Despite his gaudy numbers, Flyers goalie Steve Mason doesn't get much respect.
Last season, Mason finished third in the NHL in save percentage (.928) and sixth in goals-against average (2.25) among goalies who played at least half of their teams' games. In five-on-five play, he led the league with a .944 save percentage.
And, yet . . .
Several national publications rank the 27-year-old Mason in the middle of the league's goalie pack, apparently disregarding the above numbers and fixating on his 18-18-11 overall record.
"Maybe outside of Philadelphia," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said when asked if he thought Mason was underappreciated. "I think people here realize what a good job he has done for us."
Especially at home. Mason went 16-6-5 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .937 save percentage at the Wells Fargo Center last season. On the road, he got little scoring support and had just a 2-12-6 record, with a 2.56 GAA and .914 save percentage.
There are areas in which Mason can improve. He has struggled on breakaways, and he was not strong in overtimes and shootouts in 2014-15.
Last season, he went 1-4 in overtime games and 2-7 in shootouts. Part of the blame for the shootout losses goes to the Flyers' poor shooting in the breakaway competition. But Mason had just a .595 save percentage in shootouts, placing him just 26th in the NHL among goalies who faced at least 20 attempts.
- Sam Carchidi