Fleury was the first goalie off of the ice at the morning skate.
Fleury gave up three goals on 26 shots in the Penguins 4-3 win in Game 2. So far Fleury has allowed five goals on 64 shots (.922 SV%) in the series. Tonight the series moves to Pittsburgh tied at 1-1. Fleury was 20-12-4 with a 2.42 GAA and .919 SV% in 36 starts at CONSOL Energy Center this season.
Fleury allowed two goals on 38 shots in the Penguins 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1. Fleury played well, but the Penguins were beat-up pretty good. The lack of depth will likely hurt Fleury and the Pens, but if Fleury can outplay Lundqvist, they might have a chance to knot up the series tonight.
Fleury lost four of five down the stretch, but posted a 28-save shutout on Saturday to get the Penguins in the playoffs. He went 34-20-9 with a 2.32 GAA and .920 SV% this season, but his playoff struggles have been well documented—he comes in with a 2.68 GAA and .905 SV% in his playoff career.
Ehrhoff will miss his 10th consecutive game with an upper-body injury, but he is expected to be close to a return, which leaves the possibility of him being back on the blue line for Game 2 on Saturday.
The Penguins have recalled Scott Harrington from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
Harrington, 22, did not record a point in 10 games with the Penguins this season. While in the minors he had 12 points (2G / 10A) in 48 games with WBS. Harrington or Brian Dumoulin are expected to play in game 1 with Derrick Pouliot banged up.
The Penguins have recalled Brian Dumoulin from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
Dumoulin, 23, had one goal in eight games with the Penguins this season. Pittsburgh has been forced to play with five defensemen recently because of cap issues, but with the absence of the salary cap in the playoffs allows the Penguins to recall Dumoulin for the postseason. Dumoulin scored four goals with 29 assists (33 points) in 62 games with WBS.
Fleury allowed three goals on 26 shots in the Penguins loss to the Islanders last night. That loss made tonight’s game in Buffalo very meaningful for Fleury and the Penguins. He has lost his last four games while posting an ugly 3.76 GAA and .889 SV%. He will look to continue his success over the Sabres this season—he has gone 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .974 SV% in the first two meetings.
Pouliot suffered an upper-body injury on Tuesday and will be held out of tonight’s game vs. the Islanders. In what is a must-win for the Penguins, they will have to go with five defensemen because of Pouliot’s absence.
Fleury allowed four goals on 44 shots in the Penguins 4-3 OT loss to the Senators on Tuesday. He will the chance to clinch a playoff spot tonight with the Islanders in town. So far this season Fleury has gone 1-1-1 with a 3.26 GAA and .904 SV% in three starts against the Islanders.