News: Mason gave up four goals on 34 shots in a shootout loss to the Senators on Monday.
Impact: Mason has let in four goals in each of his last two games, but his overall numbers are fine, as he still has a strong .927 save percentage and 2.33 GAA on the year.
News: Mason is expected to start Monday's game against Ottawa, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Impact: Mason has started 21 out of a possible 29 games for the Flyers this season, posting a .929 save percentage and 2.26 GAA. He struggled in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Stars and was pulled after the second period. Mason will look to get back on track against an Ottawa team that owns an 11-14-5 record despite ranking eighth in the NHL in scoring with 2.9 goals per game.
News: Timonen (upper body) was on the ice at practice Monday, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Timonen was forced out of Saturday's game but may be able to return Monday against the Senators. He was previously dealing with a finger injury, and it's unclear whether this latest issue is related. With just six points through 29 games, Timonen has been incredibly disappointing in terms of offensive production. Consider the veteran defenseman day-to-day.
News: Lecavalier (back) has been placed on injured reserve.
Impact: Lecavalier hasn't played since Nov. 30 and is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks. Previously thought to be dealing with back spasms, he was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back Sunday. Tye McGinn was called up from AHL Adirondack to take his place.
Mon. Dec 9, 2013 | STATS
News: Timonen suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's loss to Dallas.
Impact: Timonen had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to Ottawa on Monday.
Dec 8, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Lecavalier (back) has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture and is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: The back issue has already cost Lecavalier more than a week, and it sounds like he may be out up to another month. Initially, it was believed that Lecavalier was just dealing with spasms, but upon further examination, he's been found to have a slight fracture. A trip to IR seems like an inevitability for the 33-year-old.
Dec 8, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Lecavalier (back) left the team to return to Philadelphia for tests, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Lecavalier has missed the last three games with back spasms, but the team was encouraged by his participation in Saturday's morning skate. Unfortunately though, his back did not respond well afterwards and he's going to need to have some tests run to find the root of the problem. Continue to view him as day-to-day, but a diagnosis likely won't be available until early in the week.
News: Lecavalier (back spasms) appears doubtful to play Monday vs. the Senators, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Lecavalier was able to skate Saturday morning, but assistant GM Rox Hextall indicated the forward will need some more time to recover. He's missed the last three games for the Flyers but remains a possibility to make his return late next week.
Andrej Meszaros - #41 - Defense - 6'2" - 223lbs
News: Meszaros scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Stars.
Impact: Meszaros' first-period score staked the Flyers to an early lead, but it was all Stars thereafter. The defenseman has been a regular healthy scratch for the Flyers and can't be counted on for consistent ice time.
News: Mason stopped 22 of 26 shots before he was pulled after the conclusion of the second period of Saturday's loss to the Stars.
Impact: Mason shook off a hit to his mask early in the game to post a clean first period, but he completely fell apart in the second frame, allowing a hat trick to Tyler Seguin and another score to Valeri Nichushkin before he was given the hook. It marks two poor outings in a row for Mason, who still seems to have command of the starting job in spite of the recent downturn in performance.
News: Timonen left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Timonen left the game in the second period after the Stars raced to a 2-1 lead, limiting the defenseman to just 12:03 of ice time. He was suffering from a bruised finger heading into the game, but it hasn't been disclosed whether or not it was an aggravation to the injured digit that prompted his removal from the game.
News: Mason will be between the pipes for the Flyers when they face the Stars on Saturday.
Impact: Mason ran into a bit of trouble during his last start, allowing three goals to the Red Wings, but he quickly settled down for the win, his third-straight victory. Mason is now 10-8-2 with an impressive 2.14 GAA and .932 save percentage this season.
Fri. Dec 6, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Coach Craig Berube ruled Lecavalier (back) out for Saturday's game against the Stars, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Lecavalier's back still hasn't fully recovered after he received treatment earlier this week, so the team will wait and see how he feels after getting the weekend off. He'll be missing his third straight game with the injury.
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | STATS
News: Couturier had two goals and two assists to lead Philadelphia to a 6-3 win at Detroit on Wednesday.
Impact: Couturier has four goals over his last four games for the Flyers.
Steve Downie - #9 - Right Wing - 5'11" - 191lbs
News: Downie scored on a power-play goal and added an assist in Wednesday's win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Since returning from a concussion suffered in his Flyers debut Nov. 12, Downie has done his part to ignite the offensive attack, totaling nine points in his subsequent 12 games with the squad. He's been a boon for fantasy players in non-scoring categories, too, with a plus-7 rating and 31 penalty minutes in his limited action.
News: Hartnell scored a goal and assisted on two others in Wednesday's victory over the Red Wings.
Impact: Hartnell took some heat for his slow start to the season that was made further difficult by a lower-body injury that resulted in an IR stint, but he's finally starting to discover his scoring touch. The three points were his most in a game this season, and he'll look to carry the momentum forward when the Flyers take on the Stars in their next game Saturday.
News: Read potted a goal and supplied two helpers in Wednesday's win over the Red Wings.
Impact: The game was a well-timed breakthrough for Read, who had gone scoreless over the previous four contests. Even with a poor month of October, he's still on pace to surpass last season's 11 goals in fewer games, though his assist totals have lagged further behind thus far.
News: Mason stopped 32 of 35 shots to pick up the win Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Impact: Mason wasn't at his sharpest Wednesday, but the workmanlike effort earned him his seventh win in his last nine starts. With the Flyers' offense finally starting to play up to its potential, Mason's record is beginning to reflect his impressive ratios on the season.
News: Couturier supplied a career-high four points (two goals, two assists) in Wednesday's victory over the Red Wings.
Impact: Couturier was already becoming a popular waiver pickup with three goals and three assists in his previous eight contests, and Wednesday's performance should only send his ownership skyrocketing further upward. Still short of 21 years old, he's largely failed to live up to expectations since his impressive 2011-12 debut, but this recent scoring run appears to have his star back on the rise.
News: Timonen is suffering from a bruised finger on his right hand, but will play Wednesday against the Red Wings, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: The report states that the bruise has been bothering Timonen, but not for how long. It doesn't explain his utter lack of production to this point, but the good news is that Timonen will be able to play through it.
News: Lecavalier (back) is expected to miss Wednesday's game against the Red Wings, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: Lecavalier missed the team's morning skate to get treatment for back spasms, and the team is preparing for Wednesday's game under the assumption that he won't be in the lineup. The veteran center has nine goals and four assists in 22 games this season.
News: Mason will start in net Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Impact: Mason got off to a terrible start, but is 6-1-1 in his last eight appearances, and has posted a save percentage over .900 in each of the last nine games. He'll continue to split time with Ray Emery, who is also playing well, moving forward.
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Lecavalier (back) was again absent from Tuesday's practice, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: Though he's still considered questionable for Wednesday's game, it's now looking increasingly unlikely since he's been unable to practice the last couple of days. He'll try to give it a go during morning skate before coach Craig Berube makes a declaration on the forward's status.
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | STATS
News: The Philadelphia Flyers announced Sunday that Lecavalier is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with an injury.
Impact: Lecavalier has a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.
News: Emery made 19 saves on 21 shots in a loss to the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Emery only has a .909 save percentage and a 2.55 GAA on the season. With Steve Mason playing so well, Emery's starts could be limited.
News: Emery will start between the pipes Monday against the Wild, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Emery has not been wildly successful to start the season for the Flyers with a 3-4-0 record, but does have a solid 2.60 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He faces the Wild for the first time this season and is coming off a start in which he allowed three goals on 34 shot attempts.
News: Lecavalier will not play in Monday's game against the Wild due to back spasms, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: Lecavalier did not skate Monday with the Flyers and will not make the start. He sustained the injury late in his last game against the Predators but played through the shootout. He's hoping to be ready for Wednesday's game with the Red Wings.
Sun. Dec 1, 2013 | STATS
News: Mason made 34 saves in Saturday's shootout win over Nashville.
Impact: He's won four of his last five starts with a 1.98 goals-against average since Nov. 19.
News: Giroux scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday's OT win over the Predators.
Impact: He's on fire after a slow start and his current work is getting noticed by Canadian Olympic team brass. We'd still like to see a few more goals, but that tendon surgery has certainly slowed him down. Make sure he's in your everyday lineup -- he has points in 10 of his last 13 games.
News: Mason made 34 saves through overtime and turned away all skaters in the shootout in Saturday's 3-2 win over Nashville.
Impact: He made a huge save with 30 seconds left in the third and then he turned away a breakaway with 30 seconds left in the overtime. He's now 4-1 in his last five starts and 6-2 in his last eight starts. And he's delivering some very solid netminding right now -- take fantasy advantage.
Sat. Nov 30, 2013 | STATS
News: Mason stopped all but one shot as Philadelphia skated to a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg on Friday.
Impact: Mason has a 1.73 goals-against average while winning five of his last eight starts.
Sat. Nov 30, 2013 | STATS
News: Hartnell opened the scoring 48 seconds in and Steve Mason stopped all but one shot as Philadelphia skated to a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg on Friday.
Impact: All five of Hartnell's goals have come in the last 12 games.
News: Mason will be between the pipes for the Flyers on Saturday when they face the Predators, Sarah Baiker of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Mason will go on back-to-back nights after allowing just one goal on 26 shots against the Jets on Friday. His record doesn't say much at 8-8-2, but his 2.10 GAA and .933 save percentage speak volumes.
News: Couturier scored the winning goal in Friday's victory over Winnipeg, giving him four points in the last five games.
Impact: Couturier has a modest two goals on the season in 25 contests, but he has six of his season's nine points in the last nine games. Couturier is more of a two-way player tasked with shutting down the opposition and likely won't be a large offensive contributor to Philadelphia.
News: Hartnell snagged his fifth goal of the season in Friday's win over Winnipeg, giving him three points in the last five games.
Impact: Hartnell, like the rest of his Philadelphia teammates, has picked up the pace and could be paying dividends for owners who grabbed him cheaply a few weeks ago. Hartnell can be an effective offensive player and has potentially even more value in leagues which reward penalty minutes.
News: Mason stopped all but one of the 26 shots he faced in Friday's 2-1 win over Winnipeg.
Impact: Mason has won six of his last eight decisions, allowing more than two goals just once. He's been a revelation for the Flyers after the team endured a disappointing start to the season. The Flyers are still in the midst of a playoff hunt in the Metropolitan Division and Mason should continue to benefit from the team's improved play.
News: Read (lower body) was on the ice for pregame warmups and appears set to play Friday vs. the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Read completed line rushes with his usual mates in Steve Downie and Sean Couturier and looks like he will draw back into the lineup after missing one game with the injury. Prior to suffering the injury, Read put together a nice hot streak, scoring four goals over his last three games.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Mason will start in goal Friday against the Jets, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Mason will get his 18th start in the Flyers' 25th game. He's sporting a solid 2.17 GAA and .931 save percentage, but is stuck with a 7-8-2 record, as the Flyers have scored just 2.2 goals per game. Mason has a nice chance to get in the win column Friday, facing a subpar team at home.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | STATS
News: Read has a lower-body injury for the Flyers.
Impact: Read is considered day to day, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
News: Emery made 31 saves on 34 shots Wednesday in a loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Emery made his sixth start of November and has stabilized his game, although he is clearly still behind teammate Steve Mason.
Mark Streit - #32 - Defense - 5'11" - 191lbs
News: Streit scored his first goal of the season and added a power-play assist for good measure in Wednesday's loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Wednesday was one of Streit's better games of the season. He is not scoring at the pace many of his owners may have expected, but his game has stabilized after a slow start with three points in his last four games.
News: Read (lower body) will not play Wednesday against the Lightning.
Impact: It's not clear when or how Read, who is tied for the team lead with eight goals, was injured, but the team lists him as day-to-day with the ailment. Michael Raffl figures to jump up to the third line in his absence.
News: Emery will be in goal Wednesday vs. the Lightning, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Coach Craig Berube has shown some more willingness to use Emery in goal of late, as he'll be in the net for the fifth time in 13 November games after notching just two starts in October. As Emery has received more starts, he's gradually improved his production from his slow start to the season, allowing less than two goals in each of his last four turns.
Mon. Nov 25, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Mason made 28 saves on 31 shots in a loss to the Panthers on Monday.
Impact: Mason is continuing his strong play from after he was traded to Philly last season. He has a .931 save percentage and a 2.17 GAA. Given his track record, these numbers will likely dip, but he's playing well enough right now to hold off Ray Emery for the starting role.
Mon. Nov 25, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Mason will start between the pipes in Monday's game against the Panthers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Mason has been a solid presence in net for the Flyers, winning four of his last five decisions. On the season, he is 7-7-2 with a 2.11 GAA and a .933 save percentage. He will be a decent start in net Monday against the Panthers with his recent run of success.
News: Read scored twice for the second straight game in Saturday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: Read had totaled four goals in 20 games before scoring twice in each of his last two contests.
News: Giroux tallied his third goal and 12th assist in Saturday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: Giroux has come alive during Philadelphia's current 6-0-1 run, recording three goals and five assists. He tallied seven points through the team's first 4-10-1 start.
Wayne Simmonds - #17 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 183lbs
News: Simmonds had a goal and an assist in Saturday's victory over the Islanders.
Impact: Simmonds has three goals and three assists over his last six games.
Brayden Schenn - #10 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Schenn scored his seventh goal in Saturday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: Schenn has seven points during the team's current 6-0-1 stretch.
Steve Downie - #9 - Right Wing - 5'11" - 191lbs
News: Downie had two assists in Thursday's win over Buffalo.
Impact: Downie has recorded eight of his 11 assists in his last 10 games.
News: Couturier had two assists in Thursday's win over the Sabres.
Impact: He has three points in two games.
News: Read scored a pair of goals to lead the Flyers to their fifth win in six games, 4-1 over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Impact: He has three points in two games.
Wed. Nov 20, 2013 | STATS
News: Giroux scored just his second goal of the season - and second in five games - in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Ottawa.
Impact: Giroux seems to be heating up, recording five points over his last five games after posting seven points in his first 15 games. He appears to be more aggressive, averaging 3.8 shots in the last five compared to 2.1 shots in his previous 15 contests.