Neuvirth made 28 saves in Saturday's 3-1 win over New Jersey. Neuvirth made his second-straight start, but just his third since Nov. 28. He won both of those starts, but we expect him to sit Sunday when the Flyers play the second half of a back-to-back. Neuvirth could see more playing time if he can continue to show the kind of efforts he's delivered this week.
Neuvirth will start in goal Saturday afternoon against the visiting Devils, Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record reports. The Flyers are accustomed to playing Saturday matinees, but this will be just the second day game for Neuvy as part of the 2017-18 season. He's done quite well against the Devils in his career, posting a 7-3-5 record, 2.21 GAA and .920 save percentage against them in 16 appearances. We could think of worse streaming options in goal for Saturday's 13-game slate.
Neuvirth saved 29 of 31 shots during Thursday's 3-2 overtime win against Toronto. The Philadelphia backup has played well this year and sports a .924 save percentage and 2.35 GAA through 12 games. A leg injury cut into his action, and it's clear that Brian Elliott is the No. 1 starter, so Neuvirth's upside is currently limited. Still, based on his strong performance so far this season, the 29-year-old Czech is worth a look when given the starting nod.
Neuvirth will assume the home net for Thursday's clash against the Maple Leafs, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Neuvirth staved off eight shots in a relief appearance against the Rangers on Tuesday, spelling Brian Elliott after the starter yielded five goals on 21 shots before getting the heave-ho from coach Dave Hakstol after two periods. Neuvy's upcoming opponent ranks eighth in total offense and is led by sophomore sensation Auston Matthews and his 33 points (19 goals, 14 assists) through 36 games. The 29-year-old boasts a 9-5-1 record against the Buds in his career, though he sports underwhelming peripherals (2.84 GAA, .902 save percentage).
Neuvirth saved all eight shots in the third period of Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers. The game was essentially over when Neuvirth entered to start the third period, but holding New York off the scoreboard during the final frame checks out as a solid relief outing. The 29-year-old Czech has only appeared in 11 contests this season, but his .923 save percentage and 2.39 GAA are solid marks, so he's worth considering when starting against a favorable opponent.
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