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Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher: Philadelphia Flyers
Bobrovsky: Season: 28-13-8 / .915 / 2.59
Career Playoffs: None
Boucher: Season: 18-10-4 / .916 / 2.42
Career Playoffs: 17-14 / .913 / 2.20
Michael Leighton, who got Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, will be the third man on the depth chart for the Flyers heading into the playoffs. Meanwhile, it looks like the Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky will get the nod for the Flyers as they face the Canadiens in the first round.
Bobrovsky was the favorite for the Calder trophy through the first few months of the season, but after the All-Star break he began to show signs of vulnerability, and the Flyers found themselves turning to Brian Boucher more and more.
Bobrovsky has not been the same goaltender since defenseman Chris Pronger went down with an injury in early March. The truth is, the Flyers haven’t been the same team without Pronger. They have struggled mightily on the penalty kill in his absence and the defense has looked disorganized.
In order for the rookie netminder to have success, he will have to feel like he has a solid defense in front of him. Pronger’s status for the playoffs remains uncertain, and without him Bobrovsky is going to have to play tremendous in goal.