If the Philadelphia Flyers hope to force their way into the playoffs, they may need Steve Mason to carry them there.
The Flyers website provides some details:
Neuvirth was slated to start in yesterday’s game vs. Pittsburgh at the Wells Fargo Center but did not play after not feeling right. He last appeared in the Flyers’ 3-2 win over the Blackhawks at Chicago where he stopped 24 of 26 shots.
It’s likely that the organization considers Mason the clear No. 1, yet Neuvirth has often been the better goalie this season.
Neuvirth’s 17 wins matches Mason’s output despite Neuvirth playing in 12 fewer games, and their save percentage difference (.925 for Neuvirth; .915 for Mason) is substantial.
The Flyers face enough back-to-back sets to make this sting a little extra, too:
Monday: at Islanders; Tuesday: at Blue Jackets
April 2: vs. Senators; April 3: at Penguins
April 6: at Red Wings; April 7: vs. Maple Leafs
April 9: vs. Penguins; April 10: at Islanders
Perhaps a few of those crucial starts will go to Anthony Stolarz, who was recalled in Neuvirth’s absence.