The hard-hitting, fast-paced and dramatic action of the NHL‘s Stanley Cup Playoffs has finally returned. For some teams, the journey begins tonight. For others, it will begin tomorrow night. It’s been a year of many memories made around the league; some good, some bad. Unfortunately, with those memories came some grief.
There will be plenty of superstars around the league that won’t know if they’re playing until perhaps minutes before the game. T.J. Oshie and Evgeni Malkin are just two of those players. You can now add the Philadelphia Flyers‘ Steve Mason to that list.
Mason was injured in the second period of last Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and didn’t come out to play the third. It’s been reported that he suffered an upper-body injury, but nothing so severe that they had to pinpoint what exactly was wrong with him.
Mason did come out for the early morning skate yesterday and was taking practice shots with forwards Zac Rinaldo and Michael Raffl. Afterwards however, he did clear the ice. The latest reports have no change on the status of Mason, but team officials are remaining very optimistic.
During yesterday’s practice, the team was heavily focusing on Ray Emery and newcomer Cal Heeter, with Emery as the obvious No.1 guy should Mason be unable to go in Game 1. A decision for Mason is expected to be made today according to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman.
Should Emery have to be the guy, fans might be able to breathe a little better than they think. Emery is 7-2 against the New York Rangers in his career and has a 1.87 GAA to go along with that record.