Fleury will start Sunday afternoon when the Penguins meet the Washington Capitals at Consol Energy Center in the continuation of one of the Eastern Conference's best rivalries – even though the teams are in different divisions.
GAA: 2.24 | SVP: 0.914
Backup Brent Johnson, who has only two wins, was pulled during his last starts, Dec. 16 and Jan. 10, with both games against Ottawa. Fleury last sat out a full game Dec. 3, when Johnson earned a 3-2 victory over Carolina.
With one game remaining before the All-Star break following Sunday's game -- Tuesday in St. Louis -- coach Dan Bylsma decided to stay with Fleury. The Penguins have a week off between games during the break, and center Evgeni Malkin is currently their only All-Star Game representative.
"A full six-day rest coming up certainly plays into that equation, as has the schedule this month," Bylsma said.
After the regular season resumes, the Penguins play three sets of back-of-back games in a span of 2 1/2 weeks, and Johnson is likely to make several of those starts.