Will the Flyers go with Steve Mason or Michal Neuvirth?
PHILADELPHIA — It’s beyond the point of a coincidence where it looks like balance may be soon restored in the Flyers’ goal crease.
These days, it belongs to Michal Neuvirth.
He made 29 saves Saturday in the Flyers’ 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Czech goalie has won three of the Flyers’ last four games, starting in each of the last three.
“It feels really good. I feel like the team they believe in me,” Neuvirth said. “That’s a good feeling. I’m just trying to give my best each night and we’ll see what happens.”
Steve Mason hasn’t played since last Saturday, when he pulled himself in the third period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs for leg cramps. He wanted to go back in, standing on the bench with his mask on and still holding his stick after the cramps subsided, but head coach Dave Hakstol wouldn’t allow it.
Since the onset of the season Hakstol has called Mason the Flyers’ No. 1 goalie, but he’s been doing a whole lot of spectating recently. Neuvirth finished the game in Toronto, making nine saves on 10 shots and standing tall until Shayne Gostisbehere won it in overtime.