Emery in, Downie out tonight for Flyers

NEW YORK -- Flyers goalie Ray Emery, who came in relief of Steve Mason to begin the third period in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, will start tonight against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Mason left with the Flyers trailing 5-3. Tampa Bay would score an empty net goal in the third period.

In addition, Flyers coach Craig Berube says that forward Steve Downie, who has gone pointless in his last nine games and is a minus-3 during that time, won’t play tonight.

“I think Steve’s intensity level isn’t high enough on a shift in shift out basis for me,” Berube said following today’s morning skate. “He has to find that intensity level and has to play on the edge but without being undisciplined.”

Downie suffered an upper body injury during a 5-4 home win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 19. He then missed the next two games and has played every game since.

Berube says that Downie is healthy.

When asked if he were still dealing with the injury, Downie responded, “There are a couple of issues, not much though. It is not an excuse and I won’t use it as one.”

Downie was then asked if having a day off could be beneficial in any way. He didn’t seem to think so.

“We will see,” he said. “I don’t know.”

What we know is that he didn’t seem too happy about not being on the ice against the Rangers.

“It wasn’t my decision,” he said. “I want to play.”


Giroux looking for birthday present

Claude Giroux is 26 today and there is only one birthday present he’s looking for.

“They (the Rangers) are behind us in the standings and a win tonight would make the birthday a little bit better,” he said.

During Saturday’s loss to Tampa Bay, Giroux had two assists and was 12-for-21 on faceoffs.

“We didn’t play a bad game,” Giroux said. “We had a lot of chances that didn’t go in.”

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