The kid is back.
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart is back from injury and ready to get back into the lineup. Hart was the backup goalie for Monday night’s win against the Senators and he’ll get the start on Thursday night against the Washington Capitals.
The Flyers face a tough back-to-back set this weekend and having two strong goalies will help them for the rest of the season. Hart will start on Thursday night while Brian Elliott is slated to start Friday night in Toronto.
Hart helped saved the Flyers season with a 13-8-1 record and .917 save percentage since being called up in mid-December. That includes an eight-game winning streak (.934 SV%) from Jan. 14 to Feb. 9, and an 11-2-0 stretch (.930 SV%) from Jan. 10 to Feb. 17.
The rookie struggled against Tampa Bay and in Montreal on Feb. 19th and 21st, allowing three goals on nine shots, before being diagnosed with a lower-body injury. Hart was injured during warmups in Montreal but did not tell anyone until after the outdoor practice on Friday, Feb. 22.
That looked like it may be the end of the Flyers’ hot stretch, but Brian Elliott filled in well. Since returning from injury he is 5-3-1 with a .923 save percentage.
Since Hart’s call-up, the Flyers have a .913 save percentage. That would be good for top-five in the NHL over an entire season. Prior to that, they had a save percentage of .874, which was easily the worst in the league.
Average goaltending would’ve been desirable for the Flyers in recent years, and now that they’re getting above-average or even good goaltending, they’ve been one of the best teams in the league over the past few months.
Carter Hart is still young, but he’s given us a glimpse of what the future of goaltending in Philadelphia will look like. It’s great to see him back in action for the home stretch.