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Bobrovsky to start in Winter Classic

Ilya Bryzgalov had some good news and some great news for Flyers fans to start the New Year.

After Sunday's practice at Citizens Bank Park, the hose of the 2012 Winter Classis held Monday at 3 PM (new time), Bryzgalov told reporters that he will not be starting in the Classic.

“I have great news and I have even better news,” Bryzgalov told NHL.com. “OK, the great news is that I am not playing tomorrow night. And the better news is that we have a chance to win the game tomorrow night.”

The comedic irony in Bryzgalov's voice is a little worrisome as he is again in the funk he spoke of in October. For those who need a refresher, after the 9-8 loss to Winnipeg back on October 27, Bryzgalov told reporters that he was "lost in the woods."

The numbers don't lie and that is the real reason Peter Laviolette will role with the 22-year-old Bobrovsky in tomorrow's out door game.

In Bobrovsky's last eight starts, he's 5-1 (two no-decisions) with a 1.55 goals against average and .947 save percentage. In Bryzgalov's last 4 starts: 0-4, 4.58 GAA, .816 save percentage.

Tim Panaccio tweeted that he was told Laviolette was not thrilled with Bryzgalov informing reporters of his decision to start Bobrovsky tomorrow.

Quotes from Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere were also tweeted in support of the decision as well as a mutual backing behind starting Bobrovsky was made imminent.