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Goalie nods: Emery starts for Flyers, Backstrom in for Wild

Nov 13, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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News and notes from around the crease…

Flyers go with Emery vs. Pittsburgh

“Sugar” Ray Emery will be in goal for Philly tonight against heated rivals Pittsburgh.

Emery gets the start ahead of Steve Mason, who was perfect on Tuesday night against Ottawa by stopping all shots faced in a 5-0 shutout victory. Emery’s last game came on Thursday in a loss to New Jersey in which he played well, stopping 22 of 24 shots.

Emery will be going up against Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens goalie has played well of late — allowing just two goals on 32 shots in a 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday — but is looking for a win after suffering defeats in his last two outings.

Backstrom gets a shot

After losing his No. 1 gig to Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom will be back in goal tonight for the Wild against Toronto.

An early-season injury to Backstrom paved the way for Harding to take the starting job, but now it’s Backstrom’s turn to take advantage of an opportunity. Harding is sick, but it’ll take a herculean effort by Backstrom for the Wild to consider turning the net over to him full-time. Backstrom’s last outing wasn’t good — allowing five goals on 28 shots in an Oct. 28 loss to Chicago — and he hasn’t played since, so rust could be a factor.

No official report on who’ll start for Toronto tonight, but it appears Jonathan Bernier is likely.

Elsewhere…

– There’s only one other game tonight, and that’s Dallas at Edmonton. Neither the Stars nor the Oilers have confirmed who’ll be starting, but early projections figure it’ll be Kari Lehtonen for Dallas and Devan Dubnyk for the Oilers.

  1. hockey412 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    “Emery will be going up against Marc-Andre Fleury.”

    I really hope not.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      LOL!

  2. mp1131211 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Back-o-the-net-strom…. Maybe just play a sixth skater instead and see if we can keep pace?

  3. blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Obvious why Chief is starting Emery but i would rather see Mason in net!

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Are you kidding? The Flyers have a great goalie and they are going to put Emery in? Hoping he can cross that line before the 10 game suspensions come into play?

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      I agree Mason should be getting the start!

    • runhigh24 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      you can’t run your #1 goalie down by starting him every game. the backup gets a handful of games too. the 2nd game of a back to back is the perfect opportunity.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    MAF prob isn’t sleeping much during pre game nap today….

  6. ufostomper - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I hope emery skated down on MAF

  7. hazlydose - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I wish the Pens still had Johnson as a backup. He could put that thug Emery in his place.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Johnson breaks DiPitro (not hard to do) and that makes you think he could take Emery?
      And please dont say you are using this fight an example

      Emery would destroy Johnson!

      • hazlydose - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        No, I’m using the fight where he dropped Dipietro and broke his jaw in one shot. Emery could come charging into that let all he wanted.

  8. steelers88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Thank you Flyers for putting Ray Emery in. SJSharks66 not to sound mean and please don’t take this the wrong way are you actually a sharks fan or are you a penguins fan? I know your name is SJ Sharks 66 but you comment a lot on the Penguins.

  9. sjsharks66 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Steeler, the pens are my east team that I enjoy to watch and see do well. My wife is a die hard pens fan also. I also comment on any article with a good story and this happens to be one of them. :)

  10. c1md6 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Sharks blow…5-2 Flyers tonight, Gmoney with 3 points, book it.

    • buysamadrink - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      “G Money” with 3 points? Must be referring to Tanner Glass, because you can’t be talking about Fraud Giroux.

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