This time around, Anthony Stolarz may actually play.

Last season when Michal Neuvirth got hurt, the Flyers were still trying to get into the playoffs and didn’t actually play Stolarz. This time around, the Flyers’ goaltending is still struggling.

Neuvirth left the Flyers’ win over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night after the first period. He allowed a goal on the first shot of the game, then stopped the next six shots.

 Late in the first period he had a big save on Mikael Granlund, but got hurt. According to, the injury is a knee sprain. The Flyers say he will miss four to six weeks with a “lower-body injury.”

Steve Mason, who was spectacular late in Saturday’s win over the Wild, will almost certainly get the next start, but Stolarz, who has played in the American Hockey League as a third-year pro, will probably get a start somewhere in the next month.

“We just have to keep working,” Mason said after getting the win Satudary. “It’s going to be a process here to dig out of a hole and it starts in every single practice. (Sunday) we have the day off and we’re back for practice Monday and you just try and work hard, eventually things are going to turn around.”

The Flyers have struggled in goal so far this season and while Stolarz will hardly be relied upon to be the answer, he could at least see his first NHL look. He has been recalled a few times in his career, but only sat on the bench.

So far this season, Stolarz has a 6-2-0 record with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with a 2.39 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. Last year, he was an All-Star in the American Hockey League.