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Big night for Fleury
In the midst of a banner campaign, Marc-Andre Fleury will look to set a personal milestone tonight when the Pens host the Isles at Consol.
Fleury is going for career win No. 300, aiming to become just the 30th goalie in NHL history to hit that mark. He’d also become just the fifth active goalie with 300 wins or more, joining Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Nabokov and Roberto Luongo.
As mentioned above, the potentially record-setting start comes in a year where Fleury has played very well. He’s 11-3-0 on the season, with a .930 save percentage and 1.98 GAA, which includes a league-leading four shutouts.
For the Isles, Chad Johnson will get the start in goal.
Bruins at Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Niklas Svedberg likely for Boston.
Devils at Oilers: Cory Schneider vs. Viktor Fasth (read more about Schneider breaking Martin Brodeur’s club-record starts streak here)
Yesterday’s big development — Marc-Andre Fleury signing a four-year, $23 million extension to stay with the Penguins — was a topic ripe for debate, and the hockey media quickly followed suit. Today, Brough and I spoke with NBC’s Jenna Corrado about the deal, and answered two key questions: 1) Was this a smart deal for Pittsburgh? And 2) Do goalies get too much blame when their teams don’t win?
Give it a view…
Note: When I’m discussing potential targets for Pittsburgh, I didn’t specify that Antti Niemi would be of the UFA variety whereas James Reimer would be a trade candidate. Just to clear that up.
Before the start tonight’s rivalry game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers on NBCSN, Bob McKenzie sat down to talk about a wide array of hot topics in the NHL. As you might suspect, Marc-Andre Fleury’s newly inked four-year extension and the Anaheim Ducks’ injury woes in goal came up.
One of the most interesting statements McKenzie made was the idea that the Ducks might sign free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. He’s a controversial choice after his disastrous tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers, but he got his start with Anaheim and the team feels comfortable with him.
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko’s upcoming contract negotiations were also discussed as his value continues to rise thanks to his explosive start.
You can watch that segment below:
What they’re saying about the Fleury extension