The Flyers goalie tandem took a major hit over the weekend when Michal Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury before the Flyers/Penguins game on Saturday. Neuvirth was supposed to start against the Penguins but wasn’t feeling right. So Mason was told he’d be starting 20 minutes before warmups. On Sunday morning, we were told that Neuvirth would be out for three weeks effectively ending his regular season. The injury means that the Flyers will be forced to put a huge load onto Steve Mason’s shoulders if they have any chance at making the playoffs.
Unfortunately, Fox29’s Howard Eskin was the first to report that Neuvirth’s lower-body injury was a knee injury.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) March 20, 2016
On Monday, Neuvirth had an MRI on his knee. League sources told CSN’s Tim Panaccio that Neuvirth has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will have surgery to repair it. Basically reaffirming that Neuvirth won’t be back for the regular season.
Dave Isacc shared a PR email on twitter that says Neuvirth might have a chance at rejoining the team if they’re able to make it into the playoffs.
PR firm seems to know what Neuvirth’s “lower-body inj” is (but not how to spell his name) & is available to comment pic.twitter.com/aeo3CGyJuV
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) March 22, 2016
If the Mason can carry the Flyers into the playoffs, Neuvirth would offer some much-needed relief. Neuvirth’s stats this season have been good enough to carry the team if Mason needs a few games off after a three-week stretch that includes four back to backs.