The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a big loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night, falling 4-1 in new head coach Mike Sullivan’s debut as bench boss for the Metropolitan Division club.
Now, they may have suffered an even bigger loss, as starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury is out with a potential concussion.
The club reported on Tuesday morning that the netminder could have suffered a head injury last night, and he’s off the ice for practice on Tuesday. Now, the club has confirmed that he’s definitely out for their upcoming game, where the Penguins will face off against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday in Boston at TD Garden.
Coach on Fleury: "He came to us last night and said he wasn't feeling right. He's being tested but there's a possibility it's a concussion."
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 15, 2015
Drafted 1st overall in 2003 by the Penguins themselves, Fleury has played in 25 of the club’s games so far this season, recording a .925 raw save percentage en route to a 13-10-1 record over the start of the year. If he ends up out for any duration of time, the club will have to rely on backup netminder Jeff Zatkoff. Over five appearances in the 2015-2016 campaign, Zatkoff has recorded a .936 raw save percentage in all situations and boasts a 2-1-0 record.
If Fleury is ineligible to draw onto the active roster for Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the Penguins will need recall another netminder. At the AHL level, the team has two options; Matt Murray, who boasts a .938 unadjusted over 17 games, and Tristan Jarry, with a .934 in seven appearances and counting. As of Tuesday morning, the club has not made any announcements regarding roster transactions.