Goalie nods: Mason out 2-3 weeks, Howard backs up tomorrow
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Flyers lose Mason, again
Steve Mason will be out 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, per the Courier-Post. News of the timetable comes just two days after Mason exited Sunday’s win over Washington following a setback with his knee, which has caused the 26-year-old problems all season long.
With Mason out, Ray Emery will assume starting duties with 21-year-old Anthony Stolarz backs up. Stolarz is with the team because Rob Zepp, who’s appeared in six games for the Flyers this season, is currently hurt with AHL Lehigh Valley.
On the other end of the injured goalie spectrum, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard will dress for the first time in over a month when the Wings take on the Penguins tomorrow.
Howard, who hurt his groin on Jan. 10 against Washington, will serve as Petr Mrazek’s backup and could return to the crease in Detroit’s following game on Saturday against Winnipeg.
The 30-year-old’s return will be a welcome one. Howard was playing extremely well at the time of his injury, going 16-7-7 with a 2.11 GAA and .920 save percentage, with two shutouts.
Stars at Bruins: Niklas Svedberg for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.
Ottawa at Buffalo: Robin Lehner vs. Jhonas Enroth
Oilers at Isles: Viktor Fasth vs. Jaroslav Halak
Flyers at Habs: Ray Emery vs. Carey Price
Ducks at Panthers: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Roberto Luongo
Coyotes at Blues: Mike Smith vs. Jake Allen
Bolts at Preds: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. Pekka Rinne
Wild at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, no word on a Minnesota starter.