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Marc-Andre Fleury’s Playoff Performance

from Terrence Doyle of FiveThirtyEight,

Up is down, left is right, and Marc-Andre Fleury has been the best goalie in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs — and he’s doing it for an expansion team from Las Vegas. And depending on how Fleury plays from now until the end of spring, he might go down as the goalie with the best playoff performance in NHL history.

Through his first 10 starts, Fleury — affectionately referred to as “the Flower” by fans and pundits — has pitched four shutouts. For his Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup,1 they have to win eight more games. If Fleury were to continue his current shutout pace of two in every five games — and conservatively assuming that the Golden Knights win each series in a sweep, limiting their netminder’s chances for shutouts — he’d tie Martin Brodeur for the most shutouts in a single Stanley Cup playoffs with seven. If the Golden Knights were to play the maximum number of games they could play for the remainder of the playoffs (14) and if Fleury continued his two in five shutout pace, he would finish with roughly 10 shutouts.

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Fluery will get his real test in the next round. While I believe his performance so far has been stellar he has faced some pretty mediocre offenses. Winnipeg has already shown they can score big in these playoffs and the Predators offense can be even better than they have been.

It might sound strange but if Fluery can get the Vegas to the Cup finals, he should win the Conn Smythe trophy regardless of whether they win the Cup or not.

Posted by evileye on 05/10/18 at 09:21 AM ET

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