Fleury voiced his interest in starting against the Panthers after getting yanked Friday, but with no Saturday morning skate it's unknown whether the team will go with Fleury or backup Jeff Zatkoff. The Flower has surrendered 12 goals in his last three road starts. With a full slate of action Saturday, it might be wise to at least consider other options. Florida will be well rested while the Pens will be coming off Friday's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Fleury gave up four goals on 14 shots before being pulled in Friday's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Fleury got the hook midway through the second period after Tyler Johnson beat him on the power play for the fourth Bolts goal of the evening. The implosion snapped a five-game winning streak for the veteran netminder, who had been playing with fire in twice allowing four goals or more in wins over Vancouver and Ottawa where the Pens' offense bailed him out. Nonetheless, Fleury has 20 wins in 37 appearances this season with a 2.44 GAA and .919 save percentage.
Fleury will get a road start in net Friday night, taking on the Lightning. The Penguins are in a groove, having claimed wins in each of the past five starts made by Fleury. Over that timeframe, the veteran backstop has a pair of shutouts and 12 goals allowed in all. Tampa Bay ranks 15th in the league with 2.62 goals per game but its 28.9 shots per game is only good for 22nd, so Fleury might have an edge in this matchup especially when you consider that the Penguins lead the league averaging 32.6 shots per contest.
Fleury surrendered five goals on 23 shots but earned his 20th win of the season in a 6-5 win over Ottawa on Tuesday. Pens coach Mike Sullivan suggested the Sens enjoyed a bit of "puck luck" but that's of little consolation to Fleury fantasy owners. The Flower has posted shutouts in two of his last five games (all wins) but has given up 12 scores in the other three contests.
Fleury will start between the pipes in Tuesday evening's matchup with the Senators. Fleury has gotten on a roll as of late, earning wins in four straight games, including a shutout of the Devils in his last outing. The 31-year-old veteran goaltender has compiled a 19-11-5 record on the season with a .925 save percentage and 2.28 GAA. He gets the start Tuesday against an Ottawa team he shut out earlier in the season, stopping 22 shots Oct. 15. The Senators have dropped three of their past four games and are currently tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Division, so this should provide Fleury with a favorable home matchup.
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