Can the Flyers build off their shutout win over the Devils?
Ray Emery (left) registered a shutout Saturday, but hasn't been on the ice since. (USA Today Images)
Win a game on the road with your first shutout of the season and most coaches are superstitious about making any kind of lineup changes the next game.
But not coach Craig Berube.
“No, I’m not superstitious at all,” Berube said, in regards to Tuesday’s meeting with the Hurricanes in Carolina.
Vinny Lecavalier will return but beyond that … will the lineup remain the same?
“Not sure yet,” Berube said. “I’ll make the decision tomorrow.”
Goalie Ray Emery picked up his 15th career shutout. Does he earn the right to start again?
“We’ll discuss it and see where we’re going with it,” Berube said.
Interestingly -- and this may actually hurt Emery -- he was excused from practice on Monday to attend White House ceremonies with President Barack Obama, who honored the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.
Because of that, Emery will have gone two days without any kind of on-ice work, whereas Steve Mason took full practice Monday.
Which means Mason will likely start in goal on Tuesday.
For Berube, getting the same kind of defensive effort against the Hurricanes, who are fifth in the Metropolitan Division, as his club did against New Jersey seems vital given the Flyers' woeful goal support of late.
“It just boils down to consistency,” Berube said. “Having the will and wanting to do it. It’s tough to play defense and it’s not a lot of fun, to be honest with you.
“There are certain players that thrive off of it and are real good at it, and there are other players who that’s not their game so much. But everybody needs to play the same without the puck.”
Based on practice, the defense is identical to the last game which means Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson remain healthy scratches. Schenn said he had not been a healthy scratch since he was 19. Hmm? He was scratched six times in Toronto under Ron Wilson and six times under Randy Carlyle. ... Steve Downie was at the facility and said he was feeling better but remains concussed. … James van Riemsdyk (13 points) has moved to center in Toronto because Tyler Bozak is injured. He’s between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel. ... Carolina is 1-3-3 at home. The Canes' only win on home ice came against the Flyers on Oct. 6, the day before Peter Laviolette was fired.