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Marc-Andre Fleury removed from COVID protocol, will start vs. Blues

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That was an eventful 24 hours.

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been removed from the league’s COVID-19 related absences list due to a false positive test from Thursday. Fleury will start on Friday against the St. Louis Blues.

The Golden Knights anticipated entering the back-to-back with St. Louis by going with the youth movement in goal. Logan Thompson was expected to make his first NHL start, with Dylan Ferguson serving as the backup.

However, Fleury will now make his 14th start in 15 games. Fleury is 8-5-0 in his last 13 starts with a 1.88 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. He allowed four goals on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild, his second consecutive loss, but hardly due to fault of his own.

This is a perfect example of the times we live in, not knowing what could happen a day from now. Less than 12 hours ago, we were discussing the possibility of rookies being thrown into the fray for a first-place hockey team.

Now, the surefire Vezina Trophy candidate is back in his crease. On the one year anniversary of the hockey world shutting down due to COVID, you can never say this team has been dull in four seasons.

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Danny Webster has covered the Vegas Golden Knights since their inaugural season. A graduate from the Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV, Danny has written about the Golden Knights for NHL.com and SB Nation. He is now the lead reporter covering this young franchise for Vegas Hockey Now. Follow him on Twitter @DannyWebster21.

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[…] COVI-19 protocols for a positive test. Today (and not a moment too soon) we find out the test was a false positive and Fleury has been removed from the […]

[…] Marc-Andre Fleury was placed in the COVID protocol on Wednesday. However, it was confirmed he suffered a false positive, and he started Friday night. Here’s the full Fleury story. […]

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