Fleury Day-to-Day with Finger Fracture
Curry Ready if Called Upon
Friday, 01.15.2010 / 9:43 PM
Features By Sam Kasan
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves, including several highlight reel stops, against the Edmonton Oilers to preserve a 3-2 victory for the Penguins Thursday night.
Little did anyone know, the Penguins netminder played half of the game with a fractured left ring finger.
“It swelled up a little bit,” said Fleury, who is listed as day-to-day. “We’ll see (Saturday) morning how it is, if it feels better.”
“We have several different scenarios right now,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’ll see how things progress and if he’s in the net (Saturday).”
Fleury, 25, did not practice Friday afternoon and his status for Pittsburgh’s Saturday showdown in Vancouver against the Canucks is completely up in the air. He may start, may be the backup or may be scratched entirely. Even Fleury isn’t sure what his capacity will be during the game.
“I really have no clue,” Fleury said. “We’ll talk about it. Whatever they tell me to do, I’ll gladly do that.”
“He is day-to-day and we’ll come to the rink with the possibility that he could be in the net for us,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “(The injury) happened in the middle of the game and he finished. He played 30-plus minutes of hockey. There is a chance he could be in the net.”
Fleury, 25, has appeared in 41 games this season for the Penguins, posting a 25-14-1 record to go with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. His 25 wins rank fourth in the National Hockey League through Friday.
If Fleury cannot start, the Penguins will turn to 25-year-old John Curry. Curry, who was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Jan. 11, made his NHL debut last season by playing in three games for Pittsburgh.
“John is a guy that we feel confident in his ability to play,” Bylsma said. “He showed he could play and win games last year at this level. He understood that he may play some games this year for us. If that’s the case come tomorrow then that’s something we plan on happening this year and feel comfortable with John.”
“I don’t know what the deal is yet for (Saturday),” said Curry, who posted a 2-1 record, 2.40 goals-against average and .913 save percentage last year with Pittsburgh. “I’m always going to be ready to play. You never know what the situation is. With the way that trip has gone with a lot of games, a lot of action, I always have to be ready. I am preparing myself like I’m going to play but I’d do that anyways.”
Curry has appeared in 31 games this year for WBS, recording a 16-13-1 mark, 2.54 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. He’s played his last two-plus seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and owns the franchise record for career wins (73) and wins in a single season (33, 2008-09).
“Things happen a little more quickly up here but it’s the same game,” Curry said. “I’ve improved in a lot of things from playing in a lot of games. I feel that I’m a much better goalie than I was a year ago. You have to execute and deliver when the time comes. You have to play well when you get your chance. You just have to go out there with confidence and play your game.”