Tag: Ray Emery

Emery gets surprise start for Flyers


Ray Emery was supposed to be the back-up for the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Steve Mason was listed as the starter.

But when the puck dropped between the Flyers and Edmonton Oilers, Emery was in net and Mason wasn’t even on the bench, according to reports.

Rude welcome to the game for Emery, who allowed a goal from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins just 51 seconds into the first period.

Updated: Mason was back on the bench for the second period. According to reports, he felt sick during warm-up.

Goalie Nods: Hamburglar to make third straight start

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Ottawa sticks with Andrew Hammond

Ottawa is seven points back in the battle for a Wild Card spot with just 15 games remaining in its schedule. Under those desperate circumstances, the Senators are putting their fate in the hands of 27-year-old rookie Andrew Hammond. Given that Hammond hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his 11 appearances this season, it’s hard to fault Senators coach Dave Cameron for his desire to ride the hot hand.

The Senators will be challenged by the Philadelphia Flyers, which are coming off of a 7-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday. Steve Mason played in that contest, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see former Senators goalie Ray Emery start to provide Mason with a breather.


Panthers at Rangers: Dan Ellis will probably start for Florida while Cam Talbot has been confirmed for New York.

Canes at Blue Jackets: No word yet on Carolina, but there’s a good chance it will be Anton Khudobin after Cam Ward played Saturday. Sergei Bobrovsky will get the nod for Columbus.

Blues at Stars: Jake Allen will start for St. Louis. Nothing’s confirmed for Dallas, but it will likely be Kari Lehtonen.

Bruins at Capitals: Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn’t reveal Sunday’s starter, but Braden Holtby will probably play for Washington.

Preds at Ducks: Nothing’s confirmed, but it will likely be starters Pekka Rinne and Frederik Andersen between the pipes.

Get your game notes: Flyers at ‘Canes

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 06: Captains Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes face off during play at PNC Arena on October 6, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Philly gathering points, making a playoff push: The Flyers have won 2 straight games, with those wins coming against teams currently in the playoff picture (3-2 SO win vs. NSH on Saturday and a 3-2 win vs. WSH on Sunday).

• While not known for having a successful penalty kill this season (76.5% – 28th in NHL), the Flyers PK was 5-for-5 vs. WSH. PHI has not allowed a PP goal in the last 3 games (10-for-10 on PK). On the flip side, PHI went 2-for-4 on the PP vs. WSH. The Flyers are 3rd in the NHL on the PP (23.6%).

• After PHI’s loss to NYI on Jan. 19, the Flyers were 11 points behind the 2nd Wild Card spot with 35 games remaining. Now, having gone 8-1-4 since, the Flyers have trimmed that deficit to 4 points.

• The Hurricanes are last in the Metro, second to last in the East, and look to be sellers as the March 2 trade deadline looms. It has long been rumored that 28-year-old defenseman Andrej Sekera (45 hits, 98 blocked shots) is on the trading block, and center Jordan Staal’s (3G-11A in 22 GP) name has recently been brought up in trade rumors with PIT. However on Monday, Chip Alexander of the News & Observer tweeted that CAR GM Ron Francis said: “We are not moving Jordan Staal.”

• Staal has a full no-trade clause in his contract, which is in the 2nd year of a 10-year/$60M deal.

• With 2 assists vs. WSH on Sunday, Jakub Voracek set a new career high in points with 63 (19G-44A in 60 GP). His previous career high was 62 points (23G-39A in 82 GP), which he set last season. It was his first multi-point game since Jan. 19 @ NYI (also 2 assists). He now has 3 points (1G-2A) in his last 3 games.

• Voracek ranks 3rd in the NHL, 1 point behind Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) and Patrick Kane (CHI).

• PHI has never had a player lead the NHL in scoring by himself in the 46+ seasons of the franchise (in lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Eric Lindros shared for the NHL lead in pts w/ Jaromir Jagr, but he did not share the Art Ross Trophy title, as Lindros lost the goals scored tiebreaker to Jagr).

• Claude Giroux snapped an 11-game goal drought and 4-game point drought with 2 pts (1G-1A) vs. WSH.

• Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Giroux has the most points in the NHL (284 in 266 GP)

• He has 21 points (6G-15A) in 21 career games vs. CAR.

• Wayne Simmonds is catching fire after a 14-game stretch in which he had just 1 goal and 3 assists from late December leading into the All-Star Break.

• Since the All-Star Break ended, Simmonds has 14 points (8G-6A) in 12 games including an active 8-game point streak (6G-4A), the longest of his career.

• Leads PHI with 24 goals (13 on PP; 3rd in NHL); 3rd time he’s reached 20+ goals in 7 NHL seasons.


• Steve Mason hurt his knee on Feb. 8 vs. WSH, and had arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 10

• Ray Emery started the next 5 games going 1-1-3 with a 2.53 GAA. On Monday, PHI announced that he suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury in practice, and is listed as day-to-day. He did not make the trip to Raleigh with the team.

• With the injury to Emery, PHI recalled goalie Anthony Stolarz from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL).

• This season he is 7-11-3 in 25 games played with a 3.17 GAA and .908 SV%.

• Robb Zepp has started the last 2 games for PHI, posting a 1.92 GAA and a .911 SV%.

• This season he is 5-1-0, with a 2.63 GAA and a .894 SV%.

• With his next start, Cam Ward will become the fifth active NHL goalie to play 500 games.

• This season he is 15-19-4 with a 2.39 GAA (career best), and a .913 SV%.

• Anton Khudobin has lost his last 3 starts (all in regulation) and is winless in his last 5 starts overall (0-3-1 record, 4.55 GAA, .829 SV%).

• This season he is 6-11-3 with a 2.73 GAA, and a .901 SV%.

NHL on NBCSN: Flyers hope to keep surging against Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers v Carolina Hurricanes
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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as Carolina Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers at PNC Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

It remains to be seen if the Philadelphia Flyers dug themselves too deep of a hole to make a true playoff run, but either way, they’ve been showing quite a bit of fight lately.

Since Jan. 20, the Flyers have managed at least one standings point in all but one contest. They bring a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes are probably at the point that they’re manufacturing reasons to care.

At least tonight provides an organic one, as Cam Ward is set to play in his 500th career game.

It provides an intriguing contrast between two teams in net. On one hand, Carolina’s suffered through highs and lows with Ward over the years. On the other, the Flyers continue to experience upheaval at the position, in this most recent case thanks to injuries.

Rob Zepp looks likely to start against Ward tonight, with Steve Mason making his way back into the mix as he recovers from a knee issue. Ray Emery had done a solid job with Mason on the mend, but now he appears to be banged up as well.

When it comes to the Flyers, much attention will likely be placed on the dynamic duo of Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, especially since they shook off some minor droughts recently. Still, Wayne Simmonds comes in on a career-high eight game point streak (six goals, four assists), so Philly’s attack should be taken seriously.

The Hurricanes find themselves in a slightly awkward position with a home-heavy stretch of games and limited incentive to soak up standings points while the Flyers try to keep hope alive. With the trade deadline approaching, this game may influence how these two teams approach the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.

Flyers’ goalie carousel continues as Emery suffers lower-body injury


On Monday, Philly announced that Ray Emery’s dealing with a lower-body injury, one that prevented him from traveling with the club to Carolina for Tuesday’s game against the ‘Canes.

Emery, who’d been the goalie of record for six straight games from Feb. 8-19, had recently ceded the No. 1 gig to Rob Zepp, who backstopped Philly to a pair of key wins over the weekend — a 3-2 shootout victory over the Preds on Saturday and a 3-2 regulation win over the Caps on Sunday. That sweep of the back-to-back moved the Flyers to within two points of Boston for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

And now the Flyers might have their No. 1 ‘tender back.

Steve Mason, who has yet to be medically cleared, will make his return in a reserve role and back up Zepp for tomorrow’s tilt. It’s assumed Mason’s clearance will come tomorrow, and which time both he and the organization will take a wait-and-see approach for a potential return to game action.

Mason, who hasn’t played in nearly three weeks while recovering from knee surgery, had been very good prior to getting hurt. Mason is 11-12-7 on the year with a 2.27 GAA and . 925 save percentage.