Tomorrow at noon the New York Rangers will take on the Philadelphia Flyers in-game two of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Rangers, the Flyers and all the fans in between expected starting goaltender Steve Mason to return to his spot between the pipes on Sunday, but according to the Flyers he is not and Ray Emery will once again get the nod.
Mason suffered an upper body injury during the Flyers penultimate game of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins and has not returned since. He was hoping to return to tomorrow’s game but he is now targeting Tuesday, game 3 in Philadelphia. Mason is obviously the superior goalie of the tandem, hosting a 2.50 goals against average and a .917 save percentage compared to Emery’s 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage.
That being said, Emery, who allowed four goals on 36 shots on Thursday is not the Flyers problem. While yes Emery is not as good as Mason he did manage 32 saves against a relentless Rangers offense during game one, the problem with the Flyers was their offense. During game one the Flyers tallied only 15 shots on goal against Henrik Lundqvist which is not nearly sufficient enough to win any playoff game. It can be argued that Emery should have been able to make the tough save against Mats Zuccarello or should not have given up such a huge rebound to Carl Hagelin but that’s irrelevant if the offense struggles to produce more than ONE shot on goal in the third period.
Anyway Rangers fans, Steve Mason is out so Ray Emery stays in! Keep checking back on the site for more updates and news all day going into tomorrow’s game!