Flyers goalie Steve Mason out of lineup for home opener due to 'personal family matter'

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason stretches out before the start of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason will not be in the lineup for the home opener because of a personal family matter.

Genearl Manager Ron Hextall made the announcement Monday morning.


Hextall said there would be no further comment.

This will be the first time Mason has missed a start against the Florida Panthers since being acquired by the Flyers in April of 2013.

He made seven straight starts as a Flyer, going 3-3-1 with a .933 save pct and 2.25 GAA as a Flyer against Florida.

Goalie Michal Neuvirth will get the start tonight for the Flyers.

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