There is finally some good news in the goaltending department for the Vegas Golden Knights, with Marc-Andre Fleury activated from the injured reserve list.
For those following at home, Fleury was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a concussion in mid-October. He has missed the past 25 games, going just 3-1-0 on the season with a 2.48 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
The Golden Knights went through the proverbial revolving door of goaltenders in Fleury’s absence, but they’ve held it down and currently sit with a 19-9-1 record. That’s good for second in the Pacific Division and four points behind the Los Angeles Kings.
Vegas’ goaltenders have included Malcolm Subban, Oscar Dansk and Maxime Lagace.
Subban went 7-2-0, with a 2.33 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. He had nine starts and 10 appearances, but injuries kept him out of four weeks of action.
Dansk was 3-0-0 before suffering a lower body injury on October 30. He hasn’t played since, but posted a .946 save percentage and a 1.78 goals against average.
That brings us to Lagace, who was just sent down to Chicago on account of Fleury’s return. Lagace went 6-6-1 after his call-up on October 22. He posted a goals against average of 3.79 and a save percentage of .872.
Fleury’s return is great news for the franchise that seems to be surprising everyone. The Golden Knights are well on their way to a historic record for an expansion club and they’ve done so without their franchise player and top netminder.
The 33-year-old was always slated as the face of the Golden Knights, so going down to such an injury in an inaugural season has to sting.
But the situation also gave Vegas a reason to come together, as they proved their mettle with and without one of their integral players.
While roughly half the roster will hit free agency this summer and things may bottom out after a darling first season, there’s still a lot to like about the Golden Knights and their chances going forward. Getting Fleury back only solidifies the effort put in by the roster thus far.
What’s more, Vegas is a playoff team. With a healthy Fleury and Subban in the fold, post-season success may actually be in the cards for this club.