The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Wednesday morning they will start Ray Emery in net for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New York Rangers. Steve Mason is out with an injury and will not travel with the team to New York.
Mason was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins when Jayson Megna slammed defenseman Andrew MacDonald into Mason. The goaltender played the remainder of the second period then did not return for the third. He practiced yesterday but the ultimate decision on his play was slated to come Wednesday.
It did and it wasn’t good for Flyers fans.
The 31-year-old Emery is no slouch between the pipes. He posted a 9-12-2 record this season with a 2.96 goals-against-average and a .903 save percentage. He also posted two shutouts but went 1-0-1 in those games losing in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues.
What is perhaps most encouraging about Emery starting in net is his success against the blueshirts over the course of his career. Emery is 7-2-0 all-time against the Rangers with a 1.87 GAA and a .936 SV% with two of his seven wins being shutouts.
It could be worse for Flyers fans but this isn’t the ideal situation.