Marc-Andre Fleury leaves Golden Knights because of family illness
- The Golden Knights most likely will finish their two-game road trip without Marc-Andre Fleury.
- The goaltender left the team Tuesday for his native Quebec because of an illness in his family, a team spokesperson said.
- Goaltender Garret Sparks was called up from the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves under emergency conditions Tuesday in Fleury’s absence.
- The Knights play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, then return home and practice Thursday before a 3 p.m. home game Friday against the Arizona Coyotes.
- Fleury is off to a strong start to his third season with the Knights. He is 11-6-2 with a .919 save percentage and 2.54 goals-against average.
- He made one of the saves of his career Nov. 19 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, diving back from the top of the crease to make a glove save on center Nic Petan in a 4-2 win for the Knights.
- But the team has struggled without him.
- The Knights are 0-5-2 in games not started by Fleury.
- Primary backup Malcolm Subban is 0-4-2 with a 3.55 goals-against average and .883 save percentage.
- He started the Knights’ first game on the trip, a 4-2 loss at the Dallas Stars on Monday, and allowed four goals on 28 shots.
- Sparks, acquired from the Maple Leafs this offseason, has appeared in one game.
- He relieved Fleury on Oct. 25 against the Colorado Avalanche during a 6-1 loss and allowed two goals on 14 shots in 27:24.
- Sparks has a 2.45 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 12 games for the Wolves.
Sources & Credits: Ben Gotz Las Vegas Review-Journal
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