The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of a three-game winning steak including two straight on the road. Tonight they take on the Calgary Flames looking to make it three straight on this west coast road trip and they will turn to Ray Emery in net to try and get them the victory.
The Flyers’ offense has been on fire of late. Claude Giroux is in the middle of a nine-game point streak, Jakub Voracek just had his nine-game point streak snapped last night and Wayne Simmonds had back-to-back multi-goal games. But the steady constant recently for the Flyers has been that Steve Mason has been in net. In December, Mason started 10 of the team’s 14 games and the Flyers went 7-2-1 in those 10 games.
When Emery was brought in this season, it was assumed it would pretty much be an even split in starts, but Mason has pretty much run away with the job. Emery has made only 10 starts compared to Mason’s 29 and Emery’s numbers have not been very good: 3-7 with a 3.23 goals against average and a .885 save percentage. His last two starts he has given up a total of 11 goals on only 46 shots.
The Flyers need a big performance from Emery tonight if they want to continue their winning ways. They have been relying on Mason entirely too much and need the balance from Emery if they are going to keep Mason healthy throughout the course of the season. Particularly tonight Emery will have to keep his eye on Jiri Hudler and Michael Cammalleri, who have combined for 23 goals this season.
Emery needs to come up big tonight and send the Flyers happily into 2014.