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NHL on NBCSN: Flyers aim to get back on track vs. Sabres


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as Buffalo Sabres host the Philadelphia Flyers at the First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The odds remain stacked against the Philadelphia Flyers making the playoffs, but if they want to make a surge, they need to mop up games like Sunday’s match against the Buffalo Sabres.

Philly will display something of a new look on Sunday, as they get some players back from injuries and/or illnesses. Michael Raffl looks like he’ll return to his spot on the Flyers’ vaunted first line while Braydon Coburn should eat up some key minutes on defense.

It’s not the only situation to watch, however, as Zach Bogosian readies for his Sabres debut after the blockbuster Tyler Myers – Evander Kane trade.

Buffalo looks to roll with Michal Neuvirth tonight while the Flyers will go as far as Ray Emery can take them, at least until Steve Mason can return from his knee injury.

(Some believe the Flyers should shut down Mason altogether in 2014-15.)

Can the Flyers lock up two crucial points or will the Sabres play the role of spoiler? We’ll see on NBCSN on Sunday night.

Goalie nods: Stars go with Lehtonen versus Florida, Enroth ‘likely’ to play tomorrow

Kari Lehtonen
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News and notes from around the crease…

His name is Jhonas

Kari Lehtonen will begin life on a short leash tonight against Florida — he’ll start against the Panthers, but will have newly acquired backup Jhonas Enroth on the bench for the first time since GM Jim Nill acquired him from Buffalo on Wednesday.

Lehtonen, who has been criticized this year for his uneven play, is 4-2-1 with a 2.70 GAA and .916 save percentage since the All-Star break — decent numbers, but hardly the type Dallas needs as it looks to get back into a playoff position.

Per Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, Enroth will “likely” play at some point this weekend. Based on that, he’ll probably be in goal tomorrow when Dallas takes on the Avs in Colorado.

For Florida, sounds like Al Montoya is likely for tonight’s affair.


Flyers at Jackets: Ray Emery vs. Curtis McElhinney

Devils at ‘Hawks: Cory Schneider vs. Corey Crawford

Sharks at Coyotes: Antti Niemi vs. Mike Smith

Bruins at Canucks: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, no word yet on a Bruins starter.

Goalie nods: Mason out 2-3 weeks, Howard backs up tomorrow

Steve Mason

All the latest from the crease…

Flyers lose Mason, again

Steve Mason will be out 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, per the Courier-Post. News of the timetable comes just two days after Mason exited Sunday’s win over Washington following a setback with his knee, which has caused the 26-year-old problems all season long.

With Mason out, Ray Emery will assume starting duties with 21-year-old Anthony Stolarz backs up. Stolarz is with the team because Rob Zepp, who’s appeared in six games for the Flyers this season, is currently hurt with AHL Lehigh Valley.

Jimmy’s back

On the other end of the injured goalie spectrum, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard will dress for the first time in over a month when the Wings take on the Penguins tomorrow.

Howard, who hurt his groin on Jan. 10 against Washington, will serve as Petr Mrazek’s backup and could return to the crease in Detroit’s following game on Saturday against Winnipeg.

The 30-year-old’s return will be a welcome one. Howard was playing extremely well at the time of his injury, going 16-7-7 with a 2.11 GAA and .920 save percentage, with two shutouts.


Stars at Bruins: Niklas Svedberg for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Ottawa at Buffalo: Robin Lehner vs. Jhonas Enroth

Oilers at Isles: Viktor Fasth vs. Jaroslav Halak

Flyers at Habs: Ray Emery vs. Carey Price

Ducks at Panthers: Ilya Bryzgalov vs. Roberto Luongo

Coyotes at Blues: Mike Smith vs. Jake Allen

Bolts at Preds: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. Pekka Rinne

Wild at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, no word on a Minnesota starter.

Report: Mason to undergo knee surgery

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Looks as though Steve Mason will go under the knife to try and solve his problematic right knee, according to CSN Philadelphia:

After multiple MRIs — more than three — the Flyers and Mason have decided they will scope his right knee to find the source of pain and why it’s been locking up on him, a source told CSNPhilly.com.

Mason’s latest injury came Sunday at the bench during a timeout at the Flyers-Capitals game. The 26-year-old goalie went to bench to stretch, then his right knee buckled.

He left the game and did not return while backup Ray Emery picked up a 3-1 victory in relief.

This is the third time since Jan. 6 that Mason has injured his right knee.

Losing Mason for any significant length of time would be disastrous for the Flyers, who have inched back onto the brink of playoff contention — just nine points back of Boston — thanks to a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 games. Mason has been a big reason for the improved play; as Brough wrote in his recent praise piece, Mason’s .924 save percentage ranks 6th in the NHL and puts him ahead of the likes of Semyon Varlamov (.923), Henrik Lundqvist (.922), and last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Tuukka Rask (.921).

With Mason sidelined and veteran Robb Zepp injured in AHL Lehigh Valley, the Flyers have recalled Anthony Stolarz — the 21-year-old will back up Ray Emery for the time being, beginning with Tuesday’s game in Montreal.

Hextall would be surprised if Mason plays next week

Steve Mason

The Philadelphia Flyers earned a much needed 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals this afternoon, but a dark cloud hung over their accomplishment as starting goaltender Steve Mason left the game due to a lower-body injury.

After the contest, Flyers GM Ron Hextall confirmed that Mason wouldn’t be able to come with the team to Montreal for Tuesday’s game and he’d “be surprised” if the 26-year-old netminder played at all during Philadelphia’s upcoming three-game road trip. That being said, the full extent of Mason’s injury isn’t known.

To make matters worse, the man Philadelphia would have likely summoned from the AHL, Rob Zepp, is also hurt.

“We only have one other guy under contract, so you guys can probably figure that one out,” Hextall told reporters with a smile on his face. The man Hextall is referring to is Anthony Stolarz, who is 20 years old and has a 2.99 GAA and .912 save percentage in 21 contests as an AHL rookie. Hextall admitted that Stolarz probably isn’t ready to play in the NHL, but he’ll nevertheless back up Ray Emery, who has a 3.34 GAA and .886 save percentage in 21 games.

Unless of course Hextall wants to put on his pads.

“If I were 15 years younger I might try,” said the 50-year-old general manager.

This will be Mason’s third stint on the sidelines this season. He previously dealt with knee and back problems.

With a 23-22-8 record, Philadelphia is nine points shy of a playoff spot, although that might change depending on the outcome of Boston’s contest against Montreal tonight.

You can watch Hextall’s press conference below: