As the 2013-14 season begins to wind down, the race for the playoffs only gets better. Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New Jersey Devils for the fourth and final time this season.
While the stakes are high, Flyers fans should take a moment and realize they could be witnessing history. Martin Brodeur could be playing his final game against the Flyers. Brodeur is 41 years old and is on the final stanza of a two-year deal. While Mr. Brodeur has played for a rival, we at Broad Street Buzz tip our hats to his incredible career.
Mason, who is 26-15-6 with a 2.63 goals against average and a .913 save percentage, has had a rough stretch of games since the Flyers came back from the Olympic break. While he does have a 3-2 record, he has given up four goals in four of his last five starts. Granted, the defense has not done much to help him, but Mason has not looked very comfortable in the crease. With the injury to Ray Emery, Mason has started every game since the break, and it does not look like he will be getting any rest any time soon.
The Flyers have won two of the three meetings during the season, but none of them came in convincing fashion. The first was a 1-0 win on Nov. 2., the other an overtime victory Jan. 7. With the Devils going through a surge, scoring four or more goals in five of their last six, the Flyers’ defense will need to shut down the forwards, especially Adam Henrique. The Devils have gone 5-3-2 in their last ten games. The Flyers are 7-2-1 in their last ten.
The Devils will be a hungry team Tuesday night. With only four points separating them and the Flyers, this game has two crucial points for the taking.
Zac Rinaldo will not be in the lineup tonight because of an upper-body injury. Chris VandeVelde has been called up to fill Rinaldo’s spot in the lineup.