Mason allowed four goals on 23 shots, including a horrible goal from the other end of the ice, in the Flyers loss to the Capitals in Game 2. The Flyers are down 2-0 after Mason gave up six goals on 54 shots (.889 SV%). The Flyers will try to stay afloat tonight as they return to home ice—Mason was 14-7-6 with a 2.23 GAA and .926 SV% in 28 starts on home ice this season.
Couturier (upper-body) will miss the next two weeks.
Couturier was crunched into the board by Alex Ovechkin in Game 1 and skated to the bench with his arm hanging. It immediately looked like a shoulder injury that would force him to miss some time and that length of time has been determined to be two weeks. Scott Laughton will replace Couturier in Game 2.
Mason lost three of his final four regular season starts and finished the season with a 23-19-10 record, 2.51 GAA and .918 SV%. The 27-year-old has gone 1-2-0 with a 2.94 GAA and .902 SV% in three starts against the Flyers’ first round opponent this season. He has only made eight career playoff starts, going 2-6-0 with a 3.11 GAA and a .907 SV% in those starts.
Neuvirth (knee) returned as the backup on Thursday.
Neuvirth has been sidelined with a knee injury since March 16th, but backed-up Steve Mason on Thursday. This leaves the Flyers in a bit of a difficult spot. Who to start in a must-win game on Saturday? Steve Mason has played very well with Neuvirth out, but is coming off of a loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Expect Neuvirth to start either Saturday or Sunday though.