Time to pad Michal Neuvirth up with bubble wrap. The Flyers’ season may depend on him. Tuesday morning, Flyers goalie Brian Elliott had abdominal surgery and is expected to miss five to six weeks. He has seen 41 games of action for the Flyers and if they kept trotting him out there, he likely would have beaten his appearances record of 55 when he was 25 years old. The 32-year-old goalie doesn’t have statistics as strong as Neuvirth’s but has brought a level of calmness on the ice. Unless the Flyers bring in another goalie, which seems likely before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, Neuvirth will likely receive the lion’s share of the work. “Neuvy’s been great. He’s always good,” Wayne Simmonds said. “We’ve got confidence with him in net. You guys saw how he played in Vegas and the games before that when he played, too. He comes in during the shootout in a pinch and does a great job and does a great job against Vegas. “To be a good team in this league you’ve got to have good goaltending and we’ve had good goaltending this year. For us we’ve got to continue to step up in front of Neuvy and keep playing the way we’ve been playing and get some more points here.” Neuvirth had to come into Saturday night’s game cold after Elliott was hurt on the second attempt of a shootout by the Arizona Coyotes. Rookie Clayton Keller guided the puck wide of the net, but fooled Elliott enough to try and extend his left leg to the post which was when the injury occurred.
Brian Elliott has abdominal surgery, so Flyers' hopes rest on Michal Neuvirth
Courier-Post | Feb 13