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UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 14, 12:04 p.m.

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth will miss four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Neuvirth left Saturday's 3-2 win over the Wild after the first period, when he suffered the injury making a save. A source told CSN's Tim Panaccio that Neuvirth has a left knee sprain, the same injury that kept defenseman Michael Del Zotto to miss the beginning of the season. Neuvirth was placed on long-term injured reserve Monday, and will not need surgery (see story).

Anthony Stolarz was called up from Lehigh Valley on Monday morning.

In nine games — eight starts — Neuvirth has struggled, as has Steve Mason, who will now have a golden opportunity to secure up the No. 1 job. Neuvirth is 4-2-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and a .859 save percentage. He allowed one goal on seven shots before leaving Saturday's game. Mason is 3-5-2 with a 3.41 GAA and .880 save percentage.

Between Mason and Neuvirth, the Flyers have the league's worst team save percentage at .863 and are tied with the Calgary Flames for the worst goals against at 3.63 per game.

Stolarz, 22, was called up a few times last season, but never got into a game. This season at Lehigh Valley, he is 6-2 with a 2.39 GAA and .927 save percentage. He's won his last four starts.

 

With Neuvirth out long term, Stolarz will see some NHL action this time around — perhaps either Nov. 22 or 23 when the Flyers have a back-to-back in Florida against the Panthers and the Lightning.