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11-15-2010, 11:17 PM
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From Chuck Gormley...

It’s fair to say that since he replaced John Stevens as head coach nearly a year ago, Peter Laviolette hasn’t made a bad move for the Flyers.
Is he about to make his first?

Laviolette must decide whether to start red-hot rookie Sergei Bobrovsky or ice-cold veteran backup Brian Boucher for Tuesday night’s game against the Canadiens in Montreal.

Bobrovsky, 22, has started every game in the Flyers’ 9-0-1 streak, including a pair of back-to-back sets. But could Laviolette burn out his rookie by starting him again on Monday, just 24 hours after a 5-1 home win over Ottawa?

“On the one hand, physically it’s a little tougher,” Bobrovsky said after turning aside 28 of 29 shots against Ottawa. “But on the other hand, with each game you get into the game much faster.”

In his two years in the Kontinental Hockey League, Bobrovsky has never started more than 35 games in a season. He’s currently on pace for 64 appearances. Is that too much for an unproven rookie who has never experienced the grind of an NHL season? Are the Flyers running the risk of injuring their franchise goalie by overplaying him?

Laviolette may be willing to push that envelope.

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