Startare: Flyers Have Two Top Flight Goalies
After a three game road trip to start the 2016-17 season, the Flyers have fans and analysts asking a very familiar question: who should be the starting Goaltender? Whether it's 1997-98 season with Garth Snow and Ron Hextall or 2009-10 circus with Michael Leighton, Ray Emery, and Brian Boucher the Flyers have an infamous history concerning the men who play in between the pipes. Coming into the 2016 season the Flyers have what many consider two NHL starting Goaltenders in Steve Mason and Michael Neuvirth who posted similar statistics last season: Mason had a .918 Save Percentage and 2.51 Goals Against Average while Neuvirth posted a .924 Save Percentage and 2.27 Goals Against Average. But in the postseason both Goalies started 3 games each with vastly different results: Mason had a .852 Save Percentage and 4.09 Goals Against Average while Neuvirth tallied a .981 Save Percentage and 0.67 Goals Against Average.
Brian Startare of Flyerdelphia.com joined Mike Gill on Wednesday to discuss the Flyers Goaltender situation for the 2016-17 season:
“The old situation was that if you had 2 goalies you have none. It looks as though (Flyers) are going to be alternating; although Steve Mason is the guy with the most money doesn’t necessarily mean he is going to be the starter. I think when you go through the NHL you always need two goalies through out the season, you just wait until you get the hot hand. Mason is supposed to be a number 1 goaltender, came in relief last night, played particularly better than he did in his start in Arizona. Again, I thought that Neuvirth played so well last year against Washington that you have two top flight goalies; It is better than (what) the situation used to be. Whoever gets hot, I think Hakstol makes decisions accordingly.”
Checkout what Startare had to say about the Flyers three game road trip to start the season, the return of Brayden Schenn from suspension, and the home opener Thursday night where Ed Snider will be remembered