Goalie nods: Flyers give Mason fifth straight start

The season is less than two months old and Steve Mason has already had his share of ups and downs, but the Flyers will give him a fifth consecutive start in Saturday’s game against the Senators.

Mason allowed seven goals in two losses to start the year and was then forced to miss a pair of games for personal reasons.

He came back and played relatively well over a five-game stretch that saw him go 2-2-1 while allowing 13 goals during that span.

The Flyers then turned to Michal Neuvirth for five of their next six games before giving Mason this recent string of action.

“With some of the things on the personal side and injuries early in the year, he really didn’t have a chance to get into that rhythm,” said head coach Dave Hakstol. “I think this busy stretch allows him to do that.”

Craig Anderson will be in goal for Ottawa. He has a career record of 8-4-2 against the Flyers.

Elsewhere…

James Reimer puts his five-game winning streak on the line, as he and the Leafs will likely take on Tuukka Rask.

-Backup Anders Lindback is expected to be in goal for Arizona. The Jets will counter with Ondrej Pavelec, who has a 6-2-1 record with a 2.04 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage in his career against the ‘Yotes.

Reto Berra will make his seventh straight start when Colorado takes on Washington. Braden Holtby will be in goal for Washington. He’s been rested in two of their last three games.

Martin Jones will look for his fifth straight win on Saturday night. Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Henrik Lundqvist is the likely starter for the New York Rangers in Florida. Roberto Luongo will start for the Panthers after taking a maintenance day on Friday.

Frederik Andersen and his 4-6-4 record will get the start in Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop puts his 4-0-1 career record against the Ducks on the line.

Jimmy Howard will make his first start in three games. The Blues will go with Jake Allen for the 11th time in their last 13 games. Allen is coming off a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

-Buffalo will turn to Chad Johnson in Dallas. The Stars will counter with Antti Niemi, who’s making just his third start in nine games.

-After Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Blue Jackets, the Predators haven’t announced their starter yet, while the Wild will give Devan Dubnyk the nod against a team he played two games for in 2013-14.

Corey Crawford is expected to face the Canucks. Vancouver has yet to announce a starter, but they will likely to turn to Ryan Miller in this one.

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