After an absolutely dreadful start to the regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers are back on track and fighting for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. While they still have some weak spots on their roster, the goaltending has kept them in the hunt. The duo of Steve Mason and Ray Emery have helped them team and fantasy hockey owners, but can they carry this team all season long and into the playoffs?
A year ago, the Flyers would look downright awful at times thanks to an inconsistent defense and a struggling Ilya Bryzgalov in net. The defense is better with Marc Streit being the top new face, but what has really put them over the edge has been the tandem in net.
Mason is in the top 10 in several categories, including save percentage and goals against average. Despite his strong play, the team has had success since giving Emery more playing time. This allows both goalies to be well rested and ready to go.
Philadelphia hasnít exactly set the league on fire just yet, but now that they have the defense sorted out, they have climbed back to be around .500 on the year. The offense now seems to be the biggest issue, as it has been hit or miss at times this season. With less pressure on them to score three, four or even more goals a night, they should be able to settle in and play better as well.
Ultimately, the Flyers feel as though they have a goaltending tandem that could make them not only playoff team, but a very tough out as well. Philadelphia fans are starting to get excited about this team as it begins to click on all cylinders and produce a few worthy fantasy hockey pickups.