Flyers goalie Steve Mason claims he isn't fatigued.
Maybe he's being truthful. Maybe he's telling a little white lie.
Tired or not, Mason will make his ninth consecutive start and 22nd in the last 24 games Wednesday night when the Flyers host the hated New York Rangers.
"It's been a heavy workload, obviously. I've tried to do my best to prepare my body for this load," Mason said after Wednesday's morning skate in Voorhees. "Every day, you just try to stay on top of things. I feel all right."
Overall, Mason is 14-12-5 with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. During his run of 21 starts in 23 games, he is 11-7-3 with a 2.49 GAA and .915 save percentage.
"Like I said, it's a heavy workload, but at the same time, I'm not going to complain that the coaching staff has trusted me with a heavy workload," said Mason, whose team is trying to end a four-game losing streak. "They've shown the trust to put me in, night in and night out. Sometimes, I haven't played the best and they've shown the trust to put me right back in there, which is something you work toward. You just try to do your best to be a consistent presence back there."
Getting back to their winning ways, Mason said, "starts with this leadership group to set the example here and get out of this lull. We've let this slide too long. We've got a great test tonight, and we're going to need a good effort to come out on top."
Added Mason, referring to the Rangers' 4-1 loss to visiting Buffalo on Tuesday: "They played last night and I don't think they're overly happy with their effort, so I'm sure they're going to come out and I expect a good start from them, for sure. ... We have to make sure we're the team that's dictating the play."
The Flyers have lost six of their last seven.
"At this point, we've said everything we need to say and it's just a matter of going out and doing it," Mason said.
Mason had a great playoff series against the Rangers in 2014, but his regular-season play against them has been less than overwhelming: 5-10-2 record, 3.34 goals-against average, and 889 save percentage.
If he wins Wednesday, Mason would move into a tie for third on the Flyers' all-time victories list for goalies. He has 92 wins with the Flyers, behind only Wayne Stephenson (93), Bernie Parent (232), and Ron Hextall (240).
Breakaways. The Flyers are 7-0-1 in their last eight home games. ... The Rangers lead the NHL with 13 road wins. ... Mark Streit was placed on the long-term injured list to make cap room for Michal Neuvirth's return. ... Flyers defensemen lead the NHL with 92 points (22 goals, 70 assists).