Mason indicated that he is interested in returning to the Flyers, but he would like to be back as the clear No. 1 goalie, NHL.com reports. Mason can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He posted a 26-21-8 record with a 2.66 GAA and .908 save percentage across 58 games, spending a majority of the season in a timeshare with Michal Neuvirth. The veteran netminder finished strong, posting a 9-4-2 record with a 2.22 GAA and .922 save percentage over his final 15 appearances.
Mason made 20 saves in a 4-2 win over Columbus on Saturday night. Mason is coming to the end of the season in a finer fashion than most of the season -- he's 5-1 in his last six starts with just 11 goals allowed. Where was this earlier?
Mason stopped 26 of 27 shots in Tuesday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Devils. He and Devils backup Keith Kinkaid carried dueling shutouts into overtime, but John Moore ended it 59 seconds into the extra frame. So ends Mason's four-game winning streak, but he's still been playing spectacularly well of late. It's unclear how the Flyers will split up their last three games, but they end with back-to-backs this weekend, so Mason won't make more than two more starts.
Mason will tend the twine for Tuesday's divisional matchup with New Jersey, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly reports. Despite his team having already been eliminated from postseason contention, Mason's play has seen an uptick in quality in the latter stages of the campaign. Over his last 14 games, the former Calder Trophy winner is 9-4-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .926 save percentage, making a strong case for a starting job next season, be it with the Flyers or another team that is able sign him if Philadelphia lets him hit unrestricted free agency on July 1.
Mason (illness) will back up Anthony Stolarz for Sunday night's road game against the Rangers, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Mason missed just one game while sick, but will now back up Stolarz after Michal Neuvirth (illness) collapsed during Saturday's win over the Devils. Mason was on a four-game winning streak prior to falling ill, so he could be a good bet in fantasy formats once he's given the starting nod again.
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