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REESE IN NET AT MORNING SKATE
Monday, 12.9.2013 / 4:49 PM ET
By Al Alven - philadelphiaflyers.com / Flyers Inside Out
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OTTAWA – The last time Jeff Reese suited up to play goalie wasn’t as long ago as you think.

“Three weeks ago I put on the pads for the extra guys, but those were my own pads – and it wasn’t a full team skate,” Reese said.

Which made Monday morning so much different.

With Ray Emery needing the morning off to get a new passport, the Flyers goalie coach filled in as the second goalie at the morning skate. Afterward, sitting in a pool of sweat, Reese was laughing about his performance.

“That was tough,” he said. “Especially with [Emery’s] pads. During the power play, I was just standing on the goal line hoping it hit me.”

A former goalie, Reese said it’s a lot different playing the position today than it was two decades ago.

“I wouldn’t even get a look in the NHL today because I’m too small,” Reese said. “I was a little guy who was quick, but I also only had 29-inch pads. It’s a lot different playing with the pads of today.”

Emery’s pads are 38 inches long, a major difference that Reese wasn’t used to.

One advance in technology that Reese did like was the new knee pads goalies are wearing underneath their primary pads to soften the blow from taking a puck off the top of the knee/bottom of the quadriceps muscle that often happens when a goalie goes down into the butterfly.

“I used to take them off the knees all the time and they didn’t feel too good,” Reese said. “Actually, all of these pads today do a good job softening the blow. We used to take them off the shoulders all the time too and it would hurt. Now, it barely feels like it hit you.”

Emery was able to get his new passport for the trip home and will suit up as a backup to Steve Mason tonight.

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As expected the Flyers placed Vinny Lecavalier on injured reserve today as he is expected to miss upward of a month with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.

To replace him on the roster, the Flyers recalled Tye McGinn. However, McGinn, who has three goals for the Flyers this season will not be in the lineup tonight against Ottawa.

That said, it wouldn’t surprise to see coach Craig Berube give him a chance – maybe as soon as Wednesday in Chicago.

Berube said he is sticking with the same lineup tonight that he went with in Dallas Saturday, but said he thought about using McGinn, but was worried that he had a crazy day of travel Sunday just to get to Ottawa (I can sympathize) and didn’t arrive until late Sunday night.

As such, Berube wanted to give him a day before considering using him.

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The Flyers will be looking to rebound following the loss to Dallas Saturday in the season finale against the Senators, a team they have defeated twice so far this season.

The Flyers won last month here at Canadian Tire Arena 5-0 as Steve Mason pitched a shutout. A week later, the Flyers won at Wells Fargo Center 5-2.

The Senators have struggled at home this season, having won just four times in 15 home games so far and limp into this contest having dropped four-of-five.

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One player the Flyers weren’t certain was going to be in the lineup tonight is defenseman Kimmo Timonen. Well, he’s going to play.

(Did you really expect anything else?)

Timonen is a bit of a warrior when it comes to playing injured, which is why he is so well respected not just in the Flyers locker room, but around the NHL.

Timonen practiced Sunday morning and again took the morning skate today and will be back in the lineup for the Flyers.

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NOTES: Mason is 5-2-0 in seven career starts vs. Ottawa with a 1.71 goals against average… Despite being outplayed for much of the season by his backup Robin Lehner, Craig Anderson will be in net for the Sens… Tonight is Steve Downie’s 300th career game in the NHL… Mark Streit is two points shy of 300 in the NHL… The Flyers have killed off 23-of-24 power play chances in the past four games.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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