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This has been a topic of debate in advance of each game of the series so far and remains the key question surrounding the Flyers ahead of Game 4.
Speculation abounds that Steve Mason, Philadelphia's No. 1 netminder during the regular season, will make his first start of the series in Friday's Game 4 after Ray Emery labored through a 16-save 4-1 loss in Game 3.
Mason dressed for the first time this postseason on Tuesday, but served as the club's backup following Emery's 31-save victory in Game 2, which leveled the series at a game apiece and snapped Philly's nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.
Mason, who sat out the first two games of the series following a net-front collision in the team's second-last regular-season outing, was healthy enough Tuesday to not only serve as Emery's backup, but also to relieve the starter for the final seven minutes and change.
The 25-year-old goaltender wasn't really tested during his Game 3 appearance and registered just three saves on the three pedestrian shots that came his way.
If he was healthy enough to dress and subsequently play, wouldn't it stand to reason that he is healthy enough to start?
Regardless of Mason's status, Emery earned a right to start Tuesday after his series-tying efforts in Game 2. However, the 31-year-old netminder labored mightily in Game 3 with rebound control (again) and was caught far too deep in his goal crease on two of New York's four conversions.
As such, the door appears open for Mason to make his first start of the series Friday evening. That is, if he's healthy.
Prediction: Mason gets the nod in Game 4. If he’s healthy enough to dress, he’s healthy enough to play. He’s been Philly’s No. 1 netminder all season and the Flyers won’t hesitate to use him in a virtual must-win.