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Extinguishing fire before it starts
Thomas Greiss will be in goal for Pittsburgh tonight when the Pens host the Jets at Consol for their first game out of the All-Stark break.
In a related move, let’s throw cold water on a potential goaltending controversy.
Fleury is slated to start tomorrow in Washington on Rivalry Night (NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET), so Greiss gets the first — and, theoretically, less “important” — start of a back-to-back. It also gives Fleury an additional day off following a rough time in Columbus.
Fleury, as you may recall, struggled during the All-Star Game, allowing seven goals on 16 shots in the second period for a .562 save percentage. He was the recipient of a Bronx Cheer from the Nationwide faithful, and visibly displeased about how things went.
Here’s more, from Brough’s piece following the game:
Did it bother him?
“A little bit. I was getting a little mad,” he admitted. “You want to have some fun, but when you’re a goalie it’s frustrating when it goes in, right? I laughed for a few, and a few…”
He didn’t laugh.
That being said, Fleury wasn’t all that upset when the sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets, started giving him the gears.
“It’s a good thing, because (it means) we beat them in the playoffs last year,” he said.
And when asked what he remembered, specifically, about the Columbus crowd in those playoffs?
“I remember them being quiet in the end when we won,” he cracked.
For Winnipeg, Ondrej Pavelec gets the start in goal.
Rangers at Isles: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Jaroslav Halak
Coyotes at Flyers: Ray Emery for Philly, no word yet on an Arizona starter.
Caps at Blue Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Curtis McElhinney
Red Wings at Panthers: Petr Mrazek vs. Roberto Luongo
Stars at Habs: Carey Price for Montreal, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.
Bolts at ‘Canes: Ben Bishop vs. Anton Khudobin
Avs at Preds: Carter Hutton likely for Nashville, no word yet on a Colorado starter.
Sabres at Flames: Jhonas Enorth vs. Jonas Hiller
Wild at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk vs. Viktor Fasth
Ducks at Canucks: No word yet from either team.