LET'S HOPE FLYERS' MASON HAS WORKED OUT 'MECHANICAL ISSUES'

By Mary Cunningham

When your top goalie gets replaced this early in the season you know there is a back story.

But the Flyers, who hide injuries — like calling Braydon Coburn’s foot a “lower body” injury — and other news as if they are the CIA, hide everything so closely it is impossible to know the truth.

So when goalie Steve Mason returns to net tonight against the Florida Panthers, the official reason that he sat for four games was, as coach Craig Berube says, that he simply needed a little time to work on a couple mechanical issues with goalie coach Jeff Reese.

Whatever.

Meantime, backup Ray Emery got hot.

Mason will be back in goal Saturday night for the Flyers’ game against the Panthers at BB&T Center, his first action since he allowed four goals on 43 shots in a 4-0 loss in Chicago on Oct. 21.

In five starts this season, Mason is 0-3-1 with a 3.83 goals-against average and .878 save percentage.

Berube wouldn’t confirm Mason would play after Friday’s practice, but told reporters, “You guys can guess. You guys are getting better at it.”

Yes, coach, we can read between your lines as well as anyone.

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