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Mason wants ‘right into the fire,’ but Flyers expected to stick with Emery vs. Bolts

Steve Mason, Ray Emery

Steve Mason, Ray Emery


Here’s Philly goalie Steve Mason -- who hasn’t played in over a week -- talking about his adjusted role as Ray Emery’s backup in each of the last three games:

Emery took over starting duties last Wednesday -- the night after Mason was in goal for a 4-0 defeat to Chicago -- and has run the table, posting wins over the Penguins, Red Wings and Kings, stopping 73 of 77 shots combined in the latter two contests.

Based on today’s media availability, it sounds like Sugar Ray is in line for a fourth consecutive nod when the Flyers play in Tampa Bay Thursday night, and why not? Philly has secured at least one point in all six games Emery’s played this season, a far cry from Mason, who’s 0-3-1 on the year with a 3.83 GAA and .878 save percentage.

Should the Flyers indeed give Emery the Tampa Bay game tomorrow, it’ll set up Mason for the “easier” of the two games on the Florida trip -- Saturday’s date in Sunrise against the Panthers.

Maybe now’s a good time to go back and re-read this. Or this.