When the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, it will be Ray Emery in goal. There’s some significance there since Emery was a huge part of Chicago’s Stanley Cup run a year ago due to how much time he ate up in net, giving Corey Crawford plenty of chances to stay fresh for the playoffs.
He was the first netminder in NHL history to win his first 12 starts, and he’d eventually finish the 2013 campaign with an incredible 17-1 record. Emery heavily downplayed his return to Chicago. He spoke to Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer about his homecoming of sorts:
I stay in touch with the guys. Obviously I had a good season last year, but a game is a game. You just want to focus on the game… You appreciate the year, especially with a championship season, but we kind of had time to celebrate during the summer and so I’m kind of past that and just want to do well here.
Emery signed a deal with Philadelphia and had hopes of becoming the team’s No. 1 goalie. He entered the season in a timeshare with Steve Mason, but has since been relegated to backup duty due to how well the former Columbus Blue Jacket has been playing.