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OTF: Neuvirth out 3 weeks; Stolarz recalled

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MAR. 20
11:10 a.m.

Following the injury update on Michal Neuvirth, GM Ron Hextall announced that the club has recalled goaltender Anthony Stolarz from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, on emergency conditions today.

Stolarz last appeared in the Phantoms' 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies on Mar. 18 where he stopped 34 of 37 shots to earn the Phantoms a point in the standings.

He owns a 19-15-7 record with a 2.59 GAA and .916 save percentage with Lehigh Valley in his second year since turning professional. Stolarz was the Flyers second round pick at 45th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

10:50 a.m.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media today that goaltender Michal Neuvirth will be out for three weeks with a lower-body injury.

The announcement comes prior to the team’s optional practice in Voorhees, NJ before they depart for Long Island to kick off a four-game road trip beginning with the Islanders on Monday night.

Neuvirth was slated to start in yesterday’s game vs. Pittsburgh at the Wells Fargo Center but did not play after not feeling right. He last appeared in the Flyers’ 3-2 win over the Blackhawks at Chicago where he stopped 24 of 26 shots.

Neuvirth has a 17-8-4 mark in his first season with the Flyers through 31 games. He has a a 2.28 goals-against average, which is on pace for a new career high, and his .925 save percentage ranks fifth among all NHL goaltenders with a minimum of 22 games played.

MAR. 12

1:15 p.m.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced this afternoon that goaltender Michal Neuvirth has a stomach virus and the club has recalled goaltender Anthony Stolarz on emergency basis from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Neuvirth last started in the Flyers’ 4-0 loss to the Oilers on Mar. 3. Prior to that, he had won three straight games and made eight straight appearances overall from Feb. 16 through Mar. 3, posting a 5-2-0 record with a 2.73 GAA and .901 save percentage.

In his first season with the Flyers, Neuvirth has a 16-8-4 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 30 appearances. He has missed eight games due to injury this season, suffering an upper-body injury from Oct. 24-27, and a lower-body injury from Feb. 2-10.

Stolarz is en route to Sunrise, Florida. This is the third time Stolarz has been recalled by the Flyers, but he has yet to appear in an NHL game this season or in his pro career, last serving as a backup in five games from Feb. 2-10.

Stolarz has played a majority of the Phantoms games this year, appearing in 40 contests and posting a 19-14-6 record to go along with a 2.57 GAA and .917 save percentage. In his second year since turning pro, Stolarz has new career highs in games played (40), wins (19) and minutes played (2,307)

He was one of two Phantoms to represent the organization in the AHL’s mid-season All-Star Classic in January along with Nick Cousins.
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