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REESE IN NET AT MORNING SKATE
Monday, 12.09.2013 / 4:49 PM
By Al Alven - philadelphiaflyers.com / Flyers Inside Out
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GOALIE OR COACH?

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
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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