Injured goalie Michal Neuvirth limped his way to the bench last Thursday when the Flyers took their team photo. Even standing for a prolonged period of time aggravated his knee injury.

Apparently several days makes a world of difference.

Monday he was on the ice with goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh for the first time since his injury, while a handful of other teammates were on the ice for a very optional skate.

“I felt pretty good,” Neuvirth said through a PR representative. “I thought it was a good skate and another good step in moving forward.

“Right now I am just going day-by-day, but I am very excited about how the skate went today. I believe I am relatively close to practicing with the team.”

Neuvirth has played only one game since March 4, allowing two goals on 26 shots in an impressive win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 16. He has been out the last eight games and Anthony Stolarz has been up with the club, but not played a game.

The Flyers are 5-2-1 since Neuvirth went on the shelf, with Steve Mason taking all the action for the Flyers. Expect him to stay between the pipes until the team either clinches a playoff spot, is mathematically eliminated or he gets hurt.