ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury progressing, no timetable on return to lineup

Fleury hasn’t hasn’t played since a Nov. 15 loss to the Predators in Nashville.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury looks on during the first period against the New York Rangers on Oct. 13, 2022, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Fleury hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury on Nov. 15.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury looks on during the first period against the New York Rangers on Oct. 13, 2022, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Brace Hemmelgarn / USA Today Sports
We are part of The Trust Project.

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t practice with his teammates Tuesday at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul.

But he did make his way onto the ice as practice wrapped up, and he spent about 15 minutes in the crease taking shots.

Maybe a good sign that he’s getting close to returning to the lineup? Not necessarily.

“No time frame at all,” coach Dean Evason said. “Just started skating. He skated today. We’ll see what he does tomorrow and figure it out from there.”

It’s important to understand that Evason usually takes a noncommittal approach to injury questions. In other words, there’s a chance Fleury could be back in the lineup sooner rather than later. The next couple of days will be telling.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Everyone has a different time frame,” Evason said. “Every injury is different. It’s day by day. He’s on the ice. That’s a good thing.”

After bouncing back from a rough start to the 2022 season, Fleury hasn’t hasn’t played since a Nov. 15 loss to the Predators in Nashville. He suffered an upper-body injury in that game, and while he’s currently on injured reserve, he’s technically eligible to return as early as Wednesday if he’s deemed healthy enough to do so.

Does that mean Fleury could play at some point on this lengthy homestand?

“I don’t know,” Evason said. “The crystal ball, I broke it a long time ago.”

Greenway’s return

Is this the time winger Jordan Greenway finally gains some traction? He has returned from an upper-body injury twice this season and has suffered a setback on both occasions. His last appearance came during a Nov. 8 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles.

Now after missing the past couple of weeks, Greenway is in line to play Wednesday night when the Wild host the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center.

wild-mugs-jordan-greenway.png
Jordan Greenway

“We haven’t had him in our lineup a lot,” Evason said. “He brings a lot of different elements to the game and a lot of different elements to our team. His size being one of them. Are we excited he’s in the lineup? Absolutely.”

Goligoski back in

After scoring the game-winner over the weekend to lead the Wild to a 2-1 overtime win over the Hurricanes, veteran defenseman Alex Goligoski will be back in the lineup. He worked on the No. 1 power play during Tuesday’s practice, which suggests that young defenseman Calen Addison might be coming out of the lineup.

ADVERTISEMENT

“There’s earned situations,” Evason said. “He’s earned the right to go back into the lineup after last game.”

That type of positive reinforcement is something Evason has preached ever since he took over behind the bench.

MORE MINNESOTA WILD COVERAGE:
Pro
The star wing will represent Minnesota at All-Star Weekend starting in the Skills Competition on Friday
Pro
As of Sunday afternoon, the Wild (27-17-4, 58 points) are just clear of the Colorado Avalanche for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.
Pro
Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov, and Freddy Gaudreau all converted in the shootout, while Marc-Andre Fleury made a big save that proved to be the difference
Pro
What went into the decision to start Marc-Andre Fleury to start three consecutive games for the first time this season?
Pro
Matt Boldy scored a pair of goals, Marc-Andre Fleury chipped in with 28 saves, and Mats Zuccarello scored the game-winner in overtime
Pro
Evason: 'He’s going to be accountable for his actions in the last game'
Pro
Needless to say, it would behoove the Wild to bank a couple of wins so they don’t have a sour taste in their mouth.
Pro
Florida, which scored in the final 30 seconds of the first and second periods, improved to 7-2-1 in its past 10 games.
Pro
Ever since he scored the game-winner his NHL debut, there was no doubt Kaprizov was going to be a special player.
Pro
Kaprizov nets 100th career goal in 5-2 loss.

“It’s not given, right? It’s earned,” Evason said. “We talk about that a lot. I hope that our players know that if they perform well, if they play the right way, that they’re going to get an opportunity to play again. You want to create that internal competition for sure within playing as a team.”

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

Related Topics: MINNESOTA WILD
What To Read Next
Pro
An all-star as recently as 2021, Gallo, 29, had the worst year of his career at the plate during a 2022 season split between the Yankees and Dodgers.
Pro
WBC rosters will be set on Tuesday.
Pro
Naz Reid had 24 points, 13 rebounds starting in place of the injured Rudy Gobert.
Pro
Both Lewis and Lee, the Twins’ top two prospects, are shortstops. So is Correa.