Flyers goaltender Carter Hart with lower body injury

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart will miss his team’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens with a lower-body injury.

The injury reduces the Flyers’ chances of extending their 3-game winning streak against a Montreal team that won 2 games on the rebound.

Hart has always been in goal for the Flyers this season; the former Everett Silvertip has already started a career-high 52 games with 10 games left.

Before his injury, listed day by day, the 24-year-old had had an excellent 2022-2023 season. Hart topped league averages in GAA (2.90) and save percentage (.909), winning 21 games and losing 10 in overtime despite playing behind the league’s third-worst joint offense. league.

By comparison, Flyers regular replacement Felix Sandstrom is 1-10-2 while allowing 3.49 goals per game with an .884 save percentage.

Hart’s success in 2022-23 represents something of an early career resurgence. After two outstanding first seasons, the keeper was one of the worst in the league in 2020-21 before producing mixed returns last season. Hart’s return to form will make him a valuable centerpiece for a changing Flyers organization.

While Hart recovers from his injury, Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender Samuel Ersson will return to the Flyers for a third stint this season. The 23-year-old Swede is 6-1; the Flyers kept him in the AHL this long for playing time and to avoid passing Sandstrom on waivers.

Despite falling after the All-Star Game that knocked them out of the playoffs at 28-32-12, the Flyers have been playing much improved hockey lately. The Oranges and Blacks are 3-1-1 in their last five games and have run their point streak to 4 games.

Sandstrom will be between the pipes when the Flyers host Montreal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

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