Hart will play at the 2019 IIHF World Championship for Team Canada, Dave Isaac of The Courier Post reports. Playing for Team Canada should be nothing but a great experience for the 20-year-old, who finished 2018-19 in a slump but still played very well during the season overall. As a rookie, Hart went 16-13-1 with a .917 save percentage and 2.83 GAA. He's viewed as the goaltender of the future in Philadelphia, and dynasty owners should definitely find a keeper spot for him on the roster.
Hart allowed four goals on 28 shots in Saturday's loss to the Hurricanes. Hart finished a promising rookie campaign in a slump, allowing at least three goals in each of his last five appearances and producing an .891 save percentage in that span. The 20-year-old will end the season with a .917 save percentage, 2.83 GAA and 16-13-1 record. That's a large enough sample size to prove Hart could be the Flyers' starting goalie next season since Brian Elliott, Cam Talbot and Michal Neuvirth (lower body) are all scheduled to hit free agency this summer.
Hart replaced starter Brian Elliott just 6:58 into Thursday's game, stopping 27 of 30 shots in a 7-3 loss to St. Louis. The loss will not impact Hart's record, which will remain at 16-12-1 following Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Blues. The rookie netminder will now turn his attention to Saturday, as Hart has already been announced as Philly's starter for its season finale versus the Hurricanes, who clinched a playoff spot with their win Thursday.
Hart was named the starter for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Hurricanes, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. To be clear, the Flyers have two games to play before the curtain closes on the 2018-19 campaign, but it appears that Hart will follow Cam Talbot and Brian Elliott with every Flyers netminder getting at least one more start before it's all said and done. It's been a carousel all year long for the Flyers, as they've already set an NHL record by deploying eight goalies over the course of the season. Hart will be saved for a Hurricanes team that has a white-knuckled grip on a wild-card spot out of the Eastern Conference, whereas the Flyers may as well book that tee time since they'll be golfing during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Hart stopped 22 of 25 shots in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Rangers. This was actually the lowest shot volume the rookie has faced in seven starts since recovering from a lower-body injury, but the Flyers defense still gave up plenty of quality chances. Hart's 2.69 GAA and .926 save percentage over that stretch are fairly solid as he positions himself to be Philly's No. 1 netminder for the foreseeable future.
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