It seems to me that every time I've watched Ray Emery play this year he's either fantastic or horrendous. Wild inconsistency is also something Steve Mason has been rightfully accused of this season. Both exhibit the talent to steal the show while on other nights we see a muffin find its way past a sleepy looking Flyers' goalie. At least to me however, Mason has seemed much more consistent (even in his losing efforts) than Emery. When Emery lets in a softy he cracks.. he sinks.. he's becomes the Titanic.
Therefore I thought it would be a nice idea to explore his Good starts vs. his Bad. I should be comparing Emery to other back-ups with similar work-loads, but I won't because I don't have time right now.. someone feel free to expand!
Ray Emery M.D., Esq.
As you can see when Emery shows up, he really does come up big. These are his appearances when allowing around 2 goals or less. In this sample he's 8-3. There are a few games in which the opponents decided not to show up (I'm looking at you NJ.. I mean 14 shots? Really?), but Ray earned a number of these wins with solid efforts. In these games he has a combined 1.25 goals against and a 0.956 save percentage with 2 shutouts. That's impressive. The kicker.. only 5 of these games were against playoff bound teams. This next section, not so much.
The only game not against a playoff team in this group is Washington. The rest are pretty tough opponents. When those tough opponents crack the 3 goal barrier on poor ol' Ray he spins into an out of control spiral. His goals against average balloons to 4.57 and his save percentage falls wayyy down to 0.869. Some of these are relief appearance in games where the Flyers compete level was clearly not up to snuff, but wow. 0-9 is rough.
I should also note that in the Bad section I included the 40 save OT loss to the Islanders because he gave up 3 goals. If I chucked that in the Good section his Bad game stats drop further to 4.76 and 0.862.