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Flyers will stick with goaltender Mason vs. Ducks

Philadelphia goalie to make fifth straight start vs. Ducks

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

DUCKS (25-19-7) at FLYERS (23-19-9)


PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux didn't come out and guarantee his team would beat the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center. But he's certainly feeling confident.

"After we win tonight we'll be able to put those games behind us and move forward from here," Giroux said when asked about how quickly the Flyers had moved on from weekend losses against the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.

Despite entering play Tuesday five points behind the New York Islanders for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, a level of confidence permeates the Philadelphia locker room.

"I think you've got to be confident at this point in the year," forward Wayne Simmonds said. "I think we've been playing some decent hockey. ... We're going into this game tonight under the assumption that we're going to win it, get the two points and move along."

Despite the weekend setback, the Flyers found more good than bad in their 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers on Saturday and 3-2 loss against the Capitals on Sunday.

"We had the lead in both those games," Simmonds said. "What it comes down to is managing the puck a little bit better. Sometimes you can be a little bit more simple. We've been doing a decent job, but it seems that there's one or two times a game that something happens. Last game we let [Capitals defenseman Matt] Niskanen walk right down the middle [to score the game-winning goal], and that shouldn't ever happen. I was one of the guys responsible for that and we can't let that happen.

"It's not like we're playing bad hockey. Just maybe one or two mistakes a night and sometimes that hurts you and it's hurt us the past couple games. We're still totally confident within ourselves. We know we can get wins here and we have to string together a few wins here."

Giroux also believes the Flyers were one or two poorly timed mistakes away from coming away with more than one point in the two losses.

"It's a little bump [in the road]," he said. "It's important that we play as a team. We did a couple mistakes the last two games but we were in the games. We could have had two wins there. ... We're playing the right way right now. We have to be a confident group. Especially playing at home. We have to show some confidence and believe in ourselves."

Steve Mason will make his fifth straight start in goal. He had sat out two games prior to the All-Star break because of a lower-body injury. 
"I think physically he's sharp and ready," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "He's ready to go. I don't see any fatigue in his game."

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said the only lineup change will be in goal, with Frederik Andersen, who relieved starter John Gibson in the third period of a 6-2 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, to start.

"The team that played last night all get a chance to atone for the game," Boudreau said.

Boudreau said having such a quick turnaround is a good thing.

"You don't have to wait forever to hopefully correct your mistakes," he said. "It's always been my opinion that when you do something that's really negative you want to get back out there to correct it. Hopefully that's what the mindset of our team is tonight."

Here are the projected lineups:


David Perron - Ryan Getzlaf - Chris Stewart

Patrick Maroon - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt - Nate Thompson - Mike Santorelli

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Simon Despres - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Frederik Andersen

Injured: Clayton Stoner (hip flexor)

Scratched: Shawn Horcoff, Harry Zolnierczyk, Korbinian Holzer


Jakub Voracek - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds

Sam Gagner - Nick Cousins - Brayden Schenn

Michael Raffl - Scott Laughton - Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Ryan White

Michael Del Zotto - Shayne Gostisbehere

Nick Schultz - Mark Streit

Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Anthony Stolarz

Injured: Sean Couturier (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body)

Scratched: R.J. Umberger, Jordan Weal, Evgeny Medvedev

Status report: Manning returns after being a healthy scratch the previous four games. He'll replace Medvedev as the Flyers add toughness against the Ducks corps of big forwards. "He's a hard-nosed two-way competitor," Hakstol said. "He's brought a good element for us when he's been in the lineup. He's done a real good job on the penalty kill and he's been an efficient defender for us." ... Neuvirth skated for about 30 minutes before practice but Hakstol had no update on his health. The Flyers had announced Feb. 2 that Neuvirth would miss 7-10 days.

Who's hot: Getzlaf has two goals and 11 assists in his past 12 games. ... Gostisbehere has two goals and nine assists during an eight-game point streak.

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