Fleury returns as Penguins visit Thrashers

Pittsburgh (16-10-4) at Atlanta (10-16-4), 7:00 pm EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) — There’s no doubt that the Pittsburgh
Penguins have missed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

After over a month-long absence, Fleury will be back in the
crease Thursday when the Penguins square off against the Atlanta

It was not a good stretch for Pittsburgh, which went 5-6-2 since
Fleury injured his groin on November 15. As a result, the
Penguins have fallen to fourth in the Atlantic Division

“I’m looking forward to getting back in there,” Fleury said.
“It’s been a while now. It’s always frustrating when you’re
out. I wanted to get back as quick as I could.”

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The 24-year-old Fleury, who helped lead the Penguins to the
Stanley Cup Finals last season, is 8-3-2 with a 2.86

The Thrashers turned to their backup netminder to help them end
a three-game losing streak on Tuesday. Ondrej Pavelec made 28
saves as Atlanta cruised to a 4-1 triumph over the Ottawa

Colby Armstrong netted a pair of goals 31 seconds apart Tuesday
for the Thrashers, who have posted a 3-9-2 record over their
last 14 games.