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Rangers ‘know the areas to go after’ on Mason, says AV

Apr 24, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

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Sounds like the Rangers are more than prepared to face Steve Mason Friday in Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Flyers.

From Newsday:

“We went through the same preparation as we went through with Emery, scouting report, some video, we know what to expect from him and we know the areas to go after,” said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Mason’s former teammate Derick Brassard said: “He’s had a good season, we’ve got to expect him to be good. He plays the puck well, so we have to be carefeul on the dump ins.”

Derek Dorsett. “We have to throw a lot of pucks on him, he hasn’t played in a while, test him early, especially in the playoffs, where there’s a little more pressure.”

The Rangers are familiar with Mason, having faced him three times during the regular season — though that hardly amounted to great success. The Flyers goalie was very good against the Blueshirts, going 2-1-0 with a .937 save percentage and 2.01 GAA (the strength of those numbers came at Wells Fargo, where Mason went 2-0-0 against New York with a .955 save percentage and 1.50 GAA.)

Friday will mark Mason’s first start of the series — he was sidelined since suffering an upper-body injury in the final weekend of the regular season — though he did play seven minutes in relief of Emery during a 4-1 loss in Game 3.

  1. upper90cheese - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    uhh – pretty sure they don’t play until Friday. Good job on the article tho. Riveting.

  2. The Baseball Gods - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Seriously dude? You say ‘tonight’ twice in this article. How do you have this job when you have no clue what’s going on in the league? The game is tomorrow night ya idiot.

    • trbowman - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Relax bro.

      Although I’m still waiting for you to offer me a job, PHT. Call the higher-ups.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Baseball Gods and upper90cheese — apologies. I did (and, do) know the game is on Friday, “tonight” was an error. It has been fixed to reflect the change.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        I know you’d probably get fired for telling customers to go elsewhere, but I almost expected a “find your way back to HBT” response for him being such a dick about it.

        Hey, at least you woulda been guiding him to another NBCS site…

      • thailer35 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Man, Halford, you’re all class. Guy calls you an idiot and you’re still super polite about it.

        Halford is one of the better writers here, even if he slipped up and said tonight instead of tomorrow, it’s still more accurate than most of O’Brien’s articles, am I right?

  3. ibieiniid - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    every team knows the opponent’s goalie’s weaknesses before every game on every night. exploiting them is the key. I don’t even see a story hidden in this one.

    • matt14gg - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Agreed, the only thing I hate about it is, as on overall philosophy I hate when coaches talk about players on the other team. It’s the surest sign of insecurity when you feel the need to inform the public that you know an opponent’s weakness. One coaching tenet I’ve always believed in is that you should worry about your own team, especially publicly. Of course behind closed doors you game plan and identify weaknesses, but there’s something about invoking “the other team” that somehow sends a bad message to your own team.

  4. trbowman - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    At least he isn’t Ray Emery.

    Flyers should be exploring the FA market for goalies come this off-season. Maybe Halak, for one.

    • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Hiller?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Gustavsson also. there’s a lot of UFA goalies coming up. some older guys too, if they can talk one into a backup role. I don’t know the pending contract statuses of most of these guys but i’ll throw out some UFA names for you consideration and amusement (to think of some of them in a Flyers jersey):

        Brodeur
        Nabokov
        Thomas
        Halak
        Hiller
        Miller
        Elliot (that one may actually be possible, no?)
        saved the funniest for last ………Bryzgalov.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        I’m going to go ahead and submit this list to Ray Shero also “just in case”

      • ibieiniid - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        yeah, then Fleury could back Mason up.

        (I had to. don’t flame me)

      • ibieiniid - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        not that the Flyers could afford half (more like 3/4) of those guys.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        wait wait wait. why the f*** are we talking about offseason? let’s stay focused 412, focused.

      • hockey412 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Agreed. I’m ashamed….

        The Pens last game must’ve had me daydreaming about the off-season…

    • maalea - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      They signed Mason to be the starter. If the Flyers don’t re-sign Emory, they will bring in another back-up.

  5. rpiotr01 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    “…we know what to expect from him and we know the areas to go after,” said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

    Added Vigneault, “There is often space between the goalie’s legs – we call that the five-hole. That’s a good area to go after. We will shoot the puck there sometimes, unless there isn’t room. In that case, the player will shoot the puck over Mason’s shoulders, where there is often room. If that proves impractical, we will shoot to either side of Mason, under either arm or past his outstretched glove hand. We’ve done studies, and we know that no matter how hard we shoot, the puck will not go through his chest or pads and into the goal, so that’s an area to avoid.”

    • ibieiniid - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      lmao! that was classic.

  6. macgrubie - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Nice little billboard material for the flyers

  7. laxman1944 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Thinking the Flyers will show up Friday and send AV back to the video room……..

  8. philafly - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I guess the Rangers didn’t know where to shoot on Mason during the regular season when he went 2-1 against them with a 2.01 GAA and .937 save percentage, as reported in the earlier article about Mason.

  9. bleedrangerblue - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Look my flyer friends. Rangers will win this series. It’s that simple, doesn’t matter who’s in goal. You could put Bernie Parent in net. Wait he stoned Duguay on a breakaway at the winter classic. Go Rangers!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      I’m sure you were consulting that crystal ball in 2010 when Hank choked (again) too. You were predicting a sweep last week Homer.

  10. bleedrangerblue - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Tough crowd here Mr. Halford.

  11. bleedrangerblue - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Look broadstreet all flyer fans were predicting sweep cuz of Emery. Do you have a captain?? Ranger fans are confident. That’s all. Get out your golf clubs.

    • maalea - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      The Flyers felt no need to trade their Captain this season. Can’t say the same for the Blueshirts.

      • dswt25 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Blueshirts captain wanted stupid money to re-sign so they let him go for St. Louis rather than to let him walk at the end of the season. Re-signing him for 6 years at $6 mil + would have been a disaster. St. Louis is putting up some points in the post season…Callahan had ZERO for Tampa and is now playing golf. Hopefully the Flyers will pay him what he wants over 6 years…would kind of be their style to overpay for a guy like him. And speaking of the Flyers Captain, he has how many goals in the playoffs so far…and how many shots on goal?

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