Ilya Bryzgalov Set to Debut on Philly Ice

Ilya Bryzgalov Set to Debut on Philly Ice

Although last night's 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs was a satisfying start to the Flyers' preseason action, and we were all happy to see Bob notch a shutout, the most heralded new Flyer was not on the ice. In tonight's rematch, we'll get the opportunity to see Ilya Bryzgalov between the pipes and wearing the Orange & Black for the first time.

Lavvy says Bryzgalov will go the full 60 tonight, as Bob did last night. He is backed up by Jason Bacashihua. The Flyers lineup will look decidedly different than last night as well. Tonight's lines as provided by the Flyers below.

GOALTENDING
Ilya Bryzgalov - starter
Johan Backlund

FORWARDS
Andreas Nodl, Danny Briere, Jakub Voracek
Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Tomas Hyka
Max Talbot, Brayden Schenn, Matt Read
Jody Shelley, Blair Betts, Ben Holmstrom

DEFENSE
Kimmo Timonen
Erik Gustafsson

Oskars Bartulis
Braydon Coburn

Kevin Marshall
Andrej Meszaros

As you can see, there's not a lot of similarity to last night's lines, with only a few guys double-dipping. The Maple Leafs will be doing much of the same, including sitting their top line of Tim Connolly, Phil Kessel, and Joffrey Lupul.

Notably absent for the Flyers is Sean Couturier, who celebrated last night's 1 G, 1 A performance by agreeing to terms with the Flyers on an entry level contract that will pay him the rookie maximum. [More here]

JVR also gets the night off, but we'll get to see a more complete representation of the veteran forwards than last night, as well as Max Talbot for the first time.

The spotlight at the Wells Fargo Center is all yours, Illy. I'm pretty sure you've heard what the expectations are, but if not, just do what Bob did last night and you'll be fine.

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

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Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.