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Steve Mason was 33-18-7 with a 2.50 gaa, .917 sv% and four shutouts this season.
Against the Rangers, Mason is a career 4-1-1 with a 2.49 gaa, .928 sv% and no shutouts.
…i hate to throw cold water on our exuberance towards the Rangers in this series, but if Mason is 100% healthy, I’m actually a little worried.
…let’s face it, Emery, who is a borderline NHL goaltender at this point in his career, has been bad in this series. In the Game 1 loss, Emery was only able to save the harmless shots from the perimeter, while in the Game 3 defeat, he could barely do that. And while everyone praised the Flyers backup goaltender for his Game 2 performance, to me, it had more to do with what the Rangers weren’t doing (traffic) than what Emery was (allowing shots to hit him in the logo).
…yes, the Rangers have been the better team in the series, so Emery isn’t solely to blame, but I can guarantee you that Mason cleanly gloves that Nash floater from the side board in Game 3, instead of flubbing it over to Stepan which not only gave the Rangers momentum, but took the Wells Fargo Crowd out of the game early.
…now, Mason has literally had zero success in the postseason (0-4), but he’s a damn good goaltender who has a record of success against the Blueshirts. He has the ability to come-up with that game changing save which Emery was not capable of doing. Also expect the Flyers to be much more aggressive offensively knowing they have a competent goaltender who can bail them out of any odd-man chance against. The Flyers are in definite need of a lift, so the return of their starting netminder, sadly, could be it.
…i don’t think I need to remind anyone about the Rangers problems burying their chances this season. Thankfully Emery was so bad it didn’t matter, but I’m concerned with a legit netminder back between the pipes, the Rangers offensive woes could resurface.