After stating before Monday’s contest against Montreal that goaltender Ray Emery has “some nagging injuries, but is fit to play,” the Flyers have placed Emery on injured reserved with an abdomen injury. Brian Boucher is set to make back-to-back starts for the second time this season. Emery will need surgery to repair the tear and will miss six weeks.
Emery, who was thought to be held out of the game in Montreal to gain confidence against a weaker Islanders team, was abruptly placed on the IRwithout any media notification. General manager Paul Holmgren will address the situation prior to the tonight’s game.
An injury could explain why Emery has hit a wall this season. After beginning the year with a respectable record and a goals against average of just over 2.00, Emery has dropped four of his last five starts.