An extra incentive for Ray Emery vs. Blackhawks?

An extra incentive for Ray Emery vs. Blackhawks?
March 18, 2014, 2:30 pm
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CSN Staff

After battling a lower-body injury since the NHL's return from the Olympic break, Flyers goaltender Ray Emery will get his first start tonight in over a month against his former team.

But this won't be his first game against the Blackhawks after heading to Philadelphia following the Stanley Cup victory. 

Emery got the start against Chicago back on Dec. 11; a game in which he allowed six goals in 18 shots that eventually led to the Flyers' 7-2 loss. 

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Could those results end up serving as an extra incentive as he makes his return?

“It wasn’t that at all,” head coach Craig Berube told the Delaware County Daily Times when asked about the reasoning for starting Emery. “We didn’t help (Emery) there at all. That wasn’t part of my decision. ... “Steve (Mason) is coming off back-to-backs; Ray’s rested and ready to go.”

While Emery was sidelined, Mason played eight straight games, and Berube said that was what led to the team's decision to put the former Blackhawks goaltender back in net.

Tonight will mark Emery's 17th start this season. He's recorded a .898 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average in 22 games played this season. Antti Raanta will get the start for the Blackhawks.