Fleury on COVID-19 protocol list, could be out for Golden Knights

Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list Thursday and it is unknown if the goalie will be available to play for the Vegas Golden Knights against the St. Louis Blues on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, FS-MW, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).

Fleury has started 13 of the past 14 games for the Golden Knights with Robin Lehner injured. Lehner was assigned to Henderson of the American Hockey League on a conditioning loan Wednesday.

Fleury allowed four goals on 29 shots before being pulled in the third period of a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Logan Thompson made two saves in his NHL debut in relief.

Oscar Dansk is the only other goalie to play for Vegas this season. He started and made 25 saves in his season debut last Friday, a 5-4 overtime win against the San Jose Sharks.

Fleury is 12-5-0 and leads the NHL among goalies to play at least 10 games with a 1.73 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and four shutouts.

Vegas has had four games postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus (Jan. 28-Feb. 3; Feb. 25) and has played 23 games this season, fewer than all but the Dallas Stars (21) and New Jersey Devils (22).

The Golden Knights (16-6-1) are first in the Honda West Division; the Blues (14-8-4) are second. The teams also play in St. Louis on Saturday.

Coach Peter DeBoer and two assistants were unable to coach against the Blues on Jan. 26 when they were placed into protocol. Vegas was coached by general manager Kelly McCrimmon assisted by the Henderson staff.

Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek was pulled during a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 9 after a positive COVID-19 test.

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