Ray Emery Inching Closer to Return with Flyers

January 9th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

NHL.com is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers are set to loan goaltender Ray Emery to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, for conditioning purposes.

Emery, who has been sidelined with a tear in his abdominal region, has missed 16 games. The Flyers went into a downward spiral when Emery went down, highlighted by a seven-game losing streak in mid December.

Emery played well enough to keep the Flyers in the game on most nights and gave the team a certain level of confidence when he was between the pipes. Emery, who is expected to rejoin the Flyers on Sunday, put together a record of 11-8-1 with a 2.83 goals against average and a .901 save percentage before getting injured.

Emery’s return could go a long way towards bringing back the Flyers swagger and confidence. That said, the team has looked good recently, posting a 6-3-1 record in their past 10 games (6-1-1 in their past eight) and scoring six or more goals in three out of the past five games.

Unlike December, which was full of tough matchups for the Flyers, January offers the Flyers an opportunity to make up some ground in ...

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