It’s been a long time since things have gone this well for Steve Mason. Since winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie for the Columbus Blue Jackets back in 2008-09, he’d fallen off in a big way in Ohio. After two consecutive seasons of sub-.900 save percentages, the Jackets decided to give Mason a fresh start elsewhere.
The Philadelphia Flyers took him on—a move that was met with chortles and muffled laughter from around the NHL—but so far, Mason has been one of the brightest spots on a team that is just now starting to head north in the standings.
Coming off of his first shutout as a member of the Flyers on Tuesday, Mason will be back in goal for Philly tonight when they take on the streaking Winnipeg Jets according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mason has 13 starts this season, and has posted a 5-7-1 record. Those losses are hardly his fault though, as the Flyers couldn’t score enough to support him in the first month of the season. The likes of Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell seem to be gaining momentum, and Mason’s numbers have been strong despite the team’s lame duck start.
His 2.15 GAA is outstanding (especially considering how woeful the defense has been in front of him) and his .930 save percentage is leaps and bounds above where it was for the Jackets.