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Goalie nods: Emery goes for Philly, Brodeur starts in Montreal

Dec 2, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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All the news and notes from around the crease…

Flyers turn to Sugar Ray

Ray Emery will be in goal tonight when Philly takes on the Wild in Minnesota.

Emery is 3-2-0 with a 1.42 GAA and. 947 save percentage in his last five starts, but is coming off a loss to Tampa Bay last Wednesday (in which he played well, stopping 31 of 34 shots). It’ll be interesting to see how he fares against a Wild team that has struggled offensively as of late, scoring just four goals over its last four games.

Speaking of the Wild, Josh Harding will be in goal. He last played in a 3-2 shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday, stopping 23 of 25 shots.

Brodeur goes for Devils

Tonight promises to be an emotional one for Martin Brodeur, as he’ll start at the Bell Center in Montreal for the first time since his father’s passing in late September.

Denis Brodeur was a longtime team photographer for the Canadiens, and Martin’s starts against the Habs have always carried a special narrative because of that. As such, Monday’s game promises to be especially poignant.

Brodeur hasn’t played in a while — Cory Schneider went back-to-back in wins over Carolina and Buffalo — so it’ll be curious to see how Brodeur reacts to an extended time off. The veteran netminder will be up against Carey Price in the Habs’ goal.

Elsewhere…

Covered it fairly extensively on PHT already, but Cam Talbot will make his second straight start for the Rangers tonight at MSG vs. Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec goes for the Jets.

Ben Scrivens is confirmed for L.A. tonight vs. St. Louis, but the Blues have yet to announce who the starter will be.

  1. wethog66 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Sure hope tough guy Ray is between the pipes against the Caps on Dec. 15th.

    #RunRay29

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Why? Is Erskine going to give him one of his patented flying elbows?

    • wethog66 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Unfortunately Big John is on IR, so no, but there are others who can spend Dec. 15th in tough guy Ray Emery’s lap. Tom “Baby Huey” Wilson for starters, and Jason Chimera being so fast can have a tough time slowing down before arriving at the crease.

      In other words I expect the Caps to run tough guy Ray Emery like Forest Gump.

      #RunRay29

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        So, you expect the Caps to get a lot of penalties, ejections and suspensions. Great strategy for winning. Why not try to hurt where it matters, on the score sheet.

        #PunchDrunkHoltby

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    sugar ray, gotta like that…from one cage to another

    constable emery reporting for duty, suh…

    the NHLs poster boy for its player self-policing doctrine

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