Isaac Flyers Mailbag: Where Will Umberger Fit in, Goalie Controversy?
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R.J. Umberger is feeling good after missing two games with an upper-body injury. With an assist in each game, Umberger was the Flyers' leading scorer when he exited the lineup. He took a full practice Sunday and Monday and says he feels well enough to return. The problem is: if Umberger returns, who comes out?
Questions about a healthy lineup were asked when we opened up the #FlyersMailbag, a sporadic segment we do using Twitter questions.
I'm not convinced that he does. Umberger had two points in two games, but so did Sam Gagner in Umberger's absence. It looks as though Gagner will remain in the lineup on a line with Brayden Schenn and Scott Laughton, but things could change. Umberger took reps with that same line, but the constant was that Gagner was in every rep in each drill, so it looks like he's staying in the lineup.
Michal Neuvirth has a shutout streak of 132:05, but this is still Steve Mason's team. As of Monday's practice, my guess is that Mason ends up getting the start. Having a five-day break is enough downtime for Neuvirth to cool off and it probably doesn't send the best message to Mason if now that he's returned to the team he has to sit and wait to get a start back. Neuvirth came to the Flyers knowing he was second fiddle. He can keep the confidence of that shutout streak and play Wednesday on the second half of the Flyers' back-to-back.