Marc-Andre Fleury will get his third start in four nights tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the New Jersey Devils on the road. He got the nod against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and only had to make 17 stops against the Nashville Predators last night. With such a light workload over the last two starts, the Pens have no issue giving Fleury another go.
Fleury in goal tonight.
— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) November 16, 2013
The win against Nashville snapped a three game winless streak for Pittsburgh. Overall the Penguins have struggled mightily with the injury bug all season long, especially on the blue line. Fleury has bounced back wonderfully from a woeful postseason in 2013 though, and has been a rock for Pittsburgh on a nightly basis.
He’s eighth overall in the NHL in minutes played, and sports an outstanding 11-5 record through 16 starts. Fleury’s 2.00 GAA is good enough to earn the W for the high-powered Penguins offense more often than not, and his .922 save percentage is solid.
The heavy lifting that he’s been expected to do to this point isn’t too surprising. Backup netminder Tomas Vokoun was sidelined for three-to-six months after having a blood clot removed from his hip. While the procedure itself isn’t keeping the goalie on the shelf, the blood-thinning medication that he’s required to take is.
As such, Fleury has been the man in Pittsburgh once again this season, and hasn’t buckled one bit under the pressure.