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Laviolette not revealing plans for goaltenders in Game 2

Earlier today I gave my guess as to what Peter Laviolette would do with his goaltender situation heading into Game 2. Turns out, we’re going to have to wait a day to find out ourselves.

After the Flyers’ practice today, Laviolette was not giving any hints as to what direction he might be going.

“We will keep everything internally with regards to lineups, lineup changes, lines, goaltenders, anything that’s internal we’ll probably keep it internal,” Laviolette said.

I can respect Laviolette not revealing any of his plans for tomorrow night; after all, this is the Stanley Cup finals. Coaches don’t reveal anything at all when it comes to their lineups or their players.

What is interesting is that it appears he hasn’t let Leighton or Boucher know either. At least, they didn’t know when they talked to the media after practice.

“It’s kind of up in the air, I haven’t talked to the coach yet,” said Leighton. “But if I am, I’ll just approach it like I did last game, just keep doing what I’ve been doing and try not to think about what happened last night.”

Obviously, Leighton says that he’ll be disappointed if he’s not starting in Game 2. Still, he’s not willing to start any sort of controversy and is just wanting to do whatever it takes for his team to win.

“Obviously, I would be disappointed,” Leighton said. “We’re in the Stanley Cup Final. That’s not the time to be mad at someone if I’m not starting. If Boucher goes in, he did a great job going in the other night. If he gets the start, then I have to support him. I’m not going to sit there and pout on the bench, because we’re in the Stanley Cup Final.”

Neither player was told before or during practice, but it appears the coaches will let them know before they go back to the hotel from practice. Both goaltenders said that they were worked the same during practice, trying to keep both goalies fresh, although Leighton did receive extra attention from the goaltenders coach.

With Laviolette not coming out and steadfastly sticking with Boucher after pulling Leighton last night, it feels as if the Flyers will have Leighton in net tomorrow night.