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Surprise start? Mason gets the call for the Flyers

Oct 2, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

Steve Mason #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers prepares for a faceoff during third period in a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers on April 6, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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In what many may think is a surprise move, the Philadelphia Flyers announced this morning that Steve Mason — not Ray Emery — will start in goal tonight at home versus Toronto.

Mason, 25, is looking to resurrect his career in Philadelphia after the former rookie of the year fell on hard times in Columbus. He did, however, have good numbers with the Flyers after being traded from the Blue Jackets in April, going 4-2-0 with a .944 save percentage in six starts.

But Emery, 31, had the best overall 2013 regular season, going 17-1-0 with a .922 save percentage for the Blackhawks before backing up Corey Crawford for the entire playoffs.

CSN Philly has more on the Flyers’ goaltending situation.

The Flyers’ next game is Saturday in Montreal. They also play Sunday in Carolina, so don’t expect to wait long before seeing Emery.

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