Like the plummeting winter temperatures, so falls the once unstoppable play of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ netminder Steve Mason. After he registered a phenomenal month of November, Mason suddenly finds his play in the midst of a downward spiral. So, who’s up for a little game of “Numbers Don’t Lie?”
In the month of November, Mason looked like he was well on his way to proving himself not only to the orange and black, but all the skeptics around the hockey universe. Posting a 6-2-2 record along with an impressive .938 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average, Mason’s miraculous and acrobatic saves made him look like the real deal. Now, he looks like nothing more than a counterfeit product.
Despite his improved December record of 7-1-2 along with one no-decision, his goals against average inclined to a less than mediocre 2.92 and his save percentage dropped all the way down to .899. Not something to panic about, right? Don’t hold your breath.
January his being extremely unkind to Mason thus far. The 25-year-old will carry a 3-3-1 record into the Nationwide Arena tonight when the Flyers take on his former club, the Columbus Blue Jackets, a game in which Mason will find himself the backup yet again.
Since signing his new contract extension last Saturday, Mason has done nothing but make the Flyers’ front office regret the decision. He’s been pulled in one game and tonight will make the second contest he enters as the backup since he signed that extension a mere three games ago. By the way, if you’re wondering about his numbers this month, they’re not good. In fact, they’re worse. His goals against average has risen all the way to a startling 3.32 and his save percentage has drastically dropped to an atrocious .885.
What about the competition difference between months? Well, there’s still no excuse. The goals per game average of the teams Mason faced in November is 2.56. The goals per game average of the teams he’s faced this month is slightly lower at 2.53. Despite the minor scoring difference, Mason’s numbers are horrendously worse.
A frustrated sigh is the only exhaling Flyers fans have been doing lately. This unwanted respiratory action is something Philadelphia fans are becoming all too familiar with.