Marc-Andre Fleury was activated on Sunday, December 11 after missing 25 games for the Golden Knights with a concussion. Going into the season, many assumed the expansion team would be below average and that Fleury would be their biggest asset, clearly that hasn’t been the case.
The Knights are second in the Pacific with 39 points after having played 29 games. Healthy goaltending has been their biggest struggle so far. A few games after Fleury was placed on IR, his backup, Malcolm Subban, joined him with a lower-body injury. AHL call ups Oscar Dansk and Maxime Lagace then became the Knights goalies. Unfortunately, Dansk too was placed on IR after only playing a handful of games. Dylan Ferguson, who started the season in the WHL playing for the Kamloops Blazers, was called up to be Lagace’s backup. Luckily, a few games later, Subban was activated from IR just as the team started to cool off.
The Knights now have their original goalie tandem of Fleury and Malcom Subban back. In the four games Fleury played, he has a .925 save percentage. Subban currently has a .924 save percentage in 10 games played. If these numbers hold up, these two will be a scary tandem to face. If no other injuries occur for the team, it’s safe to say they’re on a straight road to the playoffs. In the past 26 years, no expansion team has made the playoffs in their first season.
Fleury’s activation comes at a great time since the Knights are playing his old team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Thursday night. He was selected first overall in the 2003 NHL Draft by the Penguins, winning three Stanley Cups with the team before being selected this past year by the Golden Knights in their Expansion Draft.