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The solid netminding the Flyers have received this year from the tandem of Steve Mason and Ray Emery is arguably the most pleasant surprise for a franchise that's been riddled with goaltending concerns for the last 20 years.
Without question, Mason has been the team's best player to date.
Despite limited offensive support throughout much of the season, Mason has given the Orange and Black a chance to win virtually every night. He enters the week boasting the league's ninth-best save percentage (.933) and the 10th-best goals-against average (2.11).
The five-year veteran has allowed two goals against or fewer in 11 of his 16 appearances this season, including six straight outings. He's already turned in nine 30-plus save performances and 13 games with a save percentage better than .900.
Meanwhile, despite some early season struggles, Emery has lived up to his nickname of late and has been razor sharp in his last four starts.
The 31-year-old goaltender is 3-1 in his last four appearances and has surrendered just four goals against while posting a .959 save percentage during that stretch.
Questions will always linger as to whether Philly's goaltending can hold up throughout the marathon NHL campaign but for now, it's the kind of pleasant surprise that has saved the Flyers' season.