Flyers Notebook: Bryzgalov Not Impressed With 24/7

23 Dec

NEW YORK — Undoubtedly, Ilya Bryzgalov has been the No. 1 star of HBO’s 24/7 thus far. But he doesn’t think so.

“Is it funny?” he asked. “To me is not funny.”

He’s right. It’s not funny. It’s hilarious. And he’s not shy about it either. Even after the morning skate he was talking about his husky Mila, a rare occurrence considering he’s starting Friday night’s game against the Rangers.

“She’s famous, now,” he said. “She’s like a blonde babe.”

Bryzgalov has watched both episodes of 24/7 but some Flyers aren’t caught up. For some that’s because of scheduling, others it’s by design. Defenseman Matt Carle says he won’t watch until the series is over and the Winter Classic has been played because he doesn’t want to see the Rangers.

James van Riemsdyk has watched a little bit, but also wants to wait.

“I’ll probably wait to the summer when you can get them all together and you can just bang through them all,” he said. “I’ve heard Bryz is the star of the show. I’ve heard he’s got a career in philosophy when he’s done [playing].”

Still No Word From NHL On Lavy vs. Ott

Peter Laviolette said that he has not heard from the league regarding any discipline stemming from his altercation with Dallas forward Steve Ott after the first period of Wednesday’s game. But, as he did postgame in Dallas, also had no interest in talking about it.

“We should probably keep it to the game,” he said. “It’s a pretty big game. I think it’s a big game.”

Video of the altercation is below:

Injury Update

Danny Briere is day-to-day with a bruised hand, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. If he can’t go, Matt Read will take over his line.

Brayden Schenn “skated and did his off-ice conditioning again today,” Holmgren said, “and has made good strides.” He remains day-to-day with a concussion sustained on Dec. 3.

Sean Couturier also skated and did off-ice conditioning. He is day-to-day as well after being hit in the back of the head by a Kimmo Timonen slapshot last Saturday.

Line Change

Briere wasn’t at the morning skate at Madison Square Garden. Here are what the lines were without him in the skate:

Hartnell — Giroux — Jagr
van Riemsdyk — Read — Simmonds
Sestito — Talbot — Voracek
Shelley — Zolnierczyk — Rinaldo

Timonen — Coburn
Carle — Bourdon
Meszaros — Lilja

Bryzgalov will get the start against the Rangers.

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