Fleury A Big Question Mark for the Penguins
Fleury is an extremely consistent goaltender in the regular season as he gets a lot of wins, posts a more than respectable goals against average and save percentage, and picks-up a lot of shutouts. Year in and year out, it seems like Fleury is one of the top goaltenders in the league in the regular season.
With all of that said, however, there are also several negatives when it comes Fleury and right now, all of the negatives are showing. With the Penguins having dropped five of their seven last games, Fleury's performance has dropped considerably.
For starters, Fleury has had trouble winning games for his hockey club of late. Fleury has lost five straight games and has not won a game dating back to March 11 when he shutout the Washington Capitals with a 32-save effort.
With the playoffs around the corner, this is something that Fleury is going to have to rectify right away. Hockey's second season is all about winning and when it comes to the postseason, Fleury has struggled to do that since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Another negative for Fleury is that when he is struggling, he usually ends up allowing a lot of goals. In his five straight losses, Fleury has allowed 16 goals and is averaging over three goals allowed per game during that stretch.
In the postseason, Fleury is going to need to keep goals allowed to a minimum. Unfortunately, he has not done that in recent years as in 2012, he allowed 26 goals in six games and last season, allowed 17 goals in five games, so this is something he needs to fix pretty quickly if he wants to reverse his fortunes come April, May, and June.
Confidence is also an issue when it comes to Fleury. With no wins in his last five games, a lot of goals allowed, including some bad ones, and with the postseason coming up, Fleury's head has to be jumbled up right now, which is never good for any athlete let alone a goaltender in the NHL.
It is clear that in the past two seasons, Fleury has lacked the confidence that is needed to get the job done during hockey's most important part of the season. With Fleury's confidence shaky right now, that is something Fleury will have to strengthen before the playoffs begin in the next few weeks.
Obviously, there is still a few weeks before the postseason begins. More than likely, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma will give Fleury every opportunity to get his game back in working order so that when the playoffs begin, he will be ready to go.
With that said, however, the postseason is not the time to have questions about your team's goaltending. In Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins have a huge question mark between the pipes for them.