Steve Mason woke up Tuesday not knowing if he was playing tonight.
He learned the answer at this morning’s skate.
From CSN Philly:
As Mason got loose, Flyers goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh waved the netminder down to the other side of the rink and proceeded to whisper something in his ear.
The message was that Mason will start on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings and that backup Michal Neuvirth will not be available.
Neuvirth has an upper-body injury, according to GM Ron Hextall. The Flyers have called up goalie Anthony Stolarz on an emergency basis to serve as Mason’s backup tonight.
“It was up in the air yesterday and I found out at the skate here,” Mason said. “It’s different circumstances, but it doesn’t really affect me. You prepare every single night as if you’re going to be playing the game regardless of the situation.”
Mason has had a tough season. He’s 3-5-2 with an .895 save percentage. However, he did win his last outing, a 3-2 overtime decision Saturday in Carolina.
Jonathan Quick is likely to start for the Kings.
— Frederik Anderson for the Ducks. Pekka Rinne expected for the Predators.