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Ilya Bryzgalov hurt, could miss Game 5 according to report


Ilya Bryzgalov is a game-time decision for Game 5 on Friday night with a hip injury, according to WIP's Howard Eskin. In addition to the Bryz news, Eskin reports that Nicklas Grossmann will likely miss Game 5 and that James van Riemsdyk is likely to return to the lineup Friday. Eskin may not know a thing about hockey, but he has a hell of a source in the organization and is almost always right when it comes to Flyers injury news.

CSN's Tim Panaccio reports that his sources deny a new Bryzgalov injury, while Paul Holmgren has also denied Eskin's report. If Bryzgalov really is hurt, it explains a whole lot. His lateral movement looked awful on Wednesday night, and the only logical explanation for his game would be an injury.

If Bryz can't go in Game 5, Sergei Bobrovsky would get the start, and as bad as he looked last night, it's not fair to read into that game at all. Bob historically has unreal numbers against the Penguins and at Consol Energy Center in general, and Bob is a capable goaltender. There's certainly drop off from Bryzgalov, but a healthy Bobrovsky is better than the Bryzgalov we saw last night any day of the week.

As for the other news, it's not necessarily all that surprising. van Riemsdyk skated at practice Thursday on a line with Matt Read and Jakub Voracek, according to reports, and Grossmann almost certainly has a concussion.