Marc-Andre Fleury out with upper-body injury: How Wild will face in net in his absence

Marc-Andre Fleury out with upper-body injury: How Wild will face in net in his absence

Minnesota Wild porter Marc-André Fleury suffered an upper-body injury in Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators, Wild coach Dean Evason confirmed after practice Wednesday morning. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fleury was absent from practice Wednesday.
  • Evason said Fleury is being evaluated Wednesday and will not play Thursday against him Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • The Wild will call up a goaltender from AHL Iowa.

background history

The veteran netminder was acquired by the Wild at last season’s trade deadline Chicago Blackhawks and signed a two-year, $7 million extension with the Wild in the offseason. Fleury, 37, has a 6-4-0-1 record, a 2.80 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage so far this season.

The Wild are 7-7-2 and fourth in the Central Division.

What does this mean for the Wild?

Philip Gustavsson will be the starter until Fleury returns, and has shown signs of being able to handle the job. He is 1-1-1 in his last three games with a .947 save percentage and a 1.64 goals-against average.

Fleury had also been excellent of late, going 5-3 in his last eight games with a .937 save percentage and 1.75 GAA.

The Wild will recall a goaltender on Wednesday. AHL Iowa goaltenders are Zane McIntyre (eight games of NHL experience) and top prospect Jesper Wallstedt (who talked to The Athletic throughout Tuesday).

What they are saying

Coach Dean Evason on whether the injury is long-term: “I don’t know. He’s being evaluated this morning.”

Evason on Gustavsson: “He played very well. He would have liked that second one (the equalizing goal on Sunday in a penalty shoot-out loss against the sharks) back? For sure. This record probably shouldn’t have gone online. I think if you ask him, of course. But other than that, he’s made incredible saves, he’s kept us in hockey games. He’s given us a chance every night he’s been there. We feel very, very confident with him in net.”

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