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Tuesday, he switched to a generic white mask that was a better fit. Wednesday he is expected to face shots in a game scenario for the first time since last season.

After this week, Neuvirth’s preparation for his introduction to professional hockey will continue. Where he will play next season remains uncertain. Neuvirth, Simeon Varlamov (a 2006 first-round pick) and last year’s AHL surprise, Daren Machesney, are set to occupy two spots in Hershey.

Where the third one ends up - South Carolina of the East Coast Hockey League? On loan to another AHL team? - and which player is the odd man out remains to be seen.

“I don’t know about that. I just want to play every game,” Neuvirth said. “We’ll see what happens. Wherever I go, I just want to play every game.”