Flyers Notes: Emery makes his case against Devils

Philadelphia Flyers' Ray Emery, right, blocks a shot by New Jersey Devils' Damien Brunner during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Flyers' Ray Emery, right, blocks a shot by New Jersey Devils' Damien Brunner during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (AP)
Posted: September 26, 2013

Ray Emery, locked in a goalie duel with Steve Mason for the Flyers' starting job, tried to make an impression on coach Peter Laviolette on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils.

Emery made 17 saves and, except for getting caught out of position on the Devils' first goal, played well in the Flyers' 2-1 loss.

Emery was sharp early, making six saves while the Devils were on overlapping power plays.

Before the game, Laviolette said the final three exhibitions would play a huge role in determining the starter for the Oct. 2 season opener against Toronto.

"You want to know who pushes for ice time. Goaltending is no different," he said.

Mason, who has a 4.09 goals-against average and .850 save percentage in two preseason games, figures to start Thursday's exhibition in New Jersey.

Simmonds sits

Winger Wayne Simmonds was sidelined with lingering effects of the flu, and Michael Raffl took his spot on the second line, which included center Vinny Lecavalier and left winger Brayden Schenn.

Raffl, Scott Laughton, and Chris VandeVelde appear to be battling for one or two forward spots. The Flyers are undecided on whether they will keep 13 or 14 forwards.

Laughton centered the fourth line, with Jay Rosehill and Adam Hall as his wingers.

VandeVelde was a surprising scratch.

Breakaways

The defensive pairings Tuesday: Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn; Nick Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros; and Mark Streit and Erik Gustafsson. . . . Former Flyer Jaromir Jagr was among the Devils' scratches. . . . Bovada in Las Vegas lists the over/under on points for Lecavalier at 55.

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