After a promising start, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart has had its ups and downs in his last two seasons, but at 24, here he is at No. 1 in our standings. Is this the year he hatched?
We can say what we want about the new Flyers coach, John Tortorella, he has the gift of reviving a team , and for now, the orange jerseys are the formation that have allowed the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference.
Who deserves it? There's definitely some Tortorella behind it all, but “Torts” is the first to say it all starts with the keeper, and his number one, Hart, is on fire. His record of 6-0-2/.946/1.97 is eloquent, quite the opposite of that of his assistant, Felix Sandstrom (0-3-0/.894/3.78.)
Despite turning 24 in August, Hart already has 154 games behind the tie on the Bettman circuit, more than any other goalie 26 or younger. He seems to be coming of age. Proof that you have to be patient with the goalkeepers.
Our three stars
Our three stars of the week are Ville Husso (2 -0-0/.983/0.50), Carter Hart (1-0-1/.971/0.97) and Martin Jones (2-0-0/.966/1.00). Husso moved up five ranks to third on our computerized charts.
Scott Wedgewood (17th) took advantage of the injury to Jake Oettinger at the Stars to join the squad of 36 goaltenders who have played at least 300 minutes. He pulled it off admirably with three wins (3-0-0/.935/2.00). Karel Vejmelka (16th) sees all the colors for the Coyotes with an average of 38 shots per game. It gained 12 ranks.
The Buffalo Sabers goalies are still a question mark and after a good start, Eric Comrie (27th), fell ten places in the standings, allowing 10 goals in two games.
< strong>Out of the Top 30
There are a few significant absences outside the top 30, including Thatcher Demko (32nd), Jack Campbell (33rd), Jordan Binnington (34th) and Elvis Merzlikins (36th). Note that Frederik Andersen occupies the 30th rank, but has been replaced by Samuel Montembeault (41st) in our table. Montembeault (2-1-1/.928/2.47) is fifth among goalkeepers not meeting the number of minutes required to be in the top 30. The Canadiens' goalie is only beaten in this group by Stuart Skinner, Cam Talbot, Kevin Lankinen and Magnus Hellberg.
A hole in the mitt
Jack Campbell (33rd) called his start to the season “pathetic” but was unlucky on defender Colin Miller's shot in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the United stars. The puck went through the laces of his mitt. When things go wrong…
Just like Price in 2008
Campbell's bad luck recalls one of five goals allowed by Carey Price in Game 6 of the series against the Bruins in April 2008. Price was in the right spot, but the end of the basket was soft and the puck had worked its way into the back of the net. Price showed up in Game 7 with a brand new mitt. Not nervous, he had managed a shutout.
Is it really necessary to kneel at the post (in RVH position) whenever one of his defenders has the puck behind the goal line and the nearest opponent is in the alley of the popcorn vendor? No, but what robotic, useless and taxing gesture on the body? Thatcher Demko of the Canucks had to do it 20 times in the first period Saturday against Nashville. This gesture is only justified when there is a pass option near the net.