The Flyers will look to build upon their recent success tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As they approach the playoffs, Flyers head coach Craig Berube said there will not be a goaltender carousel in the playoffs this year like there was in 2011 under then-head coach Peter Laviolette. Berube’s sentiment means Steve Mason will be the guy the Flyers ride in the playoffs and his play will determine the success of the team.
Well, for that, Mason gets the night off.
Backup goaltender Ray Emery gets the start for the orange and black tonight in Florida. Emery has displayed decent numbers against the Lightning in the past so giving Mason a breather tonight made sense. He has faced the Lightning 13 times before getting his team a point in eight contests going 6-4-2 with a 2.41 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
The Flyers will likely rely on Emery tonight and in one of the two weekend games which hold an enormous impact as far as playoff seeding goes. Philadelphia is currently slated to play the Rangers in the first round with New York holding home-ice advantage.
They’re already in the playoffs but where the Flyers travel to is up to them.