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Goalie nods: Fleury starts for Pens after missing eight games with a concussion

The Pittsburgh Penguins will get Marc-Andre Fleury back in their lineup for Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders.

Fleury missed eight games because of a concussion, but the Pens activated him off IR early today.

“He’s a big part of the team,” head coach Mike Sullivan said, per the team’s website. “He’s an elite goaltender. His body of work here speaks for itself and how good he is. I know how much his teammates respect him and how much they like him and they play hard for him.”

Pittsburgh went 3-4-1 without Fleury, and as you can imagine, his teammates are glad that he’s back.

“It’ll be great,” Sidney Crosby said. “(Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff) did a really good job, but Fleury is coming back tonight. We’re happy to have him back and glad that he’s feeling better.”

The 31-year-old has a 20-9-5 record against the Islanders in his career.

Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for New York.

Elsewhere…

–Louis Domingue will start for the Coyotes in Edmonton. The Oilers have yet to name a starter, but expect Cam Talbot to be the guy. He made 34 saves in a 1-0 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night.

–Look for Michal Neuvirth and Jonathan Quick to go head-to-head when the Flyers and Kings meet in Los Angeles, but neither team has confirmed their starter just yet.

Braden Holtby will start for Washington. He hasn’t lost a game in regulation since Nov. 10. Curtis McElhinney will get the nod for the Blue Jackets.

Pekka Rinne should be between the pipes for Nashville. The ‘Canes will turn to backup Eddie Lack.

Antti Niemi is the likely starter for Dallas on Saturday night. The Devils will counter with Cory Schneider, who shut out the Senators on Wednesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist should be between the pipes for the Rangers when they take on Florida. Roberto Luongo will make his first start of 2016.

Devan Dubnyk, who’s allowed two goals in his last two games, will start for Minnesota. Andrei Vasilevskiy will start for the Lightning.

–Expect Jake Allen to be in goal for St. Louis. He won three of his last four starts in 2015. Jonathan Bernier is the confirmed starter for the Maple Leafs.

–Don’t be surprised if Karri Ramo makes his ninth consecutive start for Calgary. Semyon Varlamov will be in goal for the Avalanche.

Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Winnipeg Jets. Martin Jones, who has four wins in his last six games, starts for San Jose.

Pens activate Fleury (concussion) from injured reserve

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After missing eight games with a concussion, Marc-Andre Fleury has been activated off injured reserve.

The Penguins went 3-4-1 during Fleury’s absence.

The 31-year-old had a 13-10-2 record with a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage before suffering the injury.

In a corresponding move, the Pens assigned goalie Matt Murray to the AHL.

The 21-year-old got his first taste of NHL action while Fleury was out and he didn’t look overwhelmed.

Murray had a 2-1-1 record with a 1.72 goals-against-average and a .938 save percentage in four games with Pittsburgh. He didn’t allow more than two goals in any of his appearances.

The Penguins are three points behind New Jersey and Detroit for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Fleury (concussion) returns to practice

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined by a concussion earlier this month.

Fleury has missed Pittsburgh’s past six games since reporting concussion-like symptoms following a loss to Washington on Dec. 14.

He was a full participant in practice on Tuesday and facing shots for the first time since the diagnosis. Fleury said he was a little rusty, but said otherwise he felt pretty good. Coach Mike Sullivan called Fleury’s presence at practice “progress”, but declined to issue a timetable for Fleury’s return.

The Penguins are 2-4 without their top goaltender.

Defenseman Kris Letang also practiced on Tuesday. Letang was held out of a loss to Winnipeg on Sunday as a precaution after taking a shot to the head in a win over Minnesota last Saturday.

Not what they needed: Jets place Scheifele on IR with concussion

Eight points back of a playoff spot, the Winnipeg Jets have been forced to place center Mark Scheifele on injured reserve with what they originally called an “upper-body injury.” In a related move, they’ve recalled forward Adam Lowry from AHL Manitoba.

Scheifele was hurt yesterday in practice. According to the Winnipeg Sun, his “head accidentally collided with teammate Andrew Ladd during a drill at MTS Centre. He was bleeding and looked woozy as a couple of teammates eventually escorted him off the ice.”

It’s a big loss for the struggling team. The 22-year-old has 12 goals and 10 assists, his 22 points good for fourth in team scoring.

Winnipeg went into the Christmas break with a 15-17-2 record and just two wins in its last six.

The Jets host Pittsburgh tonight and Detroit Tuesday, before embarking on a five-game road trip.

Update:

Jets coach Paul Maurice confirmed today that it’s a concussion:

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From bad to worse: Fleury may have a concussion (Updated: He does)

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Welcome to the struggle, Mike Sullivan.

The Penguins’ new coach delivered two bits of bad news this morning, following last night’s 4-1 loss to Washington.

First, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury — arguably the number-one reason the Pens have managed to tread water this season — may have a concussion.

“He came to us last night and said he wasn’t feeling right,” Sullivan said. “He’s being tested but there’s a possibility it’s a concussion.”

Whatever the tests reveal, Fleury (13-10-2, .925 SV%) will not play tomorrow in Boston.

On top of that, Sullivan said that forward Beau Bennett will be out 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.

Bennett has five goals and five assists. His 10 points are good for seventh in team scoring.

Update:

GM Jim Rutherford confirmed to the Post-Gazette that Fleury does indeed have a concussion.

“I haven’t talked to the doctor yet. I don’t have any further information other than he was examined, and it was determined he was concussed,” said Rutherford. “At a minimum one to two weeks. You can’t put a timeline on these things though.”

The newspaper reports that goalie Matt Murray is likely to be recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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