Minnesota Wild News: Marc-Andre Fleury out, Zane McIntyre in
This is a little less than ideal. I’m sure all readers already know this, though Minnesota Wild Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has an upper-body injury and will be out of the lineup for a while. We didn’t initially know a specific timeline, but the Wild placed Fleury on the injured reserve list, meaning he’ll be out a minimum of seven days It might be longer, but that’s the baseline right now.
In response, 30-year-old Zane McIntyre has been recalled from the AHL and will serve as Filip Gustavsson’s backup. The veteran depth netminder has played a total of eight NHL games as he spent the vast majority of his career in the AHL.
Gustavsson starting was obviously never the plan this season, but after a rough start he’s been more than adequate. In the five games he has played, he doesn’t have the team’s best winning record (1-3-1) but it hasn’t been his fault at all. He came in relief of Fleury in the disaster against the Los Angeles Kingsthen he had to make his first full outing against a bloodthirsty Colorado Devessall, so those first two appearances aren’t great. But in his last three, he’s posted a .947 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average. He won’t maintain that pace during Fleury’s absence, but he’s shown he can be more than just a goaltender with promise.
This is Wild
- As well as the forced change in the crease, Dean Evason unveiled a new line-up in training on Tuesday, giving some players big opportunities. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Marco Rossi hasn’t had the best start, not even what we really expected, but here are some reasons why he’s doing well. [Hockey Wilderness]
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