Final two preseason games matter to Laviolette

Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NEWARK, NJ -- Flyers coach Peter Laviolette made it clear that the team won’t be going through the motions in the final two preseason games, tonight in New Jersey and Friday in Washington.

“We are still evaluating players,” Laviolette said before tonight’s preseason game at the Prudential Center against the Devils.

He also says he doesn’t have set in his mind how many games goalies Ray Emery and Steve Mason will play. Mason will be in goal tonight.

In two preseason games Emery has a 2.44 goals against average and 90.2 save percentage. Mason has a 4.09 goals against average in two games (88 minutes) and an 85.0 save percentage.

“I think our goaltending has been good,” Laviolette said. “There have been things I think we could have done better in front of both goaltenders to help them out a little bit.”

Such as?

“There have been some breakdowns and we’re trying to eliminate as many of them as we can,” he said. “There are things that could have been done to be a little cleaner in front our goalies. Both goalies Ray and Mace are working really hard in practice and have looked good in games.”