Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers will tie a bizarre NHL record. The team will start their seventh different goaltender this season. And, fam, they did it in just 42 games.
Unless something else goes awry before game time, Mike McKenna will be in net as the Flyers face off against the Washington Capitals.
Flyers expected to use seventh goalie vs. Capitals, tie NHL record: https://t.co/bE0L69kHqB
— David Satriano (@davidsatriano) January 8, 2019
It’s the first meeting this season between the Flyers and Capitals, but McKenna has already faced the Caps once–as a member of the Ottawa Senators on December 22. The Senators are one of three teams McKenna’s officially played for since the first week of 2019.
“With goalies, this can happen,” McKenna said in an interview with Sam Carchidi of the Philly Enquirer. “You order some white gear and hope it shows up soon.”
In 34 career games, McKenna has started for six different teams. After being picked up off waivers Friday by the Flyers, he could add a seventh team to his resume as the Flyers add a seventh goalie to their 2018-19 roster.
Rookie goaltender Carter Hart started the team’s last game, a 3-0 loss against the St. Louis Blues. Hart will ride the bench as backup but McKenna is the lucky duck who gets to deal with a determined Capitals team trying to leave a rare losing streak far behind them.
The two teams will meet three more times in February.
Headline photo: Len Redkoles
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