When the Flyers lost goaltender Steve Mason due to a knee injury, they weren’t able to turn to Rob Zepp as he was sidelined due to an ailment sustained while in the minors. Now that Zepp is healthy, Philadelphia announced that the 33-year-old goaltender has been recalled.
Philadelphia has also returned 21-year-old goaltender Anthony Stolarz to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Stolarz didn’t make his NHL debut during his stint with the team. Flyers GM Ron Hextall admitted when Mason was injured that Stolarz probably wasn’t ready to play in the NHL yet, but he was the only healthy goaltender the Flyers had under contract in the minors.
Ray Emery has picked up the slack under those circumstances, posting a 2.24 GAA and .922 save percentage in four games since Mason left the ice on Feb. 8. Zepp has a 2.92 GAA and .889 save percentage in six contests with Philadelphia in 2014-15.
Given that Philadelphia is set to play in five games over eight days starting on Tuesday, it’s likely that the Flyers will need to utilize both goaltenders. Mason might be able to return towards the end of this month.