On the Ice with Isaac: Flyers Goalie Battle Heating Up
It doesn’t take much for Steve Mason to keep a positive attitude these days.
“Right now in practice, I feel really, really strong,” said Mason, who likely will be tonight’s starter against the New Jersey Devils. “It’s just a matter of carrying that into the games.”
After losing his confidence during a down year with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mason appeared to gain it back during a seven-game stint with the orange and black following a trade deadline deal last season.
“He needed a change of scenery, maybe to listen to a different voice and new teammates,” goalie coach Jeff Reese said. “When people don’t believe in you, you can sense it. I think that happened to him in Columbus.”
The Flyers appear confident in both Mason and Emery, who made 17saves against the Devils Tuesday. It seems they are planning on platooning the two unless one goalie emerges as a bona fide No. 1. Platooning seems to be a growing trend around the league.