Esche has been dominant of late, and he’ll look to continue his stellar play when the Flyers meet the Washington Capitals at the Wachovia Center.
Esche is currently showing that Philadelphia’s best option might have been there the whole time.
The 25-year-old goalie was named the NHL’s defensive player of the week on Monday after going 3-0 with an 0.67 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage in three starts last week.
He made 20 saves Saturday, as the Flyers routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1 for their third win in four games. Michal Handzus, Kim Johnsson and Justin Williams scored in the first eight minutes of the game to lead Philadelphia.
“We really came out and played hard,” Flyers center Jeremy Roenick. “We knew it was going to be a battle and we prepared ourselves well.”
Washington is coming off an encouraging victory of its own. The Caps beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Tuesday, snapping a skid in which they had lost seven of eight.
“Our big guys came to play tonight,” Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Olie kept us in early and then our big guys came through.”