Originally posted on Flyerdelphia  |  Last updated 4/9/13
Now the Flyers are not kidding themselves, the need to win this game against the 8th seed Islanders is of Defcon 5 proportions. The Flyers are trying to avoid thier first playoff miss since 2007 and ironically thats the last year the Islanders made the playoffs. The Islanders have gone 6-2 over thier last 8 including a 4-3 win over the Flyers on March 28th. The Isles are doing exactly what a team needs to do on the stretch run, they are on fire. Now the most intriguing story of the night is the fact that newly acquired goalie Steve Mason will get the start rather than workhorse Ilya Bryzgalov. The last time Ilya did not start was January 27th when now Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Michael Leighton let in 5 goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bryzgalov let in 4 his last game against the Jets including 2 in :30 seconds and all 4 came in the second period. He was then pulled in the 3rd period for the backup and now starter Steve Mason. Mason in 3 games against the Isles is 2-0-...
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