unless Bryzgalov surprisingly improves this season, don't expect his stats to be any better in 2012-13. His GAA and save percentage in last year's playoffs were actually worse than his regular season numbers.
If injuries continue to weaken the Flyers' blue line, Bryzgalov will once again struggle to give the team good performances between the pipes on a consistent basis.