COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sergei Bobrovsky, traded from the Flyers to the Blue Jackets in June 2012, will make his first start against his former team tonight at Nationwide Arena. Bobrovsky was on the shelf with a groin injury when the Jackets and Flyers played a home-and-home last month.
“To be honest, at this time [of the morning], it’s the same as any other game,” Bobrovsky said. “Maybe when I get closer to the game and see the old Flyers jerseys, maybe I’ll get a little more excited.”
Bobrovsky is 6-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage since he returned from injury.
“To protect the injury, you have to have perfect mechanics,” Columbus goaltending coach Ian Clark said. “What I tried to impress on him was to come out [of a month-long rehab] with perfect mechanics. He came out feeling really good about his game. He just had an opportunity to get so many reps and add a cleanliness to his game.”
Clark, of course, was Steve Mason’s coach in Columbus. Mason was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Flyers last April, has yet to play against his old team at Nationwide Arena. Mason was scheduled to start tonight, but that plan was scuttled when the Flyers were pushed into a back-to-back situation.
Mason had 29 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night. That game was supposed to be played Tuesday, but was postponed because of the snowstorm.
"Razor’s been playing well, so this is good for him,” Mason said. “There will be plenty more opportunities to come."
Clark always believed that Mason would get back on track, and he is not surprised that Mason played himself into a new contract in Philadelphia.
“There was water under the bridge [in Columbus],” Clark said. “I had no doubt in my mind he’d find a place and be successful. He’s an extremely big, long-limbed, mobile goaltender with great talent.”
The Flyers had 18 skaters and both goaltenders on the ice for their morning skate, which was optional. Claude Giroux, Vinny Lecavalier and Mark Streit took the morning off.