Along with his victory Tuesday night time, Marc-Andre Fleury skipped previous Terry Sawchuk on the NHL’s all-time wins checklist. And with time remaining on his contract and no finish to the Golden Knights’ success in sight, ‘Flower’ seems to be set to chase second on the all-time checklist.Marc-Andre Fleury|Jeff Bottari/NHLI through Getty ImagesThis is beginning to get ridiculous. When Marc-Andre Fleury joined the Vegas Golden Knights two-plus seasons in the past, it was alleged to be as a fading star who was being thrown to the wolves on a awful enlargement group that was going to lose a ton of video games. He went to Vegas with 375 profession wins, however since then, simply take into account the goalies he’s handed on the NHL all-time checklist: Dominik Hasek, Chris Osgood, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Corridor, Tony Esposito, Jacques Plante, and along with his league-leading seventh victory of the season and the 446th of his profession when he shut out his former group over the weekend, Terry Sawchuk.
Fleury now sits seventh on the all-time wins checklist, however ought to have the ability to get himself into the No. 5 spot by the tip of this season. He’s 4 behind Henrik Lundqvist, a 37-year-old who’s enjoying for a really dangerous New York Rangers group, one that may battle to choose ups victories for the foreseeable future, so let’s be practical right here. Someday earlier than Christmas, Curtis Joseph and his 454 wins will fall out of third place. Subsequent up for Fleury: Ed Belfour and his 484 Ws.
What makes issues much more spectacular for Fleury is that of the highest 10 goalies on the all-time win checklist, Fleury has performed the fewest variety of video games at 808. That’s even fewer than Plante and Sawchuk, two goalies who performed the majority of their careers within the pre-expansion period when the NHL schedule was shorter than its present 82 video games. Fleury has had the advantage of extra video games and shootout victories, the place he stands third on the all-time checklist with 58. However through the pre-expansion period, groups carried just one goaltender and the No. 1 performed the overwhelming majority of the video games.
Regardless, Fleury’s renaissance has been nothing wanting exceptional and with the tear he’s on with this Vegas group, there’s an excellent likelihood that after passing Belfour, Roberto Luongo and Patrick Roy, Fleury will end his profession at No. 2 on the checklist behind solely Martin Brodeur. Because it stands in the present day, Fleury is 105 wins behind Roy’s 551. The Golden Knights goaltender has seven victories this season and has averaged 32 in every of his first two seasons in Vegas. He has two extra years remaining on his deal after this 12 months, at which era he’ll be 38 and sure need to shut it down. However who is aware of with this man? So if he retains up his common win complete in Vegas over the following three seasons, that might give him 25 for the remainder of this season and 64 over the 2 following seasons mixed, which might give him a complete of 535.
So it’s fairly clear that Fleury goes to wish some luck, good well being and a bit assist from his group. One factor working in Fleury’s favor is that as excellent a job as Vegas has executed assembling each a profitable roster and a prospect pipeline that’s the envy of the NHL, they’ve virtually no NHL-caliber goaltending past Fleury, both on the present roster or amongst their group of prospects. (In truth, within the latest The Hockey Information Yearbook, we recognized Vegas’ prime 10 prospects and never a single one among them was a goalie. Fleury has accounted for all seven of the Golden Knights wins this season and of the 101 video games the group has gained since becoming a member of the league in 2017-18, solely 30 of them have been gained by somebody aside from Fleury.)
There’ll absolutely be a decline in Fleury’s recreation in some unspecified time in the future, however it doesn’t seem like anytime quickly. His analytics are nonetheless fairly good, with a decent .833 save share on high-danger probabilities at 5-on-5 regardless of the very fact he’s confronted 15 rush makes an attempt in opposition to, which is the best mark within the league. His general .937 SP could be one of the best of his profession by far if it managed to carry up for the remainder of the season.
Some goaltenders want a backup who can spell them off and provides them some relaxation. Others appear to wish somebody ready on the bench to push them to higher heights to keep away from shedding their job. It seems clear that Fleury wants neither of those, at the least for now. He’s the previous, current and future in the case of the Golden Knights goaltending and will probably be fascinating to see the place he rides it over the following two-plus seasons. Nearly definitely it can find yourself with a spot within the Hockey Corridor of Fame.
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Tags: milestones and information, vegas golden knightsConnect: Concerning the AuthorKen CampbellKen Campbell, The Hockey Information’ senior author, is in his second tour with the model after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native as soon as tried out for the Ontario League’s Wolves as a 30-year-old. For sure, it did not work out.