VOORHEES, N.J. – After Sunday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, coach Craig Berube was confident goalie Steve Mason would be able to play Thursday in the first game of the Flyers’ divisional semifinal series against the New York Rangers.
At practice on Tuesday, though, he seemed to take a step back. Mason practiced for about 15 minutes at Skate Zone, and Berube couldn’t say whether the goaltender would be ready for Game 1.
“That’s not been determined yet,” Berube said.
General manager Paul Holmgren said the Flyers will know more about Mason's condition Wednesday. He declined to get specific about Mason’s injury, choosing instead to stick with calling it just an upper-body injury.
Holmgren added, though, that his confidence that Mason would be able to play Thursday is “the same” as it was after the loss to the Hurricanes.
“I thought it was good to see him out there,” Holmgren said. “I thought he looked OK. We’ve just got to take it a day at a time here. We’ll know more tomorrow. I couldn’t tell you.”
In a text to Flyers public relations, Mason said, "I feel better each day and we'll see how I feel tomorrow."
All indications are he will practice again Wednesday.
“I thought he looked decent,” Berube said. “He came out there for a little bit in practice and got some work in, and I thought he looked pretty good.”
The Flyers had planned on just a short practice for Mason Tuesday, so it wasn’t as if he were pulled off the ice early. Berube said he just wanted Mason to “get some shots ... and see how he felt.”
If Mason isn’t able to play Thursday, Ray Emery will get the start against the Rangers in New York. Asked how confident he would be in Emery should that happen, Berube responded with a question of his own.
“How confident did I look all year with him?” Berube said.
Vinny Lecavalier had a maintenance day Tuesday, meaning he didn’t participate in practice. He’s healthy, though, and will play in Game 1.
The rest of the Flyers -- including Jason Akeson, who played his first game of the season Sunday -- participated in practice.