The Philadelphia Flyers will have to make their playoff push without goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced Sunday that Neuvirth will miss the remaining three weeks of the regular season with an unspecified lower-body injury. That leaves starter Steve Mason to shoulder the load for the Flyers, who are three points back of Detroit for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Neuvirth has been good for the Flyers since the All-Star break. He’s gone 6-2-2 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA. His regular season likely ends with a stat line of 17-8-4 in 31 games with a .925 save percentage and a 2.28 GAA.
With Neuvirth out, Mason will split time with rookie Anthony Stolarz, whom the Flyers recalled from the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.
It’s been yet another up-and-down campaign for Mason this year. He has gone 17-16-8 so far this season, sporting a goals-against average of 2.62 with a save percentage of .915. He may not have the ability to truly steal a game the way Neuvirth has done on multiple occasions this season, but he has enjoyed a steady stretch of games lately. In fact, he has won six of his last ten starts, which included four consecutive wins.
The Philadelphia Flyers had been red-hot before falling to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Saturday afternoon. The Flyers are 7-2-1 over their last 10 games and need Mason to step up and help the team win big games. Flyers fans are hoping Mason can find some confidence and consistency so the team can win the chase for the final wildcard spot.
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