Heading into the 2014-14 NHL season, the Philadelphia Flyers had a unique plan; instead of using one star goaltender; they would take their chances with two and let them prove themselves.
However as the season has progressed they have played out in a very interesting way, Steve Mason has been dominant in net, while Ray Emery's only dominance came in a fight against the Washington Capitals.
Coming off of the most convincing win of the year against the Ottawa Senators, and with the team desperately needing some momentum, it would seem that the easy decision would be to play your best and hottest goaltender. Apparently coach Craig Berube disagrees.
He has decided to plug in Ray Emery to give Mason some rest. While I mean no disrespect to Emery, there has hardly been competition between Mason and himself in terms of form.
Hopefully he can step in and play well, however in a pressure packed environment with the team needing a win against the division leaders (not to mention greatest rivals), I have my concerns.
I could understand the logic if this were just a regular game against a middling opponent, however when facing one of the best teams in the league in a near must win game, you start your best players; it’s as simple as that.
With that being said, hopefully the offence can continue to click and we won’t need him to be otherworldly.
The signs are there for an explosion, the Flyers certainly have the offensive talent and they are coming off one of their most dominant offensive performances of the year against Ottawa.
So here’s to hoping for a big win in Pittsburgh tonight.
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