Goalie Steve Mason, who missed Game 1 with an upper-body injury sustained when he was knocked backward and his head and neck hit the ice in the Flyers' season finale, is "doing better" and rejoined the team Thursday night, arriving by train from Philadelphia.
Coach Craig Berube said Mason, who won 33 games for the Flyers and two of three against the Rangers this season, will not practice today. He did not know if he will be ready to play in Sunday's Game 2.
Even if Mason, who has a 2.50 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage, doesn't start Game 2, he might be able to back up Ray Emery, who started Game 1 last night. Cal Heeter, who has one NHL start, was his backup.
Berube expressed confidence in Emery, who was 9-12-2 this season with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage.
"He's got experience; he's won a Cup [as a backup with Chicago], he's been to the Finals with Ottawa," Berube said. "He's played a lot of good hockey this year for us. We put him in different situations this year on the road . . . and he's responded really well. Ray's won a lot of big games over his career. He's got a lot of experience and really enjoys the challenge."