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Flyers get good news as Mason will take Thursday’s morning skate

Steve Mason

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Philadelphia Flyers’ Steve Mason faces the action during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Philadelphia. Mason practiced for only 15 minutes because of an upper-body injury and there’s a chance the Flyers will start their playoff series against the Rangers without their No. 1 goalie. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, File)


From the team’s Twitter account:

Per #Flyers GM Ron Hextall, Steve Mason will take part in Thursday’s morning skate.

— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 7, 2015

This development is likely of great relief to both the organization and its fans -- Mason, who’s posted a solid save percentage (.919) and GAA (2.50) this season, had missed four games earlier in the year to back injury and there was concern that, after leaving today’s practice to get an MRI, he’d re-aggravated the ailment.

That said, it’s not guaranteed he’ll be in goal when Philly hosts the Caps tomorrow. Mason looked like he first tweaked himself during Tuesday’s shootout win over Ottawa and couldn’t make it through Wednesday’s practice, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can make it through the morning skate.