Minnesota Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is a sure Hall of Famer and one of the NHL’s most popular players. That’s why the hockey world has taken note of Fleury’s two crummy starts.
Fleury, 37, has yielded 11 goals in 79 minutes of play this season. He has a cruel 8.37 goals-against average to go with an ugly .776 save percentage. He will take that into Thursday’s home game against the struggling Vancouver Canucks.
Wild fans booed him in his last outing. After the game, Fleury said he didn’t blame the fans. He said he would boo himself, too. Fleury said he needed to be better.
With his experience, Fleury knows that some fans and media will wonder if two poor games is a sign that age is catching up to him. Vegas Hockey Now writer Owen Krepps wrote a piece suggesting that the narrative is changing about whether the Vegas Golden Knights made the right decision in parting ways with Fleury.
The Wild have started 0-3, but there’s no indication they view the Fleury situation as anything more than a bad stretch. But the Thursday game against Vancouver seems like a big game.
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