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Thu. Apr 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Craig Berube confirmed Mason would start Friday's Game 4 against the Rangers, Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: After Mason was able to back up Ray Emery and ultimately enter the game in the third period Tuesday without any further complications with his upper-body injury, he'll man the net as the Flyers aim to even the series. Assuming Mason doesn't completely flounder in his return to starting duty, expect him to serve as the Flyers' primary goaltender through the remainder of their playoff run.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giroux attempted his first two shots of the series in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: The Rangers' ability to deny Giroux of shot opportunities has been the difference in the series so far, with the 86-point scorer forced to defer to his less talented teammates for offense. Giroux has at least managed to pick up two assists in the three games, but he'll need to play a little more aggressively over the next few games if the Flyers hope to come out on top in the series.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason got into Tuesday's Game 3 against the Rangers with less than eight minutes remaining in the third period, stopping all three shots he faced.
Impact: Unfortunately, the reason he was in there was that Ray Emery was tagged for four goals. Barring an aggravation of his upper-body injury, Mason's sure to be in there Friday for Game 4.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery was tagged for four goals on just 20 shots in Tuesday's Game 3 loss at the hands of the Rangers. He was pulled late in the third period for Steve Mason.
Impact: Mason got in there for three saves to get his feet wet, and he seems a lock to be in there as the starter for Friday's Game 4. That means Emery will return to his familiar home on the bench.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) will back up Ray Emery in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The fact that coach Craig Berube is comfortable enough to use Mason as his backup Tuesday suggests that he could be back in the net as the starter for Friday's Game 4. While that won't be determined for the next few days based on how Mason looks in practices, Berube could just opt to stick with Emery in goal if he turns in another quality performance Tuesday, as he did in Game 2.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lecavalier will see time in the second line in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Lecavalier has seen less than 10 minutes of ice time in Games 1 and 2 of the series, logging one assist. He'll skate alongside Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds on Tuesday.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downie (upper body) remains out indefinitely, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: The report suggests that Downie is suffering from concussion-like symptoms, but in any case, there's no timetable for the forward's return to action. Downie last suited up for the Flyers on April 10.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) won't suit up Tuesday against the Rangers, CSN's Sarah Baicker reports.
Impact: Mason is now targeting a potential return to action Friday, with Ray Emery slated to start Tuesday's Game 3 at home against the Rangers.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Rangers, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, Steve Mason -- who will not suit up Tuesday -- is now targeting a potential return to the Flyers' lineup on Friday.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) is slated to practice Monday, CSN's Sarah Baicker reports.
Impact: Mason continues to inch closer to a return to action, but with Ray Emery having backstopped the Flyers' Game 2 win over the Rangers on Sunday, it's no lock that Mason will start Tuesday's Game 3, even if he is healthy enough to do so.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Akeson netted a power-play goal against the Rangers in Game 2 on Sunday.
Impact: Akeson has two regular season NHL games to his name, but now he has played in two playoff games this year, and this power-play goal has to make him feel better about the pivotal double-minor high-sticking penalty he took in Game 1. Perhaps he will have a bigger role than anybody expected.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery made 31 saves on 33 shots in a Game 2 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: Emery came up big as Philadelphia evened the series, but if Steve Mason gets healthy, he will likely take the starting job back.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery will likely be in net for Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, as Steve Mason (upper body) will not be available, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With Mason sidelined, Emery is set to make his second straight start after allowing four goals on 36 shots in Thursday's Game 1 loss. He'll likely continue to fill in until Mason returns, which could be as early as Game 3.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) has ruled himself out for Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Mason continues to recover from a head injury suffered a week ago. He took the ice for Saturday's practice but said he didn't feel right and will, thus, be unavailable for Game 2, meaning Ray Emery will make his second straight start.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) could return for Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, TSN.ca reports.
Impact: After suffering a head injury last Saturday, Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss in Game 1. He practiced Friday and said he feels better, but an official determination has not been made regarding his status. "I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple of days. It was a good step," Mason said of Friday's practice. "I felt great movement-wise. It was a pretty controlled setting and it felt good." In Mason's absence Thursday, veteran Ray Emery made 32 saves. He's expected to be in goal if Mason is ruled out for Game 2.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) participated in Friday's practice, the Flyers' official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Mason's injury forced him to miss Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Rangers, but considering his involvement in Friday's practice, Mason stands a decent chance at returning for Game 2 on Sunday. While Mason's playing status will have to be monitored as Sunday's game draws nearer, it's encouraging to hear he's back on the ice.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) could practice Saturday, which would give him a good chance to start Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, CSN Philadelphia's John Boruk reports.
Impact: Mason missed Game 1, but he's apparently making progress and can now be considered questionable for Game 2. Ray Emery gave up four goals on 36 shots in Thursday's 4-1 series-opening loss.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery allowed four goals on 36 shots in Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Hard to blame Emery for this one, as the entirety of the game seemed to be played in the Flyers' end, with New York outshooting them 36-15 and scoring twice on a double-minor power play in the third period. Steve Mason appears to be getting healthy, and he could very well return to his role as the Flyers' No. 1 goalie by Sunday's Game 2.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) will meet the Flyers in New York on Friday, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Impact: Mason has already been ruled out for Game 1, but the news that he's traveling could make him a consideration for Game 2. Coach Craig Berube said Mason won't practice Friday, but it's evident that his condition is improving.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downie (upper body) will not play in Game 1 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: It's not much of a surprise after Downie was unable to take part in Wednesday's practice. Zac Rinaldo will take his spot on the Flyers' fourth line.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery will start in net for Game 1 against the Rangers on Thursday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: With Steve Mason (upper body) out for Game 1, Emery will get a shot to steal home ice advantage for the Flyers. Considering Mason isn't even traveling with the team to New York, there's a good chance Emery could get back-to-back starts to open the series.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Rangers, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Mason won't make the trip to New York with the team, so there's a good chance Ray Emery will start each of the first two games of the team's first round series. Mason will likely take over the starting role upon his return, but we'll have to wait a couple days to find out when that will be.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) did not practice Wednesday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: Head coach Craig Berube said Tuesday that he expected to increase Mason's workload at Wednesday's practice, but Mason wasn't on the ice at all. Assuming he suffered a setback in his recovery, backup Ray Emery is expected to get the call between the pipes for Thursday's Game 1.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downie (upper body) did not practice Wednesday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: There's still no update on Downie's condition, but it's a little troubling that he returned from a head injury just last week. Keep an eye on the team's morning skate Thursday prior to Game 1, but it sounds like he'll probably be watching from the press box.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: After not taking the ice Tuesday, Downie is decidedly iffy for Thursday's playoff opener against the Rangers.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) practiced for about 40 minutes Tuesday before leaving the ice, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Carchidi adds that coach Craig Berube noted Tuesday that he is not sure if Mason will play Thursday against the Rangers, with Ray Emery on hand in the event that Mason can't start for the Flyers.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacDonald has signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension Tuesday to remain with the Flyers, NHL.com reports.
Impact: MacDonald -- acquired by the Flyers from the Islanders in March -- finished the 2013-14 season with 28 points in 82 games while averaging 24:37 of ice time, good for 16th in the NHL. He also led the league in blocked shots with 242.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason (upper body) was on the ice with the Flyers on Tuesday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Coach Craig Berube has indicated that Mason will be ready for Game 1 of the Flyers' upcoming playoff series against the Rangers -- which begins on Thursday -- with the goalie's presence on the ice Tuesday supporting that notion.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Simmonds scored twice in Philadelphia's regular-season finale, a 6-5 shootout loss to Carolina on Sunday.
Impact: Simmonds had career highs of 29 goals and 31 assists this season. He has four goals and one assist in his past six games.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Timonen tallied a goal and an assist in Sunday's shootout loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: So ends another respectable campaign for the 39-year-old blueliner, who cracked the 30-point plateau for the 12th time in his career. Even if he's slowed down a bit since his prime years with the Predators, Timonen figures to remain an effective producer on the offensive end until he decides to retire.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Streit assisted twice in Sunday's 6-5 overtime loss to Carolina.
Impact: The helper extended his point streak to six games, and he's plus-6 over that period. The Flyers will hope he can continue this hot streak right into Thursday's playoff opener against the Rangers.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giroux collected an assist in Sunday's 6-5 overtime loss to Carolina.
Impact: He played in all 82 games and collected the third-highest point total in the league, totaling 86. Quite impressive, considering he was pointless in the first six games of the season and didn't score his first goal until Nov. 9.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Read potted a goal in Sunday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: The game was meaningless, but the goal is encouraging. Read has four points over his last five games, and he'll need that warm streak to continue for the Flyers to have a chance at beating the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Akeson made his first NHL appearance of the season in the Flyers' final regular-season game, collecting an assist in just over 13 minutes of ice time.
Impact: The young winger has collected 64 points in a 70-game campaign with the Flyers' AHL affiliate. This was his second NHL game, and he's notched points in both. With a history of scoring in the AHL as well as in juniors, the undrafted winger could have a chance to break in with the Flyers for good next year.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacDonald was among the Flyers' scratches Sunday against the Hurricanes, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Along with MacDonald, Nicklas Grossmann, Steve Downie, Michael Raffl and Zac Rinaldo were given an off day Sunday by the team in advance of the playoffs.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simmonds notched two goals against the Hurricanes to end the regular season on Sunday.
Impact: Simmonds finishes with 29 goals and 60 points, both career highs. He also had 15 power-play goals and 106 penalty minutes, making Simmonds a truly impressive fantasy performer this year.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Mason has missed the first two games of the postseason with an upper-body injury.
Impact: His status for Tuesday's Game 3 against the New York Rangers is uncertain.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Giroux had a goal and two assists as the Flyers beat the Penguins 4-3 on Saturday.
Impact: Giroux's club will meet the Rangers in a Metro Division playoff series.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Voracek scored twice and added an assist as the Flyers beat the Penguins 4-3 on Saturday.
Impact: Voracek's club will meet the Rangers in a Metro Division playoff tilt.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hartnell dished out a pair of helpers in Saturday's overtime win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Hartnell now has 20 goals and 52 points on the season, to go with a plus-12 rating. It has been a great rebound year for Hartnell, who only had 11 points in 32 games last season.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downie will miss Saturday's contest against the Penguins, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Downie returned to the ice on Tuesday from a head injury and played again on Thursday. It is unclear why Downie won't suit up on Saturday, but the likeliest scenario is just a rest day.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason will be in the crease for the Flyers on Saturday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Mason will look to get on a roll heading into the playoffs. The netminder made 38 saves on 40 shots in Tuesday's contest and will look to keep it going between the pipes on Saturday against the Penguins.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery stopped 10 of 12 shots in relief of an injured Steve Mason in Saturday's overtime win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: After Mason suffered an upper-body injury towards the end of the second period, Emery was given the start in the third period. Mason sat for precautionary reasons and is expected to start Game 1 of the playoffs against the Rangers, CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio reports. With Mason sitting as a safety precaution, expect Emery or Carl Heeter to start Sunday's regular-season finale against Carolina.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Streit scored the overtime-winning goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Penguins.
Impact: Streit is now on a five-game point streak (one goal, seven assists) and is a plus-4 in that span. He has 10 goals and 42 points in 81 games on the season. With the playoffs right around the corner, Streit picked a good time to play his best hockey of the season.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Voracek scored twice and added an assist in Saturday's overtime win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Voracek dominated on Saturday, also recording seven shots on goal, and finishing a plus-2. He now has five points in his last four games and is up to 61 points in 81 games on the season. His second goal against the Penguins was his 23rd of the season, setting a career high.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giroux scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's overtime win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Giroux now has six points in his last three games and is up to 85 points in 81 games on the season. The 26-year-old sits third in NHL scoring and is one of the main reasons the Flyers have clinched a playoff spot. What a stud.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Flyers coach Craig Berube expects Mason (upper body) to be ready for the first game of the playoffs, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Berube's optimism is a good sign, but he was speaking just hours after Mason suffered the injury, so it isn't safe to assume that the goaltender will be ready for the start of the first round. The Flyers are locked into a matchup with the Rangers, after beating the Pens in OT on Saturday.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mason left Saturday's game due to an upper-body injury, and he will not return to the contest, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Mason got shaken up during the second period and didn't come back out for the third, but it's a good sign for the Flyers that he was able to finish that second period. Hopefully, more information will be available once Saturday's game is finished. He was productive while he was out there Saturday, stopping 21 of 22 shot attempts.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery was tagged for four goals on 30 shots in Thursday's loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Emery and the Flyers collapsed in the third period in this one, allowing three goals while only scoring one of their own. It's his fourth consecutive loss, and with how little playing time Emery's seen behind Steve Mason, he hasn't won since March 18.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gustafsson will start Thursday against the Lightning, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: Gustafsson will take the place of teammate Nick Grossmann, who will miss Thursday's game with a right ankle injury. In 28 games this season, Gustafsson has recorded two goals and eight assists.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emery will be between the pipes Thursday against the Lightning, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Steve Mason has been excellent down the stretch for the Flyers, but he'll get a rest Thursday while Emery looks to get some work in before the playoffs. Emery hasn't been the same guy he was with the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks last season, but he's shown some slight improvement since the Olympics. He's 1-2-1 with a 2.69 GAA and .919 save percentage over five outings post-break.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Giroux scored two goals in a game for the fourth time this season in Tuesday's win at Florida.
Impact: Giroux has 14 goals over his last 29 games after scoring 13 times in his first 50 contests.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Lecavalier recorded a goal and an assist for the second straight game in Tuesday's win at Florida.
Impact: Lecavalier has nine goals and eight assists over his last 25 games. He totaled 20 points over his first 41 games.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for four games for an illegal check to the head. Rinaldo will miss the final four games of the regular season and will forfeit $15,384.60 in salary.
Impact: He injured Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel in the third period of Sunday's game. Ruhwedel will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a concussion. Rinaldo leads the Flyers with 153 penalty minutes.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Mason made 17 saves in Sunday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: Mason is 6-2-1 with a 2.00 GAA over the last nine games.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Schenn scored twice in Sunday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: Schenn now has 20 goals, matching his total from the previous two seasons.