Surging Flyers lose Neuvirth (illness), so Mason starts again

Not an ideal situation at play for the Flyers on Saturday.

Having jumped back into playoff contention with an 8-2-1 run over their last 11, the Flyers probably would’ve started Michal Neuvirth today after Steve Mason played well in last night’s 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Problem is, Neuvirth’s come down with a stomach virus.

As such, Philly’s all but forced to start Mason on Saturday in Florida. Anthony Stolarz has been recalled on an emergency basis from AHL Lehigh Valley, but there’s no chance head coach Dave Hakstol goes with Stolarz in such an important game.

Should the Flyers win tonight and the Red Wings lose in regulation to the Rangers, the two teams would be tied on 77 points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Mason has been solid in his last three outings, going a perfect 3-0-0 with a .946 save percentage, 1.00 GAA and one shutout.

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