Flyers look to ride momentum from Nashville into Minnesota
Ray Emery is 4-0-1 lifetime against the Minnesota Wild. (USA Today Images)
Update: 2:20 p.m.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The numbers say the Flyers have the ultimate advantage where it counts most -- in goal.
Tonight, the Flyers' 12-day, six-game road swing across North America continues when they face the Minnesota Wild, and the odds favor them heavily with Ray Emery starting in goal as expected.
Steve Mason worked both ends of the weekend back-to-back against Winnipeg and Nashville.
Emery is 4-0-1 lifetime against the Wild with a 2.32 goals-against average and .919 save percentage with one shutout in five career starts.
Mason was due for a rest and his numbers aren’t as good: 2.79 GAA and .904 save percentage and 4-6-1 record.
The last time these two clubs met, the Flyers won 5-1 at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 17, 2012.
Neither Wild goalie Josh Harding (1-3-0, 5.00 GAA, .853) nor Nick Backstrom (0-1-0, 3.73, .865) have been particularly effective against the Flyers, who enter Monday night 12-12-2 and 10th in the Eastern Conference with 26 points.
Harding, who'll get the start Monday, incurred his first home loss Friday at Xcel Energy Center. He is tied for second in the NHL with a 1.52 GAA and is sixth in save percentage at .936. He’s also already matched his career-high with 13 wins.
Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell have done the most damage against Minnesota lifetime. Timonen has six goals and 14 points in 28 games against the Wild while Hartnell has four goals and 12 points in 25 games.
As for the Wild (15-8-5), some of their players did their damage against the Flyers with other clubs -- not the Wild. For instance, Zach Parise has 18 goals and 36 points in 40 career games, but all those points came as a New Jersey Devil.
Although the Flyers didn’t get to see Shea Weber in Nashville, they will face longtime ex-Predator Ryan Suter tonight. Suter leads the NHL in ice time, averaging 29:35 a game. He’s topped 30 minutes in eight of his last 13 games.
The Flyers had a bit of an odd streak going over the weekend. Claude Giroux’s goal in Nashville was the third consecutive goal scored by the Flyers unassisted. They scored two on Black Friday against Winnipeg.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had three consecutive unassisted goals was in the 2008-09 season against Montreal, New Jersey and Boston.