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Rinaldo out; Bryzgalov In against Wild

The injury bug has attacked the Philadelphia Flyers once again.

This time the victim is gritty forward, Zac Rinaldo.

On Tuesday morning, it was announced by general manager Paul Holmgren that Rinaldo was day-to-day with an upper body injury.

It has been reported that the injury was sustained at yesterday’s practice when he was struck in the face with a puck.

Early reports downplayed the occurrence and there were even some reports today saying that he was going to play tonight.

That is no longer the case.

Rinaldo has played in 35 games this year, has five points (one goal, four assists) and has 122 penalty minutes, the second most of any player in the NHL.

With Rinaldo out, it is expected that Jody Shelley will fill the vacant spot on the fourth line.

Shelley has only played in 14 games this year, has one point and 17 penalty minutes.

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It has officially been announced that Ilya Bryzgalov will be the starting goaltender in tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

At yesterday’s practice, Laviolette addressed the goaltender situation when he answered questions about who the team’s number one goaltender was.

“I hate numbers, you know that,” Laviolette said to reporters when asked who his No. 1 was. “That’s a silly question. I don’t use numbers.”

Bryzgalov has struggled as of late and has raised questions as to whether Sergei Bobrovsky was going to get more playing time.

Laviolette was quick to acknowledge that Bryzgalov has seen and will continue to see a lot of time.

“Now Bryz has gotten the majority of the starts,” he said to reporters. “Bryz was brought here to be a horse and has received the majority of games. I don’t see that changing.”

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