Fleury stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over Carolina on Friday. The Flower was cruising to what would have been his fifth shutout of the year until Andrej Nestrasil beat him with 5:18 left in regulation. He was able to have a perfect overtime and shootout, though, locking up his 22nd win of the season. After a brief two-game hiccup at the start of February where he allowed nine goals, Fleury appears back on track, as he's given up just five over his last three contests.
Fleury will look to get back on track against Carolina on Friday, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh reports. Despite the loss, Fleury did not perform too poorly in his last outing, as he saved 19 of 21 shots, but was left wanting for some offensive support. Posting a 2.68 GAA in his previous eight starts, the 31-year-old has relied heavily on his teammates of late. However, with Sidney Crosby on top of his game, the netminder enters every contest with a good chance of coming away with the win.
Fleury gave up two goals on 21 shots in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Rangers. Pittsburgh out-shot the Rangers 34-22, but Fleury picked up the tough-luck loss due to the heroics of opposing goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Fleury has benefited from the Penguins' recent flurry of goals, as he still owns a fabulous 6-2-0 record over his last eight starts.
Fleury will be in the crease in Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Fleury was sharp in his last start, stopping 36 of 38 shots en route to a 6-2 win over the Ducks on Monday. The former first-round pick will look to pick up his 22nd win of the season Wednesday in a decent home matchup with a Rangers team averaging 2.35 goals per game on the road this season, 17th in the NHL.
Fleury was the first goalie off the ice during Wednesday's morning skate, making him the expected netminder for the evening's contest against the Rangers, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise if Fleury ends up in goal as expected, looking for back-to-back good starts following a couple stumbles. The team should officially confirm the goalie at some point later in the day, but Fleury appears the favorite in the clubhouse. The starting netminder would need to prepare for a Rangers club averaging 2.50 goals per game through four February contests, assuming he receives the call.
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