Mason is coming off of one of the best seasons of his career, in which he finished third in the NHL in SV% (.928) and seventh in GAA (2.25). He will get a tough test in his first start of the season when he takes on the Tampa Bay Lightning—Mason was 1-0-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .925 SV% in three preseason games.
The Flyers have placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on waivers.
MacDonald is owed $25.75M over the next five years and if he clears waivers and is sent to the AHL, he will represent over $4M in dead cap space. After a breakout 2013-14 season, MacDonald has struggled since being traded and re-signing with the Flyers—he has just two goals and 14 assists (16 points) in 77 games with Philly.
Neuvirth (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Game 1.
Neuvirth was scratched on Saturday, but is back at practice this morning and is expected to be available to backup Jaroslav Halak in Game 1 on Wednesday. Kevin Poulin was returned to the AHL on Sunday, which is another sign that Neuvirth will be good-to-go.
Neuvirth is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
With Neuvirth day-to-day, the Islanders have recalled Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport (AHL) and he could get the nod in the season finale. There is no word if Neuvirth will be good to go for the start of the playoffs.
Mason allowed four goals on 40 shots in the Flyers 5-4 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. Mason is finishing a great season on a high. He has won three in a row and four of his last five while posting a 1.78 GAA and .953 SV%. Despite the Flyers missing the playoffs, Mason can not be blamed. He comes into this afternoon at 18-17-11 with a 2.23 GAA and .928 SV%.