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Goalie nods: Emery goes for Flyers, Price looks to clinch home ice

Apr 10, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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News and notes from around the crease…

Flyers to start Emery

Ray Emery will play for the third time in six games tonight when the Flyers take on the Bolts in Tampa Bay.

Emery last suited up on Saturday — allowing four goals on 41 shots in a 5-2 loss to Boston — then watched as Steve Mason won back-to-back games against the Sabres and Panthers (Mason was great against Florida on Tuesday, stopping 38 of 40 shots.) In light of that, tonight’s game should be a big one for Emery; while Mason has racked up the wins lately, Emery hasn’t recorded a victory since Mar. 18.

For the Lightning, Anders Lindback will start as Ben Bishop (arm) remains out until the playoffs.

Habs turn to Price to clinch

Montreal will get its first crack at clinching home ice advantage in the first round tonight — a win against the Islanders, coupled with any sort of loss by Tampa Bay, will ensure it for the Habs.

Thus, they’ll be going with Carey Price tonight.

Price returns to the net one night after Peter Budaj allowed three goals on 28 shots in an OT loss to Chicago. The Canadian netminder has been very good for Montreal since winning gold in Sochi, emerging victorious in seven of nine starts while posting a 2.57 GAA and .923 save percentage.

For the Islanders, Evgeni Nabokov will start tonight.


Sabres at Rangers: Matthew Hackett vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Capitals at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin

Leafs at Panthers: Drew MacIntyre vs. Roberto Luongo

Devils at Senators: Cory Schneider vs. Robin Lehner

Coyotes at Predators: Thomas Greiss vs. Pekka Rinne

Blues at Wild: Ryan Miller vs. John Curry

Bruins at Jets: Tuukka Rask vs. Michael Hutchinson

Kings at Oilers: Viktor Fasth for Edmonton; no word on a L.A. starter.

Avalanche at Canucks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Jacob Markstrom


  1. mcphillthy - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Good for emery! That is a good feeling when your coach plays you in a pretty important game. Chief is confident in him

  2. muckleflugga - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    so let me get this straight …

    a man of first nations descent is putting a man of afro-canadian descent into a cage … so rich white people can pay large amounts of money to watch other white people pound him with sticks and rubber bullets …

    only to watch said afro-canadian become unshackled long enough to go beat and otherwise cause bodily harm to an innocent white man occupying another cage in the same arena

    and we’re okay with that …?

    • mcphillthy - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Yup! Game on!

  3. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Hmm, let’s pint out all the inaccuracies here:
    1. He’s not IN a cage, he’s in front of a net. A cage by definition is fully enclosed.
    2. I’m broke as he’ll yet I still get to go to games so no, everyone in the stands is not rich.
    3. Furthermore, not everyone in the stands is white
    4. Further-furthermore, not everyone on the ice is white(Wayne Simmons is on his own team)
    5. Finally, something that happened once, in one game, does not mean that will happen again.

    Your attempt at racist humor is offensive, pathetic, illogical, and not even close to being funny.

    Halford, I know you have sole discretion on what to approve, and that’s your prerogative, but you missed the mark on that one. Never should have been approved.

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM



    the term cage has long been used in hockey to describe the net enclosing the area behind the net … goalies in fact spend much of the game in the net by design or incident … if you had even a modicum of an historical reference in hockey from which to draw upon you would know that to be true

    we in north america earn and hold rank in the top four percent of the world’s wealth … most in the top two percent if actually employed … we are rich beyond measure of the other ninety six to ninety eight percent of the world’s population … we spend more at a starbucks in a single visit than the people farming and harvesting that coffee earn in a month

    we find ourselves in this wealth, not because we’re particularly intelligent, but by accident of fate …

    the extent of a lack of intelligence in our society is often measured against capacity to play the role of the self-righteous humourless dry-ass … the luxury of asses with time on their hands as by-product of wealth in proportion to their lack of wit

    you betray the characteristics of a humourless dry-ass admirably, but let me help you in your understandings …

    neither you nor any sanctimonious twat presuming to assume the part of special interest groups including aboriginals, blacks or gays own the english language or its usage in expressing humour

    i’m of scots descent and it is a rare day when as a race we do not come across anecdote speaking to our proclivity toward thrift … blessed with wit carried in our very dna, we simply parry the humour made at our expense with humour of our own, sharper and more barbed by long practice

    we neither burn our neighbourhood down nor attempt to turn every public event into forum to advance our ideology through force of simple black mail or effort at shaping public opinion through bullying or guilt

    in growing up my best friend was black and we, living on the wrong side of the tracks called several full blood indians and metis our friends … we blistered each other with appropriate digs and slams according to our race and still do …

    humour was the vehicle that made it work … we all eventually proved to be over-achievers by any standard in the material world despite our race … unburdened by pretentious opinion born of need to be perceived to be politically correct or pious

    if you can find a literate friend possessed of a sense of humour, have them read my comment, then explain it to you in context of the following you

    humourless buffoon:

    publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm.

    “the senator made himself famous as a pinch-penny watchdog of public spending, lampooning dubious federal projects”

    synonyms: satirize, mock, ridicule, make fun of, caricature, burlesque, parody, tease

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