As I wrote earlier this afternoon, speculation was that Steve Mason would return to the net for Game four of the Flyers-Rangers series, after an upper-body injury cost him the chance to start the first three games of the series. Craig Berube confirmed this afternoon that Mason will man the pipes in a must-win Game four for the Flyers, as they try to avoid getting themselves in a three to one hole with a return to New York looming.
In all likelihood, the news that Mason will start Game three means that he will be the Flyers’ starter for the remainder of the series. If he plays well and they win, then the choice is obvious. Even should he struggle, if the Flyers win, they aren’t going to go back to Ray Emery for Game five, considering how much he struggled in Game three. Should the Flyers fall to the Rangers in Game four, and face a three to one deficit heading back to New York, I’d still be surprised if the Flyers would go back to Emery, because they are financially invested into Mason as their franchise goaltender, and benching him in favor of Emery for a game that would do little in the way of getting the Flyers back in the series, could mess with him mentally. Once you are in that type of hole, doing that to Mason wouldn’t be worth it.