Monday’s Penguins Buzz
Marc Andre Fleury who will make his third straight start of the season tonight vs the Colorado Avalanche, is off to another excellent start in the month of October with a 2-0 record and .948 save percentage.
Fleury has been particularly strong in his first two starts this season with his rebound control and not giving second, third chances.
Fleury’s past four October’s:
October 2015 | 6-4-0, 1.71 GAA, .942 save percentage
October 2014 | 6-2-0, 2.13 GAA, .926 SV%
October 2013 | 9-2-0, 1.81 GAA, .927 SV%
October 2011 | 7-2-0, 1.86 GAA, .934 SV%
Last season Fleury never posted another month with a save percentage above .923 and statistically Fleury normally peaks as a goaltender in October.
In a way, though, Fleury’s consistency of being able to come out of the gates strong is a pretty good thing and unique trait to have in a goaltender, even if his play in the first month of the season is normally not sustainable, has a career .907 save percentage all-time in November.
Fleury giving the Penguins .940 + save percentage goaltending last October avoided the Penguins being the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first 7-10 games and his October dominance almost gives the Penguins a head start in playoff positioning.
A strong first month of the season again for Fleury isn’t likely going to change anything on the trade front either way. For one, teams with a passing interest in Fleury believe he’s too expensive, Carolina and Ottawa among them, and maybe most important of all, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has zero interest in trading Fleury this season.
A Penguins source put the percentages of Fleury being traded this season at “zero percent.”
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