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Flyers announce starting goalie as talks of controversy heat up


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Travis Politakis
January 23, 2024  (1:13 PM)
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As the Flyers welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Wells Fargo Center tonight, head coach John Tortorella and the orange and black announced who will be taking the spot in between the pipes tonight. Amidst the announcement, talks of a goalie controversy heats up.

After getting the start on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators, Ersson once again was rewarded with the start for tonight's matchup against the Bolts. After Carter Hart didn't have his best afternoon on Saturday night against Colorado, many are wondering if a goalie controversy is brewing with Ersson getting two straight starts.
Ersson is currently 12-6-3 with three shutouts, a .909 save percentage and a 2.36 GAA thus far on the season. Meanwhile, Carter Hart currently sits with a 12-9-3 record with a .906 save percentage and a 2.80 GAA this season. Almost identical numbers.
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Both have been spectacular this season and have anchored the Flyers D, but both also struggled this past weekend against Ottawa and Colorado. With the trade deadline coming up and trade rumors being thrown around, are the Flyers in the midst of a goalie controversy?

"People love talking about this. Goalie controversies, quarterback controversies, they take up a lot of oxygen in the city of Philadelphia. What you're seeing right now essentially is two goalies who are getting the same amount of games, and in that functional timeshare, Samuel Ersson has outplayed Carter Hart."
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