Fleury stopped 40 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to Columbus on Friday. He singlehandedly kept the Penguins in the game through two periods, stopping 24-of-24 shots through 40 minutes. Fleury, who was named the game's No. 2 star, will likely get a well deserved night off Saturday.
Fleury will start Friday night on the road against the Blue Jackets, per Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers. It became clear that Fleury would start after it was reported that he was the first goalie off the ice in the Friday morning skate. Fleury's made eight starts this November, having registered a 5-3-0 record to go along with a 2.89 GAA and .902 save percentage.
Fleury is likely to start Friday against the Blue Jackets. He was the first goalie off the ice in the morning skate, according to the team's official beat writers. Fleury has allowed three goals apiece in the past four games for the Pens, all of which were at home. Try to avoid looking at the Blue Jackets' last-place standing in the Metropolitan Division thinking this will be an easy win for Fleury. After all, Jackets head coach John Tortorella has jump started that team with a 6-4-0 record in their past 10 matches.
Fleury gave up three goals on 32 shots in a 4-3 overtime win against St. Louis. He allowed a game-tying softie with less than six minutes remaining in regulation but otherwise played well. The Flower is no longer playing lights out -- he's allowed an average of three goals in his last seven starts -- but an improving offense has helped him to four wins over the span.
Fleury will be between the pipes in Wednesday's game against the Blues. Fleury has been great this season, posting a 10-7-0 record with a 2.19 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 appearances. He'll look to secure his 11th win of the season Wednesday against a Blues squad that has been mediocre offensively thus far, averaging just 2.64 goals scored per game this season.
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