That’s correct folks, Carter Hart is healthy and will get the nod Monday night against the Florida Panthers.
Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post first reported Sunday night that Hart was presumedly tending the net against Florida. He tweeted out as much, and included that the Flyers had sent Alex Lyon back down to Lehigh Valley. In a corresponding move, Kirill Ustimenko has been sent back to the Reading Royals.
Hart comes back at the perfect time. The Flyers are tied for the last wildcard spot in the east, losing the tiebreaker to Carolina. There’s 27 games remaining, and the Flyers need every possible point they can muster over the remaining slate. 13 of those games are at home, where Carter Hart thrives.
Hart’s stats this year differ greatly between home and away. Hart is 2-9-1 on in 15 games on the road. He has a .851 save percentage and goals against average of 4.01. Compare that to a 13-2-2 record at home with a save percentage of .940 and goals against average of 1.69.
With some crucial games coming up for the Flyers, Hart’s return is a most-welcome one. If the second-year goaltender can muster up the confidence he has at home, when he’s on the road, the Flyers could put themselves in a prime position to enter the playoffs, and be dangerous.
Not to mention, Hart has a new lid that’s pretty sweet, and also touching.
Hart takes the ice tonight against the Florida Panthers. Game is slated to start at 7:00 P.M. EST at the Wells Fargo Center. Follow all of our PSN Flyers writers for live updates and reaction during and after the game.
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