Carter Hart did not play for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabers on Monday, and the goalie will also be ruled Wednesday in Buffalo so he can focus more on training .
Goalkeeper Brian Elliott started and made 29 stops on Monday, with Alex Lyon support him. Vigneault said Elliott or Lyon will start on Wednesday.
Hart is 8-9-3 with a 4.04 goals-against average and 0.869 save percentage in 22 games. He’s allowed at least three goals in eight straight starts and in 16 of his 20 starts this season.
Hart is 2-6-0 with a GAA of 5.04 and save percentage of 0.815 in his last 10 games. Hart’s last victory was 4-3 at the New York Islanders on March 18, when he made 22 saves but allowed three goals in the third period.
“I’m just missing out on things right now,” Hart said after that game, when asked about his confidence level. “To come back to playing my game and trust the game that I have built. I think it’s coming, it’s going in the right direction. I just have to build on it. ”
Hart has a 0.789 save percentage in three games since.
“We were able to have [Hart] skate in training yesterday, we’re going to skate him and then stay on the ice and work on his game, “said Vigneault.” Tomorrow is a day of team training, which we didn’t have many. … He’s going to skate today in training, stay after, train with the team tomorrow, stay after. On Wednesday he will do the same, he will practice it and work with Kim afterwards. We’re going to stay like that here for a little while here. ”
Hart’s teammates remain supportive.
“We all know ‘Hartsy’ is a good goalie; everyone knows ‘Hartsy’ is a good goalie, ”defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “Everyone goes through their ups and downs. Right now it’s a low. … I just know his personality and how he is and his attitude to play the game. His preparation is second to none. I’m pretty sure no one in this organization is too worried about the Carter Hart we’ll see next. ”
Hart was 24-13-3 with a 2.42 GAA and 0.914 save percentage last season and allowed at least three goals in 15 of 40 starts.
At 22, Hart is the third youngest goalie in the NHL; the only younger guards are Jake Oettinger the Dallas Stars (four months old) and Stuart Skinner Edmonton Oilers (three months).
Due to Hart’s age and background, the Flyers believe his current struggles are not indicative of the kind of future he will have.
“You look at a young Prix Carey at the age of 22, Connor Hellebuyck, Marc-André Fleury“Said general manager Chuck Fletcher on March 24.” All of these great goalies had their ups and downs early in their careers and had tough seasons. It is a difficult position. I believe in Carter. I believe in his talent and I believe he will be a very good goalie for this franchise for a very long time. Clearly for the moment, he is not at the top. ”