Goalie nods: Sore knee won’t keep Flyers from starting Mason on Saturday

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Steve Mason may have needed an ice pack on his left knee after Thursday’s game against Colorado, but he’ll be in goal for tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

“I feel pretty energized,” said Mason, per Philly.com. “I feel like I’m right in the zone where I want to be, and that’s all I can ask for. And it makes it easier when we’re playing well and winning hockey games.

“I’ll get plenty of days off in the summer.”

It’s a huge game for the Flyers, as they’re just ahead of Detroit for the final Wild Card spot in the East (both teams have 85 points but the Flyers have played less games).

The Coyotes will go with Mike Smith.

Elsewhere…

–The Islanders have yet to name a start, but expect J-F Berube to get the call for them. The Hurricanes will go with Eddie Lack.

Jake Allen will be between the pipes for the Blues. The Capitals have yet to name their starter. Braden Holtby pitched a shutout against the Devils on Friday night.

Roberto Luongo will get the call for the Panthers. The Lightning will answer with backup Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Frederik Andersen starts in goal for the Anaheim Ducks. The Ottawa Senators counter with Craig Anderson.

Antti Raanta will look to pick up a win for the Rangers. He’ll go up against Montreal’s Mike Condon.

–Look for Tuukka Rask to start for the Bruins. Jonathan Bernier will be in goal for Toronto.

Joonas Korpisalo will look to stop a red-hot Predators team. Nashville counters with Pekka Rinne.

–With Corey Crawford still on the shelf, Scott Darling will start for Chicago. The Flames counter with Joni Ortio.

Laurent Brossoit starts for the Oilers. Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice during the Kings’ morning skate.