Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/18/10 at 04:22 PM ET
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will make his 12th straight start Thursday when the Flyers play host to shorthanded Tampa Bay. It will be his 16th start in 20 games, putting him on pace to play 66 of the 82 regular-season games.
After Thursday, the Flyers next two games are against elite Eastern Conference teams, Washington and Montreal. Based on coach Peter Laviolette’s past, Bobrovsky figures to start those games, too.
Bobrovsky is 22 and in great physical shape. He should not have a problem starting 60-some games this season. But allowing him to start 14 straight _ assuming he also starts against Washington and Montreal _ is a bit much. He has never played more than 35 games in any of his pro seasons in Russia.
It says here it’s good to rest a goalie for the mental fatigue as much as for the physical factors _ and the fear of wearing him down.
Give the kid a day off. Let him relax and unwind. Then start him the next six or seven in a row.
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