Steve Mason Comfortable in Philly
VOORHEES— When he was with the Columbus Blue Jackets, goalie Steve Mason might have looked ahead to Saturday and circled the date for a game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Now that he’s a Flyer and has a new outlook on how to approach a game and work within a game, those days are gone.
“That’s something I don’t even think about anymore, if the team we’re playing is perceived as a top team or not a top team,” Mason said. “I try to approach every game the same, regardless if we’re playing a top team or a bottom team. My job is to do the exact same thing.”
It’s not clear yet how new coach Craig Berube will play Mason and Ray Emery with back-to-back games coming up with Phoenix Friday and Detroit Saturday.
Mason is 3-6-0 against the Coyotes with a 3.25 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. Emery is 2-2-1 in his career against them with a 2.10 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.
He says he hasn’t even told the goalies who will play when yet. He says he hasn’t even figured it out himself.
“Game-to-game right now,” Berube said.
Mason doesn’t need a whole lot of time to prepare. His whole mental state is different now. Instead of looking days ahead, he’s only looking seven minutes ahead.