Ray Emery has arguably been the Flyers' best player in the first two playoff games against the New York Rangers, and he will start Game 3 Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center, with Cal Heeter as his backup.
Emery played well in Game 2, earning him the start for Game 3. It appears his leash is short, however, as the Flyers may be quick to put Mason in if he's healthy for Game 4.
Emery, who is 7-2-0 (.936 SV%, 1.87 GAA) lifetime against the Rangers, would appear to get the start at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Emery started the Flyers’ last game there - on March 26 - his only blemish in New York. Though Emery’s statistics this season (9-12-2, .903, 2.96) are not pretty, he has played against the stiffest competition in the NHL (Boston, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago) since the Olympic break.
Emery gave up four goals on 41 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday. Emery has posted a 2.18 GAA and .933 SV% in his last four outings, but that has only resulted in a 1-2-1 record. Tonight, he start in Tampa Bay, and the road has not been very friendly to Emery this season. In 15 starts away from Wells Fargo Center, he is 4-9-2 with a 2.99 GAA and .902 SV%.
Emery stopped all 28 shots that he faced in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Blues on Tuesday. He was rewarded with the shutout, but not the win. The Flyers' backup has posted a 1.59 GAA and .947 SV% in his three most recent starts. Philly has not done him any favours starting him vs. the Hawks, Kings and Blues, now he will face the Bruins this afternoon.
Emery allowed three goals on 41 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Kings on March 24. Emery went 1-1-0 in March and carries a 4-8-1 record, 3.16 GAA and .895 SV% road record into St. Louis tonight. This matchup has ugly written all over it.
Emery stopped 23 of 25 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks last Tuesday. It was a much better outing than his first one vs. Chicago. The Flyers do not have a back-to-back and Steve Mason has been unreal lately, so it is surprising to see Emery getting the nod. That said, he will face the Kings tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, where he is 4-1-0 this season.
With the Flyers playing their third game in four days, they will give Steve Mason a breather and get Emery in the crease for the first time since February 27. He was battling a groin injury last week, but is healthy enough to start tonight vs. his former team. His first start vs. the Blackhawks was an ugly one. He allowed six goals and 18 shots before being pulled early in the third… Look elsewhere tonight.
Emery remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Cal Heeter will stay with the club until Emery is healthy enough to return. Emery's injury can not be too serious or you would have to believe the Flyers would have claimed Devan Dubnyk earlier in the week.
Emery leads the Flyers onto the ice for warmups and gets the starts vs. Berra and the Flames.
Emery allowed five goals on 39 shots in a loss to the Blue Jackets in his last start back on January 23. He has had one relief effort since then, giving up two goals on 14 shots vs. the B's. With tonight being the last day of the fantasy week, Emery should make for a strong last-ditch effort spot-start vs. the Flames.
Emery allowed three goals on 43 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders on Monday. Despite the loss, Emery looked extremely sharp all afternoon. He will get a second crack at the Blue Jackets tonight. In the first meeting he allowed five goals on 28 shots in a 6-3 loss.