The Philadelphia Flyers, looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Washington Capitals, will make a lineup change tonight in the crease and go with Michal Neuvirth over Steve Mason.
Looking like #Flyers Game 4 starter is Michal Neuvirth.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) April 20, 2016
Mason has struggled the past two games but did put together a solid performance in game one, which resulted in a 2-0 loss. So far in the postseason, he boasts a dismal 4.09 goals-against average and a .852 save-percentage.
Mason hasn’t necessarily received much help as the Flyers have only recorded two goals in three games. When asked about his decision to start Neuvirth over Mason, Flyers’ head coach Dave Hakstol said “it’s not a negative to Mase. It’s about winning game four. Plain and simple.”.
According to Hakstol, the Flyers are making other lineup changes as well, which will include multiple forward moves. If morning skate was any indication, the forward lines will also look much different tonight with a lot of shuffling having occurred.
According to Jakub Voracek…
Something had to be done; we’ve scored two goals in three games.
The Flyers have been outscored 12-2 in this series. Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds have both been held scoreless so far, while Voracek and rookie phenom Shayne Gostisbehere have been held to one point each.
The Flyers are hoping the changes, which include swapping starting goaltenders, can spark something as they try to claw their way back into the series.