Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth will miss three weeks with a lower-body injury, the Flyers announced Sunday.
Neuvirth was scheduled to start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday but wasn't feeling right, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Goalie Steve Mason, who made 31 saves in a 4-1 loss, will receive the majority of the starts. The Flyers have 12 games left, including four sets of back-to-backs.
"We haven't been really blessed with an easy schedule here to finish off," Mason told the Courier-Post. "We're not gonna use that as an excuse. We've all got to come here ready to have a real strong push in these last few weeks of the season. It's tough with the back-to-backs, but you've just got to take care of yourself and get your rest."
Neuvirth, who made 24 saves in a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 16 in his last game, is 17-8-4 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 31 games this season.
"I talked to [Neuvirth] last night and I saw him again at the rink this morning," Mason said. "It's a tough spot to be in. I've been there before and it's a matter of keeping his mind in the right position and hopefully being back here before the end of the regular season and help us with the playoffs."
Goalie Anthony Stolarz was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on emergency conditions. He joins the Flyers for the fourth time this season but has yet to make his NHL debut. He's 19-5-7 with a 2.59 GAA and a .916 save percentage for the Phantoms.
"My mindset is kind of the same as it was the last time," Stolarz said. "Just come here and keep working hard. Obviously, I'm still a young goalie, so there's always a learning process. But the things I've been working on from the last time I was here, when I was in Allentown, I've definitely improved."
The Flyers, who trail the Detroit Red Wings by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, play the New York Islanders on Monday at Barclays Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, CSN-PH).