The Flyers are a peculiar team right now. Coming into the 2023-24 campaign the organization had low expectations, being thought of a team at the start of a re-build. One that will not be competitive for years to come. A team that would be moving talented players for future draft capital, and would have a top five pick in the upcoming draft. But 21 games into the season the Philadelphia Flyers are 11-9-1 and currently sitting in a playoff position. At the quarter season mark I would accredit the Flyers goaltending and forwards as the reason for their hot start to the season.
The Flyers have had three goaltenders play in games this season. Cal Peterson has played into two, both against the LA Kings where he is 1-1. While Sam Errson has solidified himself as the Flyers backup goalie for the foreseeable future. The 24 year old Swede has played in eight games, winning four boasting a 2.78 GAA and 0.881 SV%. In his last start Errson stopped all 24 shots and all four shots attempted in a shootout against the Islanders for his first shutout of the season. While veteran netminder Carter Hart has played in 12 games winning 6 with a 2.53 GAA and 0.911 SV% with 1 shutout. So far this season Hart’s stats are second best to his 2019-20 season where he played 43 games with a 2.42 GAA and 0.914 SV%. With the duo of Hart and Errson the Flyers may have one of the better goalie combos in the league.
While offensively the Flyers have a goal differential of +6 being seventh in the league for average shots per game at 32.29. This does not even count attempted shots on net. On Wednesday the 22nd against the Islanders the Flyers had 81 shots attempted, only 36 made their may to the goal. It has been a common occurrence all season long where Philadelphia would outshot their opponents no matter the score.
With the elite goaltending for Hart and Errson along with the offensive power of this team the Flyers may be able to ride this hot start into an impressive season. The Flyers are next in action Tuesday the 28th hosting the Carolina Hurricanes on Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Wells Fargo Center.
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