Brossoit under microscope as Oilers host Flyers

From FOX Sports - December 6, 2017

EDMONTON, AlbertaAll eyes will be on Oilers goalie Laurent Brossoit when Edmonton hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Brossoit has moved from the role of little-used backup to the main man in net since the Oilers placed Cam Talbot on injured reserve last week.

However, Brossoits play hasnt exactly inspired a lot of confidence with sports fans in the Alberta capital. While the Oilers beat the visiting Calgary Flames 7-5 on Saturday, Brossoit allowed four late goals to turn a 6-1 third-period lead into a nail-biter, including allowing two very soft goals on hit-and-hope shots from the corner.

So far this season, Brossoit has appeared in eight games. He has allowed five goals or more in four of them. His save percentage is a worrying .872.

Coach Todd McLellan gave Brossoit a vote of confidence, naming Brossoit the starter for the Wednesday game. That means that Nick Ellis, the former Providence College star who was called up from the teams AHL affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif., will need to be a little more patient before he gets his first NHL appearance.

Its a good opportunity to go back out there and redeem myself, Brossoit said. To be honest, Im a little bit excited to go back out there with a little fire in my stomach to prove to myself, to prove to my team and the staff and everyone else that Im worthy.

The Flyers, who snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 5-2 win at Calgary on Monday, clearly will be hoping that Brossoits issues from the third period of his most recent start spill over into the Wednesday game.

Its been a long stretch, Flyers winger Jakub Voracek, who tops his team with 33 points in 27 games, said of breaking the losing skid that lasted almost a month. Tough one. Its one game. Now we fully expect to win on Wednesday. We have to play the same way. We have to be ready. Its going to be a tough matchup again.


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