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Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer is expected to remove the sword from Marc-Andre Fleury’s back tonight.
Fleury is the likely starting goalie for the Golden Knights in Game 4 against the Canucks in Game 4 (7:30 pm tonight on Sportsnet), according to a report from NHL insider John Shannon.
There’s internal belief that Marc Andre Fleury will start tonight in G4 vs Vancouver.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) August 30, 2020
DeBoer wouldn’t confirm any lineup decisions this morning, which is what we would expect him to say during these pandemic playoffs, with closed practices and limited media availability allowing for a higher-level of secrecy than ever before.
If Fleury does start as expected, it would come despite the fact Robin Lehner has pitched two shutouts against the Canucks in the series, including a 31-save effort on Saturday.
But with games on back-to-back nights, the Golden Knights will turn to Fleury, who was their starting goalie for most of the season. It’s a move not often made by teams during the Stanley Cup playoffs, though the Golden Knights did play Fleury on the first half of a back-to-back situation against Chicago during the first round.
Fleury has famously had the Canucks’ number for most of his career, having not lost to Vancouver in regulation time since 2006. But this season the Canucks have made Fleury look human, as the 35-year-old posted a .873 save percentage in two starts against Vancouver.
By contrast, the Canucks are expected to ride Jacob Markstrom for the duration of the series, which could be rather taxing for Vancouver’s No. 1 goalie given there could be up to five games played in seven days.