Goalie nods: Mason makes fifth straight start — and third in five nights — as Flyers host Wings

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Steve Mason will be back in goal when Philly hosts Detroit in a crucial playoff jockeying match at Wells Fargo.

It’ll be the fifth straight start for Mason, who’s 3-1-0 in his last four. That one loss came on Saturday in a 5-4 shootout loss to Florida, a game in which Mason faced 29 shots — normally not that high a total, but a bit of an anomaly for the Flyers, who held Tampa Bay (x2) and Columbus to under 20 shots in Mason’s three wins.

So, it’ll be interesting to see what happens tonight.

The Red Wings are coming off a game in which they fired 38 pucks at Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, who proceeded to stop all 38. Afterward, defenseman Danny DeKeyser bemoaned the lack of high-percentage shots fired in Bernier’s direction.

“I didn’t think we had enough quality chances,” DeKeyser said, per MLive. “For the most part (Bernier) did a good job of not letting rebounds come off him. They did a good job of keeping a lot of our chances to the outside.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of Grade A chances.”

For the Red Wings, Petr Mrazek starts in goal.


Marc-Andre Fleury goes for the Penguins, who will host the Isles. Thomas Greiss was in goal for Monday’s come-from-behind win over Florida, so it could be Jean-Francois Berube‘s chance for a start tonight. No word yet.

— It’s Eddie Lack versus Braden Holtby as the ‘Canes visit Washington.

— After Ben Bishop started the last three games, Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the nod for Tampa Bay. The Leafs will counter with Bernier.

Al Montoya looks to give Roberto Luongo the night off, after he played on Tuesday against the Isles. Montreal will go with Mike Condon.

Devan Dubnyk versus Craig Anderson as the Wild take on the Sens in Ottawa.

— No word yet if Jonathan Quick will get back in goal for L.A. following Tuesday’s shutout of the ‘Hawks (setting a U.S.-born goalie record in the process). Kari Lehtonen is likely for Dallas.

James Reimer is going for the Sharks tonight. The visiting Bruins have yet to announce a starter.