Sergei Bobrovsky to Start for Flyers in Season Opener vs. Penguins Tonight

Whoa.

Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in his first regular season NHL game tonight in Pittsburgh, Peter Laviolette told the team's website this morning. 

Bobrovsky was understood to have moved to #2 on the Flyers' depth chart with the injury to Michael Leighton, so to see him leapfrog veteran Brian Boucher is a huge surprise.

Not only that, could you think of a worse setting for a guy to make his NHL debut? The opening of the new arena for the team's biggest rival?

How surprised are you by this move? And what do you think the rationale could be for it?

Update: Brian Boucher said "I was shocked" when asked about Laviolette's decision, reports Sam Carchidi.

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