Carter Hart by the Period

The net in Philadelphia has been a constant carousel. The years of Michael Leighton, Brian Boucher, Ray Emery, Steve Mason, even Calvin Picard and Mike McKenna appear to be at an end now with the emergence of Carter Hart. The former second rounder has burst onto the scene and provided the presence in net the Flyers have longed for since the days of Ron Hextall. No, not General Manager Ron Hextall, goalie and straight-up mad man Ron Hextall.

With peace of mind comes boredom, and sometimes overanalyzing. At least that’s what Flyers fans do. It’s easy to say, “he’s only 22 years old, calm down.” It’s also easy to be excited that a 22 year old is playing at the level Hart is. What isn’t easy is getting by the offseason with little-to-no news. That’s why we’re going to take a look at how Carter Hart fared this past season in each period, including the home and away splits.

First Period

Shots FacedSavesGoals AllowedMinutesSave %Goals Against Average

Carter Hart was notorious for having decent starts to his games. Obviously, he found more struggles on the road than he did at home, but on average he was solid in the first period. He faced a larger volume of shots in the opening frame compared to the others, and his goals against average reflects that. While stellar at home (.946/1.75,) his road numbers were abysmal (.842/4.46.)

Given that he played most of his games at home, in large part due to his struggles on the road, it’s easy to see why his home numbers are closer to his overall numbers as opposed to his road stats. They outweigh the road stats enough to make his overall first period numbers look decent. This isn’t to say things are all hunky-dory, but rather to amplify his success while playing in front of a home crowd.

He faced almost double the amount of shots at home as opposed to on the road, and he stopped over double the amount of his shots at home as opposed to on the road. The Flyers starting slow in a lot of games this season definitely contributes to these inflated numbers. However, it also goes to show just how well Hart did at keeping the Flyers in the game early on.

Second Period

Shots FacedSavesGoals AllowedMinutesSave %Goals Against Average

The second period saw fatigue start to set in. Hart faced 72 less shots and allowed five less goals, but his save percentage took a slight dip. His goals against average is .31 better than that of his first period performances. On average, Hart allowed a goal every 10.58 shots in the second period, whereas he allowed a goal every 11.11 shots in the first period.

While playing around 23 less minutes in the second period, you could say that the first and second periods were fairly similar in nature. Again, Hart faced more shots at home than he did on the road. One glance at his overall splits for home and away games will shed some light on why that was the case.

If anything, it should show how consistent Hart is in the first two frames of the game. One period isn’t noticeably better or worse than the other. It’s incredibly encouraging considering this is Hart’s first “full” season as an NHL goaltender. If Hart stays par the course, we could see one of the more complete netminders in Flyers history.

Third Period

Shots FacedSavesGoals AllowedMinutesSave %Goals Against Average

The third period, regardless of whether it was being played at home or on the road, was Carter Hart’s best period all season. He allowed the least amount of goals on the second most shots, posting the best save percentage of all the periods. His GAA is the best of all the periods as well, and his away stats alone are better than the other periods as well.

Simply put, Carter Hart shines as the game goes on. You’ll see that his performance at home carries his less-than-stellar play away from home, but his stats are still fairly solid. Having a goalie that can close the door when needed is a luxury not a ton of teams can say they have. To say that the Flyers have a 22 year old capable of doing so is something special.

Keep in mind that Hart only has 74 NHL game under his belt thus far in his career. While his performance so far shouldn’t be overlooked, it shouldn’t be blown out of proportion either. It’s definitely exciting, but 74 games is 74 games. The kid is young and doesn’t have a ton of experience, but his sample size to this point is pretty solid.

Photo Credit – Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

Leave a Reply